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Soundgarden to regain control of social media accounts in deal with Vicky Cornell

SEATTLE — After a year and a half of contentious litigation, Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, the wife of late singer Chris Cornell, have reached a temporary agreement on at least one piece of the ongoing lawsuit.

Under the agreement, which both sides announced Wednesday morning, Soundgarden and its management team will take control of ...Read more

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Review: Kevin Hart shines as single parent in heartfelt 'Fatherhood'

Kevin Hart is a single father raising his young daughter on his own in "Fatherhood," and that simple pitch is enough to envision the high jinks on deck: diaper accidents, mishaps in the kitchen, pratfalls aplenty.

But "Fatherhood" is not that movie. Instead it is a sweet, tender film with laughs, yes, and even a diaper scene or two, but which ...Read more

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Anti-vaxxers protest sold-out Foo Fighters concert at Southern California club

LOS ANGELES — Dozens of anti-vaccine demonstrators descended on Agoura Hills Tuesday night to protest the Foo Fighters' first full-capacity performance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rock band, fronted by singer and guitarist Dave Grohl, performed at the intimate Canyon Club concert venue to a sold-out crowd of about 600 ...Read more

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Amazon Studios wants half of its creative teams to be diverse by 2024

LOS ANGELES — Amazon Studios on Wednesday announced several goals to boost diversity on its series and films, as streamers expand their reach and aim to reflect their audiences worldwide.

The Culver City studio's inclusion policy aims to improve racial, ethnic and gender diversity on screen and its hiring decisions and provide better ...Read more

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'Jeopardy!': Which guest host tops the list so far?

With Savannah Guthrie stepping into the spotlight this week, “Jeopardy!” now has had 10 guest hosts since this intriguing conga line began back in January.

Ten. That’s a nice round number. So have you seen enough? Are you ready to pick a “winner” yet?

Yes, we still have more drop-ins coming our way, including CNN medical ...Read more

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Rita Moreno has Lin-Manuel Miranda's back in 'In the Heights' colorism controversy

Lin-Manuel Miranda has weathered criticism this week over the lack of darker-skinned Afro-Latinx lead performers in the new film version of his blockbluster musical "In the Heights."

"We fell short," he said in a statement Monday and continued to apologize on late-night TV the next day.

Now he has an impassioned defender: EGOT-winning icon ...Read more

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To mark Tupac Shakur's 50th birthday, Jada Pinkett Smith remembers what a poet he was

To celebrate what would have been Tupac Shakur's 50th birthday, Jada Pinkett Smith has released a rare poem penned by the late rap legend.

On Tuesday, the actor posted a video on social media featuring a series of profound stanzas handwritten for her by Shakur. Smith and Shakur met while attending high school together at the Baltimore School ...Read more

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Review: With Luca, Pixar creates an adorable film set in dreamy Italy

If you can’t get to Italy this month, you can do a lot worse than watching the new Pixar movie “Luca,” which takes place in a picture-perfect seaside town on the Riviera. Everything in this movie, directed by Enrico Casarosa, looks dreamy: the cool, soft blue of the sea and sky; the lived-in yellows and oranges of the village; the ...Read more

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'The Housewife and the Hustler' review: More primer than analysis, the documentary examines the legal and financial problems of Erika and Tom Girardi

A few years ago, an editor at the Tribune asked us to write about our guilty pleasures, and I focused on Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise, a constellation of shows I think of as Sandbox Tantrums of the Damned. Why do I bother with these pretend-subversive portraits of 1-percenters thirsting for celebrity and forever trying (and failing)...Read more

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Jay-Z sues NY photographer for 'exploiting' his image. Snapper says he helped Hova 'achieve' fame

Jay-Z is knocking a New York photographer for allegedly “exploiting” his image after the two men worked together on photo shoots back when the Roc-A-Fella Records founder was a Brooklyn teen on the cusp of superstardom.

The “Hard Knock Life” rapper filed a new lawsuit Tuesday claiming Jonathan Mannion is hawking his vintage photos of ...Read more

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Nintendo's latest reveal and the hype, storylines and mysteries of E3 2021

For the second year in a row, the pandemic thwarted plans for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game trade show colloquially known as E3, to stage its annual event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's four-day, online-only gala was low on video game razzmatazz. At least it was until Nintendo brought the charm with its ...Read more

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Roger Waters burns down 'powerful idiot' Mark Zuckerberg's request to use song

Roger Waters says Mark Zuckerberg asked to use one of Pink Floyd's most famous songs to promote Instagram. Waters' response to the man he calls "one of the most powerful idiots in the world"? "No f—ing way!"

At a recent New York City event at the People's Forum to advocate for the release of Julian Assange — the WikiLeaks founder who is ...Read more

Review: Kevin Hart struggles for sincerity in 'Fatherhood'

Starring Kevin Hart as a widower trying to raise his young daughter, "Fatherhood" is an affable dramedy that lacks any real tension or drive. In a more dramatic turn than his usual manic comedic roles, Hart shows promise but isn't quite there yet to craft something truly rounded, emotional and outside his well-known persona.

Directed by Paul ...Read more

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'The Book of Mormon' sets Broadway return

NEW YORK — Prayers have been answered for “The Book of Mormon” fans.

The Tony-winning stage musical will return to Broadway on Nov. 5, producer Anne Garefino announced Wednesday of the raunchy comedy.

Broadway shows have been shuttered since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When Broadway shut down, so many amazing and ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Luca' follows familiar formula but is another wonderful Pixar creation

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a young, magical sea creature, heard of only in fairy tales and sailor’s legends, dreams of life beyond the surface, on land, and takes a leap to explore the world beyond the safety of their brightly jewel-toned underwater world. You may be thinking that this sounds a lot like “The Little Mermaid,�...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

'LUCA'

Rated PG for rude humor, language, some thematic elements and brief violence.

What it’s about: A young sea monster yearns to explore the world, starting with the nearby Italian coastal village.

The kid attractor factor: Another Pixar animated feature with a starry voice cast and gorgeous design.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Fear of ...Read more

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Sound Advice: There can be more to an amplifier than sound quality

Q. I am currently powering my B&W 702 S2 floorstanding speakers with an Outlaw Audio RR2160 receiver. Would an upgrade of the Outlaw Audio RR2160 to a McIntosh 5300 integrated amplifier provide a noticeably better sound experience? The McIntosh lists for $5,500, the Outlaw Audio RR2160 for $1,000. It would cost five times more for the McIntosh! ...Read more

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Review: 'Sparks Brothers' doc celebrates the greatest band you've never heard of

Near the end of Edgar Wright's delightful documentary "The Sparks Brothers," a loving, lighthearted tribute to the 50-plus years that brothers Ron and Russell Mael have spent making some of the best music you've probably never heard, Amy Sherman-Palladino comes on and starts talking about the brothers' mystique, saying that they've given us the ...Read more

What's 'Beauty and the Beast' minus Beauty and Beast? Series to feature Gaston, LeFou

Disney+ has given the green light to a musical, limited-series prequel to its live-action movie "Beauty and the Beast." It's slated to begin production next year.

The show, starring the 2017 film's Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gad), will follow the duo "as they set off with LeFou's stepsister, Tilly (Briana Middleton of George Clooney's ...Read more

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Martin Sheen on the 'deeply personal' appeal of '12 Mighty Orphans'

There’s no “I” in team, but there is in mighty.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, “12 Mighty Orphans” — based on a true story and screening at the Tribeca Film Festival — features Martin Sheen in the role of Doc Hall, a jovial man devoted to his work at the Fort Worth Masonic Home and the orphans who live there. ...Read more