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(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The only thing that I wish there was more of [in music today] is reaching out to younger brothers and sisters, and to a child. There needs to be an exchange of ideas between generations. If a tree doesn't have roots, it cannot grow.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Out to Share What He's Learned

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(Jennifer S. Altman / For the Los Angeles Times)

Silence is a powerful weapon in drama. What you don't say and what you don't reveal can be as powerful as what you do say. My intention is to make [the performance] as real as possible, but never forgetting that it's actually drama.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Gabriel Byrne's quiet heat

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White House advisor Kelly Sadler reportedly dismissed Sen. John McCain’s objections to Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA director on Thursday, saying that what he thinks “doesn’t matter” because “he’s dying anyway.”

And those remarks drew the ire of McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain and her co-hosts on “The View” on Friday.

A disdain-dripping Whoopi Goldberg called the alleged comments “insanely despicable,” and gave the floor to her co-host, whose poised response earned several rounds of applause from the in-studio audience. (McCain’s mother, Cindy McCain, also tweeted a restrained rebuttal.)

Kathy Bates, left, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons and Teller of Penn & Teller in "The Big Bang Theory" wedding episode.
Kathy Bates, left, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons and Teller of Penn & Teller in "The Big Bang Theory" wedding episode. (Michael Yarish / CBS)

What did Stephen Hawking give Sheldon and Amy for a wedding gift on “The Big Bang Theory”? In real life, well, nothing, but that wasn’t going to stop the show from paying homage to the late theoretical physicist, who died in March. 

The show wanted to honor Hawking’s passing and to recognize the big role he had played on “Big Bang” — he even introduced the show’s panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013 — but executive producer Steve Holland said the timing made it difficult. 

“It was hard to because, when it happened, we had already shot three episodes, so there was no way to be super-timely about it,” he told Entertainment Weekly

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Donald Glover dropped his evocative music video for “This Is America” last weekend without comment and stayed mum on the vociferous think-pieces that attempted to unpack the video’s violent imagery — pretty much letting the art speak for itself and all…

Ah, if only it were that calculated.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday to plug the season finale of “Atlanta” and hype the Hollywood premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Glover, whose woke musical alter ego is Childish Gambino, explained that he’s avoided the in-depth analyses because he’s “sensitive.”

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The text could come at any time.

It could arrive in the middle of the night, concerned that you’re not wearing enough sunscreen. Or maybe it’s delivered in the middle of the day, informing you that your childhood next-door neighbor’s second cousin died. Or, most likely, it comes as a series of texts that all end with “LOL” because she thinks it means “lots of love.”

Mom texts are real. And they’re magnificent. 

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The way you say 'I like you' in English — I mean, it doesn't have much passion. But in Spanish 'Te quiero' is almost like saying, 'I love you.' There's so much romanticism when you sing in Spanish.

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Exes Bella Hadid and the Weeknd are sparking rumors that they are back together by being spotted together at Cannes.
Exes Bella Hadid and the Weeknd are sparking rumors that they are back together by being spotted together at Cannes. (Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images; Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for MTV)

CANNES, France — It appears that Bella Hadid and the Weeknd might be back on. The musician joined the model,  whom he dated  from 2015 to 2016 before coupling up with Selena Gomez,  at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday evening.

Hadid was in the south of France to help launch a new campaign with Magnum. She's the face of a, uh, unique collaboration between Alexander Wang and the ice cream brand — a leather cooler cover that retails for $895. (More to come on that.) The launch party was held on the beach just off the Croisette, overlooking the many yachts docked for the festival.

Bella Hadid and the Weeknd huddled together at the Magnum x Alexander Wang party at Cannes, France.
Bella Hadid and the Weeknd huddled together at the Magnum x Alexander Wang party at Cannes, France. (Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times)

Hadid arrived at the Magnum bash at around 10:20 p.m., and the Weeknd arrived on his own about 20  minutes later. The two spent the majority of the night at the center of the room in a VIP area, huddled close together as he placed his hand on her back and they kissed intermittently.

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Harper Lee's estate reached an agreement with Scott Rudin's Rudinplay on Thursday.
Harper Lee's estate reached an agreement with Scott Rudin's Rudinplay on Thursday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

The estate of Harper Lee and the producer of a rebooted “To Kill a Mockingbird” have reached a deal after months of discord that threatened to knock the reboot off the Great White Way. 

Producer Scott Rudin’s Rudinplay and the late writer’s estate “amicably settled ongoing litigation concerning the upcoming Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird,” the parties said Thursday in a joint release. 

The new “Mockingbird,” which stars Jeff Daniels in the role of Atticus Finch and was written by Aaron Sorkin, will open as scheduled at the Shubert Theater on Dec. 13 after previews that start Nov. 1. Bartlett Sher is directing the courtroom drama. 

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Caitlyn Jenner had sharp words for the Trump administration on Wednesday.
Caitlyn Jenner had sharp words for the Trump administration on Wednesday. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday urged Britain’s House of Commons “not to go down the same road” that the U.S. has when it comes to transgender rights. 

Giving a diversity lecture sponsored by the U.K.’s Channel 4, the 68-year-old criticized decisions such as President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military personnel. His administration has set the trans community “back 20 years,” said Jenner, a registered Republican who initially supported Trump’s presidential bid.

That was perhaps the strongest opinion expressed by Jenner, who also addressed issues around her own alleged privilege. Her status had been criticized strongly by some when she was invited to give the speech.