The National Book Critics Circle winners are announced — and they're all women

Women swept the National Book Critics Circle awards, announced Thursday night in Manhattan. Women prevailed in all of the six competitive categories.

Joan Silber took the fiction prize for her novel "Improvement," published by independent press Counterpoint. The story of a single mother in Harlem who becomes involved in criminal schemes with ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of March 12:

1. Thor: Ragnarok -- Disney

2. I, Tonya -- Universal

3. Coco -- Disney

4. Daddy's Home 2 -- Paramount

5. Murder on the Orient Express -- Fox

6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri -- Fox

7. Wonder -- Lionsgate

8. The Disaster Artist -- Lionsgate

9. Lady Bird -- ...Read more

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters says he's 'ashamed' of Fox News and leaves his role as analyst

NEW YORK -- Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a longtime analyst for Fox News, told colleagues he is done with the network he says has become "a propaganda machine" for President Donald Trump.

Peters said in an email first reported Tuesday by BuzzFeed that he chose not to renew his contract as a paid contributor with Fox News on March 1 because he...Read more

Fate of Harvey Weinstein sex assault cases now in hands of 2 cautious prosecutors

LOS ANGELES -- After months of investigating, a handful of criminal cases involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein are now in the hands of two veteran but cautious prosecutors: Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

In Los Angeles, the investigation is focused on an Italian actress...Read more

Hollywood studios win as European countries vie for U.S. production dollars

In "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," the upcoming sixth installment of Paramount's action franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) travels to Paris where he engages in vehicular mayhem on the city's narrow streets, dangles from the ceiling of the Grand Palais and guns his motorcycle around the Arc de Triomphe.

Hollywood loves a working European ...Read more

Hannibal Buress stand-up set is interrupted at Catholic university after his sex-abuse joke

CHICAGO -- The weekend was not entirely sweet at the Gentile Arena for Loyola University Chicago students. Hannibal Buress' Saturday night show at Loyola, a Jesuit Catholic university, was almost cut short after the 35-year-old Chicago comedian made a joke referencing sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, attendees confirmed to the ...Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt release song for 'March for Our Lives'

Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt have released a new song in honor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and their charge for gun reform.

A portion of the proceeds from "Found/Tonight" will go toward the "March for Our Lives," the movement that on Saturday will bring rallies across the nation calling for school safety and gun ...Read more

Album reviews: Lil Yachty, Shamir and Brandi Carlile



(Self Released 1/2)

Shamir has now put out three full-length albums in less than a year. It started with "Hope," which the South Philadelphia songwriter recorded and released in one weekend in May 2017, and continued with "Revelations," which he let loose in November. And now the 23-year-old former electro-pop star's ...Read more

In 'Journey's End,' soldiers reminisce and wait to die in the muddy trenches of World War I

Years ago, in a quiet German forest, a gravedigger for fallen soldiers stilled his spade and said: "In these bones, you see what war is like. I know war now. I'll tell you what it is. War is young men killing other young men they do not know on the orders of old men who know one another too well."

That sentiment lingers through "Journey's End,"...Read more

A star on the brink: Nick Robinson graduates from teen actor to leading man with the groundbreaking LGBTQ high school comedy 'Love, Simon'

"Have you been to Echo Park Lake? You wanna go down there?" Nick Robinson asks. He's finished his cortado, a frothy espresso drink that became his go-to coffee order after a trip to Spain a few years ago, and says it's nice outside -- not too cold.

So we leave the Woodcat Coffee Bar, and I throw my bag into my car before we head to the lake. ...Read more

In a time of political and social upheaval, artists at SXSW turned to self-preservation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Mid-20s Australian artist Stella Donnelly was about halfway through "Mean to Me," a song about a no-good significant other who criticizes her jokes, acts bored in her presence and lacks even a sliver of human decency, when she decided to lighten the mood with the lilt of a violin.

It was a clever sleight-of-hand, given that the...Read more

Barbara Streisand's honored for her TV specials and more

LOS ANGELES -- When she was a newly independent teen living in a tiny New York apartment, Barbra Streisand never made her bed.

Determined to pursue her dream as a Broadway actress, she regarded her unkempt covers and thought, "I have to make it."

Make it in her career, that is. How else would she get enough money to pay someone else to tidy up...Read more

Life coach opened a new world to Malin Akerman

PASADENA, Calif. -- A self-confessed "softy," actress Malin Akerman is learning to be more assertive. It's a quality you need in Hollywood, she says on a cool, winter day in the guest room of a hotel here.

Akerman, who was born in Sweden but grew up in Canada, is testing her mettle onscreen as well, as the stylish wife of a hedge-fund ...Read more

'Panther' bests all rivals at box office again

LOS ANGELES -- Marvel's comic book juggernaut "Black Panther" continues to crush the box office and the record books.

The Disney blockbuster added $27 million to its domestic earnings over the weekend, raising its total to $605.4 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

"Black Panther" is the first picture to spend five ...Read more

Charlie Quintana, drummer for the Plugz and Social Distortion, dies at 56

Charlie "Chalo" Quintana, a fixture on the Southern California punk and roots music scene for decades, has died after fighting emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, his sister Elizabeth Montoya confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 56.

Quintana, who died last Monday at his home in Cancun, Mexico, is probably best ...Read more

New on DVD for March 27: 'Last Jedi' is galaxy of pure entertainment

The latest offering in the "Star Wars" franchise leads this week's new DVD offerings.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi": Grade 4 stars: At the heart of the story is the continuing efforts by Supreme Leader Snoke (plated with great villainy by Andy Serkis), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) to wipe out the ...Read more

Daniel Wu hopes 'Tomb' raises his profile in US. It's about time: He's American

Twenty years ago, with a University of Oregon architecture degree under his belt, Bay Area kid Daniel Wu took a serendipitous trip to Hong Kong as his graduation present. He wanted to witness the handover, stay a few months, then go home and figure out what to do with his life.

But a chance scouting in a bar led to a commercial gig, then some ...Read more

His killer 'Instinct': Alan Cumming is making history as the gay lead character in CBS' new drama, but it's just the latest move in a line of creative coups

In the new CBS crime procedural "Instinct," Alan Cumming plays Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative and musical savant turned Ivy League professor and bestselling criminal psychopathology expert who rides a motorcycle, wears natty Savile Row suits and eats pizza with a fork and knife.

And, oh, yeah, he's married to a man.

"His sexuality ...Read more

New Syfy series goes up, up and away to 'Krypton'

LOS ANGELES -- It worked for Batman. Now, it's Superman's turn.

The Fox series "Gotham" has taken a look at the world of the dark knight crime fighter before Bruce Wayne ever decided to don a cape and cowl. The stories have focused on the supporting players, particularly the quirky band of villains that Batman will spend his career tossing into...Read more

Motion picture academy president John Bailey faces accusations of sexual harassment

John Bailey, who was elected in August as the 34th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is being investigated by the organization following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.

On Wednesday, three harassment claims were reportedly brought against the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include such ...Read more