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Television Q&A: New 'Dancing with the Stars' judge Tyra Banks draws ire of fans

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Whoever is in charge of "Dancing with the Stars," please, please get rid of Tyra Banks. She will bring this show down and you will lose all your viewers!

A: I have received quite a few letters complaining about the changes at "DWTS," which I explained in an earlier column. Banks is not pleasing fans ...Read more

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Dream moderators for the next presidential debate: From Judge Judy to Jerry Springer

We're a country divided, but the day after the first presidential debate, we can agree on one thing: Moderator Chris Wallace had his work cut out for him.

Repeated interruptions by President Donald Trump and a strikingly combative debate had citizens calling for a mic-mute option and complaining that Wallace wasn't up to the job of reining in ...Read more

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend share 'deep pain' of miscarriage

Chrissy Teigen suffered a miscarriage Wednesday and shared the "deep pain" of her loss with husband John Legend in heartbreaking messages on social media.

"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before," Teigen said in an Instagram post.

"We were never able to stop the bleeding and ...Read more

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New documentary chronicles struggles, triumphs of Anti-Flag

It's hard to keep a touring band in operation for more than 25 years.

It's all the more challenging when your name is Anti-Flag and your mission goes well beyond entertainment.

In "Beyond Barricades: The Story of Anti-Flag," a Jon Nix documentary about the Pittsburgh punk band premiering Saturday, founder and frontman Justin Geever (aka Justin...Read more

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Cindy Blackman Santana, a drum dynamo in jazz and rock, on music, her all-star new album and famous husband

How did acclaimed drummer Cindy Blackman Santana react when her husband and musical partner, guitar legend Carlos Santana, first suggested she make an album featuring her singing?

"I was like: 'That's OK, honey, but thanks'!" she recalled with a hearty laugh.

"Just because I love drumming so much, my first thought about making any music is to ...Read more

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Actor Sheldon Brown was shot in Chicago 2 years ago. He was filming 'Cicada' 2 months later. Now he's sharing his take on living with trauma

The last time the Tribune talked with actor Sheldon Brown, he was preparing to get back on stage for the first time after being shot in a drive-by on Chicago's North Side. A bullet had pierced his left buttock, torn through his abdomen, fractured one of his right pelvic bones and lodged in his hipbone.

That was April 8, 2018. As Brown recalls: ...Read more

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'On the Rocks' review: When 'low-keyed' becomes 'low interest,' despite Bill Murray and Rashida Jones

In 2003, writer-director Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray collaborated on "Lost in Translation," which did a lot for both careers. Now Coppola and Murray have teamed up again for a new seriocomic story working in an extremely minor key. It's minor, as in understated, and minor, as in not much.

In "On the Rocks," an Apple Original Films and A24 ...Read more

The 5 Stevie-est Stevie Nicks moments

Forty-three years after Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" topped the Billboard Hot 100, the soft-rock staple written and sung by Stevie Nicks took over pop culture again last week thanks to a viral video showing a dude on a skateboard lip-syncing to the song between swigs from a full-size bottle of cran-raspberry juice. An out-of-nowhere delight? For ...Read more

The moonlight confessions of Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks was in her early 30s when her father told her she'd never get married.

She had just released her first solo album, 1981's "Bella Donna," embarking on a second career that would fill any time she wasn't spending with Fleetwood Mac. Her music, Nicks' dad said, would always consume her.

She considered the possibility. She certainly ...Read more

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Movie review: Semiautobiographical 'Forty-Year-Old Version' is rarest of films: funny, wry, incisive, sexy and sincere

What does it mean to be an artist? What does it mean to sell out? Who do we make art for, especially in a capitalist market? These are just a few of the complicated issues that writer/director/producer/star Radha Blank takes on in her semiautobiographical debut feature "The Forty-Year-Old-Version." But she approaches these heavy-duty questions ...Read more

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Chaotic presidential debate watched by nearly 70 million viewers, far short of expectations

The TV audience for the widely panned first presidential debate on Tuesday between President Donald Trump and his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, fell short of expectations.

Preliminary Nielsen data for the live 90-minute showdown from Case Western University in Cleveland was watched by an average of nearly 70 million viewers.

The...Read more

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Why Netflix's 'The Boys in the Band' gave the landmark play a quietly hopeful ending

It hadn't yet been a year since Jim Parsons simulated a nervous breakdown - eight times a week for over three months - in the Broadway revival of "The Boys in the Band." Yet he found himself intimidated when he first walked onto the set of the Netflix movie.

"I'll be honest - I thought, 'Oh, s_t, this apartment is so perfect. Can I ever live up...Read more

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Hollywood slams Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacists: 'Turn off his mic'

Hollywood is condemning Donald Trump after the president failed to condemn white supremacists during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

Yara Shahidi, Olivia Wilde, Ava DuVernay, Storm Reid, Elizabeth Banks, Kumail Nanjiani, Chance the Rapper and many other celebrities expressed their outrage on Twitter after moderator Chris Wallace asked ...Read more

New on DVD: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' follows life of beloved civil rights icon

A documentary featuring an American legend tops the new DVD releases for the week of Sept. 29.

"John Lewis: Good Trouble": Rep. John Lewis died in July, leaving a breathtaking legacy. Known for marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 1965's Bloody Sunday to protest voting discrimination against Black people and risking his life amid deadly ...Read more

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Ready for 'The Mandalorian' season two? Now you can watch it with Lego Baby Yoda

Assemble Baby Yoda you can, with a forthcoming Lego set modeled after the Child.

In true Disney form, the entertainment giant has found yet another way to capitalize on the popularity of the Child (better known as Baby Yoda) by releasing a 1,073-piece Lego set in tandem with the highly anticipated second season of "The Mandalorian."

Available ...Read more

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Mac Davis, hit songwriter for Elvis Presley and '70s solo star, dies at 78

Mac Davis, the singer, songwriter and actor known for recording a string of easygoing country hits in the 1970s and '80s and for the tunes he wrote for Elvis Presley, including "In the Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation," died Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 78.

Davis' death was confirmed in a Facebook post by his longtime manager,...Read more

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Sound Advice: If you enjoy vinyl enough to upgrade turntables, swing for the fences

Q. I have an Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable that I have had for years, and am thinking about upgrading to the Music Hall Classic (with Vessel A3SE cartridge) for $699. Considering that a few years ago I upgraded my present turntable to use the same Vessel A3SE cartridge, would I hear much difference between the turntables, a difference ...Read more

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Review: Was there humor in the chaos? How late-night TV handled the Trump-Biden debate

The late-night network hosts, watching what passed for a presidential debate Tuesday night, had to be regretting their decision to go live with their comedy shows afterward.

Debate viewers hoping for campaign enlightenment instead fantasized about creative ways to end the pain. The chaos on stage in Cleveland was so bad that the post-debate ...Read more

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How a spoken word poet became an unlikely reality TV star on 'America's Got Talent'

LOS ANGELES - This morning we'll be taking a brief break from the usual coronavirus and wildfire apocalypse programming to talk about a poet from the Central Valley, and his unlikely journey into millions of living rooms.

Brandon Leake honed his craft at open mike nights on the campus of a small Christian college in Redding, on slam poetry ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Sept. 21:

1. The Secret: Dare to Dream - Lionsgate

2. Ava - Redbox Entertainment)

3. Irresistible (2020) - Universal

4. Rogue - Lionsgate

5. Most Wanted - Paramount

6. The King of Staten Island - Universal

7. Let It Snow - Lionsgate

8. Hard Kill - Redbox Entertainment

9. Scoob! - ...Read more