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Commentary: Trump treated the arts as an adversary. Biden's first day told a different story

On the first day of the Biden administration, we had already seen something almost entirely missing from Washington over the last four years: A-list stars. Also, music. In the inauguration itself there were Lady Gaga, with her golden microphone and in-ear monitors singing the "Star-Spangled Banner"; Jennifer Lopez's medley of "This Land Is Your ...Read more

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Music stars bring songs of hope to Biden inauguration, but COVID-19 and Trump cast long shadows

Given the credible fears of a domestic terrorist attack that preceded Joe Biden's bow as president on Wednesday, you had to be at least a little bit surprised by inauguration organizers' decision to end the festivities with a fireworks display that left much of the nation's capital shrouded in smoke.

But then to worry too much about scaring ...Read more

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Review: 'No Man's Land': An immigration tale told with empathy and humanity

The Times is committed to reviewing theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.

"No Man's Land" comes out of the blue to comment ...Read more

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Television Q&A: What's with the island in the Allstate commercials?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Allstate features an island in one of their commercials. Can you tell me more about this island such as location, population, etc.?

A: The island was so small and charming that some viewers wondered if it was even real. Fact-checking site Snopes.com looked into this and determined there was an actual...Read more

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Glastonbury music festival canceled for second consecutive year amid COVID pandemic

The shows won’t go on at the Glastonbury music festival for at least another year.

The 2021 edition of the popular performing arts festival has been canceled amid the COVID pandemic, marking the second consecutive year that the annual event in England won’t take place.

Organizers announced the cancellation Thursday, saying they “are so ...Read more

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Michael Phillips: At the Biden inauguration, six minutes of poetry just revived a nation's cultural hopes for the future

Our new president is a man for prose. In his inaugural address Wednesday, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden defended the value of truth, facts, science. He spoke forcefully of the seemingly unachievable need for a sense of shared purpose, in the face of a pandemic and so many other grim challenges.

Then, the nation and the world heard...Read more

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Prequel to ‘Willy Wonka' set for 2023 release

Willy Wonka will live on for a new generation of film-goers.

Warner Bros. is gearing up to release “Wonka,” an origin story focusing on the storied chocolate factory owner.

The studio has already announced a release date for March 17, 2023.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Paddington” filmmaker Paul King will direct the project, ...Read more

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‘Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself,’ directed by Frank Oz, aims to change the way people see themselves and others

The creators of “Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself” hope the filmed version of their buzzy one-man show helps viewers see the world — and themselves — differently.

Directed by Frank Oz, the movie explores how using labels to define people corrupts the way someone looks at their own and other people’s identities. But both DelGaudio ...Read more

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‘The White Tiger' review: Servant becomes master in Ramin Bahrani’s propulsive adaptation

Years ago novelist Aravind Adiga dedicated his book “The White Tiger” to filmmaker and friend Ramin Bahrani, the North Carolina-born writer-director best known for “99 Homes” and other American dreams of success, both tantalizing and corrosive.

Now Bahrani has returned the favor. The film version of “The White Tiger,” streaming ...Read more

ComedySportz has been an online winner with its improv shows — and vows to stay ‘digital first'

CHICAGO — In a conversation some days ago with Jason Geis, the artistic director of the Chicago improv company known as ComedySportz, I heard something I’d not heard said before.

Geis said that he now wants ComedySportz, a national theater-games franchise with a longstanding Chicago location on Belmont Avenue in Lakeview, to be a “digital...Read more

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My worst moment: Kyra Sedgwick, with lots and LOTS of police and a wild movie night at Tom Cruise's house

On the new ABC sitcom, “Call Your Mother,” Kyra Sedgwick stars as a “very emotional, very devoted mom who is coming to terms with her empty nest in Iowa,” Sedgwick said. Her solution? Relocate to be closer to her two adult children, both in their 20s and living in L.A.

“At this point in her life, she’s trying to figure out who she ...Read more

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Who is Natalie Biden, style icon of the Biden-Harris inauguration?

Step aside, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. America has found a new inauguration “style icon” in Natalie Biden.

Natalie, one of seven grandchildren of President Joe Biden, was one of the fashionable standouts at the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The 16-year-old stole the runway show with a monochromatic pink coat and matching ...Read more

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Celebrities cheer as Biden and Harris sworn in: 'Today is just the best day ever'

As President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office Wednesday, celebrities on Twitter cheered on the historic moment — particularly the ascension of a woman to one of the country's highest offices — during a diverse inauguration ceremony.

While history was being made several times over during the inauguration of ...Read more

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Here's what Jennifer Lopez said in Spanish at Biden's inauguration

At Wednesday's inauguration, on the spot where insurrectionists barreled over Capitol Police officers and broke into the seat of representative government two weeks ago, superstar Jennifer Lopez at one point in her musical performance lifted a finger and proclaimed: "Una nación, bajo Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos!"

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Inauguration Day fashion: Who wore what and why it matters

Style-wise, Inauguration Day 2021 was short on surprises and long on symbolism, both at the top of the ticket and among those who gathered in support of the new Biden administration on Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol.

Here’s a quick look at what was worn by the new president, first lady, vice president and second gentleman — and why ...Read more

New ‘This Is Us' episodes delayed for two weeks due to COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc in Hollywood productions.

NBC’s acclaimed “This Is Us” has been forced back into hiatus due to “COVID-related production delays.”

The family drama, which was forced to scrap Tuesday night’s episode, won’t return until Feb. 2, according the NBC website.

“No new episode of #...Read more

Lady Gaga goes full diva for moving national anthem at Biden inauguration

Lady Gaga brought a welcome — and moving — splash of razzmatazz to Joe Biden's inauguration when she performed the national anthem at his presidential swearing-in on Wednesday morning.

Wearing a fluffy red gown and navy jacket affixed with a large dove brooch, the pop star summoned her most convincing Broadway-diva vibe as she belted the ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Jan. 11:

1. Honest Thief — Universal

2. Spell — Paramount

3. The War with Grandpa — Universal

4. The Empty Man — Fox

5. Tenet — Warner

6. Love and Monsters — Paramount

7. The Informer — Vertical

8. Jungleland — Paramount

9. Alone — Magnolia

10. Unhinged (2020) ��...

Jennifer Lopez performs patriotic medley with showbiz flourish at Biden inaugural

Jennifer Lopez: Singer. Actress. Patriotic medley-maker?

Nearly a year after she blazed through a handful of her hits (and a bit of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.") during the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, the singer and actress turned up at Wednesday's presidential inauguration, where she linked the first two verses of Woody Guthrie'...Read more

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'High School Musical' turns 15: Here's every song from the beloved film, ranked

Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of "High School Musical," which means the time is now or never to revisit our favorite showtunes from the TV movie that started it all.

That's right — it's been a whole decade and a half(!) since basketball guy Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and freaky genius girl Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) were brought ...Read more