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Yvette Mimieux, 'The Time Machine' and 'Jackson County Jail' actress, dies at age 80

Yvette Mimieux, the striking and private actress who broke out in 1960′s “The Time Machine,” died Tuesday. She was 80.

Mimieux, who had just celebrated her birthday Jan. 8, died in her sleep of natural causes, Deadline reported.

Mimieux rose to stardom as the vulnerable Weena in “The Time Machine,” and was compelling enough for MGM ...Read more

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Cardi B, raised in the Bronx, covers funeral costs for victims of apartment fire

Rapper Cardi B, who was born in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and raised in the Bronx, is covering funeral expenses for victims of an apartment fire that killed 17 people.

The “Up” artist released a statement Wednesday expressing sympathy for the families affected by the tragedy, which unfolded Jan. 9 at a high-rise in the ...Read more

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Britney Spears asks sister Jamie Lynn Spears to stop talking 'derogatorily' in cease-and-desist letter

The disharmony between Britney Spears and her younger sister continued as the pop star fired off a cease-and-desist letter.

The letter urged Jamie Lynn Spears to quit “referencing Britney derogatorily” as she promotes her new book, People reported Wednesday.

It’s the latest chapter in a family feud that’s seen Britney Spears accuse her...Read more

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'Billions' 'had to change.' How (and why) the series blew up its central relationship

Batman versus Superman.

King Kong versus Godzilla.

Rocky Balboa versus Drago.

Rhoades versus Axelrod.

The rumble between U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and billionaire hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod on "Billions" is not quite as colossal as those other showdowns, but it has been equally volcanic. The two have been at each other's throats ...Read more

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Willem Dafoe to host 'Saturday Night Live' for first time, with Katy Perry as musical guest

“Spider-Man” star Willem Dafoe is swinging by “Saturday Night Live” later this month to host an upcoming episode.

The actor will lead the Jan. 29 edition of the long-running sketch comedy series, with Katy Perry set to perform as the musical guest, NBC announced Tuesday.

It will be Dafoe’s first time hosting “SNL,” while Perry �...Read more

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André Leon Talley tributes pour in: 'Heaven is going to be too fabulous now'

A number of entertainment figures and fashion luminaries have taken to social media to memorialize style titan André Leon Talley, who died Tuesday at 73 in New York.

Actors Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross and Octavia Spencer, as well as designers Diane von Furstenberg and Bob Mackie, were among the first to honor Talley, a ...Read more

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'How I Met Your Father' honors original narrator Bob Saget

Kids, Bob Saget has one more story to tell.

The pilot episode of “How I Met Your Father” premiered Tuesday with a special note to Saget, who voiced the narrator and older version of Ted Mosby for the entire nine-season run of the original sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother.”

“In Loving Memory of Bob Saget,” read the title card at the ...Read more

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Bronx native Cardi B to cover funeral costs for all 17 victims of deadly borough high-rise blaze

NEW YORK — Grammy-winning Bronx native Cardi B pledged Wednesday to cover the funeral costs of all 17 victims of a high-rise building fire in her home borough.

The hip-hop star’s commitment includes the expenses to return some of the dead for burial in their native Gambia, and Cardi B expressed her continuing support for the families still ...Read more

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Why Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal could mean better games

Few things are as perpetually uncool as a tech behemoth, but this week Microsoft gets to play the role of savior.

The company on Tuesday agreed to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, continuing Microsoft's strong investment in providing content for its Xbox gaming ecosystem, primarily the Game Pass subscription service. The move comes as...Read more

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Critics' guide on what to watch this weekend

'As We See It'

The TV versions of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" proved that creator Jason Katims is a master at tugging at heartstrings without making viewers feel like cheap puppets. Now, he's done it again. This dramedy focuses on three roommates, all on the autism spectrum both on the show and in real life. The series effectively ...Read more

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Anna Wintour, fashion world mourns the death of André Leon Talley

Anna Wintour remembered long-time colleague André Leon Talley as looming presence in the fashion industry Wednesday, a day after his death.

“The loss of Andre is felt by so many of us today: the designers he enthusiastically cheered on every season, and who loved him for it; the generations he inspired to work in the industry, seeing a ...Read more

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Review: 'Small World,' by Jonathan Evison

Evison deftly weaves stories of the present and the past, illustrating how all of our lives and futures are linked together.

"Small World" by Jonathan Evison; Dutton (480 pages, $28)

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The passengers aboard the Amtrak Coast Starlight are all bound for Seattle. Strangers on a train, they will all be affected by an accident that will ...Read more

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Redbox's top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Jan. 10:

1. Dune (2021) — Warner

2. Halloween Kills: Extended Cut — Universal

3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony

4. No Time to Die — Universal

5. Antlers — 20th Century

6. Free Guy — 20th Century

7. American Siege — Redbox

8. The Last Duel — 20th Century

9. ...Read more

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Netflix show 'Queer Eye' helped Austin rapper BlackLight get his glow back

AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re among the people who began 2022 ugly crying through the Austin edition of Netflix reality show “Queer Eye,” then you probably were charmed by the story of BlackLight, a local rapper with a hard-hitting flow and the cutest baby on television. Season 6 episode “The Mis-Inspiration of Reggie DeVore” focuses on ...Read more

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The unlikeliest of settings for a Broadway play: A Detroit auto factory

DETROIT — Gathering research several years ago for a play she was writing set in a factory during the Great Recession, Dominique Morisseau still remembers talking to a friend who drove a Hi-Lo at a local factory.

Think what you want about the redundancy of factory work, the friend, in her 30s, didn't just like her job, she told Morisseau. She...Read more

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50 years later, The Ultimates' 'Why I Love You' has the Philly soul group back in the spotlight

PHILADELPHIA — In 1971, Sigma Sound Studios was the epicenter of Philly soul.

The Stylistics recorded their self-titled debut there. Laura Nyro and LaBelle cut the collaborative album "Gonna Take a Miracle." Todd Rundgren performed a live radio broadcast.

And that year another group, not as well-known, also made music at Sigma that has stood...Read more

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Oxygen introduces latest true crime series 'The Real Murders of Atlanta'

ATLANTA — Following a year when the city of Atlanta had its most homicides since 1996, Oxygen has debuted a new true-crime series dubbed “The Real Murders of Atlanta.”

“We were really riffing off the Bravo brand filter,” said Stephanie Drachkovitch, co-founder of 44 Blue Productions, which also created “The Real Murders of Orange ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Looking for speakers with vintage bass

Q. I have Polk Audio TSi400 tower speakers and a Sony STR-DH190 receiver. When I turn up the volume the receiver shuts down with a “protect” message. I have read this is to protect against distortion that could damage the speakers and receiver. Is this true? I don’t play my music loudly so I am surprised this distortion threshold is being ...Read more

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YouTube scales back original programming

LOS ANGELES — Six years after making big plans to take on Hulu, Amazon Studios and other streamers, YouTube is retreating from the original programming business.

As part of the changes, the company said on Tuesday that Susanne Daniels, its global head of originals, is resigning as of March 1.

YouTube cited its desire to produce more shopping...Read more

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Bradley Cooper was nude on set for six hours for 'Nightmare Alley' full-frontal scene

Bradley Cooper’s much buzzed-about role in “Nightmare Alley” turned out to be a nightmare to shoot.

The eight-time Academy Award-nominated heartthrob revealed that in order to film the short nude scene in the new Guillermo del Toro-directed psychological thriller, he was required to be in the buff in front of the crew for six whole hours....Read more