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Film critics look at the highs and lows of Cannes 2018, a festival notable for what happened both on- and off-screen

Much of the discussion headed into this year's Cannes Film Festival revolved around the festival's controversial move to ban Netflix films (or any films not slated to open theatrically in France) from competition and the distinct lack of star-driven titles, particularly from the U.S. Now that this year's edition is complete, Times critics Justin...Read more

Analysis: R. Kelly's fall comes as Chicago, black women finally turn their back on star

CHICAGO -- Award-winning poet, spoken word artist and author Tara Betts didn't think Chicago would ever call out singer R. Kelly about claims of abuse and sexual coercion of young women and girls after years of consistent hits had made him largely untouchable in his hometown.

"I never thought Chicago would get here," Betts said about the local ...Read more

Buddy Guy to receive Americana Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran blues man Buddy Guy will add a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Assn. in September to his long list of awards and honors.

The association will present the award singling out the 81-year-old blues master's prowess as an instrumentalist on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at the group's annual award ...Read more

August Brown: EDC Las Vegas and the increasing impossibility of escapism

Of all the young fans I talked to over the weekend at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas -- about Avicii, about the massacre at last year's Route 91 country music festival, and about the music they were here to see regardless -- almost all of them had a similar feeling about the world right now.

It's all falling apart.

I haven't been a teenager...Read more

Grading the first season of ABC's 'American Idol' reboot

When ABC revived "American Idol," just two years after the curtain fell on its 15-season run on Fox, many wondered whether the show would be able to capture its old magic.

The show was years removed from its heyday, when 30 million viewers tuned in weekly to root (and vote) for aspiring singers like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam ...Read more

Movie review: Gender-queer alien cult movie 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties' is the definition of punk

Using a slip of a short story by Neil Gaiman, writer/director John Cameron Mitchell has whipped up "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," a deeply weird gender-queer alien cult environmentalism punk movie that's deeply indebted to the philosophy of yoga. From Mitchell, we wouldn't expect anything less.

Working with co-writer Philippa Goslett, ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 14:

1. Black Panther -- Disney

2. Fifty Shades Freed -- Universal

3. 12 Strong -- Warner

4. Peter Rabbit -- Sony

5. Den of Thieves -- Universal

6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- Sony

7. Maze Runner: The Death Cure -- Fox

8. The Greatest Showman -- Fox

9. The Commuter -- ...Read more

'Solo' both breaks the mold and pays homage to the 'Star Wars' franchise

Before he became a smug smuggler with a worn, light-speed spaceship and a furry Bigfoot companion, Han Solo wasn't even named Han Solo. And he certainly didn't have a princess as a girlfriend.

Where he began his hoodlum ways, how he crossed the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and the ways that he adapted to a Galactic Empire full of blaster ...Read more

After R. Kelly is a no-show in court — and his attorneys quit — judge tosses lawsuit

CHICAGO -- After his two attorneys abandoned ship and no one else showed up for a series of court hearings, R. Kelly has lost a lawsuit.

Last April, the embattled Chicago R&B singer filed a federal lawsuit locally against Comcast Spectacor, which runs the Macon Coliseum in Georgia, alleging the venue failed to pay him $100,000 for his concert ...Read more

Movie review: Story, style makes the ride in 'Solo' too bumpy

Much like its protagonist, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has had a crazy journey. The origin story of a young Han Solo was initially directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, before Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stepped in to replace the duo with the reliable Ron Howard, who finished shepherding the film to the screen. The result? Well it's a "...Read more

Movie review: 'Mary Shelley' gratuitously sanitizes monster creator's life

The name "Mary Shelley" conjures up images of a lumbering, disfigured, greenish-skinned monster of a man. That monster, now a cultural icon of horror films for over a century, and his mad scientist creator, Dr. Frankenstein, was dreamed up by the teenage Mary Shelley in her 1818 horror/fantasy novel, "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus."

...Read more

My worst moment: 'Expanse' star Shohreh Aghdashloo and a case of mistaken identity

As the sly and watchful U.N. deputy undersecretary on SyFy's "The Expanse," Shohreh Aghdashloo manages to convey an intimidating blend of steely will (she based her character on Madeleine Albright and Margaret Thatcher) and glamour. The costumes and jewelry alone are showstoppers.

"I owe everything to Joanne Hansen, our costume designer," ...Read more

GLAAD's report on LGBTQ representation in 2017 films finds inclusion trending down

As Hollywood touts great wins for diversity and inclusion with recent films like "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman" shattering box office records, a new study from GLAAD asserts that representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in 2017 films released by the major studios hit a six-year low.

As a result, the LGBTQ ...Read more

The Sea and Cake rolls with the changes

Sam Prekop was getting so much enjoyment out of making a solo album built on analog synthesizers a few years ago that he couldn't quite wrap his head around the idea of making another guitar-based album with the band he co-founded 24 years ago, the Sea and Cake.

"Once I got into this modular-synth mindset, I couldn't even fathom picking up a ...Read more

EDC Las Vegas fans handle a post-Avicii, post-massacre world

Late Saturday night at Electric Daisy Carnival, Omar Marruto leaned against the side of a concrete pillar on the track of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All around him, tens of thousands of young EDM fans, wearing illuminated boots, beard glitter and X's of neon nipple tape bounded past him on the fest's man drag, Electric Avenue.

As he rested, ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for May 22 and beyond

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

MAY

22: Game Night

22: Red Sparrow

22: The 15:17 to Paris

22: Early Man

22: A Fantastic Woman

22: Wonderstruck

22: The Party

22: Call the Midwife: Season Seven

22: I Kill Giants

22: Masterpiece: Little Women DVD

29: Annihilation

29: I'm ...Read more

'Deadpool 2' creative team breaks down three of the film's biggest secrets and surprises

Warning: This story contains major plot spoilers about "Deadpool 2."

From the beginning, the creative team behind the "Deadpool" franchise has stuck to one simple rule that guides every decision they make: "We always say, 'If you can't do it in another superhero movie, you'd best be doing it in a Deadpool movie," said screenwriter Paul Wernick....Read more

Ron Howard gets a little help from his friends with 'Solo'

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Howard says his first thought when he took over as director of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" was the same as when it was announced he would be making a documentary on the Beatles. Both projects meant taking on the biggest icons in pop culture history.

"I could tell from the moment it was announced, 'Ron, don't (expletive) this up...Read more

The Billboard Music Awards had something to say — and actually said it

How to judge Kelly Clarkson's first time hosting an awards show?

Consider that the singer brought a touch of suspense -- and a deep well of feeling -- to an annual production whose predictable data-based prizes include one for the year's top-selling album.

Welcoming viewers to Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, broadcast live on NBC from the MGM...Read more

Barack and Michelle Obama partner with Netflix to produce movies and TV shows

Barack Obama has long had close ties to Hollywood. Now the 44th U.S. president is officially becoming a Hollywood producer in a new multiyear deal with Netflix that will see the former commander in chief and his wife, Michelle, produce movies, TV series and other content for the global streaming giant.

Netflix announced Monday that the former ...Read more