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Chicago authors pen romance novel that allows you to choose your own happy ending

Remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? At pivotal points in the plot, readers were asked to decide a question that would ultimately determine the main character's actions and the story's outcome. In "My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel," authors Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran have followed the same premise, allowing readers ...Read more

Angry over Fox News coverage, 'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan says he's leaving Fox's TV studio

"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan announced Tuesday that he will leave Fox's TV production studio, citing his personal disgust with Fox News as the reason.

Fox News and Fox's TV studio are both owned by 21st Century Fox. Levitan said on Twitter that he will leave even if the studio changes ownership, as the parent company is considering ...Read more

Disney's 'Moana' screened for migrant kids detained at border. Thanks for rubbing it in, America.

Although "Incredibles 2" is the box office triumph of the moment, earning $180 million in its opening weekend and setting an all-time record for animated features, it's not the Disney movie occupying my headspace right now.

"Moana" is. You may know it. It came out 15 days after the 2016 presidential election. In "Moana," a brown-skinned ...Read more

XXXTentacion talked about dying young in Instagram video posted before fatal shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- XXXTentacion had talked about the possibility of dying young and what he would be remembered for in a video that was posted on Instagram prior to his shooting death Monday.

It's not clear when the video was filmed or first posted, but it recirculated after the Broward County rapper was killed during an apparent robbery ...Read more

Movie review: In 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' the story's bite is shallow

The best thing "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has going for it is director J.A. Bayona, who takes a mediocre script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow and directs the living daylights out of it. This installment may have merely shallow ideas, but it's easy to be distracted in the moment by the verve and style "The Orphanage" auteur brings ...Read more

Movie review: Road trip movie 'Boundaries' fails to gain traction

The estranged family road movie has become a genre unto itself, especially in the indie world. Perhaps we can blame it on the runaway success of "Little Miss Sunshine," but more likely, it's the easy conventions that make for a quick budget-friendly family movie. The ripe-for-drama contained space, opportunities to incorporate many different ...Read more

OWN's 'Love Is ------': The love story of a powerful Hollywood couple hits prime time

Mara Brock Akil has carved out a significant and insightful niche on the prime-time TV spectrum with her shows that explore the joys and complexities of being an African American woman in modern society.

The comedies "Girlfriends" and "The Game" and the drama "Being Mary Jane" all won loyal fan bases that celebrated Akil's mix of humor, drama ...Read more

Lea Michele, freshly engaged, opens up about the other main man in her life right now

Lea Michele giddily announced her engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich on social media this spring, but the wedding planning is getting off to a slow start.

She's too busy spending the summer bopping around the country with the other man in her life.

That'd be her former "Glee" co-star (and real-life close, personal friend) Darren Criss, who ...Read more

How 'Bao' director Domee Shi stayed true to her 'weird' idea and created a specifically Asian story

Much like a delicious dumpling before a hearty meal, "Bao" is the bite-sized animated film audiences see before "Incredibles 2." But more than just a Pixar appetizer, the short is a whimsical love letter to mothers as well as food. It just happens to be wrapped in a package so adorable you want to eat it.

Directed by Domee Shi, "Bao" centers on...Read more

List of DVD release dates for June 19 and beyond

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

JUNE

19: Pacific Rim Uprising

19: Paul, Apostle of Christ

19: Midnight Sun

19: The Death of Stalin

19: Unsane

19: Flower

19: Double Lover

19: Dark Matter: Season Three

19: The Swap

26: Tyler Perry's Acrimony

26: The Endless

26: Gemini

26: ...Read more

Joni Mitchell, Liz Phair and the musical blueprint for #MeToo

"Will you take me as I am?" Joni Mitchell sang on her ground-breaking 1971 album, "Blue." There's a vulnerability in that openness, but also a resolve. Mitchell wasn't coming from a place of weakness.

The singer never viewed herself as part of a movement -- she was not going to be anyone's figurehead or spokeswoman. But "Blue" still sounds like...Read more

Review: Melody's Echo Chamber doubles down on psychedelic pop on 'Bon Voyage'

Melody Prochet's 2012 debut, under the moniker Melody's Echo Chamber, was essentially a collaboration between the French singer and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. "Melody's Echo Chamber" merged Prochet's melodic vocals with trippy production, throwing just enough grit atop the French-pop breathiness to build anticipation for the follow-up.

But ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Black Lightning' big leap for TV superhero programming

Topping this week's new releases are a groundbreaking television series and the anniversary release of one of the best romantic comedies.

"Black Lightning"; 3 stars: Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal who gave up his crime-fighting ways nine years ago. He's traded his electrical-charged abilities for saving young ...Read more

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop

MIAMI -- South Florida rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed on Monday afternoon while shopping for a motorcycle in South Florida, Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed on Twitter.

The 20-year-old artist, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, had risen to prominence with the song "Look at Me" on SoundCloud shortly after he was arrested on ...Read more

Beyoncé and Jay-Z tell a story of success on 'Everything Is Love'

Some acts finish a concert with an encore. Beyonce and Jay-Z? By now we should know they think bigger.

On Saturday, pop's No. 1 power couple revealed at the end of a show in London that they'd just released a new album, "Everything Is Love." It's the first joint full-length from the married singer and rapper, who've been collaborating with ...Read more

Bill O'Reilly, Laura Bush and other conservatives bash Trump admin's 'zero-tolerance' border policy

Throughout the political world, there is growing outrage over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy on the Mexican border, which has led to the forced separation of families and the detainment of thousands of minors in facilities throughout the South. The Associated Press described kids in one facility in South Texas ...Read more

Amy Aquino stays tough but tender in 'Bosch'

PASADENA, Calif. -- Before actress Amy Aquino met her future husband, Drew McCoy, he was told she was one tough cookie. "She's great. But she's tough." That warning came from a mutual friend who suggested the set engineer might have a lot in common with Aquino.

The advice was right-on, admits Aquino, on a spring afternoon at a busy bookstore ...Read more

Album reviews: The Last Poets, Snail Mail, Joshua Hedley

The Last Poets

"Understand What Black Is"

(Studio Rockers )

Many artists lay claim to being rap's first voices, but, from their searing, socio-political charged poetry to their dense, rhythmic flow, the Last Poets aren't just boasting. Touched by jazz, funk, and reggae through different periods of the band's 50-year career, Jalal Mansur ...Read more

'The Band's Visit' sees big uptick on music streaming sites since the Tony Awards

"The Band's Visit" may have claimed 10 trophies at the Tony Awards last week, but it also scored a big win offstage as well: a bump in music streaming.

Since the June 10 ceremony, streaming of tracks from the original Broadway cast recording has soared, according to Nielsen Music, which analyzes consumption for the music industry. On the Friday...Read more

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is an improvement, which doesn't make it necessary

Dinosaurs: Keep them alive or kill them off? It's a question that haunts the human characters in between fireball-dodging cardio workouts in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the spectacularly ho-hum new entry in Hollywood's longest-running parable about the fatal idiocy of messing with Mother Nature. At this point in the game -- five films deep...Read more