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Appreciation: Seeing people like me on TV led to my career. I have Norman Lear to thank

LOS ANGELES — I wasn’t always a 29-year-old pop culture hound. In fact, I went from a 10-year-old movie nerd to, later, a 20-something TV obsessive.

Watching films and television shows has always been a part of my life — some of my fondest memories are of going to the theater to see “Fast Five” with my cousin and making my mom record ...Read more

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Jury sees texts appearing to show Jonathan Majors admitting to Grace Jabbari assault

NEW YORK — A Manhattan Criminal Court jury on Friday saw old text messages sent by Jonathan Majors appearing to show the actor admitting to assaulting his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari months before the incident he’s on trial for.

“I fear you have no perspective of what could happen if you go to the hospital. They will ask you questions, ...Read more

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The best TV shows of 2023

The television critics for the Los Angeles Times, Lorraine Ali and Robert Lloyd, weigh in on the series they enjoyed the most in 2023, including some that ended, some that were new and some that were international, but all worth watching.

Lorraine Ali: 10 top shows that remind us it's about the people

Remember early spring of this year, when ...Read more

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Sophie Turner's new boyfriend is handsome British aristocrat, reports confirm

Just three months after her shocking split from American pop-rocker Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner has found a new love interest who may be seen as more suitable, given that she is known to be attached to her English roots.

According to reports, Turner’s new boyfriend is a rich, tall and handsome British aristocrat, who has an appropriately quirky ...Read more

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Forest Whitaker's ex-wife Keisha Nash Whitaker dead at 51

Keisha Nash Whitaker, the ex-wife of Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, has died. The model, actress and former host of TLC’s “What Are You Wearing?” was 51 years old.

The former couple’s 25-year-old daughter, True, shared the tragic news on social media Thursday, but did not provide a cause of death.

“Goodbye mommy. I love you 4ever and ...Read more


Movie review: 'Fast Charlie' hits target as winning thriller

From screenwriter Richard Wenk of “The Equalizer” fame based on the novel “Gun Monkeys” by Victor Gischler, “Fast Charlie” features former James Bond Pierce Brosnan as an amateur chef/gun-toting mob fixer in Biloxi, MS named Charlie Swift. Charlie’s oldest friend and boss Stan Mullen (James Caan in his final role) has become frail ...Read more

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The 20 best albums of 2023

As the lines between private and public spaces became ever blurrier, the music of 2023 pondered the meaning of self — who creates it, who defines it, who controls the rights to manipulate it.

Here are our 20 favorite albums of 2023, in descending order.

1. SZA, "SOS"

Technically, it came out at the tail end of 2022. But SZA does so many ...Read more

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Eminem's stalker anthem 'Stan' hits streaming milestone on Spotify

Things didn't end too well for Stan, the subject of Eminem's 2000 stalker anthem from his "Marshall Mathers LP."

But there's good news for the song: "Stan" is now a member of Spotify's Billions Club, having surpassed the 1 billion streams marker on the platform, Eminem's ninth song to achieve the digital milestone.

"Stan," built around a ...Read more

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Kenny Chesney sends love to Taylor Swift after Time interview shout-out

Country singer Kenny Chesney has nothing but love for Time magazine's 2023 Person of the Year, Taylor Swift.

The "When the Sun Goes Down" artist shared a sweet message for Swift after she gave him a shout-out in her interview for the annual honor.

"Taylor, I knew looking in your eyes that first time on stage with us, you had 'it.' The hunger, ...Read more

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Def Leppard and Journey announce combined 2024 stadium tour

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for a 2024 stadium concert tour of North America. The 23-city tour opens July 6 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and concludes Sept. 8 at Coors Field in Denver.

The opening act for all but seven of the tour dates will be fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller and his band.

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Commentary: Archie Bunker couldn't exist today. That's why we need him more than ever

"Archie Bunker couldn't exist today."

It's a refrain that's landed in my inbox more than once since the death of "All in the Family" creator Norman Lear on Tuesday. The indelible character at the center of his half-hour comedy was most certainly the product of another time, but the reasons why folks believe the cantankerous, middle-aged font of...Read more


The best movies of 2023 -- and where to find them

There's nothing like watching a movie with an audience — and, as I realized a few months ago, there's nothing like watching an audience watch a movie.

It was in October during the 61st New York Film Festival and, as one of the event's part-time programmers, I found myself backstage at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall during a screening of ...Read more

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Kevin Costner, Jewel dating after Christine Baumgartner split, report says

Kevin Costner’s reportedly found a bright and shiny romance with Jewel on the heels of his acrimonious divorce from wife of 18 years, Christine Baumgartner.

The Oscar winner, 67, and the “You Were Meant for Me” singer, 49, are in a “rather new” relationship, sources with direct knowledge told TMZ.

The “Field of Dreams” star and ...Read more

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How the lavish hotel in 'Murder at the End of the World' evolves into a futuristic fortress

“A Murder at the End of the World” is a complexly constructed series, hopping between two timelines and uncovering several mysteries. Its sets, by production designer Alex DiGerlando, were equally complicated.

The FX on Hulu series follows author, hacker and amateur investigator Darby Hart (Emma Corrin) to a remote hotel in Iceland, where ...Read more

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Column: In defense of Mariah Carey's Christmas tyranny

This Christmas will be the 29th since Mariah Carey released “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” It’s been part of the holiday soundtrack for the entire lives of Gen Z and Generation Alpha. And for a substantial part of mine, though I can still remember life before all those melismas.

I’m a late boomer, born the year after the release of...Read more

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Q&A: 'How the Gringo Stole Christmas' brings a classic movie trope to East LA

What is Christmas without a little bit of family drama? A new twist on meeting your partner’s family has arrived this holiday season in “How the Gringo Stole Christmas,” directed by Angel Gracia and starring George Lopez.

The holiday comedy, which was released last week, is Gracia’s second major film after his directorial debut, “From...Read more

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Jonathan Majors' ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari sobs on witness stand after watching video

NEW YORK — Jonathan Majors’ ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari broke down on the witness stand in Manhattan Thursday, after the Marvel actor’s lawyer made her repeatedly watch video of herself disoriented and injured from the morning after she says he assaulted her.

Jabbari, 30, lost her composure during her third day of testimony at Majors’ ...Read more

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Kodak Black found asleep at wheel, charged with cocaine possession

South Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested in Plantation early Thursday morning, after an officer came upon a Bentley SUV blocking the road with the rapper asleep at the wheel, a probable cause affidavit said.

Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, is now charged with possession of cocaine, tampering with physical evidence and improper ...Read more

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Review: 'Poor Things' is Emma Stone and director Yorgos Lanthimos' richest work to date

There comes a moment when "Poor Things," a gloriously bonkers fairy tale from the director Yorgos Lanthimos, explodes from black-and-white into wild, ecstatic color. Bella Baxter — played by a grinning, gasping, rutting, entirely astounding Emma Stone — is having sex for the first time, and it's an experience of purest Technicolorgasmic ...Read more

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Hand in hand, Lupita Nyong'o and Joshua Jackson seemingly confirm romance

Lupita Nyong'o and Joshua Jackson stepped out earlier this week while holding hands on a walk through Joshua Tree, all but confirming dating rumors they sparked weeks ago.

On Thursday morning, multiple outlets published photos of the "Black Panther" star and "Dawson's Creek" actor hand in hand and looking relaxed while walking around the desert...Read more