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Frank Herbert's 'Dune' is a climate and environment story. Are you paying attention?

SEATTLE — House Atreides has fallen. Duke Leto is dead and his son, Paul, lives in hiding, gathering his strength and awaiting the right moment to leave the Fremen sietch and reclaim his birthright from the twisted Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.

Will our hero succeed? Is he a hero at all? What new challenges must he confront living among the dunes...Read more

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Adele calls off 10 Las Vegas shows: 'Sadly I have to take a beat'

LAS VEGAS — Adele is calling out, for the first time in her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Citing vocal concerns, the Strip headliner has knocked out all shows in March. That’s 10 shows total, beginning Friday and Saturday.

Adele referred to the pause as a postponement, saying on on social media: “Sadly I have to take a ...Read more


Julio Torres survived the visa office and the art world. His first film skewers both

To apply for a work visa in the United States is to set out on a biblical odyssey through a glacial, bureaucratic process renowned for its voracious appetite for complex and expensive paperwork. About a dozen years ago, comedian Julio Torres began that process. And, to help make ends meet as he waited — there is a lot of waiting — Torres, ...Read more

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Kevin Bacon covers Beyoncé's 'Texas Hold 'Em'

Is Beyoncé’s “Texas Hold ‘Em” a country song?

Of course it is. The single from the forthcoming "Renaissance, Act II" is loaded with the kind of country tropes that defines the genre.

It saddles up with a cowboy hat on and drinks “rugged whiskey” at an “all night hoedown” while emphasizing the banjo of Rhiannon Giddens, the ...Read more

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Why T.S.O.L.'s Jack Grisham said no one would hear his David Bowie, 'Rocky Horror' covers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jack Grisham has been in and out of punk bands for more than four decades. Most famous for fronting Huntington Beach/Long Beach-based hardcore punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), Grisham has experienced some wild stuff both on and off the stage. But he wasn’t prepared for the response he’s received thus far for T...Read more


Sound Advice: Integrated amplifier a bargain for it performs

Q. I was always a component stereo fan but when my preamplifier developed issues I got lazy and replaced the tuner, amplifier and preamplifier with a surround sound receiver. I really miss my NAD C 427 tuner but I don’t want a separate amplifier and preamplifier again.

I am trying to find a quality integrated amplifier to drive my Definitive...Read more

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Gearoid Reidy: 'Shogun' has a lot to teach the West

One of the most famous tales ever set in Japan is back. Walt Disney Co. is spending millions on a glossy new adaptation of the James Clavell saga "Shogun," the story of the Englishman who arrives in 1600s Japan and goes on to become a samurai.

First appearing as a beloved novel in 1975, then in a revolutionary 1980 small-screen adaptation that...Read more


'Spaceman' review: Sandler stars in so-so film for grown-ups about inner journey

You may not know it from the title or the vaguely cartoonish logo bearing that title, but "Spaceman" is not just another Adam Sandler-Netflix movie.

Unlike the comedic live-action and animated romps the actor and producer has churned out as part of the multiple-times-extended movie-making deal between his Happy Madison Productions and the ...Read more

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Gary Sinise's son, Mac, dies of the rare bone cancer chordoma: 'He never quit trying'

Gary Sinise’s only son, McCanna “Mac” Sinise, died last month after a 5 1/2-year fight with a rare bone cancer, the veterans activist and “Forrest Gump” actor announced Tuesday on his foundation’s website.

“Like any family experiencing such a loss, we are heartbroken and have been managing as best we can,” the actor wrote. “As...Read more


Family guide to new movie releases


Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

What it’s about: The sequel to the epic "Dune" follows Paul Atreides on Arrakis as he becomes one with the Fremen and accepts his destiny.

The kid attractor factor: Older kids and teens will be drawn to the big sci-fi spectacle...Read more

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Madonna cuts Luther Vandross from AIDS tribute after being called out by estate

Madonna made a mea culpa following her ill-fated attempt at having a sentimental moment on her “Celebration” world tour.

The 65-year-old “Material Girl” sparked immediate backlash for including Luther Vandross in an HIV/AIDS tribute during her recent stop in Sacramento, California.

An image of the late Grammy Award-winning R&B singer ...Read more

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Diddy's 'Love' producer Lil Rod accuses him and associates of sexual assault, illicit behavior

Producer Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones has filed a bombshell lawsuit against Sean "Diddy" Combs accusing the embattled media mogul of sexually harassing and threatening him over more than a year, as well as securing footage of Diddy and several of his associates involved in illicit behavior and alleged sexual assault.

Jones, who seeks $30 million in ...Read more

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Diddy accused of sexual harassment, assault by male producer

NEW YORK — Producer Sean Combs, better known as Diddy, is facing new allegations of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed by a male record producer.

Producer and videographer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones on Monday filed a lawsuit against Combs, 54, in New York federal court. Jones claims Combs sexually harassed, drugged and threatened him, ...Read more

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'Road House' brawl: Amazon used AI to replicate actors' voices during strike, lawsuit alleges

LOS ANGELES — Tensions over the upcoming "Road House" movie remake, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, are flaring again with the original film's screenwriter taking a legal swing at Amazon Studios.

On Tuesday, R. Lance Hill, who wrote the screenplay for the 1989 cult movie, sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and its parent, Amazon Studios, for ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: What exactly did 'SNL' prove by inviting Shane Gillis back as host?

Of course I tuned in to "Saturday Night Live."

Who could resist the idea that comedian Shane Gillis, who was hired, then fired by the show in 2019 before ever getting a chance to appear on it, had been invited back in the plum role of host? Had he done something to redeem himself?

You may remember the story of his brief rise and fall at "SNL."...Read more

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Minneapolis cult faves Run Westy Run to release second album in one year Friday

MINNEAPOLIS — What a bunch of weirdos. That's about the best way to explain what's going on with Run Westy Run, the Twin Cities indie-rock band of the late '80s that almost got famous in the '90s but then went 28 years without releasing an album. That finally changed last year when the group dropped "Beyond Reason," a loose and lively ...Read more

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Taylor Swift's dad accused of punching photographer in Sydney, police investigating

A photographer in Australia filed a police complaint against Taylor Swift's father, alleging that Scott Swift punched him as the singer left a concert after-party on the Sydney waterfront early Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, veteran photographer Ben McDonald, 51, told police he was punched in the face by Swift's father at the ...Read more


Review: Julio Torres' absurdist directorial debut 'Problemista' a cutting, incisive satire

As our unofficial poet laureate Taylor Swift once shamefully confessed: “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me.” Sometimes having big dreams can be a real problem; sometimes just existing in the world can be a problem, too. In Julio Torres’ earnest and absurdist directorial debut “Problemista,” he suggests that perhaps becoming ...Read more

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Tyler Perry's 'Mea Culpa' gets hot, heavy with Kelly Rowland, Trevante Rhodes

If you thought the vase-making scene from “Ghost” or food-eating extravaganza in “9 1/2 Weeks” were hot and heavy, a paint-themed coupling in the upcoming Netflix legal drama and erotic thriller “Mea Culpa” will steam up the windows.

Kelly Rowland, best known as part of Destiny’s Child from 1997 to 2006, has been more focused in ...Read more

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Jodie Turner-Smith breaks silence on Joshua Jackson divorce

Less than six months after filing for divorce, Jodie Turner-Smith has opened up about her split from Joshua Jackson.

The British actress and model described parting ways with her ex-spouse as the “bravest thing in the world” during a recent interview.

“Sometimes things we really want to work just don’t end up working. And that’s OK,�...Read more