'Avengers: Endgame' sets box office record in China, leading massive global launch

"Avengers: Endgame" doesn't open in U.S. theaters until Thursday evening, but the superhero film is already a blockbuster internationally.

The 22nd movie from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios has collected $169 million from 25 countries where it opened this week, led by a record-breaking start in China, according to studio estimates.

Through ...Read more

Prince estate to release 'Originals,' an album of his takes on songs he wrote for other artists

A new Prince album, featuring his recordings of 15 songs he wrote for other artists, will be released in June.

The late artist's estate announced Thursday that the album, titled "Originals," will begin streaming exclusively on Tidal on June 7 (in honor of Prince's birthday). The album's songs were selected by Troy Carter, on behalf of the ...Read more

Bruce Springsteen sets release date for 'Western Stars,' his 19th studio album

The Boss is back and he's got his eyes trained west. Bruce Springsteen has announced the pending arrival of his 19th studio album, "Western Stars."

"This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements," the 69-year-old Hall of Famer said Thursday in a statement. "It's a ...Read more

'Stockholm' review: Ethan Hawke takes hostages, and inspires a syndrome

"Stockholm" raises some intriguing questions, among them: Does anyone ever suggest to Ethan Hawke that he can afford to do a teensy bit less, even in a flamboyant, 110-percent sort of role?

Coming off his finest screen work to date in Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," where he convincingly burrowed into the recesses of a tortured man of the ...Read more

Rami Malek joins 'Bond 25' cast, promising Daniel Craig's 007 won't have an easy ride

The newest James Bond film, currently known as "Bond 25," is taking shape, most recently with a high-profile live reveal on Thursday.

Appearing during the start of production from GoldenEye in Jamaica -- where author Ian Fleming wrote the iconic super-spy series -- franchise star Daniel Craig joined producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara ...Read more

Debating the new Michael Jackson musical: Why are respected artists participating?

Incredibly, the dangerously titled Michael Jackson musical, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," is moving forward in New York. Its creators are using what I'll call the complexity defense. It's fascinating and has implications far beyond Jackson and his legacy.

First, let's review. The Tribune first reported Jan. 23 that the Broadway-bound ...Read more

Television Q&A: Will there be an 'FBI' spinoff?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: The show "FBI" recently featured another team of specialists tracking down a killer. This storyline and the cast were much more interesting than the regular show. Any chance it will be a spinoff?

A: Probably. CBS has reportedly ordered a spinoff of "FBI" focusing on the bureau's fugitives department....Read more

Movie review: Survivalist tale 'Body at Brighton Rock' features cheap aesthetics, rich story

The scariest movies are often the ones that are scarier after the fact, creeping under your skin, invading the walk to the car, every sound a threat. Such is the case with Roxanne Benjamin's creepy exercise in retro genre filmmaking, "Body at Brighton Rock," a deceptively simple film about a young park guide who finds a body in the back country ...Read more

Jared Harris is a 'Game of Thrones' super fan and shared these Episode 3 predictions

Most everyone who watches "Game of Thrones" has a theory or two about how "Game of Thrones" will end. But during a recent chat with Jared Harris about his phenomenal performance in the upcoming HBO miniseries "Chernobyl," I asked the actor to share his "Game of Thrones" thoughts and unwittingly unleashed a super fan.

"I don't know, I don't know...Read more

Marvel's Avengers series concludes with an overstuffed but entertaining 'Endgame'

It's called "Avengers: Endgame" but a more descriptive subtitle would be "Superheroes Cry It Out."

With the exception of Captain Marvel -- who announces at the outset, "You may not see me for a long while" and, unfortunately, makes good on that threat -- the caped crusaders do a lot of boohooing in the film series' smartly executed conclusion. ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE AFTERMATH. 2 stars. A British officer and his wife have difficulties with the former owners of their home in post-World War II Hamburg. Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke star. An overpowering tone of soap opera is given to a worthy subject: the aftermath of World War II in Germany. 1 hr. 48 R (nudity) -- Gary Thompson

AMAZING GRACE. 4 stars....Read more

New CBS drama 'The Red Line' explores (but doesn't excuse) a Chicago police shooting

CHICAGO -- Last October, when former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, the cast and crew of the new CBS drama "The Red Line" were busy filming a similar -- if fictional -- story of a fatal police shooting in Chicago.

The limited eight-episode series premieres Sunday. A convenience ...Read more

Big Boi: daddy first, rap mogul second

Unlike Andre 3000, who recently declared himself "all over the place," said he "never went on dates" and didn't want to "meet anybody's parents," Big Boi has a foundation. He had a serious girlfriend and a kid at 19, just as OutKast, his Atlanta hip-hop duo, was taking off in the mid-'90s. "It caused me to grow up and mature. I had to think ...Read more

Review: Netflix's haunted horror show 'Chambers' may be Uma Thurman's 'Stranger Things'

In "Chambers," a fine new supernatural horror mystery dropping onto Netflix at midnight Friday, Sivan Alyra Rose plays Sasha, a Native American high school student in a working-class Arizona town who suffers a massive heart attack while trying to lose her virginity to her boyfriend TJ (Griffin Powell-Arcand). A transplant is miraculously ...Read more

HBO orders TV pilot 'Showtime,' about 1980s Lakers era of Magic, Kareem and Pat Riley

Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pat Riley are headed to HBO.

The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for a scripted drama based on Jeff Pearlman's nonfiction book "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s."

The 2014 book recounts in detail all of the drama and action that happened on and off ...Read more

Movie academy announces rule changes but backs off fight with Netflix

On Tuesday evening, the motion picture academy's 54-member board of governors announced a handful of new rules for next year's Oscars. But, despite widespread speculation that the organization would use the occasion to try to hold the line against the rise of streaming services like Netflix, which some regard as a major threat to the traditional...Read more

Sting plans a 16-show Las Vegas residency next year: 'I'll be telling the story of my life through songs'

Sting is bringing "My Songs" to Las Vegas next year for a residency at Caesars Palace.

Beginning on May 22, 2020, the English rock icon will headline at the Colosseum, where he'll perform 16 shows featuring a compendium of his songs "with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations," according to a Wednesday ...Read more

Britney Spears strikes back at rumors surrounding her recent health struggles

Britney Spears has set the record straight about her health, shutting down "out of control" rumors and shedding light on the "stress and anxiety" that have ensnared her family.

"All is well," she said in a video posted Tuesday, adding that she'll "be back very soon."

The 37-year-old pop star recently checked into a mental health facility after...Read more

Review: With 'Avengers: Endgame' Marvel's game of stones reaches a gratifying climax

"You should've gone for the head." So uttered Josh Brolin as Thanos last year, in "Avengers: Infinity War," just before he snapped his gloved fingers and cut the population of the known universe in half.

Even if you knew, logically, the scene was a lie waiting for a do-over, that sucker-punch ending became the water-cooler moment of 2018 -- ...Read more

'Avengers: Endgame': During three-hour tour of the galaxy, when can you take a bathroom break?

"Avengers: Endgame" is three hours and one minute long, which makes one nervous about taking bathroom breaks at the worst possible time. So we did that for you (with as few spoilers as possible):

-- If need be, the first 17 minutes of the film can be missed (rehashing of Thanos' handiwork from the previous film) before the film's title being ...Read more