Sound Advice: If you enjoy vinyl enough to upgrade turntables, swing for the fences

Q. I have an Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable that I have had for years, and am thinking about upgrading to the Music Hall Classic (with Vessel A3SE cartridge) for $699. Considering that a few years ago I upgraded my present turntable to use the same Vessel A3SE cartridge, would I hear much difference between the turntables, a difference ...Read more

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Review: Was there humor in the chaos? How late-night TV handled the Trump-Biden debate

The late-night network hosts, watching what passed for a presidential debate Tuesday night, had to be regretting their decision to go live with their comedy shows afterward.

Debate viewers hoping for campaign enlightenment instead fantasized about creative ways to end the pain. The chaos on stage in Cleveland was so bad that the post-debate ...Read more

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How a spoken word poet became an unlikely reality TV star on 'America's Got Talent'

LOS ANGELES - This morning we'll be taking a brief break from the usual coronavirus and wildfire apocalypse programming to talk about a poet from the Central Valley, and his unlikely journey into millions of living rooms.

Brandon Leake honed his craft at open mike nights on the campus of a small Christian college in Redding, on slam poetry ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Sept. 21:

1. The Secret: Dare to Dream - Lionsgate

2. Ava - Redbox Entertainment)

3. Irresistible (2020) - Universal

4. Rogue - Lionsgate

5. Most Wanted - Paramount

6. The King of Staten Island - Universal

7. Let It Snow - Lionsgate

8. Hard Kill - Redbox Entertainment

9. Scoob! - ...Read more


Diane Bell: A nurse compiles a COVID-19 playlist

Joe Bautista has spent the past six months nursing coronavirus patients he can't touch or see in person.

All of them are in isolation, some for 10 or more days. It's a bit like serving a solitary confinement sentence in their own homes.

These are patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. They aren't sick enough to be hospitalized but, ...Read more

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Commentary: Here's what I miss about going to the movies. And why I think they'll be back

As a place to gather before the fire of someone's imagination, to watch and listen with strangers and friends, movie theaters feel pretty shaky right now.

My neighborhood movie house in Chicago, the Logan Theatre, closed in March, along with the rest of everything. Three words appeared on its marquee in early spring: STAY STRONG LOGAN.

A ...Read more

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'Boys in the Band' review: Is the party over?

Nineteen sixty-eight: I mean, what didn't bust loose that year? That was the year playwright Mart Crowley secured an off-Broadway premiere for his then-outre ensemble sensation "The Boys in the Band." Crowley took inspiration from Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and a melange of Hollywood and Broadway creations, all the way back...Read more

Review: 'Scuse me while I 'Kiss the Ground': How soil might be Earth's climate change savior

With climate change back on the front burner so to speak, dirt is probably not the hero you were expecting. The documentary "Kiss the Ground" makes the case that by regenerating the Earth's soils, we can balance the climate, replenish the water supply, keep species off the extinction list and better feed the world. Not bad for less than 90 ...Read more

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When Prince got 'Black for real': The radical ambition of 'Sign O' the Times'

Prince needed only a few minutes to paint an indelible picture of the moment when he opened his landmark 1987 album, "Sign O' the Times," with a haunting title track about AIDS, crack and Ronald Reagan.

Put another way, the song takes up a deadly disease, a national drug addiction crisis and a president resented by many for prioritizing ...Read more

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Gabrielle Union, NBC reach 'amicable resolution' in 'America's Got Talent' dispute

After exiting "America's Got Talent" and filing a discrimination complaint against NBC, Gabrielle Union has come to an agreement with the network regarding her concerns about racism on the competition program.

On Tuesday, Union and NBC released a joint statement announcing they have come to an "amicable resolution" in the dispute, which dates ...Read more

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TV finally getting its due at Indie Spirit Awards with addition of 5 new prizes

Going into its 36th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is getting into the TV business - by finally honoring small-screen work.

The awards show, which celebrates the best in indie cinema just before the annual Academy Awards, will add television categories and prizes to its 2021 program, which is set to take place on April 24, the ...Read more

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Review: Offbeat biopic has four different actors portray feminist Steinem in 'The Glorias'

"The Glorias" is an offbeat biographical tribute that feels like it wants to be offbeater.

It's about Gloria Steinem and, as the title hints, we get multiple versions of her. One appears to be about 9. One is closer to 14. One is around 30 and played by Alicia Vikander, with a wobbly accent and aviator glasses that overwhelm her performance. ...Read more

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Bad Bunny drops glow-in-the-dark Crocs, featuring a 'zona de perreo' charm

Personally, Yo (Llevo) Lo Que Me Da La Gana.

Now, it looks like that might include ... glow-in-the-dark Crocs?

Puerto Rican reggaeton icon and international star Bad Bunny dropped his latest collaboration on Tuesday morning, this time with the foam clog shoes brand.

The rapper's signature, limited edition shoes feature Jibbitz charms inspired...Read more

The 14 most fascinating details in Mariah Carey's revealing new book

In Mariah Carey's new memoir, the Grammy-winning artist makes one thing clear: She sees "no benefit to protect people who didn't protect me."

Throughout "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," released Tuesday, Carey writes about the people in her life who have challenged her at best or traumatized her at worst. She also takes time to honor her great ...Read more

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J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Ozuna lead nominations for 2020 Latin Grammy Awards

J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna lead the nominations for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning by the Latin Recording Academy.

Colombian-born Balvin, with 13 nods, and Puerto Rico's Bad Bunny, with nine, are both nominated twice in the prestigious album of the year category - each for a solo LP in addition to their ...Read more

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Jesse Collins becomes the first Black producer of the Super Bowl halftime show

Finally, Jesse Collins is getting the spotlight he's worked so hard for.

From the Grammy Awards to the BET Awards to CBS' "John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero" special, Collins - alongside his Jesse Collins Entertainment production company - has seemingly produced it all.

Now the Emmy nominee is set to become the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show's ...Read more

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Why did Prince's 'Purple Rain' jump 68 spots to No. 8 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums list

Did Prince's 2016 death elevate experts' assessment of "Purple Rain"? That's a pertinent question because Rolling Stone published a reboot this weekend of its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Prince's classic soared to No. 8 from No. 76 in 2012's version of this list.

His "Sign o' the Times," the subject of a super-deluxe reissue last week,...Read more

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Review: The 'Boys' are back: Parsons, Quinto and Bomer bring the 'Band' party to Netflix

When Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band," the granddaddy of gay plays, first appeared off-Broadway, it offered an inside peek into what had been consigned to the shadows: gay male life as it is experienced outside the closet.

The characters in this 1968 drama, New York friends gathered for a birthday celebration, slurp cocktails, trade bitchy...Read more

Movie review: 'Save Yourselves!' follows familiar formula, but proves prescient

When co-writers/co-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson premiered their feature debut "Save Yourselves!" at the Sundance Film Festival early this year, they could not have known just how eerily and specifically prescient their film about hipsters at the end of the world would be. While extraterrestrials haven't shown up to kill us ...Read more

What to stream: Getting ready for spooky season

This may come as a shock, but it's October this week, which means for some, it's pumpkin spice season, while for others, it's the start of spooky season. Though Halloween just might not be the same this year, there are many ways to celebrate safely at home. So light that autumnal candle, grab that pumpkin spice latte and cue up some of these ...Read more


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