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Carrie Fisher remembered by 'juvenile' Mark Hamill on what would have been her 65th

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill forever changed the way the world sees science fiction with their starring roles in the 1977 classic “Star Wars.”

On Thursday — what would have been Fisher’s 65th birthday — Hamill remembered the woman who played Princess Leia Organa as a friend and co-...Read more

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LGBTQ+ celebrities send love to Netflix employees amid walkout over Chappelle

LOS ANGELES — Several LGBTQ+ celebrities voiced their support for this week’s Netflix employee walkout, prompted by Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special, which contains transphobic and other insensitive material.

Actors Elliot Page, Dan Levy, Angelica Ross, Jameela Jamil, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner and others sent messages of love and...Read more

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Britney Spears' father hires new attorney amid conservatorship misconduct allegations

After being suspended as the conservator of his daughter’s estate last month, Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has hired a new litigation attorney.

Jamie Spears, who broadly controlled the pop star’s life for 13 years, filed court documents this week to have Alex M. Weingarten, a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s litigation...Read more

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Hollywood's Animation Is Film Festival offers global preview of animated Oscar contenders

LOS ANGELES — The Animation Is Film Festival returns to Hollywood this weekend for its fourth edition with some intriguing titles, including some likely Oscar contenders.

The 2021, in-person event at the TCL Chinese 6 counts among its banner selections an opening-night presentation of "The Summit of the Gods," with director Patrick Imbert ("...Read more

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How can Rock Hall of Famers go on after losing a key bandmate? Lessons for the Rolling Stones

MINNEAPOLIS — The Who did it. ZZ Top did it. Now the Rolling Stones are doing it.

The so-called world's greatest rock 'n' roll band resumed its latest tour last month after the death of their forever drummer Charlie Watts.

It's one thing to continue with replacements. It's another thing to do so after the sudden death of a key longtime ...Read more

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Nina Metz: Fear is fun (for some of us): Why we're drawn to horror and scary movies

I cannot watch scary movies. I know my limits. For me, fully make-believe scenarios conjure lasting fears, which is why I am forever fascinated that plenty of audiences have the opposite reaction. Why are we — well, you — drawn to horror films?

I’ve given this some thought and I wonder if part of it is the controlled setting: Despite ...Read more

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Television Q&A: Should 'Jeopardy!' have limit on repeat winners?

You have questions. I have some answers. And a LOT of you had comments about “Jeopardy!”

A reader not long ago complained about contestants getting to keep playing as long as they could win, asking instead for a limit on the number of wins. I thought players should play for as long as they could win. Well, here’s some of the mail that ...Read more

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'The Harder They Fall' review: All-star cast and plenty of gunfights in a Black Western with a dose of history

“I’m lightning with the blam-blams,” brags the quick-draw ace played by RJ Cyler in the violent, jokey, starry Western “The Harder They Fall,” premiering in theaters this week prior to its Nov. 3 Netflix launch. The ace’s name is Jim Beckwourth, based on a real 19th-century figure, as are many of the outlaws populating British co-...Read more

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Disney's 'Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure' exhibit to visit three US museums, including Harlem's National Jazz Museum

NEW YORK — One of Disney World’s newest attractions is headed to Harlem next year.

“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” exhibit — first introduced as an exclusive experience at EPCOT in February — will travel to three American museums in the next year.

Created as a tribute to the unique musical art form originated by African ...Read more

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'Dune' review: Epic visuals and a savior story in need of some spice

Gorgeous, grand and totally impenetrable, "Dune" is a very big movie for a very small audience.

Hardcore sci-fi heads and faithful devotees of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel will huff it like the precious spice at the center of the story. Others will feel like they're on the outside looking in, awed by director Denis Villeneuve's craft and operatic...Read more

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Review: 'Dune' looks terrific but the storytelling gets lost in the sand

"Dune" has the vast scope, large-scale effects and spectacular visuals of an installation that takes up a couple floors of a museum. It also has about as much narrative momentum.

Director Denis Villeneuve, whose last epic was the similarly story-challenged and humorless "Blade Runner 2049," knows how to suck us into cinematic worlds where every...Read more

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2 Pennsylvanians bring supernatural laughs to CBS comedy 'Ghosts'

PITTSBURGH — The house on "Ghosts" is as much a character as any of the apparitions haunting the place or the humans mucking it up.

Each new episode of "Ghosts," which premiered earlier this month on CBS and Paramount+, features a Victorian-style mansion whose interiors and exteriors are an amalgamation of a real home in Los Angeles and sound...Read more

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Byron Allen gets Hollywood star as he negotiates deals with Detroit Three

DETROIT — The son of a Ford Motor Co. factory worker, Byron Allen had one ambition growing up: He longed for a lunch pail and a job at a Detroit factory just like his dad.

"That was my dream," Allen said of his father's job at Ford's River Rouge facility. "Then, when I saw Berry Gordy, I saw a different dream."

Gordy, the famed founder of ...Read more

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Eve finds her perfect match as she returns to TV with 'Queens'

What year is this again?

There's Eve, rapping in her signature style while stalking through some wretched excess, flaunting a big house, a yacht and many scantily clad admirers in director Tim Story's video. It's as if "Now That's What I Call the '90s" has come to life.

But this is the opening scene for "Queens," a new ABC series that ...Read more

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Commentary: Must Laurence Olivier's blackface Othello be banned? I showed the film and wasn't canceled

Last spring I included in my Shakespeare on Stage and Screen syllabus the 1965 film of “Othello” starring Laurence Olivier in blackface.

You might be wondering why I’m freely acknowledging my academic crime. But if my conscience isn’t clear — and whose can be? — it remains open for inspection.

Unlike composer Bright Sheng, who was ...Read more

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Bostonia Ballroom to be celebrated; San Diego-area venue has hosted Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash

SAN DIEGO — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman of The Byrds was just 17 when he first performed at the Bostonia Ballroom in 1963 as a member of the San Diego band The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers. But he remembers that concert at the historic El Cajon venue as if it was almost younger than yesterday, not 58 years ago.

"The ...Read more

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'Eternals' has the MCU's first deaf superhero. Her deafness is one of her superpowers

LOS ANGELES — Lauren Ridloff is eager for audiences to meet her groundbreaking "Eternals" character, Makkari.

In the comics, Makkari is known primarily for her superhuman speed, which allows her to spin cyclones, run on water and defy gravity. In Marvel Studios' forthcoming adaptation, Makkari is also deaf — a key asset that distinguishes ...Read more

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Dr. Phil and CBS sued after teen allegedly was sexually assaulted at Utah center

LOS ANGELES — A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted at a Utah ranch is suing Phil McGraw and ViacomCBS for negligence, claiming that the popular TV doctor recommended she be treated at the facility on the day she appeared on his show.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Hannah Archuleta seeks ...Read more

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Ruby Rose scorches 'Batwoman' execs. Warner Bros. TV says it's 'revisionist history'

Former “Batwoman” star Ruby Rose unleashed a series of allegations Wednesday about toxic working conditions that led to their abrupt departure from the TV show in 2020 after just one season.

But Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind the CW series, responded almost immediately, bluntly dismissing Rose’s scorching account as “...Read more

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Protesters demand accountability from Netflix after Chappelle backlash spurs walkout

LOS ANGELES — Transgender Netflix employees and their allies gathered Wednesday morning on Vine Street in Los Angeles to protest the streaming giant’s decision to release Dave Chappelle’s controversial new comedy special. Some of the comedian’s supporters showed up too.

Chappelle fans, with signs featuring phrases such as “Jokes are ...Read more