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.
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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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