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Netflix and SiriusXM team up to create a comedy radio channel

Netflix will launch a comedy radio channel with satellite radio provider SiriusXM next year, marking the streaming video company's first foray into audio and the latest expansion of its comedy empire.

The channel will feature audio-only versions of Netflix comedy specials as well as content developed exclusively for the station, SiriusXM ...Read more

Movie review: 'Blindspotting' deftly examines white privilege, police brutality

"Blindspotting" is both a cathartic battle cry against police brutality and gentrification, and a sensitive, nuanced unpacking of race and identity from co-writers and co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. Bay Area natives and high school pals, Diggs and Casal started writing the film back in 2009 as a way to talk about their hometown of ...Read more

With no 'Game of Thrones' or 'Avengers,' Comic-Con rolls on as studios race to fill the gap

SAN DIEGO -- "Game of Thrones" is MIA. A new "Star Wars" will not be blasting off. The superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are taking a timeout.

This year's edition of Comic-Con, the annual gathering for thousands for comic book and pop culture fans eager to be the first to see what's on the horizon of the heroic, fantastic and ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Equalizer 2' coasts on Washington's charms

It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington, that's "The Equalizer" films, based on the '80s TV show about a former intelligence agent using his skills to help the less fortunate. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the 2014 film featured Washington ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of July 9:

1. A Quiet Place -- Paramount

2. Blockers -- Universal

3. Tyler Perry's Acrimony -- Lionsgate

4. Tomb Raider (2018) -- Warner

5. Escape Plan 2 (Double Feature) -- Lionsgate

6. Future World -- Lionsgate

7. Chappaquiddick -- Lionsgate

8. 211 -- Distribution Solutions

9. ...Read more

Superheroes are thriving in movies and on TV — but comic books lag behind

There is no hotter commodity in pop culture than Marvel Comics superheroes. They're the powerhouse behind four hit films this year (including the top two in global box office, Disney's $3.6 billion tandem of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War") and on television they're featured in 10 live-action series spread across ABC, Fox, Netflix, ...Read more

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

Melissa Leo adds another diverse role with 'Equalizer 2'

LOS ANGELES -- Counting her latest work in "Equalizer 2," Melissa Leo has more than 130 TV and film credits dating back to the mid-'80s. Along the way, she's picked up an Oscar and Golden Globe for her work in "The Fighter," plus another Oscar nomination for "Frozen River," three Primetime Emmy nominations (with one win) and a list of other ...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