"The Center Won't Hold"
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There's been no shortage of drama surrounding "The Center Won't Hold," the ninth album by the formidable punk trio Sleater-Kinney.
There was excitement this spring when word got out that the band of guitarist-singers Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss were being ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Despite five new wide releases opening this weekend, only one managed to make an impression at the box office.
Universal's R-rated comedy "Good Boys" opened in first place with $21 million, surpassing analyst projections of $12 million to $15 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
The film's result makes...Read more
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- British actress Lesley Manville was 59 years old when here career changed overnight. She was already well known in England for scores of films with innovative director Mike Leigh, her precipitous stage performances and her juicy parts on the telly.
But a mid-morning phone call from an American director led to an Oscar ...Read more
In the 1997 drama "Ulee's Gold," Peter Fonda plays a lonely beekeeper with a persistent limp, a gruff demeanor and a lifetime's worth of regrets. Nearly everyone in his small Florida town knows the troubles he's seen, though for the viewer meeting him for the first time, Ulee Jackson will initially read as something of a mystery. He's a sturdy, ...Read more
CHICAGO -- In the midst of Sleater-Kinney's latest album, Corin Tucker sings ominously about a world in which humans feel increasingly disconnected from, well, everything. But the song's refrain might also apply to her band's new music: "The future's here and we can't go back."
Though Sleater-Kinney is one of the defining rock bands of the last...Read more
GRAYS RIVER, Wahkiakum County -- "This is what I look like when I fly," says Krist Novoselic, leaning back in his chair.
The Nirvana bassist and licensed pilot had already logged roughly 700 miles in his twin-engine plane by the time he sits down in the old creamery he converted into a studio near his Wahkiakum County farm. Not exactly aviators...Read more
BALTIMORE -- In the trailer for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic "Harriet," the abolitionist, played by actress Cynthia Erivo, is seen carrying and firing a firearm in multiple scenes.
Here, she's shooting a handgun as she flees on the back of a horse. There, she's pointing it at a threat as she shelters a girl in her arms. Over there, she's ...Read more
Peter Fonda, the counterculture icon who came from a show business family that included his father, Henry Fonda, and sister, Jane Fonda, has died.
"In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts," his family said in a statement. "And, while we mourn the loss of this ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- As a teen member of the band U-KISS, Kevin Woo felt the hot glare of the K-pop limelight. His time in the band showed the California-born singer what life in the particular pressure cooker of South Korean fame meant, and how the expectations can be debilitating.
"In training, (the record labels) take a lot of privacy from you," ...Read more
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has weighed in on the discussion about Quentin Tarantino's portrayal of Bruce Lee in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," charging that the director had an obligation to present the martial artist in a more factual manner and accusing him of failing as an artist and a person.
"(F)ilmmakers have a responsibility when playing ...Read more
During a CNN interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Anderson Cooper opened up about the recent loss of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and the letter Colbert sent him after her death.
"You wrote me a letter after my mom died, and in it you said, 'I hope you find peace in your grief,'" Cooper said. "One of the things I've been thinking a lot...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- In 'Rad's' 1980s-styled view of the post-post apocalypse, climate change and class divisions wreak havoc, but you can have vampire-like powers.
"Rad" from the outset feels a bit like a cheesy sequel to a 1980s movie that never happened. This time, the setting isn't post-apocalyptic. It's post-post-apocalyptic -- bigger, better ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Some people get anxious when they fly. I get tense when I go to a play. Particularly if the space is small and intimate and there is no intermission.
I fret about tech disasters and dropped lines, bad casting and flawed sets as if I were the playwright's mother or some make-or-break investor. Mostly, I worry that it will be ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When General Motors shuttered its factory outside of Dayton, Ohio, in 2008, filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar -- who documented the plant's closing in their Oscar-nominated short "The Last Truck" -- thought that was the end of yet another sad story of America's industrial decline.
But in 2014, the billionaire owner of ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Uzo Aduba enters the theater minutes before a matinee of "Be More Chill." An usher directs her to her seat, she sits down and silences the ringer on her phone. But before she puts it away in her purse, she discreetly holds up her Playbill with one hand and snaps pictures.
The still-life Playbill photo shoot has become a routine ...Read more
ROSARITO, Mexico -- The organizers of this weekend's Baja Beach Fest here had a clear goal in mind for their second annual event: booking Bad Bunny and Ozuna -- two Puerto Rican superstars at the red-hot center of the booming Latin-pop scene -- on the same bill.
"They both think they're the biggest guy in the space," said Chris Den Uijl, 32, ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Hootie is back! And don't forget: The singer's name isn't Hootie.
It's Darius Rucker, and he's been a big country star for the past decade. He never went away.
But his band, '90s hitmakers Hootie and the Blowfish, has returned in full force, with a new album due in November -- its first in 14 years -- and its most ambitious tour...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- On Sept. 18, 1961, a Douglas DC-6 crashed near the city of Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), killing all 16 people on board. Among them was the United Nations secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjold, a fierce proponent of African autonomy and decolonization who had been on his way to settle a conflict in the Congolese province of...Read more
Sometimes idiosyncratic directors do surprisingly accessible and moving work when paired with more structured material and a strong and willing star, and so it is with Richard Linklater and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette."
Best known for meandering personal explorations like "Boyhood" and "Before Sunset," Linklater from time to time takes on more ...Read more
In a public address at the White House the day after mass shootings in El Paso left 22 dead and more than two dozen wounded, President Trump described the shooter as a "wicked man." He stated that "mental illness pulls the trigger, not the gun." He denounced "gruesome and grisly video games." He even said we "must condemn racism, bigotry and ...Read more
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