Schwarzenegger embraces his aging Terminator

"Old, but not obsolete."

That's the refrain a graying, creaky Arnold Schwarzenegger repeats throughout the new "Terminator" film, attempting to reassure his comrades that, though his machinery has aged, he can still get the job done.

The 67-year-old is seeking to disprove similar doubts after suffering a string of box-office flops following ...Read more

Movie review: 'Magic Mike XXL' delivers just enough of the goods

Early on in "Magic Mike XXL," a movie that is exactly what you expect it might be but with less nudity (sorry, thought I'd better get that out of the way), Mike (Channing Tatum) performs an irresistible welding moonwalk. He is now, as he dreamed of being back in the innocent days of "Magic Mike," a designer of fairly hideous-looking furniture, ...Read more

Lance Henriksen's 'oddball' film picks speak to his creative nature

Early in his career, Lance Henriksen worked for six months with influential French filmmaker Francois Truffaut when both men acted in director Steven Spielberg's classic 1977 sci-fi fantasy, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Henriksen played Robert, the assistant of Truffaut's inquisitive French scientist Dr. Lacombe.

Nearly four decades ...Read more

Aasif Mandvi bridges East-West gap on 'Daily' basis and now HBO

As the senior Muslim correspondent on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show," actor Aasif Mandvi parodied some of the media's most absurd notions about Islam, the Middle East and essentially any brown culture that qualified as "foreign."

While "reporting" on a puzzling amendment in Alabama to ban sharia law, he said: "Anyone could see how easily we could ...Read more

Choreographer has the 'Magic Mike' touch

Alison Faulk is the lucky woman who made the moves for the hunks of "Magic Mike XXL," the second Channing Tatum film about the trials and triumphs of male strippers, inspired by Tatum's own bump and grind time in Tampa, Fla. The film, now in theaters, also stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Faulk, who choreographed the ...Read more

Movie review: New 'Terminator' does not compute

How is "Terminator Genisys" different from Elon Musk's rocket? At least the rocket got off the ground before exploding.

James Cameron's two original "Terminator" blockbusters are authentic pop art masterworks. Stunningly visualized, memorably cast and crammed with nightmarish sci-fi noir, they were work by a director in rapturous love with the ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for June 22-28:

1. American Sniper -- Warner

2. Chappie -- Sony

3. The Loft -- Universal

4. Survivor -- Alchemy

5. Black or White -- Fox

6. The DUFF -- Lions Gate

7. Fifty Shades of Grey -- Universal

8. SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water -- Paramount

9. The Boy Next Door -- Universal

10. The Forger (...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

Album review: Miguel doesn't fit in, and he's fine with it — sometimes



3 stars

On his third album, "Wildheart" (ByStorm/RCA), Miguel Pimental turns to Los Angeles as his muse. It's a place where everything seems possible and also a destination where dreams go to die. Miguel's narrators negotiate the space between, in the same way that he's striving to carve out a career in R&B that feeds ...Read more

Movie review: A machine could write a more interesting 'Terminator' sequel

Humanity gets a do-over in "Terminator Genisys," the fifth in the franchise begun in 1984 with "The Terminator." But this screwy revision of the previous "Terminator" movies is so muddled and yakky, you may find yourself rooting for the apocalypse. At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger is thrown through a wall into a Pepsi Max vending machine (if ...Read more

Movie review: 'Terminator Genisys' packs powerful punch

James Cameron's 1984 science fiction classic, "The Terminator," blended the perfect touches of comedy, action and characters to become one of the best offerings in the genre. It not only solidified Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the top action film stars on the planet; it also spawned sequels, a TV show, books and lines of toys.

It would seem ...Read more

Movie review: 'Faith' stumbles because of flawed script

"Faith of Our Fathers," the latest offering in the growing faith-based film market, gets high points for good intentions but loses most of them for execution. The writers got so wrapped up in the spiritual aspects of the story that the mechanics fall apart.

The story of two strangers united by their efforts to learn more about their fathers ...Read more

Donald Trump sues Univision for dropping Miss Universe pageant

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump made good on his promise to sue Spanish-language broadcaster Univision over its decision to scrap plans to air the Miss Universe pageant on July 12.

In a suit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Trump said Univision breached its contract with the Miss Universe pageant, of which he owns 49 percent, and called ...Read more

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner divorcing after 10 years of marriage

LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split, the couple announced Tuesday, confirming rumors that had bubbled up in earnest about a month ago.

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple said in a joint statement, which they said would be their final comment on the "...Read more

'Terminator Genisys,' 'Magic Mike XXL' enter crowded marketplace over holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES -- Though there will be fireworks at the box office this weekend, a crowded marketplace may not be enough to help set Independence Day weekend records.

New offerings "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL" are tracking to make between $50 million to $60 million each over the five-day holiday weekend, according to people familiar ...Read more

Viewers welcome Lester Holt to 'NBC Nightly News' with a ratings win

Lester Holt got off to a strong start in his first week as permanent anchor of "NBC Nightly News."

Holt's broadcast averaged 8 million viewers for the week of June 22-26, topping "ABC World News Tonight with David Muir" (7.7 million) and "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" (6.6 million), according to Nielsen data.

It was the best ratings ...Read more

Classic cinema: The superb, thrilling 'Third Man' returns in a brilliant restoration

It was the rare film of Graham Greene's work that the novelist was happy with, the only example of Orson Welles' that the actor liked well enough to watch on television. A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, it could only be "The Third Man," and it is back in the best shape of its life.

Opening July 3 for a one-week run ...Read more

5 things for Apple (and you) to keep in mind as Apple Music is launched

Daniel Ek of Spotify, the Beggars Group label consortium and the almighty Taylor Swift (among many others) are among the many who have all inveighed, quipped or protested against Apple Music, which stands to profoundly reshape the music industry with its launch this week.

Offering a centralized location for streaming music, integration with ...Read more

Movie review: 'Magic Mike' sequel should have stuck to what it does best

You can't tease everyone.

Unfortunately, the hotly anticipated stripper sequel "Magic Mike XXL" tries to do just that, resulting in a Bud Light version of Steven Soderbergh's original, surprise-hit home brew. By trying to appeal to young women, middle-aged moms, gay men and spring-break bros at the same time, the movie spreads itself too thin, ...Read more

TV review: MTV's 'Scream' feels like a retro take on film franchise

"Scream," the metafictional slasher-movie franchise, has made its way to television, where it premieres as a series on MTV. If you're going to make a TV show about murdering teenagers, that does somehow seem the likely place.

Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original (and most of the three sequels), is not involved with the small-screen version,...Read more