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How 'Bao' director Domee Shi stayed true to her 'weird' idea and created a specifically Asian story

Much like a delicious dumpling before a hearty meal, "Bao" is the bite-sized animated film audiences see before "Incredibles 2." But more than just a Pixar appetizer, the short is a whimsical love letter to mothers as well as food. It just happens to be wrapped in a package so adorable you want to eat it.

Directed by Domee Shi, "Bao" centers on...Read more

List of DVD release dates for June 19 and beyond

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

JUNE

19: Pacific Rim Uprising

19: Paul, Apostle of Christ

19: Midnight Sun

19: The Death of Stalin

19: Unsane

19: Flower

19: Double Lover

19: Dark Matter: Season Three

19: The Swap

26: Tyler Perry's Acrimony

26: The Endless

26: Gemini

26: ...Read more

Joni Mitchell, Liz Phair and the musical blueprint for #MeToo

"Will you take me as I am?" Joni Mitchell sang on her ground-breaking 1971 album, "Blue." There's a vulnerability in that openness, but also a resolve. Mitchell wasn't coming from a place of weakness.

The singer never viewed herself as part of a movement -- she was not going to be anyone's figurehead or spokeswoman. But "Blue" still sounds like...Read more

Review: Melody's Echo Chamber doubles down on psychedelic pop on 'Bon Voyage'

Melody Prochet's 2012 debut, under the moniker Melody's Echo Chamber, was essentially a collaboration between the French singer and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. "Melody's Echo Chamber" merged Prochet's melodic vocals with trippy production, throwing just enough grit atop the French-pop breathiness to build anticipation for the follow-up.

But ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Black Lightning' big leap for TV superhero programming

Topping this week's new releases are a groundbreaking television series and the anniversary release of one of the best romantic comedies.

"Black Lightning"; 3 stars: Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal who gave up his crime-fighting ways nine years ago. He's traded his electrical-charged abilities for saving young ...Read more

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop

MIAMI -- South Florida rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed on Monday afternoon while shopping for a motorcycle in South Florida, Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed on Twitter.

The 20-year-old artist, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, had risen to prominence with the song "Look at Me" on SoundCloud shortly after he was arrested on ...Read more

Beyoncé and Jay-Z tell a story of success on 'Everything Is Love'

Some acts finish a concert with an encore. Beyonce and Jay-Z? By now we should know they think bigger.

On Saturday, pop's No. 1 power couple revealed at the end of a show in London that they'd just released a new album, "Everything Is Love." It's the first joint full-length from the married singer and rapper, who've been collaborating with ...Read more

Bill O'Reilly, Laura Bush and other conservatives bash Trump admin's 'zero-tolerance' border policy

Throughout the political world, there is growing outrage over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy on the Mexican border, which has led to the forced separation of families and the detainment of thousands of minors in facilities throughout the South. The Associated Press described kids in one facility in South Texas ...Read more

Amy Aquino stays tough but tender in 'Bosch'

PASADENA, Calif. -- Before actress Amy Aquino met her future husband, Drew McCoy, he was told she was one tough cookie. "She's great. But she's tough." That warning came from a mutual friend who suggested the set engineer might have a lot in common with Aquino.

The advice was right-on, admits Aquino, on a spring afternoon at a busy bookstore ...Read more

Album reviews: The Last Poets, Snail Mail, Joshua Hedley

The Last Poets

"Understand What Black Is"

(Studio Rockers )

Many artists lay claim to being rap's first voices, but, from their searing, socio-political charged poetry to their dense, rhythmic flow, the Last Poets aren't just boasting. Touched by jazz, funk, and reggae through different periods of the band's 50-year career, Jalal Mansur ...Read more

'The Band's Visit' sees big uptick on music streaming sites since the Tony Awards

"The Band's Visit" may have claimed 10 trophies at the Tony Awards last week, but it also scored a big win offstage as well: a bump in music streaming.

Since the June 10 ceremony, streaming of tracks from the original Broadway cast recording has soared, according to Nielsen Music, which analyzes consumption for the music industry. On the Friday...Read more

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is an improvement, which doesn't make it necessary

Dinosaurs: Keep them alive or kill them off? It's a question that haunts the human characters in between fireball-dodging cardio workouts in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the spectacularly ho-hum new entry in Hollywood's longest-running parable about the fatal idiocy of messing with Mother Nature. At this point in the game -- five films deep...Read more

The new 'Queer Eye' guys have love in their hearts — and plenty of tips — for guys (and gals)

Browse the Instagram feeds of any of the "Queer Eye" hosts and see their comments to each other, and it'll be hard not to question the depth of the friendships in your own life. The new Fab Five -- Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Tan France (fashion), Antoni Porowski (food and wine) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) -- post such ...Read more

'It Will Be Chaos': Personal stories of refugee crisis could not be timelier

The scene captured in HBO's documentary film "It Will Be Chaos" is a familiar one: Parents seeking asylum are separated from their children at the border. They've fled starvation, persecution and bloodshed, then during their journey survived smugglers, bandits and other nefarious entities that prey on migrants, only to lose their children once ...Read more

'Incredibles 2' smashes record with biggest opening ever for animated film

LOS ANGELES -- The Pixar superhero movie "Incredibles 2" made 14 years of anticipation worth the wait for Disney, as the follow-up to 2004's "The Incredibles" smashed the record for highest animation debut of all time with an estimated $180 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canada, according to the measurement firm ComScore.

"Pixar has ...Read more

In the Miss America heartland, contestants stand by their swimsuits

OCEAN CITY, N.J. -- It just might be the most ridiculous place to have a conversation about the propriety of the Miss America swimsuit: on the Music Pier in Ocean City, home of the Miss New Jersey pageant, overlooking miles of beaches filled with bathing beauties and not-so-beauties.

What could possibly be wrong with a swimsuit?

"I've never ...Read more

Insomniac Games celebrates the underdog with optimism, from 'Ratchet and Clank' to 'Spider-Man'

BURBANK, Calif. -- About 25 years ago, long before Insomniac Games took part in bringing the hotter-than-ever Marvel Universe back to video game consoles, founder Ted Price had a vision for changing interactive entertainment. Sort of.

"We didn't really know what we were doing," Price, 49, said of the studio's beginnings this month in his ...Read more

A 'Deep State' where even the moles have moles

If the news doesn't have you worried enough about the actual state of the world and the ethics of the people supposedly running it, here is another thriller about spies and spooks and the capitalists who ultimately control them to help keep you fretful.

"Deep State," which began Sunday on Epix, is the latest in what seems like an accelerating ...Read more

Chris Hardwick wiped from Nerdist website amid abuse accusations

Chris Hardwick's name no longer adorns the Nerdist website he founded, after abuse accusations were levied against an unnamed person by his former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.

Legendary Entertainment, which acquired Nerdist Industries in 2012, issued a statement on Friday, addressing Hardwick's absence.

"Chris Hardwick had no operational ...Read more

Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana set the beat for rock 'n' roll's future

D.J. Fontana accomplished more with a snare drum, cymbal and sticks than the Who's Keith Moon did with a 20-piece kit.

With snaps, thumps and pows that six decades later are a standard foundation of pop music, he help define rock 'n' rolls' rhythmic patterns. Starting in the mid-1950s, the influential drummer for Elvis Presley played on hits ...Read more

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