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Melvin Van Peebles, groundbreaking filmmaker, actor and novelist, dies at 89

NEW YORK — The Godfather of Black Cinema has died.

Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker known for writing, co-producing, scoring, editing and starring in the 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song,” died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan.

His family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films confirmed his death in a...Read more

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Live from New York, it's... Kim Kardashian? 'SNL' unveils October lineups

Ladies and gentlemen... Kim Kardashian.

On Wednesday, “Saturday Night Live” unveiled its October lineup of hosts, including none other than reality-TV star and beauty mogul Kardashian, who will take the 30 Rock stage for the first time next month.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” alum will make her “SNL” hosting debut Oct. 9 ...Read more

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Britney Spears expects conservatorship to end this fall, wants dad removed immediately

Britney Spears expects her 13-year conservatorship to end this fall and wants her father removed from the controversial arrangement immediately, her lawyer said in a court filing Wednesday.

Attorney Mathew Rosengart urged a Los Angeles County judge to replace Jamie Spears as the singer’s conservator by Sept. 29 and give the job to someone who...Read more

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Weekend TV: 'The Simpsons' open 33rd season with a musical

'The Simpsons'

Everyone's favorite Springfield family has broken into song many times over the past three decades, but there's never been an all-musical episode. That changes with this season premiere in which the gang revamps a stage production that has more than a little in common with "Rent." The numbers, penned by the same team that ...Read more

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'Sex and the City' stars honor Willie Garson: 'The outpouring of love is earned'

Stars of "Sex and the City" paid loving tribute Tuesday to their castmate Willie Garson, who died Tuesday at age 57.

Original cast members of the seminal series Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall all mourned the late TV actor on social media after his son announced his death. According to People magazine, Garson was battling ...Read more

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From 'Hannah Montana' to 'High School Musical,' influential Disney Channel boss to step down

LOS ANGELES — Gary Marsh, who spent three decades helping to shape the Burbank entertainment giant's children's television empire, is leaving his job to take on a producing role.

Few Disney executives have had the kind of staying power and influence of Marsh, who joined the Disney Channel in the late 1980s, and guided such popular franchises ...Read more

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Daniel Craig thinks women actors deserve more than James Bond – 'There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color'

Daniel Craig doesn’t want his James Bond successor to be a woman. He wants the best choice to have a role that’s even better.

The 007 star, who is hanging up his spy gear after the upcoming “No Time To Die,” doesn’t necessarily have a choice for who takes over the iconic franchise, but he believes women deserve better.

“There ...Read more

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'Hawaii Five-0' actor Al Harrington dead at 85 after stroke

Al Harrington, the Hawaiian actor known best for playing Detective Ben Kokua on the original “Hawaii Five-0,” died Tuesday.

He was 85.

Harrington suffered a stroke last week and had been hospitalized, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

A high school and college football player, Harrington joined the cast of “Hawaii Five-0” in ...Read more

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Uma Thurman reveals teenage abortion in op-ed decrying Texas law

Uma Thurman wants everyone to have the same choice she made: to get an abortion when they aren’t ready to be a mother.

The 51-year-old actress revealed her “darkest secret” in an op-ed in the Washington Post Tuesday in which she called the Texas abortion law “a staging ground for a human rights crisis for American women.”

In her late...Read more

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The Big Apple Circus set to return Nov. 11, with high wire artist Nik Wallenda

NEW YORK — The circus is coming to town later this fall.

On Nov. 11, the Big Apple Circus will return to its rightful home of Lincoln Center after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the show last year following its 2017 reconstitution due to financial woes.

And for the first time ever, world-renowned aerialist and high wire artist Nik Wallenda ...Read more

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Kathryn Hahn to play late comic Joan Rivers in biopic series 'The Comeback Girl'

Actually, it's been Joan all along.

Kathryn Hahn has been cast as Joan Rivers in an upcoming series about the legendary comedian titled "The Comeback Girl."

The Emmy-nominated "WandaVision" star will also co-executive produce the limited series about the brash late-night fixture, which is in development for Showtime, according to a Wednesday ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

'DEAR EVAN HANSEN'

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving suicide, brief strong language and some suggestive references.

What it’s about: Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, the film is the story of an isolated teen who becomes caught up in a lie about a classmate's suicide.

The kid attractor factor: Teens and older kids may be ...Read more

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Here's why the first official figures on Latinos in the media look better than some expected

Despite over-indexing in movie ticket purchasing and representing nearly a fifth of the U.S. population, Latinos remain underrepresented as employees in nearly every major industry related to media and entertainment, according to preliminary results of a federal study released Tuesday.

U.S. Latinos appeared to be over-represented in one media ...Read more

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Review: 'The Wonder Years' and 'Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.' show exactly what TV reboots are for

If we accept that there is nothing new under the sun, we may at least applaud for their honesty two new comedies that make no secret of their antecedents, which in each case reach back to the turn of the 1990s. (We can applaud them for more, and will.)

Wednesday sees the premiere on ABC of "The Wonder Years," producer Lee Daniels' Black reboot,...Read more

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Review: Sorry, haters, the movie version of 'Dear Evan Hansen' isn't a train wreck

"Dear Evan Hansen" has already generated so many fierce opinions that it's almost startling to discover onscreen the same disarming musical that captivated Broadway audiences and teenage fans everywhere.

Sorry, haters, the film isn't a train wreck. This musical, which had its Broadway premiere in 2016, works better in the theater. But the ...Read more

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The women of 'Impeachment' explained: Ann Coulter

"Impeachment: American Crime Story" chronicles President Bill Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and how it eventually led to his impeachment — turning one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history into a series so addictive it may as well be pulp fiction.

The third episode in the new installment of Ryan ...Read more

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Sound Advice: How to play discs in a car with no CD player

Q. I bought a 2020 Toyota Camry last year and was disappointed to find there was no CD player. I miss it terribly, and someone suggested I buy a portable CD player and connect it to the AUX port in the car. Guess what? There is no AUX port. I don't want to listen on headphones, so is there a way I can connect a portable CD player to the car ...Read more

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'Dear Evan Hansen' review: A Broadway hit misses on screen. Tony winner Ben Platt's age? It's not the real problem

So much storytelling in popular culture, musical theater included, relies on the narrative usefulness and emotional exploitation of the delayed secret. And “Dear Evan Hansen” would be nothing without it.

At his therapist’s urging, high school senior Evan, dealing with social anxiety disorder and a harsh self-image, writes letters of ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Birds of Paradise' a sexy, stylish tale of competitive ballet

Films that portray the brutality behind the beauty of ballet have become a subgenre unto their own. From The Archers’ romantic and tragic melodrama “The Red Shoes,” to Dario Argento’s gleefully witchy giallo splatterfest “Suspiria” (plus Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake), and Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller “Black Swan,�...Read more

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Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Sept. 26-Oct. 2

DON'T MISS: "The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back! — "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr. hosts a lively concert special celebrating the joys of live theater and the reopening of Broadway. Among the stars appearing at New York City's Winter Garden Theatre and performing stage musical classics are Annaleigh Ashford, Kristin Chenoweth, Andre De ...Read more