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

Music legend Bobby Vee dies after Alzheimer's battle

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bobby Vee's storied career involved a who's who of rock 'n' roll heroes, including Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Even after those ties and his own Billboard chart success, though, he famously remained a humble, hard-working Midwesterner who settled into a quiet life in St. Joseph, Minn., with his wife of more than 50 ...Read more

New recordings: Leonard Cohen, Brent Cobb, Phantogram

Leonard Cohen

"You Want It Darker"

(Columbia 1/2)

Leonard Cohen is 82 and apparently not in the best of health. David Remnick's recent profile in the New Yorker of the song-poet with the sepulchral voice includes numerous Bob Dylan quotes but mentions no specific ailments. However, Cohen is not up for leaving the house. "You Want It Darker," ...Read more

Herb Kent, legendary Chicago radio personality, dies at 88

CHICAGO -- Chicago radio legend Herb Kent, the longest-running DJ in the history of radio and a fixture on local airwaves for more than 70 years, died Saturday. He was 88.

Kent's death was announced Sunday by executives at V103, where Kent worked for the past three decades. Also known as "The Cool Gent," "King of the Dusties" and the "Mayor of ...Read more

'Girls' crowd brings zeal to fan fest: Inspired by the Netflix reboot, a 'Gilmore Girls' confab is a big hit in New England

WASHINGTON DEPOT, Conn. -- John and Krystal Leedy, husband-and-wife Presbyterian ministers, are devoted fans of the 2000s-era WB series "Gilmore Girls."

They even named their infant Lorelai after the nervy single mom played by Lauren Graham.

But their commitment reached another level this past weekend. The two made a pilgrimage from their home...Read more

CBS returning to familiar faces: A pair of old-school sitcoms debut this week starring Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale

In the future, if there is one, students at the College of the Matrix or the University of the Deep Underground Bunker may look back toward present-day television the way we now study Greek or Elizabethan drama. You can imagine the theses: "The Role of the Couch in the 20th Century Situation Comedy" or "How Many Doors? Entrance and Exit in the ...Read more

Smaller screens' rise cues big deal

LOS ANGELES -- AT&T has worked 140 years to perfect phone service, while Time Warner Inc. has spent decades churning out popular magazines, television shows and movies for the big screen.

But the two companies, which both are laboring to hold onto customers, confront a similar challenge: how to deliver content to younger consumers who are ...Read more

Madea scares away all rivals from top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES -- With Halloween just days away, the box office took a turn to the supernatural, with "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween" taking hold of the top spot and leaving other new releases and holdovers behind.

The Lionsgate picture scared up an estimated $27.6 million for the weekend in the U.S. and Canada, well above studio ...Read more

Hindu party in India drops opposition to movie with Pakistani actor

MUMBAI, India--As tensions with rival Pakistan fuel jingoistic fervor in India, a Hindu nationalist party has withdrawn its opposition to an upcoming Bollywood film after its producers promised they no longer would work with Pakistani artists.

The deal appeared to clear the way for the Oct. 28 release of "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" ("This Heart is ...Read more

Tyler Perry on why we need Madea more than ever

PHILADELPHIA -- Tyler Perry wears many hats -- producer, actor, director, screenwriter -- but many know him for the wig he wears as Mabel "Madea" Simmons, who has been to jail, taken over Christmas, and delighted audiences as the voice of reason and recklessness in films and plays going back to 1999.

Now, she's taking on Halloween in "Tyler ...Read more

Movie review: Sonia Braga makes a splash in Brazilian import 'Aquarius'

In the 1976 romantic fantasy "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands," Sonia Braga cemented her international stardom, embodying the sort of sexy screen immortality a lesser actress would have trouble either living up to, or living down, as her career continued through the decades. Too often, in both Portuguese- and English-language pictures, Braga has ...Read more

Movie review: Tyler Perry's 'Madea Halloween' is all about the laughs

Fans of Mabel "Madea" Simmons' longtime foil Joe will be happy to see the wisecracking character let loose -- even looser than usual -- in Tyler Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween."

Joe goes above and beyond in his lewd quips. And he gets to bind and gag a trespassing clown.

Perry designed this ninth movie in the Madea franchise as a growth ...Read more

New details on Prince's remastered 'Purple Rain' and album of unreleased material

After Prince's death, the memorializing of the artist is now turning to reissuing and repackaging his trove of classic and unreleased material.

Warner Bros./NPG announced a 2017 release for a remastered, repackaged edition of "Purple Rain," perhaps Prince's most beloved album.

The LP is being released according to arrangements "agreed with ...Read more

Carol Burnett returning to TV? New project in the works with Amy Poehler

Fans grateful that they've had this time together with Carol Burnett may be overjoyed to learn of another chance to laugh at the legendary actress' antics.

Burnett could return to television via a multi-camera sitcom at ABC, The Times confirmed Friday, although the project remains in the production stages.

Comedic genius will be behind the ...Read more

Digging deep into his past to give birth to 'Moonlight'

Since Labor Day weekend, Barry Jenkins has screened his new film, "Moonlight," to enthusiastic audiences at seven prestigious festivals, collected near unanimous praise from critics for its tender portrait of black masculinity and closed a deal to adapt one of the hottest novels of the year, Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," for ...Read more

Indies meet TV icons: SundanceTV will begin airing classic shows as it moves to convert from a niche movie channel to an ad-supported service

Cable network SundanceTV was founded two decades ago as a place where viewers could experience the films shown at Robert Redford's famous festival in Park City, Utah.

Starting Nov. 7, it will also be the home of such TV icons as Mary Tyler Moore, Archie Bunker and Hawkeye Pierce.

Some film buffs will cringe at the idea of mass-market network ...Read more

Cobie Smulders toughens up: Actress relishes another action turn in the new 'Jack Reacher' film with Tom Cruise

"You've gotta get some greens in there," Cobie Smulders said, disapprovingly.

We were checking off which fruits and vegetables we wanted in our respective juices when the actress noticed that my selections included only fruit and no vegetables. She pointed out that each option on the menu was labeled with a helpful purpose. Cucumber: Urinary ...Read more

Wielding a gun and camera: A moving documentary of a WWII soldier-photographer retraces his steps

"If your photographs aren't good enough," celebrated war photographer Robert Capa famously said, "you're not close enough." And no one got closer to the action in World War II than Tony Vaccaro.

As detailed in the engrossing, unexpectedly moving documentary "Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro," that happened because Vaccaro was ...Read more