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My worst moment: 'Condor's' Bob Balaban on the actor's nightmare

CHICAGO -- In the new drama series "Condor" on AT&T's Audience Network -- a show based on the spy novel "Six Days of the Condor" and subsequent 1975 Robert Redford film "Three Days of the Condor" -- Bob Balaban plays a CIA operative with murky intentions.

"My character's name is Reuel Abbott, which is a really odd name, and you don't exactly ...Read more

Josie Bissett has multiple reasons to love 'Wedding March' movies

Josie Bissett is so in love with being part of the "Wedding March" movies for the Hallmark Channel, she's starring in the fourth film in the series. "Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New" debuts 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central Saturday.

There are three big reasons why the Seattle native and "Melrose Place" star loves the franchise. And, there's ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ADRIFT. 1 star. Dead in the water sea-faring adventure/survival yarn, based on a true story, about a couple (Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin) sailing across the Pacific when a storm disables the boat and causes serious injury. A nice-looking movie, but the love-story chemistry between the two leads is poor. 2 hrs. PG-13 (violence) -- Gary Thompson...Read more

With 'Roseanne' and Samantha Bee, TV advertisers confront a political minefield

Television advertising is caught in the crossfire of the country's political battles.

When TV stars such as Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee and Laura Ingraham get into trouble, advertisers retreat rather than risk having their brand names become collateral damage in the highly charged partisan atmosphere enveloping the media landscape.

By the time...Read more

We need more diversity in film criticism, but 'Who is this movie for?' is the wrong question to ask

Are film critics suddenly relevant?

A hilarious online ad for the widely reviled John Travolta vehicle "Gotti" would suggest that we are, even as it insists that we aren't. It accuses critics of having "put out the hit" on a movie that was not even screened for journalists in advance of opening, and claims that audiences love the picture, which...Read more

Kobe Bryant is denied membership into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

LOS ANGELES--Early next week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expected to reveal the latest class of invitees to the film industry's most prestigious organization. But at least one name that might have been expected to be on it will be missing: basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar ...Read more

'One Day at a Time,' 'Vida' staffs team up to help fight family separation

The Trump administration's polarizing "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation and detainment of hundreds of children who have crossed into the U.S. illegally with their parents in recent weeks, has prompted two TV series to take action.

The writing staffs of Netflix's "One Day at a Time" and Starz's "Vida," ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 11:

1. I Can Only Imagine -- Lionsgate

2. Sherlock Gnomes -- Paramount

3. Death Wish (2018) -- Fox

4. Strangers: Prey At Night -- Universal

5. Game Night -- Warner

6. A Wrinkle In Time (2018) -- Disney

7. Black Panther -- Disney

8. Red Sparrow -- Fox

9. The Hurricane Heist -- ...Read more

Movie review: 'Damsel' deconstructs Westerns with mixed results

The Austin, Texas-based Zellner brothers make strangely humorous films that defy categorization as much as they reference cinematic history. Their feature debut from David and Nathan Zellner, "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," took the Coen Brothers' film "Fargo" as literal inspiration for the lead character. Their follow-up film, "Damsel," plays ...Read more

Fox rift widens as 'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan and others blast news coverage of immigration

Civil war has broken out at 21st Century Fox.

The Murdoch family-controlled media conglomerate that has long thrived as a big tent that includes subversive entertainment shows such as "Family Guy" and conservative viewpoints of news commentators such as Sean Hannity is being pulled apart by partisan politics in the age of President Trump.

"...Read more

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' review: Raptors delight while humans make a mess of things

Of all the terrors on view in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the sight of Toby Jones' toupee bobbing up and down, when his character (a sniveling dinosaur auctioneer) dashes into an elevator to alleged safety, with the camera and something called the "Indoraptor" scrambling behind him -- reader, it is a strange and wondrous vision of foolish ...Read more

XXXTentacion lived in public. He died that way too

Along with the news of XXXTentacion's death that tore across social media Monday came the grim visual proof: shaky camera-phone footage of the 20-year-old rapper slumped lifelessly behind the wheel of a black BMW on a sun-drenched street in Broward County, Fla.

The images, and our easy access to them, were an outrage -- one more sign, in the ...Read more

Slain rapper XXXTentacion's violent life stood in stark contrast to sensitive music that reached out to those on the edge

As XXXTentacion lay slumped over in his car -- mortally wounded by an unidentified gunman after an apparent robbery Monday in South Florida -- witnesses had their cellphones aimed at his lifeless body, one person getting inches away and zooming in.

The footage was disseminated in real-time on Twitter and Snapchat, with tributes to the 20-year-...Read more

Disney picks two animation filmmakers to replace John Lasseter

Walt Disney Co. has named two acclaimed animation filmmakers to lead its key Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios after the departure of top creative executive John Lasseter.

Jennifer Lee, who co-directed the blockbuster "Frozen" for Disney Animation, and Pete Docter, the writer-director behind Pixar's "Inside Out" and "Up," will become ...Read more

Chicago authors pen romance novel that allows you to choose your own happy ending

Remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? At pivotal points in the plot, readers were asked to decide a question that would ultimately determine the main character's actions and the story's outcome. In "My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel," authors Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran have followed the same premise, allowing readers ...Read more

Angry over Fox News coverage, 'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan says he's leaving Fox's TV studio

"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan announced Tuesday that he will leave Fox's TV production studio, citing his personal disgust with Fox News as the reason.

Fox News and Fox's TV studio are both owned by 21st Century Fox. Levitan said on Twitter that he will leave even if the studio changes ownership, as the parent company is considering ...Read more

Disney's 'Moana' screened for migrant kids detained at border. Thanks for rubbing it in, America.

Although "Incredibles 2" is the box office triumph of the moment, earning $180 million in its opening weekend and setting an all-time record for animated features, it's not the Disney movie occupying my headspace right now.

"Moana" is. You may know it. It came out 15 days after the 2016 presidential election. In "Moana," a brown-skinned ...Read more

XXXTentacion talked about dying young in Instagram video posted before fatal shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- XXXTentacion had talked about the possibility of dying young and what he would be remembered for in a video that was posted on Instagram prior to his shooting death Monday.

It's not clear when the video was filmed or first posted, but it recirculated after the Broward County rapper was killed during an apparent robbery ...Read more

Movie review: In 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' the story's bite is shallow

The best thing "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has going for it is director J.A. Bayona, who takes a mediocre script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow and directs the living daylights out of it. This installment may have merely shallow ideas, but it's easy to be distracted in the moment by the verve and style "The Orphanage" auteur brings ...Read more

Movie review: Road trip movie 'Boundaries' fails to gain traction

The estranged family road movie has become a genre unto itself, especially in the indie world. Perhaps we can blame it on the runaway success of "Little Miss Sunshine," but more likely, it's the easy conventions that make for a quick budget-friendly family movie. The ripe-for-drama contained space, opportunities to incorporate many different ...Read more