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Nearly 16 years after his death, Atlantic Records CEO Ahmet Ertegun accused of assault

A former music manager has accused Ahmet Ertegun, the late co-founder and longtime chief executive of Atlantic Records, of sexually assaulting her multiple times spanning decades, and she alleges that the record company covered it up.

Jan Roeg filed a lawsuit Monday in New York state court against Ertegun's estate and Atlantic Records, which is...Read more

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Tyler Perry signs 4-movie deal with Amazon

ATLANTA — Atlanta media mogul Tyler Perry has inked deals in the past with TBS, OWN, Lionsgate, Viacom and Netflix. Now he has signed a four-movie deal with Amazon Prime.

“I’m excited and grateful to start working with Amazon Studios to bring movies to Prime Video,” said Perry in a press release. “I’m looking forward to continuing ...Read more

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'Dune' film producer Legendary moves distribution deal to Sony from Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES — Legendary Entertainment has signed a new multiyear worldwide distribution deal with Sony Pictures, moving away from its longtime partner Warner Bros.

The Burbank-based company, known for the popular “Dune” remake as well as “Godzilla vs. Kong,” said it will now release its movies through Sony, according to a joint ...Read more

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Pete Davidson and Emily Ratajkowski fuel romance rumors by attending game together

Roses are red, violets are blue ...

Pete Davidson and Emily Ratajkowski were photographed hugging earlier this month, and now they've attended a Knicks game together too.

Does that mean the comedian and the model are officially dating? They have neither confirmed nor denied the romance rumors that have been brewing since paparazzi snapped them...Read more


Karla Peterson: A retiring critic remembers tops of the pop after 37 years of watching

My first-ever byline in the San Diego Union was on a 1985 review of Aretha Franklin's "Who's Zoomin' Who" album, which included the Top 10 smash "Freeway of Love." My last byline will be on this very story, as I trade 37 fast-lane years in journalism for the great wide open of retirement.

But before I hit the highway, please join me on a tour ...Read more

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Jay Leno hits police car ahead of stand-up return from serious burns

Jay Leno’s return to the stand-up stage wasn’t an entirely smooth ride.

The comedian grazed a police car upon arriving at a California comedy club for his first performance since suffering serious burns this month, according to TMZ.

Leno reportedly struck a Hermosa Beach Police Department vehicle’s tire Sunday night before going into The...Read more

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Metallica debuts 'Lux Æterna' from '72 Seasons' album, along with world tour

Metallica is gearing up for a very busy two years.

The heavy-metal band on Monday released its first new track in six years — making good on drummer Lars Ulrich’s promise not to make fans wait another eight years to hear new music. The throwback-styled “Lux Æterna” returns to Metallica’s classic thrash-metal sound. It hails from ...Read more

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For nonbinary actor Emma Corrin, gendered awards categories make things 'difficult'

British actor Emma Corrin, who won a Golden Globe award for their role in "The Crown," is the latest artist to advocate for gender-neutral categories at award shows.

Corrin said they "hope for a future" with gender-free awards and also called for more nonbinary, queer and trans people to have roles on screen.

"It's about everyone being able to...Read more

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TV Tinsel: 'Criminal Minds: Evolution' star has a heart for the real-life cops

Just when they thought they were out — they pull them back in! And that’s not such a bad thing. The gang that solved scores of heinous crimes for 15 seasons on “Criminal Minds” is back.

“Criminal Minds: Evolution” marks a new version, streaming on Paramount+ and featuring most of the original cast as the crime solvers who specialize...Read more


Review: New musical 'KPOP' doesn't fully pop on Broadway

NEW YORK — The pandemic was not kind to “KPOP,” the new Broadway show that aims to do for South Korean popular music much of what “Dreamgirls” did, and did not do, for Motown.

Not only did the off-Broadway hit lose much of the momentum from its 2017 run at Ars Nova in New York, taking some five years to reach a changed Broadway, but ...Read more

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Daryl Hall makes his dream come true -- a tour with Todd Rundgren

MINNEAPOLIS — It just says "Daryl Hall" on the marquee. There's no "and" or ampersand in the billing. But there should be.

Even though Hall — the tall, blond singer in Hall & Oates — is undertaking a rare concert tour to explore his solo work, he's really a collaborator at heart. That's why he has old pal Todd Rundgren touring with him. ...Read more

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As Anna May Wong quarters roll out, a younger generation reflects on the actress's legacy

LOS ANGELES — The second-graders rushed from room to room at the Chinese American Museum, making buttons, collecting stickers and seeking clues to trivia questions about a long-ago acting legend, Anna May Wong.

Everyone who finished the scavenger hunt would get a prize — a freshly minted quarter bearing an image of Wong, who recently became...Read more

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$5 million was set aside for small Pa. filmmakers. Lawmakers gave it all to M. Night Shyamalan

PHILADELPHIA — With HBO's Mare of Easttown and other big-budget productions taking most of Pennsylvania's film subsidies, small-budget independents felt left out. Few taxpayer subsidies were available for them. So they applauded over the summer when state lawmakers fattened the film tax credit pot by 43% to $100 million and set aside $5 ...Read more

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Broadway dancer Jared Grimes draws from subway busking experience in 'Funny Girl'

NEW YORK — When the happy-footed Jared Grimes shuffles his way onstage in the hot-selling revival of “Funny Girl” on Broadway, he taps into his own unique history.

More than two decades before Grimes was charming audiences at the August Wilson Theatre, offering stage-rattling visuals to accompany Lea Michele’s stunning soprano vocals, ...Read more

Pusha T on Kanye West, perfecting coke rap and the Grammys and hip-hop

The most vicious, masterful street-rap album of the year was written by a 45-year-old Virginia dad who can't wait to get home to his family after work.

Pusha T's "It's Almost Dry" is a 12-song switchblade of a record from one of rap's most focused craftsmen. Pusha T, born Terrence Thornton, came up as one half of the beloved brother duo Clipse,...Read more


Movie review: 'White Noise' puts a loud, brash and enjoyable spin on a Don DeLillo classic

"White Noise," Noah Baumbach's jittery and inventive adaptation of Don DeLillo's 1985 novel, begins with what you might call a love letter to cinema. We've had a lot of those recently, but this one — a college lecture on car crashes in American movies — is appreciably sharper, funnier and more specific than most. As his students watch a ...Read more

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Will Smith is on 'probation' with Black Hollywood. But it may not last much longer

LOS ANGELES — The evening that Tyler Perry is calling one of his “most heartbreaking” happened eight months ago. But the memory is still fresh — and hurtful.

“I felt the pain of the Black people in the room,” Perry recalled. “It was one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had in a room full of Hollywood people.”

Perry, the ...Read more

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'Nanny' review: Anna Diop shines in an eerie, assured feature film debut

Some movies, mostly to do with how they’re marketed, keep the audience guessing as to what the hell it is, exactly, right up until the moment the lights go down or they click the play button. Horror movies do better business, so the ads tend to play up the horror element in movies that aren’t really horror movies.

Take, for example, “...Read more

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Jake Smith describes 'Year of the Dark Horse,' his 8th studio album as The White Buffalo

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jake Smith, who goes by the moniker The White Buffalo, began toying with ideas for his eighth studio album, he decided to challenge himself by doing something sonically and lyrically different.

When he Googled his band, he saw that they’d been essentially pigeonholed into the ...Read more

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'Slow Horses' stars Gary Oldman and Saskia Reeves attempt to peel away the rough, sloppy layers of Jackson Lamb

In an upcoming episode of "Slow Horses," an MI5 agent working under Jackson Lamb, Jack Lowden's River Cartwright, brings information to his boss, who's eating lunch by himself at an Asian restaurant.

As Lamb — portrayed by veteran actor Gary Oldman in the British spy drama series, available in the U.S. via Apple TV+ — listens and offers ...Read more