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Al Roker is back on 'Today' and 'feeling good enough' after knee surgery

Al Roker‘s new knee made its “Today” debut on Tuesday after the longtime weatherman underwent surgery earlier this month.

Roker returned to co-host the third hour of the morning program and gave viewers an update on his recovery following a three-week hiatus. The feature anchor had total knee replacement surgery on May 9.

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All 21 movies in competition at Cannes, ranked from worst to best

CANNES, France — I saw all 21 films playing in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and as you might guess, many were good, a couple were great and a few were mystifyingly terrible. It's worth noting that few were as moving or satisfyingly accomplished as "Close Your Eyes," the first picture in several years from the 82-year-old ...Read more

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'Ted Lasso' star Nick Mohammed talks about Nate's bow as he prepares for NYC stage debut

As he prepares to take what may be his final bow as Nathan Shelly on the hit Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso,” Nick Mohammed is looking to introduce another British character into the American cultural zeitgeist.

The actor, who has portrayed “Nate the Great” for three seasons on the Jason Sudekis-led comedy, will bring his critically ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Past lives' beautifully explores the essence of time

Late in “Past Lives,” there’s a scene in which two people walk down a street and silently wait for an Uber, captured in a single shot. Like the film itself, it is a deceptively simple moment, a seemingly mundane interaction that is simmering with tension and fraught with meaning, the ticking clock of the car’s imminent arrival pulling ...Read more

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What to stream: Missing the Roy family already? Here are some options after 'Succession'

The series finale of “Succession” gripped the nation on Sunday night, lighting up social media with fervent discussion about the fates of the Roy siblings and the future of Waystar Royco. Series creator Jesse Armstrong and longtime director Mark Mylod stuck the landing, leaving fans surprised, satisfied and ultimately wanting more.

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How 'Succession,' a show about business, became a show about marriage

Never underestimate a corn-fed basic from Hockeytown.

In the heartstopping series finale of "Succession" on Sunday night, striving Midwesterner Tom Wambsgans was named chief executive of Waystar Royco, completing his transformation from groveling buffoon to business titan.

After years of personal and professional humiliation, and of nonstop ...Read more

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Renaissance tour: Beyoncé honors Tina Turner's 'brilliance'

Who run the world? Beyoncé, of course.

Earlier this month, the megastar embarked on her five-month Renaissance world tour.

In January, the "Break My Soul" hit-maker unveiled dates for her first solo tour in more than six years. Named after her Grammy-winning seventh studio album, Beyoncé's highly anticipated Renaissance tour launched May 11...Read more

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Josh Groban realizes an impossible dream: Making a killer impression on Broadway

Broadway has long welcomed celebrity interlopers, but it's hard to think of anyone with the star power of recording artist Josh Groban who has been as wholly embraced by the theater community.

He may have sold more than 26 million albums and performed in the most hallowed concert halls on the planet, but when he's cast in a musical, he becomes ...Read more

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New on DVD: Keep it in the family with 'Mafia Mamma'

An action comedy featuring Toni Collette as an unlikely mob boss tops the DVD releases for the week of June 6.

"Mafia Mamma": An overworked American housewife unexpectedly finds herself the head of an Italian crime family when her estranged grandfather is murdered.

"This high-concept romp demands an over-the-top and facile narrative, and some ...Read more


How 'The Little Mermaid' changed the original's songs -- without being 'sacrilegious'

LOS ANGELES — Alan Menken recalls working on "The Little Mermaid" as "a constant miracle." He and lyricist Howard Ashman were still flying high from the screen adaptation of their eccentric stage show "Little Shop of Horrors," and they were reteaming to write music for a new film.

"What are these two off-Broadway songwriters doing at Disney? ...Read more

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With the competition's 2 best films, Sandra Hüller is this year's queen of Cannes

CANNES, France — "Anatomy of a Fall," which was awarded the Palme d'Or to close out the 76th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, opens with a one-on-one interview that quickly goes south. A successful novelist named Sandra, played by the German actor Sandra Hüller, has invited a graduate student to sit down with her at her family's chalet in ...Read more

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List of DVD release dates for May 30 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


30: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

30: 65

30: A Good Person

30: Inside

30: Assassin

30: Mojave Diamonds

30: Thelma & Louise

30: Transformers: 6-Movie SteelBook Collection


6: Mafia Mamma

6: Assassin Club

6: La Brea: Season ...Read more


How Harbor Springs became the fictional 'murder capital of the world'

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — This small town in a corner of Little Traverse Bay has seen zero homicides this year and last year, and in fact, Police Chief Kyle Knight says he doesn't believe there is one on record ever.

But fans of “Riverdale” — The CW’s campy, edgy and corpse-filled TV take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and other ...Read more

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Milton Larsen, co-founder of Hollywood's Magic Castle, dead at 92

LOS ANGELES — Milton Larsen, who as co-founder of the Magic Castle transformed a falling-down Hollywood mansion into an iconic private club that attracted top magicians and their fans from around the world, died Sunday. He was 92.

Larsen passed away in his sleep in an apartment a short walk from the Franklin Avenue landmark, according to his ...Read more

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Milt Larsen, co-founder of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, dead at 92

Milt Larsen, a co-founder of Hollywood’s exclusive Magic Castle clubhouse that has counted numerous celebrities among its performers and guests, has died at 92.

A cause of death was not released in a short tribute shared Monday on the Magic Castle’s Facebook page.

“Thank you for all the magic and love you have provided for us over the ...Read more


Neal Justin: 'Succession' and 'Barry' finales stick their landings

If you haven't yet watched the series finales of HBO's "Succession" and "Barry," stop reading now. I'm going to drop spoilers — and there are a lot of them.

Anyone who gambled that the Roy children would put aside their differences and come together should be barred from ever entering a casino. Inevitably, the three would-be heirs lost out to...Read more


Martin Scorsese reportedly meets with Pope Francis, has film about Jesus in the works

Martin Scorsese has another film about Jesus in the works, he reportedly revealed during a visit to the Vatican.

The director met with Pope Francis on Saturday before going to the “Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination” conference in Rome, according to Variety.

“I have responded to the Pope’s appeal to artists in the only way I...Read more


Nina Metz: 'Succession' series finale: The Roys' desires and anxieties always outweighed critiques of their influence

Pour one out for the Roy siblings, who take their leave of the TV landscape as unhappy and misguided as they were when “Succession” premiered on HBO in 2018.

The show became an obsession for many, inviting audiences into an inner sanctum of lavish settings and private planes at their beck and call — and where viperous family dynamics ...Read more


'Little Mermaid' makeup artist calls Ursula criticism 'ridiculous' and 'offensive'

The makeup artist for Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” has responded to criticism surrounding the movie’s depiction of Ursula.

The nefarious sea witch — played by Melissa McCarthy in the new film — was originally inspired by Baltimore drag queen Divine. And some have argued that the studio should have hired a ...Read more

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Edward James Olmos reveals he had throat cancer: 'An experience that changed me'

Edward James Olmos recently revealed on a podcast that he is cancer free after the disease "attacked" his throat.

On Friday's episode of "Mando & Friends," the "Selena" and "Miami Vice" actor shared "publicly for the first time" that he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Olmos added that he stopped treatment in December and has since recovered ...Read more