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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:

FEBRUARY

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

Tracy Morgan comedy tour: He's picked up the pieces, now what?

"Yes. Yes," shouted Tracy Morgan as he took the stage at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., near Chicago, on Friday night, his face pointed toward the heavens.

"Oh my God," he yelled, as cheers started to build. "Oh my God. Yes. Oh my God. Feels good."

He then seemed to pull himself together -- aptly, this being the kickoff to his "Picking...Read more

Television Q&A: TV precincts, streaming video

You have questions. I have some answers, one kind of long.

Q: Whatever happened to the actor who played Matthew Crawley on "Downton Abbey?" The character was killed in a car accident during Season 3. Is he doing any acting in TV or movies?

A: Dan Stevens, who played Mary's ill-fated husband on the British drama, has followed his "Downton" ...Read more

New on DVD: James Bond, ghosts fill new DVD release Feb. 9

The latest adventure of James Bond tops Tuesday, Feb. 9's new DVD arrivals.

"Spectre," Grade 1/2: The latest in the long-running 007 series, proves that even James Bond can have a bad day. The film's convoluted script, watered-down villain and forgettable Bond girl makes "Spectre" the worst of the Bond films featuring Daniel Craig as the ...Read more

Beards, sheep and brotherly hate: All in a day's work for two 'Rams' actors

At the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month, the top actor prize went jointly to Sigurour Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson for their performances as estranged brothers in the quirky Icelandic comedy-drama "Rams."

These two veteran Icelandic performers won the award for "the darkly comic urgency and sense of shared past with ...Read more

Academy president acknowledges 'elephant in the room' at luncheon

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the academy's annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday by acknowledging a topic that has touched nearly every event this awards season -- the question of diversity.

"This year, we all know there's an elephant in the room," Boone Isaacs said to...Read more

Super Bowl 50 audience on CBS slides 2 percent from last year with 111.9 million viewers

NEW YORK -- The CBS telecast of Super Bowl 50 averaged 111.9 million viewers, making it the third most-watched TV program in history according to Nielsen.

The Denver Broncos' 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers fell short of the 114.4 million viewers who watched last year's heart-stopping finish of the New England Patriots' win over the ...Read more

Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on 'Big Hero 6' and 'Monsters, Inc.,' dies at 49

Daniel Gerson, best known for co-writing Disney's "Big Hero 6" and Pixar's two "Monsters" films, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. He was 49.

Gerson's family said in an obituary in Monday's New York Times that the scribe died peacefully.

A New York native, Gerson graduated from Cornell before receiving an ...Read more

Just hanging out with Benji Hughes

LOS ANGELES -- A good half-hour before the end of his concert Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, Benji Hughes was already looking ahead to his next gig.

The North Carolina-based singer and his band would be in Los Angeles for a few days, he told the crowd, so anyone interested in having him play again -- "birthday, house ...Read more

'Spotlight,' 'The Revenant' and 'The Big Short' all aim to hook best pic voters

The Oscar best picture race fragmented further Saturday night with Alejandro G. Inarritu's Directors Guild award win for "The Revenant," a development that was perhaps inevitable in a year in which guild voters splintered their support among three movies.

Inarritu's DGA win for the bold, brutal western followed the Producers Guild tabbing "The ...Read more

Super Bowl is a platform for anyone's message

It may have started with puppies, but now everyone wants in on the big game.

Key and Peele, Alicia Florrick, Jason Bourne, Stephen Colbert, Mother Jones, President Barack Obama, Conan O'Brien, Tina Fey, James Corden -- they all showed up, in one way or the other, during Super Bowl 50, and not to root for their favorite team.

With diminishing ...Read more

'A Ballerina's Tale' follows Misty Copeland's incredible rise in the ballet world

If you think #OscarsSoWhite, consider the world of elite ballet. And if you want to understand why the current conversation over the lack of diversity among this year's film academy nominees is just one thread of a much larger tapestry, watch Nelson George's documentary "A Ballerina's Tale: The Incredible Rise of Misty Copeland" on PBS on Monday...Read more