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Steve Edwards.
Steve Edwards. (KTTV)

Steve Edwards, the anchor of Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” and a fixture in local television and radio for more than three decades, is leaving the morning news show.

A Fox spokesperson said that Edwards “is no longer employed” at the station but did not provide further details.

Edwards has also hosted such shows as KABC-TV's "AM Los Angeles," KCBS-TV's "Two on the Town" and "The Steve Edwards Show."

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Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes on "The Walking Dead."
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes on "The Walking Dead." (Greg Nicotero / AMC)

Fair warning: Spoilers ahead.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has been known for upsetting its fans by killing off beloved characters. Even though the zombie apocalypse is a dangerous place, the loss of several survivors that viewers have grown to love can still be a traumatic experience.

But the uproar over the apparent death of one of the drama’s central characters in Sunday’s installment might reach new heights. (Those who have not seen the episode should stop reading now.)

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  • Birthdays
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

I think somehow that just being me, my American me, on those [talk] shows, convinced a lot of people who were in a position to employ me that I was just as American as anybody else if I wanted to be, or I could be just as Hispanic if I wanted to be. It depends on the hairdo and the attitude.

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was caught on video Saturday night deliberately kicking a female photographer in the face at KROQ’s annual holiday concert in Inglewood.

“It was obviously very intentional,” the photographer, Chelsea Lauren, told Variety. Lauren said the attack was unprovoked and that Homme was smiling before he struck her.

Homme released a statement Sunday afternoon to press and on the band’s social-media accounts:

  • Movies
Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley step out at the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiere at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on Saturday.
Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley step out at the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiere at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on Saturday. (Charley Gallay / Getty Images)

The spirit of the late Carrie Fisher could be felt throughout the galaxy far, far away at the Los Angeles premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night.

“I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird,” writer-director Rian Johnson said onstage alongside stars of the film including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill and Adam Driver, composer John Williams and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.

He urged the packed house at the Shrine Auditorium to “have a blast tonight for Carrie.”

Director Rian Johnson at the premiere.
Director Rian Johnson at the premiere. (Jordan Strauss / Invision)
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Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie arrive at the world premiere of "Stars Wars: The Last Jedi" on Saturday in L.A.
Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie arrive at the world premiere of "Stars Wars: The Last Jedi" on Saturday in L.A. (Invision)

Saturday night’s highly anticipated world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was the talk of the Twitterverse last night with those privileged enough to see it taking to social media to share their thoughts.

Los Angeles Times reporter Jen Yamato called it “beautifully human, populist, funny and surprising.” Actress Tessa Thompson and director Ava DuVernay agreed.

DuVernay also tweeted her appreciation of the film’s director, Rian Johnson. “The last 40 minutes had me on the edge of my seat in every moment,” she wrote.

  • Birthdays
(Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)

People seem to assume that anyone who'd do a four-hour film of ‘Hamlet’ must be a heavyweight intellectual, incapable of enjoying life. In fact, the thing I showed the greatest facility for in drama school was comedy, and when I left school I felt that unless I made an effort, I'd spend the rest of my life in sitcoms.

  • Late-night

“Saturday Night Live” wasted little time in answering whether the show would address the controversy surrounding one of its own, former cast member and writer Al Franken, who resigned from the U.S. Senate last week after allegations of inappropriate behavior.

In the show’s cold open, Kenan Thompson played a department store Santa dealing with some politically attuned kids for a sketch that echoed aspects of Franken’s resignation speech.

After asking for a few gifts, the first child had a simple question for Santa: “What did Al Franken do?” After some stammering, Santa tried pushing the question off to an elf (Kate McKinnon), who didn’t appreciate being called Sugar Plum. “In this climate, can you just call me Amy?”

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A shadowy figure visits the grave of Peter Parker — and that shadowy figure is … Spider-Man? That’s the story of Spider-Man according to the first trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the upcoming animated feature from Sony Pictures. 

Inspired by the 2011 comic book “Ultimate Fallout: Spider-Man No More,” Parker has died and another man, Miles Morales, has assumed the Spidey mask. The short trailer gives viewers a peek behind that mask.

The Morales character has been lauded by some critics for bringing a person of color into the role of an established superhero — all done with the approval of creator Stan Lee. (He told the New York Daily News in 2012: “Doing our bit to try to make our nation, and the world, color blind is definitely the right thing.”)

John Boyega as Finn in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
John Boyega as Finn in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (Lucasfilm)

The world premiere of the year’s most anticipated movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is just moments away. For a moment, it seemed that the Force was going to keep one of the movie’s big stars from attending.

John Boyega, who plays a renegade stormtrooper named Finn in “The Last Jedi,” was held up by snow in Atlanta and, for a few hours, it appeared as if he wasn’t going to make it to the film’s world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. 

Boyega, however, eventually found a way out of Atlanta, where a storm has left thousands without power. The actor’s publicist, Lindsay Galin, told the Associated Press that the actor was on schedule to make the 5 p.m. premiere. And Boyega later confirmed his arrival in L.A. — without luggage — via Tweet.