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Dick Gregory, groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist, dies at 84

Dick Gregory, who became the first black stand-up comic to break the color barrier in major nightclubs in the early 1960s, a decade in which he satirized segregation and race relations in his act and launched his lifetime commitment to civil rights and other social justice issues, died Sunday. He was 84.

His death was confirmed on his official ...Read more

Trumps to skip Kennedy Center honors, citing 'political distraction'

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, will not attend the annual Kennedy Center honors -- a traditional showcase of the nation's arts -- over concerns of a political distraction, the White House said Saturday.

The announcement came the day after the entire 17-member White House arts council quit Friday in protest over his ...Read more

After Charlottesville fallout, it's tough for TV shows to book guests who back president

NEW YORK -- Defending President Donald Trump can be a lonely job, and this past week it has become particularly tough for the TV news shows to find someone to do it.

Executives and producers across the networks say the president's response to harshly received comments about last weekend's deadly clash between far-right groups and ...Read more

Judge denies another request by Roman Polanski to unseal testimony in statutory rape case

LOS ANGELES -- A judge Friday denied Roman Polanski's his latest request to unseal testimony given by the original prosecutor in the filmmaker's 40-year-old statutory rape case.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon also refused to resolve the entire case after Samantha Geimer, the victim of the 1977 crime, asked the court in ...Read more

How to watch the Great American Eclipse live online

As you may have heard, a total solar eclipse is going to sweep across the United States on Monday.

Everyone in the Lower 48 states, weather permitting, will be able to see a partial eclipse, in which the moon will partially obscure the face of the sun. (Using eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector, of course. Protect those eyes.)

However, it ...Read more

Trey Songz apologizes to Detroit, pleads guilty to 2 misdemeanor counts

DETROIT -- The singer accused of punching a Detroit police sergeant after a concert in Detroit pleaded guilty to two reduced counts of disturbing the peace Friday and apologized.

Trey Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, will serve 18 months of non-reporting probation and undergo a drug and substance abuse screening and anger management...Read more

Movie review: 'Good Time' is an unnerving, divisive thriller for our times

The most legitimately divisive movie of the moment, right alongside (and more urgent than) "Detroit," the unnerving crime thriller "Good Time" moves like a streak, barely able to keep up with its characters.

The reckless, selfish, charismatic man at its core, Constantine "Connie" Nikas, is a small-time Queens, N.Y., hustler of Greek-American ...Read more

Buried by streaming TV. Send help.

What was your first reaction when you heard Disney was ending its deal with Netflix to launch a streaming service of its own? Was it ... exhaustion? Well tuck in, because yet another major player -- that would be Apple -- is elbowing its way into the streaming game in the coming months.

More choice is usually a good thing. So why does it all ...Read more

Review: Smooth L.A. landing for 'Hamilton'

LOS ANGELES -- More than two years after "Hamilton: An American Musical" had its world premiere at New York's Public Theater, becoming the biggest theatrical sensation in at least a generation, it's still up for grabs whether it was the brilliant hip-hop-inflected score or the inclusive vision of American history or the kinetic ensemble ...Read more

Movie review: Aussie Danielle Macdonald shines as a bartender with a dream in 'Patti Cakes'

Patricia Dombrowski, a twentysomething New Jersey bartender and aspiring rap star played by the terrific Australian actress Danielle Macdonald, goes by many aliases.

To her best friend and biggest fan, Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay), she's mostly "Killa P" and sometimes "Patti Cakes," which also serves as the title of this exuberant new musical ...Read more

Television Q&A: Crawford brothers, 'The Virginian'

You have questions. I have some answers -- and a lot of flashbacks.

Q: Are Robert Crawford Jr. from "Laramie" and Johnny Crawford in "The Rifleman" brothers? Did they do any acting besides those shows?

A: Robert Jr. (sometimes billed as Bobby) is the older brother of Johnny (and they followed their older sister, Nance, into acting). Both ...Read more

Idina Menzel gets to be herself on tour

You've probably heard Idina Menzel's voice somewhere. It's also likely, however, that you've only ever heard Menzel's voice in character.

As the actress behind Elsa in Disney's "Frozen," Elphaba in the musical sensation "Wicked" and Maureen Johnson in the original Broadway staging of "Rent," Menzel has enjoyed decades of success on the stage ...Read more

Lady Antebellum is back, with all the hits, and some advice

After making six albums in six years, multiplatinum country crossover trio Lady Antebellum took a break. Singer Hillary Scott made a hit gospel album, "Love Remains," with her parents and sister; singer Charles Kelley also released a solo project. Scott, Kelley and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood reunited for a new album, "Heart Break," ...Read more

'Whose Streets' filmmaker wanted to make record of city's grief after Ferguson unrest

Sabaah Folayan was on a path to a career as a physician until life got in the way. And then she made an important documentary without knowing quite how to pull it off.

"Whose Streets?" offers a sweeping account of racial strife and urban disarray.

"It was a huge learning experience," she said recently. "It sent me off on an existential search ...Read more

Movie review: 'Whose Streets' documents Ferguson unrest

Events that go undocumented can be lost to history forever. From news cameras to cellphones, honestly handled footage from the scene of conflict can offer a street-level view of what happened, how and to whom.

The scalding documentary "Whose Streets?" turns many lenses on the uprising in Ferguson, Mo., a northern suburb of St. Louis, after ...Read more

Johnny Cash's children denounce Charlottesville neo-Nazi wearing T-shirt with Cash's name

The children of country music titan Johnny Cash issued a strong and unequivocal statement about their father's legacy Wednesday after a video captured a protester wearing a T-shirt with Cash's name on it at the violent racial clash in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

The rally resulted in the death of one counter-protester and injured ...Read more

Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston top list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses

It was a good year to be a Jennifer in Hollywood, but it was an even better year to be an Emma.

Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses Wednesday and Oscar-winning "La La Land" star Emma Stone landed at the top of the heap, earning $26 million.

It's a payday triumph for Stone, who didn't make the list in 2016, ...Read more

'Hamilton' opening night in Hollywood: Stars, song and some tears

LOS ANGELES -- When the curtain finally rose and those first familiar notes of "Hamilton" rang out inside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on opening night Wednesday, the audience erupted in applause so loud the first line of the show's opening number was nearly drowned out.

Perhaps it was because the show's creator and original Alexander ...Read more

Wrestler Ric Flair has 'multiple organ problems,' in critical condition, family says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ric Flair's fiancee shared more details of his illness in a Facebook post, and his condition is more serious than fans imagined for the hospitalized wrestling icon.

Media outlets including The New York Post and TMZ Sports have shared a Facebook post credited to Wendy Barlow, in which says she took 68-year-old Flair to an ...Read more

Movie review: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' has no reason to exist

Here's a new candidate for your "Movies I Can Live Without" list.

The coarse, violent action comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard" gives its first-rate lead actors Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds cardboard-thin roles, two paychecks and a photogenic tour of London and Amsterdam. It gives audiences four major car chase sequences and 100 vehicles ...Read more

 

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