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New Prince record released: His version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nothing compares to a new Prince record, right? Especially during unofficial Prince Week, the period commemorating the second anniversary of his death.

Warner Bros. is releasing Prince's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," a produced rendition of the demo tape he recorded in July 1984 for the Family to learn. Their recording, ...Read more

Trevor Noah is the only late-night comedian taking on the Starbucks arrest controversy

The news of two black men being arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks late last week has garnered national media attention, sparked outrage across the country and elicited a public apology from the city's police commissioner. But among late night comedians, the situation has all but been ignored.

The one exception is Trevor Noah, the host of...Read more

Tina Fey to host season finale of 'Saturday Night Live'

Tina Fey will return to "Saturday Night Live" as host next month for the show's season 43 finale.

Fey will host "SNL"'s final episode this season on May 19, with Nicki Minaj serving as musical guest, the show announced via social media on Wednesday.

The appearance marks Fey's sixth time hosting "SNL" since she left the show's cast in 2006 to ...Read more

Who in Hollywood is using inclusion riders? Nobody's keeping track — including the group pushing for them

Last week on Twitter, a young actor asked: "Is there a list of actors/directors/etc who have committed to an inclusion rider yet?"

It's a good question. Who has committed so far?

He tagged @Inclusionists, which is the Twitter handle of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. That's the think tank at the University of Southern California led by ...Read more

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize sparks lively — and at times snobby — conversations on the aesthetics of music

If a sampling of some classical music aesthetes on social media is to be believed, April 16 marked the day the music died.

A rapper -- a rapper! -- named Kendrick Lamar was placed on a pedestal as the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in music, joining geniuses of American composition including Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Elliott Carter and ...Read more

Doctor who treated Prince to pay $30K fine

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota doctor who allegedly knew painkillers he prescribed for Prince's drummer would be used by the musician has agreed to a civil settlement with federal prosecutors to resolve possible controlled substance violations found during the investigation into Prince's 2016 overdose death.

Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg will pay a $...Read more

Television Q&A: Is 'Scorpion' coming back?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Has "Scorpion" been on its last mission? I didn't see any promos about the April 16 episode being the season finale. But it looked as though it may have been the series finale. Will it be coming back?

A: In a press release about the April 16 episode, CBS called it the season finale of "Scorpion." CBS...Read more

Movie review: Offensively bad 'Super Troopers 2' shows Broken Lizard hasn't aged well

Like many of a certain age, I was a fan of Broken Lizard's 2001 stoner cop cult classic "Super Troopers," which circulated smoky dorm rooms in the early 2000s. The energetic, silly and wordy comedy of the then-unknown troupe was absurd, naughty and endlessly quotable. Coming 17 years later, the crowdfunded sequel "Super Troopers 2" is a whole ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AARDVARK. 2 stars. Misfired drama about a man (Zachary Quinto) with mental health issues who consults an incompetent therapist (Jenny Slate) about his delusional belief that his famous-actor brother (Jon Hamm) is "playing" the people he meets on the street. Not about aardvarks. 1 hr. 29 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

BEIRUT. 3 stars. Well-...Read more

'I Feel Pretty' review: Amy Schumer's fable about fat-shaming is frankly depressing

In a 2015 sketch aired on Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," the one called "New Body," Schumer played a woman shopping for a wardrobe for the body she's always wanted. The clothing store clerk, thin and deadpan, is the perfect foil for Schumer's chipper, play-along reactions. With those two perfect minutes you don't realize the first time ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Superstore's' Lauren Ash and embarrassing herself in front of Ryan Gosling

As assistant manager of Cloud 9, the fictional big box chain in NBC's "Superstore," Dina is intense. As played by Lauren Ash, the character's take no prisoners approach to the job is a consistently funny riff on the overbearing manager.

Ash's comedic talent was honed as a sketch and improv performer. Ten years ago the Canadian native was a ...Read more

CBS renews 11 veteran dramas and series

"Blue Bloods," "MacGyver" and "Bull" were among the veteran CBS prime-time series renewed for the 2018-2019 season, the network announced Wednesday.

Other dramas picked up include "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS: New Orleans," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Madam Secretary." "Survivor," "The Amazing Race", news magazines "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" will also ...Read more

Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize. Here are five songs that show why

Much of the reaction to Monday's announcement that the Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar had won a Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn" amounted to something like: Finally.

A steadily strengthening force since its birth in the 1970s, aspects of hip-hop have unquestionably dominated pop culture for years now -- look at "Black Panther," ...Read more

Lauryn Hill announces tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of debut album

Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Lauryn Hill announced a 29-stop, North American tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

In August of 1998, "The Miseducation" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spent 81 weeks there. Additionally, Hill received 10 Grammy award ...Read more

Chicago improv group 3Peat spoofs horror tropes about black characters in Comedy Central video

A group of friends, all black, run through the woods one night and barricade themselves inside an empty house. "We're being chased by a psycho killer!" one of them says. "I told y'all, black people have no business camping," another says. "This is black karma!"

Skewering both horror movie tropes and racial stereotypes, "The Blackening" is a one...Read more

Movie review: 'Kodachrome' flattens colorful source material

It's fairly common for nonfiction articles to be adapted for the screen, particularly when they detail events of extreme daring or heroism. But "Kodachrome," adapted by Jonathan Tropper, directed by Mark Raso, takes for its source material a short, poignant 2010 profile by A.G. Sulzberger in the New York Times about the people flocking from ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

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

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- Sony

2. Father Figures -- Warner

3. Proud Mary -- Sony

4. All the Money in the World -- Sony

5. Molly's Game -- Universal

6. Ferdinand -- Fox

7. Justice League -- Warner

8. Insidious: The Last Key -- Sony

9. Pitch Perfect 3 -- Universal...Read more

Production designer Ross Dempster explains his future-forward look on Netflix's new 'Lost in Space'

In reimagining Netflix's reboot of the classic '60s TV show "Lost in Space" (and the subsequent 1998 film) for 2018 audiences, production designer Ross Dempster didn't necessarily look to the show's ancestry as a source of visual inspiration. Instead, he took a cue from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"For a movie ...Read more

'A Quiet Place' could retake the No. 1 box office spot during pre-'Avengers' weekend

Paramount Pictures' breakout horror hit "A Quiet Place" may return to the top of the box-office charts in its third weekend of release, unseating the big-budget Dwayne Johnson arcade game adaptation "Rampage."

But as the two movies wage a close battle for the No. 1 spot, the rest of the movie industry is awaiting the following weekend's opening...Read more

Jenna Fischer dishes survival tips in 'The Actor's Life'

In one of her first headshots, Jenna Fischer looks like a chipper teenager in overalls. In another, she has a seductive gaze and a gaping, spaghetti-strap top.

Although the aspiring young actress liked the "fierce, sexy girl" picture, it didn't lead to many jobs. Problem was, it wasn't really her.

Finally, she figured out what she was selling:...Read more