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John Lithgow's latest stage isn't a stage at all: How theater is moving to your phone and car

Shhhhh. John Lithgow is performing his solo show, "Stories by Heart." The five audience members are riveted. Don't speak, don't fidget and, for God's sake, don't look at your phone. The actor appreciates your attention. He needs it. He is accustomed to performing this show for hundreds of people after a recently wrapped Broadway run.

The small ...Read more

Television Q&A: Am I seeing a new '60 Minutes' episode during the summer?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Very often for many years I see that a "60 Minutes" program is "New" according to our on-screen guide. During many of the broadcasts the host will start some segments by saying "as we previously reported," which highly irritates us. I believe the guide service says these are "new" because CBS has ...Read more

'UnREAL' showrunner breaks down the finale and the show's move to Hulu

(Warning: This article contains spoilers about the series finale of "UnREAL.")

You could say "UnREAL" brought the heat with its series finale Monday.

The cult drama, a dark look at the underbelly of reality-dating competitions, started things off with a bang Monday when it was announced the series would move from Lifetime to Hulu for its ...Read more

'Mamma Mia' maestro Judy Craymer hopes lightning strikes twice for feelgood franchise

LONDON -- Judy Craymer still remembers the first time she heard ABBA.

Although she professes to have been more of a fan of David Bowie and heavy rock as a teenager, the Swedish pop group's melodies stuck with Craymer, and she sensed a visual connection in the music. "I always loved their videos -- because they were the first to do those videos ...Read more

Like its subject, Joaquin Phoenix's biopic 'Don't Worry' is funny and offensive

There's a sketch of two lumpy, misshapen heads side by side on a sidewalk, each with a panhandler's tin cup in front of him. The one with two eyeballs, looking at the other with one and an eye patch says, "People like you are a real inspiration to me!" It's signed CALLAHAN.

John Callahan was an irreverent Portland wiseguy who thought that his ...Read more

Review: Paramore has grown up, but it has never stopped reflecting the current moment

It's reassuring that even a band like Paramore -- well over a decade into its career, with a praised new album that radically reset its sound -- still feels the same anxieties that the rest of us do.

"Things keep falling apart faster than we can put them together," singer Hayley Williams told a sold-out Forum crowd Wednesday night. "I'm ...Read more

Gus Van Sant saw a kindred spirit in renegade artist

After making druggie love stories ("Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho"), a murder comedy ("To Die For"), a political biography ("Harvey Milk"), a shot-for-shot remake of a classic ("Psycho") and sensitive drama ("Good Will Hunting"), Gus Van Sant decided to base his 17th feature on something different.

Van Sant based "Don't Worry, He ...Read more

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' is an endearing, effervescent slice of amiable nonsense

Who doesn't love Abba? Only a percentage of silly boys, and they don't count.

For everyone else, the golden oldie Europop quartet, with their up-tempo dance tunes and heart-stricken ballads, are melodic tiramisu, sugar-sweet and irresistible. It's not entirely hard to see why. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," the sequel to the 2008 Abba greatest ...Read more

Bo Burnham: Why the stress of filmmaking beats the 'panic' of standup comedy

Now in theaters, "Eighth Grade" charts a few fraught weeks in the life of a graduating middle schooler played spectacularly well by Elsie Fisher. The film's writer and director, Bo Burnham, had zero experience as a onetime female adolescent. But "what the film's about, really," Burnham says, "if I had to be honest, is how I felt like her when I ...Read more

Review: Does 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' improve on the original? ABBA-solutely!

Everything old is shockingly, stirringly new again in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," the rare sequel so unexpectedly enchanting that it plays less like a rehash than a reclamation. It may take you a moment to understand why, or how, this could be the case. The title alone feels like a winking admission that, as with nearly every Hollywood cash ...Read more

'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot': Van Sant's spiritual bookend to 'Drugstore Cowboy'

Hard to believe, but it's been nearly 30 years (!) since Gus Van Sant made "Drugstore Cowboy," still one of the most definitive big-screen accounts of drug addiction.

The movie was an informed insider's account (based on then-unpublished novel by reformed addict James Fogle) of the way addicts organize their entire lives around addiction, ...Read more

Here we go again: 'Mamma Mia' sequel is poised for a strong box office debut

A vigilante Denzel Washington may be no match for the brute force of ABBA and Cher at the box office.

Universal Pictures is turning up the Europop again at the multiplex with its sequel to "Mamma Mia," the star-studded jukebox musical that became a runaway hit a decade ago by wooing female audiences.

The knowingly titled "Mamma Mia: Here We Go...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. 2.5 stars. So-so sequel to the funny original has Ant-Man helping Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) rescuing the latter's mother from a subatomic prison, with interference form a crook (Walter Goggins) and a mysterious woman known as Ghost (Hannah Kamen-Hones). Over-plotted, strains for laughs. ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein's new claims against Ashley Judd outrage actress' attorney

LOS ANGELES--Harvey Weinstein's lawyers have asked a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by actress Ashley Judd that charges the producer ruined her career after she rejected his sexual advances.

Weinstein's legal counsel claims the movie mogul and the actress had a "bargain" that allowed him to touch her if she "won an ...Read more

Netflix and SiriusXM team up to create a comedy radio channel

Netflix will launch a comedy radio channel with satellite radio provider SiriusXM next year, marking the streaming video company's first foray into audio and the latest expansion of its comedy empire.

The channel will feature audio-only versions of Netflix comedy specials as well as content developed exclusively for the station, SiriusXM ...Read more

Movie review: 'Blindspotting' deftly examines white privilege, police brutality

"Blindspotting" is both a cathartic battle cry against police brutality and gentrification, and a sensitive, nuanced unpacking of race and identity from co-writers and co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. Bay Area natives and high school pals, Diggs and Casal started writing the film back in 2009 as a way to talk about their hometown of ...Read more

With no 'Game of Thrones' or 'Avengers,' Comic-Con rolls on as studios race to fill the gap

SAN DIEGO -- "Game of Thrones" is MIA. A new "Star Wars" will not be blasting off. The superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are taking a timeout.

This year's edition of Comic-Con, the annual gathering for thousands for comic book and pop culture fans eager to be the first to see what's on the horizon of the heroic, fantastic and ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Equalizer 2' coasts on Washington's charms

It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington, that's "The Equalizer" films, based on the '80s TV show about a former intelligence agent using his skills to help the less fortunate. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the 2014 film featured Washington ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of July 9:

1. A Quiet Place -- Paramount

2. Blockers -- Universal

3. Tyler Perry's Acrimony -- Lionsgate

4. Tomb Raider (2018) -- Warner

5. Escape Plan 2 (Double Feature) -- Lionsgate

6. Future World -- Lionsgate

7. Chappaquiddick -- Lionsgate

8. 211 -- Distribution Solutions

9. ...Read more

Superheroes are thriving in movies and on TV — but comic books lag behind

There is no hotter commodity in pop culture than Marvel Comics superheroes. They're the powerhouse behind four hit films this year (including the top two in global box office, Disney's $3.6 billion tandem of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War") and on television they're featured in 10 live-action series spread across ABC, Fox, Netflix, ...Read more