Van Gogh and Picasso have new company at MoMA: Emojis

Nearly two decades ago, Shigetaka Kurita was given the task of designing simple pictographs that could replace Japanese words for the growing number of cellphone users communicating with text messages.

Kurita, who was working for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo at the time, came up with 176 of them, including oddities like a rocking ...Read more

'Knight Rider' is getting (another) reboot, this time from 'Fast & Furious' director Justin Lin

"Knight Rider" is getting another reboot.

"Star Trek Beyond" director Justin Lin has been tapped to produce the new digital series for Machinima along with Lin's YOMYOMF and NBCUniversal Brand Development.

"'Knight Rider' is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science ...Read more

TV review: 'Pure Genius' is a formulaic medical procedural dressed up in high-tech gear

While partisan debates about how to fix the American health care system rage on, "Pure Genius," a medical drama premiering Thursday on CBS, offers a solution. What we really need in the U.S., it suggests, are a few Silicon Valley-style "disruptors."

Also: huge jellyfish tanks.

Executive produced by Jason Katims, the series follows James Bell (...Read more

Movie review: 'Inferno' features great cast, muddled plot

Imagine a less spry and agile Indiana Jones and you have Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a Harvard professor of religious iconography and symbology (not a real academic discipline). He's riddled his way from the page to the screen in the wildly popular "The DaVinci Code," and "Angels & Demons," adapted from Dan Brown's series of quasi-...Read more

The Taylor Swift Decade: 13 swift moves that put her on top of the pop music world

On Oct. 24, 2006, the fledgling Big Machine Records in Nashville released what may have looked like on paper as a 15-minutes-of-fame kind of album.

The work was from a then-unknown 16-year-old singer/songwriter. Her songs dealt in themes country music didn't pay much attention to: teen romance, high school dramas and youthful dreams.

Slowly ...Read more

New 6-CD set from Otis Redding's 1966 Whisky shows

Soul singer Otis Redding's shows at the Whisky A-Go Go in the spring of 1966 were just about the hottest ticket in town, drawing fans and pop music heavyweights alike.

"Just before heading overseas on Bob Dylan's 1966 'Going Electric' tour, we heard that Otis was playing at the Whisky," guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson recalls in the ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Oct. 17:

1. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising -- Universal

2. Free State of Jones -- Universal

3. Ghostbusters (2016) -- Sony

4. The Conjuring 2 -- Warner

5. Blood Father -- Lionsgate

6. The Shallows -- Sony

7. Alice Through the Looking Glass -- Disney

8. The Infiltrator -- Broadgreen

9...Read more

Even Tom Hanks' star power won't be enough to light up Sony's 'Inferno'

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Howard's "Inferno," which sees Tom Hanks resuming his role as a globe-trotting professor, should top the box-office charts this weekend as the sole new release in theaters. But a No. 1 opening does not always a successful movie make.

The Sony Pictures sequel to "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code" is expected to gross $...Read more

Is Amy Schumer's Beyonce video a tribute or an offensive parody?

Is it a tribute to Beyonce or a culturally insensitive parody?

In January, Beyonce released the video for her song "Formation." Set in New Orleans, the song and video talk about staying connected to one's humble, country roots and address police brutality, racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. It mocks the obsession with the "illuminati" ...Read more

Miami plays a starring role in the glorious 'Moonlight'

MIAMI -- The first and last sounds you hear in "Moonlight" are ocean waves crashing onto the shore. The movie that takes place between them is set primarily within Liberty City, the historically rich but crime-ridden Miami neighborhood where the young Chiron is being raised by his drug-addicted mother.

The impoverished neighborhood, west of I-...Read more

Album review: Lady Gaga's latest reinvention on 'Joanne' a retro drag

Lady Gaga is all about reinvention: piano-pounding rocker, Euro-disco anti-diva, art-pop whirlwind, jazz vocalist -- she's done them all in a career that spans less than a decade. Now comes her latest remake: the retro stylist of "Joanne" (Interscope).

She's teamed with one of the most traditional of the 21st century pop hitmakers, U.K. ...Read more

Movie review: 'American Pastoral' just scratches the surface

In his directorial debut, Scottish actor Ewan McGregor swings for the fences with an adaptation of Philip Roth's 1997 tome, "American Pastoral." The story, adapted by John Romano, attempts to reckon with the turbulent times of the late 1960s in America, when post-war suburban bliss descended into the chaos of race riots, protests and the sexual ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings

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

List of DVD release dates for Oct. 25 and beyond

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


25: Lights Out

25: Nerve

25: Captain Fantastic

25: Mr. Church

25: Skiptrace


1: Star Trek Beyond

1: Bad Moms

1: Nine Lives

1: Anthropoid

1: Gleason

1: The Sea of Trees

1: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

1: Christmas ...Read more

Head to Seattle, dress like David Bowie and help set a Guinness World Record

SEATTLE -- Looking for something completely different -- and world-record breaking -- to do on Friday night?

Well pull out your glitter leotard and head to The Showbox in Seattle where tribute band BowieVision is trying to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed like David Bowie in one spot.

Arrive around 6:30 p...Read more

Joel McHale's new CBS show is next generation of comedy

LOS ANGELES -- Joel McHale is going from "Soup" to nuts.

After more than a decade of sniping at the worst reality TV has to offer with the clips show "The Soup," McHale's now starring in a new CBS comedy "The Great Indoors." He plays a journalist who's spent his life in the wilderness writing for an outdoor magazine. He thinks the world has ...Read more

Stepmother of Lindsay Lohan arrested in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The stepmother of actress Lindsay Lohan is accused of kicking a police officer during an apparent drunken tirade, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report.

Kate Major Lohan, 33, who has two children with Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan's father, was arrested early Saturday, records show.

Kate Lohan denied ...Read more

Negan promises he's 'just getting started,' but have 'Walking Dead' fans already seen enough misery?

Sunday night, "The Walking Dead" returned with a brutal seventh season premiere that finally answered the question: Which beloved character was bludgeoned to death with a bat on television? However, in what has become "Walking Dead" fashion, the series didn't stop with just one character execution, there would be two horrifying reveals for the ...Read more

Blood and subjugation: 5 thoughts recapping 'The Walking Dead' Season 7, Episode 1

So now we know the answer to what was the question of the summer for followers of "The Walking Dead": Who was going to die?

When last we left Rick and his ragtag posse of post-apocalyptic, post-traumatic-stress-disordered zombie bludgeoners with hearts of gold, they were on their knees, finally captured, bowing before the will of the strongman ...Read more

'Rectify' star Aden Young draws on his own sense of alienation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Actor Aden Young always felt like an outsider. Even when he first encountered acting, he was sure he didn't belong.

Born in Canada, his family moved to Australia when he was 9. "My mother is Australian. She would tell us about Australia. She was drowning in nostalgia," he says at a small table in the middle of a meeting...Read more