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'SNL' writer suspended indefinitely for tweet mocking Barron Trump

NEW YORK -- Katie Rich, a "Saturday Night Live" writer who mocked Barron Trump, the youngest child of President Donald Trump, in a tweet during Friday's inaugural festivities, has been suspended from the late-night comedy show.

Rich was suspended immediately after the tweet, and will be suspended indefinitely, according to a source familiar ...Read more

Wayne Brady injured at 'Hamilton' matinee

CHICAGO -- The actor Wayne Brady, who plays Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton," sustained a minor leg injury Saturday during a matinee performance of the show in downtown Chicago and had to leave the stage during the first few minutes of the first act.

He was replaced by an understudy for the remainder of the performance.

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Calls for firing of 'SNL' writer after Barron Trump tweet

A tweet by a "Saturday Night Live" writer last week about Barron Trump, the 10-year-old son of President Donald Trump -- a tweet since deleted -- has drawn calls for the writer to lose her job.

On Friday, after the inauguration, Katie Rich, a Chicago native and Second City alum, tweeted that "Barron will be this country's first home-school ...Read more

Tidal announces partnership with Sprint

Jay Z's artist-owned streaming service, Tidal, and Sprint announced a new partnership on Monday that will give the company's 45 million customers unlimited access to Tidal, including exclusive content.

In the deal, the telecommunications company acquired a 33 percent stake in Tidal; Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will join Tidal's board of directors...Read more

Sprint acquires stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp. announced Monday that it has acquired a 33 percent stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal.

The partnership will give Sprint's 45 million retail customers unlimited access to content made by artists on Tidal.

Jay Z and the artist-owners will continue to run the streaming service. Marcelo Claure, Sprint's...Read more

'Roe' puts women center stage

WASHINGTON -- In a timely and frank play about the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, makes one very brief appearance.

Because the play is about the contentious relationship between Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe, and her attorney Sarah Weddington as they struggle through ...Read more

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' gets an official title

It's official. The next installment of the main "Star Wars" saga will be called "The Last Jedi." Lucasfilm unveiled the Episode VIII title Monday morning, but did not reveal who this last Jedi could be.

Could the title be a reference to Luke Skywalker, the most recent Jedi the "Star Wars" films followed? Or is it a hint that Rey, who discovered...Read more

Aziz Ansari took to the 'SNL' stage and delivered some stand-up logic to Trump

"Saturday Night Live" couldn't have planned a better guest host for its inaugural-weekend show than Aziz Ansari.

Or at least that's the conclusion many came to after the writer-actor-comedian delivered the opening monologue.

Ansari, who made a name for himself as Tom Haverford on "Parks and Recreation," is now co-creator and star of his own ...Read more

New albums: Brandon Can't Dance, The Doors, 'Hidden Figures' soundtrack

Brandon Can't Dance

"Graveyard of Good Times"

Lucky Number ()

Brandon Can't Dance is the nom de indie rock of Philadelphia songwriter Brandon Ayres. In the manner of rising DIY stars like Car Seat Headrest and Alex G (with whom he has toured), Ayres has followed several self-releases on his Bandcamp page over a number of years with this ...Read more

A chilling look at 'Slenderman' case

In simpler times, anxious parents worried about what might happen to their children at the park or on the walk home from school. These days, parents fret about the dangers that might lurk behind a closed door in their own home.

"Beware the Slenderman," running Monday on HBO, will do little to quell fears over screen time, social media and the ...Read more

A story close to their hearts: The Smiths reflect on how myriad elements had to coalesce to get 'Walking Out' made

PARK CITY, Utah -- On one level, the outstanding Sundance drama "Walking Out" tells a simple father-son wilderness survival tale. But just below the surface, roiling emotional complications add meaning and difficulty at every turn.

Similarly, the story of how this film, which premiered Saturday night in Sundance's U.S. Dramatic competition, got...Read more

Column: Trump's long inauguration weekend had to be seen to be believed, and even then it seemed to defy easy explanation

In his first statement as White House press secretary, Sean Spicer conveyed the top priority of his boss, America's first reality-TV star/executive producer president. For Donald Trump, it was all about ratings, ratings, ratings.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the world," ...Read more

'La La' could land 14 Oscar noms: The musical's record seven Globe wins may be just a warm-up for Tuesday morning

If you were one of the relatively few people bewitched, bothered and bewildered when Damien Chazelle's musical "La La Land" won a record seven Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago, you should probably avoid the news Tuesday morning when Oscar nominations are announced.

"La La Land" could well make history. Pulling down 14 nominations is a real ...Read more

Songs for divisive times: The soundtrack of the last few days was rich in meaning, intended or merely revealing.

The words felt like private thoughts found in an old diary and newly exposed to fresh air.

"If you try acting sad, you'll only make me glad."

"I ain't got no love, I ain't the kind to meet."

"Regrets, I've had a few -- but then again too few to mention."

Yet this wasn't the sour fruit of opposition research. The words are lyrics from two ...Read more

'Split' shocks the box office with a $40 million debut

LOS ANGELES -- Competing with a presidential inauguration, multicity marches and big-budget Hollywood productions, M. Night Shyamalan's creepy psychological thriller "Split" pulled off a surprising opening weekend victory, pulling in an estimated $40.2 million.

The low-budget "Split," which cost a reported $9 million to make, blew away ...Read more

Family at the heart of Louie Anderson's comedy

PASADENA, Calif. -- At first life didn't seem too promising for comedian Louie Anderson. He grew up in the projects, number 10 of 11 children, suffered a learning disability, and was fired from his job at Clark's gas station in Minneapolis because he couldn't get the money right.

All that didn't bode well for the chubby kid who was bullied ...Read more

Fox backs off rally coverage

LOS ANGELES--The three main cable news networks may have been equal in their wall-to-wall coverage of Friday's inauguration and its festivities, but during Saturday's coverage of the Women's March on Washington, the historical divide between Fox News and its compatriots had been firmly reinstated.

CNN, MSNBC and Fox News were all dinged by many...Read more

Why alternative history and parallel universes are more popular than ever

Ian Weaver grew up in a middle-class home in South Chicago. His history is not that remarkable. He lived in a housing project. His mother worked three jobs that kept him in a private Catholic school.

At 46, Weaver is now an assistant professor at St. Mary's College outside South Bend, Ind., teaching painting and printmaking. But about 16 years ...Read more

Malia Obama lands an internship with mega-producer Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES -- Having penned two books of his own, Barack Obama is no stranger to the arts, and it looks as if Malia Obama may be following in her father's footsteps. But while Obama plans to return to his writing desk since leaving the White House, his daughter is going into the movie business.

Page Six reported Thursday that after a family ...Read more

Dolores Huerta: 'I think most of us in the progressive world feel very threatened right now'

PARK CITY, Utah -- At 86, Dolores Huerta has been working as a civil rights activist for over six decades. But if you think she's ready to put down her bullhorn and hit the links, you've got it all wrong.

"All this work that has to be done," said Huerta, who co-founded what would go on to become the United Farm Workers, "as long as I have ...Read more