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Critics' guide on what to watch this weekend

'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers'

What's the last word you'd expect to apply to this bit of Disney brand extension? How about "ambitious?" It is, though. An origin story and a new adventure about the genial chipmunks who get in and out of scrapes, "Rescue Rangers" is also a surprisingly clever look at animation styles. Incorporating hand-drawn, ...Read more

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Taylor Swift receives honorary degree from NYU, describes her journey in commencement speech at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK — She’s feeling ’22.

Taylor Swift received an honorary degree from New York University on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, and assured the Class of 2022 it’s OK to make mistakes in an aspirational commencement speech.

“I was a teenager at a time when our society was absolutely obsessed with the idea of having perfect young ...Read more

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Jimmy Kimmel 'is such a positive person' that he tested positive for COVID-19 again

COVID-19 has continued to plague the late-night TV circuit, this time hitting Jimmy Kimmel — again.

"I'm such a positive person, I tested positive AGAIN," the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tweeted Tuesday. "I am feeling fine."

While Kimmel recovers, fellow comedy stars John Mulaney and Andy Samberg "have graciously agreed" to guest host his ...Read more

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Friends and widow celebrate and mourn the late Bob Saget on his 66th birthday

Multitudes mourned comedian and actor Bob Saget upon his death earlier this year, a too-soon passing that hit home on Tuesday, what would have been his 66th birthday.

Perhaps most poignant were the birthdays that coincided with the beloved entertainer’s, and none more so than that of his widow, Kelly Rizzo Saget.

“Happy birthday my Love,�...Read more

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s 50th birthday celebrated with Empire State Building lighting, MetroCards, Lincoln Center tribute

NEW YORK — The 50th birthday celebration of The Notorious B.I.G. is going to be a biggie.

A tribute is set to take place for the late rap icon, also known as Biggie Smalls, on May 21 — which would’ve been the golden anniversary of the day he was born.

The Empire State Building will change to red, with a crown spinning in its mast on ...Read more

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Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford to join 'Yellowstone' prequel '1932′

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are joining forces to bring another element of the “Yellowstone” universe to the small screen.

Paramount+ announced the news Tuesday, though it did not elaborate on who the two would portray in the Oscar-nominated Taylor Sheridan’s prequel that currently holds the working title of “1932.”

“The next ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

'DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA'

Rated PG for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements.

What it’s about: The Crawley crew welcomes a film crew to the estate, and untangles the mystery of the French villa willed to the Dowager Countess by a long lost beau.

The kid attractor factor: Kids and teens who go for period dramas will ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Men' a truly horrifying if muddled film from Alex Garland

“Visionary” is liberally used to describe directors these days, but if any filmmaker has earned the title, it’s writer/director Alex Garland, whose work has pushed forward some of the major trends in horror and sci-fi filmmaking over the past two decades. He penned the screenplays for “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” and directed ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Best screens to use with projector

Q. I am interested in setting up a portable indoor/outdoor theater using a Nebula Cosmos projector. What screen do you recommend? I see Nebula has a new Cosmos Laser 4K projector. How does it compare to the Cosmos Max 4K?

—K.C., Pittsburgh

A. Look for a smooth PVC screen with 1.1 gain. I use a JWSIT 120-inch indoor-outdoor screen ($178) that...Read more

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Chris Wallace brings interview show back to CNN after streaming service collapse

Chris Wallace is sticking around at CNN.

The longtime Fox News host jumped ship for CNN+ late last year, only to see the streaming service shutter after just a few months. But his show isn’t going anywhere.

Instead, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” will move to the network’s linear channel on Sunday nights, Chris Licht, the CEO of ...Read more

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Travis Scott's foundation grants $1M to graduating students at historically Black colleges and universities

A $1 million scholarship fund from rapper Travis Scott’s foundation will help 100 students at historically Black colleges and universities graduate, the organization announced.

Grants of $10,000 were given to 100 graduating seniors with grade point averages of at least 3.5 and “who also may be experiencing financial challenges in their ...Read more

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Julian Fellowes talks 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' and 'The Gilded Age'

“I was looking for an invasion of Downton by the 20th century in a fairly indigestible way — not just some character turning up for lunch but something that overturned order.”

Julian Fellowes, the creator of the beloved TV series “Downton Abbey” and the writer of the film of the same name released in theaters in 2019, says this during...Read more

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'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers' review: Duo gets Lonely Island treatment

A kids' movie for adults who like to pretend they're still kids, "Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers" is an exceedingly clever riff on the late '80s-early '90s cartoon that is tailor-made for millennials who would come home from school, plop in front of the TV and watch the adventures of the two titular chipmunks, and now have jobs and kids of their ...Read more

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Rose Leslie and Theo James fall in love and fall through time in 'The Time Traveler's Wife'

The new HBO show “The Time Traveler’s Wife” gives a whole new meaning to the term “childhood sweethearts.”

The main character, Clare Abshire, fell in love with Henry DeTamble when she was 6 and he was 31. Then again when he was 40. They started dating when she was 20 and he was 28. And somehow, somewhere, they found a sweeping love ...Read more

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How 'The Time Traveler's Wife' keeps its grasp on reality

In a show about time travel, two friends hold down the center of the universe.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” which premiered Sunday on HBO, revolves around one couple, Henry (Theo James) and Clare (Rose Leslie), as the former is torn from time at the drop of the hat and the latter is left standing there, waiting for him to come home. Leslie...Read more

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Gavin DeGraw shares how his late parents inspired 'Face the River,' his most personal album yet

NEW YORK — Gavin DeGraw wanted to make sure his father could hear his most personal music yet.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter from upstate New York recorded his latest album, “Face the River,” as a tribute to his mother, Lynne, who died in 2017 of pancreatic cancer, and his father, Wayne, who died nearly three years later after a ...Read more

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Bob Odenkirk winds down his journey as Jimmy McGill, uh, Saul Goodman, no, Gene Takavic

Bob Odenkirk doesn't remember anything about his heart attack last summer — not the CPR, not the three defibrillator zaps that brought him back to life and nothing from the eight days he spent recuperating at Albuquerque Presbyterian Hospital. Even the week after he went home is sketchy. He vaguely recalls his wife, Naomi, and adult kids, Nate...Read more

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Redbox's top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 9:

1. Uncharted — Sony

2. Dog (2022) — Warner

3. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony

4. Blacklight — Universal

5. Moonfall — Lionsgate

6. Sing 2 — Universal

7. Black Site (2022) — Redbox Entertainment

8. Jackass Forever — Paramount

9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony...Read more

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Rebel Wilson is a force of nature in Netflix's comedy movie 'Senior Year'

Is there nostalgia for 2002? Netflix comedy “Senior Year” certainly tries.

The movie doesn’t waste time setting up the premise: Rebel Wilson plays Stephanie Conway, who wakes up after a 20-year coma after an unfortunate cheerleading accident in 2002 to the Kelly Clarkson song “A Moment Like This.”

Stephanie, now 37, returns to high ...Read more

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Taylor Hawkins' friends clarify damning comments about Foo Fighters drummer's last days

A new posthumous profile of Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters' drummer who died in March, examines his final months on the road with the legendary rock band. And it isn't sitting well with his former bandmates and some of his friends who were interviewed for the story.

Speaking to Rolling Stone for a piece published Monday, several of Hawkins' ...Read more