Bob Costas returns as NBC's host of the Summer Olympics

Bob Costas will return as NBC's prime-time host for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the network announced Wednesday, extending his unprecedented run as the face of the Games for American viewers.

This will be Costas' 11th time in the top seat, dating back to the 1992 Barcelona Games. No other U.S. commentator -- not even the venerable Jim McKay -- ...Read more

Ted Nugent's anti-Semitic Facebook post blasted

DETROIT -- Rocker Ted Nugent is drawing ire across social media and from prominent Jewish groups after he made an anti-Semitic post on Facebook earlier this week criticizing 12 prominent Jewish-Americans he says are responsible for gun control.

The post included thumbnail photos of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, former New York City ...Read more

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is his own man (and Chachi's cousin)

Last fall, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio released one of 2015's most underrated albums, the restless and smart electropop offering "The Names." It's Baio's official full-length debut and first album as a vocalist. His 2012 maiden EP, "Sunburn," was an album of instrumental house music made during band hiatuses.

Baio joined Vampire Weekend ...Read more

Harry Shum Jr. finds magic in 'Shadowhunters'

The demands of playing the mystical Magnus Bane on the Freeform series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instrument" are far less for Harry Shum Jr. than his days on "Glee." Instead of having to worry about all of the singing and dancing that went along with playing high school student Mike Chang, now he just deals with the special effects needed for ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 1:

1. The Last Witch Hunter -- Lionsgate

2. Goosebumps -- Sony

3. The Visit (2015) -- Universal

4. Hotel Transylvania 2 -- Sony

5. Bridge of Spies -- Disney

6. Hitman: Agent 47 -- Fox

7. Burnt -- Weinstein

8. Ted 2 -- Universal

9. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials -- Fox

10....Read more

Eagles' Glenn Frey to be saluted by bandmates at Grammy Awards

Eagles founding singer, songwriter and guitarist Glenn Frey will be saluted during Monday's 58th Grammy Awards ceremony by his bandmates as well as close friend and songwriting collaborator Jackson Browne.

Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon will join Browne to sing the Eagles' first national hit, "Take It Easy," the ...Read more

Digital Savant: Who are my 'real' friends on Facebook?

The scientific study, released last month in Royal Society Open Science, made great fodder for tech blogs that enjoy delivering bad news to jaded readers.

In some form or fashion, the gist was this: All those friends you have on Facebook? They're really just acquaintances, nothing more. They won't support you when you need them.

"Turns out ...Read more

How 'Deadpool' rose from Hollywood purgatory to make R-rated fun of your sacred superheroes

Every superhero's story has its pivotal, then-everything-changed moment: a radioactive spider bite, a laboratory experiment gone awry, exposure to cosmic rays.

This one involves an Internet leak.

In late July 2014, nearly two minutes of old test footage from an offbeat and very R-rated movie called "Deadpool" mysteriously appeared on the Web. ...Read more

Movie review: 'Zoolander 2' is a hot mess

A film cannot live on celebrity cameos alone. But "Zoolander 2" is certainly going to try. Because cameos are low in calories, and "Zoolander 2" hates calories, because they make you fat, and "Zoolander 2" hates fat because it means you're a terrible person. But not as much as "Zoolander 2" hates male models, who are dumb and useless. This ...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

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.


"Misconduct": Producer/director Shintaro Shimosawa has spent the last decade working on television shows like "The Following" and "The Dead Zone," which he also ...Read more

Movie review: 'Deadpool' plays to Ryan Reynolds' snarky strengths

It must be a sign of superhero fatigue that studios are injecting life into the genre via characters who declare that they want nothing to do with heroics. While the posse of baddies known as the DC Comics "Suicide Squad" will be rolling into theaters later in the summer, Marvel is unveiling their own foul-mouthed antihero just in time for ...Read more

TV review: Once a week is not enough for Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal'

If Samantha Bee's game plan for "Full Frontal," her new TBS late-night talk show that debuted Monday night, was to leave the audience wanting more, she certainly succeeded.

One minute she was there taking down presidential candidates like Calamity Jane at a Frontierland shooting gallery, and then she was gone, trailing laughter in her wake.

If...Read more

Oscars 2016: An analysis of the best picture race makes you wonder if we are having a Trump moment

Like the presidential primary season, this year's Hollywood guild awards do not come as a perfect or predictable whole.

Even in an ordinary year, each guild has its own quirks, favorites, pet peeves and demographics that help determine the winners. A triumph among actors, for instance, doesn't assure a win among directors, just as a victory in ...Read more

Eryn Allen Kane delivers soul with a message

On her latest track, "How Many Times," Eryn Allen Kane builds a monument of anguish and longing out of the song title. As her voice morphs from mesmerizing spirals into fierce cries, the word "times" becomes "lives," a fervent commentary on the street violence that has become an epidemic in her adopted hometown of Chicago.

"How many lives do we...Read more

Josefina's lyrics dig deep into the psyche

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Josefina Asconape (who performs simply as Josefina) spent her childhood and most of her adult life living in different countries. Among the many she has spent time in (everywhere from Italy to China to Japan to Belgium), Paris appears to be the most influential in her pursuit of music. In France, she began her musical ...Read more

For Mick Jagger, the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of HBO's 'Vinyl' is a familiar world

NEW YORK -- Sometime in the mid-'90s, after grunge and before the boy band era, Mick Jagger approached Martin Scorsese with an idea for a movie about the music business. The project would span several decades of rock history and focus not on decadent musicians, as one might expect, but on the executives who ran the record labels.

"Everyone was ...Read more

Nicholas Sparks makes serious 'Choice'

LOS ANGELES -- Nicholas Sparks has his brother to thank for his book "The Choice," which has been turned into a feature film.

When the author, who has done more for romance than Cupid, was coming up with the idea about a mismatched couple who deal with big and small choices in their lives, the first thing Sparks thought of was the guy in his ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Feb. 9 and beyond

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


9: Spectre

9: Crimson Peak

9: Love the Coopers

9: Grandma

9: 99 Homes

9: Freaks of Nature

9: Mi-5

9: The Leftovers: Season 2

16: Black Mass

16: Steve Jobs

16: The 33

16: Criminal Activities

16: Girls: Season 4

16: Peaky Blinders:...Read more

'American Idol' making its final countdown

LOS ANGELES -- The countdown to selecting the final "American Idol" has started. Over the next few weeks, final eliminations will be held and the 15th winner will join the list that includes Nick Fradiani, Phillip Phillips, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

Ryan Seacrest is the only member from the original team of judges and ...Read more