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I’ve had to say to critics, ‘Who are you to criticize me if I’m reaching a million people?’ I‘m not going to dog someone if they’re doing that. But I can only think of my quest. 

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Amanda Peet
Amanda Peet (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A play by Amanda Peet will replace Neil LaBute’s "Fat Pig" this summer at the Geffen Playhouse, the L.A. theater announced Monday, adding more mystery to the cancellation of LaBute plays at multiple venues. 

Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” was to have made her stage debut in “Fat Pig,” which was added to the Geffen schedule just two months ago. “Fat Pig” was to have replaced LaBute’s “The Way We Get By,” part of this season’s original schedule announced in February 2017

The Geffen did not offer an explanation for the LaBute cancellation and did not immediately respond to a request for an interview.

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Amanda Peet
Amanda Peet (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A play by Amanda Peet will replace Neil LaBute’s "Fat Pig" this summer at the Geffen Playhouse, the L.A. theater announced Monday, adding more mystery to the cancellation of LaBute plays at multiple venues. 

Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us” was to have made her stage debut in “Fat Pig,” which was added to the Geffen schedule just two months ago. “Fat Pig” was to have replaced LaBute’s “The Way We Get By,” part of this season’s original schedule announced in February 2017

The Geffen did not offer an explanation for the LaBute cancellation and did not immediately respond to a request for an interview.

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Justin Theroux has broken his social media silence after his split from Jennifer Aniston.
Justin Theroux has broken his social media silence after his split from Jennifer Aniston. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Actor Justin Theroux has been radio silent on social media since his split with Jennifer Aniston was announced earlier this month.

But with a little help from some friends, the “Leftovers” star made a triumphant return to Instagram on Sunday night: Theroux posted a bundle of photos of himself and perfect puppies from Austin Pets Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing the euthanizing of adoptable dogs and cats. 

“Texas!!!,” Theroux wrote in the caption accompanying his photos. “Another very inspiring visit with the incredible people and pups @austinpetsalive.”

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Singer Katy Perry.
Singer Katy Perry. (Rich Fury / Getty Images)

Katy Perry made a surprise appearance at a benefit concert for survivors of the Thomas fire and the subsequent mudslides that devastated Montecito.

The Santa Barbara native performed at One805’s Kick Ash Bash in Summerland on Sunday that helped raised nearly $2 million for the community and its first responders. 

“This means the world to me,” Perry told CNN. “This is where I flourish. My heart was broken by the tragedy, the mudslide. I’ll do anything to help this community.”

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John Oliver had plenty to say Sunday about President Trump's plan to arm teachers.
John Oliver had plenty to say Sunday about President Trump's plan to arm teachers. (Eric Liebowitz / HBO)

Though the bulk of the latest “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” turned its focus to Italy’s election of a prime minister, the host took a little time at the top of the show to focus on issues closer to home.

The issue in question? President Trump’s proposed plan to arm (some) teachers. 

Oliver began his takedown with a clip of the president from last week, in which Trump said, “We need to let people know, you come into our schools and you’re gonna be dead. And it’s gonna be fast.”

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John Oliver had plenty to say Sunday about President Trump's plan to arm teachers.
John Oliver had plenty to say Sunday about President Trump's plan to arm teachers. (Eric Liebowitz / HBO)

Though the bulk of the latest “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” turned its focus to Italy’s election of a prime minister, the host took a little time at the top of the show to focus on issues closer to home.

The issue in question? President Trump’s proposed plan to arm (some) teachers. 

Oliver began his takedown with a clip of the president from last week, in which Trump said, “We need to let people know, you come into our schools and you’re gonna be dead. And it’s gonna be fast.”

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Kevin Smith, 47, is best known for directing “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy” and for the show “Comic Book Men.”

Filmmaker Kevin Smith says he’s “still above ground” after surviving a massive heart attack Sunday. 

The “Clerks” star tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed  Monday, notifying his followers that he’d pulled through as he explained why he had to cancel a gig Sunday night.

“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” wrote Smith, 47. He skipped the second of two “Kevin Smith Live!” shows at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, where he was taping a stand-up special 

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Kevin Smith, 47, is best known for directing “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy” and for the show “Comic Book Men.”

Filmmaker Kevin Smith says he’s “still above ground” after surviving a massive heart attack Sunday. 

The “Clerks” star tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed  Monday, notifying his followers that he’d pulled through as he explained why he had to cancel a gig Sunday night.

“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” wrote Smith, 47. He skipped the second of two “Kevin Smith Live!” shows at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, where he was taping a stand-up special 

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People all over the world bow their heads to different names of the creator, but everybody nods their head in unison to the snare and the kick. It brings us all together.