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Movie review: Watch 'The Great Hack,' then delete Facebook

Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim's documentary "The Great Hack," streaming on Netflix starting July 24, should be required viewing for every American citizen (make it a double feature with the Steve Bannon doc "The Brink"). Then every American citizen should delete Facebook. At a bare minimum, we should seriously consider the devil's bargain we've ...Read more

Emmy nods reveal a lot about those we put on thrones

Fantasy collided with reality when the nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday: The Television Academy overwhelming chose to fly with dragons and tackle real-world racism, all in the same election cycle.

The final season of "Game of Thrones" -- by far its weakest -- landed 32 nominations, the most ever for a drama series in ...Read more

Chiwetel Ejiofor picks at Scar from 'The Lion King'

LOS ANGELES -- Whether it be the 1994 animated version of "The Lion King" or the new live-action version of the animal tale, the one thing that remains a constant is that Scar is one of the most manipulative, power-hungry, control-obsessed characters in Disney history. Jeremy Irons was behind bringing that evilness to life in the animated ...Read more

'Sword of Trust' review: Marc Maron's pawn shop owner takes on Civil War conspiracy theorists

A glass three-fifths full, writer-director Lynn Shelton's affable comedy "Sword of Trust" gets by on the improvisational wiles of its cast.

For those looking for it, there's also a glimmer or two of social observation regarding the way our country's current divide zigzags back inevitably to the Civil War, how that turned out, who wants what to ...Read more

Johnny Clegg, South African artist who fought apartheid with music, dies at 66

South African musician Johnny Clegg, who formed one of the first rock bands with black and white musicians that performed together when apartheid was still the law of the land, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

Clegg died at his home in Johannesburg, his manager, Roddy Quin, confirmed in a statement.

Clegg was ...Read more

'When They See Us' star on competing for Emmy against 'Moonlight' costar Mahershala Ali

Jharrel Jerome was overcome with emotion.

"Oh, man, I'm on cloud 9!" Jerome declared just minutes after he learned he had been nominated for lead actor in a limited series for the Netflix miniseries "When They See Us." Director Ava DuVernay's searing saga, which earned 16 Emmy nominations, including one in the competitive limited series ...Read more

Rhea Seehorn is the best thing about 'Better Call Saul.' So where's her Emmy nomination?

"Better Call Saul" picked up nine Emmy nominations Tuesday, including nods for series and actors Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito and Michael McKean.

But once again, Emmy voters failed to recognize the best part of the show: the actress who plays attorney Kim Wexler, the character who acts as the series' moral compass and stands...Read more

Beyoncé could finally win an Emmy with her 'Homecoming' nominations

Beyonce's 2018 Coachella performance, which was turned into a film and acclaimed live album called "Homecoming," racked up even more accolades Tuesday morning: The Netflix special was nominated for six Emmy Awards.

That puts the beloved musician and actress one step closer to finally winning an Emmy after four previous nods over the years.

Of ...Read more

'Game of Thrones' finale complaints don't stop massive number of Emmy nods

Fans may have had mixed to "way to ruin my favorite show, you sexist pigs" feelings about the final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones," but these were not shared by the 24,000 or so members of the Television Academy, who seem to agree, at least collectively, with my earlier assessment that it is the best show ever.

But enough about me.

It's ...Read more

Meek Mill's attorneys to tell Pa. appeals court that he deserves a new trial

PHILADELPHIA -- Meek Mill's legal journey will take another step Tuesday afternoon, but it will take time to determine how much closer that step will move the celebrity rapper toward his long-desired goal of removing a decade-old conviction from his record.

Attorneys for Mill are scheduled to appear before a panel of Superior Court judges at 3:...Read more

Emmy rules: Why Millie Bobby Brown and 'Big Little Lies' are missing from the nominations

LOS ANGELES -- Scrolling through Tuesday's Emmy nominations, you might find yourself wondering if this year's list represents a Hall of Fame of Snubs.

Where are "Stranger Things" and Millie Bobby Brown? Nothing for "Big Little Lies"? (Don't tell Renata.) And "The Handmaid's Tale" earns 11 nominations but gets ignored in all the major categories...Read more

Commentary: From 'Chernobyl' to 'When They See Us,' how best limited series became the Emmys' strongest category

LOS ANGELES -- A decade ago, the miniseries couldn't get any respect. In 2009 and 2010 -- as shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" were racking up Emmys -- the format was so out of fashion that the Television Academy could find only two programs worth nominating for outstanding miniseries. For the next three years, miniseries and TV movies ...Read more

Emmys 2019: snubs and surprises

No Emmy nominations day would be complete without at least a few snubs and surprises. The 2019 edition -- announced by D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jeong on Tuesday -- includes "Schitt's Creek and "When They See Us" and, yet again, omits "The Good Fight."

The Times breaks down all of those who surprisingly will, and shockingly won't, be up for the top...Read more

Movie review: David Crosby rattles the skeletons in his own closet

"Morrison, what a dork," the crustily cantankerous (cantankerously crusty?) David Crosby opines while regarding a photo of The Doors frontman displayed in the Laurel Canyon Country Store. The visit to the small Los Angeles grocery store is one stop on a "David Crosby: This is Your Life" style tour in the documentary "David Crosby: Remember My ...Read more

'The Simpsons' will scare up a 'Stranger Things' parody for Episode 666

"The Simpsons'" 2019 Halloween programming just got a little stranger.

For its upcoming "Treehouse of Horror" special, which happens to mark Episode 666, the long-running animated comedy will parody Netflix's monster hit "Stranger Things" and 2018's best-picture Oscar winner, "The Shape of Water." Fox Animation Studios recently released a ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for July 16 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

JULY

16: Shazam!

16: Breakthrough

16: Teen Spirit

16: Little Woods

16: Abduction

16: Criminal Minds: Season 14

16: Fast Color

16: Titans: The Complete First Season

23: Alita: Battle Angel

23: Hellboy

23: Missing Link

23: Master Z: Ip Man ...Read more

'Pearson' review: The Gina Torres-led 'Suits' spinoff dives into the world of Chicago politics

For seven seasons on the USA legal drama "Suits," Gina Torres played Jessica Pearson, the head honcho at a white-shoe law firm in New York who spent her days expertly maneuvering around power players while attempting to keep her own colleagues in check as they created one complication after another.

Building a spinoff around Torres is an ...Read more

Garth Brooks starts Dive Bar Tour in Chicago with a jukebox full of hits

CHICAGO -- It may not be the Oasis, but Joe's on Weed Street was an acceptable stand-in as country superstar Garth Brooks began his seven-stop "Dive Bar Tour" there Monday night and proved that he has friends in small places, too.

Backed by most of the band he brings to stadium shows -- six bandmates, but no backup singers -- Brooks fist-pumped...Read more

AnalysisAndrea Arnold reportedly losing control over 'Big Little Lies' isn't just about gender

Steven Soderbergh did it. So did Jane Campion, Park Chan-wook, Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee.

In recent years, an increasing number of filmmakers have turned to television for long-form storytelling opportunities that are harder to find in the franchise-obsessed movie business. Networks get bragging rights -- and sometimes awards -- for working ...Read more

From Tang to 'Toy Story': 10 ways the moon race shaped pop culture

The astronauts also left their footprints on pop culture:

1962: Tang had been around since 1958, but it wasn't until John Glenn sipped some "orange drink" out of a pouch that sales went into orbit, causing would-be space explorers across the country to demand the powdered treat with their morning cereal.

1962: When President John F. Kennedy ...Read more

 

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