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Anna Deavere Smith talks about taking on real people and Shondaland

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anna Deavere Smith has lived many lives as an actress for hire, moving fluidly among stage, film and television. The Baltimore native has inhabited memorable characters in "The American President" and "Rachel Getting Married" and on "Nurse Jackie," "The West Wing" and most recently "black-ish." (She joins the Shondaland ...Read more

Movie review: 'Survivor's Guide to Prison' shows a corrupt criminal justice system

Activist and filmmaker Matthew Cooke directs an anti-prison film under the rubric of a prison and justice system guidebook in the arresting documentary "Survivor's Guide to Prison." Actor, producer and former inmate Danny Trejo serves as a guide, along with Cooke, who offers his own direct commentary, fleshing out details and facts. A cavalcade ...Read more

'Black Panther' breakout Letitia Wright is just getting started

"My voice is all gone," said Letitia Wright. "I sound like a hoarse-y man."

While the sentiment was a bit of an exaggeration, Wright was beginning to go hoarse after a week of nonstop press for Marvel's highly anticipated "Black Panther."

In the film (now playing in theaters), Wright shines as Shuri, King T'Challa's 16-year-old sister and the ...Read more

My worst moment: Jason Ritter and the audition for a tough-guy role

Sweet, funny and a wellspring of optimism about human nature, the ABC dramedy "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" has been one of the brighter spots of the TV season. It stars Jason Ritter as a lost soul who leaves his scummy Wall Street job to move back home to Texas, where an angel (seen only by him) advises him on his quest to help others and ...Read more

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:

FEBRUARY

20: Daddy's Home 2

20: The Star

20: Same Kind of Different as Me

20: The Florida Project

20: American Satan

20: Midnight, Texas: Season One

20: Mom and Dad

27: Coco

27: Murder on the Orient Express

27: Darkest Hour

27: Three ...Read more

How massive is 'Black Panther' at the box office? A record-shattering $235 million

The King of Wakanda reigned supreme this holiday weekend as Disney's "Black Panther" proved to be a pop cultural phenomenon, shattering box office records with an estimated $235 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend.

The Marvel Entertainment release, the first global superhero blockbuster with an African ...Read more

Album reviews: Melody Gardot, James Hunter Six, MGMT

Melody Gardot

"Live in Europe"

(Decca 1/2)

Philadelphia's smoky-voiced and nimble-fingered Melody Gardot has been an elastic jazzy presence throughout her handful of studio albums since her 2006 debut, "Worrisome Heart." And the singer and pianist's studio ensembles have also been rubbery, hazy and dynamic. Yet anyone who has witnessed ...Read more

Trolls on Twitter make false claims of being assaulted at screenings of 'Black Panther'

As Marvel's latest superhero movie, "Black Panther," draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely African American fans.

Over the last few days, users have posted false claims that they were ...Read more

David Glasser was the Weinstein Co.'s 'third brother.' Will his firing be enough to save the business?

They called him "the third brother."

For years, Weinstein Co. President David Glasser was the right-hand man to Harvey Weinstein, working as a peacemaker between the volatile movie magnate and Weinstein's brother and partner, Bob. Glasser oversaw the company's operations and was key to building its television business.

That abruptly ended ...Read more

Record-breaking box office, traditional African garb as 'Black Panther' fever takes over LA

LOS ANGELES -- "Black Panther" fever took over Los Angeles and beyond this weekend as the highly anticipated Disney film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the "Star Wars" franchise.

The Marvel Entertainment release took in an estimated $192 million over the weekend domestically, making it the highest ...Read more

Dr. Pol shares 'Incredible' life with animals

PASADENA, Calif. -- When he was studying veterinary medicine in his native Holland, Jan Pol had no idea he would become a TV star. But that's where the 75-year-old finds himself today as the subject of Nat Geo Wild's wildly popular "The Incredible Dr. Pol."

He was ministering to all kinds of farm animals in rural Michigan when his son, Charles,...Read more

Trolls take to Twitter to lie about being attacked by black people while going to see 'Black Panther'

As Marvel's latest superhero movie "Black Panther" draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely black fans.

Over the past few days, users have posted false claims that they were attacked by ...Read more

Weinstein Co. board fires president David Glasser 'for cause'

Weinstein Co.'s president and chief operating officer, David Glasser, has been fired "for cause," the New York entertainment company's board of directors said.

Glasser came under fire this week after the New York state attorney general's office sued the studio, alleging civil rights violations. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ...Read more

John Oliver returns to 'Last Week Tonight,' talks Trump, Alec Baldwin and why he's in awe of Jimmy Kimmel

NEW YORK -- "Thank you for coming," John Oliver told a room full of reporters who gathered last week at HBO's midtown headquarters to query him about "Last Week Tonight." "I realize the Westminster Dog Show is on today. The fact you're here and not there means a great deal."

Such self-deprecation is typical for the British comedian, yet as "...Read more

'Black Panther' roars to $25.2 million at Thursday box office

"Black Panther," the latest superhero blockbuster from Marvel Studios, grossed a massive $25.2 million in ticket sales from domestic Thursday preview shows in the U.S. and Canada to set a February record, according to studio estimates.

The Thursday night result for "Black Panther" nearly doubled the previous February box office preview record ...Read more

'Chicago P.D.' filming is insensitive? You're missing the point

CHICAGO -- The NBC police drama "Chicago P.D." was "slammed," the Tribune reported in a Wednesday headline, for filming too close to the Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop, where Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer had been fatally shot just one day before.

How close was too close for our sensibilities? Five hundred yards? Three blocks? Two miles?

...Read more

Kelly Clarkson brings unique 'Voice' to competition series

LOS ANGELES -- One of the big complaints about television music competition programs is more often than not, the winner -- or even some of the top runners-up -- won't be heard from right away. They may eventually have a song do well on the charts, but there is a long process to finding that success.

Kelly Clarkson, who joins Alicia Keys, Adam ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

'Game Night's' Kyle Chandler game for comedy challenge

Kyle Chandler's new movie, "Game Night," has him playing the older half of a pair of siblings -- the other portrayed by Jason Bateman -- who have been competitive all their lives. The older brother has dominated their rivalry even to the point of changing what has been a rather mundane weekly get-together to play board and parlor games into a ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Coco,' 'Murder,' 'Billboards' tops among new DVD releases

There are first-rate new DVDs this week for young and old.

"Coco"; 3.5 stars: While the animated film celebrates the day of honoring and remembering those who have died, it is really a story about family, following your dreams and respect that cuts across all cultures. Add to that a production that is so visually stunning, sunglasses should be ...Read more