Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL": At the cabin, Liam tells Hope he needs to confess. Hope is upset when Liam reveals he slept with Steffy because he thought she kissed Thomas. She does not understand why he did not ask her. He admits he was wrong not to. Although she is hurt, Hope says she will give him another chance. Hope is crushed when Liam ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

"General Hospital's" Ingo Rademacher, Jax, recently told fans he felt Twitter and Facebook were too tame. He planned to continue on the sites but was adding Parler. That Parler. He may want Parler, but Parler is on hiatus. Carriers such as Amazon cut the Parler cord. Type in "Parler," and you get a note that it is no longer available. The site ...Read more

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'Saved by the Bell' star Mario Lopez wishes Dustin Diamond well upon cancer diagnosis

Dustin Diamond's former Bayside High classmates are sending well-wishes after their "Saved by the Bell" co-star was diagnosed with cancer.

Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen, who played jock A.C. Slater and head cheerleader Kelly Kapowski, respectively, in the hit 1990s sitcom, both reacted Thursday to news that Diamond, who played the geeky ...Read more

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'Parasite' director Bong Joon Ho makes history, yet again, at Venice Film Festival

Glory to the Venice International Film Festival!

Visionary "Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho has been appointed jury president of the 2021 edition of the festival, organizers announced Friday. The 2020 Oscar winner will become the first Korean filmmaker to serve in the prestigious role when the annual event launches in September.

"The Venice ...Read more


The Sundance Film Festival is open to all this year. Here's how to navigate the virtual offerings

In a normal year, the Sundance Film Festival is centered on the remote ski town of Park City, Utah. This obviously is not a normal year.

Sundance has shifted to a largely virtual program for 2021, with limited in-person events at satellite venues around the country. And that means audiences can access the festival, which runs Jan. 28-Feb. 3, ...Read more

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Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist for legendary New York Dolls, dead at age 69

Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, a founding member of the seminal punk band New York Dolls, has died after a battle with cancer, his wife announced. The Egyptian-born rocker was 69.

Sylvain was diagnosed with cancer 2 1/2 years ago and died Wednesday, according to a Facebook post from spouse Wendy Mizrahi. He was one of the five original members when...Read more

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In 'Wandavision,' Marvel superheroes take on sitcoms

The Avengers have traveled to the corners of the universe. But two members face their most daunting challenge yet when they find themselves grounded in sitcomland.

In the new series "WandaVision," Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are attempting to blend into neighborhoods previously inhabited by the ...Read more

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Take a deep dive into 7 of the best films from Black filmmakers

Julie Dash launched her career with the widely acclaimed "Daughters of the Dust" in 1991 and has only made one movie since. Charles Burnett's "Killer of Sheep" made a huge splash in 1978 but he has struggled to complete a handful of features since then.

Dash's lyrical fable and Burnett's tough-minded drama are nothing alike, but they do have ...Read more

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Review: Jittery comedy 'Promising Young Woman' has serious issues on its mind

Whatever its flaws, "Promising Young Woman" really goes for it, and that makes it thrilling to watch.

The wayward tone of writer/director Emerald Fennell's even-darker-than-it-seems satire can be confounding: "Hold up, it's also a romantic comedy?" is what I wrote in my notes about halfway through. But it finally becomes clear that the movie's ...Read more

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Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Foo Fighters to also perform at 'Celebratin America,' inauguration-night TV special

He was born in the USA and now he’s going to honor it.

New Jersey-bred rocker Bruce Springsteen, along with crooner John Legend and alternative band the Foo Fighters, were announced Friday as additional performers at the post-inauguration prime-time TV special, “Celebrating America.”

They’ll join previously announced musicians — ...Read more

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Karla Peterson: Netflix's 'Night Stalker' series is grisly and terrifying. Did it go too far?

True crime has paid big dividends for Netflix. From "Making a Murderer" to "The Keepers," "The Staircase" and "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness," the streaming service has been a steady provider of white-knuckle programming for viewers who can't get enough of grisly crime scene photos, dogged detective work and real-life cliffhangers ...Read more

'One Night in Miami' film breathes new life into South Florida's Historic Hampton House

MIAMI — To successfully bring a stage play to the silver screen, the filmmaker must overcome the limitations of confined set. Denzel Washington did it with "Fences." Sidney Lumet with "The Wiz." Barry Jenkins with "Moonlight."

"One Night in Miami" — a fictionalized take on the meeting of boxing legend Cassius Clay, civil rights activist ...Read more

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MAGA musician Ariel Pink, spurned by fans, complains to Tucker Carlson: 'People are so mean'

Days after attending a rally that led to a deadly right-wing insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the LA indie musician Ariel Pink tried to defend his actions on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show on Thursday.

"I had no choice, there's nothing else for me to do," Pink said, looking shaken and nervous. "I can't even afford my lawyer right now."

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Review: The superb documentary 'MLK/FBI' clearly connects the past to our troubling present

Among the many archival materials excerpted in Sam Pollard's "MLK/FBI" is a 1964 televised interview with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., conducted by journalist Gay Pauley. With a superior smirk and galling bad faith, Pauley asks King if his code of nonviolent resistance has nonetheless produced a "crisis atmosphere," one that has ultimately ...Read more

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Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred Rogers, dies at 92

PITTSBURGH — Joanne Rogers was so much more than just Fred Rogers' adoring wife.

The two married in 1952, and she remained by his side until his death in 2003. Though her husband's fame skyrocketed thanks to the success of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Mrs. Rogers also was able to carve out a successful niche of her own as a professional ...Read more


‘Cobra Kai' and ‘My Bodyguard’ and running back to your childhood

Nostalgia is a funny thing because the past was never simpler. But the desire to be anywhere but here and now is strong and Hollywood knows it. The enthusiasm with which the TV and film industry has been mining our childhoods is at least partially driven by marketing: A familiar title or character is always an easier sell than something brand ...Read more

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‘Locked Down' on HBO: The pandemic sucks the fun out of a promising rom-com heist flick

Years from now, when you speak of “Locked Down” — and you won’t — be kind. The makers of this COVID-era rom-com heist picture gave it their all, shooting a hopeless script by a seasoned professional in early fall 2020 in London as the coronavirus pandemic raged on.

They were guided by director Doug Liman, who made “Mr. and Mrs. ...Read more

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Kyra Sedgwick is a well-meaning helicopter mom in ABC's ‘Call Your Mother’

Kyra Sedgwick never flew halfway across the country because her kids didn’t return her calls, but she understands that empty-nest feeling.

The New York native has returned to ABC in “Call Your Mother” as Jean Raines, a devoted mom of two who uproots her life and moves from Iowa to Los Angeles to stay in their lives — literally and ...Read more

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Memo to Netflix viewers: Let the actors speak for themselves. In any language.

If you're going to watch Netflix's French import "Lupin," the latest tasty incarnation of author Maurice Leblanc's smooth criminal introduced in 1905, you might want to conduct a little experiment.

For five minutes, try it in English. When you set up your Netflix profile, you probably chose English for your default.

Watch and listen. The ...Read more

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Movie fans who identify with villains share similar dark characteristics

It takes one to know one.

Fiction fans who favor villainous characters appear to share a “Dark Triad” of characteristics with those shifty individuals.

Citing a report from the journal Poetics, the Academic Times reports that those who identify with antagonists frequently share those characters’ sense of narcissism, psychopathy and ...Read more