Lea Michele's apology backfires as more 'Glee' cast and crew wade into the fray

The drama surrounding "Glee" alum Lea Michele has somehow gotten messier.

On Wednesday, multiple members of the original "Glee" cast, along with a producer for the TV series, shared their thoughts on the controversy as Michele's apology sparked another backlash. Earlier this week, actress Samantha Marie Ware accused Michele of subjecting her to...Read more

Milwaukee Summerfest canceled for 2020, will resume in 2021

CHICAGO -- Citing "an abundance of caution," organizers for Milwaukee Summerfest have decided to cancel the major summer event, originally scheduled for June to early July, then moved to September.

In a statement, Don Smiley, president and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, said:

"After careful, diligent, and thoughtful consideration and out of ...Read more

The Cannes Film Festival was canceled. But now we know the films that would have screened

It's been a remarkable season of ups and downs for the world's most prestigious film festival.

The Festival de Cannes' 2019 edition was hailed as one of its strongest in years, with the premieres of much-lauded titles including "Pain and Glory," "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," "Atlantics" and the South Korean ...Read more

K-pop fans flood social media to support Black Lives Matter and combat racism

K-pop fans are famous for their persistent and creative ways to make online life miserable for people who demean their favorite artists and groups.

But on Wednesday, the genre's sometimes-toxic community harnessed its digital savvy and mercilessness for more noble causes: shutting down white supremacist social media and overwhelming police tip ...Read more

Television Q&A: Are actors Andrew Walker and Paul Greene related?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I watch the Hallmark Channel's movies. Two actors, Andrew Walker and Paul Greene, look very much alike. Are they related?

A: Not as far as I can find. But they are both Canadian, as are many Hallmark actors. Between them Greene and Walker have about two dozen Hallmark credits, many of them for ...Read more

Cable news is no match for the George Floyd moment. Here's why it's failing

We are somewhere near the beginning, middle or end of a period that's being called civil unrest -- "intensified consciousness" might say it as well -- following the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white policeman (or policemen) in Minneapolis. Television, of course, has put it all on TV.

There is the near view, and the far one. Seen ...Read more

Fans are hungry to watch TV sports after pandemic. But will it be a logjam?

After seeing the coronavirus pandemic cancel major sporting events such as the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and the Summer Olympics, fans may soon be faced with too much of a good thing.

The planned return of the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Assn., along with rescheduled PGA golf tournaments, Triple Crown horse ...Read more

Did 'Schitt's Creek' end too soon? How the cast feels about wrapping during the pandemic

The Rose family is all here, albeit in small rectangular windows on screens scattered across North America. Dan Levy is in his Los Angeles home with his rescue pup, Redmond. Annie Murphy connects from Toronto. Catherine O'Hara can't get her video to work but then appears in all her glory from L.A. Eugene Levy is the last to join. Apparently his ...Read more

Commentary: Instead of more cop shows, what if networks greenlit shows that tried to explore police abolition?

Last month, Craig Gore was hired as a co-executive producer on a forthcoming "Law & Order" spinoff starring Christopher Meloni, only to be fired on Tuesday after posting a photo of himself holding what appears to be a large firearm with the caption "curfew." In another post he threatened to "light up" looters.

According to Gore's LinkedIn page,...Read more

Spike Lee takes on Vietnam and the turmoil of the Trump era in Netflix's 'Da 5 Bloods'

Last Friday morning, director Spike Lee woke up at his home in New York City and surveyed the day's fresh horrors in a world that had come to seem at once both unrecognizable and all too recognizable.

A deadly pandemic. Forty million Americans unemployed. And now, in the wake of the death of George Floyd days earlier at the hands of police ...Read more

'Then God said, “Hold my beer”': The inside story of the night that changed L.A. clubs forever

LOS ANGELES -- On March 11, the night the NBA canceled its season and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced that they had contracted COVID-19, almost everyone out at a nightclub suspected that something awful was coming. In the span of little more than a day, a city brimming with live music, packed bars and sweaty nightclubs went dark. With them ...Read more

Lea Michele checks her privilege in apology to 'Glee' costars for pain she caused

"Glee" alum Lea Michele has apologized to her former costars after actress Samantha Marie Ware accused Michele of subjecting her to verbal abuse and "other traumatic microaggressions" on set.

A couple of days after Ware's takedown tweet went viral, Michele issued a statement Wednesday claiming she did not recall a particularly damning incident ...Read more

'Here's something raw to listen to': Run the Jewels drops new album early

Talk about reading the room.

Run the Jewels -- the politically minded hip-hop duo featuring rappers Killer Mike and El-P -- took to social media Wednesday morning to announce that it was releasing its latest album ahead of schedule.

"F -- it, why wait," the group wrote in a statement posted on Twitter and Instagram. "The world is infested with...Read more

Keke Palmer challenges National Guard to march with L.A. protesters: 'Protect us'

LOS ANGELES -- Keke Palmer is being hailed as a hero after a recent video of the actress inviting the National Guard to march with protesters in Hollywood went viral.

In the video, tweeted Tuesday by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, Palmer can be seen passionately urging National Guardsmen to leave their post and join the peaceful protest ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 25:

1. The Invisible Man -- Universal

2. The Call of The Wild -- Fox

3. Bloodshot -- Sony

4. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn -- Warner

5. The Way Back (2020) -- Warner

6. Sonic the Hedgehog -- Paramount

7. Blumhouse's Fantasy Island -- Sony

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He does an uncanny Christian Slater in 'The Betty Broderick Story.' It wasn't easy

If there's a scene stealer in "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story," it might be Christian Slater's voice coming out of another man's mouth.

It's not dubbing. It's actor Chris Mason being really good at sounding like Slater.

The anthology series, which is produced in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and whose first season was based...Read more

Review: Script robs home invasion thriller 'Becky' of stakes

A movie cannot survive on premise alone. And yet the efficient, taboo-flirting genre exercise "Becky" doesn't have much going for it beyond its elevator pitch, which is thus: Goofy sitcom dude Kevin James goes dark as a sadistic neo-Nazi escaped convict facing off with a feisty young girl during a brutal home invasion. Sounds intriguing, right? ...Read more

'The Grey Fox' returns to steal your heart, in a beautiful digital restoration

Some films warrant the 4K digital restoration treatment more than others. The 1982 Phillip Borsos charmer "The Grey Fox," streaming Friday by way of Music Box Virtual Cinema, deserved it, as anyone with eyes can tell you.

It's a honeyed, turn-of-the-century evocation of how the true-life "gentleman bandit" Bill Miner operated, first as a ...Read more

Forget 'Sopranos' and 'Game of Thrones': HBO Max's top hits are for kids

The HBO network earned a reputation for adult dramas filled with sex and violence, including "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones" and "Sex and the City." But when its new streaming offshoot launched last week, the buzziest shows were aimed at children.

"Looney Tunes Cartoons," a new take on classic characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, was the ...Read more

'The Avengers of musical theater': The talent behind 'Central Park' sings for itself

"Central Park" is as ambitious as the 840-acre park it portrays. Each episode of the animated series includes a whopping four original musical numbers, all of which will become available to stream on Apple Music as the series progresses.

"We told ourselves that if we were going to make this show, the songs have to be as diverse and dynamic as ...Read more