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'Hustlers' and Jennifer Lopez soar while 'It Chapter Two' maintains top spot

LOS ANGELES -- Although "It Chapter Two" topped the box office for a second consecutive weekend, STX Entertainment's "Hustlers" was the big winner, posting a career-best opening for stars Jennifer Lopez and "Crazy Rich Asians" actress Constance Wu.

Warner Bros.' "It" sequel added $40.7 million in its second weekend of release for a cumulative $...Read more

Fox News ordered to face suit by deceased DNC staffer's parents

NEW YORK -- Fox News must defend a lawsuit by the parents of a Democratic Party staffer whose unsolved 2016 murder touched off a flurry of right-wing conspiracy theories, an appeals court said Friday in reinstating the case.

The parents of Seth Rich sued Fox News over what they said was a "sham" 2017 story claiming their son leaked Democratic ...Read more

MoviePass shuts down Saturday after failing to raise capital

MoviePass, the long-beleaguered cinema subscription service that rewrote the rules for going to the movies, will shut down Saturday.

Its New York-based parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. on Friday said that it would be "interrupting" MoviePass' service for all its subscribers, citing failed efforts to raise capital for the money-...Read more

Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in prison in college admissions scandal

BOSTON -- Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying to rig her daughter's university entrance exams, a narrow victory for prosecutors in the college admissions case who wanted a heavier penalty, but argued some amount time behind bars for Huffman and other wealthy parents can be "the only leveler" against ...Read more

Eddie Money, hit-maker behind 'Two Tickets to Paradise' and 'Baby Hold On,' dies at 70

Singer-songwriter Eddie Money, a former New York police officer who became the hit-maker behind 1970s and '80s songs including "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Baby Hold On" and "Take Me Home Tonight," has died. He was 70.

The musician died Friday in Los Angeles, according to his publicist, Cindy Ronzoni. Money had stage 4 esophageal cancer.

"The ...Read more

On TV, country is the soundtrack to the American dream

Pop culture will find you, whether you look for it or not.

It fascinates me to think that my parents, because they were alive in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and went to movies and watched television, had some knowledge of hip-hop and EDM, of hard rock and winsome pop ballads that really let you feel the scene in which the heroine ...Read more

Adele files for divorce from husband Simon Konecki

British superstar Adele has filed for divorce from husband Simon Konecki after more than seven years as a couple, all but guaranteeing more heartbreak ballads for any and all upcoming albums.

The singer, 31, filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, The Times has confirmed.

Her family court filing comes a few months ...Read more

Eddie Money, hit-maker behind 'Take Me Home Tonight' and 'Baby Hold On,' dies at 70

Singer-songwriter Eddie Money, a former New York police officer who became the hit-maker behind 1970s and '80s songs including "Take Me Home Tonight," "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise," has died. He was 70.

The musician died Friday, according to a family statement to the Associated Press. Money, whose real name was Edward Joseph ...Read more

Where Barrie Kosky, Europe's hot opera director, wants to make his American splash

SALZBURG, Austria -- More than once at the Salzburg Festival last month, I was asked not whether I liked Barrie Kosky's outrageous new production of Offenbach's "Orphee aux Enfers" ("Orpheus in the Underworld"), but whether I hated it.

The production is a dismaying, yet magnificent, overthrowing of the Offenbach typically presented as an ...Read more

In praise of Earth, Wind & Fire, purveyor of black excellence for a half-century

LOS ANGELES -- Earth, Wind & Fire hadn't been booked to perform Tuesday afternoon at City Hall, where members of the veteran R&B band took part in a ceremony designating -- what other date? -- the 21st of September as Earth, Wind & Fire Day in Los Angeles.

But that didn't stop Philip Bailey from grabbing the microphone at an official-looking ...Read more

Review: 'She Said' is more important than 'All the President's Men.' There, I said it

An avalanche almost always begins with a trickle of dirt or a few bouncing pebbles, and then the world caves in.

So it was for Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporters who, along with Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker, broke the Harvey Weinsten sexual abuse story, leading to, among other things, #MeToo, the firings of many high-...Read more

'Saturday Night Live' adds Bowen Yang to cast in major step for Asian, gay representation

"Saturday Night Live," which has long been criticized for its lack of diverse casting choices, just made a major step forward in Asian American representation.

NBC confirmed Thursday that three new featured players, including Asian American actor and comedian Bowen Yang, will join "SNL's" revolving door of performers for its 45th season. The ...Read more

Review: What is country music? It's a complicated question, and Ken Burns has a 16-hour answer.

Lil Nas X did Ken Burns a favor.

For eight years, the documentary filmmaker known for tackling not-small subjects such as "The Civil War" (1990), "Jazz" (2001), and "The Vietnam War" (2017) has been toiling on another epic. The eight-part, 16-hour-plus documentary miniseries, "Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns," begins airing on PBS stations ...Read more

'Crazy Rich Asians' writer's dilemma illustrates how Hollywood pay gap is alive and well

With a worldwide box office of more than $238 million, "Crazy Rich Asians" was a hit for Warner Bros. and a sequel was inevitable. But a recent story in The Hollywood Reporter has revealed a major hiccup in those plans.

Two people are credited as screenwriters on the original movie, Peter Chiarelli (a white man) and Adele Lim (an Asian woman ...Read more

'Empire' star Terrence Howard quitting his day job? 'I'm done with acting,' he says

"Empire" star Terrence Howard may be quitting his day job.

The Oscar-nominated actor recently told "Extra" that once he wraps the Fox drama, he's finished with acting.

"Oh, I'm done with acting. I'm done pretending," he told the entertainment news show.

When asked whether he would then focus on his philanthropic efforts, Howard said he wouldn...Read more

New 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Shane Gillis used racial slur on podcast

Shane Gillis, one of three performers added to the cast of "Saturday Night Live" on Thursday, used a racial slur in a September 2018 episode of "Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast," as shown in a video resurfaced on Twitter by comedy journalist Seth Simons.

In the two-minute clip from an episode titled "Ka-Pow," Gillis and co-host Matt McCusker ...Read more

Arrest warrant issued for jailed R&B star R. Kelly on Minnesota charges

MINNEAPOLIS -- A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of R&B megastar R. Kelly after he failed to show up for court in Minneapolis on charges accusing him of paying a girl in 2001 to strip naked and dance for him.

The singer had a 1:30 p.m. first appearance scheduled in Hennepin County District Court on two counts of ...Read more

J.J. Abrams finalizes massive production deal with Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES -- After a protracted process that included wooing by most major studios and streaming services in Hollywood, director and producer J.J. Abrams has finalized a massive production deal with Warner Bros.

Abrams is best known for hit movies including "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and TV shows including "Lost" and "Alias."

His move to...Read more

Demi Moore recalls having to 'revive' her mother from drug overdose

Demi Moore's life changed on a dime, she says, the day she had to "revive" her mother from a drug overdose. She was only a child at the time.

While promoting her upcoming memoir, the "Ghost" and "Striptease" actress got candid with Harper's Bazaar about growing up with a father who she later discovered was not her biological parent and a mother...Read more

Jennifer Lopez stripper movie 'Hustlers' could give STX some welcome relief

LOS ANGELES -- A movie starring Jennifer Lopez as a seasoned stripper who scams Wall Street bankers could provide a much-needed win for studio STX Entertainment this weekend.

The $20-million, R-rated crime drama "Hustlers," also starring Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians"), is expected to debut with about $25 million in ticket sales in the U.S. ...Read more

 

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