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Blueprints for the original 'Star Wars' space station were created at University of Illinois at Chicago

CHICAGO -- Remember that scene in "Star Wars" where the University of Illinois at Chicago makes its case that the Empire can be stopped and the Rebels are the only ones to stop them?

You don't?

Well, it's there: In fact, as cameos go, UIC's role in the first "Star Wars" film would prove pivotal to the mythos of "Star Wars," more powerful than ...Read more

Pioneering media mogul and LA philanthropist Jerry Perenchio dies at age 86

LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Jerrold Perenchio, the man behind the curtain who deftly pulled the levers of power to create cultural defining media events, propel political candidates, collect masterpiece artworks and become one of the richest men in Los Angeles, has died. He was 86.

The enigmatic Bel Air billionaire, known to his friends as "Jerry," ...Read more

Fox News moves to dismiss lawsuit by former on-air host Andrea Tantaros

LOS ANGELES -- Fox News is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by former on-air personality Andrea Tantaros that claims the company hacked her computer and conducted surveillance of her phone calls and emails.

In a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Fox News said Tantaros' allegations that fake Twitter accounts were set up to harass ...Read more

Movie review: Latest 'Pirates' is dead on arrival

The Pirates of the Caribbean descend to new depths with "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Padding out its muddled 153 minutes with the sluggish pace of a funeral barge, it marks the ignominious low of a once-great series. It lacks yo-ho-ho.

The usual template is mostly in place, with well-established characters doing precisely what we expect of them. ...Read more

Warner Bros. cancels London 'Wonder Woman' premiere following Manchester attack

In the wake of Monday's deadly terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Warner Bros. has announced it is canceling a planned premiere in London next week for its superhero film "Wonder Woman."

"Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK," the studio said in a statement. "In light of the ...Read more

Ariana Grande suspends tour through June 5

Ariana Grande's tour has been suspended through June 5, her management team said Wednesday. That includes the cancellation of concerts planned for Thursday and Friday at London's O2 Arena.

Twenty-two people died and at least 59 were injured in a suicide attack Monday night outside Manchester Arena, where Grande had just concluded a stop on her ...Read more

Chris Cornell's body has been cremated, report says; funeral set for Friday

The body of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died last week in Detroit, was reportedly cremated Tuesday in Hollywood, and a funeral is planned for later this week.

Widow Vicky Cornell, brother Peter Boyle and friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King were at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the cremation, sources familiar with the service ...Read more

Movie review: 'Dead Men' shows some signs of life

It's been six years since the fourth movie in the amusement park ride-inspired "Pirates of the Caribbean," that one subtitled "On Stranger Times," sailed into local theaters. It was beginning to look like the Disney Studios had keelhauled the franchise leaving Johnny Depp to make such forgettable flops as "The Lone Ranger," "The Rum Diary," "...Read more

Movie review: This beach is littered with raunch

No formula for success exists regarding feature films based on late 20th century television shows. There are only odds favoring partial or complete failure. So that's comforting.

But what about "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street"? Didn't those movies work? Yes, they did. Especially the first one, which was crude without being brainless, and ...Read more

'Dancing' reboot never finds its feet: With little chemistry, maybe Baby should have been left alone in a 1987 corner

If we've learned anything from history, it's that hard times call for easy, escapist entertainment. So musicals haters, brace yourselves.

Hot off the inescapable popularity of "La La Land" comes ABC's "Dirty Dancing," a musical reboot of the 1987 film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. (Not to be confused with the 2004 theatrical ...Read more

Movie review: 'Obit' is a compelling look at the craft of newspaper obituary writing

Most journalists stifle a laugh when we hear somebody denounce a newspaper as a product of organized conspiracy.

Because everyday we see the reality -- the mistake-filled atmosphere of chaos, rancor, disagreement, systemic technological failure, desperate last-minute alteration. The paper comes out, but nobody knows how, or cares, because yet ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 15:

1. Split -- Universal

2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage -- Paramount

3. Sleepless -- Universal

4. Hidden Figures -- Fox

5. Why Him? -- Fox

6. Sing -- Universal

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- Warner

8. Gold (2017) -- Weinstein

9. The Bye Bye Man -- Universal

...Read more

Three reasons why Fox News is losing its ratings dominance

NEW YORK -- The stream of negative headlines for President Donald Trump about his campaign's alleged collusion with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey is shaking up the cable news ratings race.

Last week, MSNBC won all five weekdays over CNN and Fox News in prime time among the coveted advertiser demographic, according to Nielsen...Read more

Hannity says 'liberal fascism' is behind efforts to get him fired over Seth Rich story

NEW YORK -- Fox News and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity are under fire Tuesday for pushing a right-wing conspiracy theory that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich may have been killed because he provided emails to WikiLeaks.

On Tuesday, Fox News retracted the online story that an FBI forensics examination showed Rich ...Read more

Roger Moore dies at 89; debonair British actor played James Bond in 7 movies

Roger Moore, the suave British actor who starred in seven James Bond movies and brought a likable, comedic dimension to the unflappable secret agent, has died after a short battle with cancer, his family said Tuesday. He was 89.

From 1973 to 1985, Moore was Agent 007 in "Live and Let Die," "The Man with the Golden Gun," "The Spy Who Loved Me," ...Read more

Katy Perry confirms it: She and Taylor Swift indeed have bad blood

It's only taken four years but pop culture gossip hounds finally have the confirmation of the rumor they've been salivating over: Yes, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are beefing.

And, according to Perry, "She started it."

Perry confirmed the rumors on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" prime time special Monday night, explaining that the conflict ...Read more

At Cannes, trailer for England-set Muslim drama postponed in wake of Manchester attack

CANNES, France -- As Cannes Film Festival attendees carried on their work with a heavy heart Tuesday, the Manchester bombing has also had an effect on at least one studio's marketing plans.

Focus Features has ?decided to postpone the trailer launch of "Victoria and Abdul" -- a fact-based drama about a Muslim Indian immigrant to England who ...Read more

Zack Snyder to leave 'Justice League' following family tragedy; Joss Whedon to take over film

A rather stark reality hit the world of superhero fantasy on Monday, as the L.A. Times confirmed that Zack Snyder is stepping away from finishing the upcoming "Justice League" picture in the wake of the suicide of his daughter.

Originally reported at the Hollywood Reporter, 20-year-old Autumn Snyder died in March. "The demands of this job are ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for May 23 and beyond

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

MAY

23: Logan

23: Get Out

23: The Great Wall

23: Rock Dog

23: My Life as a Zucchini

23: XX

23: Call the Midwife: Season Six

23: I Am Heath Ledger

23: Max 2: White House Hero

23: Outsiders -- Season 2

30: The Shack

30: Fist Fight

30: Before...Read more

'Star Wars' author inspired by films, and vice versa

CHICAGO -- Timothy Zahn, who is 65 and bald and carries an ever-so-slight air of social anxiety, is nobody's image of a superstar. And yet as he sat behind table No. 26 and waited for fans, he did not wait long. The doors to the convention hall at McCormick Place opened at 10 a.m., and by 10:10 a.m. the line of people to meet Zahn was the second...Read more

 

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