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'Ex Machina' star Oscar Isaac channels Kubrick in film

Oscar Isaac has launched a first-rate film career by creating characters nobody wants as their imaginary best friend. Over the past 10 years, as villainous King John in Ridley Scott's retelling of the Robin Hood legend, a sneaky CIA type in the latest Bourne film, a vile asylum orderly in Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" or the tragicomic title ...Read more

Around the remote: Chuck Barney's picks for April 19-25

DON'T MISS: "The Americans" -- The Cold War-era spy drama closes out an electrifying third season with a finale that finds Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in treacherous territory. We have no idea where that might be, but our guess is Walmart on a Black Friday. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX.

Other bets

SUNDAY: The ...Read more

TV picks for the week

Mid-season series continue to conclude as our attention turns to old and recent movies, cheesy monsters and PBS. Here's what caught my eye on television this week:

Sunday: "Academy of Country Music Awards," 7 p.m., CBS: Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton host this live event, which honors both the genre's best performers and an end to Bryan and ...Read more

Rock Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2015

CLEVELAND -- The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Cleveland on Saturday night. Here were the highlights as the evening unfolded, presented in reverse chronological order:

Whatever other transgressions Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials may be accused of, they know you can't follow a Beatle, much less two ...Read more

Don Francisco on 'Sabado Gigante': We have done what no one has ever done

From the stage where he's entertained millions of Latinos with his booming voice and clownish persona, Mario Kreutzberger -- better known far and wide as Don Francisco -- made his first comments about the decision to end "Sabado Gigante" after 53 years.

"Forgive me at the beginning for taking a few seconds -- more than the usual -- to converse ...Read more

'Dr. Oz' will mount on-air defense against critics who want him fired

Mehmet Oz, the television host "Dr. Oz," plans to set aside a portion of his popular TV show in the coming week to address critics who say he no longer deserves to be associated with a prestigious Ivy League university.

The detractors sent a letter this past week to Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons -- where Mehmet Oz is ...Read more

'Orphan Black' returns: Hardest-working woman in TV gets some company

Meryl Streep needs to step up her game.

Those three Oscars and two Emmys are little more than impressive paperweights. She can slip into numerous accents, but so could Rich Little.

If the so-called Hollywood queen really wants to earn her tiara, she'll have to take an acting class from Tatiana Maslany, the hardest working woman in show ...Read more

Univision pulls plug on 'Sabado Gigante,' Spanish-language TV staple for 53 years

LOS ANGELES -- Saturdays are about to be a lot less giant.

"Sabado Gigante," the Spanish-language TV staple that brought millions of Latino families together with its madcap contests and cheesy sketch comedy bits, will end its record 53-year run Sept. 19, Univision announced Friday.

For many Latino immigrants and their children, the program ...Read more

Bill Arhos, founder of 'Austin City Limits' music program, dies at 80

AUSTIN, Texas -- Bill Arhos, whose long career at Austin public television station KLRU included founding the landmark music program "Austin City Limits," died April 11, the station announced in a press release Monday morning. He was 80.

Born Nov. 3, 1934, and raised in Bryan, Texas, Arhos began working at KLRU in 1961 and eventually became ...Read more

Univision retires 'Sábado Gigante' after 53 years

LOS ANGELES -- The days of oddball sketches, leggy models and impressing El Chacal are about to bid adios: Long-running Spanish-language TV staple "Sabado Gigante" will end its run after 53 years on the air.

Univision is turning out the lights on its top-rated variety show.

The campy show, which has aired for 3,000 Saturday nights without ...Read more