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Jam-packed venues for Fireboy, Burna Boy show rising star power for Afrobeats

A few years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to hear Afrobeats acts like Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid or Burna Boy on mainstream radio stations in the U.S. Now, those artists are scoring songs on soundtracks for blockbuster films and nabbing Grammy Awards.

But perhaps nothing is more telling of the growing prominence for Afrobeats artists than how ...Read more

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Queen Elizabeth's friend says 'The Crown' is a 'complete fantasy'

Royal rubbish?

A lifelong friend of Queen Elizabeth II slammed “The Crown” as an “unfair” and inaccurate portrayal of the British monarchy.

“(It’s) so unfair on members of the Royal Family,” Lady Anne Glenconner, a maid of honor at the late monarch’s coronation, told BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour.

She called the show a “...Read more

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'Squid Game' star Oh Yeong-su charged with sexual misconduct

“Squid Game” star Oh Yeong-su has been charged in South Korea in connection with an alleged 2017 incident of sexual misconduct.

The 78-year-old Emmy nominee was charged Thursday, Variety reported. He was accused of touching a woman inappropriately, according to Yonhap news, a South Korean news agency.

“I just held her hand to guide the ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

The same week "Days of Our Lives" fans were mourning the death of John Aniston (Victor on "Days"), they had to shed tears for another iconic "Days" actor. Robert Clary, 96, died a day later. Clary played Robert on "Days" and and Pierre on "The Bold and the Beautiful." The diminutive actor, 5 feet 1 inch tall, literally sang for his supper when ...Read more

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Netflix to tell story of grandma who invited a stranger to Thanksgiving

“The Thanksgiving Text,” to be released next year on Netflix, will tell the story of the accidental Thanksgiving text that had the whole internet believing in holiday magic.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, back in 2016, Wanda Dench was getting her Thanksgiving guest list together via text message. She accidentally sent an invite...Read more

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Karla Peterson: From sly sitcoms to music-nerd podcasts, a big pop-culture thanks for a cornucopia of entertainment treats

In this season of eating, drinking and socializing, it is easy to give abundance a bad name. But when it comes to our entertainment, I am on Team Always Room for More.

In that spirit, allow me to share four juicy slices of pop culture that I have consumed with great relish over the last few months. Because when you're sharing the wealth, there ...Read more

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Jennifer Lopez announces another Ben Affleck-inspired album on 20th anniversary of 'This Is Me... Then'

Bennifer 2.0 doesn’t just come with wedding bells.

Jennifer Lopez announced a new album inspired by husband Ben Affleck on Friday — exactly 20 years after releasing her first album dedicated to the actor.

The Bronx, New York, native, 53, will release “This is Me… Now” next year, she announced in an Instagram video that shows the ...Read more

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Kelsey Grammer on 'Frasier' revival and why David Hyde Pierce won't be on it

“Frasier” is definitely coming back — but without one of its major players.

The Kelsey Grammer-fronted hit series is set for a revival, but co-star David Hyde Pierce won’t be involved.

The five-time Emmy-winning actor and producer Grammer, who starred as the Seattle-based psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the hit “Cheers” spinoff ...Read more

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'Love Actually' cast reunites after 20 years for ABC special

It’s been 20 years since the cast of the holiday classic “Love Actually” have all been in the same room.

Released in 2003, “Love Actually” is a Christmas movie about the complexities of love told through nine intertwined stories. It grossed $246 million in the box office and has become a must-watch holiday tradition for many.

ABC’s...Read more

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Taylor Swift's 'Cornelia Street' NYC townhouse up for rent for $45,000 per month

NEW YORK — The 19th-century Manhattan townhouse that served as the inspiration for Taylor Swift’s 2019 song, “Cornelia Street,” is on the rental market.

The historic West Village property, located at 23 Cornelia St., is available for $45,000 a month, according to Architectural Digest.

Built in 1870, the four-bedroom, seven-bathroom ...Read more

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Bold predictions for 6 top Oscar categories, including best picture

LOS ANGELES — We're still a couple of months away from Oscar nominations, but, outside of "Avatar: The Way of Water" and its glorious space whales, all the contenders have landed. Now it's just a matter of convincing voters to give them a look.

With academy members and critics still in the discovery stage, let's set aside formal predictions ...Read more

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Review: An 'Addams Family' spinoff that centers on goth girl Wednesday Addams (snap, snap)

The Addams Family began in 1938 as a series of wry cartoon panels from Charles Addams for The New Yorker magazine. Then came the black-and-white 1960s sitcom with its iconic theme song (snap, snap). Then came the movie adaptations, because Hollywood loves nothing more than repurposing intellectual property over and over again. Well, the Addams ...Read more

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'Glass Onion' review: Daniel Craig is sleuthin' it up in an enjoyably twisty 'Knives Out' sequel from Rian Johnson

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” premieres next month on Netflix. Meantime, it’s playing for just a few days in a few hundred theaters nationwide, despite the theatrical success of the 2019 film preceding this one. There you have it: In late 2022, the mysteries of motion picture distribution rival any of the plotting afoot in writer-...Read more

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TV shows to watch this week: Americans search abroad for true love in new dating series

'Love Without Borders'

Love means never having to say you don't have a passport. In this new reality series, five singles agree to move overseas at a chance for true romance. Midwesterners will be rooting for Fargo, North Dakota, optometrist Aaron Motacek, who hopes to find a man whose interests stretch beyond ice fishing and vacationing at ...Read more

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Steven Spielberg 'never got used to' spotlighting his family troubles in autobiographical movie 'The Fabelmans'

Steven Spielberg is a master at cinema, but seeing his own life on the big screen is a different type of storytelling.

The 75-year-old director is opening up about the uncomfortable process of spotlighting his adolescence in “The Fabelmans” — the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama about an aspiring young filmmaker that opens wide ...Read more

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Review: A critic takes a second look at Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Bardo' -- and is thankful he did

It's no surprise — perhaps it was even inevitable — that one of the more widely criticized scenes in "Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths," Alejandro G. Iñárritu's magnificent and maddening new movie, would feature an artist confronting his most outspoken critic.

The artist — and the movie's protagonist — is Silverio Gama (...Read more

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Movie review: 'The Inspection' passes muster as stellar drama

Written and directed by Elegance Bratton and based on his own life story, “The Inspection” comes out of the blue to knock you off your feet. It’s a gay “An Officer and a Gentleman” for a new generation and a new world.

Ellis French (a remarkable Jeremy Pope) is a young, homeless gay man with, we assume, a drug history. When he knocks ...Read more

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My worst moment: Joe Mantegna, the 'Glengarry Glen Ross' premiere and the monologue that wouldn't come

CHICAGO — “Criminal Minds” may have wrapped its 15 season run on CBS in 2020, but the procedural is back — with new episodes, a new home on Paramount+ and a new name: “Criminal Minds: Evolution.” Star Joe Mantegna, who plays FBI Special Agent David Rossi, described the process of reacclimating with the role as akin to “seeing an ...Read more

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Gift ideas for the holidays that are music critic-approved

The gift of giving is welcome year-round, but perhaps never more than as the holidays approach. Our array of top picks should help brighten the season.

“The Philosophy of Modern Song” by Bob Dylan: Twelve years in the making, this 360-page book is Bob Dylan’s richly textured valentine to more than 60 of the songwriters and singers he most...Read more

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Murder, fraud and sex tapes: Why Hulu and other streamers are cashing in on true crime

It was one of the most bizarre crimes of 1980s Los Angeles. An ambitious Indian immigrant and founder of "Chippendales," a club that featured shirtless male dancers, plotted the murder of his business partner and several others.

The sordid tale was covered in the 2014 book "Deadly Dance: The Chippendales Murders," and helped inspire a Hulu ...Read more