BEIJING -- "Angry Birds" soared to the top of China's box office last week, outpacing "Captain America" and taking in $30.3 million in its first three days in theaters.
While the high-powered Marvel film was bested by some animated avians, "Captain America: Civil War" added another $22.8 million to its war chest, good enough for second place in...Read more
Two icons celebrated a fallen peer at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday when Madonna and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Prince with versions of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Purple Rain."
The performance, which concluded a broadcast that featured a volume of lip-syncing likely to have perturbed the Purple One, opened with Madonna spinning into ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and fellow Viacom board director George Abrams filed a lawsuit Monday in Massachusetts probate court that seeks to invalidate changes that ousted them as directors in Sumner Redstone's trust.
The move appears to be unprecedented, and is a declaration of war over Redstone's controlling ...Read more
The CW has renewed its affiliation agreement with Tribune Broadcasting but will lose WGN, the station group's flagship in Chicago.
CBS Inc., co-owner of The CW with Warner Bros. Entertainment, announced Monday that the network's programming, which includes "Supergirl," "The Flash," "Arrow" and "Supernatural," will continue to air on 12 Tribune-...Read more
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. He's better known as Bob Dylan, the man who changed popular music with his words, voice and vision. In honor of Dylan's diamond jubilee birthday on Tuesday, we offer 25 things to know about rock's greatest songwriter.
1. He lived his first six years in Duluth, next 12 years in ...Read more
Hodor, indeed! Also: Ho-window, Ho-hats, Ho-horses and Ho-breath.
After Sunday's high-drama "Game of Thrones," we now know so much more about so much, including how the great homunculus Hodor got his name and, speaking of names, why the source material book series is called what it is.
Sansa continues her reign of righteousness, essentially ...Read more
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Last year, Bob Dylan released "Shadows in the Night," a tribute to Frank Sinatra. "Fallen Angels" was recorded during the same sessions; Sinatra had recorded all but one of these compositions, too. For "Shadows," Dylan chose crepuscular songs of loneliness and mortality, leaning toward obscurities...Read more
PASADENA, Calif. -- For years people would tap Danica McKellar on the shoulder and ask, "Aren't you that little girl on 'The Wonder Years?'"
Though she WAS that little girl on "The Wonder Years," all that changed in an instant. After six seasons on the popular show, McKellar was ready for college.
"I took four years off to attend UCLA," she ...Read more
Finishing SchoolT.L. Zempel
Wendy Taylor begins her school year with the usual hopes of reaching her 6th graders in a lasting, positive way. Those hopes are compromised, however, when the district’s new plans to comply with recent state legislation surrounding teacher evaluations and pay for performance are revealed....
As the 12th season of "The Bachelorette" premieres this week, some fans of the reality-romance franchise won't be experiencing Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher's journey for the first time.
Call them the spoiler-savvy.
"The Bachelorette/Bachelor" franchise is "really the only reality show out there that is getting spoiled accurately and on a consistent ...Read more
Nobody goes to the Billboard Music Awards to find out who won -- not even the nominated artists.
Unlike the Grammy Awards or the MTV Video Music Awards, to name just two of the other shows in an increasingly crowded field, the Billboards are based on the trade magazine's closely watched sales charts, meaning that the results are easily ...Read more
CANNES, France -- Dressed in his signature camouflage pants and headband, Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame stood on the deck of a Riviera yacht here and poked at his dessert aux fraise with a tiny fork.
"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains," said Robertson, the star of the A&E reality series about a duck-hunting ...Read more
CANNES, France -- It's not always noted, but there are two Cannes film festivals, one composed of critics, journalists and industry professionals and the other inhabited by the sequestered jury. Sometimes these two Cannes speak with one voice, but in this 69th festival, they definitely did not.
The German film "Toni Erdmann," directed by Maren ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Captain America and Iron Man found their match at the weekend box office in a group of furious fowl.
Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment's "The Angry Birds Movie" dethroned "Captain America: Civil War," the comic book mashup from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios, while new releases "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" from Universal ...Read more
CANNES, France -- Veteran British director Ken Loach has won the 2016 Cannes Palme d'Or for best film.
Loach's film -- "I, Daniel Blake" -- was one of 21 films in competition for the Palme d'Or, one of the most coveted awards in cinema. It is the second time Loach has won the award.
"I, Daniel Blake," is Loach's 13th entry in the festival's ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The struggle for control of Sumner Redstone's media empire -- Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. -- culminated in a dramatic showdown Friday night.
The 92-year-old mogul moved to oust Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and longtime ally George Abrams as trustees of the entity set to control the two companies when Redstone dies or is ...Read more
CANNES, France -- The opportunity to make a feature film is, for most directors, the ultimate grail, a pearl without price, but for Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit, it's always been an offer he felt he had to refuse. Until he couldn't.
The 62-year old Dudok de Wit, based in London, is not just any short-film animator. He was twice nominated...Read more
"Preacher," a knockabout, comical creep show based on the late-'90s Vertigo comic book of the same name, adds another genre series to the slate of AMC, already the home of "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Into the Badlands." It's too much to say that you can't go wrong with the fantastical or supernatural these days, but it's ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Volunteers Friday began removing mementos lining the fence around the complex where Prince lived, worked and performed.
Bremer Trust, which is handling Prince's estate, will be responsible for preserving the paintings, photographs, signs and other tributes collected. Items that are not perishable or damaged will be saved, a ...Read more
Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship" is compact, modestly budgeted, sublimely acted and almost completely terrific. It'll likely disorient the average Jane Austen fanatic, which is nice, too.
The writer-director of "Metropolitan," "Barcelona," "The Last Days of Disco" and "Damsels in Distress" has adapted Jane Austen's early novella "Lady Susan,...Read more
A long way from Tinder, the entrancingly strange black comedy "The Lobster" imagines single life not as an array of swipe-right options, but rather as a quest for a mate for life on a serious deadline, to prevent being turned into a member of a nonhuman species.
Allow me to explain. In the world of "The Lobster," singlehood is illegal. The ...Read more
- 'I, Daniel Blake' wins top film prize at Cannes
- Forever young: 25 things you should know about Bob Dylan on his 75th birthday
- VIDEO: Madonna and Stevie Wonder covered Prince at the Billboard Music Awards
- 'Angry Birds' dethrones 'Captain America' at box office
- Movie review: Kate Beckinsale steals 'Love & Friendship,' Stillman's adaptation of Austen