Singer Frank Ocean's teen brother, Ryan Breaux, reportedly killed in LA-area car crash

LOS ANGELES -- A fiery crash early Sunday in Thousand Oaks left two people dead, and social media accounts indicate that one of the victims was the younger brother of singer Frank Ocean.

Neither family members nor authorities has confirmed his identity, but friends on social media identified 18-year-old Ryan Breaux as one of two young men who ...Read more

Nicolle Wallace gets two hours as MSNBC shakes up daytime lineup

MSNBC is shaking up its afternoon lineup, expanding Nicolle Wallace's program "Deadline White House" to two hours and moving Chuck Todd's "MTP Daily" to midday.

The changes are being made as the NBCUniversal-owned cable news channel's daytime programming has trailed Fox News and CNN in the 25-to-54 age group important to advertisers of cable ...Read more

Why Keke Palmer 'expected' her 'Good Morning America' show to get canceled

Many "Strahan, Sara and Keke" fans were shocked and disappointed when ABC canceled the popular "Good Morning America" talk show earlier this year. But cohost Keke Palmer saw it coming.

"Here's the thing," Palmer told Andy Cohen on Sunday on "Watch What Happens Live." "When the pandemic hit, that's what became all on our minds, was the pandemic,...Read more

'American Pickle' review: Seth Rogen, twice, brings out the sweetness in an immigration fable

Aside from being the briniest film since the Lower East Side romance "Crossing Delancey" 32 years ago, "An American Pickle" (premiering Thursday on HBO Max) reminds us that Seth Rogen has always had the acting chops for more than one kind of comedy.

This one's more than one kind of comedy, too. It's a sweet yet nicely vinegary immigration fable...Read more

Review: Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' reimagines 'The Lion King' as abstract tribute to Black power, beauty and wisdom

Black empowerment is the star of Beyonce's new visual album, "Black Is King," a 90-minute reclamation of heritage and power that touched down early Friday morning on the streaming service Disney+.

Directed, written and executive produced by the singer, the film is a visual companion to the 2019 album "The Lion King: The Gift," a recording Queen...Read more

Lena Dunham details her intense COVID-19 experience: 'Like a rave gone wrong'

"Girls" mastermind Lena Dunham has shared her "Covid Story" in a lengthy Instagram post detailing her experience battling the virus as someone who suffers from chronic illness.

On Friday, the writer, actress and producer revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 in March after being "reluctant" to add her voice "to a noisy landscape on such a ...Read more

10 must-see Alan Parker movies to celebrate his life

Alan Parker, the cutting-edge British director who was known to film and music fans alike, died at age 76 on July 31. Capping his directorial career with 2003's "The Life of David Gale," Parker leaves behind a canon that defined the look and feel of the four decades in which he was active.

Whether you were a lifelong fan or are just learning ...Read more

August TV calendar: Dates for new and returning shows

And the shows just keep on coming. Yes, the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to much of the production in Hollywood. But that doesn't mean we don't have plenty of fresh TV fare coming our way.

Among the highlights: "Lucifer" kicks off its fifth season on Netflix, "Endeavour" returns on PBS, a new "Star Trek" series comes to CBS All Access, "...Read more

Amid allegations, Bryan Callen won't 'lay low,' but he will take a break from podcast

Bryan Callen is vowing not to "lay low" as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct -- though he acknowledges that he will take a leave of absence from his podcast.

In an impassioned video posted to his Instagram account Sunday, Callen categorically denied all the allegations. He said that despite advice to the contrary, he would not "post a ...Read more

Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' soars to No. 1 with biggest sales week of 2020

"Folklore" is a storybook smash.

Taylor Swift's fantasy-streaked eighth studio album -- recorded in secrecy in quarantine and released on July 24 with only a few hours' notice -- moved the sales-and-streams equivalent of 846,000 copies in the United States in its first week of availability, according to Nielsen Music. That's the biggest opening...Read more

Creator, stars talk 'Defending Jacob'

PASADENA, Calif. -- Captain America is giving up his bulletproof helmet and star-studded shield for jurisprudence and fatherhood. Chris Evans, best known as the superhero in the "Captain America" movie series, takes a dramatic turn. He stars as a stalwart district attorney and father of a boy accused of murder in the suspenseful "Defending Jacob...Read more

Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"DAYS OF OUR LIVES": Ali is furious when Nicole tells her that Sami persuaded Rafe not to adopt her baby. Confronting Sami, Ali goes into labor. A blissful Kayla and Steve return to Salem. Justin sees them in the square and offers his best wishes. Steve thanks Justin for calling off his wedding to Kayla. Steve agrees to move into the condo Kayla...Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing networks to reinvent TV election coverage

In the 72 years that television has covered national elections, there has been one constant on the screen -- wall-to-wall people.

Jammed nominating convention halls and flesh-pressing rallies are the signature images of every presidential campaign. Election night -- the Super Bowl for TV news organizations -- is a marathon vote-counting jam ...Read more

As her film fest goes virtual, Geena Davis fights on for Hollywood diversity and inclusion

When Geena Davis isn't acting, her side projects in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion keep the Oscar winner busy. Through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the nonprofit research and advocacy group she formed in 2004, she brings stats about representation to studio boardrooms year after year. Complementing that work is the ...Read more

As representation debate rages, Latinx creators tell Hollywood: 'Just open the door'

The outrage was instant and loud. And warranted.

No Latinx creatives appeared in any of the major categories when nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced last week. How is that even possible, people raged, especially given "One Day at a Time's" tongue-in-cheek laughs, "Vida's" queer joy and "Los Espookys'" oddball humor?

The ...Read more

Commentary: There's an art to impersonating Trump. Just ask J-L Cauvin and Sarah Cooper

As caricature is to painting, impersonation is to acting. The lowlier art of mimicry isn't easy to master, but it's a specialty skill, limited in range and considered something of a freakish endowment, rarer even than being double-jointed.

The most famous impressionist of my youth was Rich Little, a staple of "The Tonight Show" in the Johnny ...Read more

Streaming's oddest couplings: 'Simpsons' on Disney+ — say what?

You know that old saying in baseball -- "You can't tell the players without a scorecard"? The ever-growing world of TV streaming is sort of like that.

Where, exactly, can you find your favorite shows and movies?

Sometimes it's obvious: If you want a classic animated film like "Beauty and the Beast" or "The Lion King," you'd go to Disney+, of ...Read more

Album reviews: The Chicks, Rufus Wainwright, The Psychedelic Furs

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As "Gaslighter" neared completion, the first album in 14 years by Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer looked like it was going to be a collection of protest music. The album's name echoes a term for psychological manipulation that has often been leveled at President Donald Trump.

Coming from...Read more

Actor Bryan Callen accused of sexual assault, misconduct

As soon as she saw his name, Katherine Fiore Tigerman broke out in a cold sweat. Her shirt damp, she scrolled through the text messages from her best friend alerting her that comedian Chris D'Elia was being accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women on Twitter. She'd never watched the comic's stand-up. She just knew that he was the best ...Read more

Tamar Braxton blames reality-TV culture as she confirms her suicide attempt

Tamar Braxton confirmed Thursday that she attempted suicide earlier this month and blamed the culture of reality TV for damaging her mental health and pushing her to the point where she tried to take her own life.

"I believed that, that as a black woman, as an artist, an influence, a personality I could shape my world, and with whom I believed ...Read more