Photo: Director Bryan Singer arrives at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London, Britain, May 9, 2016. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)
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It’s day five of unprecedented fires in Southern California. Another has broken out in San Diego County. The Thomas Fire in Ventura may not be fully extinguished for weeks. KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian has been reporting on the fires, and had to evacuate from his home.
Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says Bryan Singer raped him at a yacht party when he was 17, and Singer told him he could get a Hollywood career if he kept quiet. It’s not the first time he faced allegations of sexual abuse.
Dana Harris, Editor, Variety
LiAngelo Ball had been suspended indefinitely from UCLA’s basketball team after he and teammates got caught shoplifting in China. Now LiAngelo’s dad, Lavar, says he’s pulling him out of UCLA to prepare him for the NBA draft. Lavar already pulled the youngest Ball -- 16-year-old LaMelo -- out of high school. Is this a good idea? Also, the LA Rams are leading their division with nine wins and three losses, so are they going to make it to the playoffs?
Our critics review Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” about a mute woman discovering a government lab’s secret sea creature; “Tribes of Palos Verdes,” about a family that moves to Palos Verdes to make a fresh start; “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, the star figure skater who became a tabloid scandal in the 90s.
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Does copyright law cover graffiti? Clothing company H&M did a fashion shoot in Brooklyn featuring models standing against a gray wall painted with black waving lines. The graffiti was the work of an LA-based street artist, who wanted compensation. H&M responded by filing a lawsuit against him, then dropped it a few days later.
Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
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