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On April Fools' Day, Public Enemy reveals Flavor Flav's firing was a hoax

It turns out Public Enemy, Enemy Radio, Chuck D and Flavor Flav never had a falling out, and hypeman Flav was never fired.

That's in contrast to messages the band was putting out at the beginning of March, when the longtime collaborators were fighting it out in public on social media, against the background of who was or wasn't endorsing Sen. ...Read more

A K-pop star claimed he had coronavirus as an April Fools' joke. But fans didn't laugh

It turns out April Fools' Day and a deadly pandemic don't mix.

But that didn't stop K-pop singer Jaejoong from tricking millions of fans with a tone-deaf coronavirus prank.

On Wednesday, Jaejoong of the band JYJ said on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and apologized "to those who could have been infected because of me."

"It...Read more

Commentary: TV news needs to show us the suffering from COVID-19 at ground zero inside hospitals

Sounds of coughing and moaning throughout the room.

Corridors overflowing with gurneys bearing COVID-19 patients, some in postures of distress.

Sheets of plastic taped to walls, makeshift borders aimed at protection and some semblance of privacy.

This is what ground zero looks like in the war on COVID-19, according to a CNN report that aired ...Read more

New 'Fargo' season set in Kansas City was about to debut. Then coronavirus happened

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Season 4 of "Fargo" was all set to premiere April 19 -- the season we especially cared about because it's set in 1950 Kansas City.

But like so much in this coronavirus-ravaged world, the show is delayed indefinitely.

"Due to the postponement of production related to the coronavirus, the fourth installment of FX's award-...Read more

Movie review: 'Almost Love' lazy romance with problematic elements

Actor Mike Doyle makes his feature directorial debut with "Almost Love," a sprawling, languid sort of look at love and relationships in New York City. It's a film that purports to be about "romance in the smartphone era," though there's really not much of substance about smartphones, except that the characters take a lot of Ubers and one person ...Read more

Commentary: Why we yearn to return to concerts, when the time is right

CHICAGO -- For the first time in half a century, I can't seek balm in the place where I've always been able to find it: the listening room.

By that I mean not the den or the home office via the stereo or the computer. No, that's not where music sounds best, regardless of the technology involved. The only way to hear jazz or classical music -- ...Read more

'Tales from the Loop,' Amazon's sci-fi anthology, makes sense for our current alternative universe

A gentle slow-burner ideal for our alternative pandemic universe, the eight-episode Amazon Studios series "Tales from the Loop" begins Friday. It's a moving, determinedly solemn adaptation of Swedish author/artist Simon Stalenhag's lavishly illustrated book, published in 2014 after his retro-futurist visions of a 1980s Sweden became an online ...Read more

Palo Alto's Jon M. Chu delivers mysterious 'Home Before Dark'

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jon M. Chu, the Palo Alto native who directed "Crazy Rich Asians," finds it fitting that his first big foray into television is with Apple's new streaming service.

He, after all, grew up in Los Altos -- the same city where Steve Jobs once lived (and home to that famous garage). And he has fond memories of how Apple employees...Read more

Our fashion critic reviews 'Making the Cut's' winning looks: 'A shrug at best'

The setup for Amazon's new fashion-competition reality show, "Making the Cut," is tailor-made (pun fully intended) to move merchandise: a posse of fashion-insider judges (which, in the premiere episode included designer Joseph Altuzarra and fashion editor Carine Roitfeld); a slickly produced runway presentation (this one with the Eiffel Tower as...Read more

A happy-but-not-sappy song playlist to stay positive through the quarantine

Now is not the time for Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave. Bob Dylan is even a little too dark if you're looking for music to carry you through the din of this coronavirus quarantine.

On the other hand, you don't want "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," either. Cheery pop music right now sounds as vapid as those Florida spring-breakers on TV who didn't want to leave...Read more

Movie guide: 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' and 15 more critics' picks to watch at home

"Never Rarely Sometimes Always" -- Reviewing this a few weeks ago, I noted the exceptional timeliness of one of the most honest and empathetic American movies about abortion rights in recent memory. And yet Eliza Hittman's beautifully observed independent drama -- a big prizewinner at the recent Sundance and Berlin film festivals -- couldn't ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of March 23:

1. 1917 -- Universal

2. Jumanji: The Next Level -- Sony

3. Spies in Disguise -- Fox

4. The Grudge (2020) -- Sony

5. Knives Out -- Lionsgate

6. Charlie's Angels (2019) -- Sony

7. Uncut Gems -- Lionsgate

8. Richard Jewell -- Warner

9. Bombshell -- Lionsgate

10. Midway (...Read more

Plácido Domingo says he's at home and feels 'fine' after coronavirus battle

Opera singer Placido Domingo, who was diagnosed with COVID-19, says he is at home and feeling "fine."

"Fortunately from the very first symptom I was, as usual, under medical supervision, given my age and my comorbidity, therefore the COVID 19 infection was immediately suspected and this helped me a lot," the 79-year old wrote in a statement ...Read more

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne is fighting the coronavirus

Adam Schlesinger, the Fountains of Wayne cofounder who also won an Emmy for his songwriting work on the TV show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," is reportedly on a ventilator in an upstate New York hospital fighting the coronavirus.

"He's very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people on ventilators," his longtime attorney, Josh Grier, told Variety ...Read more

'The Last Dance,' ESPN's 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls, will debut on April 19

CHICAGO -- Like Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Bulls, ESPN's "The Last Dance" apparently cannot be held back.

Years in the making and originally scheduled to launch in June in conjunction with the 2020 NBA Finals, the long-awaited 10-part documentary about the Jordan-led team's pursuit of its sixth and final championship instead will run on ...Read more

CNN's Chris Cuomo tests positive for the coronavirus

CNN prime-time anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the coronavirus, the network said Tuesday.

The cable news network said Cuomo, who is the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will continue to do his nightly program which airs at 9 p.m. Eastern.

"In these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Little Women' is the family love story we need right now

One family's tale of love and heartbreak through rifts and illness tops the new DVD releases for April 7.

"Little Women": The March sisters have gone their separate ways: Jo (Saoirse Ronan) to college in New York, Amy (Florence Pugh) to Europe with Aunt March (Meryl Streep), Meg (Emma Watson) to domestic life with a husband and children, and ...Read more

Why 'Tiger King' is the show you need right now

Bless you, Netflix.

Over the weekend, my wife and I finally finished "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," the stranger-than-fiction documentary series about the unique subculture of big-cat owners.

My jaw is still embedded in the floor.

This seven-part series is the most bizarre, bewildering, outrageous, hilarious and totally bonkers ...Read more

Recovered from the coronavirus, Colton Underwood tackles a new foe: 'The Bachelor' franchise

LOS ANGELES -- Colton Underwood woke up in a panic, gasping for air, his bed sheets soaked. Instinctively, he knew: He had been infected with the coronavirus.

He wasn't certain where he'd been exposed -- possibly at a celebrity ski event in Beaver Creek, Colo., this month -- but lying in his bed in L.A., he started to panic. He logged onto ...Read more

Lizzo buys lunch for UW Medical Center staff as hospitals are overwhelmed with potential coronavirus patients

SEATTLE -- The world could use more fun surprises right now. The staff at University of Washington Medical Center's emergency room received one Monday courtesy of one the hottest stars in pop music.

At a time when hospitals are being overwhelmed with potential COVID-19 patients, hard-twerking pop phenom Lizzo treated the ER staff to lunch, her ...Read more