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Movie review: 'Logan' is a spectacularly good surprise

Hollywood's superhero movies have fallen into a repetitive rut of sequels, reboots and sidebar adventures. The productions are pleasant enough but superficial. Without a trailblazing reinterpretation of the material, like Christopher Nolan's Batman films, they don't demand or reward a viewer's attentive intelligence.

Which is why "Logan" is ...Read more

Up in the ratings and live after Trump's speech, Stephen Colbert parades a new confidence

It's worth remembering that just a few months ago, informed sources had Stephen Colbert being just another so-so ratings week away from surrendering his time slot to later-night host James Corden.

Now, though, the host of CBS' "The Late Show" is riding high, fresh off of a February in which he won successive weeks' ratings races against the "...Read more

Cuchi-cuchi! Simone Biles, Nick Viall and Charo join eclectic cast for new 'Dancing With the Stars'

A "Bachelor," a bull rider, a baseball player and, um, Charo and Mr. T are among the cast members for Season 24 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," as announced on Wednesday's "Good Morning America."

Current star of "The Bachelor" Nick Viall, former Cubs catcher David Ross and bull rider-turned-model Bonner Bolton will all be competing for the ...Read more

Movie review: With 'Logan,' Jackman's Wolverine bids farewell in ultraviolent final chapter

The rabid Wolverine fans among you should be warned: You won't be able to trust the following few paragraphs on "Logan."

Most of the early reviews have been ecstatic, and those fully invested in this corner of the Marvel universe tend to respond very, very strongly to director and co-writer James Mangold's picture. It's at once the most solemn,...Read more

Casey Affleck addresses lawsuit settlements: 'Nothing I can do about it, other than live my life'

Casey Affleck can't really talk about those allegations leveled against him years ago by a couple of women on the crew of his 2010 mockumentary, "I'm Still Here." The settlement between the actor and the women prohibits that, he says.

However, speaking to the Boston Globe on Tuesday, the "Manchester by the Sea" star did acknowledge the ...Read more

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins reveals the Oscar speech he never got to give

In the chaos that erupted at the end of the 89th Academy Awards, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins never got the chance to say what he wanted to say.

First Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced favorite "La La Land" as the winner; then, after the ensuing confusion on stage, "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz announced that "Moonlight" had ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 20:

1. Hacksaw Ridge -- Lionsgate

2. Arrival -- Paramount

3. The Girl on the Train -- Universal

4. Manchester By the Sea -- Lionsgate

5. The Accountant -- Warner

6. Keeping Up With the Joneses -- Fox

7. Bad Santa 2 -- Broadgreen

8. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Paramount

9. ...Read more

What it's like to take your son to the Oscars — and watch his movie win

MIAMI -- If you ever get the chance to accompany your kid to the Oscars, you need to know a few things.

You will walk the red carpet. You probably will not sit down front next to Meryl Streep. You will need people skills to help you to talk your way backstage at a crucial moment. And if you're really lucky, Ryan Gosling might kiss you on the ...Read more

Digital Savant: Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called "Gunship Battle2 VR" for a the Samsung Gear VR.

Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones, but it's mostly remained in the box, out of use. In the first month or two I owned it, I ...Read more

Lady Gaga will reportedly replace Beyonce at Coachella

After Beyonce was forced to sit out Coachella per doctor's orders, festival organizers have apparently found a replacement: Lady Gaga.

Gaga will headline both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival -- slated for April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio, Calif. -- according to a Billboard report Tuesday afternoon.

Festival promoter ...Read more

Are ads on the Oscars better than the Super Bowl's?

"We have to show a commercial for shampoo or something now," host Jimmy Kimmel said at one point during Sunday's Academy Awards.

That line wasn't written on a card tucked into a red envelope, but it is another thing the telecast got wrong.

Commercials about shampoo are the old Oscars, the one that has been described, perhaps a little ...Read more

'Chicago Justice,' 'Kalief Browder Story': Where law and order does and doesn't work

It's coincidence that NBC's newest Chicago-set drama, "Chicago Justice," will get a preview Wednesday at the same time cable channel Spike premieres the documentary series "Time: The Kalief Browder Story."

Watch the first and you'll probably sleep soundly afterward. Watch the second and you may want to swear off law-and-order procedurals for a ...Read more

Benedict Cumberbatch lands next television project with Showtime's 'Melrose'

Benedict Cumberbatch has built a successful career from playing posh and prickly aristocrats, and his next role will be no exception.

Showtime announced Tuesday that Cumberbatch will star in the network's five-part limited series "Melrose," an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose series by Edward St Aubyn .

The books ...Read more

Comcast NBCUniversal to buy the rest of Universal Studios Japan for $2.3 billion

LOS ANGELES -- Comcast NBCUniversal announced plans Tuesday to spend $2.3 billion to buy the remaining shares of the Universal Studios theme park in Japan.

The move is another sign of confidence in the international theme park industry, coming weeks after Walt Disney Co. announced plans to buy out its partners in Euro Disney.

Comcast ...Read more

'Gary from Chicago' goes from prison to live at the Oscars

CHICAGO -- Even Hollywood's greatest storytellers couldn't create a tale as wild as the past week of Gary Alan Coe's life.

Coe -- now known to the world as "Gary from Chicago" after he joined the Oscars telecast with a group of purported tourists -- was released from prison just two days before appearing on the show. In fact, his release is so ...Read more

So much more 'Weird' to cover: Parody master Yankovic stays a step ahead of an industry shift as he plots new, seriously silly moves

Nearly 40 years ago "Weird Al" Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.

Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic's early parodies of the Knack's then-chart-topping new wave hit "My Sharona" (recast as "My Bologna") and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust...Read more

Column: Agonizing Oscar mix-up an apt metaphor for today

It was an accountant's bad handoff that created the jaw-dropping chaos of the final moments of the Academy Awards on Sunday, a moment when you could see, laid bare, all of America's fissures and insecurities.

The best picture snafu let us watch "La La Land," a movie that embodied traditional Hollywood values with its earnest, white protagonist ...Read more

Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it's to trust her instincts.

So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo album in two decades, the just-released "Windy ...Read more

Movie review: 'Before I Fall' focuses on bonds between girls

Boasting themes that are both cerebral and philosophical, "Before I Fall" is a young adult thriller that goes far beyond the surface level. Too often teenagers -- girls, especially -- are depicted on screen as superficial, obsessed with appearances and the happy-go-lucky lifestyle enabled by parental disposable income. But in "Before I Fall," ...Read more

Movie review: Emotional 'Logan' cuts like a knife

Forget Batman vs. Superman or Captain America vs. Iron Man. In James Mangold's moving tribute to X-Men's Wolverine, "Logan," it's all Logan vs. Logan. He strips away the spandex, the posse and the chaos, distilling the story down to the essence of the man, Logan, also known as Wolverine, also known as James Howlett. What's left is the agony and ...Read more

 

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