Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner divorcing after 10 years of marriage

LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split, the couple announced Tuesday, confirming rumors that had bubbled up in earnest about a month ago.

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple said in a joint statement, which they said would be their final comment on the "...Read more

'Terminator Genisys,' 'Magic Mike XXL' enter crowded marketplace over holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES -- Though there will be fireworks at the box office this weekend, a crowded marketplace may not be enough to help set Independence Day weekend records.

New offerings "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL" are tracking to make between $50 million to $60 million each over the five-day holiday weekend, according to people familiar ...Read more

Viewers welcome Lester Holt to 'NBC Nightly News' with a ratings win

Lester Holt got off to a strong start in his first week as permanent anchor of "NBC Nightly News."

Holt's broadcast averaged 8 million viewers for the week of June 22-26, topping "ABC World News Tonight with David Muir" (7.7 million) and "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" (6.6 million), according to Nielsen data.

It was the best ratings ...Read more

Classic cinema: The superb, thrilling 'Third Man' returns in a brilliant restoration

It was the rare film of Graham Greene's work that the novelist was happy with, the only example of Orson Welles' that the actor liked well enough to watch on television. A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, it could only be "The Third Man," and it is back in the best shape of its life.

Opening July 3 for a one-week run ...Read more

5 things for Apple (and you) to keep in mind as Apple Music is launched

Daniel Ek of Spotify, the Beggars Group label consortium and the almighty Taylor Swift (among many others) are among the many who have all inveighed, quipped or protested against Apple Music, which stands to profoundly reshape the music industry with its launch this week.

Offering a centralized location for streaming music, integration with ...Read more

Movie review: 'Magic Mike' sequel should have stuck to what it does best

You can't tease everyone.

Unfortunately, the hotly anticipated stripper sequel "Magic Mike XXL" tries to do just that, resulting in a Bud Light version of Steven Soderbergh's original, surprise-hit home brew. By trying to appeal to young women, middle-aged moms, gay men and spring-break bros at the same time, the movie spreads itself too thin, ...Read more

TV review: MTV's 'Scream' feels like a retro take on film franchise

"Scream," the metafictional slasher-movie franchise, has made its way to television, where it premieres as a series on MTV. If you're going to make a TV show about murdering teenagers, that does somehow seem the likely place.

Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original (and most of the three sequels), is not involved with the small-screen version,...Read more

New on DVD: New on DVD June 30: 'Young' worth watching; 'Get Hard' criminally bad

June 30's new DVDs are a mixed bag of the pursuit of youth, the fear of prison and one man's efforts to do the right thing.

"While Were Young" ( ): Couple begin to long for more youthful days. Ben Stiller's bulldog approach to what is the truth is a great contrast to the hipster direction Adam Driver's character takes. The pair's relationship...Read more

Creators of MTV's 'Scream' aim to scare up new glory with fresh blood

When they're not worried about a bloodthirsty killer on the loose, the teenagers in MTV's new "Scream" show preoccupy themselves with a more esoteric concern: Can a horror property really be stretched out over 10 episodes?

As Noah (John Karna), the show's resident film-geek character, says skeptically, "You can't do a slasher movie as a TV ...Read more

6 women in film talk about the movie industry's challenges and pluses

When a U.S. senator praises a movie studio for hiring two women, a Hollywood issue has officially entered the wider conversation.

Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a note to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently, commending the studio on its selection of women to direct the films "Wonder Woman" and "Unforgettable." In the letter, Boxer, whose ...Read more

Makaya McCraven's 'In the Moment' captures the spirit of Chicago jazz scene

Makaya McCraven, "In the Moment" (International Anthem)

Home to a wealth of riches such as the Jazz Record Mart, the Green Mill and the ever-fertile Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Chicago's modern jazz scene continues to be one of the most vibrant in the country.

Steeped in the sound of the city is 32-year-old Makaya ...Read more

Sound of the White Buffalo can be found between tenderness and a growl

LOS ANGELES -- The voice inside him whirls, lapping and rising, hitting the air like a fist. He stops. "I'm screaming too much." He starts again. Stops. Curses. He takes a breath and closes his eyes. The microphone hangs silver before him. He leans in. The tone he wants arrives like a late friend, lifting softly, galloping ahead with the music, ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for June 30 and beyond

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


30: Get Hard

30: The Gunman

30: While We're Young

30: Danny Collins

30: Last Knights


7: Woman in Gold

7: 5 Flights Up

7: Maggie

7: Kill Me Three Times

7: 71

7: Absolution

7: Alex of Venice

7: Alien Outpost

7: Bitten: Complete ...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Zoo' vs. 'Prey,' NBC's mystery wheel, golf follows the money

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I have seen promos for "Zoo." It is based on a book by James Patterson. Years ago there was a series called "Prey" starring Debra Messing. It only lasted a year as Debra left to do "Will & Grace." Is this the same show? If not, was it also based on Patterson's book?

A: The shows are not the same, and...Read more

Music piracy is down but still very much in play

LOS ANGELES -- Apple's biggest rival when it launches its $10-a-month streaming music service on Tuesday might not be Spotify or Tidal, but piracy.

About a fifth of Internet users around the world continue to regularly access sites offering copyright infringing music, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

In ...Read more

NBC dumps Donald Trump for derogatory comments about immigrants

NBCUniversal delivered a message to Donald Trump over his recent remarks regarding immigrants: "You're fired."

In a statement issued Monday, the company said it is severing ties with the mogul who is pursuing the 2016 Republican nomination for president. He will no longer be a part of the reality competition "Celebrity Apprentice" and his two ...Read more

Discovery lands European TV Olympic rights

Discovery Communications has scored the European television rights to four Olympic Games starting in 2018, the company announced Monday.

The $1.45 billion deal gives Discovery the rights to the games across every TV platform, including over-the-air, pay channels, online and on mobile devices in 50 countries and territories in Europe. The deal ...Read more

New albums: Neil Young; Leon Bridges; Maria Schneider Orchestra

Neil Young & the Promise of the Real

"The Monsanto Years"

(Reprise )

Neil Young follows his muse, or in this case, his rage. "The Monsanto Years" is an album-length rant recorded with Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah in which the Farm Aid co-founder targets his venom mostly at agricultural giant Monsanto (and also Starbucks) in songs that...Read more

Concert review: The Grateful Dead jam in mostly perfect harmony

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The VW buses were supplanted by Ubers. Marijuana was more often vaporized than burned. And bright iPhone screens replaced Bic lighters during "Morning Dew." But the music was nearly the same: the Dead, jamming in (mostly) perfect harmony. No Jerry Garcia hologram necessary.

Those of us dizzy and lost amid the sonic ...Read more

150,000+ celebrate black music and more at BET Experience

By the time the BET Awards went live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live on Sunday night, more than 150,000 fans had already gotten a taste of the event through the network's four-day BET Experience.

Launched in 2012 to expand the audience for the network's highly rated awards show and offer other programming for R&B and hip-hop fans, the ...Read more