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Review: Journalists with attitude star in 'Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine'

To anyone starting out in music journalism around 2000, "Almost Famous" -- director Cameron Crowe's warm-and-fuzzy remembrance of his adventures as a teenage Rolling Stone writer -- felt about as old-timey as that year's other big music-historical fantasy, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Twenty years later, a new documentary about Rolling Stone's ...Read more

Lizzo signs TV deal with Amazon Studios in 'dream come true'

She has lit up awards shows and concert stages, soared up various Billboard charts, starred in commercials. She even appeared on the silver screen in "Hustlers" with J.Lo.

Are you ready for Lizzo, TV star?

The Grammy-grabbing, Minneapolis-launched superstar, who was named Time magazine's entertainer of the year for 2019, has signed a first-...Read more

In a world of virtual sets, that movie or TV show, like 'The Mandalorian,' might not be where you think — or anywhere at all

The pandemic shut down major Hollywood productions in March and five months later it is still unclear when most TV and film projects will start back up again.

In Chicago, right now is typically when the three NBC shows from Dick Wolf ("Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med" and "Chicago P.D.") begin work on the new season. That's obviously been delayed. ...Read more

Calif. student social experiment goes terribly wrong in 'Invisible Line'

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The subject was the Nazi regime.

Yet, a classroom full of students at the old Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1967 were having a hard time understanding how German people could have possibly accepted and endorsed the horrific plans and actions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis leading up to and during World War II.

So, ...Read more

Luke Bryan: 'There'll always be people who say I ruined country music'

This wasn't Luke Bryan's first rodeo.

"Am I too backlit? Hold on," the country star said the other day as he picked up a video call at his home in Nashville. Dressed in a golf shirt and ball cap, sunglasses dangling from a cord around his neck, he stood and moved to a different part of the window-lined room.

"The problem is, if I do it this ...Read more

'She Dies Tomorrow' is latest in a string of films that find humans battling contagion

Fear and uncertainty are as familiar in 2020 as Zoom meetings and social distancing. Still, you have to stay positive, establish a healthy routine and find ways to cope with what can feel like existential dread.

That's what makes an early scene from "She Dies Tomorrow," available on streaming platforms and video on demand, so scary. During a ...Read more

'I haven't had a job since March 13': How costume designers are coping with COVID-19

LOS ANGELES -- It's about five months into the pandemic, and no one is dressing for the screen. This goes for both the tiny, gridded screen of your WFH videoconference (admit it, you're still wearing sweatpants), as well as the TV and movie screens of Hollywood where production abruptly halted back in mid-March as part of California's effort to ...Read more

Shark Week 2020: 8 fin-credible specials we want to see

Much of our summer has been a great big bummer, thanks to the pandemic. But at least we still have Shark Week.

Yes, one of TV's biggest annual events -- the oceanic Super Bowl, if you will -- returns to the Discovery Channel on Sunday and continues through Aug. 16. With more than 20 hours of programming on the docket, Discovery is promising "...Read more

MTV unveils Keke Palmer as host of this year's virtual VMAs

Actress, recording artist and TV star Keke Palmer is officially hosting the 2020 Video Music Awards later this month.

MTV announced Thursday the "Hustlers" performer will emcee this year's virtual ceremony, which will feature performances from BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin -- plus some new awards specifically recognizing live sets and music videos...Read more

Alyssa Milano details debilitating coronavirus symptoms: 'I thought I was dying'

Actress Alyssa Milano says she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, despite twice testing negative for the virus itself when she was sick.

On Wednesday, the "Charmed" alum shared her coronavirus story in a lengthy Instagram post detailing her myriad symptoms, which included a loss of smell, trouble breathing, drastic weight loss, "...Read more

Is Shia LaBeouf in 'brownface'? Cholo role raises question of who gets to adopt whose culture

LOS ANGELES -- The trailer contains many of the markers of a modern Los Angeles gangster flick and box office hit: guns, lovely Latinas, thumping music and attractive dudes in the dopest cars riding around the flatlands of L.A. as they lay down the law of the streets.

Almost all the actors are brown-skinned Latinos, except for one. At the ...Read more

Top 10 rappers of all time: Snoop Dogg gives you his awesome list

Snoop Dogg, a man who many consider one of the greatest rappers of all time, has posted his own list of the top 10 MCs of all time.

The list, which he posted on Instagram, is made up of these 10 all-time greats:

Slick Rick -- The '80s hip-hop pioneer, known for his own solo career as well as his work with Doug E. Fresh on such classics as "The...Read more

Mary McNamara: 'Mulan' deserves more. Why a Disney+ release does the warrior heroine another disservice

LOS ANGELES -- There are many fine and lyrical Chinese proverbs about patience, forbearance and the need to accommodate the vagaries of fortune -- the mountain cannot turn but the road can, etc. -- but how infuriating is it that once again, Hua Mulan is being deprived of the huge and noisy multiscreen Disney debut she so richly deserves?

...Read more

Television Q&A: Should cable have its own awards show?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Has anyone from the broadcast networks ever suggested that cable return to its own awards show? It is unfortunate that the network shows, actors, writers, etc., get ignored by the Emmys. Don't they deserve some of the glory?

A: It has indeed been argued that broadcasters should have their own awards ...Read more

7 of the best Steven Soderbergh films to watch right now, from crime dramas to caper comedies

In the history of the Academy Awards, Steven Soderbergh is the only director who had to compete against himself. And he won.

Prognosticators figured Soderbergh hurt his chances by directing two of 2000's five best pictures. (Actually, let's make that two of the four best; how did the insipid "Chocolat" make the cut?) The conventional wisdom was...Read more

Can anyone sing gospel music? This part-Samoan, former YouTube heartthrob aims to find out

LOS ANGELES -- In his song "Old AF," get describes feeling, at age 23, as though he's already "old as f -- ."

"Some days I'm running out of breath / Some days I'm running out of time," he sings in a moist, R&B-schooled croon. It's an understandable admission from a young striver who's done a bit of everything in show business, from viral ...Read more

Inside 'Immigration Nation,' the Netflix docuseries ICE didn't want you to see

Early in the first episode of new docuseries "Immigration Nation," a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official pulls out his phone and records a video inside the agency's New York City office, where a lone immigrant sits inside the processing room. It's the start of a weeklong operation to arrest undocumented immigrants.

"Just making ...Read more

How gay feminist composer Pauline Oliveros taught us to hear with more than ears

On each of the four Saturdays in April, people from around the world -- music people, nonmusic people, critics trying to make ourselves useful -- participated in an online Pauline Oliveros "sonic meditation." We listened for silence. We waited for sounds and then sounded. We responded to our body weight, to technology, to what others were ...Read more

Telemundo layoffs hit journalist María Celeste Arrarás

Award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras has been cut from NBCUniversal's Telemundo network -- part of widespread layoffs the New York media company began this week.

Arraras is well known to Spanish-language TV viewers. She joined Telemundo in 2002 and hosted the newsmagazine "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste." Before that, Arraras was one ...Read more

Michelle Obama says no to public office, but fans still want her as vice president

One would think that after serving the American people for eight years as first lady, Michelle Obama would have earned some peace from the political spotlight with the freedom to pursue her own aspirations.

But as Joe Biden gets closer to announcing his running mate, the Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP made one more attempt to get the ...Read more