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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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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.

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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

If you told me that if I went to Bulgaria for eight months and shot all night on a vampire-werewolf movie with four really difficult actors and a really mean director, but it would set me up for the rest of my career, I probably wouldn’t do it.

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(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

When you're a young black man, you're not allowed to be emotional. One of the reasons I act is people pay me to be emotional.

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Edgar Degas' “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus Singers”), stolen in 2009, was recovered on Feb. 16.
Edgar Degas' “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus Singers”), stolen in 2009, was recovered on Feb. 16. (Marc Bonodot / French Customs via AP)

French customs officials say they have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen.

The French Culture Ministry said Friday that customs agents in Marne-la-Vallee were surprised to find a work of art bearing the signature “Degas” inside a suitcase in the bus' luggage compartment. The ministry says none of the passengers claimed the suitcase during the Feb. 16 search.

Experts verified the artwork as Degas' “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus Singers”), which depicts a scene from Mozart's opera “Don Giovanni.”

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In a GQ interview, actor Brendan Fraser detailed an incident of alleged sexual assault with former HFPA President Philip Berk.
In a GQ interview, actor Brendan Fraser detailed an incident of alleged sexual assault with former HFPA President Philip Berk. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. issued a statement Friday addressing a sexual assault allegation by actor Brendan Fraser.

Fraser, in a GQ profile published Thursday, recounted an incident of alleged sexual assault by former HFPA President Philip Berk, which the actor said hurt his career. It was the first time Fraser had spoken of the encounter publicly.

“The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article. Over the years we’ve continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences,” the organization said in a statement to The Times.

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Mary J. Blige.
Mary J. Blige. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The 90th Academy Awards are coming together with a bevy of performers now slated to take the stage.

Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens will perform this year’s Oscar-nominated songs during the upcoming ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced Friday.

The trio of Bernal, LaFourcade and Miguel will perform “Remember Me” from the animated film “Coco.” The song was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who earned Oscars in 2014 for “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”