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Elisabeth Moss shares stories behind brutal second season of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

LOS ANGELES -- "The Handmaid's Tale" is moving on without its most influential superstar.

That would be Margaret Atwood, whose nightmare of a novel drove the first season of the series about an America taken over by religious zealots who have forced fertile women into bondage.

But Season 2, which is now available on Hulu, moves beyond the ...Read more

My worst moment: 'NCIS's Brian Dietzen and the rehearsal after his 21st birthday

One advantage of playing the same role for 15 seasons? "You can transform your character over several years," said Brian Dietzen, who plays Dr. Jimmy Palmer on the long-running CBS procedural "NCIS."

Easily intimidated and a bit dorky at the outset, Palmer has grown in confidence over the years to become the team's full-time medical examiner ...Read more

The classic rock generation is getting ready to retire. Who's going to fill their shoes?

The news-making thing to do in 2018 for classic rockers of a certain age is to call it quits.

Or at least say that you're planning to -- once that one last tour is under your belt. Over the winter, Elton John, Paul Simon, and Joan Baez all announced they're hanging up their rock-and-roll (or folk) shoes.

Taken together, the announcements -- ...Read more

The Chicago Afrobeat Project is back to cutting loose

CHICAGO -- When famed Nigerian drummer Tony Allen joined the Chicago Afrobeat Project last year, it was as if Hank Aaron showed up to spend a month with the White Sox. "He dragged everyone's performance game up in our band," David Glines, the project's founding guitarist, told the Tribune last year. But Allen, whom Brian Eno once called "the ...Read more

Sinclair agrees to sell 23 TV stations to gain approval for Tribune deal

NEW YORK -- Sinclair Broadcast Group will divest 23 TV stations aimed at clearing the path for its merger with Tribune Media, the company announced Tuesday.

The sale of the stations would occur after the close of Sinclair's $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune's 42 TV stations. The deal would give Sinclair ownership or operational control of 215...Read more

Meek Mill, to be freed from prison, plans to attend Tuesday's 76ers-Heat playoff game

PHILADELPHIA -- Rapper Meek Mill plans attend Tuesday night's Philadelphia 76ers playoff game, according to a spokesman for Michael Rubin, a minority owner of the team who has been among the imprisoned rapper's biggest supporters.

Ron Berkowitz, an aide to Rubin, said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon that "the plan is to bring (Mill) ...Read more

Cosby lawyers push back against #MeToo, paint Constand as 'pathological'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's lawyers likened the legal woes and sex scandals that have dogged their client for years to "witch hunts" and "lynchings" and urged jurors Tuesday to reject Andrea Constand's claims that she was one of the comedy icon's final victims.

Delivering a final pitch to the jury, attorney Kathleen Bliss confronted head-on...Read more

Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio surprise CinemaCon to tease 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Just a couple of months ago, it seemed as if Quentin Tarantino's Hollywood future could be in question. But at a major movie industry event here Monday night, the head of Sony Pictures feted the director as Hollywood royalty, declaring the filmmaker's new screenplay the best thing he'd read in 30 years.

Sony was the first studio to present this...Read more

'Schoolhouse Rock' composer and performer Bob Dorough dies in Pa. home at 94

Musician Bob Dorough, 94, best known as a composer and performer for ABC's educational series of short cartoons "Schoolhouse Rock!," died of natural causes at his Mount Bethel, Pa., home on Monday, his son, Chris, said. Originally a jazz musician, he "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series ...Read more

Verne Troyer was heavily intoxicated, suicidal at time of death: report

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" franchise, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal driving limit hen he died on Saturday, according to a report.

TMZ says Troyer called 911 and let dispatchers know that he was suicidal. He was unresponsive upon arrival at the hospital and had to be ...Read more

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child on what it was like to be part of Beychella

INDIO, Calif. -- About the only secret that got out ahead of Beyonce's tightly guarded performances at the just-wrapped Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was the fact that the singer planned to reunite her era-defining girl group, Destiny's Child.

But the spread of those rumors hardly diminished the feeling of triumph when Beyonce ...Read more

Beyoncé's refusal to shrink her blackness made her Coachella showing revolutionary

INDIO, Calif. -- A quarter into Beyonce's triumphant, charged showing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival came a particularly poignant moment.

With the pop star floating high above the crowd via a hydraulic crane, Nina Simone's mournful version of "Lilac Wine" poured from speakers as two muscular dancers were intertwined in movement...Read more

List of DVD release dates for April 24 and beyond

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

APRIL

24: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

24: Den of Thieves

24: Paddington 2

24: Hostiles

24: Forever My Girl

24: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

24: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

24: Backstabbing For Beginners

24: 7 Guardians of the Tomb

...Read more

Movie review: 'Kings' is a baffling miss

The French-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Erguven stunned with her first film, "Mustang," the Academy Award nominated portrait of an unbridled Turkish girlhood straining at the strictures of patriarchy. Her follow-up film, "Kings," was originally intended to be her directorial debut, but the more ambitious project was sidelined for the intimate "...Read more

Cast, crew reveal 'Avengers: Infinity War' tidbits

LOS ANGELES -- "Avengers: Infinity War" has the potential to be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has so many heroes a scorecard may be necessary to keep track of all the players. Just for the press conference the weekend before the movie hits theaters, 24 cast and crew members talked about the film.

"Avengers: Infinity War" ...Read more

Marion 'Suge' Knight's murder trial set for September

LOS ANGELES -- A judge Monday set a September trial date in the murder case of former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, whose dramatic court saga stretches back more than three years.

The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of intentionally ramming his red Ford F-150 pickup into two men in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers following an ...Read more

Fox News host Sean Hannity says he never talked to HUD about loans that helped his real estate investments

Fox News host Sean Hannity said he had no direct discussions with the Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding loans for his real estate holdings revealed in a Sunday report by the Guardian.

The Guardian reported that Hannity has investments in shell companies that have bought real estate properties discounted after banks ...Read more

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