Beguiling film 'Summer 1993' takes a child's eye view of some very adult issues

Summer is a time of year when the world has scarcely become accustomed to being alive, with sunny days becoming thunderous, flashing storms in minutes. "Summer 1993," the semi-autobiographical debut feature by writer/director Carla Simon, looks at the season from the quiet, clever perspective of 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas, a wonderfully ...Read more

ABC greenlights 'Roseanne' spinoff without Roseanne Barr

LOS ANGELES -- ABC is moving forward with a spinoff of "Roseanne."

The network announced Thursday that it has given a straight-to-series order to "The Conners," the working title for the show, which would premiere this fall. The season would consist of 10 episodes and is set to air Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

A breakdown of the spinoff provided by the ...Read more

Robert Pattinson delights in the sly, archly comic western 'Damsel'

"Damsel" opens against a vast expanse of orange dust and red rock, somewhere in the unsettled American West of the 19th century. The vistas are majestic enough for framing (and cinematographer Adam Stone does the honors nicely), the atmosphere hushed to an almost otherworldly degree. Before long, another beautifully weathered landscape looms ...Read more

Kate Spade's 'heartbroken' father, 89, dies night before his daughter's funeral

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kate Spade's father died Wednesday night, a family spokesman said Thursday just as his daughter's funeral in Kansas City was about to start.

A statement was sent to The Star at 2:58 p.m., two minutes before the funeral mass for Spade, who took her own life in her New York City Park Avenue apartment on June 5.

The statement ...Read more

Chris Hardwick's wife supports him amid backlash over abuse allegations

After Chloe Dykstra warned Wednesday against "insidious and hard to spot" abusive behavior and acknowledged others caught up in the aftermath of her accusations against former boyfriend Chris Hardwick, Lydia Hearst stepped up in defense of her husband.

Hardwick was the presumed subject of an essay by Dykstra last week that talked about an ...Read more

Paul McCartney is back — and he's feeling kind of frisky

"We need to find a place where we can be alone/ To spend some special time without an interruption."

That's Paul McCartney in "Come On to Me," one of a pair of songs the Beatles legend released Wednesday ahead of a new solo album due in September.

Set over a swaggering rock beat (and punctuated by sharp brass blasts), "Come On to Me" makes ...Read more

Convicted car thief arrested as suspect in murder of rapper XXXTentacion

MIAMI -- Convicted car thief Dedrick Williams was arrested as a suspect in the murder of rapper XXXTentacion outside a Pompano Beach, Fla., motorcycle shop, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

Williams has been booked into Broward County Main Jail on charges of first-degree murder, driving without a license and violation of ...Read more

Television Q&A: What could make 'Designated Survivor' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I read that "Designated Survivor" will not be renewed for another season. This is perhaps one of the best programs on TV ever. What can I do to support the return of this outstanding program?

A: ABC has an online section at abc.go.com/feedback where you can send comments about programs. But I ...Read more

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is expected to open big at the box office, but won't match its predecessor

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are hoping to create another box office monster from the DNA of the "Jurassic Park" franchise.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the latest in the long-running dinos-eating-people film series, is expected to open with $130 million to $140 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada this weekend, ...Read more

Kobe Bryant is denied membership into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Early next week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is set to reveal the latest class of invitees to the film industry's most prestigious organization. But at least one name that might have been expected to be on it will be missing: basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar earlier this year ...Read more

How TV sounds and images of migrant children overrode the pundits and changed the immigration debate

For all the partisan panels and scream-fests that now pass as television news, all the dueling narratives across conspiracy-minded websites, all the social media accounts dedicated to pushing biased agendas no matter the truth or consequences, it was the quiet cries of two distressed children, and the dialogue-free images of dozens more locked ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Condor's' Bob Balaban on the actor's nightmare

CHICAGO -- In the new drama series "Condor" on AT&T's Audience Network -- a show based on the spy novel "Six Days of the Condor" and subsequent 1975 Robert Redford film "Three Days of the Condor" -- Bob Balaban plays a CIA operative with murky intentions.

"My character's name is Reuel Abbott, which is a really odd name, and you don't exactly ...Read more

Josie Bissett has multiple reasons to love 'Wedding March' movies

Josie Bissett is so in love with being part of the "Wedding March" movies for the Hallmark Channel, she's starring in the fourth film in the series. "Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New" debuts 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central Saturday.

There are three big reasons why the Seattle native and "Melrose Place" star loves the franchise. And, there's ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ADRIFT. 1 star. Dead in the water sea-faring adventure/survival yarn, based on a true story, about a couple (Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin) sailing across the Pacific when a storm disables the boat and causes serious injury. A nice-looking movie, but the love-story chemistry between the two leads is poor. 2 hrs. PG-13 (violence) -- Gary Thompson...Read more

With 'Roseanne' and Samantha Bee, TV advertisers confront a political minefield

Television advertising is caught in the crossfire of the country's political battles.

When TV stars such as Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee and Laura Ingraham get into trouble, advertisers retreat rather than risk having their brand names become collateral damage in the highly charged partisan atmosphere enveloping the media landscape.

By the time...Read more

We need more diversity in film criticism, but 'Who is this movie for?' is the wrong question to ask

Are film critics suddenly relevant?

A hilarious online ad for the widely reviled John Travolta vehicle "Gotti" would suggest that we are, even as it insists that we aren't. It accuses critics of having "put out the hit" on a movie that was not even screened for journalists in advance of opening, and claims that audiences love the picture, which...Read more

'One Day at a Time,' 'Vida' staffs team up to help fight family separation

The Trump administration's polarizing "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation and detainment of hundreds of children who have crossed into the U.S. illegally with their parents in recent weeks, has prompted two TV series to take action.

The writing staffs of Netflix's "One Day at a Time" and Starz's "Vida," ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 11:

1. I Can Only Imagine -- Lionsgate

2. Sherlock Gnomes -- Paramount

3. Death Wish (2018) -- Fox

4. Strangers: Prey At Night -- Universal

5. Game Night -- Warner

6. A Wrinkle In Time (2018) -- Disney

7. Black Panther -- Disney

8. Red Sparrow -- Fox

9. The Hurricane Heist -- ...Read more

Movie review: 'Damsel' deconstructs Westerns with mixed results

The Austin, Texas-based Zellner brothers make strangely humorous films that defy categorization as much as they reference cinematic history. Their feature debut from David and Nathan Zellner, "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," took the Coen Brothers' film "Fargo" as literal inspiration for the lead character. Their follow-up film, "Damsel," plays ...Read more

Fox rift widens as 'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan and others blast news coverage of immigration

Civil war has broken out at 21st Century Fox.

The Murdoch family-controlled media conglomerate that has long thrived as a big tent that includes subversive entertainment shows such as "Family Guy" and conservative viewpoints of news commentators such as Sean Hannity is being pulled apart by partisan politics in the age of President Trump.

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