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After R. Kelly is a no-show in court — and his attorneys quit — judge tosses lawsuit

CHICAGO -- After his two attorneys abandoned ship and no one else showed up for a series of court hearings, R. Kelly has lost a lawsuit.

Last April, the embattled Chicago R&B singer filed a federal lawsuit locally against Comcast Spectacor, which runs the Macon Coliseum in Georgia, alleging the venue failed to pay him $100,000 for his concert ...Read more

Movie review: Story, style makes the ride in 'Solo' too bumpy

Much like its protagonist, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has had a crazy journey. The origin story of a young Han Solo was initially directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, before Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stepped in to replace the duo with the reliable Ron Howard, who finished shepherding the film to the screen. The result? Well it's a "...Read more

Movie review: 'Mary Shelley' gratuitously sanitizes monster creator's life

The name "Mary Shelley" conjures up images of a lumbering, disfigured, greenish-skinned monster of a man. That monster, now a cultural icon of horror films for over a century, and his mad scientist creator, Dr. Frankenstein, was dreamed up by the teenage Mary Shelley in her 1818 horror/fantasy novel, "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus."

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GLAAD's report on LGBTQ representation in 2017 films finds inclusion trending down

As Hollywood touts great wins for diversity and inclusion with recent films like "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman" shattering box office records, a new study from GLAAD asserts that representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in 2017 films released by the major studios hit a six-year low.

As a result, the LGBTQ ...Read more

The Sea and Cake rolls with the changes

Sam Prekop was getting so much enjoyment out of making a solo album built on analog synthesizers a few years ago that he couldn't quite wrap his head around the idea of making another guitar-based album with the band he co-founded 24 years ago, the Sea and Cake.

"Once I got into this modular-synth mindset, I couldn't even fathom picking up a ...Read more

EDC Las Vegas fans handle a post-Avicii, post-massacre world

Late Saturday night at Electric Daisy Carnival, Omar Marruto leaned against the side of a concrete pillar on the track of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All around him, tens of thousands of young EDM fans, wearing illuminated boots, beard glitter and X's of neon nipple tape bounded past him on the fest's man drag, Electric Avenue.

As he rested, ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for May 22 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

MAY

22: Game Night

22: Red Sparrow

22: The 15:17 to Paris

22: Early Man

22: A Fantastic Woman

22: Wonderstruck

22: The Party

22: Call the Midwife: Season Seven

22: I Kill Giants

22: Masterpiece: Little Women DVD

29: Annihilation

29: I'm ...Read more

'Deadpool 2' creative team breaks down three of the film's biggest secrets and surprises

Warning: This story contains major plot spoilers about "Deadpool 2."

From the beginning, the creative team behind the "Deadpool" franchise has stuck to one simple rule that guides every decision they make: "We always say, 'If you can't do it in another superhero movie, you'd best be doing it in a Deadpool movie," said screenwriter Paul Wernick....Read more

Ron Howard gets a little help from his friends with 'Solo'

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Howard says his first thought when he took over as director of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" was the same as when it was announced he would be making a documentary on the Beatles. Both projects meant taking on the biggest icons in pop culture history.

"I could tell from the moment it was announced, 'Ron, don't (expletive) this up...Read more

The Billboard Music Awards had something to say — and actually said it

How to judge Kelly Clarkson's first time hosting an awards show?

Consider that the singer brought a touch of suspense -- and a deep well of feeling -- to an annual production whose predictable data-based prizes include one for the year's top-selling album.

Welcoming viewers to Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, broadcast live on NBC from the MGM...Read more

Barack and Michelle Obama partner with Netflix to produce movies and TV shows

Barack Obama has long had close ties to Hollywood. Now the 44th U.S. president is officially becoming a Hollywood producer in a new multiyear deal with Netflix that will see the former commander in chief and his wife, Michelle, produce movies, TV series and other content for the global streaming giant.

Netflix announced Monday that the former ...Read more

Even at the Rose Bowl, Taylor Swift forges an intimate bond with fans

PASADENA, Calif. -- As another school year draws to a close, it has to cross Taylor Swift's mind that, on the road to being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, she sacrificed the formal education that most of her peers have experienced.

When you become a professional songwriter at 14, sign a recording contract at 15 and release your ...Read more

The wonderful, improbable Palme d'Or triumph of Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' at Cannes

CANNES, France -- On the last day of every Cannes Film Festival, word begins to leak out about which filmmakers from the competition have been called back for the closing-night awards ceremony.

Many of us already knew, going into Saturday night's show, that Alice Rohrwacher's "Happy as Lazzaro," Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman," Nadine Labaki's "...Read more

Soft-spoken Carl Lumbly combats shyness with his roles

PASADENA, Calif. -- You'd never guess by watching actor Carl Lumbly in his myriad incarnations on screen, stage and television that he's inordinately shy.

Soft-spoken and pensive, Lumbly says, "I was raised in a wonderful home with three sisters. And my father was very dominant. So I think a lot of air was taken up, and I learned to keep my own...Read more

'Deadpool 2' tops 'Avengers' but fails to surpass its predecessor

LOS ANGELES -- Two Josh Brolin-led Marvel movies dominated the domestic box office this weekend, led by 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2."

"It's Deadpool's world and we're just living in it," said Chris Aronson, the studio's president of distribution.

The film opened in first place with $125 million, the second biggest debut for an R-rated film ...Read more

A new-world spin on old tradition

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was grand in many ways, but perhaps the most striking aspect were the myriad collisions of American and British culture.

The wedding was an unprecedented mix of royal pomp, British tradition, black-American culture and Hollywood celebrity. Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II...Read more

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or as Spike Lee takes second place at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

He sat in his seat, perfectly still, as if he couldn't believe the news. And he was not the only one surprised, as master Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda was the unexpected but very welcome winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for his "Shoplifters."

Kore-eda has been at the festival several times before, most recently with films ...Read more

Japanese director Kore-Eda wins best-film prize at Cannes

CANNES, France -- Hirokazu Kore-Eda Saturday became the first Japanese director in 21 years to win the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for best film.

Kore-Eda was awarded the prize for "Shoplifters," which tells a heartbreaking story about a family of petty criminals.

The last Japanese director to win the prize was Shohei Imamura in 1997 for...Read more

New on DVD: Deep-thinking elements make 'Annihilation' better suited for DVD

There are only a few new titles being released this week, but among the picks are a film that will make you think and a cable series that will make you laugh.

"Annihilation"; 3 stars: Some movies work better once they are available on DVD, and this is one of them. Director/writer Alex Garland's adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel forces the ...Read more

John Travolta's 'Gotti' had a rocky road to the Cannes Film Festival and the challenges aren't over yet

CANNES, France -- The soiree had all the trappings of an ultra-luxe affair: Guests dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns, wandered the grounds of one of the most expensive hotels in the world, the du Cap-Eden-Roc. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, partygoers sipped champagne until 50 Cent -- who had been flown in to perform a 20-minute set -- ...Read more