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Amber Heard almost lost 'Aquaman' role over 'chemistry,' not controversy, exec says

When it came time to shoot the film “Aquaman,” Amber Heard almost lost her gig as Aquaman’s love interest, Mera. But according to a studio executive, it had nothing to do with any drama between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp, as Heard had claimed.

Rather, it turned out Heard and co-star Jason Momoa “didn’t really have a lot of ...Read more

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Before Oscars slap, Will Smith had a vision of his 'whole life ... getting destroyed'

In a TV special filmed before the 94th Academy Awards took place, Will Smith recounted a prescient and frightening vision he had of his "whole life ... getting destroyed."

While speaking with David Letterman for his series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," Smith recalled the "individual most hellish psychological experience" he ever ...Read more

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New on DVD: An ex-con struggles to break free of 'The Devil You Know'

A thriller about family and second chances tops the DVD releases for the week of May 31.

"The Devil You Know": Omar Epps plays an ex-con and recovered addict enjoying a new lease on life who finds himself drawn back into his old world when his brother gets involved with something dangerous.

"'Devil' plays more as a drama than a crime film, ...Read more

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List of DVD release dates for May 24 and beyond

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

MAY

24: The Batman

24: X

24: Studio 666

24: Umma

24: Ray Donovan: The Movie

24: Supercool

24: Ted K

24: Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse

24: The Burning Sea

24: The Sinner: Season Four

24: The Eden Theory

24: ...Read more

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How does it feel to visit the new Bob Dylan Center? In a word: terrific

TULSA, Okla. — Standing in the doorway, I heard Bob Dylan's voice in the distance. His words beckoned me to turn the corner, then I realized: There were no other visitors at the Bob Dylan Center.

It was the day before the May 10 opening of the $10 million new museum/archive, where his voice was emanating from a splashy, multi-screen ...Read more

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Review: Surgery, sex and superfluous human organs converge in David Cronenberg's 'Crimes of the Future'

Early on in David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” a speculative horror-comedy as wildly deranged as it is beautifully controlled, we witness a live demonstration that functions as an art show, a medical procedure and a very public seduction. The nearly naked man encased in the large, mechanized sarcophagus is Saul Tenser (Viggo ...Read more

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My worst moment: When anxiety strikes, it's no joke. 'Dirty Dancing' star Jennifer Grey tells the story

Jennifer Grey became a household name in 1987 with the release of “Dirty Dancing,” playing a character named Baby who does some important growing up during a summer vacation to the Catskills. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” is the famous line from the movie, so it’s fitting that the title of Grey’s new memoir is a play on that. It’s...Read more

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Ed Stasium, whose recording credits include Talking Heads, the Ramones and Gladys Knight, rocks on

SAN DIEGO — Ed Stasium's goal has remained happily unchanged in the nearly 50 years he has worked as a recording engineer and album producer for such varied artists as Talking Heads, Ramones, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mick Jagger, Living Colour, Kool & The Gang and gospel-music queen Shirley Caesar.

"I just put up the microphones and do my...Read more

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'This Is Us' cast knows how you'll react to the series ending. They did it too

On an early April day, the main cast of "This Is Us" — Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Jon Huertas — are doing what they've become all too skilled at doing in recent years: jumping ahead.

"The last day of shooting — I don't know what's scheduled as of...Read more

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Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joins MSNBC this fall

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will join MSNBC this fall and host her own streaming program starting in 2023.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable news channel made its new hire official Tuesday. Psaki's worked her final day in the Biden White House on May 13.

Psaki will appear on programs across MSNBC and NBC News while her own show is ...Read more

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Bruce Springsteen to head out on tour for first time since 2017

The Boss is back.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are going on tour for the first time since wrapping The River Tour in February 2017.

The tour will kick off in February with a string of U.S. arena shows, then head to Europe in late April, hitting venues in Spain, Ireland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Norway, ...Read more

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15 can't-miss exhibits at the Bob Dylan Center

—An "Inventing Bob Dylan" exhibit includes a picture of his high school rock band, the Golden Chords. The highlight is an interview with Chords drummer LeRoy Hoikkala. He died in 2020 but his daughter signed her name at The Bob on opening weekend.

—A "Twin Cities" display concentrates on Dylan's days at the University of Minnesota, with a ...Read more

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'Top Gun: Maverick' star Monica Barbaro says it's 'a huge honor' to represent female pilots with her character

“Top Gun: Maverick” star Monica Barbaro helped the high-flying film franchise reach new heights through her portrayal of a groundbreaking character.

The actress says it was “a huge honor” to represent female Navy pilots with her depiction of Natasha “Phoenix” Trace, a graduate of the Top Gun academy with a reputation for having her ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Top Gun: Maverick' deserves the full theatrical experience

Nostalgia as escapism is ubiquitous. But what if nostalgia could be a force for good? Not an inelegant poke in the dopamine receptors, but rather, transcendent, even galvanizing, as it is in the case of Joseph Kosinski’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” a legacy sequel that that allows the viewer to luxuriate in the glorious aura of the original “...Read more

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'Top Gun: Maverick' stars trained like real pilots through Tom Cruise's intense flight program

To make “Top Gun: Maverick” soar, the movie’s stars entered the danger zone.

Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro and Lewis Pullman depict elite Navy pilots in the much-anticipated sequel and underwent a rigorous flight training program set up by Tom Cruise to authentically portray their characters.

The months of preparation allowed the actors to...Read more

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What to stream: 'We Feed People' and other recent documentaries from Ron Howard

Ron Howard’s latest NatGeo documentary, “We Feed People,” premieres Friday on Disney+, and it follows a man who you’ve likely seen in the news or on social media in the past few years. Mr. Rogers once said, in times of trouble, to “look for the helpers,” and it seems, these days, whenever one looks for a helper, you’ll likely find ...Read more

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Former Fox News political analyst Chris Stirewalt joins Nexstar's NewsNation

Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News political analyst pushed out after the 2020 presidential election, has landed at NewsNation.

The Nexstar Media Group-owned cable channel is announcing Tuesday that Stirewalt will serve as its political editor, the same title he held at Fox News.

Stirewalt will have a key role in the Chicago-based NewsNation...Read more

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Ricky Gervais' new Netflix special, 'Supernature,' is full of anti-trans jokes

As Netflix continues to deal with criticism for platforming Dave Chappelle and his transphobic rhetoric, Ricky Gervais has arrived with the same jokes.

The 60-year-old English comedian’s new special, “Supernature,” hit the streaming service Tuesday, chock full of the same anti-trans jokes that caused staff to walk out last fall.

“Oh, ...Read more

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The fast and the fabulous: Rita Moreno joins 'Fast X' as Vin Diesel's grandmother

The "Fast and the Furious" family just got a little bigger.

Vin Diesel announced on Instagram that Rita Moreno will play his onscreen grandmother in the upcoming film "Fast X." The action star, who portrays street racer Dom Toretto in the movie franchise, posted a celebratory video Tuesday featuring Moreno and Michelle Rodriguez, who plays his ...Read more

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Movie review: Tom Cruise is the 'Old Man' showing next-generation aviators how to fly in 'Top Gun: Maverick'

It couldn’t outmaneuver the pandemic enemy that delayed its release for two years, but “Top Gun: Maverick” can’t lose, really.

It’s a pretty good time, and often a pretty good movie for the nervous blur we’re in right now. It’s cozy. And it’ll be catnip for those eager to watch Tom Cruise flash That Look. “It’s the only one ...Read more