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Movie review: 'Luca' follows familiar formula but is another wonderful Pixar creation

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a young, magical sea creature, heard of only in fairy tales and sailor’s legends, dreams of life beyond the surface, on land, and takes a leap to explore the world beyond the safety of their brightly jewel-toned underwater world. You may be thinking that this sounds a lot like “The Little Mermaid,�...Read more

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'LUCA'

Rated PG for rude humor, language, some thematic elements and brief violence.

What it’s about: A young sea monster yearns to explore the world, starting with the nearby Italian coastal village.

The kid attractor factor: Another Pixar animated feature with a starry voice cast and gorgeous design.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Fear of ...Read more

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Sound Advice: There can be more to an amplifier than sound quality

Q. I am currently powering my B&W 702 S2 floorstanding speakers with an Outlaw Audio RR2160 receiver. Would an upgrade of the Outlaw Audio RR2160 to a McIntosh 5300 integrated amplifier provide a noticeably better sound experience? The McIntosh lists for $5,500, the Outlaw Audio RR2160 for $1,000. It would cost five times more for the McIntosh! ...Read more

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Review: 'Sparks Brothers' doc celebrates the greatest band you've never heard of

Near the end of Edgar Wright's delightful documentary "The Sparks Brothers," a loving, lighthearted tribute to the 50-plus years that brothers Ron and Russell Mael have spent making some of the best music you've probably never heard, Amy Sherman-Palladino comes on and starts talking about the brothers' mystique, saying that they've given us the ...Read more

What's 'Beauty and the Beast' minus Beauty and Beast? Series to feature Gaston, LeFou

Disney+ has given the green light to a musical, limited-series prequel to its live-action movie "Beauty and the Beast." It's slated to begin production next year.

The show, starring the 2017 film's Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gad), will follow the duo "as they set off with LeFou's stepsister, Tilly (Briana Middleton of George Clooney's ...Read more

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Martin Sheen on the 'deeply personal' appeal of '12 Mighty Orphans'

There’s no “I” in team, but there is in mighty.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, “12 Mighty Orphans” — based on a true story and screening at the Tribeca Film Festival — features Martin Sheen in the role of Doc Hall, a jovial man devoted to his work at the Fort Worth Masonic Home and the orphans who live there. ...Read more

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Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for June 20-26

DON'T MISS: "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" — Almost a year after it premiered, the compelling true-crime documentary returns with a special episode — an addendum to the story of author Michelle McNamara's hunt for the elusive criminal known as the Golden State Killer. Arrested in 2018, Joseph James DeAngelo pleaded guilty to multiple counts of ...Read more

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Trevor Noah is ready to come back to life. But what will that look like?

Up until March 2020, Trevor Noah had spent nearly every night of the last 15 years in front of an audience. He hosted educational shows, game shows, awards shows, reality shows in his native South Africa. He toured relentlessly as a stand-up comedian before succeeding Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" six years ago — and then still ...Read more

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'Blindspotting' takes on the criminal justice system with the people left on the outside

It’s not only those behind bars who are trapped by incarceration.

“Blindspotting,” the Oakland, California-based Starz comedy, which premiered Sunday and serves as a sequel to the 2018 movie of the same name, stays almost exclusively on the other side of the prison walls, focusing on those left to pick up the pieces.

At its heart is ...Read more

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To land 'Loki,' Kate Herron had to pull out all the stops. How she won over Marvel

As a teenager, Kate Herron was obsessed with the "Lord of the Rings" films.

In particular, she recalls heading to theaters repeatedly with friends who shared her passion to see "The Two Towers" (2002), the second installment in director Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novel. She even wrote "Lord of the Rings" fan ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 7:

1. City Of Lies — Lionsgate

2. Tom & Jerry — Warner

3. The Marksman — Universal

4. Rogue Hostage — Redbox Entertainment

5. Raya and the Last Dragon — Disney

6. The Little Things — Warner

7. The Courier (2021) — Lionsgate

8. Chaos Walking — Lionsgate

9. ...Read more

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'Manifest' fans rally on Twitter after NBC cancels Netflix's No. 1 show. Wait, what?

After three seasons, NBC has decided not to renew “Manifest” despite its three-day reign as one of Netflix’s top 10 shows this week. The Los Angeles Times confirmed Tuesday that the series is canceled.

But the supernatural drama about a lost plane is taking flight as Warner Bros. Television tries to find a new home for the fan favorite. (...Read more

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Lollapalooza organizers announce 2021 official Chicago aftershows

CHICAGO — Lollapalooza organizers on Tuesday announced more than 50 official aftershows across 14 Chicago venues as the city prepares for the return of Chicago’s largest music festival.

The after shows are scheduled from July 27 to Aug. 1. They include Journey at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom on July 29; Jimmy Eat World with the Aquadolls at ...Read more

Angels & Airwaves send capsule into space to announce new album and tour

SAN DIEGO — Angels & Airwaves is set to take off again with a new album, "Lifeforms," and a tour to promote it. Both were announced Tuesday via the launching into space of a renewable hydrogen capsule that played a preview of the album and unveiled the tour dates.

The San Diego band is helmed by Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge and The New ...Read more

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Stephen Colbert brings back full audience for 'The Late Show' for first time since COVID

NEW YORK — Cheers and chants filled the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday as “The Late Show” brought back its audience.

Stephen Colbert hosted the CBS late-night program in front of a full, live crowd at the New York City venue for the first time since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the broadcast to transition to a remote ...Read more

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Martin Sheen remembers 'The West Wing' as one of the 'great things that happened' to him

“The West Wing” isn’t in office anymore, but its impact continues.

For Martin Sheen, who starred as Democratic President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet on the NBC political drama, the show is special as ever.

“‘The West Wing’ ... was just one of the great things that ever happened to me, and couldn’t have happened at a better time, ...Read more

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'Luca' star Jacob Tremblay excited for audiences to connect with friendly sea monsters in Pixar film

“Luca” star Jacob Tremblay is ready for Disney and Pixar’s new movie about friendly sea monsters to make a major splash.

The 14-year-old actor voices the character of Luca, who fantasizes about becoming human and life above the water’s surface.

“Pixar is such a big part of my childhood,” Tremblay told the Daily News. “To be a ...Read more

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'The Republic of Sarah' creates a whole new world when their own fails them

The CW is taking an old adage — “If you want something done right, do it yourself” — to a global level.

“The Republic of Sarah,” which premiered Monday, shows how history teacher Sarah Cooper turns an idyllic New Hampshire town into its own country to save it from a ruinous mining company.

Though the citizens of Greylock are ...Read more

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Top music industry executives still overwhelmingly white and male, says USC report

LOS ANGELES — After a year of public displays of introspection concerning diversity and inclusivity in the entertainment industry, a new study from the University of Southern California tracking the race and gender of top executives in the music business shows how much work is yet to be done.

The study from USC's Annenberg Inclusion ...Read more

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Review: 'Hitman's Wife' has guns and puns but isn't always on target

You know when you're obsessively assembling a puzzle during a pandemic and you gradually accumulate chunks of joined parts of the puzzle but yet they don't fit together into a whole? That's exactly what watching "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" feels like.

The movie skips past sequences that would explain how we got from one picturesque locale ...Read more