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Bill Paxton in 2015.
Bill Paxton in 2015. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Bill Paxton’s widow and children are suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the heart surgeon who performed the operation that preceded the actor’s death in February 2017.

Filed on Friday, the wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the surgery was unnecessary and the doctor was not qualified to perform a “maverick” procedure on Paxton.

The “actor’s actor” went to Dr. Ali Khoynezhad on Valentine’s Day 2017 complaining of cardiac issues. The doctor recommended heart surgery for aortic aneurysm repair, which took place that same day.

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Former child stars Nicole Eggert, left, and Alexander Polinsky and their attorney, Lisa Bloom, held a press conference on Wednesday.
Former child stars Nicole Eggert, left, and Alexander Polinsky and their attorney, Lisa Bloom, held a press conference on Wednesday. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

Former child star Alexander Polinsky on Wednesday demanded a public apology from “Charles in Charge” star Scott Baio for the “sexual-themed hazing” he allegedly endured during their time on the 1980s sitcom.

During a news conference at attorney Lisa Bloom’s office in Woodland Hills, Polinsky said Baio, 57, sexually harassed and ultimately assaulted him between the ages of 12 and 15.

“Scott Baio began a pattern of abuse that was unrelenting,” Polinksy said.

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In the latest step to address the sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked the entertainment landscape in recent months, the British film industry announced a new plan on Wednesday aimed at curtailing sexual harassment and other forms of bullying.

The British film academy, the British Film Institute and other organizations came together to launch the eight-point guidelines with support and input from luminaries such as actresses Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton and Jodie Whittaker and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.

In order to receive funding from the British Film Institute or to be eligible for BAFTA awards, projects will need to comply with the guidelines, which include new protocols for handling allegations of abuse and a support line.

Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of hit series "13 Reasons Why" Netflix says.
Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of hit series "13 Reasons Why" Netflix says. (Steve Cohn)

Netflix is proceeding as planned with the second season of “13 Reasons Why” despite allegations of sexual misconduct against author Jay Asher.

"Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of ‘13 Reasons Why,’” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. “The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way."

Netflix adapted Asher’s 2007 novel last year to great popularity, spurring a second season order. The series tackles issues of assault, harassment, bullying and teen suicide.

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Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out."
Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out." (Universal Pictures)

It’s been almost a year since “Get Out” stunned audiences in theaters.

To mark the anniversary — and most certainly to stir more emotions before the Oscars next month — Universal Pictures has teamed up with AMC Theatres to offer free screenings of the film on Feb. 19.

That’s right, the horror satire will be back in select theaters on President’s Day. For free.

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Jimmy Kimmel, the only late-night host taking on the Winter Olympics with live episodes this week, had a special Valentine’s Day gift for viewers on Tuesday.

“The White House is releasing their own line of Valentine’s Day cards this year,” Kimmel said to his audience. “Have you heard about this?”

The silence was deafening.

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(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

I told them, I don't want to get put in this box right away, and then branch out into all the other things that I love as well later on. … I think it's really important to throw it all out there now, and get a full-scope idea of what's actually going on.

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(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

The true meaning of success is happiness. It's not money, it's not fame, it's just the feeling that you're happy.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Simon Pegg finds happiness

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Danai Gurira writes about her heritage in a new Glamour essay.
Danai Gurira writes about her heritage in a new Glamour essay. (Christopher Smith / Associated Press)

In "Black Panther," Danai Gurira's name is Okoye. On "The Walking Dead," it's Michonne. And in real life? Well, for a long time the actress wasn't exactly sure. 

The self-proclaimed “Zimerican” — a salute to her dual heritage — was born to Zimbabwean parents in Iowa, where her nickname quickly became Dede.

When she was 5, she found out she was actually Danai. 

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Olympic fever is everywhere, including late-night television. 

Jimmy Kimmel lamented that he couldn’t legally show any clips from any actual events on his show Monday night, but that didn’t keep him from gushing about the international sporting affair. But his focus was not on the athletes. 

“The stars of the Olympics so far are the cheerleaders from North Korea,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host declared, referring to the cheerleading “army” Kim Jong Un sent as part of the North Korean delegation to the Games.