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Sarah Huckabee Sanders joins Fox News as a contributor

Former Trump White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed on to become a paid contributor for Fox News Channel, the network announced Thursday.

Sanders, 37, departed the Trump administration in July after serving as the president's chief spokesperson for two years. She will begin her career as a pundit on Sept. 6, making her ...Read more

Tom Bergeron wanted 'DWTS' to avoid politics. Then Sean Spicer was cast

"Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron has waded into the political debate surrounding ABC's casting of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the long-running dance competition.

The stalwart Bergeron, ever the voice of reason in the show's cavalcade of sequins, feathers and spray tans, voiced his disappointment Wednesday over "...Read more

Review: 'Jawline' examines the fleeting fame of live streams

Liza Mandelup's debut documentary feature, "Jawline," opens with a photo shoot. Aspiring digital heartthrob Austyn Tester, a good-natured teen from rural Tennessee, asks his brother, Donovan, to take his picture with his smartphone. None of the many, many shots are good enough. They eventually give up, planning to try again later for perfection....Read more

Brad Pitt knows what really happened to Cliff's wife in 'Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood'

Among the many enigmas, controversies and unexplained mysteries within Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" is a bit of backstory about Brad Pitt's character, Cliff Booth. What happened to his late wife?

A stuntman and war veteran resigned that his best days are behind him, Booth works as a handyman, driver and general aide-...Read more

Trump's Jewish comments play on anti-Semitism in culture, film and art

Nazi caricatures of Jews as conniving, scurrilous schemers -- a people of hooked noses and sinister motives -- infused the art, literature, film and propaganda that led to the Holocaust. Jews had been stereotyped for centuries across Europe as devious and untrustworthy. They hoarded money, killed Jesus, betrayed the French, brought vermin and ...Read more

Venice Film Festival preview: Can 'Joker,' Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and 'Birth of a Nation''s Nate Parker continue the festival's hot streak?

Begun in 1932, the Venice International Film Festival can be described the way "Guys and Dolls" described gambler Nathan Detroit's livelihood. It's the oldest established permanent floating crap game in the business.

The festival's headquarters, the Palazzo del Cinema not far from the swank Hotel Excelsior facing the Adriatic Sea, is located on...Read more

Need a feel-good movie? Rush out to see 'Peanut Butter Falcon'

"The Peanut Butter Falcon," the story of a fugitive on the lam with a young man with Down syndrome, is an affecting, appealing piece of Americana.

Zak (Zack Gottsagen) is an orphan housed by the state in a Virginia old folks home. He slips out one night to pursue his dream of meeting and training with the pro wrestler whose tapes he watches ...Read more

Television Q&A: Is the end of TNT's 'Animal Kingdom' near?

You have questions. I have some answers, starting with a spoiler-y question if you haven't been keeping up with "Animal Kingdom."

Q: Does the death of Smurf (Ellen Barkin) signal the end of "Animal Kingdom" on TNT?

A: No. Another season of the drama has been ordered, although fans were stunned at Barkin's departure. Executive producer John ...Read more

'Dancing With the Stars': See who's who in the wild, weird 2019 cast

A "Queer Eye" host, a "Bachelorette" and a former White House press secretary walk into a dance studio ...

Only "Dancing With the Stars" could round up a cast that is simultaneously as star-studded and as random as its 2019 lineup, which includes Karamo Brown, Hannah Brown and Sean Spicer as well as supermodel Christie Brinkley, Fifth Harmony ...Read more

For her new album, 'Lover,' Taylor Swift has embraced streaming. But is it too late?

For more than a decade, Taylor Swift's record sales have been about as close to a sure thing as exists in the rarely settled music industry.

When the singer's most recent album, "Reputation," came out in 2017, it sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week -- her fourth record in a row to go platinum essentially upon release. (That's ...Read more

Jennifer Aniston and Mark Hamill couldn't save 'The Kids Are Alright.' Can its impassioned star?

Nothing in life is permanent, least of all television. But we are creatures of the moment, and the imminent next moment: As it's happening, the loss of a TV series can feel like a kick in the head.

Mary McCormack is feeling that loss, from the inside. Known for her roles in "Murder One" and "The West Wing," and as the lead of USA's federal-...Read more

Review: 'Brittany Runs a Marathon' takes comedian Jillian Bell on a compelling journey

It's not often that your best friend writes and directs their debut feature film about you, but Brittany O'Neill's mental and physical transformation inspired her friend/writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo to make "Brittany Runs a Marathon," a drama disguised as a comedy about the hard work of changing yourself. Comedian Jillian Bell steps into ...Read more

Emmy predictions: 'When They See Us,' 'Chernobyl' offer voters hard choices

"Chernobyl" and "When They See Us" made us see history anew, shifting our awareness of tragic past events in ways that were insistent, exciting and absolutely haunting. The shows' storytelling was economical -- "When They See Us" unfolded over four superbly structured episodes; "Chernobyl" took five -- but these weren't series you could binge. ...Read more

6 paperbacks to pick up, including bios of Arthur Ashe and Agatha Christie

A little bit of everything for late-summer paperback reading: novels, short stories, book-length journalism and two splendid biographies.

"Arthur Ashe: A Life" by Raymond Arsenault (Simon & Schuster, $20). Arsenault, the historian author of "Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice," examines the too-brief life of tennis great ...Read more

Placido Domingo harassment inquiry will be led by the woman behind USC investigation

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Opera has hired Debra Wong Yang from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to conduct a "thorough and independent investigation" into sexual harassment allegations against Placido Domingo, the company's general director. The investigation will begin immediately, the company said Tuesday.

Yang is a former U.S. ...Read more

We can't call it 'Bond 25' anymore: New 007 film finally gets a name

"Bond 25," we thought we knew you: The 25th installment of the James Bond franchise has finally been christened, and it's "No Time to Die."

Eon Productions revealed the title on Tuesday, and the milestone film's name seems to strike a similar urgent-yet-matter-of-fact tone like classic 007 flicks that starred Sean Connery and Roger Moore. (We'...Read more

Forget Pittsburgh. Actress Cate Blanchett toured Seattle before becoming movie's 'Bernadette'

SEATTLE -- Where did she go, that Bernadette? All over Seattle, apparently.

The Phinney Ridge Farmer's Market. The top of the Space Needle. Buca di Beppo. Wherever actress Cate Blanchett needed to go to better understand the rant-ridden mind of Bernadette Fox, the title character of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?", a film based on the best-...Read more

Where are all the women in country music? At 2019 CMA Awards, they'll be hosting

The Country Music Assn. has a big reveal planned for this year's CMA Awards show in Nashville: Women make country music too.

An exaggeration? Perhaps, but not a big one for anyone whose exposure to country music in 2019 comes chiefly from radio.

Singer Maren Morris recently became the first female country artist to score a No. 1 hit on ...Read more

'Angel Has Fallen' latest work for busy Tim Blake Nelson

The first thing Tim Blake Nelson does when he gets on the phone to talk about his new feature film, "Angel Has Fallen," is apologize for being five minutes late. That he can carve five minutes out of his acting schedule is remarkable, as he has nine projects being released this year.

"If I haven't slept, it's probably because I feel so lucky," ...Read more

Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' had a historic run, but now Billie Eilish is No. 1

Step aside, Lil Nas X. There's a new sheriff in town, and her name is Billie Eilish.

Billboard announced on Monday that the rising pop star's summer smash "Bad Guy" has hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, ending "Old Town Road's" unprecedented 19-week ride at the top. After lurking consistently in the No. 2 spot for nine weeks -- longer than any ...Read more