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Anne Meara, who rose to comic stardom with husband Jerry Stiller, dies at 85

Anne Meara, who rose to stardom with her husband, Jerry Stiller, portraying what People magazine called "anxiety comedy's top couple," died Saturday in New York City. She was 85.

Her death was confirmed by publicist Kelly Bush, who represents actor Ben Stiller, one of Meara's two children. No further details were provided.

The stand-up act ...Read more

Pulitzer-winning theater director dies at 40

PJ Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, a highly respected and nationally accomplished director of new plays, the co-author of such potent works of documentary theater as "Columbinus" and "The Project(s)," and one of the Chicago theater's most formidable and complicated talents, died Thursday while on vacation in ...Read more

How U2's Bono became Silicon Valley's rock star

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Everybody knows that Bono -- the legendary leader of the multiplatinum rock band U2 -- hails from Ireland.

Yet, his ties to Silicon Valley are almost as thick as his Dublin brogue.

So when the 55-year-old singer born Paul David Hewson brought his band to San Jose's SAP Center for concerts Monday and Tuesday, he returned to ...Read more

Refugee drama 'Dheepan' named best film at Cannes

CANNES, France-- French director Jacques Audiard's refugee drama "Dheepan" won the Palme d'Or for best film at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday.

The film is about a Tamil Tiger fighter called Dheepan who flees Sri Lanka to make his way to France, where he lands a job working as a caretaker in the crime-ridden outer suburbs of Paris.

The movie ...Read more

TV picks for the week of May 24-30

Ah, summer -- when a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of awful, prime-time game shows. Here's what caught my eye on television this week:

Sunday: "National Memorial Day Concert," 7 p.m., PBS: Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host this tribute to the military; Gloria Estefan and others perform.

"Battle Creek," 9 p.m., CBS: Season one ...Read more

Around the Remote: David Duchovny tracks Charles Manson, The Nat'l Memorial Day Concert, more

DON'T MISS: "Aquarius" -- It's the dawning of a new age for David Duchovny ("The X-Files"), who returns to network television in this gripping, 13-episode slice of "historical fiction." He plays an L.A. detective searching for a missing girl in 1967 -- a probe that leads to a band of drifters who have come under the sway of Charles Manson (...Read more

TLC pulls repeats of '19 Kids and Counting' amid Josh Duggar controversy

The TLC cable channel has yanked repeats of the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule after news reports that one of its stars, Josh Duggar, was involved in inappropriate conduct when he was a minor.

"Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of '19 Kids and Counting' currently from the air," the network said Friday ...Read more

'Tomorrowland' goes back to the future badly

A well-oiled machine of visuals, and yet a wobbling rattletrap of storytelling, the sci-fi fantasy "Tomorrowland" is an unwieldy clunker driven into the ditch at full speed. Injured in the accident were George Clooney as a boy inventor turned adult cynic, Britt Robertson as a spunky teen optimist, Hugh Laurie as a generic villain, and many ...Read more

Jacques Audiard finds romance pulsing in steely 'Dheepan'

CANNES, France -- It's been three years since I talked to French director Jacques Audiard at the Festival de Cannes for his "Rust and Bone," six since I interviewed him about his exceptional, Grand Prize-winning "Un Prophete." When I complimented him on how much his English had improved over time, his reaction was characteristically brisk.

"Yet...Read more

'Amy' follows late singer's descent

CANNES, France -- The history of pop music is filled with far too many untimely demises. But for all the cultural lumping together of these tragedies, they're hardly as similar as we tend to believe.

In "Amy," a new documentary about the late star Amy Winehouse, we learn just how unique and complicated a descent can be.

That narrative helped ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

Opening Friday:

"San Andreas" (PG-13): After a massive earthquake strikes the West Coast, California's only hope of survival is a search and rescue helicopter pilot played by -- who else? -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

"Aloha" (PG-13) Writer-director Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire," "Almost Famous") returns with this comedy about a romantic ...Read more

'Robot Revolution' exhibit opens with a flourish — and a whir — at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

CHICAGO -- On the one hand, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry says it wants its big new showcase for cutting-edge robotics to dispel fear about the soulless mechanized creatures rising up and taking the place of humans. "The point we try to make is that it's robots and humans, not robots or humans," said John Beckman, director of exhibit ...Read more

NBC's 'Aquarius' takes on 1960s Los Angeles

A little more than three months after the moon was in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars on Feb. 14, NBC is launching the new summer series "Aquarius." David Duchovny trades tracking aliens for chasing mass murders as a Los Angeles detective trying to do his job in a world of free love, long hair, cheap drugs, police brutality, ...Read more

Movie review: Even the cast is too familiar with the plot to be scared by 'Poltergeist'

Well, the little girl gets it.

Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of "Poltergeist," and gives us wild-eyed terror we can hang onto and a blood-curdling scream that will haunt your nightmares.

The rest of the players? They sort of shrug it off. Sam Rockwell, as the ...Read more

Laszlo Nemes' distinctly visceral take on the Holocaust gets audiences talking

CANNES, France -- Movies about the Holocaust constitute a longstanding genre, with a wide range of filmmakers plumbing many angles and story lines in the 70 years since the atrocities came to an end.

So a first-time director would hardly seem like the odds-on choice to turn the form on its head.

Yet at this year's Cannes Film Festival, that's ...Read more

Yoko Ono's first husband, Toshi Ichiyanagi, is one of today's most imaginative composers of traditional works

TOKYO -- When composer Toshi Ichiyanagi arrived at my hotel near Suntory Hall for tea, he apologized for bringing a bag of his recent CDs, since it would add weight to my luggage. He laughed when he said that in halting English. He then smiled contentedly, knowing full well how hard it is to hear his current music outside Japan.

Though his work...Read more

Ice Cube has come a long way, but is going back to the beginning

Ice Cube knows where he stands among younger fans: Many know him more from saccharine Hollywood movies like "Are We There Yet?" than from bitter and incendiary landmark rap albums such as "Straight Outta Compton" and "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted."

Turns out he actually kind of likes it that way.

"School is in session," he said in his unmistakably ...Read more

Movie review: 'Aloft' can't land a solid story, with crucial pieces missing

LOS ANGELES -- "Aloft" sets up a compelling mystery -- how could a loving mother abandon her son? -- and then, frustratingly, refuses to solve it.

The first English-language film from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa follows a falconer (Cillian Murphy) as he embarks on a journey to find his eccentric, estranged mother (Jennifer Connelly). ...Read more

Movie review: 'When Marnie Was There' deftly creates a magical friendship

LOS ANGELES -- "When Marnie Was There," the delicate, evocative new Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, does not fall neatly into any conventional narrative category. But that doesn't get in the way of it being visually spectacular.

As directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, responsible for "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Marnie" shares with ...Read more

'Tomorrowland' is expected to top Memorial Day Weekend at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Disney's "Tomorrowland" is likely going to launch at No. 1 during a slower Memorial Day weekend at the box office.

The futuristic fantasy is expected to bring $50 million over the four-day holiday, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys.

Holdovers "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" are expected to...Read more