'Panther' bests all rivals at box office again

LOS ANGELES -- Marvel's comic book juggernaut "Black Panther" continues to crush the box office and the record books.

The Disney blockbuster added $27 million to its domestic earnings over the weekend, raising its total to $605.4 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

"Black Panther" is the first picture to spend five ...Read more

Charlie Quintana, drummer for the Plugz and Social Distortion, dies at 56

Charlie "Chalo" Quintana, a fixture on the Southern California punk and roots music scene for decades, has died after fighting emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, his sister Elizabeth Montoya confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 56.

Quintana, who died last Monday at his home in Cancun, Mexico, is probably best ...Read more

Motion picture academy president John Bailey faces accusations of sexual harassment

John Bailey, who was elected in August as the 34th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is being investigated by the organization following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.

On Wednesday, three harassment claims were reportedly brought against the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include such ...Read more

Former attorneys for 'Suge' Knight plead not guilty to witness tampering

LOS ANGELES -- Two attorneys who formerly represented Marion "Suge" Knight after he was charged with murder pleaded not guilty to witness tampering charges in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Friday.

Thaddeus Culpepper and Matthew Fletcher were indicted earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit ...Read more

'Love, Simon' is a sweet, disarming first: a gay teen romantic comedy from a major studio

Sweet, funny and disarming, "Love, Simon" features not one but two daringly public declarations of love. I won't say too much about either, except that in both cases the stakes are high and the consequences potentially disastrous. The first one involves a boy trying to woo his dream girl at a high school football game, a spectacle that is ...Read more

Neil Young on tech giants ('jerks'), audio quality ('bad') and his new movie with Daryl Hannah

AUSTIN, Texas -- "The man in the black hat, steer clear of him," says one of the crusty characters in a new movie, "Paradox," directed and scripted by actress Daryl Hannah.

He's talking about Neil Young, who happens to be Hannah's life partner and also the movie's ostensible "star."

"The characters we play, they're our alter egos in a way," ...Read more

Alicia Vikander makes a persuasive Lara Croft in the new-and-somewhat-improved 'Tomb Raider'

The Oscar-winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has a talent for liberating her characters from states of confinement, emotionally if not physically. Those who noticed her before her big Hollywood breakthrough might recall the vividness of her performance as an uncomfortably corseted Danish queen in "A Royal Affair" (2012). Even more ...Read more

Wanda Sykes to host 29th GLAAD Media Awards next month

LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Wanda Sykes will host the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles next month.

The "black-ish" actress was the 2010 recipient of GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award for an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting acceptance.

"Wanda Sykes' humor, wit and status as one of the most visible out ...Read more

Elton John and Bernie Taupin saluted with two new tribute albums

A bevy of pop, R&B, rock, country and Americana artists are paying homage to the 50-year collaboration between Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin with not one, but two separate collections of new interpretations of more than two dozen of the team's biggest hits and many less-familiar selections.

"Revamp" and "Restoration" -- curated by John ...Read more

Stephen Hawking wasn't just a renowned physicist. He was also a pop-culture favorite

Pop culture loved Stephen Hawking, and Stephen Hawking loved pop culture back.

In fact, entertainment fed most of the world's knowledge of the acclaimed physicist, whose brain and brilliance remained unmarred as Lou Gehrig's disease ravaged his body. He died at 76 on Wednesday morning in his native England.

We learned through movies and ...Read more

Messing with the original 'Tomb Raider' or 'Wrinkle in Time' is punishable by death! Or so the trolls say

Vader: Hi, could the Ghostbusters please settle down? Members of the "Black Panther" disinformation league? Please? Thank you. Welcome to the International Delegation of the Independent Order of Trolls, or IDIOTs. And yes, we're aware of the controversy surrounding that acronym.

As you know, resistance to change is our mission. And denial of ...Read more

Television Q&A: Will 'Code Black' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Is "Code Black" coming back?

A: As I have said before, yes, it is. But CBS recently changed the date for the season premiere. It was previously set for May 2 in the "Criminal Minds" time slot, following that series' season finale on April 25. CBS has now moved the "Criminal Minds" season finale to ...Read more

Janet McTeer says her 'Jessica Jones' role is an exciting departure, but theater still her first love

NEW YORK -- Janet McTeer has spent the last three decades with one foot in the screen and the other on the stage. Raised in the north of England, the Tony Award winner first impressed American moviegoers with her Oscar-nominated turn as a free-spirited single mom in the 1999 film "Tumbleweeds." Since then, she's mostly alternated between ...Read more

The curious care and feeding of Olaf the snowman in Broadway's 'Frozen'

NEW YORK -- He likes to hang out at the bar of the Broadway haunt Sardi's when he's not memorizing lines. He's a consummate ladies' man, and from his favored perch on a cushy leather stool he entertains the Great White Way's celebrated leading ladies.

His favorite company by far is Tyne Daly. He stares at her with his giant, bulging eyes, and ...Read more

Why is a master of Shakespeare directing the musical 'Frozen'? Because 'Let It Go' isn't too far from the Bard

NEW YORK -- "We're standing on the same stage where 'Oklahoma!' premiered," says British director Michael Grandage, gesturing at the flooring beneath his feet inside the historic St. James Theatre on West 44th Street. "'Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner did 'The King and I' on this stage."

Grandage pauses, thinking about what he has just said. ...Read more

What Hollywood can gain by placing the 'queer gaze' in the spotlight

When Greg Berlanti first read the script for "Love, Simon" he found the teenage coming-of-age dramedy at once "heartfelt and smart and funny."

The story of a high school teen struggling with coming out as gay to his community was something Berlanti was familiar with. It was an experience he once lived.

"I connected a lot with the lead ...Read more

From 'Ready Player One' to heartfelt raunch: The highlights of 2018's SXSW Film Festival

Held each year over 10 zany days in Austin, Texas, the South by Southwest festival has a bit of everything: film, technology, music, breakfast tacos and plenty of Texas barbecue. At the close of a 2018 edition that included the surprise premiere of Steven Spielberg's pop culture-packed "Ready Player One" and an interactive experience that ...Read more

They wrote the 'Frozen' musical for Broadway, but can they make it sing?

NEW YORK -- Jennifer Lee hustles down 8th Avenue at a breakneck pace, her eyes clear and sharp behind fashionable frames. Time is elusive, she says -- it leaps away just when she thinks she's caught up to it.

As companions Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez nod in sympathy, Lee adds, "Every day I'm thinking, 'Where am I going? What am I ...Read more

No longer a novelty, the faith-based film business is trying new ways to attract audiences

In late February, actor Dennis Quaid joined religious rock group MercyMe at a Dallas concert to sing -- and promote his new movie. The band has toured for much of the last year in support of the new film "I Can Only Imagine," which tells the story of how lead singer Bart Millard wrote the bestselling Christian single ever after the death of his ...Read more

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' incredible journey to sophomore album

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' "Hey Mama," a song on the band's compelling sophomore album, "Tearing at the Seams," gets at the idea of never giving up -- physically, emotionally or spiritually -- before putting everything you've got into the goal at hand.

That appears to be a cornerstone principle for the Denver-based musician and his ...Read more