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Hedy Lamarr, inventor; YouTube's streaming service; 'Killer Klowns' cult

The documentary, "Bombshell," tells the amazing life story of movie star and wartime inventor Hedy Lamarr; YouTube will compete with Spotify and Apple Music through its new streaming platform; the schlocky horror comedy, "Killer Klowns from Outer Space," turns 30.

Hedy Lamarr, inventor; YouTube's streaming service; 'Killer Klowns' cult

Plans for TV's Fall season; the state of rock 'n' roll; singer Lindi Ortega

Broadcast networks finished pitching to advertisers today, with the news that "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" will end after next season; a look at the Billboard Top 40 charts reveals that rock just isn't very popular these days; Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega's latest album was inspired by spaghetti Westerns, Ennio Morricone film scores and Quentin Tarantino movies.

Plans for TV's Fall season; the state of rock 'n' roll; singer Lindi Ortega

'Soft Power' playwright and composer; Emmy (aka FYC) season

Playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Jeanine Tesori (both Tony winners) created "Soft Power," a play with music that imagines China becoming the pre-eminent world power after the 2016 presidential election; Frame contributor Collin Friesen explores the Hollywood season known by the acronym FYC ( or For Your Consideration) and what it means for anyone working in TV.

Ethan Hawke; Do movies need a PG-15 rating?

Ethan Hawke has three movies coming out this year: "First Reformed," "Juliet, Naked" and "Blaze." In talking about these films, Hawke finds himself opening up with John about his choices to make indie films and how he's wrestled uncomfortably with the idea of being a celebrity; A new study by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center looks at the effects of viewing justified vs. unjustified violence. It finds that when the movie violence is seen as justified, parents are less upset by it – but nevertheless still think that 13 is too young to view it. Is it time for a PG-15 rating?

Dispatch from Cannes; Andrea Savage's 'I'm Sorry'; Iranian singer Googoosh

The issue of representation for women in film has come up at the Cannes Film Festival, where the festival's leaders have pledged to reach 50/50 parity for women filmmakers by 2020. We get a report from Rico Gagliano; In "I'm Sorry," actress Andrea Savage plays a "heightened" version of herself: a comedian with wildly inappropriate jokes who's also the mother of a young girl; We meet the Iranian singer Googoosh, who performed Saturday night at a packed Hollywood Bowl.

Dispatch from Cannes; Andrea Savage's 'I'm Sorry'; Iranian singer Googoosh

'Tully' director; Spotify and R. Kelly; 'Unrest' doc

Director Jason Reitman has collaborated with screenwriter Diablo Cody on three films — "Juno," "Young Adult," and now, "Tully," which stars Charlize Theron; why Spotify's decision to take R. Kelly's music off its curated playlists is so controversial; the documentary "Unrest" raises awareness about chronic fatigue syndrome, a common but poorly understood disease;

'Dear White People,' season 2; YouTube's TV play

The second season of Justin Simien's "Dear White People" has a lot to say about race, truth and what it means to be an American; YouTube's foray into the original content game includes "Cobra Kai," a sequel to "Karate Kid" with original star Ralph Macchio.

'A Suitable Girl' documentary; TV's stressful season; composer Ellen Reid

Arranged marriage in modern day India is explored in "A Suitable Girl," which tries to dispel Western misconceptions about the tradition; it's that time of the year when TV networks must decide which shows are renewed and which ones are toast; Ellen Reid's new work hopes to capture the nation's sense of urgency.

'A Suitable Girl' documentary; TV's stressful season; composer Ellen Reid

Is rock still a thing?; Cannes Film Festival; actor Drew Droege

With rock 'n' roll bands no longer headlining top music festivals, is the genre finally dead?; what to expect from this year's Cannes festival; comedic actor Drew Droege came to L.A. with glamorous dreams of making it in Hollywood, only to find success with a viral video.

'Vida' creator Tanya Saracho; FYF Fest cancelled

Writer Tanya Saracho talks about her arc in the TV business — from being a "diversity hire" on "Devious Maids" to creating her own show "Vida" about two Latinx sisters who move back home after their mother's death; and Goldenvoice, the concert promoter of FYF Fest has canceled this year's festival because of low ticket sales. Is it a case of festival fatigue or something else?

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