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'Django' actress Daniele Watts, boyfriend plead to disturbing peace

LOS ANGELES -- A "Django Unchained" actress and her boyfriend, who accused a Los Angeles police officer of mistreating the actress because she was black, pleaded no contest Monday to disturbing the peace and were ordered to write an apology letter to the sergeant involved in their high-profile detention.

In exchanged for their plea, a lewd ...Read more

Josh Hartnett returns to monstrous role on 'Penny Dreadful'

PASADENA, Calif. -- The first season of the Showtime series "Penny Dreadful" pushed Josh Hartnett to extremes both emotionally and physically. Hartnett portrays Ethan Chandler, an American handy with a six-shooter who is recruited by Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) to help him to deal with all of the evil that roams the streets of Victorian London....Read more

Willis family TV show to explore tragedy tied to Illinois governor scandal

The Willis family, who found musical fame years after a van crash killed their family members, will discuss the tragedy that helped expose Illinois corruption in their reality TV series premiere Tuesday.

The first episode of the show, called "The Willis Family," addresses the crash with footage and interviews, said TLC spokeswoman Whitney Bell....Read more

Queen Latifah's rough road to royalty

LOS ANGELES -- Before she became royalty Queen Latifah was a troubled teen far from the kingdom she dreamed of.

At 17 she found herself stranded one night in New York, with no money to get home to New Jersey. "I hopped the turnstile and went to my mom's cousin's house in the Bronx. I knocked on the door at 5 o'clock in the morning and asked her...Read more

New albums: Shelby Lynne; Action Bronson; Jon Regen

Shelby Lynne

"I Can't Imagine"

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Shelby Lynne was already a veteran when she won the Best New Artist Grammy for 1999's "I Am Shelby Lynne." But the deserved acclaim for that album, which last year was reissued in a deluxe edition, did not translate into long-term mainstream success, and Lynne has settled into a career as an outsider....Read more

Review: Hunt makes her own “Ride” a predictable one

See Helen Hunt surf. Check out how well-preserved Helen Hunt looks in a wetsuit. Remember how good Helen Hunt handles biting, witty banter.

See Helen -- or her character -- try a little pot and get giggly.

Yes, "Ride" is the very definition of a "vanity project." Hunt wrote and directed this pleasant-enough star vehicle, and it shows a ...Read more

Kyle Chandler fishing in new streams with 'Bloodline'

Kyle Chandler is trying to figure out the game plan.

The actor is hoping for insight on the Netflix manner of doing things. The family thriller "Bloodline," in which he stars, unloaded its 13-episode first season on the streaming service about two weeks before this meeting in late March -- and it feels as if all the air has been let out of the ...Read more

Conservative host Michael Medved back on air amid battle with throat cancer

SEATTLE -- Sometimes the most life-changing events come out of the most ordinary moments.

And so it was when Michael Medved, a nationally syndicated, conservative radio host, was getting his teeth cleaned last December.

The dental hygienist noticed a lump in the back of his throat. The dentist took a look and thought it might be a swollen ...Read more

Mumford & Sons returns with 'Wilder Mind' and a new balance

LOS ANGELES -- Belief is big in the world of Mumford & Sons.

It figures into the British quartet's music -- consider "Believe," the first single from the forthcoming "Wilder Mind" album -- but it's also a key element of the way Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane approach their whole career, and in particular, the ...Read more

Michaelangelo Matos discusses how electronic dance music got its wattage

From its humble American beginnings as house music in Chicago, techno in Detroit and rave music in England, the genre now known as electronic dance music has become a billion-dollar business. Superstar DJs earn tens of millions of dollars annually; corporations such as Live Nation have EDM departments run by first-generation ravers gone ...Read more

Webby Awards: It's the Year of the Jimmys

One of the best things about the Webby Awards is that the winners are announced weeks before the awards ceremony, giving them time to prepare their trademark five-word Webby acceptance speeches and sparing the nominees from having to have one ready.

The awards ceremony is May 18. It's hosted by actor/comedian Hannibal Buress and can be watched ...Read more

Remembering Orson Welles at 100

The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago May 6 in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn't take long before he shed George and Kenosha to become one of the best-known showmen in America.

At 21, he shook up the dull, predictable Broadway theater world with an all-black ...Read more

Actor Phylicia Rashad is also a respected director now

Poet Vivian Ayers once told her daughter Phylicia Rashad that being an actress made her one of the "magic" people.

"I said, 'What do you mean, Mama?'" said Rashad. "She said, 'You create so much out of nothing.'"

And for the majority of her career, the 66-year-old Rashad was content being a "magic person." She didn't harbor any secret desire ...Read more

'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' achieves a kind of heightened truth

Brett Morgen was in a taxi last month in London when he received news he had to share.

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," Morgen's powerful documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, had just opened in the U.K., and the director was scrolling through mentions of the film on Twitter while on his way to a post-screening Q&A. Given the preciousness...Read more

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' soars to second-biggest box-office debut ever

LOS ANGELES -- "Avengers: Age of Ultron" proved its box-office might with an estimated $187.7 million launch in the U.S. and Canada, the second-best domestic opening weekend ever, but the film may have fallen short of No. 1 because of a boxing match.

Going into the weekend, the Disney Studios/Marvel film, which cost $250 million to make, had ...Read more

Review: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' lets us gaze upon a genius, maybe for a bit too long

Krist Novoselic doesn't say the word "suicide" when he talks about his friend and Nirvana bandmate for a new documentary. He doesn't have to.

HBO's fully authorized biopic project, "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," relies heavily on the imagery Cobain himself created before taking his own life.

"A lot of those messages," Novoselic points out, "...Read more

Top 10 moments from David Letterman's long run

David Letterman doesn't retire for another 2 1/2 weeks, but already the accolades are rolling in as fans prepare to say goodbye to the most influential comedian of his generation.

CBS weighs in Monday with a 90-minute special hosted by Ray Romano, but we'll take this opportunity to trump the network with our own top 10 list, highlighting the ...Read more

Movie review: 'Salt of the Earth' an eyewitness to photographer's own history

Wim Wenders faced a certain occupational hazard in shooting a documentary about a fellow cameraman: "The man shoots back."

He was speaking -- and we will be learning -- about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, whose ceaseless travels to all corners of the globe have borne witness to many of the past half-century's most calamitous events....Read more

TV picks for the week of May 3-9

All good things must come to an end and, in the case of this week's television schedule, a whole lot of bad things, too. Here's what caught my eye this week:

Sunday: "Madam Secretary," 7 p.m., CBS: Season 1 concludes. Good news for fans -- it's already been renewed.

"Secrets and Lies," 8 p.m., ABC: Season 1 concludes.

"The Last Man on Earth,"...Read more

Around the remote: Kurt Cobain Documentary, 'Gotham' ends, 'Dreadful' begins

DON'T MISS: "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" -- Both thrilling and devastating, this remarkable new documentary from director Brett Morgen explores the indelible life and legacy of the late, Nirvana rocker. Morgen gained unprecedented access to Cobain's personal archives, and relies on that material to offer an unflinchingly intimate portrait of ...Read more