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'A different kind of bleak': How 'Defending Jacob' changed the book's tragic ending

The finale of Apple TV+'s limited series "Defending Jacob" had more twists and turns than that wet, cold road Michelle Dockery's character drove.

"We want people to watch it and say, 'Holy ...,'" Morten Tyldum, who directed all eight episodes, told the LA Times. "And then look at their partner and really talk about the question we're asking: Is...Read more

Michael Imperioli of 'The Sopranos' shot his new movie guerrilla-style in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- If you were under the Market Frankford El last summer watching a bunch of people who claimed to be shooting a movie, it's confirmed -- they really were shooting a movie. It's the ultra low-budget "Between Wars," available to stream this week, co-starring Michael Imperioli of "The Sopranos."

Rapper Boskoe 100 and Harley Flanagan,...Read more

Commentary: A suspected suicide. Cyberbullying. Why some call this Netflix reality show 'toxic'

As fans continue to mourn the death of 22-year-old Hana Kimura, the shy but bubbly professional wrestler who appeared in the latest season of Netflix's popular reality show "Terrace House," one persistent theme has accompanied the wave of tributes.

"We have to get rid of this belief that you can just say anything you want to so-called famous ...Read more

Lana Del Rey invokes Sylvia Plath, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana in latest video

At the end of the clip, Lana Del Rey calls it her "art video": a new spoken-word piece called "Patent Leather Do-Over," accompanied by four-and-a-half minutes of shaky black-and-white camera phone footage tracking her leisurely descent down an outdoor staircase to the beach. In terms of its visual metaphor, though, the thing is practically a ...Read more

Madonna criticized for Michael Jackson-inspired tribute to George Floyd

Singer Madonna has drawn harsh criticism on social media for sharing a video of her son dancing to a Michael Jackson song to honor George Floyd and protest "all Acts of Racism."

The video, tweeted on Thursday, sees 14-year-old David Banda passionately performing and raising a fist to the tune of Jackson's 1995 protest anthem, "They Don't Care ...Read more

Switchfoot set for Petco Park drive-in concert, new record and virtual Bro-Am surf contest/concert

SAN DIEGO -- Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot is ready to kick off the summer with an ambitious triple play, designed as a musical response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On June 7, Switchfoot will headline the first drive-in concert in the history of Petco Park. Attendance will be limited to 250 vehicles for the 7 p.m. concert, which will be...Read more

Britney Spears releases her first new music in years with 'Mood Ring'

New Britney Spears music alert!

On Friday, the "Toxic" pop singer released the bonus track "Mood Ring (By Demand)" from her 2016 album "Glory," a track that was previously only available in Japan.

"Repurposed this since we didn't use it," Spears wrote on Instagram Thursday, alongside the new album cover. "What was requested next is out now ......Read more

Next week, you'll be able to go to the movies in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When the Kentucky Theatre reopened to the general public after a four-and-a-half-year closure due to fire damage, it did so with a matinee screening of "Cinema Paradiso." The 1988 Italian film, according to longtime manager Fred Mills, is "a heart-warming story about a young boy and his lifelong love affair with movies."

That ...Read more

Review: 'Ramy's' second season pulls off a miracle: It's even better than the first

Questions about faith and purpose abound when Hulu's Muslim American millennial comedy "Ramy" returned Friday with a new season and Mahershala Ali as a spiritual guide.

The stakes are high for season two of the series, which is written, co-created and executive produced by star Ramy Youssef, a 29-year-old comedian who won a Golden Globe in ...Read more

Brandi Carlile to perform her entire catalog of albums in virtual concert series

SEATTLE -- Brandi Carlile's birthday weekend return to the Gorge Amphitheatre may be off this year, but fans will still have a chance to see her play next week. At least virtually.

A day after word came on Wednesday that Carlile will participate in a major home-state COVID-19 relief concert, the Grammy-stacking folk-rocker has announced a new ...Read more

Review: Despite an army of comic talent, Netflix's 'Space Force' shoots blanks

Co-created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, "Space Force," which launched Friday on Netflix, reunites the star of "The Office" with the man who developed it from the U.K. original. Daniels went on to co-create the great "Parks and Recreation" and create the really quite good "Upload," now streaming on Amazon Prime; Carell became a movie star. ...Read more

George Floyd was once part of Houston hip-hop legend DJ Screw's crew

Adding even more national attention to George Floyd's tragic death Tuesday in the hands of Minneapolis police officers, it turns out the 46-year-old Minneapolis resident was an early member of legendary Houston hip-hop innovator DJ Screw's crew.

The Houston Chronicle brought to light Floyd's ties to the Screwed-Up Click and the city's ...Read more

Coronavirus: Fox News largely ignores death-toll milestone

As most of the nation's media organizations on Wednesday somberly reflected on a grim coronavirus death toll milestone, Fox News largely downplayed the story during its prime-time programs, and on the network's website.

"If historians were to go back and watch Fox News on the night the country passed 100,000 deaths, they'd be forgiven if they ...Read more

On Lady Gaga's new 'Chromatica' album, a star is reborn on the dance floor

Lady Gaga released her new album, "Chromatica," on Thursday night, marking a pronounced return to the sleek dance-pop sound that made her a star more than a decade ago.

Her first studio album since the classic-rock-inspired "Joanne" in 2016, "Chromatica" follows Lady Gaga's Oscar-nominated acting turn in director Bradley Cooper's 2018 remake of...Read more

You have to read Steven Soderbergh's advice to emerging director Andrew Patterson

"The Vast of Night" is an ambitious, enigmatic science-fiction story set in a small town in 1950s New Mexico. Taking place over the course of one night, as most of the town is preoccupied with a high school basketball game, a local radio DJ (Jake Horowitz) and telephone switchboard operator (Sierra McCormick) notice something strange is ...Read more

Mary McNamara: Out-of-touch celebs — take a cue from Mandy Patinkin's relatable shutdown videos

Can we just talk about the Mandy Patinkin videos now?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the essential hope and resilience of the human spirit has proven itself in so many ways, including our endearing and occasionally worrisome attempts to find unexpected good amid so much obvious bad. Perhaps now, we opine brightly, we'll come to understand ...Read more

Tuned In: 'Space Force' fails to lift off; 'Quiz' tells engrossing 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' story

In TV, there is often a dichotomy: shows everyone is talking about versus shows that everyone should be talking about.

In this week's example, there is the disappointing Netflix comedy "Space Force" vying for attention with the gripping AMC drama "Quiz," based on a real-life "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" scandal in England.

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Will 'Ghost of Tsushima,' one of the last games coming for PS4, honor samurai tradition?

There is no shortage of films or games that draw some form of influence from samurai culture. And for "Ghost of Tsushima," steeped heavily in classic samurai movie references and set to be one of the last major games to be released exclusively for Sony's PlayStation 4 console, the developers aren't running from comparisons.

The Bellevue, Wash.,...Read more

Country singer Chris Bandi brings his truth to new debut EP

ST. LOUIS -- One of the biggest pieces of advice that St. Louis country singer Chris Bandi got when he arrived in Nashville in 2012 was that he should write songs about his truths.

He already had a hundred songs in his pocket when he arrived there. Bandi says his truth doesn't involve familiar country music tropes of tractors and trucks. It's ...Read more

J.K. Rowling and 'The Ickabog': What to know about the new, not-'Harry Potter'-story that kids are invited to illustrate

The publication of a new J.K. Rowling story has often been accompanied by lines of robed children, parents, and wizard wannabes waiting outside bookshops to pluck the first volumes from the piles at the stroke of midnight.

That won't be happening, or not at least until late fall, for "The Ickabog," a children's story that the "Harry Potter" ...Read more