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Grace Van Patten, left, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel in the movie "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)."
Grace Van Patten, left, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel in the movie "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)." (Netflix)

Following rule changes by the Cannes Film Festival that prevent films without a French theatrical release from appearing in the prestigious competition section, streaming giant Netflix has decided it won’t submit any titles for consideration in this year’s lineup. The announcement was made by Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, in an exclusive interview with Variety. 

While Netflix could have submitted films for out-of-competition sections, Sarandos believes the compromise isn’t worth it.

“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” Sarandos said in the interview. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”

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Khloe Kardashian.
Khloe Kardashian. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

Khloe Kardashian, who’s nearly 9 months pregnant, is reportedly devastated after seeing pictures of boyfriend Tristan Thompson in New York City with another woman.

Thompson, a 27-year-old basketball star, spent four hours with Instagram model Lani Blair in his hotel room Saturday, according to Page Six, then took her back there around 5 a.m. Sunday. She reportedly didn’t leave until 8 p.m. Sunday, wearing the same clothes she’d had on previously and carrying an overnight bag.

Thompson and his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were in New York for a game against the Knicks on Monday, and the two teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleveland. 

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Mitzi Shore, owner of the Comedy Store, died Wednesday after a battle with Parkinson's disease.
Mitzi Shore, owner of the Comedy Store, died Wednesday after a battle with Parkinson's disease. (The Comedy Store)

In the 1970s, David Letterman baby-sat her children and Jay Leno slept on the back stairs of her Sunset Strip club, where Jim Carrey later tended the door.

Mitzi Shore was "the den mother of some berserk Cub Scout pack," as Letterman once said — one that brimmed with a breathtaking array of now-famous comics who broke through because she tapped them to perform.

Shore, who was regarded as the godmother of comedy in Los Angeles and whose Comedy Store was one of the most important showcases for stand-up in the country, died Wednesday after battling Parkinson's disease, according to a statement from the Comedy Store. She was 87.

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After sharing a heartwarming tale about the birth of his second child on Monday’s edition of “Late Night,” Seth Meyers turned his attention to another reality of fatherhood on Tuesday: the temper tantrum.

But the tantrum in question came not from any child, but from the U.S. commander in chief.

Meyers dedicated Tuesday night’s “A Closer Look” segment to deconstructing the latest chapter in Donald Trump’s legal saga and the president’s ensuing meltdown. 

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Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Mariah Carey opened up about her mental health on Wednesday and confirmed her longstanding battle with bipolar II disorder.

“Until recently, I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” the 48-year-old singer told People. “It was too heavy a burden to carry, and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

The octave-leaping siren was diagnosed in 2001 after being hospitalized for a physical and mental breakdown that coincided with years of personal and professional upheaval. The “Dreamlover” chanteuse, whose celebrated career has been marred by episodes of erratic behavior in recent years, ”believed she had a severe sleep disorder,” but what she was experiencing was a form of mania, she said.

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(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

I am not 9 anymore. But sometimes I wake up and I think the same way [as a child] — just full of a kind of innocence. I am so grateful that it is still there.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Joel Grey steps up

Tracy Morgan poses with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
Tracy Morgan poses with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)

Just under four years after a truck accident nearly took his life, Tracy Morgan has a new sitcom and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler opened Tuesday’s ceremony awarding the Walk of Fame’s 2,633rd star with an overview of Morgan’s career, from “Saturday Night Live” to “30 Rock” to his latest show, “The Last O.G.

The comedian, who spent two weeks in a coma in 2014, was visibly emotional throughout the ceremony, where he was surrounded by family, friends and fans. 

Actor T.J. Miller is accused of making a false bomb threat on an Amtrak train last month.
Actor T.J. Miller is accused of making a false bomb threat on an Amtrak train last month. (Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press)

Ex-“Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller was released from federal custody Tuesday after FBI agents arrested him at LaGuardia Airport on Monday in connection with a bomb-threat hoax that he allegedly sparked last month on an Amtrak train.

The 36-year-old actor made an initial appearance in federal court in New Haven, Conn., on Tuesday and was released after posting a $100,000 bond, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut.

Miller was charged by federal criminal complaint with “intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device on a train traveling to Connecticut,” the statement said.

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Promoter Gary Richards has a new gig in downtown L.A.
Promoter Gary Richards has a new gig in downtown L.A. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

After parting with Live Nation last year, former Hard Summer promoter Gary Richards is returning to his onetime home base of downtown L.A. for a new festival. 

All My Friends, Richards’ first major new project for the promoter LiveStyle, will debut Aug. 18-19 at the Row, the new Arts District commercial complex (right now, it’s the home of the popular food market Smorgasburg).

No lineup has been set yet, but Richards honed an idiosyncratic mix of hip-hop, big-room EDM and bass music, emerging R&B and underground techno during his decade producing Hard Summer. 

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Classic episodes of "Roseanne" — featuring Laurie Metcalf, left, and Roseanne Barr — will appear on Paramount Network.
Classic episodes of "Roseanne" — featuring Laurie Metcalf, left, and Roseanne Barr — will appear on Paramount Network. (ABC via AP)

Everything old is new again! 

Paramount Network announced Tuesday the addition of classic episodes of “Roseanne” to its weekday lineup. The decision comes in the wake of the series revival’s unprecedented ratings on ABC.  

The sitcom, centered around a blue-collar family in the heart of middle America, originally debuted on ABC in 1988 and ran for nine seasons.