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ABC's summer of nostalgic pop fun: 'Greatest Hits' tackles musical eras with a fresh spin on the singing genre

For anyone who has ever watched the Grammys, the scene onstage was familiar. While the hit song being performed was recognizable, the artists were polar opposites, each from a different genre and era.

On this recent afternoon it was rootsy singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt and emerging soul singer Andra Day. Presiding over the left-field pairing ...Read more

Movie review: Spielberg, Dahl work well together in 'The BFG'

It makes sense that the sensibilities of Steven Spielberg and Roald Dahl would someday collide, as they do in Spielberg's adaptation of Dahl's "The BFG." Both artists often tell stories about misunderstood children finding connections with misunderstood, fantastical, alien creatures. They have a knack for drawing out the dark and maudlin aspects...Read more

Hollywood's 15 all-time best movies based on kids' books

Steven Spielberg's "The BFG," which debuted last month at Cannes and comes to theaters July 1, is an appropriately big adaptation of a characteristically strange Roald Dahl story, first published in 1982, about an orphan girl (played by the very-Dahlish sounding Ruby Barnhill) scooped up and taken away in the dead of night by a big friendly ...Read more

Ludacris to play Guantanamo on the Fourth of July

MIAMI -- Rapper Ludacris is putting on a show for the folks at U.S. Navy base Guantanamo on the Fourth of July.

But don't think about trying to jump on a boat or plane to see it. The base in Cuba best known for the detention center that President Barack Obama wants closed is inside a restricted military zone. Fewer than 6,000 people live there,...Read more

Rihanna releases new song for 'Star Trek Beyond' soundtrack

Rihanna and Sia previously penned a smash-hit tune about glittering objects floating in the infinity of space. So it's a natural fit that they'd return to collaborating for the new "Star Trek Beyond" film.

Rihanna has released a new single, "Sledgehammer," from the sci-fi epic's soundtrack. The song is in a new trailer for the film, out July 22...Read more

Jesse Williams talks racism, equality and why black lives matter in powerful BET Awards speech

LOS ANGELES -- Jesse Williams made explicit what so much of this year's BET Awards has been trying to imply: Things are different now, and so much of black America is fed up.

The "Grey's Anatomy" actor, teacher and producer/star of BET's "Stay Woke" documentary delivered arguably one of the most searing speeches in the history of televised ...Read more

Viacom CEO pushes for fast-tracked trial in Redstone trust case

LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman on Monday pressed a Massachusetts court to fast-track a trial over his removal from the trust that will control the company.

Ninety-three-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone last month moved to oust Dauman and fellow Viacom director George Abrams from the National Amusements ...Read more

New albums: case/lang/veirs, Brandy Clark, YG

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Beware the supergroup. When strong-willed solo artists join forces, end results often do not equal, let alone exceed, the sum of their parts. There's no working at cross purposes in evidence, however, on this impressively cohesive three-way team-up of Americana-leaning vocalist and songwriters Neko ...Read more

Prince tributes, powerful speeches boost an awards night of pride

LOS ANGELES -- The list of things you'll encounter when watching the BET Awards and no other awards show is a long one, and of course it begins with black people speaking without interference to one another on national television.

In the era of #OscarsSoWhite, it was a beautiful thing, indeed, to see actor Jesse Williams accept the cable ...Read more

The game of thronesiest episode yet: 5 thoughts recapping the 'Game of Thrones' season 6 finale

Summer is coming.

I repeat: Summer is coming, and it follows Sunday's Game of Thronesiest "Game of Thrones" episode yet, no less. If you watched that television spectacle, then, you, like me, probably still have your eyes stuck to their most wide open. I will go to sleep tonight with visions of the meat-pie scene playing in my head.

I will ...Read more

Commentary: Women take control in 'Game of Thrones' season finale

Was there ever such a reckoning?

The Season 6 finale of "Game of Thrones" was the hour (and 10 minutes) in which the women of Westeros began, with great method and no mercy, to settle all family business.

To be sure, the "ice and fire" parentage of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was the single biggest revelation of Sunday night's episode. As many ...Read more

Days after seizure, a formidable Lil Wayne leads a celebratory hip-hop showcase

LOS ANGELES -- When Lil Wayne finally came onstage to close the BET Experience's Saturday night showcase at Staples Center, he wore a bright pink sweatshirt and shorts emblazoned with a simple message: "Know Yourself."

That was apt advice for a rapper who many fans briefly feared was on death's door just a few days ago. Twice this month, Wayne ...Read more

Jay Leno likes the stories even more than he likes the cars

PASADENA, Calif. -- Since he left "The Tonight Show," comedian Jay Leno has been gathering no moss. In fact, he's been a rolling stone at 120 mph, piloting one of the unique cars in his collection. He admits to owning "about 135" as well as 117 motorcycles, and is sharing that passion in "Jay Leno's Garage," airing on CNBC.

Though he owns ...Read more

Fans were supposedly at the Forum to see 'Famous' premiere but didn't take their eyes off the Kardashians

When you're Kanye West, a music video is not just a music video, it's a "visual." And a premiere for your "visual" is not just a small-screen event, it's a ticketed spectacle at a Los Angeles arena in front of thousands.

On Friday, fans braved the 110 and 405 freeways at rush hour to get to the Forum to watch an early-evening premiere of "...Read more

'Finding Dory' outswims 'Independence Day,' while 'The Shallows' surprises

LOS ANGELES -- Two aquatic tales -- one geared for families, the other for scare-seeking teens and adults -- helped to buoy the weekend box office, with Disney/Pixar's "Finding Dory" retaining the No. 1 spot and the shark-attack thriller "The Shallows" exceeding expectations in its first weekend to come in fourth.

"Finding Dory" was expected to...Read more

Latest home video releases

Here's a look at an interesting new release available to purchase from digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week.

VIDEO ON DEMAND

"Everybody Wants Some": Richard Linklater's "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed and Confused" follows in the footsteps of that film by constructing a cast of predominantly unknown ...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Switched at Birth,' Hulu's 'The Path,' 'The Musketeers'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I was expecting "Switched at Birth" to be back on the air in January. When I didn't see it come back, I assumed it would be for the summer season but have not seen it yet. Will it be back and if so, when?

A: The Freeform drama will be back for a fifth and final season beginning in January 2017, more ...Read more

How 'Independence Day,' 'Armageddon' and others bred the schlockbuster

I can't believe I'm defending the disaster-movie schlock of my adolescence, but here we go.

As a 6-foot-2-inch, 59-pound teenager with a voice that broke over a period of several awkward, squeaky millennia, I saw "Earthquake" in a crouch position inside one of the Sensurround speakers parked behind the back row of Cinema I of the Cinema I & II ...Read more

TV review: Showtime's 'Roadies' piles on the pain, but where's the real-life love of rock 'n' roll?

The music-industry drama, just recently so youthful and full of promise, is now on life support: HBO's "Vinyl" bombed so hard it contributed to a network shakeup, ABC canceled "Nashville" (subsequently rescued by CMT), and even Fox's "Empire" had a rocky sophomore year.

A hero was obviously required, and like an endearing lead from one of his ...Read more

UK film and TV industries 'grieving' in wake of 'Brexit' vote

LOS ANGELES -- Most fans of the horror series "Penny Dreadful" think of the Showtime drama as a British TV show. The story is set in turn-of-the-century London and many of the actors and writers are from the U.K. But "Penny Dreadful" has been a multinational show helped by the U.K.'s membership in the European Union -- a relationship the British...Read more