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Networks turn back time: What does a parade of oldies — 'Will & Grace,' 'Dynasty' — say about creativity?

It was deja vu all over again at the recent upfronts, the spring ritual in which the broadcast networks -- and various cable outlets -- showcase their wares for media buyers, advertising executives and jaded reporters in an effort to woo ad dollars.

The ostensible point is to show off new programming, but there was precious little that ...Read more

'Everything, Everything's' big opening weekend proves Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson's star power

Their names turn heads. Their faces make hearts flutter. But with this weekend's $12-million opening for "Everything Everything," Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson are finally breaking out from the acting crowd.

Granted, she's just 18 and he's 22, but the duo have played second fiddle, some might say, for far too long.

Stenberg's Rue in "The ...Read more

Movie review: Latest 'Pirates' movie follows the formula

Since Hollywood loves a nostalgic reboot, it's no surprise that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise is setting sail once again, six years after 2011's "On Stranger Tides." For this film, subtitled "Dead Men Tell No Tales," Disney has hired a lesser-known filmmaking duo to reanimate the series -- a pair of Norweigan filmmakers, Joachim Rø...Read more

Fun (and agony) with the family: Noah Baumbach's new work echoes an earlier film but carves out territory of its own.

CANNES, France -- "I'm proud of it," Noah Baumbach says quietly, the words almost escaping unbidden, as if they had a life of their own.

"A lot of things in this movie have been long gestating. I've been thinking about them either consciously or unconsciously, and it can be surprising how it turns out."

The film in question, "The Meyerowitz ...Read more

Coming this week

"Baywatch." Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson as a veteran lifeguard butting heads with a cocky new hire (Zac Efron) star in this comedy adaptation of the David Hasselhoff television program. With Hannibal Buress. Opens Thursday. R

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales." Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, again trying to stay one ...Read more

New recordings: Low Cut Connie, The Mountain Goats, Harry Styles

Low Cut Connie

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Since the band's 2010 debut, pianist Adam Weiner has been the focal point for Low Cut Connie, the Philadelphia band of merry barroom marauders whose fourth album was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis. How could he not be? This is an unabashed ham of a piano-pounding showman -- the ...Read more

U2 nurtures 'Tree': The band finds a modern relevance in performing its 1987 album

LOS ANGELES -- The members of U2 had much more than nostalgia on their minds when they performed their landmark 1987 album, "The Joshua Tree," from beginning to end Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

Part of a world tour timed to commemorate the album's 30th anniversary, the concert was explicitly looking back at songs inspired by the beauty -- ...Read more

Melissa Leo has always been a fighter

PASADENA, Calif. -- There's something to be said about having nothing. According to actress Melissa Leo, growing up without made her the woman she is today. Leo, who earned the Academy Award for her role as the fight manager-mother in "The Fighter," says, "I had a great blessing in that I grew up in a family with very little means. So when as a ...Read more

'Alien: Covenant' barely overpowers 'Guardians' at box office

LOS ANGELES -- After almost 40 years, audiences are still interested in the "Alien" universe. Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant," from 20th Century Fox, dethroned Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," which had topped the box office for two straight weeks. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' "Everything, Everything" and Fox's" "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" ...Read more

Vanessa Bayer joins Bobby Moynihan in 'SNL' exodus

LOS ANGELES--Vanessa Bayer, the longest-tenured current female cast member on "Saturday Night Live," has decided not to return to the NBC sketch series.

Bayer's exit after seven seasons follows the announcement earlier this week that Bobby Moynihan, a nine-year "SNL" vet, will be leaving the show to headline the CBS sitcom "Me, Myself & I."

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Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer wrestle with the tragic tale of Bernie Madoff in HBO's 'Wizard of Lies'

Travis Bickle. Jake LaMotta. Vito Corleone. And now, Bernie Madoff.

Robert De Niro has played some frightening characters in his day, but in "The Wizard of Lies," premiering Saturday on HBO, he reaches terrifying new heights as one of the country's most notorious real-life villains, perpetrator of what's thought to be the greatest financial ...Read more

In emotional 'Carpool Karaoke,' Harry Styles nearly cries — but 'in a good way'

James Corden and Harry Styles pulled out all the stops during the latest iteration of "Carpool Karaoke" on "The Late Late Show."

It was Styles' first solo stint doing the popular segment since One Direction joined Corden for the bit in December 2015, a video that's since been viewed on YouTube more than 100 million times.

Eager to promote his ...Read more

Chris Cornell's wife says suicide 'inexplicable' and suspects medication might have contributed

Chris Cornell's wife and the family's lawyer responded Friday to the Soundgarden singer's death following a concert Wednesday in Detroit, saying they suspect that a prescription painkiller he was taking may have contributed to what has been ruled by the Wayne County medical examiner as suicide by hanging.

"Without the results of toxicology ...Read more

Fox News fires Bob Beckel from 'The Five,' claims he made insensitive remark to black employee

Fox News has fired Bob Beckel, a co-host of its prime-time program "The Five," saying he made an insensitive remark to a black employee.

The off-air exchange happened Tuesday night, the company said, and was brought to the attention of Fox News' human resources department. An investigation was conducted and Beckel was informed of his ...Read more

TCL Chinese Theatre to project movie scenes on the outside, too

LOS ANGELES -- As if Hollywood Boulevard didn't have enough distractions, the TCL Chinese Theatre plans to blare a dramatic score while projecting movie scenes on the outside of the iconic building starting Monday.

As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the historic theater on Hollywood Boulevard, once known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, ...Read more

Judge officially designates 6 people as heirs to Prince's fortune

MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a year after Prince's death, a Carver County judge has officially determined that the musician's sister and five half-siblings are heirs to his massive fortune.

On Friday, Judge Kevin Eide ruled that Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, and Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John R. Nelson will ...Read more

Netflix's first movie appears at Cannes, and so does the controversy

CANNES, France -- Well, so much for the storm quieting.

Any hope that the Cannes Film Festival could proceed with a focus on movies, instead of the way they're delivered, was scuttled minutes into the first press screening of "Okja," the first Netflix feature to screen at the prestigious French film festival.

The bilingual Bong Joon-ho movie ...Read more

'Downward Dog': Inside the mind of man's best friend, sitcom-style on ABC

CHICAGO -- What complaints might a dog have about its human companion? Consider the inner monologue of Martin, the canine star of the new ABC sitcom "Downward Dog," which premiered last week.

"We used to go on walks," he says into the camera. "Like, actual walks. Whereas now she just kind of, like, shoves me out in this little prison yard" -- ...Read more

Comedian Maria Bamford shares wit, wisdom — and $10K — in keynote at graduation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even the great ones bomb. Such was the case when comedian Maria Bamford returned to the University of Minnesota on May 14 as the keynote speaker for her alma mater's split graduation ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts. The first one went fine; the second did not.

Truth be told, the lackluster response had much to do with ...Read more

Column: Remembering Soundgarden's dark knight of the grunge-music scene

SEATTLE -- That voice.

It demanded that you listen, no matter where you were. In an airport, a crowded bar or a sold-out theater.

It was low and smooth, rising from under a drape of curls, or a bare-throated, roof-scraping howl. It could effortlessly ride a churning, thundering wave of sound that rose and fell, but never broke.

Chris Cornell ...Read more

 

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