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Movie review: 'Miss Peregrine' is familiar, yet fun

The very best Tim Burton films feature a charismatic weirdo at the center of the story who is either preternaturally innocent (Edward Scissorhands, Pee-Wee Herman), or charged with the protection of innocence (Batman). Enter Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Eva Green) into the canon of Burton heroes of this type. She's the headmistress of a Home for ...Read more

Will Wednesday's 'Modern Family' be too modern? Show to feature transgender child

This Wednesday's "Modern Family" sure sounds like an episode that will be discussed around the water cooler.

According to newnownext.com, the episode, titled "A Stereotypical Day," will include 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, the first openly transgender child actor on TV.

Variety.com reports that in the episode, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and ...Read more

Chicago man pleads guilty to 'Celebgate' photo hacking

CHICAGO -- A Chicago man admitted Tuesday to his role in a hacking scandal dubbed "Celebgate" that resulted in dozens of nude photos of celebrities being posted online, including actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo.

Edward Majerczyk, 28, a self-described computer nerd, pleaded guilty in federal court to ...Read more

Lester Holt gets out of the way as moderator, and the spin room approves

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt moderated his first presidential debate like a boxing referee who lets the fighters go at it in the middle of the ring.

Holt's largely unobtrusive style during the first meeting Monday night of Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton had its detractors on social media. But it played ...Read more

Pulling strings, pushing buttons: Hillary and Donald puppets have the last laugh in 'Avenue Q' town hall 'debate'

NEW YORK -- The presidential candidates had come to a New York stage to make their plea to voters: Hillary Clinton, building a case for her experience, and Donald Trump, arguing for his outsider vigor.

Each had a disadvantage -- or, depending on your level of political apathy, an advantage: They were puppets.

"We're gonna build a wall. A huge ...Read more

VR title to be film reality: 'Invasion!' grabs hold of a movie company, possibly opening a new pipeline of ideas

Over its short life, virtual-reality entertainment has often been spun out of traditional Hollywood productions, whether an episodic piece based on "The Martian" or a more participatory experience derived from "Ghostbusters."

But the transom has rarely if ever gone the other way -- an original VR piece has never been turned into a Hollywood ...Read more

Why 2016 is the year of the horror flick

It has been a year of big-budget busts at the multiplex as gigantanormous pics such as "Ghostbusters," "Ben-Hur," "X-Men: Apocalypse," and Steven Spielberg's "The BFG" barely broke even -- if that. The epic disaster "Ben-Hur" cost $100 million to make and has returned an embarrassing $26 million.

Let studio execs, Wall Street investors, and ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Sept. 27 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

SEPTEMBER

27: Central Intelligence

27: The Shallows

27: Warcraft

27: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

27: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

27: The Neon Demon

27: Barbarians Rising

27: Cell

27: Edge of Water

27: Grimm: Season Five

27: Monster High: ...Read more

Book review: Bruce Springsteen runs it all down for you in his rewarding new autobiography

Anyone who has ever experienced the uniquely soul-stirring amalgam of musical celebration, spiritual rejuvenation, intellectual provocation and physical release-to-the-point-of-exhaustion that is a concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will feel right at home in the 508 pages of "Born to Run" (Simon & Schuster, $32.50), his 67-years- ...Read more

New recordings: Beach Slang, Usher, St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Beach Slang

"A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings"

(Polyvinyl )

In a Beach Slang song, everything is at stake, all the time. "Play it loud, play it fast, play me something that will always last," James Alex sings on the opening "Future Mixtape for the Art Kids." "Play it tough, play it quiet, play me something that might save my life." Beach Slang...Read more

Matt LeBlanc to return to British car series 'Top Gear'

Matt LeBlanc plans to be back in the driver's seat on "Top Gear" when the long-running British car series returns in 2017.

BBC Two announced news of LeBlanc's return Monday morning, saying that the actor had been signed to a two-series deal.

"I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to 'Top Gear.' He's a huge talent whose love of cars is ...Read more

Actress Michelle Hurd appreciates her past and present

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Actress Michelle Hurd was tutored by an uncompromising acting teacher when she was growing up: her father. It wasn't so much what he told her, but what she observed, she says, above the clatter in a noisy restaurant here.

Hurd's father was actor Hugh Hurd and for a while her mother performed too. "Growing up with my ...Read more

Keith Carradine: 'I'm a little bit scared every day when I go to work'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- There's something so essentially American about actor Keith Carradine that he's found himself riding the trails of countless westerns, interpreting Will Rogers, running a rustic coffee shop in "Fargo" and singing folk music in "Nashville."

That's why Carradine seems so easy as the president in CBS' "Madam Secretary," ...Read more

'Magnificent Seven' outnumbers 'Storks' at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Shooting past all competition, MGM and Sony's "The Magnificent Seven" took over the weekend box office, surpassing the new animated "Storks," from Warner Bros.

The remake of John Sturges' classic 1960 western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke pulled in an estimated $35 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and...Read more

Commentary: Why TV news needs to pull itself together for Trump-Clinton debates

LOS ANGELES -- Once more unto the breach, Lester Holt, once more.

For the second time in less than two years, the eyes of the world are upon the former "Dateline" host. Tapped to step in for and then replace Brian Williams last year after the dethroned NBC news anchor was caught choosing self-promotion over the truth, Holt, as moderator of the ...Read more

Jane Pauley to replace Charles Osgood on 'CBS Sunday Morning'

Jane Pauley Sunday was named to replace the retiring Charles Osgood as anchor of "CBS Sunday Morning."

Pauley' appointment was announced at the end of Osgood's final appearance as host of the program he took over 22 years ago. Pauley will the third anchor in the program's 37 years. Osgood took over for Charles Kuralt, the program's first anchor...Read more

Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

Bill Nunn, a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in director Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 63.

Nunn's wife, Donna, confirmed his death to the Associated Press and said he had been battling cancer.

Word of his death first arrived via Instagram and Facebook posts from Lee, who also worked ...Read more

'60 Minutes' correspondent reflects on the story that helped land him there

Since becoming a full-time correspondent on "60 Minutes," Bill Whitaker has traveled to Cremona, Italy, to report on Stradivarius violins; to France for a story on newly discovered Picassos, and to Myanmar to sit with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet after two years of frequent passport-stamping, he's still captivated by the 7th Avenue line ...Read more

Lupita Nyong'o on her role in 'Queen of Katwe' and shooting in Uganda

TORONTO -- Three weeks before Queen of Katwe co-star Lupita Nyong'o began shooting in the Ugandan slum of the film's title, she visited with the woman she plays, Harriet Mutesi, in the house that her chess-wizard daughter, Phiona, built for her.

"I sat with her on the floor and talked to her and observed her," Nyong'o said earlier this month at...Read more

Q&A: Ava DuVernay hopes 'Queen Sugar' will spark some thoughtful conversations

Director Ava DuVernay is no stranger to being bold.

Not only was her 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, "Selma," nominated for a best picture Oscar, but she's the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a production budget of over $100 million. And she has used that clout to cast a young actress of color, 13-year-old Storm Reid,...Read more