SEATTLE -- A Seattleite will be at the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night, in the latest chapter of a nearly 30-year story. Constanza Romero Wilson, wife of the late playwright August Wilson, will be on hand representing her husband, who received a posthumous nomination for his screenplay to "Fences." Based on his Tony Award-winning play, the "...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show isn't taping today, but Kimmel's working. He's always working. Right now he's wearing his standard uniform when he's not on the air -- shorts, a Dickies work shirt and black socks.
"I'm a very glamorous guy," Kimmel says, laughing, noting the incongruity of him hosting the Oscars this year, an ...Read more
When Joi McMillon was a junior in high school, she really wanted to be a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. Even though her brother moved from Florida to Los Angeles to be an actor, being in the film industry was just a fleeting idea. But during a tour of Universal Studios, she stumbled upon a guy using the program Avid to edit an episode of "...Read more
For a series immersed in events that happened upward of 70 years ago, CMT's new drama "Sun Records" felt timely to star Chad Michael Murray.
While on location in Memphis, Tenn., the musical fertile crescent where rock 'n' roll began at Sam Phillips' studio on the corner of Marshall and Union avenues, Murray was staying near the city's double-...Read more
"Sun Records," an entertaining, eight-part miniseries premiering Thursday on CMT, is liberally based on the jukebox musical "Million Dollar Quartet," about the day in 1956 when Elvis Presley dropped by Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in the middle of a Carl Perkins recording session (with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano). Johnny Cash showed up ...Read more
In an awards season already rife with politically charged acceptance speeches, Sunday's Oscars ceremony could offer the most prominent platform of all.
And will President Donald Trump, the target of most critiques so far, be tuned in?
That's what Debra Saunders, White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wanted to know at ...Read more
Netflix continues its steadfast expansion of stand-up comedy programming with the addition of two new specials from Louis C.K.
The specials will be available exclusively on the streaming service. The first, which was shot in Washington, D.C., and is titled "2017," will premiere April. 4.
"Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices...Read more
In yet another confirmation that you're getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna.
She charted her 30th hit this week when "Love on the Brain" crossed the threshold to land at No. 8. It's the fourth top-10 track...Read more
The Twins: A psychological Thriller...Section One of Book One.R.G.Miller
Thirteen-year-old Stacey and Jannifer McHill celebrated their birthday amongst family and friends at their parent's lavish home in Shreveport, Louisiana...three years later they were the cause of the largest manhunt in New York City's history...
Bill Maher weighed in Tuesday on the swift downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos days after the controversial pundit had appeared on his HBO show, " Real Time," last week.
"By the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, (Yiannopoulos is) dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he's dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through," Maher told the New...Read more
The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 13:
1. Arrival -- Paramount
2. The Girl on the Train -- Unviersal
3. The Accountant -- Warner
4. Keeping Up With the Joneses -- Fox
5. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Paramount
6. Boo! A Madea Halloween -- Lionsgate
7. The Secret Life of Pets -- Universal
8. Storks -- Warner
Genre films -- horror, comedy, fantasy, Westerns -- have always been great vessels for social commentary. The pleasures of genre conventions allow such messaging to go down easy; the spoonful of cinematic sugar that helps the medicine go down. Actor/comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," is an expert example of the way this works,...Read more
Announcements that cable channels most people have never heard of are getting into the scripted-series business don't generally make my day -- if there's a shortage of things to watch, TV critics haven't heard about it.
So when Viceland's "Trapped" this month ate most of a weekend, one icy, subtitled episode at a time, it got my attention.
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis are Serious Actors. They've played heroes and villains, presidents, soldiers and spies, and have been justly acclaimed for doing so. (Both have an Emmy to prove it: Lewis for "Homeland," Giamatti for "John Adams.")
But right now, in a hotel suite in Pasadena, the Serious Actors, who likely have stories to trade ...Read more
Before Timothy Showalter issued "HEAL," the emphatic 2014 album that established his band Strand of Oaks as one of the leading lights of the Philadelphia rock renaissance, he put out three other records under the SOA banner.
But those albums – "Leave Ruin" (2009), "Pope Killdragon" (2010), and "Dark Shores" (2012) -- were largely acoustic, ...Read more
Lately, I tune in to CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to take democracy's pulse.
If Colbert is still there, skewering President Donald Trump and his administration, then all may not be right in the world. But it's still a world I recognize, one where comedians can take pokes at the powerful without losing their livelihoods or their ...Read more
I saw "Hidden Figures" in a suburban theater surrounded by baby boomers, and many were openly weeping by the movie's end.
That's a bit strange, as the movie tilts upbeat and is engineered to be inspirational. Many younger viewers, in fact, are energized by it, much so that they've gone to the astonishing extreme of expressing an interest in ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Chicago rapper Cupcakke typically grabs attention with her sexually explicit lyrics, but the South Side native was in the spotlight last week for reaching out to a fan who said he was kicked out of his home because he's gay.
"Need a hotel?" Cupcakke asked the fan on Twitter. "Ask someone you (know) that has an ID that's over 21 to ...Read more
Most films focusing on the trials and tribulations of being in love tend to gravitate toward one of the principle parties. This structure creates a situation where one of the pair is saintly while the other is a sinner.
In "You're Killing Me Susana," the screenplay by Luis Camara based on the novel by Jose Agustin doesn't take such a definitive...Read more
In a landmark year for diversity at the Oscars, "La La Land's" Ai-ling Lee has already made history -- twice.
The Singapore-born Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan are the first all-woman sound editing duo to receive an Academy Award nomination. Additionally, Lee is part of the "La La Land" team nominated for the sound mixing trophy at Sunday's ...Read more
"Bunsen Is a Beast!" -- a new cartoon from "The Fairly OddParents" creator Butch Hartman -- is about a beast named Bunsen -- you may have worked that much out -- and a boy named Mikey who become instant friends when Bunsen is "commingled" into Mikey's middle school.
That it's a story about embracing outsiders, even the ones you're told might ...Read more
- David Cassidy has dementia and will stop touring, he says after rocky weekend show
- Bill Maher takes credit for, but not glee in, the downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos
- TV review: CMT's 'Sun Records' takes the history of rock 'n' roll on an entertaining ride
- Predictions for Oscar night
- Movie review: Provocative, funny 'Get Out' is a horror film with a serious message about race