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Appreciation: 5 movies that show Ennio Morricone was the grand mythmaker of modern film composition

A maestro has passed, at the age of 91.

For someone who lived a happily long and abundantly creative, improbably productive life, the composer Ennio Morricone has been preparing for his final bow for decades now, through his music. He was both a chameleon and a paradox -- an exuberant spirit who had a unique dramatic understanding of the ...Read more

Movie review: Action-packed 'Old Guard' elevated by exploring morality of immortality

The new Netflix sci-fi action film "The Old Guard," starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne, is a slick actioner with a supernatural twist. It has a great concept, cast and script, and it's executed crisply by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the director of "Love & Basketball" and "Beyond the Lights." This film makes her the first Black woman to direct a...Read more

Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies at 41 after long battle with COVID-19

Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who appeared in the Broadway productions "Rock of Ages," "Waitress," "Bullets Over Broadway" and "A Bronx Tale: The Musical," died Sunday morning after a long and difficult battle with COVID-19. He was 41.

His wife, Amanda Kloots, confirmed the news on her Instagram account. "God has another angel in heaven now," ...Read more

Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone dies at 91

Oscar-winning film composer Ennio Morricone, who came to prominence with the Italian western "A Fistful of Dollars" and went on to write some of the most celebrated movie scores of all time, has died. He was 91.

Morricone's longtime lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, told the Associated Press that the composer died early Monday in a Rome hospital of ...Read more

Review: Werner Herzog contemplates rent-a-family culture

In the curiosity shop that is the oeuvre of filmmaker Werner Herzog, "Family Romance, LLC" fits right in. Though a slighter offering, it continues Herzog's fascination with the enigmatic nature of humanity, this time via the longstanding Japanese phenomenon of renting people to pose as relatives, friends or colleagues.

The film opens with a ...Read more

Mary McNamara: Hey, Hollywood, we could use a snappy 'wear the damn mask' campaign right now

LOS ANGELES -- Hey, Los Angeles, can we get some decent "wear the damn mask" PSAs going already?

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state would finally be initiating a public awareness campaign and, while I applaud the "wear a mask, slow the spread" effort, this really is a time for the private sector to step in and step it up.

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How 'Hamilton' showstopper Renée Elise Goldsberry nailed 'Satisfied'

"Rewind, rewind, rewind," interrupts the ensemble. The lights warp, the tables turn, the dancers seem to go backwards. Didn't we just see these moves in the previous song "Helpless," about how Eliza Schuyler fell in love with Alexander Hamilton?

Yes, you did. And now you're watching it all over again -- this time, from the perspective of her ...Read more

How director Dawn Porter was able to tell John Lewis' story in 'Good Trouble'

John Lewis has led a life arguably too large for a movie. Yet the new documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble," which is available now via video-on-demand, tries to capture not only the scope but also the spirit of this longtime activist and legislator. The film travels from the fateful day when a young Lewis was beaten by police on the Edmund ...Read more

Stuart Cornfeld, 'Zoolander' producer and Ben Stiller collaborator, dies at 67

LOS ANGELES -- Stuart Cornfeld, who produced "Zoolander," "Dodgeball" and "Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller, died on June 26 of cancer. He was 67.

The news was confirmed by his friend, actress Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, and others on social media. "He was the funniest person on the planet," she wrote. "I will miss him terribly."

The Los ...Read more

Kanye West says he's running for president and Twitter explodes

Kanye West says he's running for president. It's not clear if the musician is serious, or if this is a publicity stunt for himself or a project unrelated to the presidency.

West's Saturday night Twitter post instantly went viral, with more than 100,000 retweets within the first hour. West has 29.3 million followers on Twitter.

If West is ...Read more

'Unsolved Mysteries' freaked out '90s kids. Now it's back to scare a new generation

If you were a child in the '80s or '90s -- and maybe even if you were an adult -- you probably lost a few nights' sleep to "Unsolved Mysteries."

Hosted by the leathery-voiced Robert Stack and featuring one of the eeriest theme songs in TV history, the long-running reality show scared the bejeezus out of a generation with stories about brutal ...Read more

Music's winners (Lil Baby) and losers (John Lennon) for this Godforsaken 2020, so far

Quick -- who won at this year's Grammy Awards?

If 2020 has broken your brain like it's broken ours, you might have trouble remembering that the Grammys even happened this year.

But music's premier awards show really did go down in late January, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was about to banish artists from stages -- and make everything that ...Read more

10 TV shows and movies to keep the spirit of Pride going all summer long

June was Pride month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots that birthed the gay liberation movement. As in other journeys toward recognition, equality and freedom to be, the world has come far, and not far enough. And as always, there are arguments about which way to go.

June may be over. But television goes on, and we would like to propose ...Read more

Hugh Downs, iconic TV host, dies at 99

Hugh Downs, a television pioneer who became one of the medium's most enduring, likable and reassuring presences in a five-decade career that included serving as Jack Paar's late-night announcer-sidekick, and hosting the NBC's "Today" and ABC's newsmagazine "20/20," died Thursday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A family member said the cause of...Read more

The 2021 SAG Awards have been pushed to March due to COVID-19

Not surprisingly, the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards is the latest awards show to push its date.

The awards show, presented by Hollywood actors to Hollywood actors, will take place March 14, 2021, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific time, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced in a statement Thursday. That pushes it back more than a month from its...Read more

As the nation struggles with racism, CBS News veteran Michelle Miller gets personal

LOS ANGELES -- CBS News national correspondent Michelle Miller can clearly recall what the publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune told her and other Black editorial interns on their first day at the newspaper 32 years ago.

"He said, 'You've got to put your blackness aside -- you can't be a journalist and a Black journalist," Miller, 52, said...Read more

'Justice League' star Ray Fisher accuses Joss Whedon of 'gross, abusive' behavior on set

"Justice League" actor Ray Fisher is speaking out about his experiences while working on the 2017 superhero film.

In a Wednesday tweet, Fisher claimed that director Joss Whedon's "on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable."

He added that Whedon was "enabled, in many ...Read more

Review: 'The Outpost' is a visceral depiction of combat but little else

Located in a valley at the base of three mountains in northeastern Afghanistan, U.S. Army Combat Outpost Keating was by all standards indefensible. Yet on Oct. 3, 2009, some 50 U.S. soldiers held off hundreds of enemy fighters in a 12-hour firefight that resulted in Bravo Troop 3-61 Cavalry becoming one of the most decorated units in the ...Read more

Why 'Mad Men' is keeping its blackface episode upon its return to streaming

Every episode of AMC's "Mad Men" will be available to stream again later this month, including an episode featuring a character in blackface.

On Wednesday, Lionsgate released a statement explaining its decision not to pull Season 3's "My Old Kentucky Home" from the "Mad Men" catalog, despite the recent removals of blackface episodes from ...Read more

Television Q&A: Is 'Council of Dads' returning this fall?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will the phenomenal show "Council of Dads" return this fall?

A: No. NBC has dropped the show after a single season. While it seemed designed to draw the "This Is Us" audience, ratings were reportedly low.

Q: I believe Barbara Stanwyck had a son, Stephen. What happened to him?

A: From what I can ...Read more