Hollywood's sweeping generalizations about 'mainstream America' are getting it wrong

"Roseanne" has been the big sitcom story of the season, and recently Ad Week talked with ABC honcho Ben Sherwood about the show's revival. If Hollywood has been out of touch with "mainstream America, " Sherwood asserts -- a sweeping assumption Ad Week simply repeats as fact -- the obvious move postelection was to ponder: "What is our ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein to surrender, face criminal charges in sexual assault case, sources say

Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to face charges in New York related to allegations of sexual assault, in what would mark the first criminal charges faced by the disgraced former movie mogul, sources familiar with the case said Thursday.

The sources said the case involved but not might be limited to actress Lucia Evans, who ...Read more

A woman was upset by racist doll at NC bank. Turns out it's a 'Walking Dead' figurine.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A customer at a Raleigh credit union says she was offended by "a black doll with a noose around its neck and hands tied behind its back" on an employee's desk. It turns out the doll is a figurine depicting a character from the zombie-themed television show "The Walking Dead."

Stacey Smith posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon...Read more

Report: Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct

Eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior on-set, at his production company, and during press junkets, according to a report.

CNN reports that 16 people have spoken out against Freeman's alleged misconduct, half of which claimed to have been victims of what some called "harassment," and others ...Read more

What lurks underneath 'Star Wars” new Chewbacca? A 7-foot-3-inch former basketball player from Finland

CHICAGO -- There's too much "Star Wars." A new "Star Wars" movie five months after the previous "Star Wars" movie -- whether it's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" or "Kenobi: A Star Wars Story" or "Star Wars: The New Jedi After the Last Jedi" -- is too much "Star Wars." I say that as a lifelong, 40-plus-years true believer. Anticipation is as much a ...Read more

Television Q&A: Do recorded shows count in network ratings?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I've always wondered whether, when you DVR a show, it is actually counted as being watched live in the networks rating system. Or aren't they able to detect that?

A: They are. As the ways we watch television expand and change, the people making television have sought new ways to figure out who is ...Read more

'First Reformed' review: Ethan Hawke's bracing dark night of the soul

"A life without despair is a life without hope," says the man at the center of Paul Schrader's "First Reformed." That paradox embraces the world as it is, and suggests a better world for the making. The movie it belongs to is an act of spiritual inquiry, a coolly assured example of cinematic scholarship in subtly deployed motion and one of the ...Read more

'On Chesil Beach' review: Saoirse Ronan stars in scenes from a brief marriage

"On Chesil Beach" would be an uncomfortable sit even if director Dominic Cooke's film version of the Ian McEwan novella had figured out an effective tone and style for these clammy little scenes from a repressed, thwarted marriage. What worked on the page, more or less, struggles on screen, however, even though (and maybe because) McEwan adapted...Read more

Olivier Assayas revisits an early work and his own adolescence with 'Cold Water'

Part of what has made French filmmaker Olivier Assayas among the most reliably consistent on the international scene is his knack for reinvention. His work continually engages the world in fresh and exciting ways, including on his recent films, "Personal Shopper" and "Clouds of Sils Maria," both featuring the American actress Kristen Stewart.

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Topher Grace's mission to reinvent himself takes a quantum leap with Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

Five years ago, Topher Grace looked at his bank account, and he was actually satisfied with the number he saw.

After spending eight years on "That '70s Show" and starring in commercial films such as "Spider-Man 3" and "Valentine's Day," he'd built up a solid chunk of change. Plus, he'd recently met the woman he was going to marry, and he was ...Read more

Liz Phair looks back at 'Exile in Guyville' 25 years later

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Liz Phair had a good excuse for arriving late to an interview the other morning.

"I'm so sorry -- I was at therapy," the singer said with a laugh as she slid into a booth at a restaurant near her home in Manhattan Beach. "I'm trying to be proactive about my stage fright."

An indie-rock star since her instant-classic ...Read more

Minnesota-based 'House of Tomorrow' is a home for introspection today

The recipe for a satisfying young adult feature contains several essential ingredients, including a sheltered adolescent fashioning an independent personality outside the home, a cocksure rebel, a sick kid, a cute romantic ingenue, oppressive adults, a mix of laughs, tissues and rock 'n' roll.

Overcook the mixture with sentimentality and the ...Read more

Paul Simon is not playing like a man about to hang it up

LOS ANGELES -- The guy in the spotlight thought he knew how this review might start.

"It was a cold winter night when Paul Simon began his farewell tour in Los Angeles," the veteran singer and songwriter said with a grin Tuesday night as he welcomed his audience to the first of three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

But if it's true that the ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. 2.5 stars. A heaping 156-minute plate of plot spaghetti, as superheroes and supervillains chase six objects across time and space in a bid to control ultimate power in the universe. Just enough moments of humor to keep things watchable, but the movie is overcrowded with Avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Westworld's' Jeffrey Wright and a last-minute schedule change

The making of HBO's "Westworld" is a complicated process that star Jeffrey Wright describes as "a game of benevolent chaos." Multiple units are filming on the same day -- sometimes as many as four might be working on different portions of an episode.

"These many threads come together to create one tapestry and fusing together in ways that I ...Read more

Trump praises Fox News' Tomi Lahren after confrontation at Minneapolis restaurant

MINNEAPOLIS -- President Donald Trump tweeted his full-throated support for Fox News pundit Tomi Lahren early Wednesday in the viral wake of a liquid-launching incident in Minneapolis last weekend.

At 6:22 a.m. Wednesday, Trump's @realdonaldtrump issued the following: "Everybody is with Tomi Lahren, a truly outstanding and respected young woman...Read more

Funny lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize

Move over, Emmy. There's a new accolade in town.

The Kennedy Center announced Wednesday that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will receive the 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, just the latest feather in the 11-time Emmy winner's cap.

"Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand ...Read more

Film critics look at the highs and lows of Cannes 2018, a festival notable for what happened both on- and off-screen

Much of the discussion headed into this year's Cannes Film Festival revolved around the festival's controversial move to ban Netflix films (or any films not slated to open theatrically in France) from competition and the distinct lack of star-driven titles, particularly from the U.S. Now that this year's edition is complete, Times critics Justin...Read more

Analysis: R. Kelly's fall comes as Chicago, black women finally turn their back on star

CHICAGO -- Award-winning poet, spoken word artist and author Tara Betts didn't think Chicago would ever call out singer R. Kelly about claims of abuse and sexual coercion of young women and girls after years of consistent hits had made him largely untouchable in his hometown.

"I never thought Chicago would get here," Betts said about the local ...Read more

Buddy Guy to receive Americana Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran blues man Buddy Guy will add a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Assn. in September to his long list of awards and honors.

The association will present the award singling out the 81-year-old blues master's prowess as an instrumentalist on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at the group's annual award ...Read more