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Review: Henry Golding struggles to bring 'Snake Eyes' to life

That action figure you played with as a kid is not just an action figure, it's intellectual property. And that intellectual property has a backstory. Are you ready to hear it?

"Snake Eyes" tells the story of G.I. Joe's stealthy black-clad ninja character, one of the coolest looking characters in the G.I. Joe line. It has the expanded title of "...Read more

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Review: It's romance, times two, in 'The Last Letter From Your Lover'

Sumptuous but never stuffy, "The Last Letter From Your Lover" is a charming double romance that tells two love stories for the price of one.

In 1965 London, Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) is unhappily married to an English diplomat (Joe Alwyn). She falls for a journalist (Callum Turner) on assignment to do a profile on her husband, and ...Read more

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13 instant takeaways from Kanye West's 'Donda' livestream

Kanye West premiered his new album, “Donda,” on Thursday night in a typically lavish event held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and livestreamed on Apple Music.

The 44-year-old rapper-producer-entrepreneur’s 10th solo studio LP, named after his late mother, Donda West, follows 2019’s Christian-themed “Jesus Is King” (which had ...Read more

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Review: Intimate 'Val' lets Val Kilmer tell his own story

"My name is Val Kilmer," the voice says, but it's not Val Kilmer speaking. It's his son, Jack, who narrates "Val," the deeply moving and profoundly intimate documentary about the enigmatic actor and movie star.

Val Kilmer no longer sounds like you remember him sounding, and he no longer looks like you remember him looking. After a bout with ...Read more

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The 'Ted Lasso' breakout star you need to know

"Ted Lasso" kicked off its second season on Friday as one of the most beloved sitcoms in the United States, something cast member Nick Mohammed may be having a hard time wrapping his head around.

"It's a shameful admission, but I've actually never been to America. It's absolutely scandalous," the actor said during a video interview a few weeks ...Read more

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Crystal Fox credits Tyler Perry for her TV acting renaissance

It was 2013. Atlanta actress Crystal Fox, 18 years removed from her regular role on CBS’s Carroll O’Connor police procedural “In the Heat of the Night,” had already figured her days of TV and film were largely behind her.

She had spent the previous decade focused on stage work, starring in musicals and plays around the country and ...Read more

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A new generation of Asian American artists is expanding Bruce Lee's legacy

SEATTLE — As a kid, playing the game "what actor would play you in a film," Seattle-based actor and writer Michael Yichao was often frustrated when the only actors people would suggest for him were Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

The fact that no one could name other Asian American actors highlighted for Yichao the scarcity of roles and ...Read more

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Migos explores hip-hop jewelry in YouTube 'Ice Cold' series

Atlanta rap trio Migos have executive produced a new YouTube Original series “Ice Cold” which explores the world of hip-hop jewelry.

Hip-hop stars from the past four decades, jewelers and historians provide a blend of bling and contextual history to the series, which runs a tight four episodes. Besides Migos, you’ll see A$AP Ferg, Lil ...Read more

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These indie-rock lifers went from obscurity to scandal to a major-label deal in 10 months

LOS ANGELES — Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck knew something weird was afoot with their band Surf Curse when they saw a TikTok video about "Scooby-Doo's" alleged polyamory subtext, soundtracked by their 2013 single "Freaks."

"We have a group chat with our manager, and she kept saying, 'Oh my God, 'Freaks' is getting all these plays.' But to be...Read more

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Review: M. Night Shyamalan's sees 'Old' people in an intriguing premise that fizzles out

For about half of "Old," I was thinking "Yes, intriguing," "Creepy, sure" but, by the end, it was "Wait. All that was for this?"

Although he adapted the screenplay from a graphic novel by Pierre-Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters, "Old" is comfortable territory for director M. Night Shyamalan: Unsettling behavior. Dead folks. Ostentatious camera ...Read more

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Rolling Stones reschedule 2020 tour

San Diego fans of the Rolling Stones won't be getting any satisfaction here if they want to see the legendary band perform live this year on its rescheduled "No Filter" tour. But they may be able to get what they need in Los Angeles.

The only California concert on the new tour will be Oct. 17 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, a city that was not ...Read more

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CBS ousts LA, Chicago station managers after misconduct probe

In a sweeping shake-up, CBS has ousted two senior managers responsible for its television stations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

The move extends a dramatic management makeover within the network’s stations group in the wake of a Los Angeles Times investigation, which uncovered alleged misconduct, racism and misogyny within the division. In ...Read more

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This may not surprise you: Michaela Coel is in 'Black Panther' sequel, maybe as Storm

“I May Destroy You” star Michaela Coel will reportedly be a part of Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther.”

It’s a coup for the 33-year-old performer, whose HBO series snagged nine Emmy nominations this month, including a nod for outstanding limited or anthology series as ...Read more


Olympics on TV: How to watch the Opening Ceremony

For television viewers, following the Olympics can be a baffling experience.

You hear and read that the Tokyo Games start on Friday with the Opening Ceremony. But why then did certain events like softball and soccer start earlier in the week?

And then you’re told that NBC will televise the Opening Ceremony live — which in the U.S. means a ...Read more

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Will Olympics without fans still be must-see TV?

The troubled, pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics finally get under way this week, but without fans in the stands, will the global sports showcase still make for must-see TV?

Anxious NBC executives are surely breaking out in rivers of flop sweat.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Tokyo, and the games, postponed last year because of coronavirus ...Read more

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Review: Origins story 'Snake Eyes' has little G.I. Joe but plenty of action

If we are to believe "Snake Eyes," the must-have fashion accessory for Summer 2021 is a sword.

Everybody in both Los Angeles and Tokyo seems to have one in the action movie, which is subtitled "G.I. Joe Origins" even though there are no G.I.s in it and there's nobody named Joe and the title makes it unclear whether we're talking about Joe's ...Read more

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'Old' review: On this beach, you can leave the sunscreen back at the hotel

The aging process becomes a happily manageable time commitment in “Old,” the 14th feature from director M. Night Shyamalan and another one of his not-bad movies, in between his quite bad ones (”Lady in the Water”) and really good ones (”The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”). This one’s a tropical-beach scenario in which the scariest thing...Read more

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Review: M. Night Shyamalan's 'Old' isn't so bad, except when it's terrible

Watching “Old” will take about four years off your life — or just under two hours, depending on which way you’re reading your trusty temporal-wormhole conversion chart. The movie, you see, follows a group of unfortunate vacationers who get stuck on a private beach, where they fall victim to an alarming, irreversible, inexplicable process...Read more

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Eric Clapton: Don't expect to see me at venues that ask audiences to be vaccinated

Eric Clapton is staying the course with his beliefs about COVID-19 vaccines: He recently announced that he won’t be performing “where there is a discriminated audience present.”

That means the guitar hero won’t play concerts in venues that require ticket-holders to be vaccinated.

“Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th ...Read more

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Review: Netflix romance 'The Last Letter From Your Lover' gets a stamp of semi-approval

Fittingly for a movie awash in lovely penmanship, “The Last Letter From Your Lover” announces its writerly trappings at the outset. It begins with a quote from “A Farewell to Arms” and then, a short time later, finds two of its characters sparring over Evelyn Waugh’s “Scoop.” The literary references, perfunctory and obvious though ...Read more