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New on DVD: Get ready for Oscars night with 'Parasite,' 'Harriet'

'Tis the season for Oscars catch-up, including the top DVD picks for Jan. 28. (The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 9.)

"Parasite": The genre-defying class warfare masterpiece by South Korean director and screenwriter Bong Joon-ho is up for six major Academy Awards, including best editing, production design, original screenplay, foreign ...Read more

New study shows some gains for women in music, but men still dominate pop charts

Women in the music business of 2020 are, by some measures, better represented on the sales charts and at the impending Grammy Awards, according to an updated, broad-based study conducted by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Few, however, are likely to frame the latest statistics as good news in light of how overwhelmingly female artists ...Read more

Movie review: Alpha male toxicity clouds Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen'

Guy Ritchie's latest British gangster yarn, "The Gentlemen," opens with a bartender pulling a beer tap printed with a logo reading: "Gritchie's English Lore." It's oh-so-appropriate branding for this return to roots for Ritchie, who burst onto the scene in the late '90s with the rollicking London crime flick "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels....Read more

Review: The portraits of 'Gauguin' reach the big screen, #MeToo issues and all

Following the 2018 release of the poorly received biopic "Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti," starring Vincent Cassel, French Postimpressionist Paul Gauguin now gets the nonfiction treatment with "Gauguin From the National Gallery, London," a diptych of sorts divided between a traditional biographical documentary and a tour of that institution's ...Read more

The unforgettable scene in 'Unbelievable' between Merritt Wever's detective and a rape victim

Saying Merritt Wever delivers a tremendous performance in the Netflix limited series "Unbelievable" is pretty much like saying Merritt Wever stars in the Netflix limited series "Unbelievable." In other words, obvious.

I'm sure Wever has had roles she could not quite make come alive with her magnetic low-boil vitality, but I've never seen any of...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Jan. 21 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

JANUARY

21: The Addams Family

21: Zombieland: Double Tap

21: Countdown

21: Black and Blue

21: Pain & Glory

21: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

21: I See You

21: The Courier

28: Terminator: Dark Fate

28: Harriet

28: Parasite

28: Motherless ...Read more

Tuned In: National Geographic to air Syrian war hospital doc 'The Cave'

PASADENA, Calif. -- Oscar-nominated documentary "The Cave," about a doctor who works in a subterranean hospital in war-torn Syria, debuts commercial-free at 9 p.m. Saturday on the National Geographic Channel.

A portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity, "The Cave" follows the work of managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour, who faces ...Read more

Performances we love: The understated brilliance of Jared Harris in 'Chernobyl'

The worst nuclear disaster in history led to the best television performance of last year.

The silver lining around humankind's deadliest radioactive cloud is Jared Harris and his stellar performance as the late Soviet-era scientist Valery Legasov in HBO's chilling miniseries, "Chernobyl."

Set in 1986 around the deadly meltdown of Ukraine's ...Read more

Bonnaroo's got Nelly, but here are other ways he could celebrate 'Country Grammar' turning 20

ST. LOUIS -- "I'm going down, down, baby, your street in a Range Rover. Street sweeper, baby, cocked, ready to let it go."

That's how it went down in the year 2000, when a young rapper from St. Louis introduced us to his "Country Grammar."

In doing so, Nelly, also known as Cornell Haynes, took the music world by storm with his immediately ...Read more

Recording Academy alleges Deborah Dugan demanded 'millions' to withdraw her allegations and resign

LOS ANGELES -- The war of words and inflammatory accusations between the Recording Academy and its recently sidelined President and CEO Deborah Dugan heated up further Monday as board chairman Harvey Mason Jr. accused Dugan of offering, through her lawyer, to drop her complaint of wrongdoing and resign in exchange for a multimillion dollar ...Read more

Terry Gross will be on PBS' 'Finding Your Roots,' discussing how terrible a teacher she was

PHILADELPHIA -- After more than 13,000 interviews and 40 years on the air at WHYY, Fresh Air host Terry Gross is among the most recognizable figures in American radio. But back in 1973, she was a soon-to-be-fired English teacher at a public school in Buffalo, N.Y.

"I was literally fired in six weeks," Gross says in an forthcoming appearance on ...Read more

Backstage with the 'Parasite' cast celebrating a historic SAG Awards win: 'Where's Bong?!'

LOS ANGELES -- The emotional celebration began moments after the cast of director Bong Joon Ho's South Korean heavyweight "Parasite" stepped offstage at the SAG Awards after winning the prize for best ensemble, the first foreign-language film ever to do so.

Spilling offstage with stunned looks on their faces, stars Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, ...Read more

Robert De Niro stays proudly political at the 2020 SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Upon being presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, the surprising thing wasn't that Robert De Niro got political, but that he did it so calmly.

"Political leaders who support unions are more likely to support the Affordable Care Act, equitable taxes, humane immigration ...Read more

Apple TV+: What's coming soon to the streaming service

PASADENA, Calif. -- With an energetic sizzle reel proclaiming "Our stories are your stories," Apple TV+ on Sunday made its first-ever appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour.

The streaming service launched just a couple of months ago with a handful of original programs. But during a series of panel sessions held at the ...Read more

The Oscar acting races are over: Why the four SAG award winners will go all the way

LOS ANGELES -- The SAG Awards were handed out Sunday night, and for those who stopped watching after Brad Pitt's acceptance speech because they were too busy trying to find him on Tinder, a quick recap: Surprises were scant, Adam Sandler got a well-deserved shout-out and the "Parasite" cast earned two standing ovations -- one for just showing up...Read more

Weinstein trial is a milestone for #MeToo and a moment of wrenching truth for survivors

LOS ANGELES -- For the past two years, Louise Godbold has been living in a state of heightened tension.

In interview after interview, the former commercial producer has shared what she said happened to her 29 years ago in an empty New York meeting room with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and then again at the Beverley Hills Hotel. Each ...Read more

SAG Awards 2020 fashion: The stars shine bright and bold on the silver carpet

LOS ANGELES -- The Screen Actors Guild Awards are frequently described as an actors-celebrating-their-own kind of affair and, based on Sunday night's awards, it was a celebrate-your-own-style affair as well, with most of the memorable looks coming down the silver carpet pumping up the volume, amping up the color and showcasing boldness -- in ...Read more

'Parasite' wins top prize at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES -- With just three weeks to go until the Oscars, this year's unpredictable awards season took another surprising twist at Sunday evening's Screen Actors Guild Awards, as Hollywood's actors gave their highest honor to Bong Joon Ho's genre-scrambling class satire "Parasite."

Beating out a diverse field including "Bombshell," "The ...Read more

Box office: 'Bad Boys for Life' opens at No. 1, 'Dolittle' falters in 2nd

LOS ANGELES -- This weekend at the box office, old things were made new again as Sony released its long-delayed "Bad Boys" sequel and Universal sought to introduce a younger audience to the classic Dr. Dolittle character.

In first place, "Bad Boys for Life" opened with an impressive $59.2 million and an estimated $68.1 million through the ...Read more

How 'This Is Us' stars tug at viewers' heartstrings

PASADENA, Calif. -- Television series can often become a comfy habit with shows like "Friends," "The Big Bang Theory" or "Roseanne." But TV shows can be more than that, as proved by NBC's popular "This is Us."

In its fourth season, the show ranks as TV's top rated drama, which is interesting because it's not a comfy habit but a hardy commitment...Read more