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Garth Brooks offers 'Fun' to cap tough year, after Detroit became unplanned last tour stop

DETROIT — Garth Brooks couldn't have known it at the time. Back in late February, none of us did.

But when the country star stepped onstage for more than 70,000 concertgoers at Ford Field on Feb. 22, he and those Detroit fans became part of an unlikely and unfortunate milestone.

Brooks' high-energy, hits-laden affair inside the Detroit Lions...Read more

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Commentary: 49 years ago, D.B. Cooper became an ideal hero for cynical times. He still is

It was Thanksgiving eve, 1971, when a mystery man known only as Dan Cooper hijacked a commercial airliner out of Portland International Airport. He sat in the last row of seats on the plane, where he slipped a note to the flight attendant, informing her he had a bomb in his attache case. He demanded a $200,000 ransom and four parachutes, which ...Read more

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Billy Corgan has a lot to say about Spotify, Courtney Love and our 'spiritual dystopia'

Billy Corgan is no stranger to upsetting people on the internet. But on a November morning, he seems remorseful to have upset a particular demographic: witches.

"It's Witchgate!" he announces.

Smashing Pumpkins' latest album, "Cyr," released Friday, is a roving 20-song double album that courses with currents of '80s synth-pop and darkwave ...Read more

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Minnesotan behind 'Toy Story' and 'Up' on his latest Pixar movie 'Soul'

MINNEAPOLIS — Pete Docter's life has a way of making its way on screen. The Minnesota native and chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios regularly draws from his own experiences, even if the results aren't always as personal as his latest work, "Soul," which he co-wrote and -directed. (It debuts on Disney+ in December after a couple ...Read more

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My worst moment: 'Transparent' star Amy Landecker on being fully exposed and the embarrassment of sex scenes

In the Showtime drama "Your Honor," which premieres next month, Bryan Cranston plays a New Orleans judge whose wife was murdered a year before the events of the show begin. Amy Landecker plays the detective who investigated that unsolved murder, and she is pulled back into the family's orbit when the judge's son is involved in a fatal hit-and-...Read more

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'Happiest Season' is a holiday rom-com about coming out. Here's why that's important

That true love prevails is a well-known tradition in romantic comedies, so it's neither a spoiler nor a secret that "Happiest Season" ends with a happily ever after.

The lovers in this Christmas rom-com are Abby, a student pursuing a doctorate in history portrayed by Kristen Stewart, and Mackenzie Davis' Harper, a journalist. Harper might be ...Read more

'Bugsnax,' 'Sackboy' and more next-gen family games you should own

Today's games provide many wonders, including complex stories with multiple quests and missions that provide the illusion of letting us stitch together a linear story. But they are also big, and sometimes overwhelming to start. I enjoyed my first hour with "Assassin's Creed Valhalla," a massive Viking-themed addition to the long-running open-...Read more

Alex Trebek recorded powerful Thanksgiving message for 'Jeopardy!' ahead of his death

Beloved "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek offered an uplifting vision for the future of the world in a video he taped shortly before his death to be aired as part of the game show's Thanksgiving episode.

"You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful," said Trebek in the...Read more

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Review: Melissa McCarthy's 'Superintelligence' is little more than average

The ongoing collaboration between the husband-and-wife team of Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy continues to yield mixed results with "Superintelligence." The fourth film directed by Falcone and starring McCarthy, the movie is first and foremost a spotlight for McCarthy's genuine gift for blending broad comedy with emotional sincerity, but to ...Read more

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'SNL' gives Morgan Wallen a second chance after singer's COVID-related cancellation

"Saturday Night Live" is giving country singer Morgan Wallen a do-over after booting him from its Oct. 10 lineup over COVID-19 safety concerns.

The "More Than My Hometown" singer will return to the sketch-comedy series for its Dec. 5 show, hosted by Jason Bateman. Wallen was replaced in October by Jack White after video clips surfaced on social...Read more

Around the Remote: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Seal Team", more

DON'T MISS: "CMA Country Christmas" — Set to ring in the holidays, married co-hosts Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins headline this annual music-filled hour in an intimate, at-home setting. The show, shot in Nashville, Tennessee, features performances by Kelsea Ballerini ("Santa Baby"), Gabby Barrett ("The First Noel"), Lady A ("Wonderful ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Helm Audio True Wireless 5.0 Headphones some of the best-sounding earbuds for the price

Q. You were right — the Helm Audio True Wireless 5.0 Headphones are the best earbuds ever! As an RN, I am still ordering them at 50% off with Helm's special first responder discount. I have purchased five sets so far. My husband uses them in his job as a big rig driver. You get all-night ears by just wearing one earbud at a time, which is safe...Read more

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Review: Kurt Russell delivers more Claus and effects in Netflix's 'The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two'

The Times is committed to reviewing theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.

In the final scene of "The Christmas Chronicles," a ...Read more

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Mickey Guyton makes Grammys history as solo Black woman in country music field

After a year further inflamed by a nationwide reckoning with race, country music artist Mickey Guyton made Grammy Awards history Tuesday when she was nominated for best country solo performance.

The first-time nominee, who was recognized for her autobiographical song "Black Like Me," became the first Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy ...Read more

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Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Tainy are lone Latin artists to escape Grammys' Latin categories

Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Tainy are the only Latin artists to break beyond the Latin categories in the 2021 Grammy nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning. Their 2020 collaboration with Dua Lipa, "Un Dia (One Day)," is nominated for best pop duo/group performance.

That distinction prompted some social-media grumblings about how Latin ...Read more

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Review: A young David Bowie tours America in unrevealing biopic 'Stardust'

The new David Bowie biopic "Stardust" could be marketed as "Bowie as you've never seen him," but it feels like "Bowie as no one ever saw him."

The film admits up front it knows only some of its content to be true. The rest of the Bowie in the highly speculative "Stardust" will be pretty much unrecognizable to fans, and subject to plenty of ...Read more

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Review: The new 'Saved by the Bell' is, somewhat implausibly, one of the year's best TV shows

I was, frankly, too old to pay much attention to "Saved by the Bell," a multi-camera teen sitcom that ran Saturday mornings on NBC from 1989 to 1993, spawned the prime-time sequels "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" and "Saved By the Bell: The New Class" (along with two TV movies and various stunt reunions) and was the primordial soup from ...Read more

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020: Everything to know about Thursday's event

Thankfully, Macy's has found a way to host its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to avoid drawing crowds that usually flood the streets of New York City on the holiday, organizers have converted the event into a prerecorded telecast, which will be smaller in scale but still feature several parade staples, ...Read more

Amazon reality series 'The Pack' is like 'Amazing Race,' but with dogs(!), and features a Chicago native who competes with her black Lab

On the first episode of the Amazon reality series "The Pack," a show that takes the premise of "The Amazing Race" and adds in dogs, we see competitors flying in helicopters and ziplining. These are activities that would probably be stressful for most dogs. But none of the canine participants look particularly bothered.

It takes a certain kind ...Read more

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In his new memoir, Barack Obama relishes taunting Trump: 'He was a spectacle'

Former President Obama doesn't mention President Trump in his new memoir, "A Promised Land," until page 672. That's out of 706 pages in the book, minus the footnotes.

But when he does talk Trump, it's memorable, revolving around the current president's "birther" rumblings back in 2011, when the real-estate developer questioned whether Obama had...Read more