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How Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye and 'Black genius' inspired a jazz/hip-hop supergroup

Of all the cries of Black fury released during the protests around the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, none arrived as quietly as Dinner Party's single "Freeze Tag."

The song, released in late June, is from a new supergroup of bicoastal jazz and hip-hop luminaries: L.A.'s Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin, New York's Robert ...Read more

Michaela Coel's new HBO show makes consent clear: 'It doesn't look gray, does it?'

TV rarely gets as personal -- or as singular in its vision -- as "I May Destroy You."

Writer and director Michaela Coel stars as Arabella, a celebrated young writer who is drugged and raped during a night out with friends -- a fact she pieces together after the fact from the fragmented images coursing through her mind. Over 12 episodes that ...Read more

Music in a pandemic: The return of intimacy and the unique joy it brings

CHICAGO -- No one knows when we'll begin listening to live music again in the ways we did before the pandemic.

You know, with sprawling classical and jazz orchestras playing grand venues such as Symphony Center and the Auditorium Theatre; with huge casts performing in lavish productions at the Lyric Opera House; with crowds packed into clubs ...Read more

NAACP teams with CBS to bring more Black stories to the screen

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will develop and produce TV shows with CBS Television Studios, home of "CSI" and "S.W.A.T.," under a new partnership meant to bring more Black stories to television in the U.S.

The two organizations will create a team to collaborate on scripted, unscripted and documentary work, the ...Read more

These are Netflix's 10 most popular original movies

Netflix Inc. is revealing its biggest blockbusters for the first time.

"Extraction," an action thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, delivered the biggest audience of any Netflix original movie in its first four weeks, according to the company, which provided a list of its 10 most-watched original movies. It's followed by "Bird Box," "Spenser ...Read more

Nick Cannon slams ViacomCBS for firing him over anti-Semitic comments

Nick Cannon is demanding full ownership of his MTV show "Wild 'n Out" and an apology from ViacomCBS, which recently cut ties with him over anti-Semitic remarks and "hateful speech."

"Now I am the one making demands," Cannon wrote Wednesday morning in a lengthy Facebook post accusing ViacomCBS of targeting him as an "outspoken" Black man. "I ...Read more

NBCUniversal wades into streaming wars with Peacock

NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service debuted nationwide Wednesday, betting that weary consumers will tolerate a few commercials in exchange for a low-priced offering that includes news, sports and thousands of hours of TV shows.

The gambit sets the NBCUniversal's service apart from streaming giants Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. ...Read more

Is Peacock worth your time and money? One TV critic weighs in

If television's many platforms and networks and channels were not already confusing and taxing enough, now we get Peacock, from the Comcast-owned NBCUniversal. (The name references NBC's longtime logo, born at the dawn of color TV.) It is all Clash of the Titans nowadays, as one enormous mega-corporate conglomeration of banked, acquired or ...Read more

'CBS This Morning' co-host Gayle King to host a weekly SiriusXM radio show

"CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King has officially signed on to satellite radio provider SiriusXM for a topical listener call-in show. She was offered the regular weekly time slot after launching "Gayle King in the House" in April as a six-week guest program.

New York-based SiriusXM, which reaches around 30 million subscribers, announced ...Read more

'Glee' creators launching college fund for Naya Rivera's 4-year-old son

LOS ANGELES -- "Glee" co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan said Tuesday that they are "in the process of creating a college fund" for the 4-year-old son of Naya Rivera, the actress who died last week while swimming in Lake Piru.

"We are heartbroken over the loss of our friend Naya Rivera," the trio said in a joint statement. "...Read more

New grant for female filmmakers announced, in Lynn Shelton's name

In honor of Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who died in May at the age of 54, Northwest Film Forum and Duplass Brothers Productions have announced a new grant. Called the "Lynn Shelton 'Of a Certain Age' Grant," the $25,000 cash prize will be awarded to a female or nonbinary filmmaker, aged 39 or older, who has not yet directed a feature film.

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Lee Greenwood finally hits No. 1 on charts with 'God Bless the U.S.A.'

What's the hottest song on the digital charts?

Well, believe it or not, it's a tune that's been around now for 36 years.

It's Lee Greenwood's patriotic number, "God Bless the U.S.A.," which was released in 1984 but just finally hit No. 1 on Billboard Magazine's Digital Song Sales chart.

It sits atop the chart -- right above Song of Summer ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of July 6:

1. Trolls World Tour -- Universal

2. Force of Nature -- Lionsgate

3. Becky -- Redbox Entertainment

4. The Invisible Man -- Universal

5. The Hunt -- Universal

6. Sonic the Hedgehog -- Paramount

7. Bad Boys for Life -- Sony

8. Proximity -- Cinedigm

9. Bloodshot -- Sony

10. ...Read more

Review: 'A Nice Girl Like You' a stilted, outdated, unbelievably based-on-a-true-story rom-com

Immature rom-com "A Nice Girl Like You," about a prudish violinist, Lucy (Lucy Hale), on a quest to loosen up her frigid views on sex means well, I suppose. But it's woefully, painfully out of touch. The character of Lucy is not a recognizable person but rather a grab bag of extreme cliches sort of patched together to form some kind of human ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Psych' star James Roday Rodriguez and the stomach-emptying day on set

Running eight seasons on USA Network, the detective comedy "Psych" was distinctive for the friendship between its central duo, Shawn and Gus. Two years ago the "Psych" gang reunited for a TV movie and they are back again with yet another movie installment, "Psych 2: Lassie Come Home," premiering on NBC's streaming service Peacock.

Is it easy ...Read more

Netflix changed media forever. Can this streamer bring the revolution to Latino audiences?

The Edward James Olmos movie "Windows on the World," about a Mexican family's ordeal during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was scheduled to open on 100 theater screens nationwide this summer. Then, the novel coronavirus struck and shut down cinemas worldwide.

So the film's producers scrambled to find another way to release the movie. They ...Read more

Review: Stirring quartet: Four very different performers, four very different documentaries

Four new documentaries pull back the curtain on noteworthy stage and screen performers you might have only thought you knew -- or didn't know at all. "Kaye Ballard -- The Show Goes On!" looks at the long career of the comic actress and versatile singer whose fame might be described as "superstar-adjacent"; "Olympia" is a personal view of Oscar-...Read more

Song of Summer 2020: A look at the top contenders for the title

This summer has been unlike any other, as concerns over the coronavirus pandemic impact just about everything we love to do during the warm weather months.

Trips to the beach, backyard barbecues with friends, church services, vacations, hikes in the mountains -- none of it has been the same in 2020.

Yet, we still have music, even though we ...Read more

Naya Rivera death was an accidental drowning, medical examiner rules

LOS ANGELES -- The Ventura County medical examiner on Tuesday determined the cause of death of "Glee" star Naya Rivera, whose body was found Monday in Lake Piru, was an accidental drowning.

Rivera disappeared Wednesday during a boat outing with her young son. Authorities have long believed her death was an accident.

"Based on the location ...Read more

Comcast's Peacock streaming service goes live Wednesday. Here's what it offers.

Comcast's NBCUniversal will launch its Peacock streaming service on Wednesday, giving consumers something else to binge on while staying at home during the pandemic.

But there's a good chance you know little or nothing about Peacock, a late entrant into the crowded streaming market dominated by Netflix and Hulu. As of mid-June, fewer than 27% ...Read more