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Kate Baldwin's winning Anna powers Lyric's 'King and I'

CHICAGO -- Anna Leonowens arrives in Siam in widow's weeds, a bereaved colonialist determined to lose herself in her work. She is not yet old enough to abandon her sexual being, but it is just one of the markers of brilliance in Oscar Hammerstein's book to "The King and I" that Mrs. Anna, the scientific woman who otherwise seems to know ...Read more

Hulu is developing a cable-like package of channels

LOS ANGELES -- Hulu is preparing a cable-like digital bundle that would stream feeds of broadcast and cable TV channels, a person familiar with the matter said.

The streaming service, based outside Los Angeles, is the latest media company to get into the so-called "skinny bundle" business, which refers to the idea of creating slimmer TV ...Read more

Second City e.t.c.'s 'Red Line' runs over Chicago's sacred cows

CHICAGO -- The admirably fearless new revue at the Second City e.t.c., "A Red Line Runs Through It," mostly runs right through Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose outsized smiling visage is such a visual and thematic presence in the show -- indeed, it's the backdrop for the best part of the show. A show with more political guts than you'll find ...Read more

Sumner Redstone's testimony of 'utmost significance,' judge declares

LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge said Monday that the ailing Sumner Redstone will have to testify in the upcoming trial to determine whether he is mentally competent.

Redstone will have to give a 15-minute deposition, which will be videotaped and played for the judge at trial. That portion of the trial will be closed to ...Read more

Fox's 'Houdini & Doyle': The game is afoot in turn-of-the-last century London

In Fox's new Canadian-British-American series "Houdini & Doyle," the famous escape artist and the creator of Sherlock Holmes team to solve murders in turn-of-the-last-century London. It is less exciting than it sounds.

It is true that the men knew each other, though not until 20 years after this story is set. In this imaginary timeline, Houdini...Read more

Here is why Hollywood also has an LGBT diversity issue

It is no secret that Hollywood has a diversity issue -- just take a look at the past two years of #OscarsSoWhite. But more than some may have expected, the industry's exclusion problems extend past the conventional conversation about race/ethnicity and sex. According to the latest study from GLAAD, released Monday, LGBT representation in film ...Read more

Judge confirms appointment of special administrator on Prince's estate

CHASKA, Minn. -- With the approval of most of Prince's siblings, a judge Monday confirmed the appointment of Bremer Trust, National Association as special administrator to manage the late musician's assets.

Carver County District Court Judge Kevin Eide ruled on the matter during a 10-minute hearing attended by several of Prince's relatives, ...Read more

Album review: Wintry and subdued: Those are the 'Views' from Drake's latest release

Expectation management is a complicated pop-music game, and Drake has dealt himself a challenging hand with "Views" (OVO Sound 1/2), the Canadian rapper's long-awaited fourth official album, released Thursday night.

Drake started talking about the album, then called "Views From the 6," way back in 2014. (The number is a nickname for his ...Read more

New albums: Lera Lynn, Darrell Scott Brian Eno

Lera Lynn

"Resistor"

(Resistor Music )

Lera Lynn is best known as the lounge singer in the second (not as good as the first) season of the HBO noir drama "True Detective" -- she plays the heroin-addicted chanteuse with the flat affect who sang melancholy songs she wrote with Roseanne Cash and T-Bone Burnett. The songs on "Resistor" share some...Read more

Drake's 'Views' can seem contradictory

Superstardom buys many things, and Drake names an awful lot of them on his plush new album "Views."

There's the yacht "so big that they try to hit me with boat fines." There are the elaborate pool parties that transform his backyard into Mardi Gras. And there's the car he paid $1.5 million for -- then drove only five times.

"Dropped out of ...Read more

Stagecoach's cross-country appeal

INDIO, Calif. -- Listen for any length of time to mainstream country radio and it's easy to conclude that the genre has become a one-dimensional realm of singers with little on their minds but when the next party starts.

"Country music is all about good times," proclaimed a deejay at one radio station over the weekend in touting the annual ...Read more

'Jungle Book' adds to box-office streak

LOS ANGELES -- For the third straight week, Disney's "The Jungle Book" bested all others at the box office, pushing its worldwide gross to almost $700 million and continuing a hot streak for the Burbank entertainment giant.

The studio's retelling of the classic Rudyard Kipling story pulled in an estimated $42.4 million in the U.S. and Canada, ...Read more

Kenneth Branagh on his doubts as an actor

PASADENA, Calif. -- Though Kenneth Branagh is perched at the top of his game -- both in directing and acting, 10 years ago he had serious doubts.

The star of such films as "My Week with Marilyn" and "Hamlet," and the director of movies like "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," "Cinderella" and "Thor," Branagh could paper his house with accolades, throw...Read more

With 'Lemonade,' Beyonce shows she doesn't need Hollywood one bit

There was a time when Beyonce wanted to be a movie star. That was, after all, the traditional trajectory for pop singers who were bursting at the seams of music stardom -- especially "divas." Break out, break big, dominate the charts, star in a bunch of movies, become a household name. Basically, find a way to be Elvis.

Some of those divas were...Read more

The 'Hamilton' Effect: How one huge hit is shaping Tony campaigns on Broadway

NEW YORK -- Springtime on Broadway is usually racked with strategy, stress and speculation. New shows vie for any edge possible to capture the Tony Awards' brass ring of best musical, believing the award means industry prestige and a box-office bounce.

Not this year.

A different sort of drama is unfolding in the country's theater capital ahead...Read more

Kesha shows 'True Colors' in new single

Kesha isn't exactly free, but if her newly released single "True Colors" is any indication, she's liberated enough to begin reestablishing herself as a performer rather than the woman at the center of a courthouse drama.

The embattled artist (a.k.a. Kesha Rose Sebert) dropped the EDM ballad on iTunes on Thursday night, marking her first release...Read more

Column: Live, from Madison Avenue, 'SNL' getting into advertising game

From the maker of Super Bass-o-Matic '76, Mom Jeans, Colon Blow cereal and the recently controversial Heroin AM comes something not entirely new and not necessarily improved: real commercials.

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is moving beyond parody, planning to get into the ad game with both feet next season and not even holding its nose while ...Read more

How to make a great sequel in the age of recycled blockbusters

If January is Hollywood's season for mercy killings of disposable box office bombs, summer is when studios spawn squadrons of sequels, remakes and adaptations. The industry churns them out as if movies based on original stories would be trampled by audiences racing to recycled blockbusters.

And when Hollywood brass discovers a cinematic pot of ...Read more

Holocaust Museum, new 3-D technology bring survivor stories to life

SKOKIE, Ill. -- It is a question that haunts Holocaust survivors and their heirs more intensely each day:

What will happen when the survivors are no longer here to tell their stories?

Books, articles and documentary films, of course, will convey what happened. But nothing quite matches the urgency of seeing and hearing a survivor standing ...Read more

Theater review: 2 great actors not enough to keep 'Long Day's Journey' from rambling

NEW YORK -- Between the scenes of Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical masterwork, scenes currently inhabited by such famous actors as Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr., a billowing sheet traverses the stage of Jonathan Kent's Broadway revival of "Long Day's Journey Into Night." Since this textile sweep of Tom Pye...Read more