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'Jumanji: The Next Level' tops 'Frozen 2' as awards contenders roll out

LOS ANGELES -- Sony's "Jumanji: The Next Level" unseated Disney's "Frozen 2" from its three-week perch at the top of the box office, and exceeded expectations opening with $60.1 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The result marks an auspicious start for the movie, whose predecessor, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,"...Read more

Appreciation: Anna Karina, more than Jean-Luc Godard's muse, helped define the French New Wave

If Anna Karina had done nothing more than dance on-screen, she would be one of the lasting treasures of the cinema.

Her most famous dance remains as fresh and vivid now as it was 55 years ago. Midway through "Band of Outsiders" (1964), Jean-Luc Godard's exquisite, movie-mad dream of a youthful crime caper, Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey ...Read more

Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' still tons of messy fun for longtime host Marc Summers

Marc Summers' early days in the entertainment industry as a magician, radio disc jockey and stand-up comedian never fully prepared him for his big break: a career in slime.

In 1986, Nickelodeon hired Summers to host a kids game show that was as zany as it was messy.

"Double Dare" -- which pitted teams of children (and sometimes parents) ...Read more

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy has a new handle on a great many things, from his migraines to making beautiful music

Over the past 13 months, Jeff Tweedy put out two solo albums, a funny and poignant 293-page memoir called "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)" and the new Wilco release called "Ode to Joy." But the Chicago singer-songwriter has even bigger news to report: His migraines have improved.

He has written extensively about how the debilitating headaches ...Read more

Russell Simmons confronts Oprah Winfrey over documentary featuring one of his accusers

Music mogul Russell Simmons is challenging Oprah Winfrey for executive producing a documentary featuring a woman who has accused him of rape.

On Friday, Simmons took to Instagram to express his disappointment with Winfrey, whom he said he regarded fondly as a positive figure in his life before criticizing her decision to make a film exploring ...Read more

Danny Aiello, beloved character actor and Oscar nominee for 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 86

Danny Aiello, the veteran character actor known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," died Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

Aiello's death was confirmed by his publicist on Friday.

"It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician ...Read more

Sally Field is the latest member of Jane Fonda's army to be arrested

Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of "Who's Getting Arrested with Jane Fonda?"

Sally Field is the latest in Fonda's revolving door of guest stars to be taken away in zip ties as part of the "Grace and Frankie" actress' Fire Drill Fridays climate change protests. A lively crowd in Washington, D.C., cheered and applauded Field, who raised...Read more

Katie Kadan almost didn't audition for 'The Voice.' Now the singer is the front-runner to win the show

CHICAGO -- Katie Kadan almost didn't audition for "The Voice." The Chicago singer said a representative for the NBC network show reached out to her via Instagram to try out for Season 17, but Kadan wasn't initially interested.

"My first response was, 'No, thank you.' Competition is not my thing," Kadan, 38, told the Tribune by phone. Then the ...Read more

'Jumanji' stars Danny DeVito and Danny Glover take friendship to 'The Next Level'

"Danny, you look younger every day!" Danny DeVito shouted -- not at himself but at Danny Glover, who was busy posing for a photo shoot to promote their new film "Jumanji: The Next Level."

DeVito had already taken his solo shots, so he set to amusing himself by backseat directing Glover's session from across the room. "Don't do that, Dan," he ...Read more

50 Cent accuses Oprah Winfrey of only 'going after black men' in #MeToo cases

Rapper 50 Cent targeted Oprah Winfrey in an Instagram post, accusing the beloved TV host and super-producer of singling out black men, such as Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons, in her #MeToo activism.

On Thursday night, the "Candy Shop" hit-maker shared an old photo of Winfrey and disgraced music mogul Simmons smiling together, paired with a...Read more

Danny Aiello, Oscar nominee for 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 86

Danny Aiello, the veteran character actor known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in "Do the Right Thing," died Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

Aiello died after a brief illness, his publicist, Tracey Miller of Tracey Miller & Associates, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times Friday.

"It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny...Read more

Mary McNamara: Outcry over 'Richard Jewell' is proof that #MeToo is changing things

It seems unlikely that Billy Ray wrote and Clint Eastwood directed "Richard Jewell" in order to test the state of sexism in post-#MeToo Hollywood. But that's exactly what their film did. And lo and behold, it seems that things are not as bad as they once were.

Oh, in the actual film they are very bad. In the actual film, sexism is alive and ...Read more

Disgraced comic Louis C.K. returns to Baltimore this weekend. Some say it's too soon

BALTIMORE -- The world was different when comedian Louis C.K. last performed in Baltimore. It was May 2016, and C.K. was headlining four shows at the Modell Lyric. Media moguls like Harvey Weinstein were still in power, not yet toppled by sweeping allegations of sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement that began the following year.

This ...Read more

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke to step down in 2020

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke is planning to step down next year, accelerating an internal race to succeed him, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

Burke, 61, has managed NBCUniversal since Philadelphia cable giant Comcast Corp. purchased it in January 2011, shaping the once-tattered ...Read more

Commentary: Trump. 'Cats.' Peloton. Kanye. Why culture sounded like Mad Libs in 2019

If you were a child in the United States at any point in the last 50 years or so, chances are you've whiled away at least a few hours playing Mad Libs, amusing yourself on a long car ride by turning the word "fart" into as many parts of speech as possible.

The fun of the game -- in which players fill in the blanks using randomly selected words ...Read more

NBC has a novel solution to the dearth of female directors: Let them direct

Director Olivia Newman had it all planned out. In order to keep making personal features -- like her 2018 Netflix film "First Match" -- she'd make a living as a TV director. But her agent, she says, warned her that his other client, Dee Rees ("Mudbound"), had struggled getting her first episodic credit even after making a movie, "Bessie," for ...Read more

Commentary: More manipulative than meaningful, 'Watchmen' has a 'Lost' problem

HBO's "Watchmen" is among the best-reviewed series of the year, scoring 85 (out of 100) on the review-aggregation site Metacritic and appearing on more than 40 critics' top 10 lists to date. Not among them are Times TV critics Lorraine Ali and Robert Lloyd, who've been left unmoved by creator Damon Lindelof's spin on Alan Moore's beloved graphic...Read more

Mary McNamara: The most romantic holiday gift this year is Mel Brooks' 'The Anne Bancroft Collection'

No one stays married for 41 years unless they really mean it, especially in Hollywood.

Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft really meant it. And 14 years after her death, Brooks still means it.

Concerned that younger generations might not be familiar with the depth of his wife's talent, he recently curated "The Anne Bancroft Collection," a Blu-ray ...Read more

'Survivor' ejects contestant embroiled in #MeToo controversy for off-camera 'incident'

"Survivor" has officially removed contestant Dan Spilo from the show, four weeks after airing a controversial episode in which multiple women reported that he touched them inappropriately.

Spilo, a Hollywood talent manager, is the first "Survivor" castaway to ever be ejected from the game for problematic behavior. Longtime host and executive ...Read more

Review: Action spectacle of '6 Underground' brings together Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds

Are you suffering from prestige fatigue? Have you seen too many recent movies that asked of viewers to think, to feel, to engage with characters as if they were actual human beings? The volume business dealers at Netflix have a possible solution for that. Alongside "The Irishman," "Marriage Story" and its more upmarket year-end titles, let the ...Read more