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Motion picture academy invites 774 new members, the largest and most diverse class ever

Hollywood's most exclusive club is rolling out the red carpet to 774 industry professionals – including such boldfaced names as Kristen Stewart, Gal Gadot, John Cho, Chris Pratt, Elle Fanning and Jordan Peele – in its latest and most dramatic step to diversify its overwhelmingly white and male membership.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts ...Read more

Outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz will join Fox News as a contributor

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will join Fox News as a contributor after he steps down from Congress, the cable news network announced Wednesday.

Chaffetz, who has represented Utah's 3rd Congressional District since 2008, has said he will leave office June 30. Starting July 1, he will be paid by Fox News to provide political commentary ...Read more

Johnny Galecki's ranch home burns in San Luis Obispo's Hill fire

"The Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki has lost a home in the Hill fire burning in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The wildfire, which scorched nearly 1,600 acres and forced residents to evacuate about 100 homes, was about 60 percent contained Tuesday. It burned down the actor's large ranch home and another property on the estate on Monday, ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 19:

1. Logan -- Fox

2. Get Out -- Universal

3. The LEGO Batman Movie -- Warner

4. John Wick: Chapter Two -- Lionsgate

5. Fist Fight -- Warner

6. Beauty & the Beast (2017) -- Disney

7. A Dog's Purpose -- Universal

8. The Shack -- Lionsgate

9. Fifty Shades Darker -- Universal

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The Grammy Awards return to Los Angeles in 2019

LOS ANGELES -- In the bicoastal competition to host the Grammy Awards, New York City scored a major victory last month with the news that the music industry's biggest event would be held there next year.

But now Los Angeles has come roaring back with the announcement Wednesday that the Grammys will return to downtown's Staples Center in 2019 ...Read more

Ana Lily Amirpour asks tough questions with 'The Bad Batch'

People have been asking Ana Lily Amirpour to explain herself a lot lately with the release of "The Bad Batch," a psychedelic cannibal western in which society's undesirables are kicked out through a Texas border wall and left to wander the unforgiving wasteland. But answers don't come easily with the gory quasi-love story that won Amirpour the ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Big Sick' is a small movie that makes a big impact

Yes, there are alternatives to warring CGI overload at movie theaters this summer. You don't have to hole up at home praying to the Netflix, Amazon and Hulu gods for cinematic salvation until the fall.

Case in point: "The Big Sick," a small movie that makes a big impact. While a romantic comedy on the surface, it plumbs emotional depths, all ...Read more

Movie review: In the delightful 'Okja,' friends overcome all obstacles

Meet "Okja." The title character of the new film from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is a marvel of contemporary technical wizardry and old-fashioned cuddliness, a CG fantasy mix of pig, puppy and hippo that makes for a genuinely lovable creature.

The unassumingly revolutionary movie that bears her name is sensitively attuned to its moment...Read more

Minions expected to drive summer box-office win for 'Despicable Me 3' as other franchises falter

LOS ANGELES -- Film franchises are having a chilly summer at the box office. "Transformers: The Last Knight" stalled out, "The Mummy" got buried, and "Alien: Covenant" drifted off into space.

Now it's up to the yellow Minions of "Despicable Me 3" to help cure the malaise.

The cartoon comedy is expected to gross $90 million to $100 million in ...Read more

Movie review: In 'The Beguiled,' a girls school turns out to be an unsafe refuge

Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," particularly in its early scenes, eerily captures a mood of ominous beauty. It's the summer of 1864 in rural Virginia, several years into the Civil War, and the Farnsworth Seminary -- a boarding school for young Southern ladies, run by Miss Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) -- is a remote island of women in a ...Read more

Movie review: 'Baby Driver' is a fun ride

It's an action musical. It's a crime tragicomedy. It's awesome.

"Baby Driver" is a triumph of road-smoking wheels, high-caliber gun battles, unrelenting thrills and unexpected laughs. It rockets more visceral excitement and solid narrative in a slick, nitro-fueled 112 minutes than seems humanly possible. The sheer wackiness of the film leaves ...Read more

Alec Baldwin to continue lampooning Donald Trump on 'Saturday Night Live'

Good news for fans of "Saturday Night Live." Alec Baldwin confirmed to CNN on Monday that he will reprise his famous impression of President Trump when the sketch-comedy series returns for Season 43 in the fall.

"Yeah, we're going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it," Baldwin said during an interview promoting his upcoming film, "...Read more

'Tremors' revival TV series starring Kevin Bacon ordered to pilot at SyFy

Kevin Bacon is going back to Perfection as part of a TV reboot of the 1990s monster movie "Tremors," with SyFy announcing this week that it has ordered a pilot for the potential series.

Bacon will reprise his role as Valentine McKee from the original flick, while the proposed series will show the film's setting, Perfection, Nev., 25 years after...Read more

Hollywood's most exclusive club is about to get bigger and more diverse again: Five things to watch for

LOS ANGELES -- This week, hundreds of film professionals around the world will receive their industry's equivalent of Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket: an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

On Wednesday morning, the motion picture academy is expected to announce its newest class of members, the second such round of ...Read more

Album review: Fleet Foxes go deeper but lose some luster on 'Crack-Up'

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function," F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote. That line comes from a collection of essays titled "The Crack-Up," from which Fleet Foxes took the title of its latest album.

Fleet Foxes founder Robin Pecknold ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for June 27 and beyond

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

JUNE

27: Power Rangers

27: CHIPs

27: The Belko Experiment

27: T2 Trainspotting

27: Absolutely Anything

27: Berlin Syndrome

27: Correspondence

27: Dirty Dancing: Television Special

27: Money

27: Prison Break Event Series

27: Autopsy of Jane ...Read more

Movie review: '13 Minutes' is story of man who tried to kill Hitler

Oliver Hirschbiegel's Academy-Award nominated 2004 film "Downfall" was all about Hitler, his final days, in fact. Hirschbiegel's latest, "13 Minutes," is also about Hitler, though the man is scarcely in the film at all. "13 Minutes" takes place six years before Hitler's demise, and documents an incident that could have thwarted Hitler's reign of...Read more

Movie review: 'Despicable Me 3' is wacky, yet dull

Back in 2010, Illumination Entertainment released the Minions into the world via the first "Despicable Me" film. They were the supporting characters to reformed super-villain Gru (Steve Carell). But it was the impudent little yellow creatures -- their featureless bodies shaped like rubbery tater tots, chattering gibberish language somewhere ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

A timeless musical question, sans question mark: '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding'

Nick Lowe wrote the most pertinent concert-closing political protest song of 2017.

In 1974.

And the British songwriter and producer, then the bass player for pub-rock pioneers Brinsley Schwarz, penned it partly as a joke. He imagined an aging hippie on a bar stool, frustrated that an uncaring world had given up on 1960s idealism.

"It was ...Read more

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