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Karen Pendleton, original Mouseketeer who became advocate for disabled people, dies at 73

It was the height of the baby boomer era when Karen Pendleton and the rest of the Mouseketeers came bounding into living rooms across America, a troupe of bubbly, overly exuberant teens and pre-teens who danced and sang and reminded viewers to make good choices in life.

"The Mickey Mouse Club" was must-watch TV in the 1950s with the after-...Read more

Sam Waterston goes Jane Fonda: Both arrested in D.C. climate change protests

So much for law and order.

Jane Fonda's aspirations to get arrested in D.C. repeatedly are going swimmingly. And this time, her "Grace & Frankie" costar Sam Waterston, a veteran of the police procedural "Law & Order," joined her.

In their latest display of civil disobedience, the actors were detained by U.S. Capitol Police Friday amid ongoing ...Read more

China delays release of Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,' but why?

LOS ANGELES -- Distribution of Quentin Tarantino's film "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" in China has been postponed indefinitely, The Times confirmed Friday.

The movie was to be released Oct. 25 in the Asian nation, which offers a vast potential audience. The Chinese distributor is Beijing-based Bona Film Group, which has a 25% stake in the...Read more

How Angelina Jolie's daughter inspired the secret backstory of 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'

When director Joachim Rønning took on Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," creating something original was one of his priorities. And in building out the fairy tale world, the filmmakers came up with a backstory even bigger than their movie would have time to tell.

"Yes, the film is based on the characters of 'Sleeping Beauty' and the '...Read more

Barney is coming to the big screen thanks to … the star of 'Get Out'?!

Barney the Dinosaur is coming to the big screen, thanks in part to "Black Panther" star Daniel Kaluuya.

Mattel on Friday announced a partnership with Kaluuya's production company 59% and Valparaiso Pictures to create a film based on the anthropomorphic purple T-Rex, who became known in the classic 1990s children's show, "Barney & Friends." In a...Read more

Judy Garland's life was run by men. These newly unearthed recordings reveal how

Deep in the San Fernando Valley, there is an unremarkable warehouse where some of the few remaining pieces of Judy Garland's life are stored. They are kept in cardboard boxes and film cans, never subjected to temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The rare concert footage and home video recordings have barely been touched since their owner --...Read more

Meghan Markle was asked how she's doing — and she's not OK

It comes as little surprise that Meghan Markle has been struggling through relentless public scrutiny ever since she started dating Britain's Prince Harry.

What is surprising, however, is how candidly the 38-year-old addressed it in a recent interview. For the first time, the American former actress spoke out about the behind-the-scenes ...Read more

Newbie? Obsessive? Zack Snyder fiend? Our guide to HBO's 'Watchmen' has you covered

Damon Lindelof has long maintained that his "Watchmen" is neither a direct adaptation nor a reboot of the original comic book series created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Instead, the showrunner has described his HBO series, which premieres Sunday, as more of a "remix," albeit one that treats the 12-issue comic as canon: The new series does ...Read more

Lady Gaga says she's fine after she and fan fall off stage in Vegas

Shrieks rang out Thursday when Lady Gaga and a fan fell off the stage to the floor several feet below at a show during her Las Vegas residency.

Several attendees caught the incident on video, which sees Gaga wrapping her legs around a concertgoer she had invited up on the stage, hopping up and down repeatedly before he loses his balance and ...Read more

Movie review: The eerie, unabashed 'Lighthouse' illuminates the broken psyches of two men

The words "elevated horror" have recently spurred debate and defensiveness among cinephiles, particularly those who reject the notion that horror needed elevating in the first place. But "The Lighthouse," Robert Eggers' bleak and blisteringly funny squall of a film, might actually prove worthy of the term. Not because this movie displays unusual...Read more

Movie review: Risky satire 'Jojo Rabbit' turns the weapon of humor on Hitler

Unlikely though it sounds, we have a need to laugh at Adolf Hitler, on the movie screen if nowhere else.

Some of our greatest comedy directors, from Charles Chaplin ("The Great Dictator") to Ernst Lubitsch (the brilliant "To Be or Not to Be") to Mel Brooks ("The Producers"), have used der Fuhrer as a figure of fun, trying, perhaps, to make a ...Read more

Review: 'On the President's Orders' zeroes in on the Philippines' deadly war on drugs

The succinct documentary "On the President's Orders," from co-directors Olivier Sarbil and James Jones, wastes no frames as it artfully chronicles the dehumanizing effects of hateful rhetoric turned policy in the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte, a head of state who proudly compares himself to Hitler, and whose war on drugs has resulted in a ...Read more

Scarypoolparty's world has blown up since 'American Idol'

Scarypoolparty had only been making music for a few years before he appeared on the latest season of "American Idol," competing under his real name, Alejandro Aranda.

The singer-songwriter, 25, was one of the only "Idol" finalists to ever perform songs he'd written himself, which may be part of the reason he only came in second, and the judges ...Read more

'Parasite' review: The South Korean class warfare thriller is already a massive hit. No disagreement here.

It's hard to talk about why the South Korean phenomenon "Parasite" has captured the imagination of a broad international film audience without talking about "Joker," the other conspicuous class-warfare experiment in terror of the moment.

They're night and day in terms of, well, everything: wit, emotional sophistication, filmmaking rigor, ...Read more

Puzzle solved: Paul Dano cast as the Riddler in 'The Batman'

Robert Pattinson will face off with Paul Dano, who has been cast as Batman's nemesis the Riddler in Matt Reeves' "The Batman."

The "Escape at Dannemora" star will play Edward Nashton in Warner Bros.' latest iteration of the comic-book franchise, the studio announced Thursday. The role of Nashton, who as the Riddler commits crimes by ...Read more

Megyn Kelly goes home to Fox News — and trashes NBC News over Matt Lauer

Megyn Kelly has a few questions and a few suggestions. And they're directed at her former employer, NBC News.

The former Fox News host returned Wednesday to her star-making network for her first interview since she and the peacock network parted ways in January.

Kelly operated at full blast on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," saying she wanted to ...Read more

#PayUpHollywood explained: Industry assistants are speaking out about their wages

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood assistants are saying #PayUpHollywood in a new effort to shed light on what they say are exceedingly low wages in the entertainment industry.

A heated public discourse about the pay gap between support staff and those they work for has been raging on social media since last week as assistants shared their horror stories...Read more

Review: A searing picture of the Syria crisis in documentary 'The Cave'

When caves appear in movies, they tend to be sinister, life threatening locations. The extraordinary documentary "The Cave," however, focuses on a place where just the opposite scenario is playing out.

The latest film by Feras Fayyad, whose "Last Men in Aleppo" was Oscar nominated, "The Cave" does not technically take place in a cave but in an ...Read more

Television Q&A: What happened to 'Hunted'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: What is the status of the show where two people are given a head start and then chased down by professional manhunters?

A: It sounds as if you remember "Hunted," a CBS series in which teams of two people each tried to elude investigators for 28 days. It aired in 2017 and was canceled after a single ...Read more

Are we all just Shakespeare's kids? Remembering Harold Bloom, who certainly thought so.

Did William Shakespeare invent the human?

That seems like a pretty audacious claim to make for any imaginative storyteller, let alone a mere playwright whom we struggle to understand, and one no longer at the peak of his popularity, to boot. But it was an assertion boldly made by Harold Bloom, the ravenous literary critic and as great a friend ...Read more