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Smokey Robinson gratefully resumes touring after battling COVID-19: 'It was touch and go,' says Motown legend

Motown vocal legend Smokey Robinson gratefully returned to the concert stage last weekend after having spent nearly two weeks hospitalized in December with COVID-19.

“I was in the hospital for 11 days before Christmas and it wiped me out. It was touch and go,” the longtime Los Angeles resident told The San Diego Union-Tribune. He spoke by ...Read more

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Bob Odenkirk says he had 'a small heart attack' and is taking 'a beat to recover'

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk thanked fans Friday for the “outpouring of love” that washed over him following a “small heart attack” he had earlier this week.

“Hi. It’s Bob. Thank you. To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for...Read more

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Amanda Knox accuses Matt Damon, Tom McCarthy's 'Stillwater' of profiting off her name

Amanda Knox, the former American college student who was acquitted twice in Italy over the slaying of her roommate, is not happy about the latest Hollywood take on the sensational story that garnered worldwide attention.

She’s taking aim at Tom McCarthy’s new dramatic thriller “Stillwater” — starring Matt Damon, Camille Cottin and ...Read more

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DaBaby doubles down on homophobic message with offensive new video, as Madonna, Elton John, more speak out against rapper's hateful remarks

Just days after DaBaby was slammed on social media for making homophobic and ignorant remarks about the HIV/AIDS community, the rapper seemed to forget the half-apology he’d posted on Twitter with the release of a new video.

On July 25, during a performance at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami, the 29-year-old musician stunned the audience ...Read more

'SNL' cast member Michael Che deletes all Instagram posts after backlash over Simone Biles jokes

Comedian Michael Che has deleted all of his Instagram posts following a massive backlash over jokes about Simone Biles.

On Thursday, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member wrote on his Instagram story that he wanted to “make fun of” Biles, the Team USA superstar who withdrew from the team gymnastics final on Tuesday to focus on her ...Read more

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Karla Peterson: A 'Behind the Music' revival and a new Lydia Lunch documentary look back with heart and fury

When the 2021 Emmy nominations were announced on July 13, three of the five nominees in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special category — HBO's "Tina" and "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and FX's "Framing Britney Spears" — were deep-focus looks at rock and pop icons.

As the great Top-40 poet Bob Seger said in a ...Read more

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Review: This whimsical British period piece is the perfect midsummer binge

Emily Mortimer, the actor, has written and directed and plays a supporting part in a lively adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel “The Pursuit of Love,” a tale of two cousins set between the World Wars. It premiered Friday on Amazon Prime.

The novel has been adapted for television twice before, in 1980 and 2001, in combination with (...Read more

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Gone but hardly forgotten: Encounters with comic Jackie Mason in Chicago

CHICAGO — And so, the comic Jackie Mason was saying, in that unforgettably distinctive pure Lower East Side New York accent (thick, nasal) of his, “And so, I may be thinking why Colin Powell is such a sensation. How does a guy become the hottest guy in America when no one knows what he does for a living? He puts on a uniform and a pair of ...Read more

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Review: 'The Green Knight,' with Dev Patel as an Arthurian adventurer, is a ravishing triumph

“Remember: It is only a game.” Those words, more ominous than reassuring, are heard early in “The Green Knight,” David Lowery’s misty, melancholy dream of a medieval epic. They are spoken by King Arthur (Sean Harris) to his impetuous young nephew, Gawain (Dev Patel), who’s about to confront the challenge of his life. If this is ...Read more

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A Chicago drag legend celebrates his 80th birthday with showgirls, sequins and a few hundred of his closest friends: 'He's iconic and everybody knows it'

CHICAGO — There were cocktails and spotless white table linens, ball gowns and sequined bikinis.

There were proclamations from politicians, toasts, standing ovations, musical tributes — and even, as the evening wore on, what appeared to be an open-ended marriage proposal for the man of the hour.

At the center of it all was an affable 80-...Read more

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Broadway to require audiences, performers to be vaccinated and wear mask

NEW YORK — Broadway audiences, performers and staff will have to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and wear face masks inside the theater at least through October, the Broadway League announced Friday.

The policy, which applies to all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City, will require guests to be fully vaccinated, meaning they must ...Read more

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How Matt Damon's 'Stillwater' explores 'ugly Americans' in the post-Trump era

For all the time he has spent traveling the globe making and promoting movies throughout his career, Matt Damon is sad to report that his linguistic abilities are sorely limited.

"I've spent so much time in Italy, in Hungary, in France, in Jordan, and I've got nothing to show for any of it," Damon said recently over Zoom from his home in Los ...Read more

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Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme still kicking in the amusing 'The Last Mercenary'

Ever since the jaw-dropping paradigm shift of 2009’s “JCVD,” viewers have been forced to re-evaluate Jean-Claude Van Damme, aka the “Muscles from Brussels.” That 2009 film riffed off Van Damme’s real-life tribulations (including drug addiction, divorce and career valleys) to craft an unexpectedly effective drama. Not to say he’s ...Read more

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My MTV, my friend: honoring the network on its 40th anniversary

Here’s a fun piece of information, and I’m sorry for the way it might make you feel: MTV debuted 40 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1981.

When it first launched, Music Television played videos from morning till night and introduced us to everything that was cool: punk rockers with mohawks, hair metal bands in Spandex and all things Madonna. Later it ...Read more

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Lollapalooza's contract with Chicago is set to expire. Will it be renewed?

CHICAGO — When the Foo Fighters finish their set on the main stage at Lollapalooza on Sunday night in Grant Park, it will mark the end of the final festival under a 10-year contract between promoter C3 Presents and the Chicago Park District.

Typically, at the end of the raucous four-day, eight-stage, 400,000-person production at Grant Park, ...Read more

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Actor on the rise: Carra Patterson in Disney+'s 'Turner & Hooch'

Atlanta actress Carra Patterson plays a sidekick in more ways than one in the new Disney+ show “Turner & Hooch,” inspired by the 1989 Tom Hanks film of the same name.

Patterson’s character Jessica is the police partner to Scott Turner (Josh Peck of Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” fame) and his dog Hooch, a Dogue de Bordeaux breed. The ...Read more

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Tasty TV: 7 new culinary shows to feast on

Television’s appetite for cooking shows is clearly insatiable.

A quick scan of broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming platforms reveals that culinary-minded fare is everywhere. And each week, it seems, new shows arrive featuring fresh, camera-ready chefs and/or a different way to turn cooking into a cutthroat competition.

If you’...Read more

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Review: 'Welcome 2 America' shows that Prince is still full of surprises

Is Prince speaking to us from beyond? Was he some kind of soothsayer? Or have times just not changed that much?

Five years after his death, the Purple One weighs in with an 11-year-old, previously unissued album that seems remarkably timely and topical in this post-Trump world of media misinformation and racial reckoning.

Sony Legacy's release...Read more

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'Who's starting the fires?' Oakland's gentrification woes star in new podcast drama

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Count Dominique Mouton as the latest Hollywood-bound talent from Oakland to get inspired by her hometown’s 21st-century growing pains.

Following the success of Ryan Coogler, Boots Riley and Daveed Diggs, with their various Oakland-centered film and TV projects, writer Mouton has crafted an ambitious neo-noir drama that ...Read more

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What is it about Minnesota town that produces so many Hollywood screenwriters?

MINNEAPOLIS — Columbia Heights' civic website talks about the elevator in City Hall and Abraham Lincoln's funeral railroad car, which was once displayed in the city. But it doesn't mention that Minneapolis' northern neighbor might be the epicenter of Minnesota humor.

A surprising number of Columbia Heights High School alums became movie ...Read more