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Olivia Rodrigo, a multi-Grammy Award-winner at 19, is sweet, not sour, on stardom as her debut tour continues

If someone tells me one more time: 'Enjoy your youth,' I'm gonna cry — Olivia Rodrigo, "Brutal" (2021)

Teen angst has long been a catalyst for stirring music that captures the anxieties and self-doubts of a generation, as the lyrics to "Brutal" so readily attest.

For Olivia Rodrigo, who turned 19 on Feb. 20 and won three Grammy Awards on ...Read more

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For global phenomenon Bad Bunny, Puerto Rico remains his playground, battleground and muse

If you're young, Latino and slightly prone to melodramatics, you might be the kind of person who stays up for a midnight Bad Bunny album release.

In the streaming age, the now-familiar "surprise" Bad Bunny album drop has become an online rite of passage for his global fan base, which seems to grow exponentially with every record. With the May 6...Read more

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'Top Gun: Maverick' is awesome. Here's your guide to the summer sequel

Believe the hype. "Top Gun: Maverick" rules.

The long-delayed sequel — it was filmed back in 2018, and has been in a holding pattern ever since — finally hit preview audiences last week, and it's a thrilling, pulse-pounding, old-school blockbuster experience, a more-than-worthy follow-up to the 1986 classic.

(That 36-year gap puts it high...Read more

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Manuel Garcia-Rulfo replaces Matthew McConaughey as the 'Lincoln Lawyer' in Netflix show based on the movie

Mickey Haller will tell you that everybody lies. He’ll tell you repeatedly, until you believe it. But he doesn’t really believe it himself.

The criminal defense lawyer, based on Michael Connelly’s character and originated on screen by Matthew McConaughey in the 2011 movie “The Lincoln Lawyer,” is back in a new Netflix series of the ...Read more

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Carla Morrison reclaims her mental health in song and on social media

LOS ANGELES — Carla Morrison stepped away from the spotlight in 2018, 15 years after the Mexican singer-songwriter started performing with her first band, Babaluca.

She had had enough of the persistent criticisms that came with fame. Strangers made cruel comments about her body, tattoos, lyrics, talent and musical style. When she performed, ...Read more

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'Fortunate' Hamza Haq reprises starring role in 'Transplant'

Actor Hamza Haq had always liked performing. But it was his first job, while he was still a university student, that sealed his fate. “I sat in an office and looked at Excel documents all day,” he recalls. “They gave me 40 pages of information about payroll and they said, ‘I need you to consolidate this and compile an Excel spreadsheet.�...Read more

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Britney Spears announces miscarriage

Britney Spears announced Saturday that she had miscarried.

“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that we have lost our miracle baby early in pregnancy,” the pop singer said in an Instagram post signed by Spears and her fiance, Sam Asghari, 28.

The 40-year-old musician said she and Asghari will “continue trying to expand our...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

Disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali has been found not guilty of sexual misconduct. The judge felt the plaintiff was not credible. It was kind of like blaming the victim. Batali rose to fame as one of the chefs on "The Chew." Michael Symon, who is squeaky-clean, was another co-host. Say what you will but there is one nasty truth that even ...Read more

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Musician reports 1758 violin stolen from Chicago home

CHICAGO — Three musical instruments including a 1758 violin were stolen from a town home in the South Loop Wednesday morning while a family of musicians was sleeping.

MingHuan Xu, a professional violinist and director of the string program at Roosevelt University, said the antique violin stolen has an immense cultural and personal value. It ...Read more

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Review: Weak new version of 'Firestarter' flames out

Can we just put this “Fire” out? Almost 40 years after the original adaptation of “Firestarter,” which was not a very good film, a second film from horror specialist Blumhouse also based on the 1980 novel by Stephen King arrives in theaters and on Peacock. Directed by Keith Thomas, whose one feature film credit “The Vigil” (2019) is ...Read more


What TV critic is watching this week

'The Time Traveler's Wife'

The latest adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's novel finds a cute couple (Rose Leslie and Theo James) struggling with hubby's uncontrollable habit of bouncing back and forth in time, popping up in random places without a stitch of clothes (James' bare buttocks should get third billing). It's a major marital problem for...Read more

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Kendrick Lamar stepping out with Big Steppers in global arena tour with Baby Keem

Kendrick Lamar will be taking his just-released and long-awaited fifth studio album, "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers," on tour, including several stops in his native California.

The 14-time Grammy winner announced the sprawling, global arena tour on Friday, which will extend from North America to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The 65-date Mr...Read more

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Fred Ward, rugged character actor from 'The Right Stuff' and 'Tremors,' dies at 79

Fred Ward, the rough-hewn character actor known for his work in “The Right Stuff” and “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,” died Sunday at age 79.

Publicist Ron Hofmann confirmed the news Friday, giving no further details about the Golden Globe winner’s death.

Ward’s career choices were anything but predictable. After battling ...Read more

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Some of pop's biggest stars teamed with Planned Parenthood for this Roe v. Wade ad

Planned Parenthood has tapped scores of young musicians, entertainers and influencers to condemn the U.S. Supreme Court's potential decision to strip their "constitutional right to abortion" by overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

In the New York Times on Friday, 160 female, male and nonbinary individuals listed their names on a full...Read more

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George Takei is NYC's inaugural Japan Parade's grand marshal: 'I'm boldly going where no one else has gone before'

NEW YORK — “Star Trek” actor George Takei expects New York City’s first-ever Japan Parade to be out of this world.

Takei feels honored to be the inaugural grand marshal of Saturday’s event, which will celebrate the friendship between New York and Japan with floats and performances on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

“I get to be the ...Read more


'Senior Year' review: Rebel Wilson high school comedy flunks out

Talk about senioritis.

"Senior Year" is an insipid high school comedy about a varsity cheerleader who falls into a coma and awakens 20 years later and plots to claim the prom queen crown she missed out on. Do you find references to 2002 hilarious? Then this movie is your jam. Otherwise this dreadful fish out of water story is about as fresh as ...Read more

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Kendrick Lamar announces 'The Big Steppers' tour with 37 concert dates

Kendrick Lamar won’t be waiting long to promote his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” which was released Friday and is one of the most anticipated albums of 2022 for many fans.

The Los Angeles native — who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, “Damn” — will kick off his “The Big Steppers Tour�...Read more

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Review: Tom Cruise flies high -- again -- in the exhilarating 'Top Gun: Maverick'

"If you think, you're dead." That's one of Tom Cruise's more memorable lines from "Top Gun," a cautionary reminder that when your engine flames out or an enemy pilot locks you in their sights, hesitation means death. Inadvertently, the line also suggests the best way to enjoy Tony Scott's immortal 1986 blockbuster: Best not to think too long or ...Read more

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'Conversations with Friends' review: Carnal desires and the complications that arise afterward

There’s a conversation that bubbles up every so often about the absence of sex scenes in contemporary film: Why is everything so chaste on screen? It’s true that Hollywood is making fewer movies about adult relationships at the moment, but it’s not hard to find serious-minded TV that is filling the gap. “Conversations with Friends,” ...Read more

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'For Colored Girls' gets two-week Broadway extension after garnering most Tony nominations

NEW YORK — Don’t count “For Colored Girls” out just yet.

The Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s beloved choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf” has been extended for two more weeks.

The announcement on Thursday followed Monday’s Tony nominations, where the Camille A. Brown-helmed ...Read more