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Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Sept. 27- Oct. 3

DON'T MISS: "Fargo" - The long wait is over. After a three-year hiatus, the critically acclaimed Midwestern anthology finally returns. This one stars Chris Rock, who plays Loy Cannon, the head of an African American crime family that, for now, has struck a fragile truce with an Italian syndicate in 1950 Kansas City. The period and setting may ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

Patience is not my strong suit. I stand in front of the microwave and scream, "Faster!" I jump in the swimming pool before checking to see if there is water in the pool. You can imagine what the last six months have been like in my world. It is also the same in everyone's world, and TV has not been spared.

Several primetime shows, such as "The ...Read more

Review: 'The Last Shift' takes aim at white privilege in the working class, but it fails to ignite

Many artists and journalists have tried to crack the code of the white working class in recent years. "The Last Shift," a wan comedy-drama written and directed by Andrew Cohn that debuted at Sundance in January, is the latest offering to swing and miss.

The setup is promising. Richard Jenkins plays Stanley, a 38-year employee of Oscar's Chicken...Read more

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Lizzo triumphs in Vogue: 'If someone like you hasn't done it yet — BE THE FIRST'

Grammy winner Lizzo triumphed Thursday in being the first big, Black woman to be on the cover of Vogue - a good-as-hell career highlight that came just a day after she lamented the Kentucky grand jury decision not to charge any officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.

"I am the first big black woman on the cover of @voguemagazine. The first ...Read more

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All four seasons of 'Fargo' in a nutshell

Before Sunday's premiere, you can take a road trip through the past three seasons, all of which can be found on Hulu. First-timers are in for the ultimate joy ride.

SEASON ONE (2014)

Setting: Minnesota and North Dakota, 2006.

Cast: Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman.

What we said then: "This just may be one of the most ...Read more

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Massive reissue of Prince's best album shows he had 'no time for self-pity' in 1987

His second movie, "Under the Cherry Moon," had just bombed at the box office. His engagement to singer Susannah Melvoin had ended. And Prince had dismissed his longtime backup band, the Revolution.

"You're turning 30, your reign has ended, the world is changing, the current styles of music are not what you do. And you've got this new band ...Read more

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'SNL' probably hasn't seen the last of Kate McKinnon's Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The specter of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her iconic dissent collar could still loom large over "Saturday Night Live," according to creator and longtime Executive Producer Lorne Michaels.

When asked whether the Supreme Court justice's death meant the end of Kate McKinnon's mighty portrayal of her, Michaels succinctly told The New York Times, "I ...Read more

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Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich call it quits after 2-month engagement

Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato and actor Max Ehrich have ended their engagement, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.

News of their breakup, first reported by People magazine, comes two months after Ehrich proposed to Lovato, who began dating the "Young and the Restless" alum in March before living in quarantine together amid the COVID-19 ...Read more

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With 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Netflix returns to movie theaters amid the pandemic

No major Hollywood institution has been better positioned to weather the coronavirus pandemic than Netflix. With theaters across the country shut down for months on end and studios scrambling to delay their most anticipated films, the streaming giant has enjoyed a virtually captive audience. Even as major theater chains have been plunged into an...Read more

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Review: 'Fargo' is eager to confront racism in America. Dramatizing it is another story

The fourth season of "Fargo" is upon us, three years after the third, though time in this anthological series is of no particular import as the setting or year changes with each self-contained, if tangentially linked, story. This is the one that stars Chris Rock, and takes place in 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri, 602 miles south of the North ...Read more

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Review: Aaron Sorkin goes full Aaron Sorkin in slickly entertaining 'Trial of the Chicago 7'

Demonstrators clashing with police. Black men violently silenced. A court battle waged by a vindictive administration. A fraught election year, a fast-climbing death toll, a nation in turmoil. These are a few of the things we see and hear in "The Trial of the Chicago 7," Aaron Sorkin's slick, garrulous new movie about the bloody chaos that ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: Gale Sayers and 'Brian's Song' changed sports movies, and male friendship, forever

There are some movies that change the world and then the world moves on. Maybe the change sticks, maybe it doesn't. Either way, people eventually forget about the movie itself unless something occurs to remind them.

The death of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers on Wednesday reminds those of us old enough to remember of the ...Read more

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Why 'Enola Holmes' was the perfect fit for Millie Bobby Brown to make her producing debut

Enola Holmes has been raised to believe she could do anything and be anyone.

After the 16-year-old discovers that her mother has disappeared, she reunites with her estranged older brothers, Sherlock - the famous detective - and Mycroft, who are surprised to learn that Enola has not had the most traditional upbringing.

But when Mycroft decides ...Read more

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With no new Marvel movies for months, why not revisit the best in the 'universe'?

It has been 15 months since the last entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," and it could be much longer for the next.

That's the biggest gap between Marvel Studios movies since the 23 months between "The Incredible Hulk" in 2008 and "Iron Man 2" in 2010. With the announcement Wednesday that the already-delayed Nov....Read more

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'Fargo' is back with a sprawling crime story that lets Chris Rock show his dramatic skills

"You know why America loves a crime story? Because America is a crime story," says Josto Fadda (Jason Schwartzman), the heir to an Italian American criminal enterprise, to Loy Cannon, the head of an African American criminal enterprise, in the latest season of FX's "Fargo."

Be assured that the series created by Noah Hawley is not an editorial ...Read more

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The 20 albums we can't wait to hear this fall

With large-scale tours and festivals still nowhere in sight, getting pumped about new music this fall means getting pumped about the season's upcoming albums. Fortunately, there are plenty to stoke our excitement, from the highly anticipated debut by K-pop's biggest girl group to a timely return from a veteran club queen. Here are the 20 LPs we ...Read more

'Girlfriends' star Reggie Hayes was on top of the world. Now the actor is struggling to find work and battling congestive heart failure

Twenty years ago "Girlfriends" premiered on UPN (which later became The CW) and earlier this month the sitcom became available to stream on Netflix, inspiring an enthusiastic rewatch of the classic show. What most people didn't know is that one of its stars, Reggie Hayes, had just experienced a serious health scare.

The show that put Tracee ...Read more

If a metal album is released in a pandemic, does it make a sound? Deftones are about to find out

The job of any good metal album is capturing fans' collective despair and fury. But how do you get them into a new record if even the band can't be in the same room together due to COVID-19?

When Chino Moreno tracked his vocals for Deftones' new album "Ohms," he barely bumped into a soul.

"Instead of getting a hotel, Terry (Date, the band's ...Read more

Carrie Underwood will make Christmas come a little earlier this year on HBO Max

You've heard of Christmas in July. Now, Carrie Underwood is bringing us - Christmas in September?

The seven-time Grammy winner will release her first Christmas album, "The Gift," on Friday. HBO Max just announced that she'll perform songs off the album in a holiday special on the streaming service.

"The journey of writing and recording this ...Read more

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Steve Martin's 'Father of the Bride' reunion is 'mini-movie' with dose of 2020

Father of the ... groom?

Kieran Culkin's little Matty Banks is calling a family meeting, and he's doing it in "Father of the Bride Part 3(ish)," a reunion special of sorts that premieres on Netflix Friday and plops the beloved Banks family in the middle of the pandemic.

The confab gathers the original cast from the 1991 romantic comedy "Father...Read more