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'Law & Order: SVU' spinoff writer fired for threatening to 'light up' looters

LOS ANGELES -- Dick Wolf has fired writer-producer Craig Gore from the upcoming "Law & Order: SVU" spinoff for threatening in a Facebook post to "light up" people breaking curfew near his West Hollywood home.

"I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately," said Wolf in a...Read more

Lil Nas X and Lizzo question the merits of the music industry's Blackout Tuesday

Rihanna, Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Chance the Rapper and more stars have gone dark on social media for the music industry's Blackout Tuesday initiative in solidarity with the black community.

The initiative, originally called #TheShowMustBePaused, is a response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud ...Read more

Kendrick Lamar producer Terrace Martin drops fiery protest song, 'Pig Feet'

"This video is happening right now outside your window," reads the opening caption in the video for "Pig Feet," the new track from Terrace Martin, the longtime Kendrick Lamar producer and multi-instrumentalist. An incendiary clip and track (listen and watch here) built over the last week by Martin and collaborators Kamasi Washington, G Perico, ...Read more

Lea Michele's 'Glee' costars claim she made working on the TV show 'a living hell'

"Glee" actress Samantha Marie Ware blasted her former costar Lea Michele on Monday for allegedly making her time on the show "a living hell" and subjecting her to "traumatic microaggressions" on set.

After Michele tweeted a tribute to George Floyd with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, Ware called Michele out in all caps, garnering support from ...Read more

LL Cool J raps for George Floyd: 'For 400 years, you had your knees on our necks'

Rapper LL Cool J has paid emotional tribute to George Floyd and several other victims of racism and police violence.

Posted Sunday, his Instagram video sees the "Doin' It" hitmaker staring intensely into the camera while rapping about Floyd's death and wearing a sweatshirt that reads "Black Lives Matter."

"For 400 years, you had your knees on ...Read more

New on DVD: 'The Hunt' not worth pursuit

"The Hunt": Director Craig Zobel's horror thriller following a group of "elites" hunting down "deplorables" has been cursed with bad timing. It was originally slated for theatrical release in September 2019, but Universal pulled it after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. It didn't see the light of day until March 13, just ...Read more

Review: Witchy, wordy 'Shirley' thrillingly follows famed horror writer

The first exchange in the brilliant, brutal "Shirley" is telling about what's to come. A young woman, Rose (Odessa Young), finishes reading a short story ("The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson) and recounts the tale to her husband, Fred (Logan Lerman). "That's creepy," he observes. "It's terrific," she sighs. And so begins this creepy and terrific ...Read more

A cable alternative to CNN? WGN America prepares for national newscast in a crowded market

Many viewers across the country won't be familiar with Joe Donlon, Marni Hughes and Rob Nelson, the lead anchor team of cable network WGN America's new national newscast "News Nation" set to debut Sept. 1.

But WGN America Executive Vice President Sean Compton says that the trio's lack of a national profile is part of the strategy for the three-...Read more

What to stream: It's time for white Americans to learn more about systemic racism

It has been a terrible, traumatic and terrifying week for America. An outcry, and an uprising, has erupted across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, and police forces across the country have reacted with violence and excessive force. After a long weekend of protests, tear gas and looting, the ...Read more

Ivanka tweets Bible verse to 'heal' protester pain, but Trump policies only add to it

Stumbling upon a tweet from Ivanka Trump that quoted a Bible verse on Sunday -- the day when politicians and their enablers get their holiness on -- I was moved to respond with a line from Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice": "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."

Representing an administration that has worked relentlessly to ...Read more

Meet the TV writer reconsidering modern Britain's 'beautifully ludicrous' history

James Graham vividly recalls sitting down with his college housemates to watch "Millionaire: A Major Fraud," a 2003 documentary about a tabloid scandal that had captivated all of the United Kingdom. In the special, provocateur Martin Bashir built the case against Charles and Diana Ingram, a seemingly mild-mannered, middle-class married couple ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for June 2 and beyond

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

JUNE

2: 1BR

2: Abe

2: Clickbait

2: Creepshow Season 1

2: Debt Collectors

2: Extra Ordinary

2: Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season

2: Robert The Bruce

2: Rogue Warfare: The Hunt

2: Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series

2: Witches in the Woods

...Read more

'Laurel Canyon' docuseries a deep dive into Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and more in '60s and '70s L.A. scene

What was so special about Laurel Canyon, which nurtured the fabled California Sound in the 1960s and was home to such budding future music legends as former San Diegan Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and Crosby, Stills & Nash?

What led to the community's second wave in the early 1970s, when Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat and ...Read more

Philly's David Corenswet is making it in Netflix's 'Hollywood'

PHILADELPHIA -- David Corenswet's first review in his hometown paper was a single line.

Corenswet, The Inquirer reported in April 2004, "is fine as the oddly named Great" in "The Forgiving Harvest," a family drama at People's Light & Theatre Company in which the then-12-year-old played a boy whose stepfather wanted to buy part of a family's ...Read more

Spike Lee sees the parallels between George Floyd and 'Do the Right Thing'

Spike Lee made a powerful statement Sunday about the killing of George Floyd by revisiting his seminal 1989 film, "Do the Right Thing."

"3 Brothers," a new short film from the director, connects the killing of Radio Raheem in "Do the Right Thing" to videos of police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner. "Will history stop repeating itself?" a ...Read more

Trevor Noah on George Floyd protests: 'Police in America are looting black bodies'

As protesters across the country demand justice for George Floyd and other victims of racism and police brutality, Hollywood is continuing to amplify the cause on social media and onscreen.

During Friday night's at-home episode of "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah delivered a passionate speech on Floyd's killing, the activism his death has spurred ...Read more

John Cusack tweets video of Chicago protests and police coming 'at me with batons'

CHICAGO -- While attending protests in downtown Chicago on Saturday, actor John Cusack said on Twitter that police "came at me with batons" and were hitting his bike as he attempted to film a burning car.

Protests took place nationwide over the weekend, sparked by the deaths of black people at the hands of police, including George Floyd in ...Read more

Nick Cannon explains why he came to Minneapolis for George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some big names have come to Minneapolis to support George Floyd. You might have seen Jamie Foxx or Jesse Jackson, or the Rev. Al Sharpton or ex-NBA player Stephen Jackson in the media, speaking at rallies.

Nick Cannon, best known as the host of Fox's "The Masked Singer," showed up in Minneapolis. Not to speak at a press ...Read more

With 'Chromatica,' Lady Gaga wants you to dance your pain away. Would that you could …

On Friday morning -- a few hours after the release of her new album, "Chromatica" -- Lady Gaga called off a virtual listening party due to the escalating nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.

"As much as I want to listen to 'Chromatica' together as a global group of kindness punks right now, our ...Read more

Mary McNamara: We are all horrified, but only white people have the luxury of being shocked

Last night while my city burned and curfew fell, I sat and watched "Black Panther" and thought about what smug hypocrites white people can be.

Myself included, of course.

I have spent a lifetime watching cities burn and always over the same damn thing: racism. I am just old enough to remember the 1968 Baltimore riot, one of several violent ...Read more