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David Lynch: Even now, in a TV golden age, too hip for the room?

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

I will say this about "Twin Peaks: The Return," now that its insanely uneven first four episodes have been dissected and recapped by many, and ignored or kneecapped by everyone else. The Showtime reboot of the 1990-91 ABC series may be the only thing in the popular culture that refuses to converse, even in small talk, ...Read more

Column: 'House of Cards' Season 5 speaks to Trump's America for better and worse

Donald Trump might just be the end of Frank Underwood.

That's the thought I kept having as I watched the 13 episodes of Season 5 of "House of Cards."

There is no way the new season that arrives Tuesday on Netflix can be discussed without reference to Trump, who was elected in November while Season 5 was still in production in Baltimore. That ...Read more

Album review: Bonzie's unbridled ambition works like a charm on 'Zone on Nine'

Singer Nina Ferraro, who records under the name Bonzie, has shown a consistent refusal to be pinned down to a genre or simplified descriptions of the kind of music she makes. In her brief career, she has experimented with different approaches to songwriting, arranging and recording, working with a range of collaborators from dissimilar ...Read more

Q&A: 'Star,' Eric Dane

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I was just wondering if there will be a season 2 for the TV show "Star"? The season finale had a lot of unanswered things going on.

A: Fox has ordered a second season of the drama. It is set for Wednesday nights following "Empire."

Q: I was so saddened to hear about the temporary shutdown of "The ...Read more

Movie review: 'Spirit Game,' about the Iroquois roots of lacrosse, is no ordinary sports doc

"Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation" isn't a standard sports documentary. Its focus is on spiritual matters as well as the physical because it deals with a game its adherents believe is just about as old as time.

That would be lacrosse, a sport the Iroquois, who originated it, call "the creator's game," something they believe was played between ...Read more

Movie review: Well-aimed 'War Machine' hits mark

American movies are traditionally of two minds about our military might, celebrating it in John Wayne epics and mocking it in everything from "MASH" to "Dr. Strangelove." But "War Machine" has decided, with exceptional results, that it wants it both ways.

Starring Brad Pitt and written and directed by the gifted David Michod, "War Machine" is ...Read more

Sean Hannity goes on vacation as advertisers drop out of his Fox News show

NEW YORK -- Fox News may be seeing a repeat of advertiser backlash that eventually drove out its former top anchor, Bill O'Reilly.

At least seven advertisers -- Cars.com, Leesa Sleep, Casper, USAA, Peloton, the Crowne Plaza hotel chain and doorbell company Ring -- have reportedly asked to be pulled from Sean Hannity's prime-time program.

The ...Read more

Here's how major Hollywood studios stack up on LGBTQ representation

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood keeps getting it wrong when it comes to diverse and accurate portrayals of LGBTQ communities in film. A study released Thursday by LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are "nearly invisible or outdated punchlines in big Hollywood movies."

Of the 125 ...Read more

New on DVD for May 30: 'The Shack,' 'Before I Fall'

Two of the DVDs being released May 30 take very different looks at death.

"The Shack"; 2.5 stars: The film starts with a parent's greatest nightmare. A loving father (Sam Worthington) takes his three children on a camping trip that ends with his youngest daughter being kidnapped. The loss of the child tears the family apart and makes the father...Read more

Summer TV preview

The regular broadcast-television season might be winding down, but that doesn't mean your TV screen is going dark.

The summer will again bring waves of fresh programming, from new dramas (Will you sink you nails into "Claws"?) to well-established favorites like "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black."

And a few shows ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALIEN: COVENANT. 2 stars. Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup head up the latest Alien spacecraft to run into an invasive creature that wreaks havoc on their journey. Same-old, same-old. Too much back story. Enough already. 2 hrs. 2 R (violence, gore) -- Gary Thompson

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. 3 stars. Live-action version of the 1991 animated ...Read more

Cate Blanchett shape-shifts in 13 tales

The subject of "Manifesto," a new film by German artist Julian Rosefeldt, is as much Cate Blanchett, its star, as it is the radical manifestos by more than 50 Futurists, Dadaists, Suprematists, Conceptual artists and others that anchor the movie's 13 vignettes.

Blanchett assumes the guise of a different character to perform each one. Her ...Read more

'The Carmichael Show' returns, tackles more hot topics

LOS ANGELES -- Cast members of the NBC summer replacement series "The Carmichael Show" are seated on one side of a long table that has been placed in front of a temporary set that looks like a fast food restaurant. Normally, the conversations that take place between the various generations of the family unfold in the living room. The location is...Read more

Worst TV shows made into movies

There was a time when Hollywood executives were convinced that television would end the movie industry. They were certain no one would want to pay for entertainment when there was free TV to watch.

Both the film and television worlds not only survived but also thrived. To keep up with the growing demand for new products to film, the movie ...Read more

Breathing life into strange new worlds: Disney's Joe Rohde puts theme parks' boldest ventures into play

When visitors set foot into Pandora -- the World of Avatar at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., they will find glowing plants and floating mountains.

Opening Saturday, the lush, forest-like setting of Pandora obviously takes its cues from James Cameron's 1999 blockbuster; more unexpected is the subtle nod to the Italian Baroque art of Gian ...Read more

Movie review: 'Baywatch' is too shallow

"Baywatch" is no day on the beach.

Despite lengthy sequences of attractive women and men jogging toward the camera and jiggling in slow motion, and a cool star in Dwayne Johnson, the film is nothing more than a serviceable also-ran in this year's crop of silly spring movies. While the eye is rewarded (and the ear, with a hit-packed soundtrack),...Read more

Movie review: 'Pirates' franchise should abandon ship

Yes, this movie -- No. 5 in an increasingly leadfooted series -- actually exists. And, in its early moments, there was actually hope that "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" might be kind of fun, when some randomly uniformed nautical character gazed at an oncoming pirate ship and yelled, in plummy tones, "OPEN BAR!" But hope faded...Read more

Blueprints for the original 'Star Wars' space station were created at University of Illinois at Chicago

CHICAGO -- Remember that scene in "Star Wars" where the University of Illinois at Chicago makes its case that the Empire can be stopped and the Rebels are the only ones to stop them?

You don't?

Well, it's there: In fact, as cameos go, UIC's role in the first "Star Wars" film would prove pivotal to the mythos of "Star Wars," more powerful than ...Read more

Pioneering media mogul and LA philanthropist Jerry Perenchio dies at age 86

LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Jerrold Perenchio, the man behind the curtain who deftly pulled the levers of power to create cultural defining media events, propel political candidates, collect masterpiece artworks and become one of the richest men in Los Angeles, has died. He was 86.

The enigmatic Bel Air billionaire, known to his friends as "Jerry," ...Read more

Fox News moves to dismiss lawsuit by former on-air host Andrea Tantaros

LOS ANGELES -- Fox News is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by former on-air personality Andrea Tantaros that claims the company hacked her computer and conducted surveillance of her phone calls and emails.

In a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Fox News said Tantaros' allegations that fake Twitter accounts were set up to harass ...Read more

 

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