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Avicii was a dance-music futurist with deep ties to the past

As one of the biggest stars in electronic dance music, Avicii operated with an implied faith in the value of the future.

"In the road of life, I tumble forward," went the words to his song "For a Better Day" -- lyrics that might have served as a kind of mantra for a Swedish DJ and producer whose creativity was closely tied to technology's ...Read more

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opens on Broadway, the J.K. Rowling magic telling us we're not safe

NEW YORK -- "Harry, there's never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world," says the deceased Dumbledore, his portrait talking from the stage. "Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again."

Yes, dear reader, ...Read more

This is what happened at the rest of Coachella while Beyoncé performed

INDIO, Calif. -- For many, Beychella Part 2 was the pinnacle of the Coachella experience. In hopes of getting an up-close view of the pop goddess, some camped out at the main stage hours before her late-night set, with some prime slots for Beyonce's 11:05 p.m. set snared by noon.

By the time Beyonce's show began, the festival grounds were ...Read more

Antonio Banderas has more in common with Picasso than heritage

PASADENA, Calif. -- Spanish actor Antonio Banderas loves a mystery. And he couldn't find a puzzle more suited to him than his latest project. Banderas is playing artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic's 10-part continuation of its "Genius" series.

"We are talking about an extraordinary, capable, skillful guy," says Banderas. "His personal ...Read more

Police rule out foul play in Avicii's death

Oman authorities have ruled out "criminal suspicion" in the death of the Swedish DJ Avicii, multiple media sources have reported. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, died Friday while he vacationing in the Oman capital of Muscat in the Arabian Peninsula. He was 28.

"Two postmortems were carried out ... and we can confirm that there is no ...Read more

'I Feel Pretty' exceeds expectations, and 'A Quiet Place' is back on top

LOS ANGELES -- "A Quiet Place" has hardly been a silent success. With an additional $22 million in ticket sales over the weekend, the horror film directed by John Krasinski has snatched the No. 1 spot once again in its third week of release. Meanwhile, the STX comedy "I Feel Pretty" starring Amy Schumer performed slightly better than expected ...Read more

Verne Troyer, famous for Mini-Me character in Austin Powers films, dies at 49

LOS ANGELES--Actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," a statement posted Saturday on Troyer's Facebook page said. No cause of death was given.

Troyer, who starred in a ...Read more

Fun and head games, terror and bloody revolt in 'Westworld's' smart, action-packed season two

Humans, beware. "Westworld" has returned with its highly anticipated second season, and the gun-slinging robot thriller has done so with a vengeance. And you're the target.

The mechanized hosts of this Wild West theme park suffered every sort of humiliation, indignity and gruesome death imaginable last season (and the creators of this HBO ...Read more

Album reviews: Mountain Goats' tribute, Adrian Younge and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers

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"I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas"

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Although early albums by the Mountain Goats, the long-running indie rock project of John Darnielle, were recorded on a boombox, the lo-fi sound quality did not diminish the high-quality writing. Darnielle's character-driven songs were tense, immediate and ...Read more

'Westworld's' stars on how season 2 speaks to the #MeToo movement

A surprising thing happened in the year and a half since the first season of "Westworld" confounded and attracted viewers with its knotted story of a futuristic android uprising at a patriarchal Western theme park.

At the center of the revolt on different fronts were "hosts" Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton), both of whom ...Read more

Producer and DJ known as Avicii dies at 28

Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ and producer who, performing as Avicii, helped kick start the electronic dance music explosion of the 2010s, died Friday in Muscat, Oman. He was 28.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," a representative said in statement to The Associated Press. "The family is...Read more

Bette Midler returning to Broadway to end 'Hello, Dolly!' run

Well, hello Bette!

Bette Midler will reprise her Tony-winning role as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the current Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" starting in July and keep the role through the end of the show's run.

Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters, who has been playing the titular role since Jan. 20, will take her final bow July 15.

When ...Read more

In Baltimore, in the flesh, Stormy Daniels

BALTIMORE -- Late, very. Short, or at least shorter in the way that celebrities always seem in real life.

That was Stormy Daniels, last seen on "60 Minutes," "The View" and litigation against President Donald Trump stemming from an alleged affair, opening a three-night show at the Fantasies strip club in South Baltimore on Thursday night.

She ...Read more

Natalie Portman cancels trip to accept Israeli prize

Natalie Portman has opted not to travel to Israel to accept the Genesis Prize, the awarding foundation announced Thursday.

The Genesis Prize Foundation said it was informed by a representative of the "Annihilation" actress that she would no longer be attending the ceremony.

"Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and ...Read more

Amy Schumer gives a beaut of a performance in the uneven but sweetly amusing 'I Feel Pretty'

"I Feel Pretty" is -- how to put this? -- better than it looks.

A mildly raunchy yukfest by way of an aspirational fairy tale, the movie stars Amy Schumer as Renee, an ordinary New Yorker who dreams of being a knockout -- or, barring that, of being able to squeeze into shoes smaller than a double-wide 9 1/2.

Renee's dreams come true (sort of) ...Read more

A va-va-voom flirt and a deliciously amoral world in the restored French noir 'Quai des Orfèvres'

Brooding, beautifully made and drenched in atmosphere, Henri-Georges Clouzot's knockout 1947 crime thriller/film noir "Quai des Orfevres" is back.

Originally released in the U.S. as "Jenny Lamour," "Quai" returns in a 4K restoration with the soul-destroying shadows of its vintage Paris ambience so crisply presented you can almost smell the ...Read more

'The Judge' documentary explores Middle East's first female jurist in sharia law courts

"The Judge" is not the eagerly anticipated documentary on Supreme Court luminary Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That film, "RBG," is coming soon, but in the interim viewers would be wise to take in this story of another female jurist who is just about as impressive.

That would be Kholoud Al-Faqih, a judge in a Palestinian sharia or religious court in the...Read more

Valeska Grisebach's 'Western' is a broodingly intelligent drama of culture clash

Like its title, "Western" is both startlingly direct and full of resonance and ambiguity. Written and directed by the gifted Valeska Grisebach, the movie follows German construction workers into a remote stretch of Bulgarian countryside, near the Greek border, where they have come to build a hydroelectric power plant.

The story is a faultlessly...Read more

Amy Schumer faces her critics with a message of self love and confidence: 'The fear is gone'

Amy Schumer looks at herself in the mirror. She is nearly naked, save her bra and the nude Spanx she has on to flatten her belly. As she stares at her reflection, her eyes begin to fill with tears. She doesn't say anything, but what she is thinking is very clear: "I'm disgusting. I hate the way I look. Who could ever love me?"

Although this ...Read more

Movie review: Netflix's 'Kodachrome' reminds that Ed Harris can make standard roles transcendent

Ed Harris.

Ed Harris.

Ed Harris.

The accomplished actor did not inspire "Kodachrome," and he's not the only thing in it, but when you're looking for reasons to watch, his arresting performance stands way out.

No one needs to be told how good the four-time Oscar nominee is, but there is a tendency to take consistently superior work for ...Read more