Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and more: Rock icons going to Coachella Valley this fall

LOS ANGELES -- It's official: Six acts with a claim to be on the Mount Rushmore of rock music will perform for the first time on the same stage over three nights in October in Southern California's Coachella Valley.

Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Neil Young and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters are confirmed for the Oct. 7-9 ...Read more

A critic's take: Why 'Hamilton's' Tony Award record ushers in new era for theater

Last year, the Tony Awards could have adopted the hashtag #TonysSoBritish. This year, the nominees announced Tuesday morning look like the anti-Oscars, so diverse is the roster.

There may not be much suspense about this year's Tony Awards. "Hamilton," which amassed 16 nominations, breaking the record of 15 set by "The Producers" and later ...Read more

Most Tony nominations ever: How does 'Hamilton' stack up to history?

Just how tall do the record-breaking 16 Tony nominations racked up by "Hamilton" on Tuesday stand up in Broadway history? Here's a rundown of a dozen other productions with the most Tony nominations, according to the American Theatre Wing:


"The Producers" (2001), 12 wins. Sweeps every category in which it is nominated.

"Billy ...Read more

'Hamilton' sets record with 16 Tony nominations

History was a big winner in the present day, when the revolutionary musical "Hamilton" set a record with 16 Tony Award nominations Tuesday morning.

The hip-hop/pop masterpiece about Alexander Hamilton and America's Founding Fathers had already earned the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for creator-star Lin Manuel Miranda going into ...Read more

Highlights of the 2016 Tony Award nominations:

Musical: "Hamilton," "Shuffle Along," "Bright Star," "School of Rock," "Waitress."

Musical revival: "Fiddler on the Roof," "She Loves Me," "The Color Purple," "Spring Awakening."

Play: "Eclipsed," "The Humans," "The Father," "King Charles III," "Noises Off."

Play revival: "Arthur Miller's The Crucible," "Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge...Read more

Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' provides Satisfying superheroism

The solemn, wrecking-ball mediocrity that was "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" made either too much or not enough of its key themes: collateral damage; vigilante excess and the ethics of peacekeeping through extreme force; as, more to the marketing point, the bloodsport appeal of should-be crime-fighting allies beating the hell out of each ...Read more

Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' is the remedy for superhero fatigue

"Captain America: Civil War" is an intimate epic, a giant-sized comic-book movie in which people, not superheroes, steal the show. This is the biggest Marvel Studios film to date -- the story plays out on a global scale and the main cast reaches double digits -- but many of its best moments are small, throwaway beats: Bucky Barnes (Sebastian ...Read more

Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' is dependable, enjoyable

Every summer, a Marvel superhero film sweeps into theaters like a breath of fresh air, a standard-bearer. This May, that's "Captain America: Civil War," directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. There's political commentary, emotional stakes and plenty of action, but with a lighthearted quality, zingers and jokes littered throughout to brighten up the ...Read more

Movie review: Secrets lurk below the surface in terrific 'A Bigger Splash'

During one of the first decadent Italian meals in "A Bigger Splash," Harry (Ralph Fiennes) cracks open the thick salt crust baked onto a fish to reveal the delicate flesh below. It's an appropriate metaphor for the film itself, which is a cinematic feast for the eyes and senses, and where everyone's concealing a secret or a vulnerability from ...Read more

'Hamilton' writes its own history and breaks record with 16 Tony nominations

NEW YORK -- "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about America's founding fathers wrote its own bit of Tony Award history Tuesday morning by picking up 16 nominations, breaking the record held by "Billy Elliot" and "The Producers."

"Hamilton," already something of a shoo-in to win best musical, will now aim for "The Producers'" ...Read more

Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' punches its way to a whip-smart political allegory

The most impressive superpower on display in "Captain America: Civil War" isn't Tony Stark flying in a tin suit or Steve Rogers throwing a hefty shield like a Frisbee. It's the whole team's ability to give an escapist comic book movie an intelligent sense of connection to life in the modern world.

The 13th film in the eight-year-old Disney/...Read more

Beyond the tragedy, 'Janis: Little Girl Blue' reveals Joplin as a smart, funny, vulnerable feminist conundrum

Documentary filmmaker Amy Berg ("West of Memphis," "Prophet's Prey") has made an elegant, affectionate and, in many ways, remarkably cheerful film about Janis Joplin -- blues singer, bandleader, rock icon, feminist conundrum. "Janis: Little Girl Blue" comes to television under the banner of the PBS series "American Masters," and rightfully so.

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List of DVD release dates for May 3 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


3: Joy

3. The 5th Wave

3: The Choice

3: Remember

3: A Royal Night Out

3. Anesthesia

3: Hyena Road

3: 400 Days

3: Glassland

3: The Last Ship: Season 2

10: Deadpool

10: The Boy

10: Where to Invade Next

10: Creative Control

10: ...Read more

New on DVD for May 3: 'Joy' and 'The Choice'

Love and money are themes in this week's new DVD releases:

"Joy," 3 stars: The film reunites actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro with director/writer David O. Russell, the team that made the marvelous "Silver Linings Playbook." Their latest collaboration looks like the same beautifully crafted tale of quirky characters ...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Brink,' 'Longmire,' 'Glass Castle,' 'Devious Maids,' more

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Just got done binge-watching "The Brink." We are left with many loose ends. I cannot believe HBO will leave us in this situation. Any chances that this show will be set for another season?

A: No. The show starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins was dropped in October 2015 after one season. Making that a ...Read more

Kate Baldwin's winning Anna powers Lyric's 'King and I'

CHICAGO -- Anna Leonowens arrives in Siam in widow's weeds, a bereaved colonialist determined to lose herself in her work. She is not yet old enough to abandon her sexual being, but it is just one of the markers of brilliance in Oscar Hammerstein's book to "The King and I" that Mrs. Anna, the scientific woman who otherwise seems to know ...Read more

Hulu is developing a cable-like package of channels

LOS ANGELES -- Hulu is preparing a cable-like digital bundle that would stream feeds of broadcast and cable TV channels, a person familiar with the matter said.

The streaming service, based outside Los Angeles, is the latest media company to get into the so-called "skinny bundle" business, which refers to the idea of creating slimmer TV ...Read more

Second City e.t.c.'s 'Red Line' runs over Chicago's sacred cows

CHICAGO -- The admirably fearless new revue at the Second City e.t.c., "A Red Line Runs Through It," mostly runs right through Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose outsized smiling visage is such a visual and thematic presence in the show -- indeed, it's the backdrop for the best part of the show. A show with more political guts than you'll find ...Read more

Sumner Redstone's testimony of 'utmost significance,' judge declares

LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge said Monday that the ailing Sumner Redstone will have to testify in the upcoming trial to determine whether he is mentally competent.

Redstone will have to give a 15-minute deposition, which will be videotaped and played for the judge at trial. That portion of the trial will be closed to ...Read more

Fox's 'Houdini & Doyle': The game is afoot in turn-of-the-last century London

In Fox's new Canadian-British-American series "Houdini & Doyle," the famous escape artist and the creator of Sherlock Holmes team to solve murders in turn-of-the-last-century London. It is less exciting than it sounds.

It is true that the men knew each other, though not until 20 years after this story is set. In this imaginary timeline, Houdini...Read more