Anna Deavere Smith talks about taking on real people and Shondaland

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anna Deavere Smith has lived many lives as an actress for hire, moving fluidly among stage, film and television. The Baltimore native has inhabited memorable characters in "The American President" and "Rachel Getting Married" and on "Nurse Jackie," "The West Wing" and most recently "black-ish." (She joins the Shondaland ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Feb. 20 and beyond

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


20: Daddy's Home 2

20: The Star

20: Same Kind of Different as Me

20: The Florida Project

20: American Satan

20: Midnight, Texas: Season One

20: Mom and Dad

27: Coco

27: Murder on the Orient Express

27: Darkest Hour

27: Three ...Read more

How massive is 'Black Panther' at the box office? A record-shattering $235 million

The King of Wakanda reigned supreme this holiday weekend as Disney's "Black Panther" proved to be a pop cultural phenomenon, shattering box office records with an estimated $235 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend.

The Marvel Entertainment release, the first global superhero blockbuster with an African ...Read more

Album reviews: Melody Gardot, James Hunter Six, MGMT

Melody Gardot

"Live in Europe"

(Decca 1/2)

Philadelphia's smoky-voiced and nimble-fingered Melody Gardot has been an elastic jazzy presence throughout her handful of studio albums since her 2006 debut, "Worrisome Heart." And the singer and pianist's studio ensembles have also been rubbery, hazy and dynamic. Yet anyone who has witnessed ...Read more

Trolls on Twitter make false claims of being assaulted at screenings of 'Black Panther'

As Marvel's latest superhero movie, "Black Panther," draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely African American fans.

Over the last few days, users have posted false claims that they were ...Read more

David Glasser was the Weinstein Co.'s 'third brother.' Will his firing be enough to save the business?

They called him "the third brother."

For years, Weinstein Co. President David Glasser was the right-hand man to Harvey Weinstein, working as a peacemaker between the volatile movie magnate and Weinstein's brother and partner, Bob. Glasser oversaw the company's operations and was key to building its television business.

That abruptly ended ...Read more

Record-breaking box office, traditional African garb as 'Black Panther' fever takes over LA

LOS ANGELES -- "Black Panther" fever took over Los Angeles and beyond this weekend as the highly anticipated Disney film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the "Star Wars" franchise.

The Marvel Entertainment release took in an estimated $192 million over the weekend domestically, making it the highest ...Read more

Dr. Pol shares 'Incredible' life with animals

PASADENA, Calif. -- When he was studying veterinary medicine in his native Holland, Jan Pol had no idea he would become a TV star. But that's where the 75-year-old finds himself today as the subject of Nat Geo Wild's wildly popular "The Incredible Dr. Pol."

He was ministering to all kinds of farm animals in rural Michigan when his son, Charles,...Read more

Trolls take to Twitter to lie about being attacked by black people while going to see 'Black Panther'

As Marvel's latest superhero movie "Black Panther" draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely black fans.

Over the past few days, users have posted false claims that they were attacked by ...Read more

Weinstein Co. board fires president David Glasser 'for cause'

Weinstein Co.'s president and chief operating officer, David Glasser, has been fired "for cause," the New York entertainment company's board of directors said.

Glasser came under fire this week after the New York state attorney general's office sued the studio, alleging civil rights violations. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ...Read more

John Oliver returns to 'Last Week Tonight,' talks Trump, Alec Baldwin and why he's in awe of Jimmy Kimmel

NEW YORK -- "Thank you for coming," John Oliver told a room full of reporters who gathered last week at HBO's midtown headquarters to query him about "Last Week Tonight." "I realize the Westminster Dog Show is on today. The fact you're here and not there means a great deal."

Such self-deprecation is typical for the British comedian, yet as "...Read more

'Black Panther' roars to $25.2 million at Thursday box office

"Black Panther," the latest superhero blockbuster from Marvel Studios, grossed a massive $25.2 million in ticket sales from domestic Thursday preview shows in the U.S. and Canada to set a February record, according to studio estimates.

The Thursday night result for "Black Panther" nearly doubled the previous February box office preview record ...Read more

'Chicago P.D.' filming is insensitive? You're missing the point

CHICAGO -- The NBC police drama "Chicago P.D." was "slammed," the Tribune reported in a Wednesday headline, for filming too close to the Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop, where Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer had been fatally shot just one day before.

How close was too close for our sensibilities? Five hundred yards? Three blocks? Two miles?

...Read more

New on DVD: 'Coco,' 'Murder,' 'Billboards' tops among new DVD releases

There are first-rate new DVDs this week for young and old.

"Coco"; 3.5 stars: While the animated film celebrates the day of honoring and remembering those who have died, it is really a story about family, following your dreams and respect that cuts across all cultures. Add to that a production that is so visually stunning, sunglasses should be ...Read more

Reboots, revivals, remakes, comebacks, reimaginations take center stage — again

In the beginning was the work. And the work begat the sequel, begat the franchise.

Thus, your "Iliad," your "Odyssey." Your Old Testament and New. Your "Sherlock Holmes," "Sherlock" and "Elementary." Your "Full House," your "Fuller House."

And so does a work become a property, exploitable across diverse platforms and many sorts of merchandise,...Read more

Robert Plant on possibility of Led Zeppelin reunion: 'You're talking to the wrong guy here'

Since Led Zeppelin imploded in 1980, vocalist Robert Plant has worked in many different and rewarding situations.

There were the 1950s-loving Honeydrippers, his Middle Eastern-flavored and blues collaborations with Zep's Jimmy Page, the Grammy-winning acoustic pairing with Alison Krauss, and his two Americana-ish ensembles, Band of Joy and the ...Read more

Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and the sci-fi sisterhood behind 'Annihilation'

Onscreen in the sci-fi odyssey "Annihilation," an expedition ventures deep into a foreboding terrain known only as Area X, carrying guns and harboring mounting suspicions about one another.

These soldiers -- a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a biologist (Natalie Portman), a paramedic (Gina Rodriguez), a physicist (Tessa Thompson) and an ...Read more

Calf pulling and puppy worming: rural vet Dr. Pol is reality TV's most unlikely star

He's plucked countless porcupine quills from the snouts of dogs, delivered calves in snowstorms and castrated a petite house cat and a 2-ton bull in the same day.

There isn't much that rural veterinarian Jan Pol, 75, hasn't seen or done in a half-century of practicing animal medicine in and around his Weidman, Mich., clinic.

Reindeer with a ...Read more

Oscar-winning animator Nick Park is 59 going on 11

Nick Park's career started as a child. He became enraptured with the long-running English kids' comic book "The Beano," doodling cartoons of his own as soon as he knew how to hold a pencil. "I just loved creating a little comic world," he said in a phone conversation.

He was soft-spoken and rather introverted as a child -- just as he is now at ...Read more

Why 'Black Panther' is Ryan Coogler's most personal film to date

Being a black American sometimes comes with an identity crisis. After all, parts of African American culture are rooted in a land some of them will never know thanks to colonialism, imperialism and slavery. The result, hundreds of years later, is a generational distance.

"One of the things that sometimes comes with being (of African descent) is...Read more