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My worst moment: Vivica A. Fox on setting boundaries

In the ION original movie "A Christmas Cruise," Vivica A. Fox plays a Type A workaholic writer and aspiring novelist reluctant to take any time off. When a friend persuades her to take a cruise over the holidays, she agrees and uses it as an excuse to mine source material for a story. And in the process, falls in love -- as one does in these TV ...Read more

Jazz recordings swing in the holidays

Who says holiday albums have to be banal?

Not the most creative artists, who turn overly familiar fare into music worth hearing.

Following are the best seasonal jazz recordings of new and recent vintage:

Joel Paterson: "Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar" (Ventrella Records). Chicago guitarist Paterson has released one of the most disarming, joyous jazz ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

COCO. 3 stars. In Mexico a fatherless boy crosses into the colorful land of the dead to learn more about his family, and to pursue his forbidden dream of being a musician. Steeped in the customs and rituals of the Day of the Dead celebration, which provide Pixar animators an opportunity to work with a new range of colors and visual ideas. The ...Read more

Warmhearted 'Ferdinand' takes the bullying by the horns

With bullying in the headlines, it's good for children to have kind-hearted examples of how folks should be treated.

Enter Ferdinand the bull (voice of John Cena), who has been reminded since he was a calf that "bullying" has the word "bull" in it. But he's no ordinary animal. He likes to stop and smell the flowers and avoids confrontation at ...Read more

You cannot 'kill comedy': an interview with comic, social critic and Twitter-troll magnet Hari Kondabolu

According to his Twitter trolls -- excuse me, critics -- Hari Kondabolu is "not funny, dude."

True, the comedian from Queens (who spent a formative chunk of his career in Seattle, working as an immigrant-rights organizer by day and testing jokes onstage at night) once wrote a master's thesis for the London School of Economics with a 22-word ...Read more

'Call Me by Your Name' review: At long last, first love

Set in the summer of 1983, in a land of leisurely alfresco lunches and spontaneous all-day bike rides under the northern Italian sun, the romantic idyll "Call Me by Your Name" is enough to make you move to the town of Crema, even if your rational self realizes the director Luca Guadagnino trades in a heightened, miragelike state of mythic ...Read more

Television Q&A: When will Starz's 'Power' be back on the air?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Can you find out when the series "Power" on Starz will start again? They left us wondering what comes next!

A: So far, Starz has only said the drama will be back in 2018. A reasonable guess is sometime that summer, since the four previous seasons have started in June or July. As for what comes next, ...Read more

Five more women accuse Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES -- Beneath the gaze of a Hindu goddess statue, a room full of beautiful young women took a deep breath as the instructor at Russell Simmons' yoga studio asked the students to focus on November's theme: "Karmic duty."

"We have to recognize our actions have consequences," the instructor said. Karmic duty, she said, means taking ...Read more

The five biggest surprises from the SAG TV nominations as 'Modern Family' streak ends

Wednesday's announcement of the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations suggested fewer shocks and more sea changes, with a new television powerhouse arising and comedy getting a makeover. Here are five of the most surprising tidbits from the nominations:

1. There was a significant changing of the guard in television comedy, with "Modern Family" ...Read more

The five biggest snubs and surprises from the SAG film nominations include a shutout for 'The Post'

The Screen Actors Guild nominations generally don't deliver giant head-scratchers on the level of the Golden Globes nods, but this morning's announcement still had its share of surprises. Here are the top five:

-- After earning six Golden Globe nominations on Monday, Steven Spielberg's timely Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" was completely shut...Read more

Lights, camera, vomit! Colombia's king of B-movies gets the spotlight

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Taking a break from severed heads, pea-soup vomit and miniskirts, Jairo Pinilla, the godfather of Colombian low-budget horror films, shared his golden rule for making movies.

"You have to have a good ending first," he said, taking a deep drag on a cigarette. "Then you start stacking all the other elements behind it like a ...Read more

SAG Awards: 'Three Billboards' leads film field with four nominations

The dark comedy character study "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Wednesday, pulling in four nods to top the film field.

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age story "Lady Bird" followed with three.

Both movies were nominated for film ensemble, as were "Get Out," "The Big Sick" and "Mudbound."

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'Goonies,' 'Die Hard' among 25 films added to National Film Registry

The Library of Congress has added 25 new movies to its National Film Registry -- an eclectic mix that spans 1905 to 2000 and includes "Dumbo" and "The Goonies."

The 2017 selections, announced Wednesday, bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Each year, 25 new films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant -- ...Read more

2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Complete list of nominations

LOS ANGELES -- The nominees for the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday. Actresses Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn revealed the nominees at a ceremony in West Hollywood.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" topped the film categories with four nominations, including ensemble cast.

On the TV side, HBO's "Big Little Lies,"...Read more

NBC bumps 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards back to Monday

NBC is shifting the 2018 Emmys from Sunday to Monday again as the network takes its turn hosting TV's annual evening of accolades.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the Television Academy and NBC announced Tuesday.

As usual, the ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los ...Read more

Rian Johnson's 'The Last Jedi' masterful addition to franchise

The plus side of director Rian Johnson ("Looper") taking over the "Star Wars" franchise with his "The Last Jedi" is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams gave such a spectacular blueprint with which to start. If all Johnson did was stick to that outline, the odds were high he would have had a winning production.

Things could have ...Read more

'The Shape of Water': Guillermo del Toro's creature feature is magical

Sally Hawkins' face is a movie screen in Guillermo del Toro's gorgeous "The Shape of Water"; a place on which stories play out hauntingly, caught in magic light. She plays Elisa, a lonely, dreamy woman in early-1960s Baltimore who works the night shift as a janitor in a mysterious high-security government lab. Mute since childhood -- she is, we ...Read more

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone and, after long wait, Moody Blues are newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

New Jersey rock group Bon Jovi and its fans can stop living on a prayer: The band is headed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and pioneering gospel singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The Cleveland-based institution unveiled its newest roster of inductees on Wednesday morning,...Read more

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' review: Rey and the Resistance prove irresistible

Great fun, and a reminder that unpopular political leaders mock the Resistance in other galaxies, too, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" boasts a bald-faced lie of a subtitle -- sorry, folks, last Jedi, no more "Star Wars" movies! -- and special guest appearances from some old, familiar faces. The oldest of them utters a very funny line about the ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Dec. 4:

1. American Assassin -- Lionsgate

2. Logan Lucky -- Universal

3. Kidnap -- Universal

4. The Hitman's Bodyguard -- Lionsgate

5. Girls Trip -- Universal

6. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- Lionsgate

7. The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature -- Universal

8. The Dark Tower...Read more