Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease, possibly football-related, family says

NFL great Frank Gifford, who died in August of reported natural causes, had a brain disease that may have stemmed from his Hall of Fame football career, his family said in a statement released Wednesday.

The family revealed that it had medical researchers study Gifford's brain after he died at age 84, and that those pathologists found evidence ...Read more

'In Jackson Heights' review: Gentrification of Queens neighborhood captured in doc

The expansive, generous-spirited new Frederick Wiseman documentary "In Jackson Heights" teems with life. Wiseman's 40th film, it continues his obsession with the institutions, the juices and the peculiarities of American life and the democratic process. It's a very good thing to experience around the Thanksgiving holidays; some of us give thanks...Read more

At 93, Norman Lear looks to his future

CHICAGO -- None of the 200 or so people who showed up at a late October luncheon in Chicago was as old as the guest of honor: Norman Lear, age 93. And few, if any, would have been as lively or as smart or as charmingly opinionated.

"This country does not handle aging well," Lear said. "Aging is treated like a disease, and it is not. It is just ...Read more

Stallone and Company on the creation of 'Creed'

For Sylvester Stallone, it was deja vu. There he was, a few Fridays ago, at the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, having a proclamation read to him by the mayor. Mayor Michael Nutter was declaring Nov. 25 "Creed Day" in honor of the new movie Creed, which stars Stallone as some mug named Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan as ...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

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 16:

1. Jurassic World -- Universal

2. Inside Out (2015) -- Disney

3. San Andreas -- Warner

4. Terminator (2015) -- Paramount

5. Paper Towns -- Fox

6. Pixels -- Sony

7. Spy -- Fox

8. Southpaw -- Weinstein

9. The Gift (2015) -- Universal

10. Magic Mike XXL -- Warner

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'Smile!' How a villain's phrase in 'Jessica Jones' exposes modern-day sexism

Just 30 minutes into the series premiere of "Jessica Jones," the title character, in flashback, is shown at a table in a high-end restaurant. It's a version of Jones we've never seen before, polished and pristine, an evening gown replacing her traditional jeans. But the most significant change in our heroine's appearance is the complete lack of ...Read more

10 things 'Spotlight' gets right about newsroom life

The movie "Spotlight" gets it right in 10 ways big and little:

-- The Boston Globe says goodbye to a colleague with a newsroom sheet cake and speech. That is standard operating procedure.

-- The reporters' clothing -- especially Rachel McAdams' loose khaki pants, blouse and shoes with chunky heels that look designed for walking ease -- were ...Read more

John Fogerty on Creedence, Vegas & finding peace

How surprised is Creedence Clearwater Revival mastermind John Fogerty that he'll be kicking off his first-ever Las Vegas residency at the Venetian Theatre in January? And how surprised is he to be doing so just a few miles from the ongoing Vegas residency at House of Blues by Carlos Santana, who in 1969 was part of the same fabled Woodstock ...Read more

Shanice Williams steps into Dorothy's shoes for NBC's 'The Wiz Live!'

When Shanice Williams walked into her first New York open call, she carried these words from her grandmother: "If you're nervous, you're never going to get anywhere in life."

But Williams wanted to go places, Broadway to be exact, and this casting call at age 18 was the first step. Putting her nerves aside, she auditioned for the lead role in ...Read more

The archer heroine of the 'Hunger Games' megahits could spark revolution in Hollywood

Throughout the new "Hunger Games" movie, the fourth and final in the dystopian series, heroine Katniss Everdeen's name is intoned with grave sincerity. The manipulative President Snow whispers it, as one does of a worthy rival; her battle partner and occasional romantic interest Gale Hawthorne utters it to suggest a noble comrade.

But the most ...Read more

Latest home video releases

Here's a look at the most interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week.


"Kingdom of Shadows": Director Bernardo Ruiz examines the impact of drug trafficking on both sides of the border in this powerful documentary. Much like the movie ...Read more

Jackie Earle Haley felt right at home directing his first film, 'Criminal Activities'

Jackie Earle Haley admits that he's not good at doing that many things.

"It would be really difficult for me to cook you a burger," said Haley, 54, by phone from Orlando, Fla. "I'm not the smartest guy in the world. I know how to act, and I know how to direct."

He's been an actor for more than 40 years, and now he's making his feature ...Read more

Movie review: 'Victor Frankenstein' doesn't quite get there

Six years ago, Guy Ritchie gave stuffy British detective Sherlock Holmes a thorough dusting off in his film, "Sherlock Holmes," turning the private eye into a macho, brawling action hero. This swaggering steampunk treatment is now applied to another British literary-turned-pop icon in "Victor Frankenstein." Here, the reclusive mad scientist is ...Read more

Movie review: 'Victor Frankenstein' is a mashed-up mess

Someone left a copy of Mary Shelley's novel out in the rain, threw the wet mess into a blender, hit puree and came up with "Victor Frankenstein," the 758th movie retelling of the seminal horror tale, this time with a dash of Marvel Comics and a revisionist perspective thrown in for flavor. Although the mad doctor with a God complex (played by ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Good Dinosaur' a wondrous, wacky Jurassic world for tykes

LOS ANGELES -- In ordinary hands, "The Good Dinosaur" might not be worth your time. It's got its share of gee-whiz elements and isn't shy about imparting sweet lessons ideal for improving 5-year-old minds. But this is Pixar we're talking about, and for those folks doing things the ordinary way is never an option.

Instead, under the direction of...Read more

Can a five-hour Alaskan train ride be compelling Thanksgiving viewing?

The ever-widening range of TV offerings can sometimes seem to leave no stone unturned. There are transgender prisoners and Southern U.S. zombies in scripted television; there are all manner of competing professionals -- and, if you're inclined to presidential-election coverage, undead of a different sort -- in nonscripted.

But few such rocks ...Read more

Wu-Tang Clan's secret album brings millions in private sale, auction house says

Wu-Tang Clan's ambitious, one-of-a-kind secret album "Once Upon A Time in Shaolin" -- of which only a single copy was produced -- has been sold to an American buyer for an undisclosed figure that was in the millions, private auction house Paddle8 announced on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the group announced that the 31-track double album, ...Read more

'Good Dinosaur' and 'Creed' to battle 'Hunger Games' at holiday box office

LOS ANGELES -- Animated dinosaurs and an up-and-coming boxer will fight "The Hunger Games" for box-office dominance over the Thanksgiving weekend, as Hollywood hopes for a busy five days of clashing heavyweights.

Pixar's new computer-animated film "The Good Dinosaur" and the "Rocky" franchise spinoff "Creed" are both expected to have strong ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ASSASSIN. 3 stars. Set in the waning days of the Tang Dynasty, Hou Hsiao-Hsien's film is full of stillness, the carefully observed, as it follows a serene and hard-to-read woman trained in the martial arts on an assignment she is reluctant to fulfill. Not "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and certainly not "Kill Bill," but a film that evokes...Read more