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5 arrested in shooting death of rapper Pop Smoke in Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police on Thursday arrested five people in connection with the February slaying of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, who was gunned down in a rented Hollywood Hills home.

Detectives were still trying to determine a motive in the attack, which stunned the rap world and prompted an outpouring of grief from fans.

The suspects ...Read more

'The Crown' backpedals: There will be a Season 6, Netflix says

Netflix, which said in January that its hit series "The Crown" would run only five seasons, announced Thursday that the story of Britain's royal family would include a Season 6 as originally planned.

Alas, the show won't cover more royal ground in six seasons than it had planned to cover in five.

"As we started to discuss the story lines for ...Read more

Surprise! A movie starring Zendaya and John David Washington was made in quarantine

LOS ANGELES -- The internet has been in a state of euphoria upon learning that a new movie starring Zendaya and John David Washington was filmed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Zendaya shared an intimate, black-and-white still from the film, titled "Malcolm & Marie," which sees her character gazing into the eyes of Washington's. ...Read more

A 'Glee' curse? Fans reject the idea, but show has been haunted by tragedies

News that former "Glee" actress Naya Rivera went missing while boating on a lake in Ventura County, California, has devastated fans who flooded social media on Thursday with urgent demands to "keep searching," while rejecting any talk about a "Glee curse."

Sadly, the incident, which authorities are referring to as a possible drowning, marks the...Read more

With 'Stateless,' Cate Blanchett tackles the 'human drama' of immigration

Debates over immigration and national identity dominate the political discourse in the Trump-era United States, but many Americans may be unaware that Australia has grappled with similar issues for decades.

That's about to change with the debut of "Stateless," a Netflix series co-created by Cate Blanchett that dives into her home country's ...Read more

Joy Reid named weekday evening host at MSNBC

MSNBC weekend host Joy Reid is joining the channel's weekday lineup, making her the first Black woman to anchor an evening cable news program.

Reid, 51, will take over the slot vacated by Chris Matthews, who left the network abruptly in March after reports surfaced about inappropriate comments he made to female guests booked on his program.

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GLAAD Media Awards going virtual with help from Chloe x Halle, Dolly Parton, others

The GLAAD Media Awards is the latest entertainment event to go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization announced that 2020's award show will be held online later this month in place of the original New York and Los Angeles ceremonies planned for earlier this year.

The celebration -- featuring ...Read more

Grammys, looking to shake 'boys club' reputation, invites 2,300 new voters

More than 2,000 people in the music industry -- half of them women and half of them under the age of 40 -- have been invited to join the organization behind the Grammy Awards, which have been frequently criticized in recent years as a bastion of old-white-guy values.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that it had offered membership to ...Read more

'First Cow' review: How the West was won, one oily-cake at a time. Heavens, they're tasty.

Editor's note: "First Cow," a singular achievement from the singular American writer-director Kelly Reichardt, opened theatrically in Chicago March 13. It closed three days later, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced slammed the doors shut on indoor theaters, along with much of the rest of American economy. Reichhardt's film makes its $12.99-$14.99...Read more

Television Q&A: Do actors get paid for reairing shows?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I am curious: With SO MANY TV shows being reaired, are payments made to the actors over and over? I understand how they get paid for the initial showing of an episode of "Law & Order" (for example). But we're years after they first aired, and some episodes are being reaired sometimes on multiple ...Read more

Review: 'The Old Guard,' starring Charlize Theron, breathes fresh life into superhero cinema

Buried deep in "The Old Guard," Gina Prince-Bythewood's swift, somber action-thriller, is an image to file under my worst nightmares and probably yours too: A captive named Quynh (Van Veronica Ngo) is locked inside a giant suit of armor, weighed down with chains and thrown into the ocean. It would be an unspeakably awful fate for anyone, but it'...Read more

'Glee' actress Naya Rivera is missing after renting a boat with 4-year-old son in Lake Piru

LOS ANGELES -- Officials are searching for actress Naya Rivera after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat she rented Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Rivera rented the boat at about 1 p.m. and had an afternoon of swimming with her son, who was the last to see her before she went missing, said Ventura County Sheriff's Department Cpt....Read more

Review: 'Mucho Mucho Amor' shows intimate moments with bedazzled astrologer Walter Mercado

Take an origin myth befitting of a Catholic saint. Add one part telenovela actor. Marinate in the esoteric. Dress in an assortment of extravagant capes.

Walter Mercado, the late television astrologer who turned the act of delivering daily horoscopes into a combination of high camp and high performance -- not to mention a nightly broadcast event...Read more

Sons of Soul Revivers celebrate 50 years of glorious gospel music

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sons of the Soul Revivers made their debut on July 4, 1970, at Friendship Baptist Church in South San Francisco.

Fifty years later, the acclaimed Bay Area gospel music troupe is still going strong, having just released the terrific new studio album "Songs We'll Always Sing -- A Tribute to the Pilgrim Jubilees."

"We are ...Read more

For its largely LGBT writers room, 'Love, Victor's' queerest episode was personal

Brian Tanen wishes that a TV show like "Love, Victor" had existed when he was younger, especially with a few Hollywood touches for good measure -- like a drag show emceed by his favorite queen, Katya Zamolodchikova, and a pickup basketball game with the first openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins.

For Tanen, the writer of the Hulu spinoff series...Read more

Jean Smart details how 'Watchmen' 'was a gift as an actor'

Jean Smart, a veteran of "Designing Women," "24" and "Fargo" among many other projects, has most recently added HBO's "Watchmen" to her list of credits. The limited series, created by Damon Lindelof and based on a graphic novel, is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes go after criminals decades after the actual Tulsa race massacre...Read more

'Batwoman' casts Javicia Leslie to take over the superhero mantle

LOS ANGELES -- A new Batwoman is headed to Gotham.

Warner Bros. Television, the CW and Berlanti Productions announced Wednesday that Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new series lead of "Batwoman."

Leslie will portray Ryan Wilder, described as "likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed," who in Season 2 of the superhero show will take over ...Read more

Lady A name dispute goes off the rails as country band sues blues singer

Lady A is going to court.

After negotiations broke down over use of the name, the country-music trio Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, is suing veteran blues singer Anita White, who has been using Lady A as a stage moniker for decades.

The band, known for hits including "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss," filed a trademark lawsuit in Nashville's...Read more

Nick Cordero's fans petition to rename a Broadway theater in his honor

A new petition to name a Broadway theater in honor of late performer Nick Cordero has amassed nearly 30,000 signatures.

The campaign, launched Tuesday by Robert Neary, proposes renaming New York City's Longacre Theatre after Cordero, who died Sunday at 41 after a long and highly publicized battle with COVID-19. Cordero delivered his last ...Read more

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston airing as HBO, HBO Max special

The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, Jon Landau, and Irving Azoff will get their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction after all, though it'll be in a revised form.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the live ceremony that had been scheduled for May and then postponed until ...Read more