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New on DVD: 'Lion King' roars on DVD; 'Mars' goes into orbit

A battle for survival in the jungle and some super-sleuthing are featured in top DVD and Blu-ray releases for Oct. 22.

"The Lion King"; 3 stars: Most of what director Jon Favreau learned making "The Jungle Book" was used to make the live-action version of "The Lion King" based on the Oscar-winning 1994 Disney animated film. This "Lion King" ...Read more

New Disney Junior series 'Bluey' tackles tough topics for preschoolers

The family of blue heeler dogs in Disney Junior's series "Bluey" may be the most human-acting animated mom, dad and children on television. Serious material on the show aimed at helping preschoolers is based on real-life situations and presented in a light and often funny manner. But there will never be a time when puppy Bluey and her little ...Read more

Regina King finds strength in 'Watchmen' character

LOS ANGELES -- Regina King has played strong characters throughout her career, including a role as a police officer in "Southland." Her role on the new HBO series "Watchmen," which debuts Sunday, has her again portraying a member of law enforcement, but in this case she's Angela Abar, the lead detective in the Tulsa Police Force who wears a mask...Read more

Megyn Kelly is back on Fox News on Wednesday — but only as a guest

NEW YORK -- Megyn Kelly is coming home to Fox News Channel -- at least for one night.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his program Monday that Kelly would be his guest Wednesday night. It will be Kelly's first TV interview since she departed NBC News in January.

Kelly became a major star as a member of the Fox News prime-time lineup. She ...Read more

Disney+ reveals everything it will start streaming on Nov. 12

Disney on Monday threw down a new gauntlet in the streaming TV wars when it released the list of practically every TV show and movie title that will be available on the Disney+ subscription service when it goes live on Nov. 12.

And fans of Disney classics -- or the studio's more obscure titles dating back decades -- are in luck.

"It. Is. Time....Read more

'Abominable' pulled from Vietnamese cinemas because of a map of China

Not even an animated movie about a cuddly yeti could avoid becoming a flash-point in an international dispute involving China.

Vietnam has reportedly pulled the DreamWorks Animation cartoon "Abominable" from theaters because of the movie's depiction of a map of China that includes the nation's "nine-dash line," which unilaterally lays claim to ...Read more

K-pop star Sulli found dead at 25

Sulli, a South Korean pop star, actress and girl-group f(x) alum, was found dead Monday in her home. She was 25.

Sulli's body was discovered after her manager visited her residence in Seongnam because she wasn't answering phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department, according to the ...Read more

Ronan Farrow's 'Catch and Kill' book is attacked by NBC News

NBC is launching a counterattack against investigative journalist Ronan Farrow's upcoming book "Catch and Kill," which accuses the network's news division of a coordinated effort to shut down his reporting on disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in order to protect fired "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer.

"Now that we've read Farrow's book, it's ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Oct. 15 and beyond

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

OCTOBER

15: Crawl

15: Stuber

15: The Art of Self-Defense

15: Three From Hell

15: Already Gone

15: Can You Keep A Secret?

15: Night Hunter

15: Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans

22: The Lion King

22: Angel of Mine

22: Bloodline

22: Satanic ...Read more

Spooky shows, movies to watch this Halloween season

Loooook out, it's that time of year when you think there just possibly may be a monster rusticating under your bed, a zombie scratching at your back door or a sinister stranger with overgrown canines loitering in your supermarket. Television huddles in the shadows right along with you by sporting a panoply of spooky programming for the season.( ...Read more

Album reviews: Vince Gill, Wilco, and the Pernice Brothers

Vince Gill

"Okie"

(MCA Nashville 1/2)

As a pillar of the Nashville establishment, and with his well-deserved place in the country pantheon assured, Vince Gill can pretty much do what he wants.

With "Okie," the 62-year-old singer and guitar virtuoso uses that artistic freedom to occasionally go where mainstream country rarely does. "Forever ...Read more

'The Addams Family' opens strong even as 'Joker' maintains box office dominance

LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros.' "Joker" maintained the top spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row, adding $55 million (a drop of just 43%) for a cumulative $192.7 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Globally, the film has already earned more than half a billion dollars with $543.9 million.

The result is ...Read more

Three albums, three different sounds, so will the real Kero Kero Bonito stand up?

Just a few years after meeting on the internet, British trio Kero Kero Bonito have become one of the most successful indie-pop bands in the U.K. Its 2016 breakthrough, "Bonito Generation," offered cheerful, J-pop-inspired minimalism. Its follow up, "Time 'n' Place," took a sharp turn into anxious guitar rock.

The new EP, "Civilisation 1," ...Read more

Austin Plaine took a shot at stardom by moving to Nashville. How's that going for him?

Austin Plaine knows something about the difficulties and disappointments of love. In "Something More," the first song on his latest album, he sings "Oh my love, I lost you again/ We were jumping in the river/ but I never learned to swim."

Three years ago, Plaine took a different type of leap of faith and moved to Nashville to pursue music full ...Read more

Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News

Shepard Smith, the longtime lead anchor of Fox News, is leaving the network.

Smith has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996 and has stood out as the nonpartisan voice on the conservative channel.

Fox News President Suzanne Scott, who announced Smith's departure on Friday afternoon, said the anchor "recently asked us to step down and ...Read more

Jane Fonda is arrested in DC during climate change protest — exactly as she'd planned

It went just as she'd planned.

Jane Fonda was arrested Friday in front of the U.S. Capitol as part of her efforts to join the fight against climate change.

"Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol," Eva Malecki, communications director for the Capitol ...Read more

Album review wrap-up: Nick Cave transforms, the Highwomen rise, Tool returns and more

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, "GHOSTEEN" (GHOSTEEN/BAD SEED)

"I'm transforming, I'm vibrating, I'm glowing, I'm flying, look at me now," Nick Cave sang six years ago on the pivotal "Jubilee Street." The six-minute track planted the seeds of the fully realized 68-minute song cycle that is "Ghosteen."

Since the feral fury and dark humor of the ...Read more

Kevin Hart crash report reveals reckless driving, no seat belts

LOS ANGELES -- Last month's car crash in Calabasas that left comedian Kevin Hart with major back injuries involved reckless driving and no seat belt use, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP accident report, released Thursday and obtained by the Associated Press, also contained additional information regarding the state of Hart's...Read more

'Blair Witch' turns 20: How a surprise hit horror movie made a Maryland town infamous

BALTIMORE -- Two decades have passed since three budding filmmakers wandered into the western Maryland woods, never to be seen again. Quite the cause for celebration, right?

It is when the three 20-somethings were the central characters in "The Blair Witch Project." The shot-on-the-cheap exercise in cinematic terror, made by two rookie ...Read more

Prince estate: Trump violated promise not to play 'Purple Rain'

Shortly before President Donald Trump took the stage at downtown Minneapolis' Target Center Thursday night, Prince's "Purple Rain" played -- even though his estate asked a year ago that the president stop using the late musician's music.

"President Trump played Prince's 'Purple Rain' tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming...Read more