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New on DVD: Gear up for spooky season with 'Talk to Me'

An Australian horror thriller tops the DVD releases for the week of Oct. 3

"Talk to Me": The directorial debut of twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou (who go by RackaRacka on YouTube) concerns a group of teens who become obsessed with connecting to spirits via a plaster hand, with things eventually going too far.

“'Talk to Me' is a ...Read more

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After daughter's diagnosis, John Gourley of Portugal. The Man is advocating for her and others with a rare disease

ANCHORAGE, Alaska —There was an initial feeling of helplessness, John Gourley remembers, a punch in the gut that conveyed the daunting reality of the situation.

The Portugal. The Man singer/guitarist and his partner, Zoe Manville, had just received news on their daughter’s health. Frances, now 12, had struggled with a battery of symptoms ...Read more


Review: A Greek king tries to modernize amid a dysfunctional family of gods and monsters in 'Krapopolis'

According to what I’m seeing on the internet, men of the 21st century think a lot about the Roman Empire. I suppose, in that I’ve been receiving a flood of unsolicited pictures of the Colosseum and such in social media feeds, I could be counted accidentally among them, though when it comes to the ancient world I am more Team Greece than Team...Read more

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Review: Jesse L. Martin is back in procedural-land on NBC's new 'The Irrational'

The fall network TV season is in shambles, a mix of reruns and reality that is the inevitable result of the studios failing to negotiate agreeable contract terms early enough in the summer with striking actors and writers. Anticipating this outcome, NBC held back a couple of its originals that were already in the can, which is why the network is...Read more


List of DVD release dates for Sept. 26 and beyond

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


26: Elemental

26: Insidious: The Red Door

26: Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken

26: Sympathy for the Devil

26: Carandiru

26: Interview with the Vampire: Season 1

26: Loki : Season 1

26: Mayfair Witches: Season 1

26: Pennyworth: Season 3

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For breakout stars Yahritza y Su Esencia, it's all in the family

SEATTLE — As fast as their meteoric rise has been, Yahritza y Su Esencia’s first headlining show last month was a long time coming. Minutes before the three Yakima siblings took a Washington stage together for the first time, fans in the balcony of a sold-out Neptune Theatre erupted, chanting Yahritza Martinez’s name.

By the time the 16-...Read more

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Movie review: 'Expend4bles' lives up to its name

In "Expend4ables," the thoroughly disposable fourth entry in the turgid "Expendables" franchise, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson plays the newest member of the musclebound group of mercenary brutes.

"Is this the new guy?" is how 50's character, Easy Day, is introduced as he saunters across the floor of a giant airplane hangar as the gang is loading up...Read more

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Bravo TV show 'Winter House' goes slope style in Steamboat Springs ski resort

DENVER — Dust off your goggles and wax your gear because the new season of Bravo’s “Winter House” will have you itching to get on the Colorado slopes.

Season 3, premiering Oct. 24, brings stars from Bravo’s other hits series to Steamboat Springs ski resort for a snowy, two-week vacation filled with laughs, hookups and, of course, ...Read more

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Brian Cox says Rupert Murdoch -- the IRL Logan Roy -- has been watching too much 'Succession'

Brian Cox had some choice words for the now-former head of Fox Corp. and News Corp., Rupert Murdoch — the real-life counterpart to Cox’s “Succession” character, Logan Roy.

For four seasons, Cox portrayed Roy, the nefarious and conniving leader of the conservative Waystar Royco enterprise, which ran its own Fox News-inspired TV station. ...Read more

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'The Wiz' revival starring Wayne Brady, Deborah Cox to hit Broadway in April 2024

The eagerly anticipated revival of “The Wiz” will hit Broadway’s Marquis Theatre on April 17.

Producers announced Monday that the latest production of the iconic musical — described as an “entirely reimagined revival” — will begin preview performances on March 29 at the Nederlander Group-operated theater, the recent home of the ...Read more

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas ordered to keep children in New York amid lawsuit

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas agreed to a court order Monday prohibiting them from removing their two children from the New York City area as they litigate their contentious divorce.

Turner, 27, sued Jonas, 34, seeking to take their children back to England with her. The next proceeding in that case is scheduled for Oct. 3.

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Commentary: Critics weren't invited to David Mamet's new play. Then the show's star, Shia LaBeouf, sent a personal invite

LOS ANGELES — David Mamet has recently unveiled a new play, “Henry Johnson,” at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Tickets have been so scarce for the production, which features Shia LaBeouf in a top-notch cast, that the September run was extended through Oct. 7.

The reason you likely haven’t heard much about this offering is that this is ...Read more

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Striking Black writers fear a contraction is coming

LOS ANGELES — As co-chair of the Writers Guild of America West's Committee of Black Writers, Hilliard Guess mentors young writers and first-time scribes as they navigate Hollywood.

"Sometimes I meet these writers out on the picket lines and walk with them and talk them through how to survive," says Guess. "And when we come out of this, it's ...Read more

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Georgia film and TV workers express relief as writers near end of strike

ATLANTA — A collective sigh of relief emanated from the Georgia film and TV community Monday morning as news circulated of the Writers Guild of America accepting a deal with producers that could end what has been a painful, acrimonious 146-day strike.

“There is a very close light at the end of the tunnel,” said Atlanta screenwriter Brian ...Read more

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Usher chosen to headline Super Bowl halftime show in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — A two-time Strip residency headliner is performing at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

The NFL announced early Sunday morning Usher will be the headlining performer at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium.

This is a perfect timing route. The Atlanta superstar is also releasing “Coming Home,” his ninth ...Read more


'It's hard to know' if Bruce Willis is aware of his dementia, says wife Emma Heming Willis

It’s unclear to what extent Bruce Willis is aware of his cognitive decline, according to his wife.

Emma Heming Willis told NBC’s “Today” her husband’s battle with dementia has been difficult on her and the couple’s daughters — 11-year-old Mabel and 9-year-old Evelyn — as well as the “Die Hard” star himself. She’s not sure ...Read more

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Reneé Rapp is stepping back from acting for now, says she gets 'so anxious on sets'

Reneé Rapp has been enjoying her newfound success in music so much that she is in no rush to return to acting for now.

In an all-encompassing interview with Los Angeles Times columnist Amy Kaufman, Rapp spoke about finding the satisfaction she sought through acting in her musical journey.

"Writing this album has made me feel more accomplished...Read more

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Misty Copeland wants Apple to add diverse pointe-shoe emojis. She has a good reason

Ballet star Misty Copeland, who has been a voice for diversity and inclusion in ballet, is taking her efforts beyond the studio and stage — and straight to your phone.

The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer called on Apple to expand its emoji keyboard to better represent Black ballet dancers and dancers of color. In a video shared on ...Read more

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'CoComelon' introduces new bilingual series 'Nina's Familia'

The popular children’s entertainment show “CoComelon” is releasing a new bilingual series called “Nina’s Familia.” The series is based on a Latinx family and focuses on bringing educational content to bilingual and Spanish-speaking households.

The new series will follow Nina Reyes and her Mexican American family, who first made ...Read more

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TV Tinsel: Legendary director William Friedkin knew how to keep actors focused

The world lost a rare talent when filmmaker William Friedkin died last month. Images from his movies haunt us to this day. Who can forget the 12-year-old Regan hovering over her bed horrifying the onlookers in “The Exorcist”?

And we stay fixated on Popeye’s car chase through the steel labyrinths of New York City in “The French ...Read more