Disney moves 'Black Widow' and more big titles to 2021 amid coronavirus concerns

LOS ANGELES - In another setback for theaters, Walt Disney Co. has delayed the release of its highly anticipated Marvel Studios film "Black Widow" until next year, amid concerns about the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on moviegoing.

Burbank-based Disney on Wednesday said the Scarlett Johansson superhero blockbuster is now set to hit ...Read more

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Chicago jazz great Ira Sullivan dies at 89

CHICAGO - Sometimes it seemed as if Ira Sullivan could play anything that had a mouthpiece.

Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, fluegelhorn, flute, alto flute - the man applied his comprehensive virtuosity and pervasive musicianship to all of them, switching from one to the next with seeming effortlessness, often during a single set.

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Sophia Loren's first film in 11 years generating serious Oscar buzz

Sophia Loren might have a new man in her life soon - and his name is Oscar.

The 86-year-old, silver-screen legend is generating serious awards buzz for her performance in "The Life Ahead," her first major film role in 11 years.

The Netflix feature, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, has Loren playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who ...Read more

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The anti-Spotify: How online music company Bandcamp became the toast of the COVID age

Like thousands of artists, Nashville singer and songwriter Emma Swift faced a reckoning in March after all of her gigs were scrapped.

"When the pandemic hit, I lost my job as a touring musician. And in losing that job, I lost my primary income stream," she said during a recent phone call. Pondering the prospect of releasing "Blonde on the ...Read more

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Shamir's new album was inspired by Gwen Stefani, Miranda Lambert and … Jeffrey Dahmer

The charismatic singer, songwriter and guitarist Shamir has had a busy 2020 despite the circumstances. In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic tore through America, the 25-year-old released the distorted rock album "Cataclysm." He followed that up with a series of singles - "On My Own" to celebrate Pride Month in June, the exuberant synth-rock anthem...Read more

These TV shows are changing the way we see immigrants, a new study finds

Two children sit alone, facing a judge in an immigration court set in Litchfield, New York.

"Ms. Casillas, do you and your brother have a lawyer?" the judge asks.

The little girl shakes her head.

"Do you know what a lawyer is?" the judge replies.

"No," the little girl whispers.

"Well, do you understand that we are here to determine whether ...Read more

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Review: Trump interviewed, softly, on WGN America's 'NewsNation'

Landing a one-on-one interview with President Trump would put the startup "NewsNation" "in the big time," an executive for the network crowed before the interview aired in Tuesday's first hour of the WGN America national cable newscast.

After seeing the questions anchor Joe Donlon lobbed at the president and the unchallenged assertions and ...Read more


Sound Advice: Tesla Powerwall best known home solar panel, battery combination

Q. I just read your column about automatic backup generators in my local newspaper. Thank you for that very useful and intelligent summary of the issue. It would be extremely useful to have a detailed comparison of backup generators to solar panels and battery installations in homes. It is hard to find independent analyses such as you could ...Read more

Movie review: 'Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles' inadvertently prescient sugar theater

Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area. ...Read more

Review: Sherlock who? Millie Bobby Brown is terrific in the clever 'Enola Holmes'

Amy March, Scout Finch, Lisa Simpson ... you never know what you're going to get in a younger sister, and Enola Holmes is as surprising as any of them. Bursting forth from Nancy Springer's young adult series "Enola Holmes Mysteries," which focus on the younger sibling of Sherlock, Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Enola provides a richly ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Sept. 14:

1. Irresistible (2020) - Universal

2. Rogue - Lionsgate

3. The King of Staten Island - Universal

4. Hard Kill - Redbox Entertainment

5. Scoob! - Warner

6. The Bay of Silence - Vertical

7. Z - RLJ Entertainment

8. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! - Warner

9. The Outpost - ...Read more

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Bob Mould is on fire with new album echoing his Hüsker Dü years

When he blew off some smoke in the recording studio in February, Bob Mould didn't know he would literally be surrounded by it in the days leading up to his new album's release.

"We can't even leave the house, it's so bad," the ex-Minnesotan indie-rock legend said by phone last week from San Francisco.

The city he now calls home has been ...Read more

Hillary Clinton teases first taste of new podcast devoted to 'overlooked' subjects

Former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is giving listeners a sample of what to expect from her new podcast debuting next week.

Tuesday's official podcast trailer for "You and Me Both With Hillary Clinton" features the former secretary of State promising in-depth conversations "with people I just love talking to."

"We're living through ...Read more

'Guess How Much I Love You' children's book author Sam McBratney dead at 77

Sam McBratney, the Irish author of the bestselling children's book "Guess How Much I Love You," died last week.

He was 77.

The 1994 illustrated book, about Little Nutbrown Hare, Big Nutbrown Hare and their expressions of love, has sold more than 47 million copies and has been translated into 57 languages around the world since its publication....Read more

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Late-night TV hosts object to Trump's move to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Late-night TV hosts Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday while condemning President Trump's move to fill her Supreme Court seat ahead of the election.

"RBG gained more cultural fame than any Supreme Court justice before her - and deservedly so," Noah said on "The Daily Show." "...Read more

New on DVD: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' follows life of beloved civil rights icon

A documentary featuring an American legend tops the new DVD releases for the week of Sept. 29.

"John Lewis: Good Trouble": Rep. John Lewis died in July, leaving a breathtaking legacy. Known for marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 1965's Bloody Sunday to protest voting discrimination against Black people and risking his life amid deadly ...Read more

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Movie review: Surreal but earnest 'Kajillionaire' follows family of scammers' schemes. It's Miranda July's best feature yet

Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area. ...Read more

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What to stream: Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last Friday at the age of 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Though diminutive in stature, "The Notorious RBG," who was the second woman on the Supreme Court, nominated in 1993, became a larger than life figure. She was a symbol, an icon of the fight for women's rights and gender ...Read more

Attention Donna Summer fans: You are going to love this

We could all use a reason to smile right about now.

And we've definitely found one thanks to the glorious new remix of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" from hitmaking producer/DJ Kygo.

Sure, the euphoria may only last as long as the song - which is three minutes and change. But, hey, we'll take it - especially this year.

Summer was at the height of...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Sept. 22 and beyond

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


22: Babysplitters

22: Babyteeth

22: Beckman

22: Iceland Is Best

22: DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season

22: Man with a Plan: Season 3

22: Rick & Morty: Season 4

22: Sanctuary, Season 1

22: The Good Fight: Season Four ...Read more