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How the makers of 'Squid Game' cracked its cinematic code

Netflix's most popular series to date, "Squid Game," isn't just a creepy thriller about a survival competition. In its nightmarish carnival of the economically struggling wagering their lives for the amusement of wealthy voyeurs, creator, writer and director Hwang Dong-hyuk unleashes a blistering critique of the system that makes such a story ...Read more

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Emmys 2022 preview: Where does your favorite TV show stand?

"Atlanta" came back after a four-year break. "Barry" has returned too — after a mere three years. "Stranger Things" will unveil a new season this week after being away since 2019. Comparatively, the two-year gap between "Better Call Saul" seasons feels forgiving. I can kind of, sort of remember where we left off.

If you're a fan — and you ...Read more

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Review: If you like the buzzy 'Who Killed Sara?' add this bilingual thriller to your list

Six promising college seniors celebrate their bright futures at a carefree beach party — ensuring something horrible will happen to them. And in Apple TV+'s Spanish- and English-language thriller, "Now and Then," it does.

Set in Miami, this eight-episode bilingual thriller is one part murder mystery, one part melancholy drama about the perils...Read more

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Let's talk about that 'Men' ending with the people who created it

If you just finished watching Alex Garland's new folk-horror film "Men," you might need a little time to process it. At least that's what Garland hopes.

"Most people watch a film and they just kind of shrug and send an email or go get a beer or whatever," the British writer-director says. "But if anyone is provoked by this film, hopefully they ...Read more

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Bronx actress Justina Adorno is riding high with key role on Latino-led biker drama 'Mayans M.C.'

NEW YORK — Bronx-born actress Justina Adorno is on the ride of a lifetime with the biker drama “Mayans M.C.”

Adorno joined the Latino-led show’s third season last year in the key role of the bartender Nails, and says the series’ fourth season introduces “even more enriched, challenging, beautiful story lines” for her character.

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The best (and worst) wedding songs, according to DJs and singers

MINNEAPOLIS — If you've been to a lot of weddings, you've probably seen it happen.

The couple walk out to the dance floor, gazing sweetly into each other's eyes. Whitney Houston's or Dolly Parton's divine voice fills the room. Mom and most of the aunts immediately start bawling. The first chorus comes up, and everyone sings along in their ...Read more

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'Downton Abbey' box office results signal a promising turn among older audiences

Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” sequel welcomed older viewers back into theaters this weekend, in what may be a promising sign for the box office prospects of films aimed at grown-ups, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The period drama, based on the critically acclaimed TV series of the same name, opened to $16 ...Read more

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'Downton Abbey' opens weakly as fans of a certain age stay home

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” opened in second place domestically this weekend and with a much weaker debut than its 2019 predecessor, as a key demographic for the film, older women, proves to be one of the most difficult to persuade back into theaters.

The film, from Comcast Corp.’s Focus Features division, generated $16 million in domestic...Read more

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'Saturday Night Live' says goodbye to Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney in season finale

NEW YORK — 30 Rock is getting a new look.

The season finale of “Saturday Night Live” this week was more somber than expected as the late-night sketch show bid farewell to Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney after all four announced that they will not be returning next season.

McKinnon peaced out first in the cold ...Read more

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Amber Heard's team to call Johnny Depp to witness stand again

The drama continues at the explosive Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial with Depp possibly returning to the witness stand again on Monday.

The 36-year-old “Aquaman” star’s lawyers will call ex-husband Depp on Monday, on the 23rd day of the former couple’s tumultuous defamation trial, according to sources.

The former “Pirates of...Read more

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Some fans are furious at John Mulaney for having 'transphobic' Dave Chappelle as surprise opener at Ohio show

John Mulaney invited a famous comedian to open for his show in Ohio on Friday — but not everybody was laughing.

The 39-year-old stand-up superstar and former “Saturday Night Life” writer was at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus to perform his “From Scratch” comedy tour. Before he began entertaining the crowd, however, Dave ...Read more

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Richard Johnson: Amber Heard hired ex-porn star-turned-detective to dig up dirt on Johnny Depp

NEW YORK — Amber Heard hired a private detective who used to be an adult film star to dig up dirt on her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, in the summer of 2019.

Paul Barresi was a mustachioed stud who appeared in “Co-ed Fever,” “Bad Girls II” and other X-rated films.

Reinvented as a private detective, he’s worked for Tom Cruise, Eddie ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

The bubble has burst for many TV shows as they wrap up their run. Oh, the horror. Only one more season of "Riverdale." How can I live without Jughead?

"The Voice" will continue without Kelly Clarkson. But Blake Shelton's wife Gwen Stefani is back. Jennifer Hudson, who spent a year on the show, is having her own daily talk show. "Dancing with ...Read more


Swedish billionaire developing Aspen hotel sues Colorado newspaper over “oligarch” label

A Swedish billionaire who is developing a controversial luxury hotel in Aspen, Colorado, is suing one of the city’s newspapers for defamation, claiming The Aspen Times wrongly portrayed him as a corrupt Russian oligarch amid that country’s war on Ukraine.

Vladislav Doronin, who was born in the Soviet Union and built his fortune in Moscow’...Read more

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Broadway extends mask mandate through the end of June

NEW YORK — Masking must go on.

Broadway’s theaters will continue to require that ticketholders wear masks at least through the end of June, the Broadway League said Friday.

The extension from the Broadway League, a trade group that sets coronavirus policy on Broadway, comes as New York rides out another COVID wave, the latest driven by ...Read more

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Say goodbye to Chad: Pete Davidson is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Pete Davidson, one of the brightest “Saturday Night Live” stars of the past decade, is leaving the sketch comedy series, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.

According to a Friday report from Variety, Davidson will officially depart Studio 8H after the Season 47 finale airs this weekend. Davidson became one of the TV institution’s ...Read more

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Olivia Rodrigo gives fans one Shell of a time at sold-out San Diego debut concert

SAN DIEGO — What are the chances?

On Wednesday night, 2022 triple-Grammy Award-winner Olivia Rodrigo performed at a bayside concert venue in San Diego with her band at exactly the same time Debbie Harry and her band, Blondie, appeared at another bayside venue here a few miles away.

Both concerts were quick sellouts. Rodrigo drew 8,500 ...Read more


'Stranger Things' Season 4 sneak peek goes from calm to chaos in 8 minutes

One week ahead of the long-awaited, highly anticipated fourth season of "Stranger Things," Netflix has released the first 8 minutes of Season 4, Episode 1.

The extended preview (which actually runs 8 minutes, 47 seconds) throws us right back into the heart of Hawkins, Indiana, by way of a flashback scene set six years prior to the events of ...Read more

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Viola Davis says a director she knew for 10 years called her his maid's name

Actor Viola Davis recently revealed a racist encounter she had with a director who called her by his maid's name.

On Thursday, Variety reported that during the Kering Women in Motion conversation at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Davis recounted how a male director repeatedly misidentified her.

"I knew him for 10 years and he called me ...Read more

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Company insiders rip Tesla's stance on safety in hard-hitting Elon Musk doc

If you own a Tesla, or a loved one does, or you're thinking about buying one, or you share public roads with Tesla cars, you might want to watch the new documentary "Elon Musk's Crash Course."

Premiering Friday on FX and Hulu, the 75-minute fright show spotlights the persistent dangers of Tesla’s automated driving technologies, the company’...Read more