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Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

Once again, NBC will be suffering from soapus interuptus. From July 23 to Aug. 8, the Olympics will be preempting "Days of Our Lives." So, instead of Xander, Nicole, Eric and the gang, we will be seeing water polo, swimming and gymnastics. The show's head honcho, Ken Corday, promises hot storylines leading up to the break. When it returns, he ...Read more

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What's it like to portray Lucille Ball? Nicole Kidman says she's 'free-falling'

Nicole Kidman is currently “free-falling.”

The “Being the Ricardos” actor made that reveal in a conversation with comedian and “Fargo” star Chris Rock, published Thursday by Variety. In the film, Kidman plays Lucille Ball to Javier Bardem’s Desi Arnaz.

“I am way out of my comfort zone right now, Chris. I’m free-falling. ... I...Read more

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John Mayer mellows out with '80s-style soft-rock single

All aboard! John Mayer has arrived at the station — the radio station, that is — with his new single/video, “Last Train Home.”

It’s a cool, soft-rock tune, with a definite mid-’80s vibe, as the Grammy-winning star once again mixes mellow vocal work with some tasty guitar licks.

It also features vocal contributions from country-pop ...Read more

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These 'In the Heights' reviews will make you want to return to theaters

Lights up on Washington Heights.

Opening weekend for the big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's debut Broadway musical "In the Heights" is finally upon us after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its theatrical release for nearly a year.

According to critics, the "spirited," "cheerful," "life-affirming" and "socially undistanced" cinematic ...Read more

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Ellen Burstyn wants 'Queen Bees' audiences to embrace life at any age

Age has nothing on passion.

Actress Ellen Burstyn learns as much in Michael Lembeck’s “Queen Bees,” playing now in theaters and on demand, in the role of a widow who begrudgingly (and temporarily) relocates to a retirement community while her home is being repaired.

“I’m 88, so it’s not like there are a lot of films written for ...Read more

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It's Tatiana vs. Titania as Marvel's 'She-Hulk' adds Jameela Jamil as a villain

The already impressive cast of Marvel's Disney+ show "She-Hulk" continues to grow, adding one of its big bads: Titania, played by "The Good Place" actress Jameela Jamil.

She-Hulk antagonist Titania first appeared in "Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars No. 3" in 1984. In the comics, Mary MacPherran was a small high school girl taken from Earth to ...Read more

Anthony Bourdain documentary 'Roadrunner' covers extreme highs and lows of chef and TV host who 'was addicted to everything'

There’s no happy ending, as the late Anthony Bourdain is heard saying in a new documentary about his life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way.

“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” premiering Friday at the Tribeca Festival, dives into the highs and lows of the chef-turned-TV host and world traveler who ...Read more

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Rumors of Kanye West dating Irina Shayk have been swirling for a while

So this Kanye West-dating-Irina Shayk thing, with the birthday trip to France rolled in? Apparently it’s been going on for a while, if the Russian-born supermodel’s taste in pricy T-shirts is any indication.

Shayk was photographed in late April wearing a long-sleeve commemorative DMX shirt — with no pants, just thigh-high black boots — ...Read more

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They stayed up late for Adult Swim. Now they've gone viral with TikTok's newest trend

This is another story about a viral internet trend. But this one is different, really.

The Adult Swim trend, which has taken over TikTok this week, is bringing out a side of the platform that has been missing. Instead of just asking users to lip-sync to funny audio or get dressed up for a basic-to-bussin' transformation, the trend has demanded ...Read more

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Review: Part cuddly, part meta: 'Peter Rabbit 2' goes from tea time to crime time

In the books and the first film based on them, "Peter Rabbit" and friends take on farmers and sometimes other animals. The sequel, "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway," takes on … itself?

Books and films are, of course, different animals. And that's OK. The second live-action/computer-animation hybrid movie in the series continues that evolution ...Read more

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Broadway and television veteran Lillias White to release first studio album to coincide with 70th birthday

Broadway powerhouse Lillias White is bringing in a milestone birthday by doing something she never did before.

The Tony and Daytime Emmy Award winner will release her first studio recording — at age 70.

On July 23 — two days after her big birthday — White will release “Get Yourself Some Happy!” described as “a modern mix of Motown,...Read more

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'Crazy Rich Asians' director says he regrets casting Brown actors in stereotypical roles

The director of “Crazy Rich Asians” has regrets about stereotypical depictions in the international blockbuster movie.

Jon M. Chu is apologizing for how the 2018 hit romantic comedy portrayed South Asian characters.

During a recent interview with Insider, the auteur — who was born in America but is of Taiwanese and Southwest China ...Read more

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Ellen Burstyn is most proud of this role because it was 'the hardest of all of them'

Ellen Burstyn’s most prized role was a not-so-dreamy character.

While the Academy Award-winning “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” star told the Daily News that choosing a favorite is like “asking a mother who’s her favorite child,” one did come to mind.

“Probably ‘Requiem for a Dream,’” Burstyn, 88, told The News last ...Read more

Review: Assisted living comedy 'Queen Bees' needs a comedy assist

Maybe the old folks home isn't so bad after all.

That's the message of "Queen Bees," a middling comedy that plays like it was underwritten by the Retirement Community Association of America, if there were such a thing. In it, a woman is forced into an assisted living community against her will, but after a rocky start she finds new friends, new...Read more

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'Selena' writers say Netflix series disrespected the singer -- and staff

What was supposed to be Gladys Rodriguez's dream job began in early 2019. The TV writer, then 37, received a call about consulting on a new Netflix series focused on the life of Tejano pop superstar Selena Quintanilla. Having a hand in retelling the story of a cherished Latino icon who achieved the American dream for the biggest streaming ...Read more

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Lorde returns with her first new song in four years, the 'flirtatious' 'Solar Power'

Lorde is back, and she is not worried about a sunburn.

Just in time for 2021's first solar eclipse, the 24-year-old pop star from New Zealand released her feverishly awaited new single, "Solar Power," on Thursday — the first sampling (or "first of the rays," as she calls it) from an upcoming album by the same title.

"Solar Power" the song �...Read more

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'Hacks' began as a battle of generations. Becoming a love story made it great

And so we come to the end of season one of "Hacks" on HBO Max. (I made a rhyme.) It is the end, and not the end, because the show, in which Jean Smart plays Deborah, a Las Vegas-based comedy legend of mature years, and Hannah Einbinder plays Ava, the 25-year-old comedy writer who falls into her employ, has been renewed for a second season. Still...Read more

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'Friends' guest star Lauren Tom on playing Ross' girlfriend, Julie

Responding to recent criticism that “Friends: The Reunion” failed to acknowledge or grapple with the sitcom’s nearly all-white white legacy, the special’s director Ben Winston told the British newspaper The Times: “What more diversity do they want in this reunion?” But a small handful of women of color did appear as guest stars on �...Read more

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Karen Allen breaks down the legacy of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' as the Indiana Jones film turns 40

Four decades after the premiere of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” stars and fans alike continue to tip their fedoras to the debut of Indiana Jones.

Karen Allen, who starred as Marion Ravenwood in the adventure flick, believes the Harrison Ford-led film’s ability to connect with audiences across multiple generations has been the key to its ...Read more

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How Loki became one of the funniest characters in the Marvel Universe

Loki has a habit of stealing everyone's thunder. He's at it again in "Loki," a six-part TV series that has the God of Mischief hurtling through time, trying to clean up a mess that could alter history.

It's not as mind-blowing as "WandaVision" or as action-packed as "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." But it sure is a lot of fun.

The first ...Read more