For some, it’s 13 going on $5 million for the Jewish rite of passage as industry families “outdo one another … and the Grammys and the Emmys.”

Bar mitzvahs in Hollywood aren’t just parties — they also can be auditions.

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Time For Truth: (Hollywood Reporter) – Hollywood's Battles For The Best Bar Mitzvah: $5m Budgets, Justin Bieber And Camels

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As military-grade robotics get cheaper and more capable, someone will arm them and put them on American streets.

Robot-maker Sean Bielat says he’s fine with the Dallas Police Department’s apparently unprecedented use of a police bomb-disposal robot to kill a gunman on Thursday. “A robot was used to keep people out of harm’s way in an extreme situation,” said Bielat, the CEO of Endeavor Robotics, a spinoff of iRobot’s military division. “That’s how robots are intended to be used.”

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Tonight, Fox launches its latest reality experiment: Does Someone Have to Go?, where offices let employees take charge for 48 hours to decide the fate of fellow staffers and make overall recommendations for improvement. Billed as “Survivor meets The Office,” the project has been in the works at Fox for four years, with an early harsher draft of the concept drawing some controversy. Below, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell discusses the kinder, gentler Does Someone Have to Go? (preview video below), as well as fall’s newly female-dominated X Factor panel and kid-contestant MasterChef spinoff.

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