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Trump says he'll spend 'zero time' in role for new 'Apprentice'

NEW YORK –– President-elect Donald Trump said he won't spend any time working on the new version of the TV reality show he starred in before seeking office, although he will be paid and credited as an executive producer.

"I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it," ...Read more

Blogger captures strange pleasures of the made-for-TV Christmas movie

Let us for a moment consider the strange pleasures of the made-for-TV Christmas movie. Did I say pleasures? Sorry, I meant ... actually, I don't know what I meant because as a genre, this might be one of the more baffling if robust annual traditions-turned-fetish dominated by a small niche of cable channels that you might not even realize are ...Read more

End of 'Too Much Light' brings a longtime schism in the Neos out into the open

CHICAGO -- What happens when the father of a long-running theatrical phenomenon, one dependent upon the personal writing and performances of a large extended theater family, just can't let his baby go?

He throws it all out with the bathwater, say many of his former collaborators.

Greg Allen, the founder of the born-in-Chicago theater company ...Read more

A sour Jerry Seinfeld goes over the same old complaints

CHICAGO -- "What else is annoying in the world besides everything?"

Excepting our newly minted president-elect, comedian Jerry Seinfeld -- whose net worth is purportedly near a billion dollars -- may be the richest man in the country who takes to a stage before a capacity crowd just to complain about how terrible things are.

"Everyone's lives ...Read more

Trans-Siberian Orchestra blew my mind. But was it for better … or worse?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Whoever is responsible for paying for the electricity at Charlotte's Spectrum Center should probably consider sitting down before tearing open the next bill.

That's because the Trans-Siberian Orchestra came to town on Thursday night. And when the world's most popular progressive-rock band (and largest, at two dozen members) ...Read more

HBO 'Silicon Valley' actor T.J. Miller arrested on suspicion of battery on driver in Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES -- HBO's "Silicon Valley" actor T.J. Miller was arrested early Friday on suspicion of battery on a car service driver in the Hollywood Hills, police said.

The car company driver reported the attack about 1 a.m. in the 6900 block of Camrose Drive, said Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The ...Read more

Surprise! Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik just dropped a duet for 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack

That sound you just heard was Taylor Swift blowing your mind.

After a month in which she and Drake may or may not have been dating and may or may not have been collaborating (the verdict appears to be no in both cases), Swift just pulled off a surprise. She dropped a new song Thursday night that indeed featured a special guest, just not the one...Read more

Column: Trump moves into a Colbert role

When "The Colbert Report" ended so its star could move to "The Late Show," many wondered what could ever replace it.

Now we have our answer: the presidency.

In one of the most meta media moves in history, Donald Trump has become the new "Stephen Colbert."

He even has a "Trump bump."

Back when the "Late Show" host was still doing "The Colbert...Read more

False starts bedevil the fast-food story 'Founder's' release date. But Weinstein assures it's behind the film

LOS ANGELES -- You've heard of pop-up restaurants and pop-up museums. But what about a pop-up movie?

That's the curious vibe surrounding "The Founder," the story of maverick businessman Ray Kroc's acquisition and expansion of the McDonald's fast-food chain. The film, which stars Michael Keaton as Kroc, opened Wednesday on one screen at the ...Read more

Movie review: 'Miss Sloane' delves into hidden side of Washington

If you feel you're not cynical enough about politics yet, "Miss Sloane" is a movie for you to discover. Jessica Chastain fires off a high-pressure Washington, D.C., thriller with subterfuge and backstabbing galore.

It's a companion piece to Chastain's menacing and dark counterterrorist thriller "Zero Dark Thirty." The battlefields here are the ...Read more

Television Q&A: 'The Leftovers,' 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,' ads for drugs

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will the HBO show "The Leftovers" continue?

A: Yes, for a bit. The series will return for its third and final season of eight episodes in April. HBO's announcement said nothing about the plot in the mystery-laden series, but it did confirm that the cast will include Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy ...Read more

Q&A with R. Kelly: He's ready to talk about Christmas — but not allegations

MINNEAPOLIS -- You have to hand it to R. Kelly and his unflagging salesmanship.

Even as his publicist jumped on the line to abruptly cut off our phone interview last week, the infamous, resilient R&B singer still got in one last plug for his new album, "12 Nights of Christmas," which he's promoting on a concert tour.

"What would you say to ...Read more

Movie review: 'Harry Benson: Shoot First' profiles a 'celebrity' photographer who was, in fact, so much more

LOS ANGELES -- Not all exceptional photographers live rarefied lives; some toil in the vineyards and take spectacular pictures again and again and again. Such is the case with Harry Benson, who has been doing it for 60 years and has no intention of stopping.

But as the intriguing documentary "Harry Benson: Shoot First" demonstrates, the fact ...Read more

Movie review: Young prisoners of war are victims of WW2 fallout in explosive foreign-language Oscar entry 'Land of Mine'

LOS ANGELES -- Nothing focuses a film like the threat of a bomb going off. From Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage" to the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," explosive devices that can detonate at any moment are intrinsically dramatic. "Land of Mine" makes good use of that plot mechanism, but it has a whole lot more going on as well.

Denmark's ...Read more

Movie review: James Baldwin is illuminated, with dizzying multimedia savvy, in 'I Am Not Your Negro'

LOS ANGELES -- In the beginning were the words, the eloquent, muscular, electric language of James Baldwin, a writer who had extraordinary insights into America's complex racial crisis.

But what makes "I Am Not Your Negro" a mesmerizing cinematic experience, smart, thoughtful and disturbing, goes well beyond words.

As directed by Raoul Peck, "...Read more

Movie review: Clever spiritual comedy 'The Brand New Testament' finds God ... in Brussels

LOS ANGELES -- The most powerful figure in the world is a miserable old bastard who manifests a startling contempt for humanity and an utter lack of moral qualifications and who spends each day dispensing tyranny and abuse with a few ill-advised keystrokes. It may not sound like the stuff of great escapist entertainment at the moment, but this ...Read more

Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell talk love, music, 'Mozart in the Jungle'

NEW YORK -- Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell are so ready for their romcom moment.

And in the third, 10-episode season of "Mozart in the Jungle," premiering this week on the Amazon Prime streaming service, they'll be getting it.

The classical-music-theme comedy is all in on love this season.

It doesn't hurt that much of the first half ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Friday:

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (PG-13): Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") directs this prequel to "A New Hope" about a band of resistance fighters (including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker) who risk their lives to steal the plans for an under-construction Death Star.

"La La Land" (PG-13): Get ...Read more

Greg Lake —founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer — dies at 69

English rock musician Greg Lake, who helped pioneer the expansive genre of progressive rock in the late 1960s and '70s as a founding member of both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died.

The singer, bassist and songwriter was 69, and had fought "a long and stubborn battle with cancer," his manager, Stewart Young, said in a statement...Read more

Mixed martial arts fighters say the UFC exploits them, and turn to Congress for help

WASHINGTON -- When Randy "The Natural" Couture began his Ultimate Fighting Championship career in 1997, the sport resembled little more than an organized fight club.

His first opponent outweighed him by more than 100 pounds.

Two decades and billions of dollars later, the UFC has entertained millions through lucrative pay-per-view TV events ...Read more