Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times

Jonah Valdez

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Recent articles by Jonah:

Tupac Shakur gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame nearly 3 decades after his death

More than 25 years after his death, Tupac Shakur received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. → Read More

Cuba Gooding Jr. settles with accuser, avoids trial in New York sexual assault case

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has avoided a sexual assault trial just as it was set to begin after he settled with his accuser. → Read More

Mark Hamill says he's done with Luke Skywalker

Mark Hamill told CBS News that he's done with his role as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars": "They have so many stories to tell, they don't need Luke anymore." → Read More

As rapper Pras faces prison sentence, did the Fugees give their final performance?

As Pras faces a federal prison sentence, some are left wondering if the Fugees' reunion performance in Philadelphia is the group's last show. → Read More

Diddy's son Justin Combs arrested for suspected DUI

Justin Combs, the eldest son of Diddy, was released on bail after being arrested near Beverly Hills on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI on Sunday morning. → Read More

'Barbie' production exacerbated a company's pink paint shortage

The 'Barbie' film used so much pink paint that it depleted the global reserves of its supplier, Rosco, which were already limited by supply chain issues. → Read More

Padma Lakshmi leaves 'Top Chef' to focus on 'Taste the Nation'

Padma Lakshmi is leaving her "Top Chef" hosting duties after 19 seasons on the Bravo reality show. She wants to focus on "Taste the Nation" and other projects. → Read More

Nick Cannon says Jamie Foxx will speak out 'when he's ready'

Nick Cannon shared how Jamie Foxx turned down his offer to be "a mouthpiece" after Foxx's health scare: “When he's ready, he's going to address ... the world." → Read More

Lizzo threatens to quit music, locks Twitter account after latest wave of body-shaming

Lizzo locked her Twitter account after threatening to quit music amid a new wave of body-shaming comments. → Read More

Live-action Miles Morales, animated 'Spider-Woman' teased

"Spider-Man" producers reportedly said that a Miles Morales live-action film and an animated standalone "Spider-Woman" movie are on the way. → Read More

Bruce Springsteen shakes off onstage fall in Amsterdam with a smile and a joke

Bruce Springsteen tripped and fell on stage during a recent show in Amsterdam, but was able to continue performing afterward. → Read More

Woaah, Keanu Reeves reunites with Dogstar in Napa Valley

Keanu Reeves reunited with his band Dogstar over the weekend at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival for their first show in more than 20 yers. → Read More

Ming-Na Wen gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, calls for more Asian American inductees

Ming-Na Wen, known for "Joy Luck Club," "Mulan," and Marvel shows, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to join the small list of Asian American honorees. → Read More

Sammy Hagar texted 'I love you' to Eddie Van Halen before death

Sammy Hagar was able to reconcile with Eddie Van Halen before his death in 2020: 'I was mad. I was hurt ... it's very important that we connected." → Read More

Grand jury indicts Houston-area man for murder in the killing of Migos rapper Takeoff

A Houston-area man suspected in the November shooting death of Migos rapper Takeoff has been indicted for murder by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas. → Read More

HGTV is selling 'Brady Bunch' house for $5.5. million

HGTV is selling the 'Brady Bunch' house for $5.5 million. The TV network famously flipped the house for 'A Very Brady Renovation' in 2019. → Read More

Judge to toss out ‘Romeo and Juliet’ child sex-abuse lawsuit filed by stars of 1968 film

A child sex-abuse lawsuit filed by the stars of the 1968 film 'Romeo and Juliet' was tossed out in a tentative ruling. The plaintiffs are 'disappointed' but undaunted. → Read More

Tom Petty items withdrawn from auction after his family alleges they were stolen

After Tom Petty's family accused an auction house of offering up items they said had been stolen from the late rocker, RR Auction withdrew them from the sale. → Read More

How Tina Turner's Buddhist faith helped her leave Ike Turner

Tina Turner credited her Buddhist faith for giving her the strength to leave her abusive relationship with Ike Turner. The singer died Wednesday at 83. → Read More

Chas Newby, fill-in bassist who rejected a full-time gig with the Beatles, dies at 81

Chas Newby, an English bassist who once played a string of gigs with the Beatles in the 1960s, has died at 81. → Read More