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'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

Movie 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

Garrison Keillor to reunite with 'Prairie Home' companions for Christmas shows

MINNEAPOLIS -- Those pining for the comforts of "Prairie Home Companion" are getting the ultimate Christmas gift.

Garrison Keillor will reunite with key members of the old gang for a series of holiday shows, starting with a performance Nov. 30 at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis. Stops in San Francisco, New York and Atlanta have also been ...Read more

With Billie Eilish and 'Euphoria' co-signs, rapper $not is a Gen Z star in making

LOS ANGELES -- Studio X at the Paramount Recording Studio in Hollywood is vibrating from the paralyzing trap beat that $not (pronounced "Snot") is about to lay verses over.

The smell of old weed smoke hangs thick in the air and the TV is tuned to the QVC network. Almost no one crowding the studio seems to notice the programming outside of the ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Aug. 20 and beyond

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

AUGUST

20: The Hustle

20: A Dog's Journey

20: Brightburn

20: The Sun Is Also a Star

20: The Biggest Little Farm

20: The Tomorrow Man

20: American Gods

20: Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season

20: Blue Bloods: The Ninth Season

20: Brooklyn Nine-...Read more

Commentary: Charles Manson was a white supremacist. Why can't pop culture seem to admit it?

The creepy, long-haired menace of Charles Manson and his murderous hippie cult is back, thanks in large part to the blockbuster feature "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" and the return of Netflix's heralded crime drama, "Mindhunter."

Manson, who ordered his "family" of followers to massacre seven people over two nights in August 1969, is a ...Read more

In 'Amazing Johnathan,' a director confronts meth addiction — and maybe even tries it himself

The filmmaker brought the meth pipe to his lips, eyeing the smoky glass bulb with apprehension.

"Now hit it," he was instructed. "Hit it hard."

Ben Berman had never tried the illegal drug before. He describes himself as "Jewish and very neurotic," the kind of guy who gets a phone call from a relative and often worries it's an indication that ...Read more

'A Soldier's Play' comes to Broadway, finally, 35 years after 'A Soldier's Story'

"A Soldier's Play," the Pulitzer-winning work by Charles Fuller that helped to launch the careers of Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson, is finally headed to Broadway.

Tony-winning director Kenny Leon is commanding the charge, and David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood will star. Additional casting will be announced later.

Preview ...Read more

'Soul Train' musical to dance onto Broadway in 2021

"Soul Train" made history with its 35-year run, shaping much of pop culture throughout its tenure. Now the television series is bound for Broadway as a new musical.

The production will feature more than 20 classic hit songs from the era and tell the personal story of Don Cornelius as he created and hosted the hit music program. Producers ...Read more

How Peter Fonda's LSD trip with the Beatles produced a classic John Lennon lyric

LOS ANGELES -- Had fate worked out just a bit differently, Peter Fonda might be remembered as one of the great figures of 1960s pop music rather than one of the standout actors of his generation.

As a young man trying to make his way in Hollywood in that turbulent decade, Fonda, who died Friday at 79, would have had to make a conscious effort ...Read more

 

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