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Elizabeth Wellington: LeVar Burton's first night hosting 'Jeopardy!' gave me the Gen X goosebumps

I enjoyed Ken Jennings’ stint. I was impressed with Anderson Cooper’s quick wit. I thought journalist Bill Whitaker was effective and that NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers delivered a smooth performance.

But Monday night when LeVar Burton joined the cadre of guest hosts filling in for the late Alex Trebek on "Jeopardy!," that’s when all was well ...Read more

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'Crusaders' documentary to shed more light on Jehovah's Witnesses' sex-abuse cover-ups

PHILADELPHIA — A short Amtrak ride from New York to Philadelphia changed Aaron Kaufman's life.

He was a successful Hollywood producer, with a resume that included the comic book noir "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," and the retro action film "Machete Kills." But for years, Kaufman considered working on on something entirely different, a ...Read more

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Matt Damon shares the key to his 'Stillwater' portrayal of dad trying to exonerate imprisoned daughter

Matt Damon knows the drill — thanks to some folks he met in Oklahoma.

The actor met with Sooner State oil rig workers who helped him prepare for his role in “Stillwater” as a father desperate to exonerate his jailed daughter of a murder conviction in France.

“When they saw the script and they saw we were just trying to do this as ...Read more

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Review: James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' proves there's life after 'Suicide Squad'

There's a lesson to be learned from "The Suicide Squad," a movie otherwise blissfully devoid of lessons. Emerging from this scuzzy cinematic joy-bomb from the DC Extended Universe, I found myself marveling — ahem, wondering — at how you can in fact take one of the worst movies of its kind, jettison most of the key players, jack up the ...Read more

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'Stillwater' review: Matt Damon makes French connections as the American outsider in a frustrating drama

“Stillwater” feels like a movie filmed in a slightly blurry state of mind, then reshaped in the editing stage into a whole new blur. You don’t know where it’s going, and that’s a plus. Yet director and co-writer Tom McCarthy’s drama is as uncertain as his good movies, “Spotlight” highest among them, are quietly confident in going...Read more

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Dua Lipa says she is 'horrified' by collaborator DaBaby's homophobic comments, as fans demand rapper to be replaced

Dua Lipa was shocked with DaBaby’s hateful comments against the LGBTQ and HIV communities — and she wants her fans to know she wholeheartedly disagrees with him.

“I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments,” the pop superstar wrote Tuesday on Instagram Stories. “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with.”...Read more

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DaBaby apologizes for his homophobic rant that left Elton John 'shocked'

Amid mounting public outrage, and harsh criticism from Elton John and Dua Lipa, rapper DaBaby has apologized for his homophobic remarks at Sunday's Rolling Loud music festival in Miami.

After initially doubling down on his offensive behavior and dismissing his detractors, the hip-hop artist acknowledged Tuesday that his widely condemned ...Read more

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Britney Spears posts video of herself painting after feeling 'overwhelmed'

Music icon Britney Spears is resorting to a different kind of art to cope with all the stress in her life.

The multi-talented pop star, who is involved in a bitter conservatorship battle with her dad, posted an Instagram video of herself Tuesday painting on a massive sheet of white paper — a seemingly therapeutic moment that she described as ...Read more


'We Are Lady Parts' review: They're British. They're funny. They're Muslim. And they're punk. Peacock series brings the chaos of a fledgling all-girl punk band to life

In the enormously appealing British series “We Are Lady Parts,” the chaos and the comedy of a fledgling band — with its members squeezing in practice between day jobs and personal tribulations — comes hilariously to life. The musicians of Lady Parts are angry. They’re goofy. They’re British. They’re Muslim. They’re a sisterhood ...Read more

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Movie review: Ripped from headlines, 'Stillwater' more muddled than nuanced

“Life is brutal.” If there’s a kernel of hard-earned, if blunt, wisdom to be gleaned from Tom McCarthy’s latest film “Stillwater,” this is it. It’s a sentiment repeated by both father (Matt Damon) and daughter (Abigail Breslin) with a resoluteness that comes from experience, but it’s unclear if “Stillwater” has anything other...Read more

Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Aug. 1-7

DON'T MISS: "Obama: In the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union" — As the country continues to grapple with its racial history, this compelling documentary series chronicles Barack Obama's youth, his rise in politics and his challenging eight-year presidency. Over three parts, it examines how his ascension to the White House was a historic step ...Read more

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The Tokyo Olympics are turning into NBC's worst nightmare

No one said these Olympics would be easy. Not even watching them.

Midway through the first week of the Tokyo Games, even the most cautiously optimistic viewer of Friday’s opening ceremony is now likely to be rubbing their eyes: With shocking upsets, unexpected exits, a 16-hour time difference and a thicket of broadcast, cable and streaming ...Read more

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2020 Summer Olympic ratings are a bust for NBC but a boost for streaming

In another sign of the reshaped TV landscape, ratings for NBC's telecasts of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo are down significantly from 2016 but still among the most-watched TV events of the year.

The first night of competition on Saturday averaged 15.9 million viewers, down 32% from the comparable night of the Rio Summer Games in 2016. NBC's ...Read more

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Sound Advice: What is best cartridge for forever turntable?

Q. I am putting together a turntable setup to last the rest of my life and have budgeted $3,000. I have already decided on the $1,199 Technics SL-1500C turntable. What cartridge would you recommend for it?

— D.P., Milwaukee

A. You have the budget to get a London “Decca” cartridge, and it is my recommendation for those who want the very ...Read more

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Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison dead at 46

Joey Jordison, a co-founder and former drummer for metal band Slipknot, has died at 46.

Jordison, who played with a number of metal’s biggest acts, including Rob Zombie, Murderdolls and Sinsaenum, “passed away peacefully in his sleep” on Monday, according to his family.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific...Read more


Family guide to new movie releases


Rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence.

What it’s about: Based on the Disney ride, this is a throwback adventure romance in which a scientist searches the Amazon for a legendary flower with healing properties.

The kid attractor factor: Kids will be drawn to the adventure tale, humor, and stars Dwayne Johnson and ...Read more

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With Lollapalooza starting Thursday, city urges anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to stay away, even if vaccinated

CHICAGO — Chicago health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday she is “certainly hopeful” the city “won’t see a significant problem” with COVID-19 when it welcomes 100,000 daily attendees from around the world to Lollapalooza this week.

“I would not feel comfortable moving ahead with Lollapalooza without COVID protocols in ...Read more

'Better Call Saul' actor Bob Odenkirk hospitalized after collapsing on set

"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk was hospitalized Tuesday after collapsing on set, a representative for the actor confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Odenkirk's current condition and the cause of the collapse have not been disclosed.

The 58-year-old actor is in production on the sixth and final season of "Better Call Saul," a spinoff of the...Read more

Geraldo Rivera lashes out against anti-vaxxers on Fox News and Fox fans fire back

Geraldo Rivera went off on anti-vaxxers Tuesday, which did not go over well with Fox News viewers who witnessed his blunt invective on “The Five.”

“If you are unvaccinated, you are an arrogant, selfish SOB,” Rivera declared.

Rivera tried to explain to the show’s hosts that people who choose not to get vaccinated have an obligation to...Read more

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From 'Real World' to 'Teen Mom' -- MTV paved way for reality TV

MTV, which turns 40 on Aug. 1, gets plenty of attention for its impact on music, and it’s easy to see why.

In its early years as a 24/7 video jukebox, MTV completely changed the way pop music was consumed and promoted, and served as a booster rocket for the careers of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears and many others.

But MTV’s ...Read more