'Glee' actress Naya Rivera is missing after renting a boat with 4-year-old son in Lake Piru

LOS ANGELES -- Officials are searching for actress Naya Rivera after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat she rented Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Rivera rented the boat at about 1 p.m. and had an afternoon of swimming with her son, who was the last to see her before she went missing, said Ventura County Sheriff's Department Cpt....Read more

'Batwoman' casts Javicia Leslie to take over the superhero mantle

LOS ANGELES -- A new Batwoman is headed to Gotham.

Warner Bros. Television, the CW and Berlanti Productions announced Wednesday that Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new series lead of "Batwoman."

Leslie will portray Ryan Wilder, described as "likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed," who in Season 2 of the superhero show will take over ...Read more

Lady A name dispute goes off the rails as country band sues blues singer

Lady A is going to court.

After negotiations broke down over use of the name, the country-music trio Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, is suing veteran blues singer Anita White, who has been using Lady A as a stage moniker for decades.

The band, known for hits including "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss," filed a trademark lawsuit in Nashville's...Read more

Nick Cordero's fans petition to rename a Broadway theater in his honor

A new petition to name a Broadway theater in honor of late performer Nick Cordero has amassed nearly 30,000 signatures.

The campaign, launched Tuesday by Robert Neary, proposes renaming New York City's Longacre Theatre after Cordero, who died Sunday at 41 after a long and highly publicized battle with COVID-19. Cordero delivered his last ...Read more

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston airing as HBO, HBO Max special

The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, Jon Landau, and Irving Azoff will get their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction after all, though it'll be in a revised form.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the live ceremony that had been scheduled for May and then postponed until ...Read more

ABC revives 'The Wonder Years' with Black family at the center

ABC is rebooting "The Wonder Years," a beloved coming-of-age sitcom about the U.S. middle class, only this time it will tell the story of a Black family in Alabama.

"Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels is executive producing the project, alongside Fred Savage, the star of the original series, which debuted in 1988. Neal Marlens, who co-created "The ...Read more

Comedian D.L. Hughley on having COVID-19: 'What I had was passing the hell out'

Comedian D.L. Hughley joked and warned about his COVID-19 experience on Tuesday following his collapse during a live stand-up set in Nashville last month.

"I'd been dehydrated. I knew that I was burning the candle at both ends, and I knew I was running a little low. So I wasn't really shocked when I passed out. But I was shocked when I got to ...Read more

Harry Styles can rock, but now he wants to help you fall asleep

Dreams do come true.

Harry Styles fans now can fall asleep to the sound of the singer-songwriter's husky voice, thanks to the Calm app, which has partnered with Styles for a new Sleep Story.

"Sleep and meditation are a huge part of my routine, whether I'm at home, in the studio or out on the road," Styles said in a statement Wednesday.

"Rest ...Read more

Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is joining CNBC for a nightly newscast

Shepard Smith, a longtime anchor on Fox News, is joining NBCUniversal's CNBC, where he will helm a new nightly newscast in a bid to broaden the cable network's audience.

Smith will have his own hour-long program, "The News With Shepard Smith," airing weeknights at 7 p.m. EDT, the business news channel announced Wednesday.

The program, set to ...Read more

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate to adapt slavery series '1619 Project' for TV and film

"1619 Project," the New York Times' award-winning, multimedia series that examines slavery's lingering effects on contemporary life, is about to go widescreen with the help of Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate.

Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times Magazine, and NYT will work with Winfrey and ...Read more

Mary McNamara: Kicking racists off social media doesn't threaten free speech. It protects it

For years, people have claimed that the taming of the internet was nigh. Whether cause for lamentation or celebration, the Wild West of content that stretched, unhampered by natural boundaries of river, mountain or sea, would be increasingly carved up and tied down by capitalism, privacy concerns, and technological reality.

Soon the gold rush ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 29:

1. Force of Nature -- Lionsgate

2. Becky -- Redbox Entertainment

3. The Hunt -- Universal

4. The Invisible Man -- Universal

5. Bad Boys for Life -- Sony

6. Bloodshot -- Sony

7. Sonic the Hedgehog -- Paramount

8. The Call of The Wild -- Fox

9. Jumanji: The Next Level -- ...Read more

Appreciation: Few ever heard Ennio Morricone's avant-garde music. Why it was key to his movies

Ennio Morricone, who died Monday at age 91, was, of course, famed as the outrageously prolific and inventive film composer of such classics as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," one of his more than 500 movie scores. His stylist range covered everything from up-to-the-minute experimental to yesterday's most tired schlock, leading to the equally ...Read more

Mark Ruffalo shape shifts as twins for moving HBO journey of self-discovery

It's like the Book of Job at times, the path of protagonist Dominick in HBO's "I Know This Much Is True." He's put through trials that could break a person as he tries to do right by his paranoid-schizophrenic twin, Thomas (both roles played by Mark Ruffalo). Dominick is not as virtuous as the biblical figure, though. He can't get away from his ...Read more

The best jazz recordings of 2020 to date: From Wynton Marsalis to Adam Palma

With live musical performances still in extremely short supply, recordings help us make it through the night.

Following are some of the best jazz releases of the year so far:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: "The Music of Wayne Shorter" (Blue Engine Records). In one of the most compelling recordings yet from JALC's Blue ...Read more

'Normal People' stars can't wait until they can go out for a beer and dance together

Two days before the United Kingdom went into lockdown, Paul Mescal moved from his native Ireland to England. He'd been wanting to live in London for a while and knew he'd have at least one good friend nearby: Daisy Edgar-Jones, the costar he spent five months bonding with last year while filming "Normal People."

But due to COVID-19, the two ...Read more

What the culture clash between 'Hamilton' and Trump can teach us about America

The nation's stark divisions were dramatically thrown into relief this past holiday weekend. As cities turned themselves into pyrotechnic battlefields, the film premiere of "Hamilton" on Disney+ faced off against President Trump's incendiary speech at Mt. Rushmore -- two visions of America as fatally opposed as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr....Read more

Sen. Tammy Duckworth fires back at Fox News' Tucker Carlson after he questions her patriotism

CHICAGO -- Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Purple Heart recipient who lost both legs in a combat helicopter crash in Iraq, fired back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Twitter after he challenged her and other Democratic leaders' patriotism and charged that they despise the country.

The volleys started when Carlson, in a nearly 14-minute...Read more

Amanda Kloots shares montage of memories with Nick Cordero: 'I was the luckiest'

Amanda Kloots is continuing to celebrate her husband, Nick Cordero, on social media after his death.

On Tuesday, fitness instructor Kloots shared a video montage chronicling her relationship with the Broadway star, who died Sunday morning at 41 after a long and turbulent battle with COVID-19. The video, compiled by Kloots' sister, features a ...Read more

Forget Baby Yoda. 'Hamilton' is Disney+'s best new weapon in the streaming wars

Walt Disney Co. did not throw away its shot with the streaming debut of "Hamilton."

The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway smash drove a surge in downloads of the streaming service Disney+ during the Fourth of July weekend, according to data firm Sensor Tower.

Preliminary estimates show that the Disney+ app was installed for the ...Read more