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Movie review: 'Unfriended: Dark Web' is clever, but too real to be fun

Back in 2014, when the computer-based "Unfriended" was released, the kind of online menace we could imagine was mostly bullying -- an anonymous mob unleashed online. That was even the platform ex-First Lady Michelle Obama announced as the issue she was going to tackle in the White House. That all seems so quaint these days. Now, in the summer of...Read more

Movie review: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' is escapist fluff of the highest order

Welcome back to the magical island of Kalokairi, a sun-strewn rocky outcropping in the azure Aegean Sea, a land where white people can only express themselves with the music of Sweden's most enduring musical group, ABBA. The sequel/prequel hybrid "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" arrives a decade after the bonkers filmed adaptation of the stage ...Read more

'Eighth Grade' review: Hello 12, hello 13, hello 'likes' in the age of techno-anxiety

Tender, socially reticent, selectively assertive, Kayla is a middle-school student a few days away from graduation and the rest of her life. "Everything will work out," she tells her scant audience of YouTube channel followers in the video post opening Bo Burnham's new film "Eighth Grade," if "you're just being yourself." She's hoping for the ...Read more

To help you feel young again, Nickelodeon is reviving 'Rugrats'

A revival of "Rugrats" -- on the big and small screen -- is coming to a sandbox near you.

Viacom announced Monday that it has greenlighted a revival of the beloved children's program for a 26-episode run on Nickelodeon, in addition to a new live-action feature film featuring CGI characters.

The 2.0 version of "Rugrats" will feature new ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for July 17 and beyond

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

JULY

17: Rampage

17: I Feel Pretty

17: Truth or Dare

17: Isle of Dogs

17: Super Troopers 2

17: Traffik

17: Disobedience

17: You Were Never Really Here

17: Pitch: The Complete Series

17: Second Chance: The Complete Series

17: Sneaky Pete – ...Read more

Review: Paul Simon bids British fans farewell in London's Hyde Park with a little help from some friends

LONDON -- Honey or vinegar. The carrot or the stick. Art or politics.

Over an extraordinary weekend in London, two groups of emissaries from America brought drastically distinct ways of relating to international constituencies, approaches that cast into sharp relief Robert Frost's timeless poem about diverging roads in the metaphorical wood.

...Read more

Cardi B, Beyoncé and Jay Z lead 2018 MTV VMA nominations

Rapper Cardi B, the Carters, Childish Gambino and Drake lead the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, tipping the scales in favor of hip-hop and R&B artists this year.

Cardi earned 10 nominations, power couple Beyonce and Jay Z earned eight, while Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) and Drake tied with seven nominations apiece, the cable ...Read more

Chance the Rapper interview: Special Olympics headliner has new music on the way

CHICAGO -- It'll be a busy week for Chance the Rapper. He's finishing up the follow-up album to his Grammy-winning 2016 release "Coloring Book," which he says will be out in a few days. He's preparing to begin work on another album with Kanye West this month in Chicago. And he's producing and headlining a major multiact charity event, the ...Read more

'Warped is like the day that people who are dead inside get together': Who still goes to Warped Tour?

Last Friday morning, huge crowds of people descended on the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J., to bid goodbye to a beloved summer tradition: the Vans Warped Tour. On its last leg, the Warped Tour drew fans of all kinds. Some, who had faithfully attended year after year, were decked out in fishnets and 10-year-old band T-shirts soaked in nostalgia. ...Read more

Deafheaven review: A duel between catharsis and melodrama on 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love'

Deafheaven has never fit neatly into any one genre. While adopting some of the sonic signifiers of black metal -- ultra-harsh vocals, blistering tempos, progressive arrangements -- they also incorporate ballads, acoustic instruments and introspective lyrics. The California quintet is as comfortable submerging itself in cheesy beauty as it is in ...Read more

'UnREAL' moves to Hulu for fourth and final season

It's the kind of finale twist television thrives on: After a three-year relationship with Lifetime, "UnREAL" is hooking up with Hulu for its fourth and final season. And it's wasting little time flaunting the new union, with the full season now available to stream.

After weeks of speculation, the deal between Hulu and A+E Studios, which ...Read more

Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal offer ode to Oakland

LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes, it all comes down to a matter of trust.

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have known each other since they were in high school. That kind of longevity made a big difference when sitting down to write the script for "Blindspotting." They respected each other's talents so much that they were willing to experiment with their ...Read more

Trust was key for Antoine Fuqua while making 'Equalizer 2'

LOS ANGELES -- Antoine Fuqua doesn't think of "The Equalizer 2" as a follow-up film to his 2014 offering "The Equalizer." Yes, they both feature Denzel Washington taking on the role of Robert McCall. The two films are built around the idea -- first established in "The Equalizer" TV series in the '80s -- that McCall unselfishly helps the helpless...Read more

Ending a yearlong classic arena tour, Harry Styles proves he is the future of rock 'n' roll

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- What's a brash male rock star like Harry Styles up to when he covers a song like Little Big Town's "Girl Crush"?

The hit country song -- already a tangle of same-sex female attraction and jealousy -- was one of the unexpected centerpieces of Styles' tour-closing set at the Forum on Saturday.

When he brought his band to the...Read more

'Who Is America?' Sacha Baron Cohen goes undercover on the comedy warpath again

Sacha Baron Cohen, whom you may know better as Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Bruno Gehard and/or Admiral General Aladeen, returned to television Sunday night with the first in a seven-part Showtime series, "Who Is America?"

As in his previous works for the littler and bigger screens, Baron Cohen assumes a variety of disguises -- not that many people ...Read more

'Skyscraper' collapses as 'Hotel Transylvania 3' lures family audiences to summer box office

LOS ANGELES -- Dwayne Johnson's burly action hero was no match for a computer-animated Count Dracula at the box office this weekend.

Sony's "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" debuted in first place with $44.1 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

The latest in the animated "Hotel Transylvania" series, the cartoon ...Read more

New on DVD: Steven Spielberg goes back to basics with 'Ready Player One'

Steven Spielberg's latest is a big adventure for young and old.

"Ready Player One"; 3 stars: Steven Spielberg's connection to pop culture has brought him back to work on a project more in line with his big entertainment extravaganzas. His big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel for "Ready Player One" gives the director a pop culture ...Read more

'Come Inside My Mind' explores Robin Williams' genius

For nearly 40 years he kept us in stitches, but how Robin Williams created those deft sutures has remained a mystery. HBO hopes to shine some light on that puzzle with the documentary "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind."

Produced by Alex Gibney and Shirel Kozak, the show features the luminaries who knew and worked with him, including Billy ...Read more

Album reviews: SOPHIE, Dierks Bentley, R + R = Now

SOPHIE

"OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES"

(Transgressive/Future Classic 1/2)

In 2015, mysterious producer-trickster Sophie released "Product," 25 nearly perfect minutes of uncanny-valley pop tunes grounded by bubble wrap and metallic clanks rather than kicks and snares. But her proper debut album is as imperfect and messy as its title, ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer denies producer told magazine he traded acting roles for sex

LOS ANGELES -- Beleaguered producer Harvey Weinstein's latest effort to undermine the piles of allegations of sexual violence against him backfired badly Friday when a supposedly friendly columnist quoted him as saying that he had traded acting jobs for sex.

Weinstein, facing a potential life sentence after being indicted in New York on ...Read more

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