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Column: Single in the city and how 'Grand Crew' and 'How I Met Your Father' are hoping to inject new energy in a tried-and-true sitcom format

From “Living Single” to “Friends,” the ‘90s ushered in a distinct genre of sitcom centering on the misadventures of youngish, mostly single pals in the big city. A pair of new shows, Hulu’s “How I Met Your Father” and NBC’s “Grand Crew,” are looking to revive the format for the 2020s with middling success, but there’s ...Read more

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Movie review: Oscar contender 'Drive My Car' is subtle and gorgeous

"Drive My Car" viewers need to be patient, but that patience is rewarded.

The Japanese finalist for this year's best international feature Oscar is three not-exactly-action-packed hours long, but it makes every second count. By the end, having spent all that time in the rhythms of the life of actor/director Yûsuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima), you ...Read more

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Brazilian singer Elza Soares dies at 91, was samba icon

Singer Elza Soares, one of Brazil’s most beloved music icons, died Thursday in her Rio de Janeiro home, her family announced on social media. She was 91 and died of natural causes.

Soares was born to a poor family in June 1930 in a Rio de Janeiro slum. Her father, a factory worker, forced her to marry a man 10 years her senior when she was ...Read more

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Movie review: 'King's Daughter' is a confounding mess

Adapted from the 1997 historical fantasy novel “The Moon and the Sun” by Vonda N. McIntyre, “The King’s Daughter,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario, dares to pose the question: “what if King Louis XIV of France met a mermaid?” If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, which sprinkles elements of fantasy and sci-fi...Read more

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What's on TV This Week: Janet Jackson, Lisa Ling, Marilyn Monroe and more


The five-part docuseries “Earnin’ It: The NFL’s Forward Progress” profiles female refs, coaches and other women carving out careers for themselves in the male-dominated world of pro football. Anytime, Peacock

Goodbye, Norma Jeane: “Reframed: Marilyn Monroe,” the four-part profile of the screen icon, concludes with back-to-...Read more

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Britney Spears' conservatorship documents will stay sealed to protect medical records

LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears’ conservatorship is over, but the legal proceedings in its wake have continued. And they’re getting even more contentious.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny granted a motion Wednesday to seal the termination plan of the singer’s nearly 14-year conservatorship to protect her “right to privacy ...Read more

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Jamie Lynn Spears' lawyer calls it 'disappointing' that Britney's cease-and-desist letter was made public

An attorney for Jamie Lynn Spears said it was “disappointing” to see Britney Spears’ cease-and-desist letter circulating through the media during the sisters’ highly publicized feud.

In a letter responding to the cease-and-desist on Wednesday, Jamie Lynn’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, said his client’s two children have received violent ...Read more

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Elliot Page signs on as executive producer for Italian documentary about 4 friends and their gender-transition journey

Elliot Page has signed on as executive producer for an Italian documentary about a group of transgender friends and their gender transition journey.

Directed by Italian filmmaker Nicolò Bassetti, “Nel Mio Nome” (“Into My Name”) is the coming-of-age story of four young friends — Nic, 33, Leo, 30, Andrea, 25, and Raff, 23 — who share...Read more

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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak announce Silk Sonic concert residency in Las Vegas

Doors will soon open for a series of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak concerts in Las Vegas.

The singers — who make up the Silk Sonic music duo — announced a 13-show residency in Las Vegas that begins next month.

“Its happening!” Mars tweeted Wednesday. “The sexiest party of the year! Them Silk Sonic Boyz are performing Live in Las ...Read more

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Bob Saget's widow, Kelly Rizzo, shares sweet final text he sent her before he died

At the Los Angeles memorial service for Bob Saget, the comedian and actor’s wife, travel blogger Kelly Rizzo, was shocked by how many people told her they had recently spoken with her husband.

“There were a lot of people there, and every single person was pretty much like, ‘Oh, I talked to Bob last week,’” Rizzo recalled Thursday in ...Read more

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Dakota Johnson takes control of the 'unsexy' side of making movies: Producing

Dakota Johnson is, by her own account, six minutes late. Logging on to a recent video call, she explained that she had gone looking online for a weighted blanket for anxiety and had no idea there were so many different kinds.

"I just need this one thing, and then you're inundated with options," she said, "and then that's like the story of my ...Read more

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'The Velvet Queen' review: In the Tibetan mountains, a French wildlife photographer tracks a special kind of cat

Beautiful if surprisingly gabby, the nature documentary “The Velvet Queen” chronicles the renowned wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and his pal, writer Sylvain Tesson, as they track the cagey, evasive snow leopard along the crags and valleys of the high Tibetan plateau. There are other living things along their trek, including birds, ...Read more

Review: 'Definition Please' a breakout family dramedy from Sujata Day

None of us want to believe we peaked as a child. Even if it's starting to look like that, though, there's always time to turn things around.

In "Definition Please," a Greensburg, Pennsylvania-shot and set film premiering Friday on Netflix, Monica is a former Scripps National Spelling Bee champion whose life didn't quite turn out the way one ...Read more

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Chris Daughtry's stepdaughter died by suicide, rocker confirms

Chris Daughtry’s 25-year-old stepdaughter, Hannah Price, died by suicide, the rocker revealed late Wednesday, two months after she was found dead in her Tennessee home.

“From a young age, Hannah struggled with mental illness and was in and out of therapy and treatment centers. As Hannah got older, she struggled to find her footing and began...Read more

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Elton John resumes 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour with first concert since early 2020

Elton John said hello to his long-delayed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour.

The “Rocket Man” rocker returned Wednesday with a concert in New Orleans, marking his first performance for the tour since a show in Australia in March 2020.

“It’s good to be back!!” John 74, wrote in an Instagram post after his gig at the Smoothie King ...Read more

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Tom Hanks champions President Biden's push to revive the nation

Tom Hanks’ latest project could be called “Saving President Biden.”

The Academy Award-winning actor narrated a video that premiered Thursday in support of Biden’s efforts to revive a country that’s two years into a pandemic and deeply divided. It begins with words of inspiration from poet Amanda Gorman, who spoke at the president’s ...Read more

Television Q&A: What's next for 'Godfather of Harlem'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Is there going to be any kind of sequel to “Godfather of Harlem”?

A: The series starring Forest Whitaker has been picked up for a third, 10-episode season on Epix, with production scheduled to begin sometime this summer. According to Epix: “Season Three will find Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker) ...Read more

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My worst moment: 'Succession' star Brian Cox on his first big TV opportunity slipping through his fingers

On HBO’s “Succession,” Brian Cox has played the billionaire media baron and bruising father Logan Roy to much acclaim. It’s a thrillingly profane performance that’s impossible to look away from.

It is the latest in an extensive career on stage and screen (the latter of which includes film roles in “Braveheart,” “Rushmore,” “...Read more

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Björk talks her 'post-ecstatic' tour and new album

The phone rings, revealing not just a call from a new number — but one from a new country as well (at least for me).

So, I answer my first-ever call from Iceland and hear a wonderfully familiar voice greet me on the other end:

“Good morning. My name is Björk.”

Thus begins a very cool ride of a conversation with one of the greatest pop ...Read more

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What would 3 star tenor saxophonists sound like on the same record? A Chicago label wondered the same thing

CHICAGO — If its title didn’t already tip you off, “Tenor Time” — out on jazz label AFAR Music this Friday — declares what it’s all about from the very first track. An uptempo rhythm section, flavored with sly chromaticism by pianist and AFAR founder and owner Richard D. Johnson, plugs along before not one, not two, but three tenor...Read more