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New Details Emerge About How The Academy Handled Will Smith’s Slap Of Chris Rock

Published March 31, 2022 at 9:59 AM PDT
US actor Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Chris Rock holds an envelope in his right hand, his left hand covering his mouth in an open palm position. He looks out at the audience.
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US actor Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.

New Details Emerge About How The Academy Handled Will Smith’s Slap Of Chris Rock

Will Smith Academy Latest 3.21.22

Following the 94th Academy Awards, more drama has come from Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock. Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it had asked Smith to leave following the slap, and that it had initiated disciplinary proceedings against the actor. But reports out Thursday dispute that claim, saying Smith was never asked to leave directly, and that the show’s producers sent mixed messages.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the latest news surrounding Smith and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with John Horn, arts and entertainment host for KPCC and Dominic Patten, senior editor at Deadline.

Actor Tim Robbins On His Theater Company's Return To Stage And Starting A Production During A Pandemic

Tim Robbins Actors Gang 3.31.22

He might be best known for his roles in films like "Bull Durham," "The Player," and "The Shawshank Redemption, but actor Tim Robbins has his roots on stage. He started acting in theater performanceswhen he was just 12 and it has held a special place in his heart ever since. To this day, he remains involved with local theater in Los Angeles. The theater group he founded, The Actors' Gang, returns to the stage this month with its first production since closing down due to COVID -- a satire called "Can't Pay? Don't Pay!" by Nobel Laureate Dario Fo.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks withTim Robbins about the company's return to the stage, what's on the calendar for this season and the challenges of getting a production up and running during a global pandemic.

Two Months Since Russia Invaded Ukraine And Resolution Still Looks Unlikely

Ukraine Patricia 3.31.22

At a round of talks on Tuesday held in Istanbul, a glimpse of peace between Ukraine and Russia seemed to emerge, but not for long. The offering came when the Ukrainian delegation suggested a framework under which their country would remain neutral and drop its bid to join NATO. Russian officials responded positively calling it “significant progress.” But any meaningful resolution between the two countries crumbled as Russian forces bombarded areas around Kyiv just hours after pledging to scale back. Shelling continued to pound civilian sites, like libraries, homes, and stores. Over two months into the invasion and there have been thousands of casualties between the two sides and a staggering 4 million Ukraininans refugees have fled the country according to the United Nations.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by Patricia Schmorhun Hawrylyshyn, who lives in Ukraine and is currently sheltering in the city of Lviv. She’s been sharing parts of her experience with us since the war broke out.

You can find out more about Patricia's humanitarian organization here. With files from the Associated Press

COVID-19 AMA: Who Needs A Second Booster Shot, Finding COVID Treatments, LA Lifts Indoor Vaccine Mandate, And More

Covid Update 3.31.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

Topics today include:

The 2020 Dodgers Won The World Series. How They Did It Could Be Bad For Baseball

How To Beat A Broken Game Book 3.31.22

After finishing in second place last season with 106 wins, the Dodgers are favorites to win the NL West this year. They’re hoping for a repeat of 2020’s storybook (if you don’t count the pandemic) season that ended with a World Series win, the team’s first in more than 30 years. But baseball writer Pedro Moura argues in his new book that the combination of moves and events that led to the Dodgers’ victory in 2020, is contributing to the deterioration of the game as a whole. Today on AirTalk, FOX Sports national baseball writer Pedro Moura joins Larry to discuss his new book, “How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the Dodgers in a League on the Brink.”

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