Paul McCartney mines virtual reality for 'Pure McCartney' release

Paul McCartney is bringing fans into his world by way of virtual reality through a six-part series of VR experiences created to support the June 10 release of "Pure McCartney," his new retrospective album surveying the music of his career after the Beatles disbanded.

The ex-Beatle has teamed with VR producer-publisher Jaunt to create the ...Read more

Fans urge Marvel to give Captain America a boyfriend

For the second time this month, fans are urging Disney to give the star of one of the studio's films a same-sex partner.

In early May, Twitter users launched the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign, asking the studio behind "Frozen" to consider including a lesbian relationship in the musical's upcoming sequel. Subsequently, on Tuesday, the hashtag #...Read more

Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

In a new interview for the BBC Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney defended Kanye West's use of racially volatile language in his single "All Day."

McCartney recalled collaborating with West on the single, which featured a McCartney melody radically revised by West into a hard-hitting single that references hip-hop and grime. The song's hook ...Read more

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer

Gord Downie of the Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band announced the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

"(H)e's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him," the band wrote.

But ...Read more

Sumner Redstone names new trust members expected to replace Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman

LOS ANGELES -- Sumner Redstone's trust has two newly minted trustees who are expected to replace the media mogul's two long-time advisors, Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and attorney George Abrams.

The ailing media tycoon, through a spokesman, announced Tuesday that Thaddeus Jankowski and Jill Krutick are replacing Dauman and Abrams on ...Read more

Movie review: 'Looking Glass' is an uninspired trip back to Wonderland

When Tim Burton's 2010 live-action version of "Alice in Wonderland" raked in a billion dollars there was no question that Disney would pounce on the opportunity for a sequel. Helpfully, Lewis Carroll did write a second book about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, "Through the Looking-Glass," but it proves to be only a suggestion for the ...Read more

Concert review: The Who sounds fit and feisty in a rousing concert that is studded with hits

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Who was forced to postpone a big chunk of the band's 2015 tour, but the culprit wasn't one of the stereotypical rock 'n' roll reasons such as rehab, run-ins with the law or internal drama.

Instead, a very real-world case of viral meningitis took lead singer Roger Daltrey out of action for a while.

As time goes by, it's ...Read more

Television Q&A: Shows returning and some that are not

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Do you know if the TV series "Legends" with Sean Bean and TV series "Zoo" will be back this summer?

A: TNT dropped "Legends" after two seasons. "Zoo" will be back on CBS for a second season with a two-hour premiere on June 28.

Q: I found the TV show "Lucifer" fascinating and creative storytelling. ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for May 24 and beyond

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


24: How to Be Single

24: Risen

24: Zoolander 2

24: The Finest Hours

24: Major Crimes: Season 4

31: Gods of Egypt

31: Race

31: Triple 9

31: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

31: Suits: Season 5


7: Zootopia

7: 13 Hours: The Secret ...Read more

A truth universally acknowledged: No end to Jane Austen mania

It didn't take long for Whit Stillman to work Jane Austen into his movies. It happened in his debut, 1990's Oscar-nominated indie "Metropolitan," in a scene with a New York debutante and a Princeton freshman talking about the English author's "Mansfield Park" and its "virtuous heroine," Fannie Price.

He finds the novel "absurd." The young ...Read more

China box office: 'Angry Birds' rules the roost

BEIJING -- "Angry Birds" soared to the top of China's box office last week, outpacing "Captain America" and taking in $30.3 million in its first three days in theaters.

While the high-powered Marvel film was bested by some animated avians, "Captain America: Civil War" added another $22.8 million to its war chest, good enough for second place in...Read more

VIDEO: Madonna and Stevie Wonder covered Prince at the Billboard Music Awards

Two icons celebrated a fallen peer at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday when Madonna and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Prince with versions of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Purple Rain."

The performance, which concluded a broadcast that featured a volume of lip-syncing likely to have perturbed the Purple One, opened with Madonna spinning into ...Read more

Viacom's Philippe Dauman sues to get back on Sumner Redstone trust

LOS ANGELES -- Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and fellow Viacom board director George Abrams filed a lawsuit Monday in Massachusetts probate court that seeks to invalidate changes that ousted them as directors in Sumner Redstone's trust.

The move appears to be unprecedented, and is a declaration of war over Redstone's controlling ...Read more

The CW renews its deal with Tribune TV stations but loses Chicago outlet

The CW has renewed its affiliation agreement with Tribune Broadcasting but will lose WGN, the station group's flagship in Chicago.

CBS Inc., co-owner of The CW with Warner Bros. Entertainment, announced Monday that the network's programming, which includes "Supergirl," "The Flash," "Arrow" and "Supernatural," will continue to air on 12 Tribune-...Read more

Forever young: 25 things you should know about Bob Dylan on his 75th birthday

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. He's better known as Bob Dylan, the man who changed popular music with his words, voice and vision. In honor of Dylan's diamond jubilee birthday on Tuesday, we offer 25 things to know about rock's greatest songwriter.

1. He lived his first six years in Duluth, next 12 years in ...Read more

Fire, ice and Hodor: 5 thoughts on 'Game of Thrones' Episode 5

Hodor, indeed! Also: Ho-window, Ho-hats, Ho-horses and Ho-breath.

After Sunday's high-drama "Game of Thrones," we now know so much more about so much, including how the great homunculus Hodor got his name and, speaking of names, why the source material book series is called what it is.

Sansa continues her reign of righteousness, essentially ...Read more

New albums: Bob Dylan, Chance the Rapper, & Ariana Grande

Bob Dylan

"Fallen Angels"

(Columbia, 3 stars)

Last year, Bob Dylan released "Shadows in the Night," a tribute to Frank Sinatra. "Fallen Angels" was recorded during the same sessions; Sinatra had recorded all but one of these compositions, too. For "Shadows," Dylan chose crepuscular songs of loneliness and mortality, leaning toward obscurities...Read more

Ka-pow! 'Powerpuff Girls' are back to save the world again

Sugar, spice and everything nice -- and an accidental dash of "Chemical X." These were the ingredients needed to create the beloved 1990s cartoon "The Powerpuff Girls." Now, more than 15 years after its debut, the Cartoon Network has turned back to that formula for a new "Powerpuff Girls."

A refreshing ka-pow of girl power, the original "...Read more

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven breaks a hiatus with 'Elle'

CANNES, France -- The movie's opening may as well arrive with an on-screen statement.

Loud shrieking lends the impression a couple are having sex, but the first sight is a close-up of a cat. Then the camera cuts to the source of the shrieks, and it turns out what sounded like love is actually an assault.

"Paul Verhoeven is baa-aack."

Needling...Read more

It's all adding up for former child star Danica McKellar

PASADENA, Calif. -- For years people would tap Danica McKellar on the shoulder and ask, "Aren't you that little girl on 'The Wonder Years?'"

Though she WAS that little girl on "The Wonder Years," all that changed in an instant. After six seasons on the popular show, McKellar was ready for college.

"I took four years off to attend UCLA," she ...Read more