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TikTok music app owner agrees to $1.1 million class-action settlement for alleged underage privacy violations

CHICAGO -- Parents of underage children who downloaded the wildly popular TikTok or Musical.ly video apps could be eligible for a share of a $1.1 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging the Chinese-owned companies violated online privacy laws.

ByteDance, which owns both apps, now merged under the TikTok brand, reached the ...Read more

Singer R. Kelly's alleged abuse leads to a second Lifetime docuseries

Lifetime is taking another bite of the R. Kelly apple, a year after its six-part docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" sparked a public outcry that ultimately led to the R&B singer's arrest and indictment in connection with alleged sex-abuse crimes in four jurisdictions.

"Surviving R. Kelly, Part II: The Reckoning" unfolds next month in six hours ...Read more

'All in the Family': Kevin Bacon joins ABC special

Get ready for new ways to figure Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

ABC's next staging of an "All in the Family" episode will feature the prolific Bacon in a guest role. The other guest stars include Jesse Eisenberg and Justina Machado.

ABC will mount "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec....Read more

Weinstein reaches $45-million settlement with accusers and creditors

After months of wrangling, infighting and uncertainty, a controversial $45 million settlement was reached between Harvey Weinstein, his former film studio's board and several women who have accused the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct, according to attorneys involved in the negotiations.

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware still...Read more

Of course Lizzo is Time's Entertainer of the Year. You expected someone else?

Lizzo, who's toting eight shiny Grammy nominations with her as she heads into 2020, is Time's 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

The "Truth Hurts" singer's honor came in one of four subcategories under 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg's selection as the youngest-ever Person of the Year. This year's choices are different from Time's traditional ...Read more

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' returns Jan. 19

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" starts its 10th season Jan. 19 on HBO.

The season premiere will be longer than usual. The episode runs 10:30-11:07 p.m., HBO said.

Larry David returns as an exaggerated version of himself in the highly acclaimed sitcom.

UCF grad Cheryl Hines, who was an Emmy nominee for the show, will be back. So will Susie Essman, Jeff...Read more

Prince and 'Purple Rain' are now part of the National Film Registry

Thanks to Prince and Mozart, the Library of Congress' National Film Registry officially rocks.

The library has added 25 movies to its catalog, including Prince's "Purple Rain" and the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart biopic "Amadeus." This year's additions, released Wednesday, also feature Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" and Disney's "Sleeping Beauty....Read more

Netflix's Hollywood raids face new obstacles after court ruling

LOS ANGELES -- For Fox studio executives Tara Flynn and Marcos Waltenberg, jumping to Hollywood newcomer Netflix in 2016 was a rare opportunity to double their salaries. As an inducement, Netflix offered to shield them from any legal backlash for walking out on their employment contracts.

The streaming giant approached 14 other Fox employees ...Read more

Jordan Peele's 'Us' is the best picture of 2019, says African American Film Critics Assn.

Jordan Peele's "Us" cleaned up at the African American Film Critics Assn. Awards, earning top honors in three of the most coveted categories.

The horror thriller about a family of four who come face to face with the worst versions of themselves took home three of the organization's top honors including best film, director and actress for Lupita...Read more

The biggest snubs and surprises from the SAG Award nominations

With the actors branch representing by far the biggest slice of the motion picture academy's pie, the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced Wednesday morning will be closely scrutinized by Oscar prognosticators for clues of which way this year's awards season winds are blowing. On that score, the nominations deliver a number of ...Read more

In wake of Juice Wrld's death, the tragic tale of SoundCloud rap star Lil Peep looms ever larger

In October of 2017, the rapper Lil Peep returned home from tour much as any 21-year-old would come home from college on a break.

"He was complaining that his bottom lip was cracked and split because of way he held the mike," Peep's mother, Liza Womack, said. Womack is a first-grade teacher who lives in suburban Long Island, N.Y. She was ...Read more

Here are all the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award nominees

The 2020 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were unveiled Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

"Superstore" star America Ferrera and "The Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira teamed up to announce the nominees in five film and eight TV categories, while SAG-AFTRA's Elizabeth McLaughlin and Jobeth Williams handled the ...Read more

For your commute consideration: The Trump impeachment report on audiobook

The House's ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has spurred investigations, reports, hearings, late-night TV bits, articles and now ... audiobooks?

The House Intelligence Committee's report on its investigation into Trump and his infamous call with Ukraine is officially available in audiobook format, Penguin Random House ...Read more

Movie review: 'Richard Jewell' takes Eastwood's libertarian ethos to questionable ends

Sometime soon, there will be a class, book or dissertation parsing the era of late period Clint Eastwood, his cinematic fixation in the latter half of the 2010s on ripped-from-the-headlines white male American exceptionalism. The notoriously speedy auteur, now 89, has churned out these films every two years starting in 2014, with the smash hit "...Read more

Movie review: 'Bombshell' a messy but fascinating depiction of complexities of sexual harassment, fallout in the post-#MeToo era

In one of her first declarations in "Bombshell," former Fox News star Megyn Kelly (portrayed uncannily by Charlize Theron) lays out exactly who she is. "I'm not a feminist," she claims, "I'm a lawyer." That's the tricky line walked in the film written by Charles Randolph and directed by Jay Roach, which depicts the sexual harassment case brought...Read more

Game news: Resident Evil 3 remake confirmed

At this point, the possibility of a Resident Evil 3 remake has been maybe one of the worst kept secrets in video games. Leak upon leak told us this was coming, but we finally got to see it for ourselves. During PlayStation's last 2019 State of Play, they finally revealed the heavily anticipated Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake. Moreover, they ...Read more

Best of Broadway in 2019: A year of dystopia, warnings and counterattacks

No year in Broadway history has so upended the idea of what actually constitutes a Broadway show as did 2019. On the main stem, we were served up personal stories, chili, absurdist flatulence, rancid beetlejuice and romantic musicals fully shorn of their belief in the power of love.

Who ever thought they would see an "Oklahoma!" that ended with...Read more

How the viral protest 'A Rapist in Your Path' became a defiant anthem for 2019

It begins with a group of women, usually blindfolded, and an electronic beat. There is a side-to-side shuffle, chanting and squats. And there is the unforgettable chorus, done to a finger-snapping dance: "Y la culpa no era mia / ni donde estaba / ni como vestia" -- And the fault was not mine / nor where I was / nor how I was dressed.

The action...Read more

Oscar predictions: Can 'The Irishman' take an unusual route to the precious?

I never thought I'd be putting Robert De Niro and Gollum in the same sentence, but that's where we find ourselves at a moment when "The Irishman" could become the first movie since "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" to win the Oscars for best picture and visual effects.

Here's a look at how the Oscar races for all those precious ...Read more

A Chicago indie bookstore opens in a glittering Magnificent Mile mall. So are bookstores back?

CHICAGO -- 'Twas a cold December day when, trudging through the vast expanse of the 900 North Michigan Shops, passing Gucci and hand-woven silk fabrics I could never afford, I noticed the strangest of welcome sights. It was a modest reminder that sometimes things get better. It was the time of year to believe so. Because there, on the fifth ...Read more