Merritt Wever knows showbiz can be 'poison' for women. But complaining now feels wrong

Merritt Wever was supposed to be on the promotional circuit for her HBO comedy "Run" this month, hitting the red carpet and dutifully fielding questions at press junkets. Instead, she's at home and, like the rest of us, struggling to adjust to the bizarre reality of life in a pandemic.

"There are a lot of sirens, and I can't pretend I've been ...Read more

Tuned In: 'Downton Abbey' writer's 'Belgravia' premieres; 'Killing Eve' returns

Every few months we run into a week bursting with premieres. The week of April 12 is one of those, from the debut of meh romantic drama "The Beauty and the Baker" (10 p.m. Monday, ABC) to romantic comedy thriller "Run" (10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) to the return of the hilarious vampire comedy "What We Do in the Shadows" (10 p.m. Wednesday, FX) to an...Read more

Karen Carpenter's song had a little wisdom for our current end-of-the-world moment

"Why does the sun go on shining?," sang Karen Carpenter, eons ago. "Why does the sea rush to shore? Don't they know it's the end of the world, 'cause you don't love me anymore."

That mournful love ballad, penned by the late Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee, is a beautiful song with one crystalline idea. When we're suffering personal trauma, we often ...Read more

After her colleagues dismissed the pandemic, 'Fox & Friends' weekend co-host contracts the coronavirus

NEW YORK -- "Fox and Friends" weekend co-host Jedediah Bila is the latest TV news personality to test positive for COVID-19.

Bila, 41, told her Instagram and Twitter followers Thursday that she is home recovering from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. She said she and her husband have both tested positive but their infant son, born ...Read more

Florence Pugh hits back at cyberbullying about boyfriend Zach Braff's age

If her powerful turns as a WWE wrestler in "Fighting With My Family" and a trained assassin in "Black Widow" weren't enough, now you know: Don't mess with Florence Pugh.

The 24-year-old "Little Women" star let Instagram have a piece of her mind on Wednesday after trolls shamed her for dating -- and quarantining with -- 45-year-old "Scrubs" ...Read more

At Home With Farm Aid will air live on Saturday night

Farm Aid will present At Home With Farm Aid on Saturday, featuring Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews performing live from their homes.

The hour-long event will air on AXS-TV at 8 p.m. ET.

Nelson will be joined by his sons Lukas and Micah.The intimate performances will raise funds and awareness ...Read more

This TV critic met the 'Schitt's Creek' cast five times. Here are his favorite moments

Tuesday night that compact universe of sweetness and insanity, laughter and tears, innocence and experience called "Schitt's Creek" came to its natural end. At the close of six seasons, the family Rose -- defrauded in Episode 1 of its millions -- having learned what love is, arrived at its fairy-tale end: the restoration of its fortune. Dang, I ...Read more

John Prine: 10 essential songs, with picks from a former bandmate

CHICAGO -- When Angelo Varias was on the road with John Prine, as a drummer in his late 1970s backup band, it was a good vibe, Varias remembered, a bunch of Chicago guys and a bandleader "who was probably the easiest-going, but nicest and most supportive band person I've worked with."

But then the tour would land someplace like L.A. and Varias ...Read more

W. Kamau Bell on high black COVID-19 death rate: 'People don't tend to care'

As African-Americans continue to be infected with, and die from, the coronavirus at an alarming rate, Bay Area comedian and TV personality W. Kamau Bell is trying to do something about it.

Along with civil rights leader Pastor Michael McBride, Bell has launched a campaign called "Masks for the People," intended to supply masks and hand ...Read more

The deepest listening for Passover and Easter: Four music pieces of profound meaning

We're well warned of enduring some of our hardest coronavirus days. Passover and Easter are serious holidays that alert us to world-altering shifts. For Jews it was the throwing off their bonds of Egyptian slavery, which led to adaptation of the Ten Commandments. Easter recounts the single most consequential death in history.

It is no ...Read more

Sing along to Randy Newman's new quarantine song, 'Stay Away'

The other day singer-songwriter-composer Randy Newman hopped on the phone with The Times to talk about life in isolation. Asked what was on the schedule for his day, he mentioned something about doing a public service announcement about social distancing for NPR, and that he was going to record it when he got off the line.

Did he manage to find...Read more

Aretha Franklin's dear friend, Willie Wilkerson, dies of coronavirus

DETROIT -- Aretha Franklin's former romantic partner and longtime escort Willie Wilkerson died Wednesday of COVID-19 virus.

Wilkerson, 72, died at Ascension Providence Hospital in Rochester (formerly Crittenton). He had been living in Southfield and was admitted to the hospital March 30, family members said.

Wilkerson was a retired Detroit ...Read more

Television Q&A: Is 'Perry Mason' returning?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: HBO has promoted "Perry Mason" returning with a 1930s setting. Is that still a go or a no-go?

A: A definite go, although I am not sure when. The HBO rendition of the defense attorney most famously played by Raymond Burr was not listed for HBO premieres through June in a recent network announcement, ...Read more

Review: You can watch 'Trolls World Tour' at home. Kids will like it. Adults almost will

True to its title, the sugary-sweet animated bauble "Trolls World Tour" consists of one lavish concert after another, performed and attended by cute multihued pixies with big hair, creamy voices and infernally catchy beats. Watching it is a bit like listening to a Top 40 station on full blast while snorting confetti and Pop Rocks, followed by a ...Read more

Mary McNamara: The coronavirus has already flattened one thing — the line between work and family

Remember BBC Dad? You know, Robert E. Kelly, that poli-sci professor in South Korea who in 2017 was being interviewed remotely about the impeachment of then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye when his adorable 4-year-old daughter marched into his office with her baby brother hilariously rolling behind her?

Remember how stricken their mother, ...Read more

Coronavirus halted their student films. Latino stars stepping up to read their scripts

Latino stars of film and television are about to make some young screenwriters very, very proud.

Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos announced Tuesday that the Latino Film Institute would stream live readings of scripts written by the institute's Youth Cinema Project students, who were forced to cease their film productions because of the ...Read more

Need some eye candy? Stream these movies for a hit of glorious costumes.

Need to get lost in a costume drama right now? I know I do; for those of us who love clothing-as-artistry, there's nothing like disappearing into a sumptuous outfit extravaganza. The past few years have brought us some gems in that department -- take a look at "Black Panther," "The Favourite," "Little Women" and "Phantom Thread" if you missed ...Read more

LA Philharmonic cancels rest of season; Hollywood Bowl prospects still uncertain

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Philharmonic canceled the remainder of its 2019-20 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, announcing layoffs and pay cuts as part of a money-saving response to its extended coronavirus-related closure.

The L.A. Phil's music and artistic director, Gustavo Dudamel, will take no compensation during the ...Read more

John Prine's widow mourns his death from COVID-19: 'John was the love of my life'

John Prine's widow, Fiona Whelan Prine, shared thoughts from the revered singer-songwriter's family Wednesday, the day after his death at 73 from COVID-19.

"We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time," she wrote on Facebook. "John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter ...Read more

The rise of quarantine pop: How two charming breakup songs became unintentional coronavirus anthems

aPop singer Benee wasn't thinking about the emotional costs of social distancing when she came up with her viral hit "Supalonely." Conceived last year during a songwriting trip to Los Angeles, this lightly comic expression of self-pity -- in which the 20-year-old from New Zealand describes herself as "a lonely bitch" crying in the bathtub -- ...Read more