'Coco' works its box-office magic for 3rd straight week ahead of 'Star Wars'

LOS ANGELES -- In advance of the highly anticipated "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opening Friday, the weekend's box office remained virtually unchanged, with Disney's "Coco" maintaining the top spot for the third weekend in a row.

Despite losing 239 locations, "Coco" raked in an estimated $18.3 million, a relatively small decline of 34 percent, ...Read more

Bryan Singer rape accuser says fear of being outed kept him from going to police in 2003

Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who filed a lawsuit this week claiming that Hollywood director and producer Bryan Singer raped him when he was 17 years old in 2003, said in an interview Friday that fear of being outed as gay kept the then-high school student from reporting the attack to police.

Sanchez-Guzman, now 31, also alleged that Singer boasted of ...Read more

CEO McTaggart: 'Multiple allegations' were made over long time period against Garrison Keillor

Neither Minnesota Public Radio nor its parent company, American Public Media Group, has commented publicly about their decision to cut ties with former "Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor over allegations of improper conduct.

But on Wednesday, according to MPR news, Jon McTaggart, CEO of American Public Media, held an off-the-record ...Read more

Motion picture academy outlines new standards of conduct for the post-Weinstein era

As this year's Oscar season heats up, along with the usual questions about who's up and who's down in the Academy Awards horse race, there are likely to be other, thornier questions lingering in the air at cocktail parties and on red carpets.

Since its founding 90 years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has based membership ...Read more

Director Bryan Singer faces lawsuit over alleged rape of teen in 2003

Bryan Singer, producer and director of the "X-Men" films, was accused in a lawsuit filed Thursday of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in the Seattle area 14 years ago.

The alleged victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, said in the lawsuit that at a party in 2003, Singer led him to a back room where he forced the teenager to engage in oral sex and ...Read more

Movie review: Franco brothers light up 'Disaster Artist'

"The Disaster Artist," based on the true story of an actor-director wannabe, proves to be a surprise entry in the race for year-end awards recognition.

It's a comedic tour de force for James Franco, who plays the mysteriously eccentric but earnest Tommy Wiseau. However, it's also an impressive effort for Franco the director, who until now has ...Read more

Hong Chau speaks out on accent debate

LOS ANGELES -- It was never Hong Chau's intention to work in front of the cameras when she enrolled at Boston University. Her plan was to learn the process of how movies and television shows are made. What tripped her up was in film school, students often call on each other to appear on screen in their productions, and Chau showed so much ...Read more

Greta Gerwig discusses her acclaimed new film 'Lady Bird'

"It was that weird experience that sometimes happens with actors," said "Lady Bird" writer/director Greta Gerwig, pausing to remember, "where you genuinely feel like a third person entered the room."

Gerwig was recalling a moment two years ago, when she first met with actor Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement," "Brooklyn"). Though Gerwig had originally ...Read more

More unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings coming via 'Both Sides of the Sky'

Another "new" Jimi Hendrix album is on its way, this one pulling together more previously unreleased studio recordings by the celebrated guitarist, singer and songwriter.

"Both Sides of the Sky," due March 9, features 10 such recordings, along with three more studio sessions Hendrix made from 1968 to 1970, with a variety of musicians supporting...Read more

Movie review: Margot Robbie's spirited performance almost skates past 'I, Tonya's' dark comedy

It's no spoiler to note that "I, Tonya" ends the way many Hollywood biopics end, with a quick glimpse of the real-life individual we have just seen skillfully impersonated for the past two hours -- in this case, the disgraced former figure skater Tonya Harding, fiercely incarnated by the Australian actress Margot Robbie.

Notably, we are shown ...Read more

Television Q&A: What happened to the kids, ex-husband on 'Mom'?

You have questions. I have some answers, including a couple about the TV series "Mom."

Q: My husband wants to know what happened to the kids and the ex-husband on "Mom."

A: The CBS comedy-drama starring Anna Faris as single mom Christy and Allison Janney as her mother Bonnie has often dealt with a sprawling family, including Christy's son ...Read more

Around the Remote: "Taraji's White Hot Holidays"; also "The Walking Dead", "Outlander" season finales

DON'T MISS: "Taraji's White Hot Holidays" -- Taraji P. Henson, aka Cookie from "Empire," makes merry in her latest festive special. She ushers viewers through renditions of holiday classics performed by Chaka Khan, Ciara, Faith Evans, Fergie, Jussie Smollett, Leslie Odom Jr., Salt-N-Pepa and the Ying Yang Twins. The celebration also features ...Read more

With our Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game, you'll keep things merry. VERY merry.

If there's comfort in the familiar, that makes the formulaic -- and wildly popular -- Hallmark Christmas movies the cozy sweatpants of winter television.

If you want to spice up your next viewing (the movies are on pretty much 24/7 this time of year on the Hallmark Channel and on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), here's a drinking game to keep you ...Read more

Life is full speed ahead for Vivica A. Fox in 'A Christmas Cruise'

'Tis the season when the television schedules are filled with holiday movies. Most actors will tell you the only downside to being involved with one of these wintry projects is they are often filmed in the middle of the summer.

That wasn't a problem for Vivica A. Fox and the rest of the cast of the new ION holiday film, "A Christmas Cruise." ...Read more

New 'Crown' season shines

The story of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's "The Crown" provides plenty of '50s and '60s nostalgia. But it's the eloquent depictions of governing protocol, diplomatic decorum and a leader who puts country above self-interest that lends the series a new relevance.

Season 2 of the award-winning royal drama arrives with high expectations as it ...Read more

How 'The Band's Visit' turns song, speech and silence into stage poetry

NEW YORK -- Where do new musicals come from? For a while, the answer regularly seemed to be pop-music catalogs and movies guaranteed to put baby boomers in a nostalgic mood. Broadway became the great cultural recycle bin, a place where small imaginations could turn big profits.

In recent years, however, some of the most memorable new shows have...Read more

Lorin Stein resigns from his post as editor of the Paris Review after 'an abuse of my position'

Lorin Stein, the editor of the Paris Review, has resigned his position, the New York Times reports. It's one of the highest profile fallouts in the literary world of the sexual harassment and assault allegations that have been sounding through Hollywood and other industries.

In a letter of resignation to his board, Stein said that he had dated ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

COCO. 3 stars. In Mexico a fatherless boy crosses into the colorful land of the dead to learn more about his family, and to pursue his forbidden dream of being a musician. Steeped in the customs and rituals of the Day of the Dead celebration, which provide Pixar animators an opportunity to work with a new range of colors and visual ideas. The ...Read more

White-hot fury: an interview with playwright Robert Schenkkan about Trump, fear and 'Building the Wall'

Robert Schenkkan has won the shiniest awards a living playwright can hope for.

His scripts tend to be long-simmering, meticulously researched projects ("The Kentucky Cycle" won a Pulitzer; "All the Way," about the backroom politics behind the 1964 Civil Rights Act, won a Tony), but "Building the Wall" was a fast gut shot.

Schenkkan said he ...Read more

'Wonder Wheel': Even Kate Winslet's ferocious performance can't save Woody Allen's latest film

Woody Allen's latest film is told from the point of view of a male character, played by Justin Timberlake, who is romantically involved simultaneously with both a woman (Kate Winslet) and her stepdaughter (Juno Temple). Yes, he went there.

Luckily, for those who struggle with the judge-the-art-separately-from-the-artist thing, "Wonder Wheel" ...Read more