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The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was grand in many ways, but perhaps the most striking aspect were the myriad collisions of American and British culture.

The wedding was an unprecedented mix of royal pomp, British tradition, black-American culture and Hollywood celebrity. Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II...Read more

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or as Spike Lee takes second place at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

He sat in his seat, perfectly still, as if he couldn't believe the news. And he was not the only one surprised, as master Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda was the unexpected but very welcome winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for his "Shoplifters."

Kore-eda has been at the festival several times before, most recently with films ...Read more

Japanese director Kore-Eda wins best-film prize at Cannes

CANNES, France -- Hirokazu Kore-Eda Saturday became the first Japanese director in 21 years to win the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for best film.

Kore-Eda was awarded the prize for "Shoplifters," which tells a heartbreaking story about a family of petty criminals.

The last Japanese director to win the prize was Shohei Imamura in 1997 for...Read more

'13 Reasons Why' wades deeper into controversial territory in Season 2

The first season of "13 Reasons Why," an adaptation of Jay Asher's young adult novel of the same name, was a binge-fest for young viewers. But the Netflix series, which centers on the lead-up to a teenage girl's suicide, also became a cultural lightning rod, triggering critical takes on its value and potential danger.

While the first season ...Read more

When Harry Met Meghan: The royal wedding is the perfect Hollywood ending for a very Hollywood story

LOS ANGELES -- In Hollywood, the best love stories are the ones that involve an Unlikely Couple -- two people so divided by family or fate, time or class, personality or geography that it seems impossible they will ever get together.

Saturday's royal wedding provides a happy ending made possible by Hollywood, so it makes sense that it involves ...Read more

P. Diddy revealed as buyer of $21 million painting

CHICAGO -- Hip-hop mogul P. Diddy has been revealed as the buyer of Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall's "Past Times," the work that sold at auction this week for $21 million, a price believed to be near the maximum paid for a living artist.

Marshall's New York dealer, Jack Shainman, told the New York Times that P. Diddy, whose real name is ...Read more

Star cellist, 19, was to perform in L.A., but then Meghan Markle called

LOS ANGELES -- You've heard of a runaway bride. But what about a runaway cellist?

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra learned that it will be left at the altar this weekend -- the altar being the Alex Theatre on Glendale, Calif. For the last concert of its 50th anniversary season, LACO was to perform with 19-year-old British cello virtuoso Sheku ...Read more

Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan reunite for tragic romance 'On Chesil Beach'

"On Chesil Beach" is a beautifully made film that is as difficult to write about as it is to watch, and it is inescapably hard to watch.

Yet the reasons it is difficult -- a completely heartbreaking story brought to exquisite life via immaculate writing, directing and acting -- are why it's worth putting up with the pain.

The story of the ...Read more

The looming specter of #MeToo stories turned into fodder for TV and film

It is inevitable that the #MeToo movement will be turned into TV and film. But whose stories are being told? And who gets to tell them?

The answers feel, well, actually kind of predictable for Hollywood.

Last week, the New Yorker published a long and fascinating profile of TV producer Ryan Murphy and in it, he mentioned an idea for an ...Read more

Snark conquers all in 'Deadpool 2,' a superhero sequel that's more of the same

It's not easy to capture lightning in a bottle twice, and it's even harder to push boundaries when you're playing it safe.

In "Deadpool 2," the manic antics fly fast, but the franchise loses its edge as wise-cracking antihero Deadpool goes dadcore, attempting to infuse standard-issue four-quadrant studio blockbuster beats into what was once a ...Read more

'Catfish' host Nev Schulman denies sexual misconduct accusations as MTV investigates

"Catfish" host and executive producer Nev Schulman denied accusations of sexual misconduct Thursday following MTV's suspension of production on the show pending a third-party investigation.

On Saturday, Ayissha Morgan published a video to her YouTube page titled "The TRUTH about the show Part 1," which detailed purported misconduct by "the main...Read more

The CW is saying goodbye to 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and hello to Sundays with 'Charmed' reboot

The CW is charming its way into Sunday and saying goodbye to some fan favorites.

The 2018-19 season will see the network, which until now has been doling out 10 hours of programming each week, boost its primetime schedule by 20 percent by adding two hours of scripted programming on Sunday nights. And the network is hoping to cast a spell from ...Read more

John Travolta on #MeToo: 'I honestly don't know a ton about it'

CANNES, France -- John Travolta doesn't do a lot of interviews. But at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his mob drama "Gotti," in which he plays embattled mafia don John Gotti, the Oscar-nominated actor sat for a two-hour conversation as part of the festival's master class series, dubbed "Rendez-vous with."

The event was moderated ...Read more

'Deadpool 2' to unseat 'Avengers: Infinity War' at the weekend box office

Time for Iron Man and Captain America to give someone else a turn at the box office -- namely, the guy known for throwing shade at his fellow superheroes.

Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed mercenary, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson), is poised to rule the charts this weekend, two years after the superhuman antihero first shattered film industry ...Read more

'Book Club': This mature lady rom-com is no page turner

"Book Club" is not about reading.

There's a book club in "Book Club," all right. But its members -- Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen -- choose to read "Fifty Shades of Grey," and subsequent discussions are not of a literary nature.

Instead the women are inspired to resume ... well, let's call it dating. Those that...Read more

Wim Wenders' new doc is an absorbing look at Pope Francis

In "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," an associate says the pope has risen from Argentinian priest to Vatican leader to international icon because he is "the kind of person who speaks to everyone."

In Wim Wenders' new documentary, he speaks directly to you. Or that's the feeling anyway. Wenders follows the pope around the world, but punctuates ...Read more

Son of 'Real Housewives of Orange County' star will represent himself in attempted murder trial

The son of former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Lauri Peterson will again represent himself in his attempted-murder case after alleging during a court hearing Tuesday that he can't be sure of the confidentiality of phone calls between himself and his former defense attorney.

Joshua Waring, 29, dismissed his attorney, Joel Garson, ...Read more

Ryan Reynolds ratchets up jokes, violence for madcap 'Deadpool 2'

There are Marvel movies, and then there are Deadpool movies.

Deadpool, as embodied by a hilariously hyper Ryan Reynolds, is the self-absorbed, foul-mouthed Frat Bro of the Marvel universe. He hurls a torrent of one-liners, pop culture put-downs and sexual innuendo almost as often as he slices off heads, chops off arms, or otherwise shoots, ...Read more

Spike Lee hopes 'BlacKkKlansman' is a wake-up call for the Trump era

CANNES, France -- The doors of the immaculate Renault Talisman limousine are open, the beseeching fans are waiting, as are the photographers at the photo call and the journalists at the press conference, but Spike Lee is not getting out of the car. Not just yet.

A passionate and articulate talker who brings an engaging energy and an ...Read more

At the Forum, U2 had the 1990s — when Bono was MacPhisto — on its mind

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- What to do after reviving the 1980s? How about resurrecting the 1990s?

That's one way to look at U2's recently launched Experience + Innocence tour, which the veteran Irish band brought to the Forum on Tuesday night for the first of two dates.

Ostensibly designed to support U2's 2017 album, "Songs of Experience," the new ...Read more