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Appreciation: The Peter Fonda role we should be talking about isn't 'Easy Rider,' but 'Ulee's Gold'

In the 1997 drama "Ulee's Gold," Peter Fonda plays a lonely beekeeper with a persistent limp, a gruff demeanor and a lifetime's worth of regrets. Nearly everyone in his small Florida town knows the troubles he's seen, though for the viewer meeting him for the first time, Ulee Jackson will initially read as something of a mystery. He's a sturdy, ...Read more

Harriet Tubman's life was like an action movie. It wasn't always portrayed that way.

BALTIMORE -- In the trailer for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic "Harriet," the abolitionist, played by actress Cynthia Erivo, is seen carrying and firing a firearm in multiple scenes.

Here, she's shooting a handgun as she flees on the back of a horse. There, she's pointing it at a threat as she shelters a girl in her arms. Over there, she's ...Read more

Peter Fonda, the 'Easy Rider' star and counterculture icon, has died at 79

Peter Fonda, the counterculture icon who came from a show business family that included his father, Henry Fonda, and sister, Jane Fonda, has died.

"In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts," his family said in a statement. "And, while we mourn the loss of this ...Read more

At KCON L.A., frank talk about mental health amid the ear-splitting meet-and-greets

LOS ANGELES -- As a teen member of the band U-KISS, Kevin Woo felt the hot glare of the K-pop limelight. His time in the band showed the California-born singer what life in the particular pressure cooker of South Korean fame meant, and how the expectations can be debilitating.

"In training, (the record labels) take a lot of privacy from you," ...Read more

Tarantino failed as an artist with Bruce Lee portrayal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has weighed in on the discussion about Quentin Tarantino's portrayal of Bruce Lee in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," charging that the director had an obligation to present the martial artist in a more factual manner and accusing him of failing as an artist and a person.

"(F)ilmmakers have a responsibility when playing ...Read more

Anderson Cooper on the letter Stephen Colbert sent him after Gloria Vanderbilt's death

During a CNN interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Anderson Cooper opened up about the recent loss of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and the letter Colbert sent him after her death.

"You wrote me a letter after my mom died, and in it you said, 'I hope you find peace in your grief,'" Cooper said. "One of the things I've been thinking a lot...Read more

How an upstart Latin music fest is reviving a once-glamorous Baja beach town

ROSARITO, Mexico -- The organizers of this weekend's Baja Beach Fest here had a clear goal in mind for their second annual event: booking Bad Bunny and Ozuna -- two Puerto Rican superstars at the red-hot center of the booming Latin-pop scene -- on the same bill.

"They both think they're the biggest guy in the space," said Chris Den Uijl, 32, ...Read more

'90s hitmakers Hootie and the Blowfish are back

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hootie is back! And don't forget: The singer's name isn't Hootie.

It's Darius Rucker, and he's been a big country star for the past decade. He never went away.

But his band, '90s hitmakers Hootie and the Blowfish, has returned in full force, with a new album due in November -- its first in 14 years -- and its most ambitious tour...Read more

Review: Mads Brügger's bold, unruly documentary 'Cold Case Hammarskjöld' investigates the death of a diplomat

LOS ANGELES -- On Sept. 18, 1961, a Douglas DC-6 crashed near the city of Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), killing all 16 people on board. Among them was the United Nations secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjold, a fierce proponent of African autonomy and decolonization who had been on his way to settle a conflict in the Congolese province of...Read more

Review: 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' works with a splendid Cate Blanchett at its center

Sometimes idiosyncratic directors do surprisingly accessible and moving work when paired with more structured material and a strong and willing star, and so it is with Richard Linklater and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette."

Best known for meandering personal explorations like "Boyhood" and "Before Sunset," Linklater from time to time takes on more ...Read more

Commentary: Targeted in El Paso, vilified by Trump. Why the Latino culture vacuum is dangerous

In a public address at the White House the day after mass shootings in El Paso left 22 dead and more than two dozen wounded, President Trump described the shooter as a "wicked man." He stated that "mental illness pulls the trigger, not the gun." He denounced "gruesome and grisly video games." He even said we "must condemn racism, bigotry and ...Read more

The misunderstood humor of Danny McBride

"The Righteous Gemstones," which premieres Sunday, is the third HBO series created or co-created by and starring Danny McBride. It's not every comic actor who can make that claim. Indeed, if you exclude Chris Lilley's single-season Australian imports, which most readers will not be able to name, there is only Danny McBride.

Focusing on a family...Read more

Bruce Lee's daughter says Quentin Tarantino can 'shut up' or own up

Bruce Lee's daughter has heard enough from Quentin Tarantino, thank you very much. It's time for the director to be quiet or be apologetic.

"He could shut up about it," Shannon Lee said when asked by Variety about how the director could quell the brouhaha over Bruce Lee's portrayal in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," which has topped $110 ...Read more

Emmy drama predictions: Bend the knee for 'Game of Thrones'

Peter Dinklage is the only "Game of Thrones" cast member to win an Emmy. Might that change this year given the show's record-setting nominations haul? Here's how the Emmy drama races are shaping up.

DRAMA SERIES

"Better Call Saul"

"Bodyguard"

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"Game of Thrones"

"Killing Eve"

"Ozark"

"Pose"

"Succession"

"This Is Us"

Winner...Read more

How to relive Woodstock: What to listen to, watch and read

When organizers of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair settled on the slogan "3 days of peace & music," few could have known that a more apt tag line would have added " ... and 50 years of bragging about it." Considered by a certain generation its pinnacle cultural achievement, the experience of 72 hours on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, N.Y., in ...Read more

How Richard Linklater's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' uses oddball architecture to reflect its heroine

A movie about a reclusive star architect rather obviously needs both a star and some pretty striking architecture.

For his adaptation of Maria Semple's 2012 novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," filmmaker Richard Linklater turned to actress Cate Blanchett, who crafted a playfully inscrutable seriocomic performance as the title character. For the ...Read more

Andy Dick accused of grabbing man's genitals before getting knocked out, report says

The man whom comedian Andy Dick accused of assault in New Orleans said the comic groped him before the attack.

David Hale, 46, who was jailed Wednesday after allegedly sucker-punching the "NewsRadio" veteran early Saturday morning, alleged Dick grabbed his genitals before he hit the actor in retaliation, law enforcement sources told the Times-...Read more

Review: In 'One Child Nation', China's population control policy provokes a gripping personal documentary

The superb new documentary "One Child Nation" comes from filmmaker Nanfu Wang, who tells a shadowy, complex story of her family and of China's notorious population control methods implemented in 1979 and perpetuated for 35 years.

Government propaganda slogans, stenciled on countless buildings and walls all across China, hammered home the policy...Read more

'The Babadook' director Jennifer Kent tackles violence, misogyny and racism in 'The Nightingale'

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent has quickly emerged as someone able to balance a dark intensity with an emotional earnestness, creating movies that are both shocking and moving. Her debut feature, 2014's "The Babadook," launched its title creature into the popular imagination and is already widely considered among the best contemporary horror...Read more

Around the Remote: "13 Reasons Why", "This Way Up", more

DON'T MISS: "13 Reasons Why" -- Season 3 of the controversial drama series whisks viewers back to Liberty High School, where there's never a shortage of secrets, lies and unbearable teen angst. Eight months after preventing Tyler from committing an unthinkable act at the Spring Fling, Clay, Tony, Jessica, Alex, Justin and Zach find ways to ...Read more

 

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