Tucker Carlson criticizes racist comments of show writer but offers no apology

Fox News host Tucker Carlson distanced himself and his program from the incendiary hate speech posted online by a former writer who worked on his top-rated program.

But critics who expected an apology from the conservative cable provocateur for the out-of-office behavior of Blake Neff, who worked on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" since January 2017, ...Read more

Stolen Disney memorabilia worth thousands found in online auction, authorities say

LOS ANGELES -- After thousands of dollars in Disney memorabilia was stolen from a Northern Sacramento storage unit, authorities say they have made an arrest and recovered most of the items.

A woman reported the theft of several high-value Disney collectible items totaling about $35,000, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. ...Read more

Four charged with murder in slaying of rapper Pop Smoke

LOS ANGELES -- Two adults and two teenagers were charged with murder on Monday in the shooting death of rapper Pop Smoke inside a Hollywood Hills home earlier this year.

Prosecutors said Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, killed the rapper in the course of a robbery at a multimillion-dollar home on Hercules Drive in February, according ...Read more

Actress Naya Rivera, 'Glee' TV star and 'fierce talent,' dies at 33

LOS ANGELES -- Actress Naya Rivera, best known for playing a sharp-tongued cheerleader and glee club member on Fox's hit musical comedy-drama "Glee," was found dead Monday morning after an extensive search at Lake Piru in Ventura County. She was 33.

At an afternoon press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said he was "confident" that ...Read more

Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo killed in shooting on I-285

ATLANTA -- Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo died Saturday in a shooting on I-285, according to reports.

Lil Marlo, whose real name is Rudolph Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene after police found him sitting in a car with a gunshot wound.

TMZ was the first to report the death, which was later confirmed in an Instagram post by the head of the ...Read more

Chance The Rapper shows support for Kanye West's presidential bid, faces Twitter backlash

CHICAGO -- "Chance" was trending on Twitter this morning after Chance The Rapper launched into a series of political tweets that confused and sparked controversy among his followers. The Chicago rapper's rant began with a reply to Kanye West's music video tribute to his late mother, throwing his support for West's presidential bid.

Here's how ...Read more

The new Margo Price album will win you over with its '70s rock groove

Margo Price

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Margo Price made a rowdy entrance in 2016 with "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)," the debut single from "Midwest Farmer's Daughter," an album released on Jack White's label whose title nodded to Loretta Lynn while introducing Price as a honky-tonk rebel.

Two albums down the line, Price ...Read more

At gaming giant Ubisoft, major executive changes after allegations of harassment, misconduct

Ubisoft, the publisher behind video game brands such as "Assassin's Creed," "Watch Dogs," "Far Cry" and "Just Dance," revealed Saturday that a number of top executives would be stepping down from the company. The changes come after Ubisoft was accused of an array of sexual and workplace misconduct, which had already resulted in a resignation and...Read more

Thomas Kail explains how Eliza's gasp at the end of 'Hamilton' came to be

Spoiler warning: The following story contains spoilers from "Hamilton" -- both the Broadway show and the filmed version now streaming on Disney+ -- including details of the ending.

Though the "Hamilton" cast recording has 46 tracks, it purposefully doesn't encapsulate every single aural moment of the musical. So even the most seasoned listeners...Read more

'The Old Guard' ending: Why Charlize Theron and Gina Prince-Bythewood want a sequel

"The Old Guard" just launched on Netflix, but the movie's ending quite neatly sets up a sequel -- and things being what they are, it'd be great to see that next film as soon as possible.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and adapted by Greg Rucka from his own graphic novel, the action movie is exciting and fresh, especially in a summer that has...Read more

Review: 'Little Voice' is a pop song in the form of a TV show. You've been warned

In case you're wondering, "Little Voice," a feelings-packed new series that premiered Friday on Apple TV+, shares almost nothing -- other than a singer initially defined by insecurity -- with the 1998 British film of the same name. More to the point, for the show's target audience, it also shares its title with the 2007 major-label debut of Sara...Read more

'Palm Springs' ending explained: What really happened? And what's up with those dinosaurs?

For the first 12 or so minutes of "Palm Springs," you could be forgiven for thinking the film was just a slightly edgier, R-rated take on a fairly cookie-cutter romantic comedy premise: Two lost souls -- sad-boy Nyles (Andy Samberg) and cynical Sarah (Cristin Milioti) -- meet cute at a wedding and ... you know the rest.

But "Palm Springs," ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"DAYS OF OUR LIVES": "Jake" is stunned when the DNA tests prove he is Stefan. Vivian is overjoyed to be reunited with her son, even though Stefan does not remember her. Justin overhears Jennifer and Hope revealing Steve loves and wants Kayla back in his life. Deciding he can not be in Salem watching Kayla and Justin's happy life, Steve decides ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

"Days of Our Lives" has been shedding more characters than my cat sheds hair. Will, Sonny and Rafe have seen their sands running out of the hourglass. Will's and Sonny's last airing will be in early September. Ditto Rafe. Perhaps the show's most stunning announcement came this week. After almost 40 years, Kristian Alfonso is gone. The actress ...Read more

How Natalie Erika James turned personal pain into the resonant horror of 'Relic'

Natalie Erika James' atmospheric thriller "Relic" is a film about inevitable and universal horrors.

Robyn Nevin, Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote star as three generations of adult women grappling with matriarch Edna's (Nevin) encroaching Alzheimer's. The film, which is available now on video on demand and in select theaters (after an ...Read more

'Black Mirror' has a cartoon counterpart in HBO Max's artful 'Close Enough'

J.G. Quintel, who created Cartoon Network's much-loved "Regular Show" (2009-17), has an artful new series, "Close Enough," premiering Thursday on HBO Max. (Cartoon Network, which lives under the same corporate umbrella, is again the producing studio.)

Concerned with the death of old dreams, the birth of responsibility and the acceptance of life...Read more

How the music business is faring amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Anyone paying attention to the music industry knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the touring business, thanks to the postponement of tours by the likes of the Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney and the cancellation of festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo.

But the coronavirus has also cut into the growth of digital streaming, ...Read more

Search for actress Naya Rivera, presumed drowned in Lake Piru, enters third day

LOS ANGELES -- Authorities descended on the waters of Lake Piru just after sunrise Friday as the search for the body of actress Naya Rivera, who authorities say likely drowned while boating with her young son, stretches into a third day.

The 33-year-old was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after her 4-year-old son was found in a rental boat...Read more

KiKi Layne draws on her Chicago roots for the new Netflix movie 'The Old Guard'

CHICAGO -- When KiKi Layne took the stage at a South Side Chicago tabernacle in February, she declared that it "feels so good to be home."

The 28-year-old Layne grew up in Cincinnati, but studied acting at DePaul University and made her mark in the theater scene here. She's also performed in the Chicago-set films "Native Son" and "Captive State...Read more

Hollywood considered Black strip clubs 'taboo.' Then came 'P-Valley'

If you're wondering what the 'P' in 'P-Valley' stands for, look no further than the title of Katori Hall's 2015 play: "Pussy Valley." Starz urged the playwright-turned-showrunner to abbreviate the name of her new series, which debuts Sunday -- though not, Hall said, because the network itself was squeamish.

"We were gonna go for it, but when ...Read more