My worst moment: Gillian Jacobs and stairs are not a good combo

"Community" was the TV show that made Gillian Jacobs famous and a number of projects followed, including the Netflix series "Love." Next she stars in the forthcoming adaptation of R.L. Stine's "Fear Street" book series. But first, you can see her in the indie comedy "I Used to Go Here" (rentable via streaming) from Chicago writer-director Kris ...Read more

A new look at a great doc: 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' and a visit to the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival

It's one of the greatest jazz documentaries ever made and perhaps the most sumptuously ever filmed.

For Bert Stern and Aram Avakian's "Jazz on a Summer's Day" does more than chronicle highlights of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Unlike uncounted jazz films, it ignores the usual jazz cliches, refusing to portray its cast of musicians as victims...Read more

Why you should watch the gorgeous 'In the Mood for Love'

I remembered the music immediately; it's been floating in my head for 20 years. At the center of Wong Kar-wai's hypnotically beautiful film "In the Mood for Love" is an unforgettable waltz. Its tempo is slow, as if dripping with dark syrup; its melody, played by solo violin, is all plangent longing and eloquent wandering -- it wraps itself ...Read more

Meet the Illinois athletes on the all-Black adventure racing team that's featured on a new Amazon series

CHICAGO -- You can't miss Illinois native Coree Woltering -- or his Speedos -- on "World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji."

"The Speedo became a thing back in (2016) when I was in Florida for a 50-kilometer race, and I forgot my racing shorts, but I had Speedos with me," Woltering told the Tribune by phone. "I ended up winning that race, and...Read more

And now Metallica will perform for a drive-in movie theater near you

Time to trade in the pick-up truck for a muscle car, drive-in concert movie goers.

After a series of country music shows, Metallica has signed on as the first major rock band to film a new performance to be shown in dozens of drive-in theaters across the country.

The thrash kings' pre-taped live set will be screened Aug. 29.

Tickets go on ...Read more

Shonda Rhimes is telling timely new stories. This time, they're podcasts

From the makers of the hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" comes ... a whole slate of new podcasts.

Untangle your ear buds and flash back to your morning commute, because Shondaland Audio and iHeartMedia are teaming up for three new original podcasts this month, with more to come in the months ahead.

In October, TV producer titan ...Read more

LaKeith Stanfield says he is OK after alarming Instagram posts spark concern

Actor LaKeith Stanfield has released a statement reassuring the public that he is OK after a series of Instagram videos caused many to worry about his well-being.

On Monday night, the "Get Out" and "Sorry to Bother You" star posted multiple alarming clips and captions suggesting possible self-harm. After several people expressed concern on ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Sometimes Always Never' a fascinating play on words

A family tries to use words to fill a void in their lives in the top new DVD releases for the week of Aug. 18.

"Sometimes Always Never": Emotionally distant but idiosyncratic Alan (Bill Nighy) embarks on an awkward long car ride with his son Peter (Sam Riley). It's clear Peter's dreading the trip, as Alan taps away on a game on his phone. When ...Read more

Trump, America's 'shady king'? A long-shelved 'black-ish' episode is now on Hulu

An unaired episode of ABC's "black-ish" featuring a reference to President Trump as America's "shady king," NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem and numerous other hot-button political issues, which was pulled by the network in 2018, is now streaming on Hulu, series creator Kenya Barris announced on Twitter on Monday.

The ...Read more

Review: This 'black-ish' episode was hidden for years. Here's why it still works

There's a terrible storm outside, and no one in the Johnson family can sleep in "Please, Baby, Please." Things are tense in the controversial Season 4 "black-ish" episode, which was shelved by Disney in 2018 and finally released Tuesday on Hulu.

Family patriarch Dre (Anthony Anderson) feels the pressure to calm his restless brood, starting with...Read more

How 'The Tax Collector' topped the box office, when there's no official box office

Even in the best of times, August has long had a reputation for being Hollywood's dumping ground for middling movies.

The late-summer box office usually is dominated by a handful of big-budget franchise titles released earlier in the season. But since the coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters in mid-March, the rule book has been thrown out ...Read more

Review: 'Boys State' riveting documentary introducing teenagers to politics

"Boys State," the Sundance award-winning documentary about a weeklong political camp for teenage boys sponsored by the American Legion, is one of the most thrilling and harrowing cinematic experiences of the year. It is potentially the most culturally relevant film of the fall, masterfully made and one heck of an emotional roller coaster. From ...Read more

What to stream: These relatable screen horror films are perfect for the current moment

This week, the most popular movie on the film social networking site Letterboxd is a 57-minute horror film called "Host," available to stream on the horror-specific streaming service Shudder (take it for a spin with a weeklong free trial). "Host," directed by British filmmaker Rob Savage, takes place entirely on Zoom, the video-conferencing ...Read more

'Wynonna Earp's' star worried about directing. Turns out it's her 'superpower'

As Wynonna Earp, Melanie Scrofano has faced demons, family drama, complicated romantic entanglements and even a mysterious being in the Garden of Eden.

Sunday's episode of "Wynonna Earp" saw Scrofano tackle a new challenge, this one behind the camera: Season 4's "Look at Them Beans" was the first time the Syfy series' star has served as the ...Read more

Antonio Banderas reveals positive COVID-19 test results on his 60th birthday

Both birthday wishes and well-wishes are in order for actor Antonio Banderas, who revealed on Monday -- his 60th birthday -- that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

"I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus,...Read more

After house fire, Rachael Ray is 'grateful for what we have, not what we've lost'

Celebrity chef and talk-show host Rachael Ray is safe after a fire broke out Sunday in her upstate New York home.

The "30 Minute Meals" maven thanked first responders on Monday "for being kind and gracious and saving what they could of our home."

"Grateful that my mom, my husband, my dog ... we're all okay. These are the days we all have to be...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Aug. 11 and beyond

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


11: Archive

11: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

11: G-LOC

11: Gold Digger, Season 1

11: How to Build a Girl

11: I Am Vengeance: Retaliation

11: Max Reload and the Nether Blasters

11: NCIS: New Orleans: The Sixth Season

11: The Blacklist –...Read more

Review: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP' is a savage, nasty, sex-positive triumph

I tried to do a ranked list of the vivid sexual metaphors in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's new single, "WAP," but when Cardi busted out "macaroni in a pot" near the end, I instantly forgot all the other ones and had to scrap it.

An initialism so straightforwardly filthy that I can't unfurl it here, "WAP" -- released Friday to whet appetites...Read more

Why Beyoncé dances to 'My Power' in a church in 'Black Is King'

Between the musical moments of Beyonce's "Black Is King" are snippets of spoken word, one of which was written and performed by Joshua Abah.

"When it's all said and done, I don't even know my own native tongue," he said in the piece, which went viral in 2013. "And if I can't speak myself, I can't think myself. And if I can't think myself, I can...Read more

Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL": Steffy confides to her doctor that she's in agonizing pain. Flo tells an anxious Sally that Wyatt will decide her fate. Steffy regains consciousness only to realize how severely she's been injured. Sally passes out after unveiling her true intentions and feelings to Wyatt. Thomas returns home and learns that Steffy ...Read more