Album review: Dylan takes another stroll down Tin Pan Alley

With "Fallen Angels" (Columbia), Bob Dylan makes at least one thing clear: It seems we got him all wrong, again.

Just when it appears possible to fix some aspect of Dylan's art and music, he does something that makes any attempt to pin him down look misguided.

Take Dylan's relationship with the Tin Pan Alley songwriting factory that dominated ...Read more

Movie review: McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence are just X-meh in 'Apocalypse'

The stakes in the boringly apocalyptic "X-Men: Apocalypse" couldn't be higher. Its long-entombed, ready-to-party mutant god, played by Oscar Isaac is both invincible and immortal, and he wants to control every single mind in every single human on Earth. The world's nukes are unleashed willy-nilly, though that part works out fine. It's a "just ...Read more

Female directors on their own in U.S., not overseas

In March 2015, an Australian researcher published a statistic that drew both laughs and gasps in the business community there: Fewer large Australian companies were run by women than by men named Peter.

The damning statistic prompted some introspection in the Australian film industry in particular, where women represent 17 percent of directors,...Read more

'Nashville' heads into the sunset

To put it in the context with which it's associated, "Nashville" started out as Hank Williams and ended up as Hank Williams Jr.

When this ABC series set in country music's capital premiered in 2012, it had some of the subtle realism and classic style that the late roots-music pioneer brought to songs like "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So ...Read more

'X-Men' and 'Alice' sequels are expected to power the Memorial Day weekend box office

Hollywood is anticipating a powerful Memorial Day weekend at the box office, led by hoped-for blockbusters "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass."

The convergence of the two sequels, both belonging to popular franchises, could thrust the industry to one of the biggest Memorial Day weekends ever, providing a momentum boost to ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

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

1. The Revenant (2015) -- Fox

2. Dirty Grandpa -- Lionsgate

3. The 5th Wave -- Sony

4. The Witch -- Lionsgate

5. Sisters (2015) -- Universal

6. Daddy's Home -- Paramount

7. The Choice -- Lionsgate

8. Regression -- Weinstein

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip -- Fox

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Movie review: 'The Ones Below' is a gripping and creepy thriller

The feature directorial debut of "Hanna" and "The Night Manager" writer David Farr, "The Ones Below" is a pregnancy/parenting thriller that's indebted to Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby," but this film is its own suspenseful animal. In paying homage to the family thriller genre, it weaves references to different classic films into its own ...Read more

Paul McCartney mines virtual reality for 'Pure McCartney' release

Paul McCartney is bringing fans into his world by way of virtual reality through a six-part series of VR experiences created to support the June 10 release of "Pure McCartney," his new retrospective album surveying the music of his career after the Beatles disbanded.

The ex-Beatle has teamed with VR producer-publisher Jaunt to create the ...Read more

Fans urge Marvel to give Captain America a boyfriend

For the second time this month, fans are urging Disney to give the star of one of the studio's films a same-sex partner.

In early May, Twitter users launched the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign, asking the studio behind "Frozen" to consider including a lesbian relationship in the musical's upcoming sequel. Subsequently, on Tuesday, the hashtag #...Read more

Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

In a new interview for the BBC Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney defended Kanye West's use of racially volatile language in his single "All Day."

McCartney recalled collaborating with West on the single, which featured a McCartney melody radically revised by West into a hard-hitting single that references hip-hop and grime. The song's hook ...Read more

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer

Gord Downie of the Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band announced the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

"(H)e's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him," the band wrote.

But ...Read more

Sumner Redstone names new trust members expected to replace Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman

LOS ANGELES -- Sumner Redstone's trust has two newly minted trustees who are expected to replace the media mogul's two long-time advisors, Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and attorney George Abrams.

The ailing media tycoon, through a spokesman, announced Tuesday that Thaddeus Jankowski and Jill Krutick are replacing Dauman and Abrams on ...Read more

Movie review: 'Looking Glass' is an uninspired trip back to Wonderland

When Tim Burton's 2010 live-action version of "Alice in Wonderland" raked in a billion dollars there was no question that Disney would pounce on the opportunity for a sequel. Helpfully, Lewis Carroll did write a second book about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, "Through the Looking-Glass," but it proves to be only a suggestion for the ...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

For KweliTV, streaming (black content) is the new black

With the rise of platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, streaming content is the new black. But streaming can also, itself, be black. That, at least, is the goal of KweliTV, a Web-based subscription service that champions the stories by and about the global black community. Its motto: "Preserving the African Diaspora."

"The actual ...Read more

Concert review: The Who sounds fit and feisty in a rousing concert that is studded with hits

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Who was forced to postpone a big chunk of the band's 2015 tour, but the culprit wasn't one of the stereotypical rock 'n' roll reasons such as rehab, run-ins with the law or internal drama.

Instead, a very real-world case of viral meningitis took lead singer Roger Daltrey out of action for a while.

As time goes by, it's ...Read more

Television Q&A: Shows returning and some that are not

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Do you know if the TV series "Legends" with Sean Bean and TV series "Zoo" will be back this summer?

A: TNT dropped "Legends" after two seasons. "Zoo" will be back on CBS for a second season with a two-hour premiere on June 28.

Q: I found the TV show "Lucifer" fascinating and creative storytelling. ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for May 24 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


24: How to Be Single

24: Risen

24: Zoolander 2

24: The Finest Hours

24: Major Crimes: Season 4

31: Gods of Egypt

31: Race

31: Triple 9

31: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

31: Suits: Season 5


7: Zootopia

7: 13 Hours: The Secret ...Read more

A truth universally acknowledged: No end to Jane Austen mania

It didn't take long for Whit Stillman to work Jane Austen into his movies. It happened in his debut, 1990's Oscar-nominated indie "Metropolitan," in a scene with a New York debutante and a Princeton freshman talking about the English author's "Mansfield Park" and its "virtuous heroine," Fannie Price.

He finds the novel "absurd." The young ...Read more

China box office: 'Angry Birds' rules the roost

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