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Spooky shows, movies to watch this Halloween season

Loooook out, it's that time of year when you think there just possibly may be a monster rusticating under your bed, a zombie scratching at your back door or a sinister stranger with overgrown canines loitering in your supermarket. Television huddles in the shadows right along with you by sporting a panoply of spooky programming for the season.( ...Read more

Album reviews: Vince Gill, Wilco, and the Pernice Brothers

Vince Gill

"Okie"

(MCA Nashville 1/2)

As a pillar of the Nashville establishment, and with his well-deserved place in the country pantheon assured, Vince Gill can pretty much do what he wants.

With "Okie," the 62-year-old singer and guitar virtuoso uses that artistic freedom to occasionally go where mainstream country rarely does. "Forever ...Read more

'The Addams Family' opens strong even as 'Joker' maintains box office dominance

LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros.' "Joker" maintained the top spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row, adding $55 million (a drop of just 43%) for a cumulative $192.7 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Globally, the film has already earned more than half a billion dollars with $543.9 million.

The result is ...Read more

Three albums, three different sounds, so will the real Kero Kero Bonito stand up?

Just a few years after meeting on the internet, British trio Kero Kero Bonito have become one of the most successful indie-pop bands in the U.K. Its 2016 breakthrough, "Bonito Generation," offered cheerful, J-pop-inspired minimalism. Its follow up, "Time 'n' Place," took a sharp turn into anxious guitar rock.

The new EP, "Civilisation 1," ...Read more

Austin Plaine took a shot at stardom by moving to Nashville. How's that going for him?

Austin Plaine knows something about the difficulties and disappointments of love. In "Something More," the first song on his latest album, he sings "Oh my love, I lost you again/ We were jumping in the river/ but I never learned to swim."

Three years ago, Plaine took a different type of leap of faith and moved to Nashville to pursue music full ...Read more

Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News

Shepard Smith, the longtime lead anchor of Fox News, is leaving the network.

Smith has been with Fox News since its launch in 1996 and has stood out as the nonpartisan voice on the conservative channel.

Fox News President Suzanne Scott, who announced Smith's departure on Friday afternoon, said the anchor "recently asked us to step down and ...Read more

Jane Fonda is arrested in DC during climate change protest — exactly as she'd planned

It went just as she'd planned.

Jane Fonda was arrested Friday in front of the U.S. Capitol as part of her efforts to join the fight against climate change.

"Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol," Eva Malecki, communications director for the Capitol ...Read more

Album review wrap-up: Nick Cave transforms, the Highwomen rise, Tool returns and more

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, "GHOSTEEN" (GHOSTEEN/BAD SEED)

"I'm transforming, I'm vibrating, I'm glowing, I'm flying, look at me now," Nick Cave sang six years ago on the pivotal "Jubilee Street." The six-minute track planted the seeds of the fully realized 68-minute song cycle that is "Ghosteen."

Since the feral fury and dark humor of the ...Read more

Kevin Hart crash report reveals reckless driving, no seat belts

LOS ANGELES -- Last month's car crash in Calabasas that left comedian Kevin Hart with major back injuries involved reckless driving and no seat belt use, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP accident report, released Thursday and obtained by the Associated Press, also contained additional information regarding the state of Hart's...Read more

'Blair Witch' turns 20: How a surprise hit horror movie made a Maryland town infamous

BALTIMORE -- Two decades have passed since three budding filmmakers wandered into the western Maryland woods, never to be seen again. Quite the cause for celebration, right?

It is when the three 20-somethings were the central characters in "The Blair Witch Project." The shot-on-the-cheap exercise in cinematic terror, made by two rookie ...Read more

Prince estate: Trump violated promise not to play 'Purple Rain'

Shortly before President Donald Trump took the stage at downtown Minneapolis' Target Center Thursday night, Prince's "Purple Rain" played -- even though his estate asked a year ago that the president stop using the late musician's music.

"President Trump played Prince's 'Purple Rain' tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming...Read more

Review: The 'Breaking Bad' movie proves Jesse is lost without Walt

Most everyone who mattered in AMC's unsurpassed drama "Breaking Bad" had been killed off by the 2013 finale -- a closing episode that still stands as one of TV's best.

There is no discernible reason the series should be followed by a film, other than placating series creator Vince Gilligan and fans who miss the world of Walter White (Bryan ...Read more

Special casting pleases 'The Good Doctor's' Richard Schiff

LOS ANGELES -- Richard Schiff was already happy being part of the ABC drama "The Good Doctor" where he is now in his third season playing Dr. Aaron Glassman. It's a role that not only gives him the opportunity to play mentor and friend to the show's central figure of Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant ...Read more

Review: Joseph Losey's 1976 classic 'Mr. Klein' starring Alain Delon still enthralls

The shock of seeing Joseph Losey's newly restored, long unavailable "Mr. Klein" is not so much surprise at how compelling it is but astonishment at how it seems more relevant today than at its original 1976 release.

Moody, elegantly disturbing and impeccably made by a master director, this story of blurred identities and casual immorality in ...Read more

The new record might sound different, but this is exactly the Sleater-Kinney you know

Not long ago, Corin Tucker, who plays guitar in a roaring rock 'n' roll band called Sleater-Kinney, went with her bandmate Carrie Brownstein to a Los Angeles poetry, music, comedy and art performance known as Weirdo Night. One act on the bill was so loud that, as Tucker later told Pitchfork, she declared: "Oh my God, we have to walk out before ...Read more

Review: Two Will Smiths don't double the pleasure in the ill-conceived 'Gemini Man'

Few movie stars have been so willing to suffer for our ostensible entertainment as Will Smith. I don't mean that entirely as a compliment, but I also say it with some real if qualified admiration. Smith can suffer beautifully, even movingly, onscreen, as he did playing a destitute dad trying to care for his young son in 2006's "The Pursuit of ...Read more

Review: 'A German Youth' documents the radicalization of the Baader Meinhof Gang

Fiendishly researched and smartly constructed, "A German Youth" is a formidable piece of documentary detective work focusing on a small but significant historical moment that continues to matter.

Though its director, Jean-Gabriel Periot, is French, his subject, as the title indicates, couldn't be more specifically German.

That would be the ...Read more

Why Jane Fonda is moving to Washington (for now)

WASHINGTON -- Jane Fonda has never been content to raise hell only from the comfort of Los Angeles. The 81-year-old actress, activist and exercise phenom is moving to Washington for four months with a plan to get arrested. A lot. Maybe every week. Grandmas like her, Fonda says, need to get in the arena fighting global warming with the likes of ...Read more

Review: 'The Addams Family' reboot maintains its gently spooky charm, but doesn't break the mold

The enduring appeal of "The Addams Family" is quite impressive. With only four notes and a couple of snaps, plus a classic black dress, one can instantly evoke the classic American Gothic clan, who are creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. Since Morticia's 1938 debut on the pages of The New Yorker, in a cartoon drawn by Charles Addams, the ...Read more

Matt Lauer rape accuser Brooke Nevils says he is 'victim-blaming' her

The former NBC employee who says she was raped by fired "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer had harsh words for his strongly worded denial of her accusation.

Brooke Nevils, who told investigative journalist Ronan Farrow that Lauer raped her in 2014, said the fallen TV star's open letter that disputed her allegation was an attempt to bully and shame ...Read more