Emmy rules: Why Millie Bobby Brown and 'Big Little Lies' are missing from the nominations

LOS ANGELES -- Scrolling through Tuesday's Emmy nominations, you might find yourself wondering if this year's list represents a Hall of Fame of Snubs.

Where are "Stranger Things" and Millie Bobby Brown? Nothing for "Big Little Lies"? (Don't tell Renata.) And "The Handmaid's Tale" earns 11 nominations but gets ignored in all the major categories...Read more

Commentary: From 'Chernobyl' to 'When They See Us,' how best limited series became the Emmys' strongest category

LOS ANGELES -- A decade ago, the miniseries couldn't get any respect. In 2009 and 2010 -- as shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" were racking up Emmys -- the format was so out of fashion that the Television Academy could find only two programs worth nominating for outstanding miniseries. For the next three years, miniseries and TV movies ...Read more

Commentary: Emmys 2019: snubs and surprises

No Emmy nominations day would be complete without at least a few snubs and surprises. The 2019 edition -- announced by D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jeong on Tuesday -- includes "Schitt's Creek and "When They See Us" and, yet again, omits "The Good Fight."

The Times breaks down all of those who surprisingly will, and shockingly won't, be up for the top...Read more

Movie review: David Crosby rattles the skeletons in his own closet

"Morrison, what a dork," the crustily cantankerous (cantankerously crusty?) David Crosby opines while regarding a photo of The Doors frontman displayed in the Laurel Canyon Country Store. The visit to the small Los Angeles grocery store is one stop on a "David Crosby: This is Your Life" style tour in the documentary "David Crosby: Remember My ...Read more

'The Simpsons' will scare up a 'Stranger Things' parody for Episode 666

"The Simpsons'" 2019 Halloween programming just got a little stranger.

For its upcoming "Treehouse of Horror" special, which happens to mark Episode 666, the long-running animated comedy will parody Netflix's monster hit "Stranger Things" and 2018's best-picture Oscar winner, "The Shape of Water." Fox Animation Studios recently released a ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for July 16 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


16: Shazam!

16: Breakthrough

16: Teen Spirit

16: Little Woods

16: Abduction

16: Criminal Minds: Season 14

16: Fast Color

16: Titans: The Complete First Season

23: Alita: Battle Angel

23: Hellboy

23: Missing Link

23: Master Z: Ip Man ...Read more

'Pearson' review: The Gina Torres-led 'Suits' spinoff dives into the world of Chicago politics

For seven seasons on the USA legal drama "Suits," Gina Torres played Jessica Pearson, the head honcho at a white-shoe law firm in New York who spent her days expertly maneuvering around power players while attempting to keep her own colleagues in check as they created one complication after another.

Building a spinoff around Torres is an ...Read more

Garth Brooks starts Dive Bar Tour in Chicago with a jukebox full of hits

CHICAGO -- It may not be the Oasis, but Joe's on Weed Street was an acceptable stand-in as country superstar Garth Brooks began his seven-stop "Dive Bar Tour" there Monday night and proved that he has friends in small places, too.

Backed by most of the band he brings to stadium shows -- six bandmates, but no backup singers -- Brooks fist-pumped...Read more

AnalysisAndrea Arnold reportedly losing control over 'Big Little Lies' isn't just about gender

Steven Soderbergh did it. So did Jane Campion, Park Chan-wook, Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee.

In recent years, an increasing number of filmmakers have turned to television for long-form storytelling opportunities that are harder to find in the franchise-obsessed movie business. Networks get bragging rights -- and sometimes awards -- for working ...Read more

From Tang to 'Toy Story': 10 ways the moon race shaped pop culture

The astronauts also left their footprints on pop culture:

1962: Tang had been around since 1958, but it wasn't until John Glenn sipped some "orange drink" out of a pouch that sales went into orbit, causing would-be space explorers across the country to demand the powdered treat with their morning cereal.

1962: When President John F. Kennedy ...Read more

Review: 'Lion King' is more tragedy than triumph

"The Lion King" is the latest victim in the Disney remake parade, in which director Jon Favreau dons his best Dr. Moreau cosplay and imagines a "Planet Earth" where animals spout Shakespearean soliloquies. The result of this horrific experiment, combining photorealistic animal simulations with celebrity voices, is a bizarre Frankenstein's ...Read more

Bailee Madison is a showbiz vet at age almost 20

PASADENA, Calif. -- Though she's been acting almost all her life, Bailee Madison says she never said she wanted to be an actress. "It just happened," she says over breakfast at a hotel restaurant here.

It happened very early in her life, too. While most youngsters perform for auditions, Bailee was still in her stroller when she became part of a...Read more

'Spider-Man' lands on top again at the box office, 'Toy Story 4' comes in second

LOS ANGELES -- Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" continued to dominate the box office in its second weekend of release, adding $45.3 million (a hair above analyst predictions of $35 million to $45 million and a small 51% drop over last week) for a cumulative $274.5 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Internationally...Read more

Paul McCartney brings surprise guest — Ringo Starr — to sold-out Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- What a Beatle wants, a Beatle generally gets, even when it may require a bit of harmless subterfuge, as proved to be the case Saturday during Paul McCartney's sold-out final U.S. stop on his 2019 Freshen Up tour.

Well into his three-hour performance at Dodger Stadium, the 77-year-old rocker noted, "We know what people want to ...Read more

Norah O'Donnell tries to restore the house that Cronkite built at CBS News

After Norah O'Donnell was named anchor of the "CBS Evening News" in May, she received a congratulatory email from Maureen Orth, the widow of Tim Russert, the late NBC Washington bureau chief and "Meet the Press" moderator.

"Tim would be so proud," the note read. O'Donnell said it brought her to tears. It also reminded her of how Russert, her ...Read more

Actor and social media personality Ray Diaz arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES -- Actor and social media personality Ray Diaz has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, Los Angeles police said.

Diaz, 33, who lives in Hollywood, was arrested in San Diego early Friday with the help of local police, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Police ...Read more

Don't laugh: Movie comedies are disappearing

There are those who worry about antibiotic resistance and flesh-eating bacteria, or the fact that it hit 90 degrees in Anchorage for the first time and the melting permafrost is releasing ancient life forms. Those things are worth worrying about.

I have my eye on something that to me is more troubling: I refer to the recent plummeting share of ...Read more

Voicing 'Lion King' hyena no laughing matter for Keegan-Michael Key

LOS ANGELES -- Keegan-Michael Key is living the acting dream by being part of two major movies hitting theaters only weeks apart.

He's not only a part of the much-loved "Toy Story" franchise with the recently released "Toy Story 4," but Key will be going head-to-head with himself in theaters Friday when the live-action version of "The Lion King...Read more

Kumail Nanjiani's last-minute 'Conan' cancellation was a comedic 'snow day' for O'Brien

Conan O'Brien's late-night show turned into a late-nightmare on Thursday when his one and only scheduled guest, Kumail Nanjiani, canceled on him 30 minutes before start time.

"Historically, whenever things start to go off the rails, I get oddly calm and a little excited because it's like a snow day when you're a kid," the host told The Times on...Read more

Review: 'Armstrong' examines the man behind the moon landing

With the 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon just days away, movies dealing with the event have been thick on the land for awhile. But even if you think you've seen enough, "Armstrong" is worth your time.

It's not that the other theatrical films, which include last year's Ryan Gosling-starring "First Man" and the more recent, ...Read more


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