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Bruce Springsteen talks about how depression left him 'crushed'

Los Angeles Times

With more than 500 pages to work with in his upcoming autobiography, "Born to Run," legendary rock artist Bruce Springsteen found room to speak about both his continued struggles with depression as well as the shadow mental illness has cast over his life. "I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four," Springsteen details in his book. Springsteen expounds on mental illness, both his own and within his extended family, in the cover story of October's Vanity Fair, describing his own depression as "a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track," at which point wife Patti Scialfa will step in and make sure he's seen by his doctor. "If I'm being honest, I'm not completely comfortable with that part of the book, but that's O.K.," Scialfa told Vanity Fair regarding her husband's transparency about his depression. "He approached the book the way he would approach writing a song, and a lot of times, you solve something that you're trying to figure out through the process of writing -- you bring something home to yourself."

Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears do what they want at the mall because they're big celebrities

Los Angeles Times

For Ellen DeGeneres, being a Very Famous Celebrity means doing whatever you want at the mall. Spears was the reluctant one during a recent trip to Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, where DeGeneres tried to show her what it means to be famous: Park where you want, eat what you want, sleep where you want and take what you want. No need to pay, you're rich and famous! Welcome to the world of spontaneous 100% discounts. Get with the program, Brit-Brit.

Exclusive clip: Blake Lively regains her sight in 'All I See Is You'

Los Angeles Times

For years, she's been identified primarily as a television star, best known for her role on "Gossip Girl." But 2016 was the year she finally proved herself at the movies: Her low-budget shark thriller, "The Shallows," is about to surpass 100 million in ticket sales worldwide, and she earned good notices for costarring in Woody Allen's "Cafe Society." After big-screen successes, Lively will look for a different kind of acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival next week, when her new film "All I See Is You" is set to premiere. The film, which is seeking distribution at the 10-day event, is directed and co-written by Marc Forster, who is coming off his own box office hit in "World War Z." In "All I See Is You," Lively plays Gina, a young woman who lost her eyesight in a car accident when she was a girl.

Chevy Chase is back in rehab for an alcohol-related 'tune-up'

Los Angeles Times

Chevy Chase has checked into a Minnesota addiction center for an alcohol issue, according to his rep. "Saturday Night Live's" original "Weekend Update" host checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center recently, his publicist confirmed Tuesday. "He is there for an alcohol-related tune-up because he wants to be the best he can be," she said. Chase, 72, went to rehab for drug treatment in California in the '80s, but told Esquire in 2010, "I never shot things up or freebased. I was pretty low-level when it came to drug abuse.

Why Britney Spears and her team opted for tradition with the release of 'Glory'

Los Angeles Times

At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, there was one pop star with more at stake than any other that night: Britney Spears. Her last appearance -- in 2007 -- was a disaster, with the singer famously stumbling through her performance. Not so this year, when Spears -- long since removed from the time when she was a tabloid fixture and late-night punchline, slinked across the stage to her steamy comeback single, "Make Me," the lead track from her recently released album, "Glory." Spears' much-hyped return to the VMAs last month helped launch her album. "Glory" debuted at No. 3 on this week's Billboard 200 after selling 111,000 equivalent album copies, according to Nielsen Music.