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Illusionist David Blaine rises to the occasion -- then drops 8 stories

LAS VEGAS — David Blaine tells us, near the start of his production at The Theatre at Resorts World: Whatever our vision of a Las Vegas magic show is, this isn’t it.

Good. The magic community can stand to mix it up a little, with artistry from a superstar willing to submerge himself in the Vegas scene.

Eschewing many magical traditions, ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon' a standout thriller/fantasy

BOSTON — A girl walks home alone at night in writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s latest, return-to-form outing “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon.” In the first 15 minutes, Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) reminds us why she is one of our most talented filmmakers.

The elements might be described as Tarantino 101: a young ...Read more

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Spooky season's frights: 31 key horror movies from the last 31 years

DETROIT — The air is crispy, the leaves are turning and jack-o'-lanterns are starting to show up on front porches.

October has arrived, kiddos. Which means horror movie season is officially here.

It's the best time of the year to sit back with a scary movie, or a whole lot of them, the jumpier the better.

But without checking off the same-...Read more

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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' introduces franchise's new hero. But who is she?

LOS ANGELES — The “Black Panther” franchise has revealed only about thing for sure about its new titular hero.

She’s a woman.

Dropping Monday to much fanfare, Shuri, T’Challa’s brilliant younger sister played by Letitia Wright in the 2018 film, is suspected of being the actor who carries the mantle in the film’s trailer, aligning...Read more


'House of the Dragon' explained: A history of Targaryen incest

The romance that has long been teased in "House of the Dragon" is finally official.

The seventh episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones" prequel starts with a funeral and ends with the wedding of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and her uncle Daemon. The pair have danced around each other since before they each wed a Velaryon, so it's almost poetic that ...Read more

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Review: After a major cast shake-up, 'SNL' confronts its weaknesses -- but can't overcome them

When "Saturday Night Live" returned this weekend for its 48th season, the grandaddy of all sketch shows ripped itself apart before anyone else could. In a cold open, host Miles Teller and cast member Andrew Dismukes played Peyton and Eli Manning, hosts of ESPN's "ManningCast." But instead of a play-by-play commentary on "Monday Night Football," ...Read more

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Richard Johnson: Hurricane Ian brought Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen together

NEW YORK — It took a hurricane to get Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen back together again in the same state.

Bundchen left New York after posing for five magazine covers and rode out Hurricane Ian in Miami, while Tom and the other Tampa Bay Buccaneers also fled south to Magic City.

“They are burning up the phone lines trying to find a ...Read more


Netflix helped make 'Schitt's Creek' a hit. But you won't find it there now

The Emmy-winning Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek” has left Netflix, but it will be available on rival streaming service Hulu starting Monday. The change appeared on the schedules of both streaming services this month.

The riches-to-rags sitcom, created by series stars Eugene and Dan Levy — father and son, who play father and son on the ...Read more

TV Tinsel: 'Sherwood' actors revel in their unique roles

Even when they’re playing horrible villains, actors aim to understand them. Actress Joanne Froggatt, best known as the earnest maid Anna from “Downton Abbey,” says she tries to reach inside the evildoers she portrays.

“I am constantly fascinated by human behavior, which is probably why I'm an actress,” she says.

“Just constantly ...Read more

Sacheen Littlefeather, activist who declined Brando's 'Godfather' Oscar, dies at 75

LOS ANGELES — Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American activist Marlon Brando sent to the 1973 Academy Awards to decline the lead actor Oscar he won for “The Godfather,” has died. She was 75.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the news on its social media accounts Sunday night. In an email to The Times, ...Read more

Kim Kardashian to pay $1.3 million to SEC for crypto touting

Kim Kardashian will pay $1.26 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that she broke US rules by touting a crypto token without disclosing she was paid for the promotion.

The SEC said Monday Kardashian was paid $250,000 to post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, a crypto asset offered by EthereumMax. Kardashian...Read more

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Movie review: Confused comedy 'The Greatest Beer Run Ever' is a warm can of suds

Say you're fighting in Vietnam, and say your buddy from back home, who is not a soldier and is not in the war, walks up to you on the battlefield and hands you a beer.

On one hand, it's beer, and hey, it's good to see a familiar face. On the other hand, wait, what are you doing here? And that's it, a beer? And it's warm, even?

That's the ...Read more

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Here's how the 'Hocus Pocus' sequel followed up that legendary musical moment

Halfway through “Hocus Pocus 2,” Bette Midler shouts off a set of direct commands. “Clear the altar, all of you! Clear my stage!” she says, sending everyone around her scurrying.

“And you — try to keep up.”

That last instruction is directed at a petrified four-person rock band, but the same could be said of the sequel itself. ...Read more

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Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum film 'Project Artemis' to start shooting in October

ATLANTA — Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum are starring in a big-budget movie “Project Artemis” for Apple TV+ that is scheduled to start production next month in metro Atlanta.

According to ProductionList.com, the film is set to begin production Oct. 28.

Deadline.com said film’s plot has been kept under wraps beyond the fact it’...Read more

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Scooter Braun has regrets: He sees his feud with Taylor Swift as a 'learning lesson'

Three years after he purchased the master rights to Taylor Swift’s early music, Scooter Braun said he wishes that transaction could have gone down differently.

The music mogul chatted last week with Jay Williams for NPR’s “The Limits With Jay Williams.” During the near-40-minute conversation, Braun recalled acquiring Big Machine, Swift�...Read more

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'Smile' scares up best box office since August, while 'Bros' flops

Paramount Pictures' "Smile" enjoyed a frighteningly good debut at the domestic box office this weekend, opening in first place with $22 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Coming in at the high end of box-office expectations, the horror flick is the first title to launch with more than $20 million since Brad Pitt's "...Read more

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'Saturday Night Live' starts new season by tackling changes

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 48th season with a cold open that acknowledged an off-season of change in which several stars departed and a team of newcomers joined the huddle.

The show began with a parody of ESPN2’s “ManningCast” where former Giant Eli Manning and his superstar brother Peyton Manning offer analysis of each week...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

"Days of Our Lives"' Mike Horton (Roark Critchlow) is going to make a drive-through stop this week. Sixteen different actors have played him. As the grandson of Alice and Tom, he was a major player. Wesley Eure played him as a troubled teen; then Michael T. Weiss took over. Critchlow was the latest actor to take on the part. We last saw Mike ...Read more

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Nick Cannon welcomes 10th child, his 3rd with Brittany Bell, to his 'Fatherhood journey'

LOS ANGELES — Nick Cannon has welcomed another child, just two weeks after introducing baby girl Onyx Ice Cole Cannon.

On Friday, the “Masked Singer” host announced on Instagram the birth of his 10th child, a baby boy named Rise Messiah Cannon. The newborn is his third baby with model Brittany Bell.

“Another Blessing!!!,” Cannon said...Read more

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Trevor Noah's exit won't hurt just 'The Daily Show.' It'll hurt all of late night

LOS ANGELES — Late-night television and nightly political satire will miss "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, who announced Thursday that he's exiting the Comedy Central series after seven years behind the desk. The South African comedian brought "third world" perspective — his words — to a talk-show circuit populated with white American ...Read more