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CMT's 'Sun Records' aims to show a time when rock 'n' roll was 'cons and hustles'

For a series immersed in events that happened upward of 70 years ago, CMT's new drama "Sun Records" felt timely to star Chad Michael Murray.

While on location in Memphis, Tenn., the musical fertile crescent where rock 'n' roll began at Sam Phillips' studio on the corner of Marshall and Union avenues, Murray was staying near the city's double-...Read more

TV review: CMT's 'Sun Records' takes the history of rock 'n' roll on an entertaining ride

"Sun Records," an entertaining, eight-part miniseries premiering Thursday on CMT, is liberally based on the jukebox musical "Million Dollar Quartet," about the day in 1956 when Elvis Presley dropped by Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in the middle of a Carl Perkins recording session (with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano). Johnny Cash showed up ...Read more

If there's a 'Meryl Streep kind of moment' at the Oscars, will President Trump be too busy to respond?

In an awards season already rife with politically charged acceptance speeches, Sunday's Oscars ceremony could offer the most prominent platform of all.

And will President Donald Trump, the target of most critiques so far, be tuned in?

That's what Debra Saunders, White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wanted to know at ...Read more

Louis C.K. headed to Netflix for two stand-up comedy specials

Netflix continues its steadfast expansion of stand-up comedy programming with the addition of two new specials from Louis C.K.

The specials will be available exclusively on the streaming service. The first, which was shot in Washington, D.C., and is titled "2017," will premiere April. 4.

"Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices...Read more

Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

In yet another confirmation that you're getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna.

She charted her 30th hit this week when "Love on the Brain" crossed the threshold to land at No. 8. It's the fourth top-10 track...Read more

Bill Maher takes credit for, but not glee in, the downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos

Bill Maher weighed in Tuesday on the swift downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos days after the controversial pundit had appeared on his HBO show, " Real Time," last week.

"By the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, (Yiannopoulos is) dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he's dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through," Maher told the New...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 13:

1. Arrival -- Paramount

2. The Girl on the Train -- Unviersal

3. The Accountant -- Warner

4. Keeping Up With the Joneses -- Fox

5. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Paramount

6. Boo! A Madea Halloween -- Lionsgate

7. The Secret Life of Pets -- Universal

8. Storks -- Warner

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Movie review: Provocative, funny 'Get Out' is a horror film with a serious message about race

Genre films -- horror, comedy, fantasy, Westerns -- have always been great vessels for social commentary. The pleasures of genre conventions allow such messaging to go down easy; the spoonful of cinematic sugar that helps the medicine go down. Actor/comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," is an expert example of the way this works,...Read more

Chicago rapper Cupcakke garners attention for helping fan in trouble

CHICAGO -- Chicago rapper Cupcakke typically grabs attention with her sexually explicit lyrics, but the South Side native was in the spotlight last week for reaching out to a fan who said he was kicked out of his home because he's gay.

"Need a hotel?" Cupcakke asked the fan on Twitter. "Ask someone you (know) that has an ID that's over 21 to ...Read more

Movie review: 'You're Killing Me Susana' offers painfully real look at love

Most films focusing on the trials and tribulations of being in love tend to gravitate toward one of the principle parties. This structure creates a situation where one of the pair is saintly while the other is a sinner.

In "You're Killing Me Susana," the screenplay by Luis Camara based on the novel by Jose Agustin doesn't take such a definitive...Read more

Women make some noise: Sound expert Ai-ling Lee makes history in two ways

In a landmark year for diversity at the Oscars, "La La Land's" Ai-ling Lee has already made history -- twice.

The Singapore-born Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan are the first all-woman sound editing duo to receive an Academy Award nomination. Additionally, Lee is part of the "La La Land" team nominated for the sound mixing trophy at Sunday's ...Read more

'Bunsen' is a creature of a different flavor

"Bunsen Is a Beast!" -- a new cartoon from "The Fairly OddParents" creator Butch Hartman -- is about a beast named Bunsen -- you may have worked that much out -- and a boy named Mikey who become instant friends when Bunsen is "commingled" into Mikey's middle school.

That it's a story about embracing outsiders, even the ones you're told might ...Read more

Women and movies: Some progress for an industry still woefully in need of it

If, as expected, "La La Land" wins the Oscar on Sunday, it would be the first best-picture winner since Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" to feature a woman nominated for lead actress.

Let that rattle around your brain a minute.

That's 12 years of kings and compromised cops, angst-ridden actors and Afflecks without a best-picture Oscar ...Read more

Predictions for Oscar night

Sunday night is Oscar night, and as always, a few questions await their answers:

Which winner will deliver a speech so eloquent that everyone's talking about it the next day? (My money's on Mahershala Ali, whose Screen Actors Guild award acceptance speech inspired some tears, but we shall see. Viola Davis, also favored to win, is no slouch at ...Read more

'NoSleep' puts horror where it belongs: In your head

"The NoSleep Podcast" is a weekly anthology of audio horror stories that scares its listeners the old-fashioned way. Spooky tales spring to life through theatrical storytelling, subtle production and taut writing. The online show has attracted fans who appreciate the podcast's knack for creating macabre and frightening thrills.

"We're bringing ...Read more

Jordan Peele horror movie 'Get Out' takes on 'Lego Batman' at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Oscar week is here, which means Hollywood's attention is more focused on gold statuettes than new movies opening at the multiplex. But Sunday's star-studded gala at the Dolby Theatre won't necessarily turn the box office into a snooze-fest.

One reason to pay attention is "Get Out," the critically acclaimed and politically timely ...Read more

Universal Studios Hollywood raises gate ticket prices

LOS ANGELES -- About a week after Disneyland raised its ticket prices, Universal Studios Hollywood hiked attendance prices an extra $5 per visitor.

The daily ticket price at the gate rose to $120 from $115, on top of increases adopted last year of up to 20 percent. Universal Orlando also raised prices over the weekend by up to $5 per ticket.

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Grammys pay off for artists onstage

Who benefited most from this year's Grammy Awards telecast?

That depends on which yardstick you use, but as usual the artists who scored performance slots generally experienced bigger immediate sales gains over actual award winners. The lucky few who won and performed during the telecast were rewarded handsomely.

English pop star Ed Sheeran's ...Read more

Album review: Lupe Fiasco stumbles in trying to beat mainstream rap at its own game

Lupe Fiasco has been one of hip-hop's most gifted exponents and also one of its harshest critics. His public conflicts with executives at his major label home for most of the past decade, Atlantic Records, brought a caustic edge to some of his work, an open disdain for what he viewed as the formulaic superficiality of most mainstream rap.

He ...Read more

David Cassidy has dementia and will stop touring, he says after rocky weekend show

David Cassidy is suffering from memory loss due to dementia, he says, and will stop touring to focus on his personal life.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," the 66-year-old entertainer told People in an interview published Monday.

The "Partridge Family" star struggled to remember familiar lyrics at a show in ...Read more