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Prosecutor reviews sex-abuse allegations against 'Deadliest Catch' star Sig Hansen

SEATTLE -- Snohomish County prosecutors are re-examining allegations that celebrity crab boat captain Sig Hansen sexually abused his toddler daughter nearly three decades ago, after the now 28-year-old woman recently went public with the claims against her estranged father.

Deputy prosecutor Matthew Baldock last week informed an attorney for ...Read more

Jim Gianopulos tasked with turning around struggling Paramount Pictures

LOS ANGELES -- Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, handing the veteran film executive one of the toughest assignments in Hollywood: turning around the struggling movie studio.

Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish announced the move Monday, bringing to a close a monthlong search to replace ...Read more

No guns on the beach: 5 thoughts recapping 'The Walking Dead' Season 7 Episode 15

A number of important questions were answered in Sunday's "The Walking Dead," the second-to-last episode of a season whose pacing has seemingly been inspired by the middle word in the show's title.

You think the zombies in the AMC series move slowly? Check out this year's storyline, which has gone 15 episodes, many of them supersized, and still...Read more

Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he's bad for America; Hannity fires back

In a decidedly unsurprising turn of events, veteran newsman Ted Koppel and Fox News personality Sean Hannity have polarizing reactions to Koppel's "CBS News Sunday Morning" segment on the political polarization of America.

The 10-minute analysis attributed the growing rise in political discord to the Federal Communications Commission's 1987 ...Read more

Pierce Brosnan on a lifetime of challenges and heartbreak

PASADENA, Calif. -- It's hard to believe, but the man we know as the dashing James Bond once cleaned kitchens for a living. Pierce Brosnan, who insinuated himself on a grateful public as 007 in four Bond movies, also toiled in a plastic bottles factory. "I worked as a laborer digging roads with my fellow Irishmen," he adds over breakfast in a ...Read more

New recordings: Drake, Depeche Mode, Jim Lauderdale

Drake

"More Life"

(Young Money 1/2)

According to Drake, his 2015 projects, "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late," and "What a Time to Be Alive (with Future)" were "mixtapes." Last year's "Views," by contrast, was an "album." "More Life" is a "playlist."

What's the difference? It has to do with expectation management, and ambition. "Views" ...Read more

Concert review: Garth Brooks brings back the '90s

PHILADELPHIA -- Garth Brooks wears you down.

With assistance from his wife, Trisha Yearwood, the country star played a 2 1/2-hour, over-the-top from the get-go show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.

It was just the beginning of the Oklahoman's weekend workload -- Brooks and his seven-piece band were slated to do a 3 p.m. ...Read more

Adele's 'Hello' may mean goodbye to touring

Adele has been quite chatty as she closes out the third leg of her world tour in Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier in the month, the superstar singer and songwriter confirmed to a Brisbane, Australia, audience that she had tied the knot with longtime partner Simon Konecki, and at a Sunday concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Adele may have ...Read more

'Ovarian Psycos' is thought-provoking without serving a particular agenda

The Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade is a collective of young women of color who bike through the streets of East L.A. (and beyond) as a way of taking them back.

"It's for the uneducated women, it's for knuckleheaded girls, for the punk rockers, for the cholas, for the sisters in the neighborhood that live that hard life," says original member ...Read more

Tough love raises hard questions: A documentary that focuses on rigors of a boot camp for at-risk men fails to go deeper

The celebrity host: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The challenge: 38 young convicted felons who must make it through four grueling months in a boot camp rehabilitation program or face prison sentences ranging from five years to life.

If HBO's "Rock and a Hard Place" sounds more like a reality television competition than a documentary about the ...Read more

'Beauty's' in beast mode as it bests 'Power Rangers' at box office

LOS ANGELES -- In the battle of 1990s nostalgia, "Saban's Power Rangers" was no match for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," while Dax Shepard's "CHIPS" was out of the money in seventh place.

"Beauty and the Beast," the live-action remake starring "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson and "Legion's" Dan Stevens, pulled in an estimated $88 million in the U...Read more

'Beauty and the Beast' tops Friday box office

LOS ANGELES -- It was a tale as old as time at Friday's box office, as Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" once again climbed into the top spot.

The live-action remake of the animated classic starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens grossed $23.9 million, bringing its cumulative box office to more than $300 million and putting it on track to pull in ...Read more

'Chicago P.D.' star, stand-in team up on new web series

CHICAGO -- In the new web series "Special Skills," a pair of aspiring actors sit in the lobby of a casting office, gently bickering and quietly making fools of themselves as they wait their turn to audition for a commercial. Created by and starring Marina Squerciati and Patrick Webb, the series will feel like something of an in-joke for anyone ...Read more

The $30 question: How much would you pay to stream a big new movie?

Would you pay $50 to see a big mainstream movie at home, a month after it hits theaters?

What about two weeks?

What about paying $30?

Let's call this the theoretical $30 question. Earlier this week, Variety's Brent Lang reported on the majority of the major film studios currently negotiating their future releasing strategy, specifically how ...Read more

Kris Kristofferson and the sad, off-key ravages of time

CHICAGO -- Few concert experiences are more dispiriting than watching a proven artist flounder onstage. Especially when the performer happens to be an icon. His glory days behind him, Kris Kristofferson played a 95-minute show Wednesday at a sold-out City Winery that engendered feelings of pity, discomfort and bewilderment. Witnessing the 80-...Read more

Harrison Ford was concerned about other plane's turbulence when he landed on taxiway

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Harrison Ford was concerned about turbulence from a nearby airliner when he narrowly missed a passenger jet preparing to takeoff and landed on a taxiway last month at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, according to air traffic control recordings released Friday.

"I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," Ford told the ...Read more

Director: 'Trainspotting' sequel 'cruel' to its stars

Movies have been preoccupied recently with time and aging -- Richard Linklater with his "Sunrise" trilogy and "Boyhood," even "Logan" with its superhero-in-winter premise.

The latest in that vein (pardon the pun) is "T2 Trainspotting," a chance for Danny Boyle to revisit his 1997 surprise smash, at the time a galvanizing rebel yell for U.K. ...Read more

Movie review: If 'Life' seems familiar, that's because it is

Hey, "Life." 1979 called. It wants its alien-invasion movie back.

"Life" so echoes Ridley Scott's 38-year-old claustrophobic science-fiction classic "Alien," in which a group of space travelers is under attack from a merciless invasive being, that it can only pale by comparison. But, taken on its own creature-feature terms, "Life" has enough ...Read more

Movie review: New 'Power Rangers' isn't very good, but maybe that's the whole point

LOS ANGELES -- In a world where the superhero blockbuster franchise reigns supreme, there are really only two kinds of moviegoers: those who greet the post-credits stinger with gasps of recognition and delight and those who endure it in ignorant, resentful silence.

As someone who usually falls in with the latter group, I found myself in the ...Read more

Carrie Fisher's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes will not be changed

LOS ANGELES -- "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will not be changed because of Carrie Fisher's death. The actress, who died in December, appears throughout the next installment of the blockbuster series and won't be replaced by a hologram, Walt Disney Co.'s top executive announced Thursday.

Fisher's unexpected death sparked fervent speculation about ...Read more