Hollywood's superhero movies have fallen into a repetitive rut of sequels, reboots and sidebar adventures. The productions are pleasant enough but superficial. Without a trailblazing reinterpretation of the material, like Christopher Nolan's Batman films, they don't demand or reward a viewer's attentive intelligence.
Which is why "Logan" is ...Read more
It's worth remembering that just a few months ago, informed sources had Stephen Colbert being just another so-so ratings week away from surrendering his time slot to later-night host James Corden.
Now, though, the host of CBS' "The Late Show" is riding high, fresh off of a February in which he won successive weeks' ratings races against the "...Read more
A "Bachelor," a bull rider, a baseball player and, um, Charo and Mr. T are among the cast members for Season 24 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," as announced on Wednesday's "Good Morning America."
Current star of "The Bachelor" Nick Viall, former Cubs catcher David Ross and bull rider-turned-model Bonner Bolton will all be competing for the ...Read more
The rabid Wolverine fans among you should be warned: You won't be able to trust the following few paragraphs on "Logan."
Most of the early reviews have been ecstatic, and those fully invested in this corner of the Marvel universe tend to respond very, very strongly to director and co-writer James Mangold's picture. It's at once the most solemn,...Read more
Casey Affleck can't really talk about those allegations leveled against him years ago by a couple of women on the crew of his 2010 mockumentary, "I'm Still Here." The settlement between the actor and the women prohibits that, he says.
However, speaking to the Boston Globe on Tuesday, the "Manchester by the Sea" star did acknowledge the ...Read more
In the chaos that erupted at the end of the 89th Academy Awards, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins never got the chance to say what he wanted to say.
First Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced favorite "La La Land" as the winner; then, after the ensuing confusion on stage, "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz announced that "Moonlight" had ...Read more
The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 20:
1. Hacksaw Ridge -- Lionsgate
2. Arrival -- Paramount
3. The Girl on the Train -- Universal
4. Manchester By the Sea -- Lionsgate
5. The Accountant -- Warner
6. Keeping Up With the Joneses -- Fox
7. Bad Santa 2 -- Broadgreen
8. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Paramount
9. ...Read more
MIAMI -- If you ever get the chance to accompany your kid to the Oscars, you need to know a few things.
You will walk the red carpet. You probably will not sit down front next to Meryl Streep. You will need people skills to help you to talk your way backstage at a crucial moment. And if you're really lucky, Ryan Gosling might kiss you on the ...Read more
Rag Dolls: Callie's Story (Volume 1)Shelley D Terrell
After the sudden death of her beloved Nana, Callie is ripped away from everything she knows and placed in a filthy, loveless, overcrowded foster home. Because of her ability to feel other's emotions, she is overwhelmed by pain from the other children. She knows that if ...
A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called "Gunship Battle2 VR" for a the Samsung Gear VR.
Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones, but it's mostly remained in the box, out of use. In the first month or two I owned it, I ...Read more
After Beyonce was forced to sit out Coachella per doctor's orders, festival organizers have apparently found a replacement: Lady Gaga.
Gaga will headline both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival -- slated for April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio, Calif. -- according to a Billboard report Tuesday afternoon.
Festival promoter ...Read more
"We have to show a commercial for shampoo or something now," host Jimmy Kimmel said at one point during Sunday's Academy Awards.
That line wasn't written on a card tucked into a red envelope, but it is another thing the telecast got wrong.
Commercials about shampoo are the old Oscars, the one that has been described, perhaps a little ...Read more
It's coincidence that NBC's newest Chicago-set drama, "Chicago Justice," will get a preview Wednesday at the same time cable channel Spike premieres the documentary series "Time: The Kalief Browder Story."
Watch the first and you'll probably sleep soundly afterward. Watch the second and you may want to swear off law-and-order procedurals for a ...Read more
Benedict Cumberbatch has built a successful career from playing posh and prickly aristocrats, and his next role will be no exception.
Showtime announced Tuesday that Cumberbatch will star in the network's five-part limited series "Melrose," an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose series by Edward St Aubyn .
The books ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Comcast NBCUniversal announced plans Tuesday to spend $2.3 billion to buy the remaining shares of the Universal Studios theme park in Japan.
The move is another sign of confidence in the international theme park industry, coming weeks after Walt Disney Co. announced plans to buy out its partners in Euro Disney.
Comcast ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Even Hollywood's greatest storytellers couldn't create a tale as wild as the past week of Gary Alan Coe's life.
Coe -- now known to the world as "Gary from Chicago" after he joined the Oscars telecast with a group of purported tourists -- was released from prison just two days before appearing on the show. In fact, his release is so ...Read more
Nearly 40 years ago "Weird Al" Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.
Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic's early parodies of the Knack's then-chart-topping new wave hit "My Sharona" (recast as "My Bologna") and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust...Read more
It was an accountant's bad handoff that created the jaw-dropping chaos of the final moments of the Academy Awards on Sunday, a moment when you could see, laid bare, all of America's fissures and insecurities.
The best picture snafu let us watch "La La Land," a movie that embodied traditional Hollywood values with its earnest, white protagonist ...Read more
If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it's to trust her instincts.
So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo album in two decades, the just-released "Windy ...Read more
Boasting themes that are both cerebral and philosophical, "Before I Fall" is a young adult thriller that goes far beyond the surface level. Too often teenagers -- girls, especially -- are depicted on screen as superficial, obsessed with appearances and the happy-go-lucky lifestyle enabled by parental disposable income. But in "Before I Fall," ...Read more
Forget Batman vs. Superman or Captain America vs. Iron Man. In James Mangold's moving tribute to X-Men's Wolverine, "Logan," it's all Logan vs. Logan. He strips away the spandex, the posse and the chaos, distilling the story down to the essence of the man, Logan, also known as Wolverine, also known as James Howlett. What's left is the agony and ...Read more
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