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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

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

Why you should be excited HBOGo just added 'The Larry Sanders Show'

When Garry Shandling unexpectedly died earlier this year, I scrambled to find and rewatch some of my favorite episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show." But it was nowhere to be found on any of the streaming services I subscribe to. I can rest easy now. HBO has added the landmark comedy to its streaming service.

"Larry Sanders" took place behind the...Read more

Column: Rolling Stone, are these really the Top 100 TV shows ever?

OK, Rolling Stone. A new list purporting to contain "The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time"? I'll bite.

I know you create these things just so people like me, folks gathered mythically around the water cooler, will argue about your choices, link to your list, spend time on your site. And I know your specialty is supposed to be music so maybe ...Read more

Wanda Group-Sony Pictures deal gives China's richest man leg up in Hollywood

BEIJING -- The Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group announced a partnership with Sony Pictures on Friday, giving it some creative control over upcoming Sony films and underscoring China's rapidly rising influence in Hollywood.

Wanda, which is led by China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, will invest an undisclosed amount in Sony Pictures and "...Read more

Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

LOS ANGELES -- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch might be getting out of the office more, but he continues to pull down handsome compensation.

The 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox collected $34.6 million in executive compensation in fiscal 2016, which represents a 24 percent raise from the prior year, according to a regulatory filing...Read more

FBI, LA social workers investigate allegation of altercation between Brad Pitt and his teen son

LOS ANGELES -- Investigations by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services into allegations about Brad Pitt's behavior with one of his children involve an altercation on a plane that officials still are trying to sort out, a law enforcement source said Friday.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity ...Read more

Monty Python's Terry Jones is diagnosed with dementia

Terry Jones, the 74-year-old star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia.

The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones was set to receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.

"Terry has been...Read more

Movie review: Kirsten Johnson's intimate documentary, 'Cameraperson,' offers another perspective

One of the most nail-biting moments in "Cameraperson," Kirsten Johnson's enigmatic yet revelatory new documentary, unfolds in the Bosnian town of Foca, in a remote, scenic valley that was decimated by genocidal violence in the 1990s. The area, as seen through the lens of Johnson's roving and inquisitive camera, is a killing field no longer; the ...Read more

Racing into the woods after 'Blair Witch': Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard show no fear in pursuing a game-changing movie

Simon Barrett was totally at peace inside the ruins of the abandoned zoo. Our dusk hike cut short due to darkness, we'd detoured to the old Griffith Park Zoo. Because when you can't get lost in the woods with the screenwriter for the new "Blair Witch" movie, crawling around in the deserted cages of a zoo left to decay for 50 years feels like a ...Read more

The all-white wild West bites the dust

When director Antoine Fuqua first began contemplating how to go about remaking the much-loved 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven," one image quickly popped into his head.

"I said, 'I've got to see Denzel Washington on a horse,'" Fuqua recalled on a recent morning by phone from Italy, where the film was screening at the Venice Film Festival. "I...Read more

Around the Remote: "First Presidential Debate", "Criminal Minds" premiere, more

DON'T MISS: The presidential debate -- They've been throwing long-distance verbal jabs at one another for months. On Monday the candidates -- Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump -- finally come face to face on the same stage at New York's Hofstra University in the first of three scheduled debates. Judging from the spiteful tone ...Read more

The one thing 'MacGyver' on CBS can't conjure is a good reason for its reboot

"Why, why, why, 'MacGyver'"? "Why, why, whyyyyyyy, 'MacGyver'"?

The above should be sung to the tune of the Tom Jones hit "Delilah," and if you know that oldie but goodie, you may be the age to have a nostalgic interest in CBS' reboot of the iconic 1980s DIY secret-agent series.

Interest that will not, I fear, have much of a payoff.

The ...Read more

Fox doubles down on the devil

"The Exorcist" is the Fox network's second series this season to be based on a 20th century film franchise. ("Legal Weapon" debuted Wednesday). It also doubles the number of current Fox shows with a demonic foundation, joining "Lucifer," in which the Devil runs a Hollywood nightclub and solves crimes.

A different, more downbeat brand of devilry...Read more