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Review: 'Constellation' is a tense, first-rate space thriller starring Noomi Rapace

Premiering this week on Apple TV+, “Constellation” is a first-rate series about the bond between a mother and a daughter, couched in science fiction and set against outer space, suburban Cologne, Germany, and arctic snow.

Quantum mechanics have become much exploited by science fiction, for its poetry and practicality, but rarely so ...Read more

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Beyoncé says hair care line Cécred has personal roots, including her psoriasis battle

Beyoncé revealed she hasn’t always been “flawless” when it comes to her hair.

The “Break My Soul” singer got candid about the roots of her new Cécred (pronounced “sacred”) hair care line, revealing in a cover story for Essence that she struggled with psoriasis during her childhood. “The relationship we have with our hair is ...Read more

Noise Pop: 8 great Bay Area acts to catch during the 2024 festival

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2024 Noise Pop Festival is set to feature a dazzling display of Bay Area talent from Feb. 22 to March 3.

There are dozens of local acts in the mix, hailing from a wide variety of different musical genres. There are also a number of cool national headliners in the lineup, but you’ll have to learn about those on your ...Read more

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Los Angeles desperately needs a new film festival. They're about to give it one

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles has struggled during the last few years to sustain a signature high-profile film festival, with the closing of the Los Angeles Film Festival, the collapse of Outfest and changes in leadership at AFI Fest.

At the same time, thanks to local institutions such as the Academy Museum, the American Cinematheque and the UCLA...Read more

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Student tracking Taylor Swift's private jet responds to cease and desist

NEW YORK — The college student who made a name — and enemy — for himself tracking Taylor Swift’s private jet is challenging the pop star’s cease and desist letter.

Jack Sweeney, who runs the company GRNDCTRL and ran the now-defunct Instagram account @taylorswiftjets, tweeted his lawyer’s two-page response to Swift’s attorney, ...Read more

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Glenn Whipp: Ranking all the Oscar best picture years, worst to first, since the category expanded

LOS ANGELES — Ever since the motion picture academy super-sized the Oscars' best picture category up from five in 2009, there has been constant complaining about how the prestige of a nomination has been diluted, almost as if there was a collective amnesia about the scores of cringe-worthy movies that have picked up the honor over the decades....Read more

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What to stream: Everything to know about Peacock's reality sensation 'The Traitors'

“Are you watching ‘The Traitors’?” — it’s the question everyone seems to be asking each other this winter, as Season 2 of the reality competition show on Peacock has gripped audiences every Thursday night. The first season of “The Traitors,” set in a Scottish castle and hosted flamboyantly by actor Alan Cumming, aired last year, ...Read more

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5 things to know about Olivia Rodrigo ahead of the Guts Tour launch

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Murrieta native, Grammy winner and top-selling pop star Olivia Rodrigo will kick off her highly anticipated (and mostly already sold out) Guts World Tour at Acrisure Arena in Palm Desert on Friday.

The global jaunt, which is in support of her Grammy-nominated sophomore release, “Guts,” will also include support from the ...Read more

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Wonderfront festival's 2024 lineup will feature Beck, Weezer, the Roots, Kaytranada, T-Pain, and more

SAN DIEGO — The 2024 edition of San Diego's Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival will feature a mix of veteran music stars — including Beck, Weezer and the Roots — along with such rising young acts as singer-actor Dominic Fike, Samm Henshaw, Abby Anderson and the hip-hop duo Paris Texas. This will mark the first San Diego-area festival ...Read more

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Movie review: With misguided focus, 'Ordinary Angels' far from extraordinary

While the “faith-based film” has evolved over the years, there’s one tried-and-true formula this particular type of movie can’t quit: an improbable true story about a sick child in a perilous situation starring a popular actress (see: Jennifer Garner in “Miracles From Heaven”; Chrissy Metz in “Breakthrough”). In this kind of film...Read more

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New on DVD: Savor chocolatier's origin story in 'Wonka'

The return to a world of pure imagination tops the DVD releases for the week of Feb. 27.

"Wonka": Timothée Chalamet stars in this magical musical origin story of mischievous chocolatier Willy Wonka, helmed by "Paddington" director Paul King.

"Though there may have been skepticism about 'Wonka,' there’s no need to worry about this origin ...Read more

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List of DVD release dates for Feb. 20 and beyond

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

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20: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

20: Box: Metaphor

20: Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

20: DarkGame

20: Green Ghost & the Masters of the Stone

20: Gringa

20: Heroes of the Golden Mask

20: The ...Read more

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Frankie Beverly announces retirement and farewell tour

Frankie Beverly, lead vocalist for the soul band Maze, has announced his retirement and a final tour to commemorate his 50-year music career.

The I Wanna Thank You Farewell Tour will kick off March 22 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, followed by five additional stops — including the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on May 12.

"I want to share ...Read more

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The hardest working woman in the Twin Cities music scene steps out

MINNEAPOLIS — Christy Costello was in such a hurry to leave the Iron Range and become a part of the Twin Cities music scene that she left home at age 17 and moved in with some musician friends to finish high school in Minneapolis.

"People from the city would come up north in the summer, and I'd get really excited as the small-town girl ...Read more

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From Argentina, with love: How a Florida filmmaker, and an all-star cast, got his father to cry

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., — The circumstances that put a filmmaker from Fort Lauderdale, descendant of a royal family of entertainment in Argentina, on the set of his first big-screen feature with three famous actors from your ’80s and ’90s movie-watching heyday, were beyond coincidence.

Three-time Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd would not...Read more

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WE-TV's 'Bold & Bougie' reality show features exes of Ne-Yo, Usher

Ten years ago, VH1 aired one season of a show featuring exes of famous Atlantans like Ne-Yo and Usher dubbed descriptively as “Atlanta Exes.”

It lasted only one season.

Now WE-TV has launched a reality show “Bold & Bougie” featuring the exes of Ne-Yo and Usher, plus three other notable entrepreneurial women. It debuted Thursday with ...Read more

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'Spider-Man: Across the Spider Verse' takes top prize at Annie Awards

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” won best picture Saturday at the Annie Awards, which honors animated films and television programs.

The Sony Pictures Animation feature collected six other awards, including best direction, FX and character design, at the annual ceremony, which was held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

The superhero film is a ...Read more

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Chair mishap sends Madonna tumbling during Seattle concert

A dancer in Madonna’s Celebration Tour fell while dragging the star in a chair mid-concert in Seattle on Sunday, sending the chair and the pop goddess tumbling to the floor.

Madonna, 65, didn’t miss a note or a beat. Landing on her back, she quickly flipped onto her stomach, singing all the while, and finished belting out her line in “...Read more

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'Boy Meets World' stars express regret for being on the wrong side of a fellow actor's child molestation charge

PHILADELPHIA — In Monday’s episode of “Pod Meets World,” the podcast recapping episodes of ABC’s long-running Philadelphia-based sitcom “Boy Meets World,” former child stars Danielle Fishel (Topenga), Rider Strong (Shawn), and Will Friedle (Eric) talk about their experience working with convicted sex abuser Brian Peck, according to...Read more

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'48 Hours' episode chronicles the killing of Las Vegas reporter

LAS VEGAS — From one reporter to another, he admired the man.

A decade-and-a-half ago, Peter Van Sant, a correspondent for CBS’ true-crime documentary series “48 Hours,” delved into the infamous death of casino executive Ted Binion for an episode that first aired in January 2010.

As part of his preparations for the story, Van Sant read...Read more