Young rapper Pop Smoke killed in Hollywood Hills home by masked gunmen, police say

LOS ANGELES -- Pop Smoke, a rising New York rapper, was fatally shot in a home in the Hollywood Hills early Wednesday, a law enforcement source confirmed.

Officers responded after someone calling from the East Coast reported that several suspects had entered their friend's home in Los Angeles shortly before 5 a.m. The person reported that at ...Read more

Lark Voorhies felt 'slighted and hurt' by exclusion from 'Saved by the Bell' reboot

Bayside High alumni Zack Morris, A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano will all reunite on the small screen for a reboot of "Saved by the Bell." But what about gossip queen and fashionista Lisa Turtle?

Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa on the hit '90s sitcom, was not invited back to participate in the highly anticipated revival, arriving on NBC's ...Read more

Movie review: Artists embark on spiritual journey with love in 'Premature'

There's a scene about two-thirds of the way through Rashaad Ernesto Green and Zora Howard's "Premature" that is the key but subtle thesis statement of the film. As young New York City music producer Isaiah (Joshua Boone) chops it up with a few fellow musicians and his girlfriend, Ayanna (Howard), a debate erupts about what it means to be a "...Read more

1Hood rapper Brittney Chantele releases her Army 'Lemonade'

PITTSBURGH -- Brittney Chantele recalls feeling particularly vulnerable the day a Marine Corps recruiter approached her in the lunchroom at West Allegheny High School in North Fayette.

"He saw that I wasn't eating and asked why," she says. "I said I didn't have any lunch money, and he ended up buying me lunch and he also gave me a Marine Corps ...Read more

Hollywood's 'Sonic the Hedgehog' ignores one crucial element from the game

There's a scene in "Sonic the Hedgehog" in which the blue hero rushes to the Pacific Ocean and returns in an instant, bringing with him pollutants and a flopping fish. The fish is left on the beach by Sonic, presumably to die, this despite the hyper-fast creature having the ability to return it to water in the blink of an eye.

The moment makes ...Read more

'Friends' is the gift that keeps on giving to WarnerMedia

Morgan Kolkmeyer, a meteorologist for Chicago TV station WGN, has fond childhood memories of curling up next to her parents on a couch as they all watched episodes of "Friends."

Two decades later, Kolkmeyer, 28, found herself perched on a replica of the signature orange sofa from Central Perk, the coffee house hangout of the six 20-something ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 10:

1. Ford v Ferrari -- Fox

2. Playing with Fire -- Paramount

3. Doctor Sleep -- Warner

4. Joker -- Warner

5. Terminator: Dark Fate -- Paramount

6. Gemini Man -- Paramount

7. Zombieland: Double Tap -- Sony

8. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood -- Sony

9. Harriet -- Universal

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Ozzy Osbourne, battling Parkinson's disease, cancels 2020 North American farewell tour

Heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his entire 2020 North American "No More Tours 2" farewell tour.

All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. No make-up dates are planned -- at least not for now -- by Osbourne, whose new album, "Ordinary Man," is due out Feb. 21.

The reason for the cancellation, according to a statement ...Read more

'Price Is Right' shuts down after death of Drew Carey's ex-fiancee, Amie Harwick

LOS ANGELES -- CBS has canceled tapings of "The Price Is Right" this week following the violent death of Amie Harwick, who was previously engaged to host Drew Carey.

Harwick, a well-known family therapist and author, was killed at age 38, allegedly by her former boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse, on Saturday.

Episodes of "The Price Is Right" that ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Knives Out,' 'Frozen II' break the ice with social commentary

A mystery and a Disney sequel both cleverly address issues of class and race in the top DVD releases for Feb. 25.

"Knives Out": In this kooky subverted whodunit ("who had something to do with it" might be a tad clunky), deeply Southern private investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) grills a wealthy family after its patriarch, beloved mystery ...Read more

Review: Human performances bring literary dog film 'Call of the Wild' to life

Much like our furry friends, movies about man's best friend come in all shapes and sizes: lost dog movies, talking dog movies, military dog movies, reincarnated dog movies. "The Call of the Wild," directed by Chris Sanders and based on the classic novella by Jack London, is what one might call a literary dog movie, even if there is technically ...Read more

Review: Autumn de Wilde's 'Emma' is utterly intoxicating interpretation of classic novel

There has already been a cinematic adaptation or two of Jane Austen's comedy of manners "Emma," and yet, it seems there hasn't been enough. There is, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow's turn in Douglas McGrath's 1996 version, and Amy Heckerling's ingenious modern-day reimagining of the story in her 1995 film, "Clueless," with Alicia Silverstone's Cher ...Read more

How Richard Rankin made his way to 'Outlander'

PASADENA, Calif. -- Scottish actor Richard Rankin was on the primrose path to IT work when something terrible happened. He decided to become an actor.

Rankin was working in a bank and was being groomed for a coveted position in computer technology. "If I was in IT, if I was in computers, you'd have stability in that," he says.

"You'd know ...Read more

'McMillions' isn't your usual true crime docuseries. Here's how they made it

Late one night in 2012, James Lee Hernandez was scrolling through a subgroup on Reddit where users share curious factoids and bizarre trivia, when a headline caught his eye: "Today I Learned Nobody Really Won the McDonald's Monopoly Game."

His interest piqued, Hernandez clicked on the post, which linked to a story in a Jacksonville, Fla., ...Read more

Philly band Low Cut Connie's new Atlantic City song is a Trump protest and a Springsteen sequel

PHILADELPHIA -- When Low Cut Connie singer Adam Weiner was coming up with video ideas for his new song "Look What They Did," he suggested he and photographer Alex Wroblewski head to the Jersey Shore boardwalk town where Weiner spent his summers growing up.

"I told him I wanted to spend a couple of days in Atlantic City," the Philadelphia band ...Read more

How a fire in the Inland Empire could spell doom for the worldwide vinyl LP boom

LOS ANGELES -- One morning earlier this month just after 8 a.m., as Sarabjeet Ubbu was starting the day behind the counter of his 7 Star Food Store in Banning, Calif., he noticed black smoke billowing from the roof of the building across the street.

The unassuming beige facility houses Apollo Masters. Owners of a manufacturing plant and a ...Read more

Bon Iver announces election-related Wisconsin concerts for October

Wisconsin's reigning indie-rock unit Bon Iver has announced three October concerts to try to vote out America's sitting president.

Eau Claire native Justin Vernon and his Grammy-winning band will perform in La Crosse on Oct. 5, Wausau on Oct. 7 and Appleton on Oct. 8 as part of the 46 for 46 campaign, a series of concerts in battleground states...Read more

Why one little Oscar means so much to so many

Not since "Moonlight's" win in 2017 have I been more delighted or shocked by a Best Picture Oscar than when "Parasite" won last week. When the film's name was called, my social media lit up with excitement, joy and pride.

With only one person of color nominated in an acting category and no women nominated for best director, 2020 promised to be ...Read more

'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist': Jane Levy shines in musical series

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jane Levy, the San Anselmo native who stars in "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," doesn't have a musical theater background. Nor is she a trained singer or dancer.

She's not even a big Broadway nerd.

No matter. Levy is the leading lady of NBC's offbeat new musical drama series and she's having an absolute blast.

"Sometimes ...Read more

A TV musical remade a Beatles classic — with 'Help!' from San Francisco, 70 singers

"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" centers on an emotionally contained coder who's shaken up after an earthquake occurs during her MRI. Upon turning a street corner, she sees a middle-aged man in a disheveled suit, immovable among the bustling sidewalk traffic.

"Help, I need somebody," he seems to sing. "Help, not just anybody. Help, you know I ...Read more