LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood keeps getting it wrong when it comes to diverse and accurate portrayals of LGBTQ communities in film. A study released Thursday by LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are "nearly invisible or outdated punchlines in big Hollywood movies."
Of the 125 ...Read more
Two of the DVDs being released May 30 take very different looks at death.
"The Shack"; 2.5 stars: The film starts with a parent's greatest nightmare. A loving father (Sam Worthington) takes his three children on a camping trip that ends with his youngest daughter being kidnapped. The loss of the child tears the family apart and makes the father...Read more
The regular broadcast-television season might be winding down, but that doesn't mean your TV screen is going dark.
The summer will again bring waves of fresh programming, from new dramas (Will you sink you nails into "Claws"?) to well-established favorites like "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black."
And a few shows ...Read more
ALIEN: COVENANT. 2 stars. Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup head up the latest Alien spacecraft to run into an invasive creature that wreaks havoc on their journey. Same-old, same-old. Too much back story. Enough already. 2 hrs. 2 R (violence, gore) -- Gary Thompson
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. 3 stars. Live-action version of the 1991 animated ...Read more
"Baywatch" is no day on the beach.
Despite lengthy sequences of attractive women and men jogging toward the camera and jiggling in slow motion, and a cool star in Dwayne Johnson, the film is nothing more than a serviceable also-ran in this year's crop of silly spring movies. While the eye is rewarded (and the ear, with a hit-packed soundtrack),...Read more
Yes, this movie -- No. 5 in an increasingly leadfooted series -- actually exists. And, in its early moments, there was actually hope that "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" might be kind of fun, when some randomly uniformed nautical character gazed at an oncoming pirate ship and yelled, in plummy tones, "OPEN BAR!" But hope faded...Read more
CHICAGO -- Remember that scene in "Star Wars" where the University of Illinois at Chicago makes its case that the Empire can be stopped and the Rebels are the only ones to stop them?
Well, it's there: In fact, as cameos go, UIC's role in the first "Star Wars" film would prove pivotal to the mythos of "Star Wars," more powerful than ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Jerrold Perenchio, the man behind the curtain who deftly pulled the levers of power to create cultural defining media events, propel political candidates, collect masterpiece artworks and become one of the richest men in Los Angeles, has died. He was 86.
The enigmatic Bel Air billionaire, known to his friends as "Jerry," ...Read more
Prodigious Love Penned in PoetrySalvador DeLaRosa
The fast track life we live obscures the pure notion of Love. Salvador DeLaRosa has written a compilation of poems so the reader can reconnect his irascible and concupiscible appetites, and, once aligned with reason, pace the path for true romance to flourish vigorously.
LOS ANGELES -- Fox News is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by former on-air personality Andrea Tantaros that claims the company hacked her computer and conducted surveillance of her phone calls and emails.
In a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Fox News said Tantaros' allegations that fake Twitter accounts were set up to harass ...Read more
The Pirates of the Caribbean descend to new depths with "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Padding out its muddled 153 minutes with the sluggish pace of a funeral barge, it marks the ignominious low of a once-great series. It lacks yo-ho-ho.
The usual template is mostly in place, with well-established characters doing precisely what we expect of them. ...Read more
In the wake of Monday's deadly terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Warner Bros. has announced it is canceling a planned premiere in London next week for its superhero film "Wonder Woman."
"Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK," the studio said in a statement. "In light of the ...Read more
Ariana Grande's tour has been suspended through June 5, her management team said Wednesday. That includes the cancellation of concerts planned for Thursday and Friday at London's O2 Arena.
Twenty-two people died and at least 59 were injured in a suicide attack Monday night outside Manchester Arena, where Grande had just concluded a stop on her ...Read more
The body of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died last week in Detroit, was reportedly cremated Tuesday in Hollywood, and a funeral is planned for later this week.
Widow Vicky Cornell, brother Peter Boyle and friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King were at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the cremation, sources familiar with the service ...Read more
It's been six years since the fourth movie in the amusement park ride-inspired "Pirates of the Caribbean," that one subtitled "On Stranger Times," sailed into local theaters. It was beginning to look like the Disney Studios had keelhauled the franchise leaving Johnny Depp to make such forgettable flops as "The Lone Ranger," "The Rum Diary," "...Read more
They call themselves retired grandma Nancy Drews. One is a former emergency room nurse, the other a longtime elementary school teacher.
They make notes on coffee filters instead of index cards and wear clam diggers and sensible sneakers.
But thanks in part to the amateur sleuth work of Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, the 47-year-old unsolved ...Read more
CANNES, France -- As virtual-reality entertainment began to gain currency over the last few years, two key question have emerged: Will the mainstream film community embrace it? And in what form?
The first question is increasingly heading to an emphatic yes, underscored most recently at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where organizers for the ...Read more
No formula for success exists regarding feature films based on late 20th century television shows. There are only odds favoring partial or complete failure. So that's comforting.
But what about "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street"? Didn't those movies work? Yes, they did. Especially the first one, which was crude without being brainless, and ...Read more
If we've learned anything from history, it's that hard times call for easy, escapist entertainment. So musicals haters, brace yourselves.
Hot off the inescapable popularity of "La La Land" comes ABC's "Dirty Dancing," a musical reboot of the 1987 film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. (Not to be confused with the 2004 theatrical ...Read more
Most journalists stifle a laugh when we hear somebody denounce a newspaper as a product of organized conspiracy.
Because everyday we see the reality -- the mistake-filled atmosphere of chaos, rancor, disagreement, systemic technological failure, desperate last-minute alteration. The paper comes out, but nobody knows how, or cares, because yet ...Read more
The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 15:
1. Split -- Universal
2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage -- Paramount
3. Sleepless -- Universal
4. Hidden Figures -- Fox
5. Why Him? -- Fox
6. Sing -- Universal
7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- Warner
8. Gold (2017) -- Weinstein
9. The Bye Bye Man -- Universal
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