Capsule reviews of feature films

AARDVARK. 2 stars. Misfired drama about a man (Zachary Quinto) with mental health issues who consults an incompetent therapist (Jenny Slate) about his delusional belief that his famous-actor brother (Jon Hamm) is "playing" the people he meets on the street. Not about aardvarks. 1 hr. 29 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

BEIRUT. 3 stars. Well-...Read more

'I Feel Pretty' review: Amy Schumer's fable about fat-shaming is frankly depressing

In a 2015 sketch aired on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," the one called "New Body," Schumer played a woman shopping for a wardrobe for the body she's always wanted. The clothing store clerk, thin and deadpan, is the perfect foil for Schumer's chipper, play-along reactions. With those two perfect minutes you don't realize the first time ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Superstore's' Lauren Ash and embarrassing herself in front of Ryan Gosling

As assistant manager of Cloud 9, the fictional big box chain in NBC's "Superstore," Dina is intense. As played by Lauren Ash, the character's take no prisoners approach to the job is a consistently funny riff on the overbearing manager.

Ash's comedic talent was honed as a sketch and improv performer. Ten years ago the Canadian native was a ...Read more

CBS renews 11 veteran dramas and series

"Blue Bloods," "MacGyver" and "Bull" were among the veteran CBS prime-time series renewed for the 2018-2019 season, the network announced Wednesday.

Other dramas picked up include "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS: New Orleans," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Madam Secretary." "Survivor," "The Amazing Race", news magazines "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" will also ...Read more

Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize. Here are five songs that show why

Much of the reaction to Monday's announcement that the Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar had won a Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn" amounted to something like: Finally.

A steadily strengthening force since its birth in the 1970s, aspects of hip-hop have unquestionably dominated pop culture for years now -- look at "Black Panther," ...Read more

Lauryn Hill announces tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of debut album

Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Lauryn Hill announced a 29-stop, North American tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

In August of 1998, "The Miseducation" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spent 81 weeks there. Additionally, Hill received 10 Grammy award ...Read more

Chicago improv group 3Peat spoofs horror tropes about black characters in Comedy Central video

A group of friends, all black, run through the woods one night and barricade themselves inside an empty house. "We're being chased by a psycho killer!" one of them says. "I told y'all, black people have no business camping," another says. "This is black karma!"

Skewering both horror movie tropes and racial stereotypes, "The Blackening" is a one...Read more

Movie review: 'Kodachrome' flattens colorful source material

It's fairly common for nonfiction articles to be adapted for the screen, particularly when they detail events of extreme daring or heroism. But "Kodachrome," adapted by Jonathan Tropper, directed by Mark Raso, takes for its source material a short, poignant 2010 profile by A.G. Sulzberger in the New York Times about the people flocking from ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

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

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- Sony

2. Father Figures -- Warner

3. Proud Mary -- Sony

4. All the Money in the World -- Sony

5. Molly's Game -- Universal

6. Ferdinand -- Fox

7. Justice League -- Warner

8. Insidious: The Last Key -- Sony

9. Pitch Perfect 3 -- Universal...Read more

Production designer Ross Dempster explains his future-forward look on Netflix's new 'Lost in Space'

In reimagining Netflix's reboot of the classic '60s TV show "Lost in Space" (and the subsequent 1998 film) for 2018 audiences, production designer Ross Dempster didn't necessarily look to the show's ancestry as a source of visual inspiration. Instead, he took a cue from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"For a movie ...Read more

'A Quiet Place' could retake the No. 1 box office spot during pre-'Avengers' weekend

Paramount Pictures' breakout horror hit "A Quiet Place" may return to the top of the box-office charts in its third weekend of release, unseating the big-budget Dwayne Johnson arcade game adaptation "Rampage."

But as the two movies wage a close battle for the No. 1 spot, the rest of the movie industry is awaiting the following weekend's opening...Read more

Jenna Fischer dishes survival tips in 'The Actor's Life'

In one of her first headshots, Jenna Fischer looks like a chipper teenager in overalls. In another, she has a seductive gaze and a gaping, spaghetti-strap top.

Although the aspiring young actress liked the "fierce, sexy girl" picture, it didn't lead to many jobs. Problem was, it wasn't really her.

Finally, she figured out what she was selling:...Read more

Movie review: 'I Feel Pretty' is bold take on self-love, but premise takes it on superficially

The Amy Schumer vehicle "I Feel Pretty" tackles a very real epidemic -- the crisis of confidence. Low self-esteem is part of the human condition for people of any age, gender or race, but it's particularly virulent and destructive in the young female population, resulting in eating disorders, imposter syndrome, plastic surgery, billions of ...Read more

'Nice guy' Harry Anderson gets heartfelt sendoff from 'Night Court' co-stars, fellow magicians

"Night Court" and "Dave's World" star Harry Anderson received a tip of the hat from co-stars and fellow magicians sending out heartfelt tributes to the late sitcom star.

The actor, who died on Monday at age 65, began his lengthy career in stand-up and magic, then notably played judge Harry T. Stone on the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom "Night Court." ...Read more

Harry Anderson: Bringing magic to the Big Easy

Actor and comic Harry Anderson, who portrayed the eccentric judge Harry T. Stone on the NBC comedy series "Night Court," died on Monday at age 65. Below is a Los Angeles Times story, originally published on Nov. 28, 2005, in which Anderson discusses how he traded Hollywood for a new club of his own in the French Quarter and his role in the ...Read more

Fox News supports Sean Hannity after learning he's a client of Michael Cohen

NEW YORK -- Fox News host Sean Hannity is under fire over the courtroom revelation Monday that he is a client of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, a relationship never made known to viewers of his nightly program or his bosses.

The failure to make such a disclosure while covering or commenting on such a story would ...Read more

Bill Cosby trial judge says jurors can hear he gave women quaaludes before sex

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will hear the 80-year-old entertainer's past statements about obtaining quaaludes to use in sexual encounters with women, the judge ruled Tuesday.

Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill issued his decision in a pretrial hearing that kicked off the sixth day of testimony and as ...Read more

'Grease' is still the word for Lorenzo Lamas

It was a trip to the Academy Awards that set Lorenzo Lamas in motion to be part of one of the most successful movie musicals of all time: "Grease." The film, which has taken in more than $188 million at the box office (second only to the live version of "Beauty and the Beast"), celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a special DVD release...Read more

How a cowboy from South Dakota and a filmmaker from Beijing came together on the critically acclaimed indie 'The Rider'

Born in Beijing in 1983, filmmaker Chloe Zhao wasn't exposed to any American movies until the mid-1990s, when China began to open itself up to the West. Once she was, she quickly became entranced. "When Western culture came in, it was like a tsunami because we'd been closed off for so long," Zhao says, rattling off the titles of films she ...Read more

Czech-born director Milos Forman understood the American experience

Director Milos Forman was shaped by European sensibilities, but his films were shrewd and intimate portraits of the yearnings, transgressions, politics, sexual fascinations, rebelliousness and complicated conformities that soothed, rattled and challenged the American spirit.

Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Forman, who died Friday in ...Read more