Telemundo layoffs hit journalist María Celeste Arrarás

Award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras has been cut from NBCUniversal's Telemundo network -- part of widespread layoffs the New York media company began this week.

Arraras is well known to Spanish-language TV viewers. She joined Telemundo in 2002 and hosted the newsmagazine "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste." Before that, Arraras was one ...Read more

Michelle Obama says no to public office, but fans still want her as vice president

One would think that after serving the American people for eight years as first lady, Michelle Obama would have earned some peace from the political spotlight with the freedom to pursue her own aspirations.

But as Joe Biden gets closer to announcing his running mate, the Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP made one more attempt to get the ...Read more

A tearful Zoë Saldaña apologizes for playing Nina Simone in 2016 biopic

Zoe Saldana has finally and tearfully apologized for playing the inimitable Nina Simone in "Nina," the doomed 2016 biopic of the iconic civil rights activist and jazz artist.

"I should have never played Nina," the Afro-Latina actress said repeatedly during a Bese interview posted Tuesday on Instagram.

"I should have done everything in my power...Read more

'Who's the Boss?' is the latest classic sitcom being revived with original stars

More than 30 years later, television is still asking "Who's the Boss?"

The 1980s family comedy starring Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano is the latest series getting a revival, with the stars confirming they'll reprise their roles in the developing sequel.

Danza, who played pro baseball star turned live-in housekeeper Tony Micelli, said Tuesday on...Read more

Migos rapper Takeoff accused of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES -- A new civil lawsuit filed Wednesday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that rapper Takeoff, of the popular hip-hop group Migos, raped a woman at a party in Encino in June.

The suit, with the defendant filing anonymously, claims that the rapper (born Kirshnik Khari Ball) pursued her at a June 23 house party she attended...Read more

1990s kids loved the dark cartoon 'Ren & Stimpy.' Comedy Central is bringing it back

"The Ren & Stimpy Show" is coming back.

On Wednesday, Comedy Central announced it is moving forward with a new reimagining of the iconic Nicktoon. The original "Ren & Stimpy," which followed an irascible Chihuahua and a simple-minded cat, debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991 and ran for five seasons.

Despite being a children's show, "Ren & Stimpy" ...Read more

Chicago police investigating whether rapper FBG Duck was killed after making video about dead gang members

CHICAGO -- Chicago police are investigating whether a rapper was killed in a brazen shooting after recently making a video featuring "derogatory statements" about rival gang members who have died.

Carlton Weekly, who performed under the name FBG Duck, belonged to a Gangster Disciple faction, and police believe it may now seek retaliation ...Read more

'How many Quibis make an episode?' An 'SNL' vet re-imagines 'Murder, She Wrote'

I first became fully aware of Paula Pell in 2014, as the co-creator and costar, with James Anderson, of "Hudson Valley Ballers," a brilliantly bizarre web series about friends who open a B&B in upstate New York. But I had seen her work on "Saturday Night Live," for which she wrote for 20 years (including a few seasons as head writer), and had ...Read more

Women break silence, tell stories of rape and groping by Ron Jeremy over 2 decades

LOS ANGELES -- Lianne Young still remembers in vivid detail the night Ron Jeremy snuck up behind her on the Sunset Strip.

The adult film actress who went by the name "Billie Britt" was wearing a bikini inside the former House Of Blues at a porn industry Halloween party when she said Jeremy shoved her onto a table and forced himself inside her. ...Read more

Review: 'She Dies Tomorrow' singularly sensory cinematic experience capturing existential dread from mysterious virus of sorts

The brilliant actor, director and producer Amy Seimetz made her directorial debut in 2012 with the hazy, sun-drenched lovers-on-the-run film "Sun Don't Shine," starring Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley. Although it's been eight years between her debut and her follow-up film, "She Dies Tomorrow," Seimetz has been very busy in the interim. She'...Read more

Review: 'Howard,' a valentine to the songwriter who helped Disney get its mojo back

The Howard in "Howard," streaming on Disney Plus starting Friday, is Howard Ashman. And anyone who had the wit and the cheek to write the lyric "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" for the muscle-bound antagonist in "Beauty and the Beast" plainly deserves to have his story be told in a documentary.

Ashman's lyrics -- and, just as crucially,...Read more

Chicago saxophonist Sharel Cassity marks comeback from tough illness

CHICAGO -- If you listen to Chicago saxophonist Sharel Cassity's compelling new album, the aptly named "Fearless," you never would know how ill she was when she recorded it.

Her tone sounds full, her technique nimble, the joy of her music-making unmistakable.

But just a few weeks before the recording sessions in July 2019, Cassity received a ...Read more

Commentary: Netflix's 'Umbrella Academy' makes family dysfunction more fun than saving the world

The "Umbrella Academy's" superhero troop possesses the ability to sprout octopus arms in battle, travel through time, commune with the dead and blow their enemies' minds -- literally -- with the power of suggestion.

But it's not the clan's crime-fighting skills that set it apart from television's crowded field of onscreen avengers. Netflix's ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of July 27:

1. Scoob! -- Warner

2. You Should Have Left -- Universal

3. Deep Blue Sea 3 -- Warner

4. Survive the Night -- Lionsgate

5. Trolls World Tour -- Universal

6. Grand Isle -- Screen Media

7. The Invisible Man -- Universal

8. Force of Nature -- Lionsgate

9. Bad Boys for Life --...Read more

Neil Young sues Trump's 'campaign of ignorance and hate' for using his songs again

Legendary musician Neil Young has sued President Trump's campaign for copyright infringement after it used Young's music to promote a "campaign of ignorance and hate."

Young's songs "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" were played "numerous times at rallies and political events," namely during the president's June campaign rally ...Read more

Katy Perry, Kevin Hart stand up for embattled Ellen DeGeneres, sending their love

Katy Perry cast a middle-of-the-night smile on Ellen DeGeneres, posting her take on the embattled talk show host for the whole world to see. The pop musician is not the only celebrity coming to DeGeneres' defense. Actor Kevin Hart also chimed in with his support Tuesday morning.

"I know I can't speak for anyone else's experience besides my own ...Read more

Chance the Rapper is teaching his 5-year-old that 'Black power is her superpower'

Chance the Rapper once sang the lyric "Brown boys are dying and none of 'em were for business / And all of 'em love they momma and all of they mommas miss 'em."

Long before he won three Grammys and acclaim for the mixtapes "Coloring Book" and "Acid Rap," Chance was rapping about parenthood and racially motivated violence. Now the artist has two...Read more

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are 'unreservedly sorry' for wedding on a plantation

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds has addressed his controversial 2012 wedding to American actress Blake Lively, which was held at Boone Hall, a former plantation in South Carolina.

In a new interview with Fast Company, published on Tuesday, the "Detective Pikachu" star expressed the couple's remorse for the decision and explained that he and Lively...Read more

New on DVD: 'The High Note' is simple and sweet

Settle in for a serenade in the top new DVD picks for the week of Aug. 11.

"The High Note": Personal assistant Maggie Sherwoode (Dakota Johnson) has a dream of becoming a professional music producer. This is a no-no for her day job, to be at superstar singer Grace Davis' (Tracee Ellis Ross) side more or less every minute of the day. But after ...Read more

What to stream: See how dictators come to power in this movie marathon

Philosopher and writer George Santayana coined the aphorism "those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." Although we are living in "unprecedented" times, the phrase seems to have been rattling around the collective American consciousness this summer, as President Donald Trump tests the boundaries of democracy, dabbling in ...Read more