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Steven Schick drums up world of sonic adventure on 'A Hard Rain' double album, a percussive tour-de-force

SAN DIEGO — What do Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Todd Rundgren have in common with acclaimed percussion master, orchestral conductor and University of California San Diego music professor Steven Schick, a 2014 Percussion Hall of Fame inductee?

Stylistically speaking, very little. Unless, that is, Wonder, Rundgren and McCartney each ...Read more

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Megan Stalter always knew she was 'special.' The rest of us are finally catching up

LOS ANGELES — Megan Stalter was glancing at an antique spinning wheel in the guest room of her mother's house in Ohio last June when, suddenly, inspiration struck. It was Pride month, when corporations issue bland, often unconvincing statements of support for the LGBTQ community.

A thought occurred to her: Wouldn't it be funny if a store with...Read more

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Ukrainian hip-hop choreographer leads champions of a new 'dance generation' despite the war at home

LOS ANGELES — At Hip Hop International's USA Dance Championship this past weekend, hundreds of kids and adults from around the country cheered , waved flags and danced in their seats and onstage at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center. The energy was palpable. Even for the older crowd gathered to see children ...Read more

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Review: Eugenio Derbez's Hulu rom-com 'The Valet' finds its own space

"The Valet" starts with a "fake lovers" premise routine in rom-coms, but this Hulu original film doesn't park in the wide-open spot. The funny, grounded remake of a 2006 French comedy arrives in a Pinto and leaves in, if not a Porsche, at least a Prius.

Unambitious but hardworking valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) finds himself caught in the ...Read more

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Movie review: Engrossing 'Emergency' succeeds in shedding light on minority experience

So much about “Emergency” impresses.

From the revelation of what it truly is — as opposed to what it briefly is pretending to be — to the story choices made by its writer and director, the film is impactful all the way through its final shot.

Arriving in select theaters this weekend before being available a week later on Amazon’s ...Read more

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What's on TV this week: 'This is Us' finale, 'Stranger Things' Season 4 and 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

Sunday

“American Idol” (ABC, 8 p.m. ET): The winner is revealed in the singing competition's 20th season finale.

“The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.): “X-Men’s” Hugh Jackman lends his voice to the season finale.

“Lucy Worsley Investigates” (PBS, 8 p.m.): A new episode delves into the mental health issues that bedeviled Britain’s ...Read more

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She charmed in 'Minari,' delighted on the Oscars. Now for Youn Yuh-jung's next act ...

Fresh off her Oscar win for "Minari," Youn Yuh-jung stars in "Pachinko," Apple TV+'s adaptation of Min Jin Lee's 2017 novel. Youn plays the 1980s version of Sunja, whom the story introduces as a Korean youth in the 1910s, when the country was occupied by Japan. The title could be interpreted as a metaphor for the directions life takes based on ...Read more

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Rapper Lil Meech stole luxurious watches, cops say. He now faces charges in Miami

MIAMI — Lil Meech, an actor and rapper who gained fame under the tutelage of Hip Hop megastar 50 Cent, was arrested last weekend for his part in a convoluted scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of watches, police said.

Police say that Lil Meech, whose real name is Demetrius Flenory Jr., didn’t honor an agreed-upon $200,...Read more

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Armie Hammer's alleged sex crimes -- and his family scandals -- are focus of new series

A new true-crime special coming to ID and Discovery+ will take a deeper look at not just Armie Hammer‘s alleged sex crimes, but also his family tree of scandals.

As first reported by Variety on Wednesday, the tentatively titled “House of Hammer” will investigate multiple controversies across five generations of Hammer’s family, using a ...Read more

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Amber Heard's former BFF corroborates her violence allegations against Johnny Depp

Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, who was best friends with Amber Heard from 2003 through the actor’s marriage to Johnny Depp, offered corroborating testimony Wednesday morning in court as Heard’s team continued to present its witnesses in the defamation case brought by the former “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.

Pennington, who appeared ...Read more

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From 'Beavis and Butt-Head' to 'Yellowstone,' Paramount bets on scripted shows

When people think of MTV, chances are that "prestige" is not the first word that comes to mind. Viewers tend to associate the brand more with popular reality programs such as "The Real World" and "The Jersey Shore" rather than award-winning dramas.

But MTV Entertainment Studios' bailiwick has expanded in recent years under the leadership of ...Read more

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Lizzo gets her own documentary at HBO Max

Lizzo is bringing the party to HBO Max.

The flute-playing “Good as Hell” singer is getting the documentary treatment at HBO Max in an untitled project that “shares the inspirational story behind her humble beginnings to her meteoric rise with an intimate look into the moments that shaped her hard-earned rise to fame, success, love and ...Read more

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Sarah Jessica Parker hasn't spoken to Chris Noth since misconduct claims against him

Sarah Jessica Parker says she hasn't spoken to her "Sex and the City" and "And Just Like That..." co-star Chris Noth since sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against him late last year.

Parker, whose joint interview with real-life husband and "Plaza Suite" co-star Matthew Broderick was published Tuesday in the Hollywood Reporter, only ...Read more

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Critics' guide on what to watch this weekend

'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers'

What's the last word you'd expect to apply to this bit of Disney brand extension? How about "ambitious?" It is, though. An origin story and a new adventure about the genial chipmunks who get in and out of scrapes, "Rescue Rangers" is also a surprisingly clever look at animation styles. Incorporating hand-drawn, ...Read more

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Taylor Swift receives honorary degree from NYU, describes her journey in commencement speech at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK — She’s feeling ’22.

Taylor Swift received an honorary degree from New York University on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, and assured the Class of 2022 it’s OK to make mistakes in an aspirational commencement speech.

“I was a teenager at a time when our society was absolutely obsessed with the idea of having perfect young ...Read more

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Jimmy Kimmel 'is such a positive person' that he tested positive for COVID-19 again

COVID-19 has continued to plague the late-night TV circuit, this time hitting Jimmy Kimmel — again.

"I'm such a positive person, I tested positive AGAIN," the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tweeted Tuesday. "I am feeling fine."

While Kimmel recovers, fellow comedy stars John Mulaney and Andy Samberg "have graciously agreed" to guest host his ...Read more

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Friends and widow celebrate and mourn the late Bob Saget on his 66th birthday

Multitudes mourned comedian and actor Bob Saget upon his death earlier this year, a too-soon passing that hit home on Tuesday, what would have been his 66th birthday.

Perhaps most poignant were the birthdays that coincided with the beloved entertainer’s, and none more so than that of his widow, Kelly Rizzo Saget.

“Happy birthday my Love,�...Read more

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s 50th birthday celebrated with Empire State Building lighting, MetroCards, Lincoln Center tribute

NEW YORK — The 50th birthday celebration of The Notorious B.I.G. is going to be a biggie.

A tribute is set to take place for the late rap icon, also known as Biggie Smalls, on May 21 — which would’ve been the golden anniversary of the day he was born.

The Empire State Building will change to red, with a crown spinning in its mast on ...Read more

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Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford to join 'Yellowstone' prequel '1932′

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are joining forces to bring another element of the “Yellowstone” universe to the small screen.

Paramount+ announced the news Tuesday, though it did not elaborate on who the two would portray in the Oscar-nominated Taylor Sheridan’s prequel that currently holds the working title of “1932.”

“The next ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

'DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA'

Rated PG for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements.

What it’s about: The Crawley crew welcomes a film crew to the estate, and untangles the mystery of the French villa willed to the Dowager Countess by a long lost beau.

The kid attractor factor: Kids and teens who go for period dramas will ...Read more