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Actress, music video star Tawny Kitaen dies at 59

Actress Tawny Kitaen, who appeared on the big screen with Tom Hanks and, perhaps more famously, in a series of music videos for Whitesnake, has died at 59.

Kitaen died Friday at her home in Newport Beach, California, Variety reported, citing a report by the Orange County coroner’s office.

Kitaen was born Julie Kitaen in 1961 and gave herself...Read more

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Rapper Pop Smoke was killed by 15-year-old who admitted shooting to detention center cellmate, detective testifies

Pop Smoke was gunned down by a 15-year-old shooter who ambushed the Brooklyn rapper with a group of teens bent on stealing the singer’s diamond-studded Rolex, a detective testified Friday.

The home intruders also were after the rapper’s Cuban link chain but apparently only managed to swipe the luxury timepiece, which they later resold for $...Read more

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After riling fans with anti-lockdown songs, Van Morrison now accused of anti-Semitism

Van Morrison has a new album out, and the initial reaction is pretty bad. And that’s not even including allegations of anti-Semitism made against him over a song called “They Own the Media.”

Since the pandemic hit, the “Brown Eyed Girl” singer-songwriter has been railing against lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, ...Read more

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'Mythic Quest' review: The workplace comedy returns for Season 2, reaching mythic proportions when it dares to be vulnerable

Somewhere along the way, video game companies figured out they could keep monetizing games even after people plunked down the initial purchase price, by offering things like loot boxes or enhancements or pretty much any other in-game purchase someone could dream up. If done right, revenue keeps rolling in.

I love that this specific job ...Read more

'Resident Evil's' iconic 'stalkers' return sharper and scarier on next-generation consoles

After teasing fans with multiple demos, Capcom's "Resident Evil" franchise is cementing its 25th anniversary with its newest first-person survival horror game releasing Friday.

A flowery yet haunting bedtime tale narrated by a mother to her infant daughter is the cutscene that begins "Resident Evil Village," set years after the events of "...Read more

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What to watch: Catch up on 'Handmaid's Tale' or start the new Star Wars series 'The Bad Batch'

Wondering what to watch this week? Check out these film and TV recommendations.

“About Endlessness”

Ah, the merry month of May — perfect for Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson’s latest and perhaps final musings on what it means to live, suffer, endure. And it’s a comedy! Bone-dry, 76 minutes in length, it comprises meticulous vignettes...Read more

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David Zurawik: HBO's 'Mare of Easttown' a rare TV drama that reflects the America left behind

In the TV critic’s version of “you had me at hello,” the HBO Sunday-night drama “Mare of Easttown” had me with the first four images at the start of the series before a word was said.

Refinery tower lights against a predawn sky. A weather-beaten, ramshackle, frame house. A cemetery. Strings of almost identical, rundown row houses ...Read more

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Ziwe is here to revolutionize late night. Even better if it makes you uncomfortable

Ziwe has always loved asking people questions. Maybe a little too much.

"That was something I was penalized for in school — like, I was annoying," says the comedian in a video chat. "But now it serves a purpose."

The 29-year-old New Yorker is known for her frank, funny conversations about sensitive issues, especially race. It all began with ...Read more

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How a pandemic year of loss reshaped Maya Lin's art and architecture

For more than a year, I've kept a folder on my desk that was stuffed full of scribbled notes for the story I was working on when the pandemic hit. Every journalist, it seems, has a version of this folder — ideas rendered moot by the arrival of our global calamity.

The story, about the architecture of libraries, was also a story about how ...Read more

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Why is Jimmy Buffett playing his first comeback concerts in Delray Beach, Fla.?

When sun-baked rock star Jimmy Buffett announced his first live performances in more than a year would take place next week on Delray Beach’s Old School Square, the Jimmy-sphere went coconuts.

The full allotment of 3,552 seats for his four outdoor concerts on May 13-14, 17-18, sold in four-person pods that started at $450 each, were gone in ...Read more

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A biracial teen with autism, his 'Black feminist video game' and the power of play

One could be tempted to think that "Black Feminist Video Game" is taking some liberties with the interactive medium, especially once the game within the livestream play begins and the lead character of this Center Theatre Group presentation engages in a real-time conversation. The screen shifts from a computerized image to that of a real-life ...Read more

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Top Hollywood talent agency accused of tolerating sexual harassment, misconduct

LOS ANGELES – In late 2017, ICM Partners CEO Chris Silbermann announced an audacious pledge: achieve gender parity in leadership positions and on the board by 2020.

It was part of a larger industry-wide effort called "50/50 by 2020," championed by prominent ICM client Shonda Rhimes and others in the wake of Hollywood's reckoning over sexual ...Read more

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I couldn't bear to watch 'Contagion' last year, but I rewatched it recently and asked the screenwriter what he would change

Written by Scott Z. Burns and directed by Steven Soderbergh, 2011′s “Contagion” hit No. 10 on the iTunes movie rental chart a year ago in January. In those early moths of the pandemic, audiences were suddenly seeking out a nearly decade-old thriller depicting a fictional pandemic bearing a resemblance the COVID-19 outbreak of the past year...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Six decades ago, Newton Minow called TV a 'vast wasteland.' It's even vaster today

It may be the most famous broadside launched by a government official in American history:

Sixty years ago this Sunday, Newton N. Minow invited the television executives gathered in Washington for his first official speech as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to spend a day watching their own broadcasts.

"Keep your eyes glued ...Read more

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'The Deuce' actress Emily Meade says she's been 'rejected for yet another job after not working for two years'

Sure, being a sex worker on 42nd St. during the 1970s was tough — but so is life as a modern-day actress.

Emily Meade, who starred as doomed prostitute Lori Madison on HBO’s “The Deuce,” says she hasn’t been able to land a gig since the drama series ended two years ago.

The 32-year-old actress posted a photo of herself on Instagram ...Read more

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Review: 'Wrath of Man' has Ritchie, Statham right back where we want them

Guy Ritchie’s “Wrath of Man” has a proper opening credits sequence, with classical illustrations of angels, lions and other dramatic Biblical scenes juxtaposed over slow-motion images of anguished men, bass strings groaning relentlessly. It’s time for some heavy-duty masculine myth-making melodrama, a fable of men, guns, tragedy and ...Read more

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Miss the Spice Girls? A new comedy mocks the 'misogynistic' culture behind their rise

The catchy, syrupy-sweet tunes from the female pop stars of the late '90s and early '00s were once described by some as a major step toward female empowerment: Britney Spears showing the world how a young woman could own her sexuality, or the Spice Girls championing the power of female friendship.

But in retrospect, these acts' shiny surfaces ...Read more

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New sitcom 'Girls5Eva,' a parody of girl groups, is what you really, really want

Middle age hasn't been kind to the members of the girl band Girls5Eva. Wickie, the diva of the one-hit-wonder group, is paying the bills by shooting geese at an airport. Summer misses her celebrity husband so much that she purchases a Cameo greeting from him. Gloria's current claim to fame is that she's one-half of New York's first gay divorce. ...Read more

HFPA members vote in favor of proposed reforms. Will it be enough to save the Golden Globes?

LOS ANGELES – Two months after committing to "transformational change," members of the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the tiny but powerful group of international journalists that hands out the Golden Globe Awards, voted Thursday to move forward with sweeping reforms proposed by its board earlier this week.

The vote via Zoom ...Read more

Will Smith wants to see your Dad Bod -- and get rid of his for new YouTube series

Dad Bod Will Smith, we hardly knew ye.

After showing off his round tummy Sunday on social media and inspiring others to do the same, the "Bad Boys" star, 52, has vowed to get into the "Best Shape of My Life" for a new YouTube series titled exactly that.

Announced Tuesday, the six-episode unscripted project will see the "Aladdin" actor embark ...Read more