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Wave of Hollywood sex assault claims sends LAPD into uncharted territory

LOS ANGELES -- The flood of sexual assault allegations coming out of the Hollywood entertainment industry has the Los Angeles Police Department negotiating uncharted territory.

Never before has the department received so many sexual assault allegations involving high-profile figures at one time, including many complex cases that are years old ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMERICAN MADE. 3 stars. Tom Cruise stars in this fun but heavily fictionalized portrait of Barry Seal, a drug smuggler who found himself at the intersection of drug cartels and CIA adventurism in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s. Directed by Doug Liman. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS. 2 stars. The ...Read more

Russell Simmons' accuser tells Megyn Kelly: 'There was no dispute about what happened'

Keri Claussen Khalighi, the former model who recently accused Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" on Wednesday to share what transpired after her experience with the music mogul and director.

"Russell and I have had a face-to-face about what happened, where there was no dispute about what ...Read more

Denzel Washington makes his case in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

If you're weary of films whose inhabitants are rendered in monotone shades of good, bad or predictable, I recommend the multidimensional "Roman J. Israel, Esq." Enter a world where some people have a lot of poor qualities behind the scenes, while others are less bedraggled than their superficial defects connote.

The film stars Denzel Washington...Read more

W. Kamau Bell combines comedy, activism

WASHINGTON -- W. Kamau Bell wants you to feel uncomfortable -- and laugh while feeling that way.

As host of CNN's "United Shades of America," he travels around the country to explore issues of race, ethnicity and identity. The journey has taken him to Indian reservations, San Francisco's Chinatown, and a nervous nighttime back roads rendezvous ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 13:

1. Girls Trip -- Universal

2. Wind River -- Lionsgate

3. Cars 3 -- Disney

4. The Dark Tower -- Sony

5. War For The Planet of the Apes -- Fox

6. The Emoji Movie -- Sony

7. The House (2017) -- Warner

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming -- Sony

9. Wonder Woman -- Warner

10. Baby ...Read more

'Marvel's Runaways' on Hulu needs to up the action to move it beyond just another teen drama

The nerd. The jock. The goth. ... "Marvel's Runaways" is as much "The Breakfast Club" as it is "X-Men," but with more teen angst, less superhero action and a compliant dinosaur in the basement.

Hulu's foray into the world of Marvel looks nothing like the dark world of Netflix's "Jessica Jones" or "Luke Cage."

But unless you're already a fan of...Read more

David Cassidy, former teen idol and star of 'The Partridge Family,' dies at 67

David Cassidy, the former star of "The Partridge Family" TV hit of the 1970s and a reluctant teen idol to the boomer generation, died Tuesday evening of liver failure, his publicist confirmed. He was 67.

The singer and actor died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after being hospitalized for multiple organ failure, including his liver and kidneys. His ...Read more

'The Good Place' gets third-season renewal on NBC

How's this for proof of life after death: NBC has renewed "The Good Place" for a third season.

The network has ordered a 13-episode season of the afterlife comedy that stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D'Arcy Carden.

The series, another critical favorite from Michael Schur ("Parks and ...Read more

'Call Me by Your Name' leads Independent Spirit Awards nominations

Luca Guadagnino's romantic drama "Call Me by Your Name" leads the nominations for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards, earning six nods when the nominees were announced Tuesday.

Crime thriller "Good Time" and Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," tied with five nominations apiece, while Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" and Chloe Zhao's "...Read more

Movie review: Pixar's 'Coco' sings a high-spirited but sometimes faltering tune

Can a person honor his family and pursue his dreams? That is the question at the heart of "Coco," a whimsical and high-spirited romp through the underworld from Pixar Animation Studios. The story's 12-year-old protagonist, Miguel Rivera, is an aspiring guitarist with a song in his heart and stardom on his mind. But to realize his destiny he must...Read more

Disney, Pixar Animation executive John Lasseter to take a leave of absence, citing 'missteps'

John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a leave of absence, citing unspecified "missteps," according to a memo to staff.

Lasseter, the pioneering executive who built Pixar Animation Studios into an entertainment juggernaut and helped revive Disney's once-struggling animation business, said...Read more

Charlie Rose fired by CBS, and PBS drops his talk show over sexual harassment allegations

Charlie Rose's CBS News career came to an unceremonious end Tuesday when the network fired him over allegations of sexual harassment.

"A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately," CBS News President David Rhodes wrote in a note to staff. "This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely ...Read more

HBO stands by Russell Simmons' new season of 'All Def Comedy,' series will air as scheduled

HBO said Monday that it plans to continue Russell Simmons' Def Comedy series despite accusations of sexual misconduct against the hip-hop mogul.

"We do plan to air 1/8'All Def Comedy'3/8 beginning next week," HBO said in a statement. "The show is a platform for promising new artists, and we want them to have the opportunity to showcase their ...Read more

'CBS This Morning' co-anchor Gayle King on Charlie Rose's suspension: 'We have all been rocked by this'

"CBS This Morning" found itself in the uncomfortable position of covering one of its own Tuesday.

The sexual harassment allegations against the program's co-anchor Charlie Rose appeared in the signature "Eye Opener" segment at the top of the 7 a.m. hour. Rose's co-anchors, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, weighed in at length on the story about ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

A powerful story of order and disorder pulls you directly into the heart of 'Baltimore Rising' on HBO

Actress Sonja Sohn, who played Det. Kima Greggs on "The Wire," has made a beautiful documentary film, "Baltimore Rising," about the city that show was set in. It premiered Monday on HBO, also the network of "The Wire."

Set mainly among officials, activists and officers in the months between the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray after injuries ...Read more

Television Q&A: Why did Sophia Bush leave 'Chicago P.D.'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Can you give us the story on Sophia Bush leaving "Chicago P.D."?

A: According to Dick Wolf, mastermind of the "Chicago" shows, and Bush herself, who played Erin Lindsay on the series, it was entirely her call to leave. After the series and her long run on "One Tree Hill," she's moving up as a star ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Nov. 21 and beyond

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

NOVEMBER

21: The Hitman's Bodyguard

21: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

21: Leap!

21: Birth of the Dragon

21: Good Time

21: Beach Rats

21: Lemon

21: Crown Heights

21: Dark Signal

21: Jungle

21: Ryde

21: Savage Dog

21: The Fall,...Read more

Movie review: 'Darkest Hour' a brilliant, illuminating look at Churchill's leadership

2017 has proven to be the year of Dunkirk. With Christopher Nolan's film, Lone Scherfig's "Their Finest" and now, Joe Wright's Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour." Although Dunkirk offers the stakes and setting to "Darkest Hour," this is not a film about Dunkirk, but the man behind it, with the event offering a way to understand him through one of ...Read more