Weinstein victims' settlement hits another roadblock

LOS ANGELES -- The proposed $44-million deal between Harvey Weinstein, his former film studio's board and a number of women who have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct has hit another roadblock.

The deal, which was already in jeopardy, is now facing more uncertainty because of a dispute between the estate of the Weinstein Co...Read more

A Russian model was poised for her big break in 'Anna.' Then the film got stuck in MeToo limbo

LOS ANGELES -- Sasha Luss walked into the private screening room with a cocktail in hand, ready to watch herself in her first major movie. It was a quiet Thursday afternoon when she arrived at Soho House, and her birthday. She was 27 and had spent the morning celebrating at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

But even though Luss' film, "Anna,...Read more

Review: 'Toy Story 4' earns its relevance with humor, heart in trying times

It's easy to question the necessity of another "Toy Story" movie, especially after the emotionally devastating "Toy Story 3." Arriving nine years later, "Toy Story 4" has to earn its relevance. It does so in spades, with astonishingly beautiful animation, smart humor and a story filled with the kind of pathos and poignancy we expect. In a summer...Read more

List of DVD release dates for June 18 and beyond

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


18: Us

18: Wonder Park

18: Hotel Mumbai

18: No Manches Frida 2

18: Run the Race

18: The Beach Bum

18: Hale County This Morning, This Evening

18: Under the Silver Lake

18: Crypto

18: Giant Little Ones

18: Killing Eve: Season Two

18: ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Dumbo' flops; 'Cinderella' remains belle of the ball

A major miscue and a magnificent accomplishment from Disney are among this week's list of new DVD and Blu-ray offerings.

"Dumbo"; 1.5 stars: The original 1941 animated Disney classic film showed how the little elephant with floppy ears came to realize he was not a misfit through the support of his family and a close friend. The story was ...Read more

'Echo in the Canyon' review: A '60s musical flowering gets plucked by Jakob Dylan's vanity project

How did an apparently sincere tribute turn into such a weirdly clueless vanity project?

The music scene evoked in the documentary "Echo in the Canyon" remains a chimerical wonder, equal parts bliss and chaos. In the 1960s, a daisy chain of like-minded songwriters and performers moved to the winding-road Eden up and over from Hollywood Boulevard...Read more

YouTube rapper arrested in human trafficking case as police seek more victims

LOS ANGELES -- Officials are seeking victims of human trafficking linked to a YouTube rapper from Los Angeles who was arrested last week on charges of pimping and pandering an Orange County woman.

Angel Ortiz Diamond, 31, was charged with one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering. Diamond, who goes by the name Benjiboy ...Read more

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, socialite and fashion entrepreneur, dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress and "poor little rich girl" in a sensational 1930s custody trial who survived a famously disjointed childhood to become an actress, artist, designer and author, has died. She was 95.

Her death was announced Monday via a CNN report voiced by anchor Anderson Cooper, her son. CNN reported that she died at her home ...Read more

'Big Little Lies' is less white this season. That doesn't mean it's smart about race

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of "Big Little Lies."

No one knows what's troubling Bonnie Carlson. One of "Big Little Lies"' infamous "Monterey Five" -- a group of affluent women trying to cover up details of their involvement in the killing of one of their husbands at a gala school fundraiser -- the guilt-ridden ...Read more

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress and socialite, dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress and "poor little rich girl" in a sensational 1930s custody trial who survived a famously disjointed childhood to become an actress, artist, designer and author, has died. She was 95.

Her death was announced Monday via a CNN report voiced by anchor Anderson Cooper, her son. CNN reported that she died at her home ...Read more

10 games at E3 that made a lasting impression

LOS ANGELES -- The Electronic Entertainment Expo has never been subtle.

But the event, hosted by the trade group representing the video game industry -- the body designed to present the community's best image to Congress and the public at large -- got right to the point this year in its on-site messaging at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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John Legend covers Led Zeppelin, oh so smoothly, at Hollywood Bowl season opener

LOS ANGELES -- Dressed in a baby-blue tuxedo with tails -- and flanked by three backing vocalists wearing matching tulle gowns -- John Legend definitely looked like he was in the right place when he performed Saturday night to open the summer season at the Hollywood Bowl. And as he peppered his set with renditions of well-worn classics by Marvin...Read more

Album reviews: Jonas Brothers, Baroness and Jimmie Vaughan


"Gold & Grey"

(Abraxan Hymns )

Baroness may well be Philly's most beloved working band. Leader and in-demand visual artist John Baizley miraculously survived a tour bus crash so traumatic that his original rhythm section quit afterward. And five albums into a hot streak that's won him plaudits and converts who don't normally ...Read more

Eva Longoria's 'Grand Hotel' opens doors for diverse cast

PASADENA, Calif. -- Where can you plunder comedy and drama in the same place? Hospitals, workplaces and neighborhoods have all been tried in television, and so have hotels. TV has mined that ore hundreds of times, from the loony digs in "Fawlty Towers" to the ritzy clientele of "Hotel."

Bob Newhart hosted an inn in "Newhart." The mob explored ...Read more

'Men in Black: International' continues the summer box office's sequel slump

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood sequels have crashed and burned at the box office this summer, with just a handful of notable exceptions.

Sony's "Men in Black: International," a spinoff of the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones franchise, continued the trend, debuting in first place with a disappointing $28.5 million, according to estimates from ...Read more

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, acclaimed in film, theater and opera, dies at 96

Italian film, theater and opera director Franco Zeffirelli, known for his over-the-top productions, once described a scene of a father reacting to his son's desire to work in the theater.

"He just broke everything in sight. Having exhausted the china and glass, he opened a drawer and pulled out a revolver, which he started to wave about.

"'I ...Read more

With HBO's gritty teen drama 'Euphoria,' stars Zendaya and Hunter Schafer aren't afraid to raise eyebrows

LOS ANGELES -- "Nobody is getting their head cut off," Zendaya says. She's referring to the hubbub over her latest project: "Euphoria," HBO's unflinching portrait of teen life.

It's true. There aren't the beheadings viewers came to expect from "Game of Thrones." But that doesn't mean the new HBO drama isn't raising eyebrows.

The first episode ...Read more

'Neo Cab' is the most perfect demo game I played at E3 2019. Here's why

Games, multiple companies at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) have told us, are for everyone. Fine, but only because anyone who says they don't play games is lying. After all, game-like tricks are often required to simply get through the day. And technology is only making it worse.

Maybe you struck a pose for the sole purpose of ...Read more

As Tony Bennett approaches 93, let's hear it for the elders

CHICAGO -- It's a question I've been hearing for decades, applied to any number of seasoned performers I've covered:

Why are they still working?

I heard it plenty when Frank Sinatra was deep into his 70s, still selling out arenas around the world. Also when Cab Calloway was in his 80s, joyously strutting up and down the stage snarling "Minnie ...Read more

Miranda May's ready for more summer fun with 'Bunk'd'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Miranda May is excited about getting to spend another summer at camp. The 23-year-old Ohio native isn't going to be making a leather wallet or learning to identify trees by their leaves in some rural location. Her camp days unfold as the fourth season of "Bunk'd" begins June 20 on the Disney Channel.

"Bunk'd" is a spinoff of ...Read more