LOS ANGELES--Russell Simmons has been hit with a $10 million rape lawsuit from a woman who says that the hip-hop music mogul forced himself on her in his hotel room following a concert.
It is the latest accusation of sexual misconduct that Simmons is facing. Multiple women have accused the Def Jam Recordings impresario of harassment or rape.
NEW YORK -- No one attending "Frozen," the new Broadway musical that had its official opening on Thursday at the St. James Theatre, is meant to ponder the rise of extreme weather events. Leave it to a spoilsport critic, escaping an atmospheric river on one coast only to be met with a nor'easter on the other, to connect the psychological metaphor...Read more
What do you do after you've made yet another beautiful film in a career defined -- some might say stymied -- by an obsessive devotion to beauty?
If you're Wes Anderson, the writer-director behind such meticulously crafted art-house miniatures as "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," maybe you try giving ugliness a chance. Or rather...Read more
CHICAGO -- For pop stars, arena tours are a necessary evil and expected spectacle. Sometimes, the experience is electric -- the choreography, the costumes, the set design; sometimes, the actual performance suffers under the pressure of its own hype. Not to mention these blockbuster tours typically come with a hefty price tag (think those folks ...Read more
Although the entertainment industry in the United States has helped advance a more tolerant and inclusive public perception of sexual minorities, Spanish-language television networks are still marginalizing and misrepresenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) community in scripted programming.
LGBTQ characters in ...Read more
In her new book about her career as a television writer, Nell Scovell talks about interviewing for a job during one of her pregnancies. "I went to meet Joss Whedon, creator of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'" she emailed a friend shortly after. "He took one look at me and said, 'Boy, are you fat.'" Scovell laughed. Then the show's co-executive ...Read more
There's a current boom of family-friendly film fare inspired by beloved British literary characters, which makes this moment ripe for the animated "Sherlock Gnomes," the sequel to 2011's "Gnomeo and Juliet." In terms of ranking these adaptations, "Sherlock Gnomes" is quite a bit more pleasant than "Peter Rabbit," but doesn't touch the wonder of ...Read more
You have questions. I have some answers.
Q: We just saw "I, Tonya," and I was wondering how much of the skating Margot Robbie actually did.
A: Robbie, of course, played the notorious skater Tonya Harding in the comedy-drama based on Harding's life. And she spent months training for the film, Emmy-winning skating choreographer Sarah Kawahara ...Read more
It may not be intentional, but Steven Soderbergh can really make other people feel lazy.
In 2013, he announced his retirement from filmmaking and promptly began work on "The Knick" for Cinemax; he directed all 20 episodes of the show's critically acclaimed two-season run.
Last year he returned to features with the heist comedy "Logan Lucky." ...Read more
You're never sure what the prolific, ever-rebellious Steven Soderbergh is going to do next. But from "Sex, Lies and Videotape" to "Erin Brockovich" to the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, you know it's going to be different.
His latest, "Unsane," is as peculiar as they come. It is a psycho thriller panic dream that's a galaxy distant from anything ...Read more
The dark comedy "Flower," about a teenage girl who's too sexually advanced for her own good, opens memorably with the 17-year-old Erica (Zoey Deutch) servicing the local sheriff in his car, wherein she cheerfully blackmails him for cash in return for her not posting incriminating photos on the internet.
How else is she supposed to raise money ...Read more
"Grey's Anatomy," which was born way back in the first term of the Bush (II) administration, has had a baby, which it has named "Station 19."
The new offspring was to be introduced to the world Thursday on ABC, in that programming playground called Shondaland, though with executive producer Shonda Rhimes taking future business to Netflix, it ...Read more
There was his size: a substantial 6 feet, 225 pounds, according to his FBI file.
There was his style: a Chicano attorney who materialized in Los Angeles courtrooms in loud ties, bearing business cards embossed with the Aztec god of war and, on at least one occasion, a gun.
Then there was his death, which was not so much a death as a ...Read more
Of all the things I get asked as a film critic, I'm always tickled, though no longer surprised, by one of the most frequent questions: "How do you decide what you're reviewing?"
Buried within that question is really another. It's not just a matter of "What do you like and dislike?" but also "How much control do you exercise over what you get ...Read more
ANNIHILATION 3 stars. A group of scientists (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson) enters a mysterious zone of new life comprised of mutating alien DNA. Trippy, downbeat sci-fi from director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) mixes old and new special effects, old and new sci-fi ideas. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary ...Read more
Well-known in the U.K., British actor Jason Isaacs is probably best recognized in the U.S. as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, or more recently as "Star Trek: Discovery's" Captain Gabriel Lorca. He's also currently filming the second season of Netflix's "The OA."
But his role as a puffed-up army general in the new 1953-set comedy "The ...Read more
"Pacific Rim: Uprising" may be not be much, but in the spirit of the film itself, let's be realistic. It's better than any of the "Transformers" movies, and shorter.
The sequel to the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Pacific Rim" (2013) plows through its battle sequences and utterly mechanical "humanizing" moments until the last 20 minutes or so. ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, the National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza will headline Lollapalooza.
The lineup, announced Wednesday for the festival Aug. 2-5 in Grant Park, brings a strong hip-hop presence that includes Logic, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler the Creator, Lizzo and Brockhampton.
Matt Danner has been working in animation for more than two decades, starting while he was still in high school. Over the years, he's worked on a variety of programs, including "Gravity Falls," "The Looney Tunes Show," "Dan. Vs.," "Wander Over Yonder" and "WWE Slam City." None of those projects has excited him as much as being named the ...Read more
The "Pacific Rim" action franchise has a relatively simple premise -- giant robots and alien monsters clobber each other to smithereens -- but surprisingly, it's driven by a supremely radical embrace of collectivism, teamwork and empathy. This isn't necessarily a surprise, because it comes from the big, beating heart of Guillermo del Toro, who ...Read more
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