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Phil Spector and the damaging myth of male creative genius

To know him was to loathe him.

At least that's the impression you get from heeding the accounts of many of those who worked with Phil Spector, the legendary record producer who died Saturday at age 81 while serving a prison sentence for murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

His conviction for that crime solidified Spector's reputation as a ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Jan. 19 and beyond

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


19: The Kid Detective

19: The Climb

19: Always and Forever

19: Dead Reckoning

19: Dreamland

19: Hearts and Bones

19: Max Cloud

19: Miss Juneteenth

19: Spiral

19: The Cleansing Hour

19: The Village in the Woods

19: Wander

26: Come ...Read more

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How the ending of 'One Night in Miami' re-created a long-lost cultural landmark

The following story contains spoilers from the movie "One Night in Miami," now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

The final moments of Amazon's "One Night in Miami" drop in on Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) as he makes an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Unflappable and debonair as always, he's just finished performing one of...Read more

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At home on the range: Jared Padalecki is ‘Walker'

Jared Padalecki is not your father’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” nor is he trying to be.

Padalecki, 38, stars in and produces “Walker,” a reimagining of the Lone Star lawman made famous by Chuck Norris in the ’90s. The new CW show, which premieres Thursday at 8 p.m., is more of a family drama than a cops-and-robbers rehash.

“There’...Read more

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From 'Soul' to 'Lovers Rock' to 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' celebrating the new Black music movies

It's 1980 in the Notting Hill section of London in "Lovers Rock," the second of director Steve McQueen's Amazon Prime series of five Small Axe movies about life in Caribbean immigrant communities in the United Kingdom.

The exquisite 71-minute film is one of the brightest lights of a burst of new dramatic movies — all prominently featured ...Read more

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Gilbert Castellanos jazzed to return to trumpet after groundbreaking dental breakthroughs saved his career

SAN DIEGO — Under ordinary circumstances, dentists usually help maintain and save people's teeth — not their careers.

But there was nothing ordinary about the precarious state of trumpet dynamo Gilbert Castellanos' teeth and jaw bone when he reluctantly agreed to let San Diego dentist Roy Vegter examine him in mid-2018. The acclaimed jazz ...Read more


What to stream: Keep civil rights conversations going with these MLK-inspired picks

To continue the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and looking ahead to Black History Month, it’s always worth learning more about the venerated civil rights leader, and his message of racial and class equality and nonviolent protest that remains as relevant and urgent today as it was in the 1960s. Here are a selection of streaming ...Read more

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'Ted Lasso' isn't just a TV show. It's a vibe

Jason Sudeikis and fellow comedian Brendan Hunt were wandering the streets of Amsterdam, high on mushrooms. This was about 20 years ago. Hunt waxed poetic for a couple of hours about the virtues of soccer.

"He starts getting into why it's called 'the beautiful game' and explaining it to me on a philosophical level," Sudeikis says. "He made it ...Read more

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Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto discuss playing troubled cops and ‘lovable' suspect in serial killer drama ‘The Little Things’

Even though Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto are big stars, they never stop worrying about the little things.

The three teamed up in a new psychological thriller that poses serious acting challenges — even for a trio of titans who have all won Oscars.

In “The Little Things,” they portray complex characters with cryptic back ...Read more

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Garth Brooks to perform at Joe Biden inauguration

He’s got friends in high places.

Crossover country star Garth Brooks will perform at Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. The “Friends in Low Places” singer announced his decision on Monday.

“This is not a political statement,” Brooks said in a statement. “This is statement of unity."

Brooks said Wednesday’s performance gives ...Read more

Stevie Wonder pens letter to MLK, seeks federal 'Truth Commission' to address inequality

Stevie Wonder said Monday he is calling on the incoming presidential administration to launch a “Truth Commission” to examine racial injustice.

In what he called “An Open Letter to Dr. King” — released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a tradition Wonder helped establish — the iconic music star said he is “physically sick” by the �...Read more

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Fox News launches new opinion show with Bartiromo, Gowdy and Pavlich among the hosts

Fox News has lined up six rotating hosts for its new 7 p.m. opinion program aimed at feeding the appetite of conservative viewers in the hour.

The new show, called "Fox News Primetime," was to launch Monday with "Fox & Friends" morning show co-host Brian Kilmeade, as previously announced. The Times has learned that other names lined up to helm ...Read more


Tom Payne's path to 'Prodigal Son'

NEW YORK – British actor Tom Payne was just about to quit acting when the zombie apocalypse saved him.

“I had two months’ rent in my bank account, my work visa was about to run out, and I had a tax bill for $30,000 that I couldn’t pay,” he says.

“When that was all coming to a head, ‘The Walking Dead’ came along," he says. "I ...Read more

Kid Rock marks 50th birthday, vows likely farewell tour, raises $200K for pandemic fund

DETROIT — The party was a little more intimate than the king-sized concert he threw in Detroit a decade ago.

But there was a big dose of goodwill as the Kid Rock marked his 50th birthday Sunday night during an online event, raising about $200,000 for a fund supporting restaurants and bars imperiled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Streaming live ...Read more

Rachel Uchitel hoped to leave the word 'mistress' behind. It hasn't gone as planned

This wasn't how Rachel Uchitel wanted it to go. After a decade, she'd decided at last to talk about her affair with Tiger Woods so the public might characterize her as something other than a mistress. Maybe they'd stop writing "homewrecker" in the comments of her Instagram photos. Or just understand that she's a human who's made mistakes and "...Read more

Sterling K. Brown to narrate Lincoln documentary

Sterling K. Brown is lending his voice to a timely documentary series.

The St. Louis native and star of NBC's "This Is Us" is the narrator of "Lincoln: Divided We Stand," beginning next month on CNN.

Through interviews and re-creations, along with photos, letters and artifacts, the six-part series explores the political career and personal ...Read more

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Dave Simonett and friends find More Light as live music remains dark

It began because of writer's block, and thanks to the pandemic it hasn't yet ended.

That's how Dave Simonett explained the rather odd existence of his latest side project, an improvisational drone band that now goes by the name More Light.

The Trampled by Turtles frontman was in a bit of a creative rut in the fall of 2019 when he booked a day ...Read more

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If America won't face history’s traumas, 'Dickinson' will. Just not like you expect

There’s no handbook that explains how to stay focused while working from home on a key project, during a pandemic, two days after an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

But Alena Smith managed the best she could.

Just before the return of “Dickinson,” Apple TV+'s quirky and audacious coming-of-age tale featuring 19th century poet Emily ...Read more

Album reviews: Barry Gibb & Friends, The Avalanches, Zephaniah Ohora

Barry Gibb & Friends

"Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook, Vol. 1"

(Capitol ** 1/2)

As late 1960s hit-makers, the Bee Gees specialized in heartbreaking harmony singing. As 1970s disco superstars, they soared heavenward on Barry Gibb’s falsetto. The recent "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" documentary on HBO is a ...Read more

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What the heck is going on in 'WandaVision'? These comic book storylines might explain

In the final moments of "WandaVision's" second episode, Wanda turns to Vision and asks, "Is this really happening?"

It's almost as if she's channeling the audience.

Ever since the earliest footage of the Disney+ series was released, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been keen on solving the mystery behind how and why Wanda Maximoff (...Read more