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Grammys pay off for artists onstage

Who benefited most from this year's Grammy Awards telecast?

That depends on which yardstick you use, but as usual the artists who scored performance slots generally experienced bigger immediate sales gains over actual award winners. The lucky few who won and performed during the telecast were rewarded handsomely.

English pop star Ed Sheeran's ...Read more

Album review: Lupe Fiasco stumbles in trying to beat mainstream rap at its own game

Lupe Fiasco has been one of hip-hop's most gifted exponents and also one of its harshest critics. His public conflicts with executives at his major label home for most of the past decade, Atlantic Records, brought a caustic edge to some of his work, an open disdain for what he viewed as the formulaic superficiality of most mainstream rap.

He ...Read more

David Cassidy has dementia and will stop touring, he says after rocky weekend show

David Cassidy is suffering from memory loss due to dementia, he says, and will stop touring to focus on his personal life.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," the 66-year-old entertainer told People in an interview published Monday.

The "Partridge Family" star struggled to remember familiar lyrics at a show in ...Read more

Another month, another mockery: Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert harpoon Trump's Sweden gaffe

One month down, 47 (or 95) months to go.

As President Donald Trump celebrated his first month in office Monday, late-night hosts lined up to take on his latest round of headlines.

Seth Meyers found plenty of reasons to break out his keenly honed Trump impression on Monday's "Late Night," opening the show with: "Today is Presidents' Day, and ...Read more

'Oh, boy!' Zoe Saldana welcomes third child

It's children Vol. 3 for Zoe Saldana, who is now a mother of three boys.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" star and husband Marco Perego welcomed their third child, and she announced his arrival over the weekend.

"Marco and I are elated to share the news of the the birth of our son Zen," she wrote Saturday on Instagram, posting a snapshot ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Feb. 21 and beyond

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

FEBRUARY

21: Hacksaw Ridge

21: Manchester by the Sea

21: Bad Santa 2

21: Nocturnal Animals

21: Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

21: Grace and Frankie: Season 2

21: Nashville: The Complete Fourth Season

28: Doctor Strange

28: Allied

...Read more

Movie review: 'Bitter Harvest' tells little-known story of Soviet atrocity

Not many people are familiar with the word "Holodomor." Not in the same way that we're familiar with the word "Holocaust." But a genocide is a genocide, even when kept secret. The truth is that up to 10 million Ukrainians died in a man-made famine in 1932-1933 under Josef Stalin's singular brand of Communist fascism: He crushed Ukrainian ...Read more

Richard Schickel appreciation: Hardest working critic in film biz

Gary Shandling can be seen in "Dying Laughing," a new documentary on comedians, talking with exasperation about a young person who insisted that there must be a secret to success in stand-up. No secret, Shandling had tried to tell him, just sustained hard work.

So it was with the prolific Richard Schickel, for decades one of the giants of ...Read more

A diversity report finds some gains but many lags among women, minorities in entertainment

LOS ANGELES -- The news is good but not great. Women and minorities have made modest gains in front of and behind the camera but remain significantly underrepresented as leading actors in films, as TV show creators, as writers who sweat out the dialogue -- just about every part of the entertainment industry, according to a report to be issued ...Read more

Tough 'Lego Batman' kicks through 'Wall' at box office

LOS ANGELES -- A talking building-block toy proved tougher than Matt Damon's "The Great Wall" at the box office over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, as "The Lego Batman Movie" from Warner Bros. finished first, raking in an estimated $42.5 million in the U.S. and Canada.

The animated "Batman" parody, now in its second week, saw its total ...Read more

Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin selling his gear online

CHICAGO -- Chicago drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is selling more than 200 pieces of gear, including equipment he used live and in studio with the Smashing Pumpkins.

Chamberlin's online shop, which features drum kits, snare drums, tambourines, cowbells and other instruments, is set to go live on reverb.com Wednesday. Prices were initially set between...Read more

'Moonlight,' 'Arrival' take top honors at Writers Guild Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- At its annual awards show -- one of the final indicators of which way the winds of Oscar buzz may be blowing before the Academy Awards -- the Writers Guild of America honored "Moonlight," the poetic story of a gay black youth's coming of age in Miami, and the cerebral sci-fi film "Arrival."

"Moonlight" -- which has been...Read more

Some roles stay with David Morrissey

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Being married to an actor can be difficult, says British actor David Morrissey. "It's a profession where you can't plan anything. Talk to my wife about planning a holiday -- forget it. There's always a job coming up or if it hasn't, you think a job MIGHT come up. So it's that sense of living in a very insecure atmosphere...Read more

New albums: Jimmer, Allison Krauss, Lupe Fiasco

Jimmer

"God Like the Sun"

(Chief Injustice 1/2)

In the '80s, Jimmer Podrasky led the Rave-Ups, a proto- Americana band that should have been bigger than it was. In 2014, after nearly 25 years and some tough times, he returned with the terrific "The Would-Be Plans." Now, he's back again with the even better "God Like the Sun."

"I think I ...Read more

Former Time film critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America's most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family said. He was 84.

In a career spanning five decades, thousands ...Read more

Bill Maher's 'Real Time' interview with Milo Yiannopoulos fuels new criticism

In the end, it was a non-event.

Which to some people made it a really big event.

Bill Maher's decision to host controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos on "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO Friday led to very few on-air fireworks. Maher talked to his guest mostly about free speech, agreeing with him nearly as much as disagreeing with him and ...Read more

New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

What if the most radical television show of 2017 turns out to be a series created in 1985?

It's hard to shake that feeling since "Golden Girls," which twice won the Emmy for comedy series, began streaming on Hulu this month.

The series would stand out among today's crop of comedies for plenty of reasons, but primarily for its focus on women ...Read more

'A United Kingdom's' David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike reminisce about the love story that shook nations

Nelson Mandela said he was inspired by their love story, calling the nation they led "a shining beacon of light and inspiration to the rest of us in southern Africa."

Mandela was speaking of Seretse Khama and his wife, Ruth Williams Khama, who helped Botswana make a smooth, peaceful transition in the mid-1960s from a tiny British protectorate ...Read more

Lou Gramm has done everything he wanted to do

By day, Lou Gramm's father reported to work at 7 a.m. at a Rochester, N.Y., steel plant, so he could cut metal sheets to size for desks and filing cabinets. By night, he played trumpet in a jazz orchestra, returning home regularly at 2:30 or 3 a.m. In the mid-'50s, 5-year-old Lou often overheard his parents talking about the punishing schedule. ...Read more

Run the Jewels are 'dirt' but can't be crushed

About five years ago, Killer Mike and El-P were rappers in their late 30s seemingly destined to be underappreciated for their talents and rich recording histories. Then Run the Jewels happened, and the two seemingly mismatched artists -- Killer Mike from the Atlanta orbit of OutKast, El-P from the New York City underground -- became one of hip-...Read more