Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"DAYS OF OUR LIVES": "Jake" is stunned when the DNA tests prove he is Stefan. Vivian is overjoyed to be reunited with her son, even though Stefan does not remember her. Justin overhears Jennifer and Hope revealing Steve loves and wants Kayla back in his life. Deciding he can not be in Salem watching Kayla and Justin's happy life, Steve decides ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

"Days of Our Lives" has been shedding more characters than my cat sheds hair. Will, Sonny and Rafe have seen their sands running out of the hourglass. Will's and Sonny's last airing will be in early September. Ditto Rafe. Perhaps the show's most stunning announcement came this week. After almost 40 years, Kristian Alfonso is gone. The actress ...Read more

Search for actress Naya Rivera, presumed drowned in Lake Piru, enters third day

LOS ANGELES -- Authorities descended on the waters of Lake Piru just after sunrise Friday as the search for the body of actress Naya Rivera, who authorities say likely drowned while boating with her young son, stretches into a third day.

The 33-year-old was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after her 4-year-old son was found in a rental boat...Read more

KiKi Layne draws on her Chicago roots for the new Netflix movie 'The Old Guard'

CHICAGO -- When KiKi Layne took the stage at a South Side Chicago tabernacle in February, she declared that it "feels so good to be home."

The 28-year-old Layne grew up in Cincinnati, but studied acting at DePaul University and made her mark in the theater scene here. She's also performed in the Chicago-set films "Native Son" and "Captive State...Read more

Hollywood considered Black strip clubs 'taboo.' Then came 'P-Valley'

If you're wondering what the 'P' in 'P-Valley' stands for, look no further than the title of Katori Hall's 2015 play: "Pussy Valley." Starz urged the playwright-turned-showrunner to abbreviate the name of her new series, which debuts Sunday -- though not, Hall said, because the network itself was squeamish.

"We were gonna go for it, but when ...Read more

Review: With perfectly matched stars, 'Palm Springs' finds the crazy joy in repetition

Whether through mere coincidence or some eerie disturbance in the universe, there are two new movies this week featuring characters who have been cursed to live forever.

One of them is "The Old Guard," a moody existential thriller about a group of warriors who die frequently but always come back to life. The one up for review today is "Palm ...Read more

Why Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti got over rom-com jitters for 'Palm Springs'

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are having a hard time wrapping their brains around the fact that their oddball sci-fi-romantic-comedy "Palm Springs" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival less than six months ago. Given how much the world has been upended since then, it feels more like six years ago.

"That was the last time I was in a movie ...Read more

'First Cow' director Kelly Reichardt: 'This is the time for more art, not less.'

"I'm at Harvard now, and they're, uh, they're closing the campus, telling the kids not to come back after spring break."

Four months ago, as the country realized its leaders had blown it with the global COVID-19 pandemic, I had director and screenwriter Kelly Reichardton the line to talk about "First Cow," her wonderful film set in the wilds of...Read more

'Relic' review: From Australia, a haunting through the lens of Alzheimer's disease

The four words "It's not her anymore" are familiar, crushing reminders to anyone with a parent or grandparent in the grip of Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In the haunted-house thriller "Relic," first-time co-writer and director Natalie Erika James knows exactly when to put those words into play.

It's worth seeing in any case, if only to see ...Read more

5 arrested in shooting death of rapper Pop Smoke in Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police on Thursday arrested five people in connection with the February slaying of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, who was gunned down in a rented Hollywood Hills home.

Detectives were still trying to determine a motive in the attack, which stunned the rap world and prompted an outpouring of grief from fans.

The suspects ...Read more

'The Crown' backpedals: There will be a Season 6, Netflix says

Netflix, which said in January that its hit series "The Crown" would run only five seasons, announced Thursday that the story of Britain's royal family would include a Season 6 as originally planned.

Alas, the show won't cover more royal ground in six seasons than it had planned to cover in five.

"As we started to discuss the story lines for ...Read more

Surprise! A movie starring Zendaya and John David Washington was made in quarantine

LOS ANGELES -- The internet has been in a state of euphoria upon learning that a new movie starring Zendaya and John David Washington was filmed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Zendaya shared an intimate, black-and-white still from the film, titled "Malcolm & Marie," which sees her character gazing into the eyes of Washington's. ...Read more

A 'Glee' curse? Fans reject the idea, but show has been haunted by tragedies

News that former "Glee" actress Naya Rivera went missing while boating on a lake in Ventura County, California, has devastated fans who flooded social media on Thursday with urgent demands to "keep searching," while rejecting any talk about a "Glee curse."

Sadly, the incident, which authorities are referring to as a possible drowning, marks the...Read more

With 'Stateless,' Cate Blanchett tackles the 'human drama' of immigration

Debates over immigration and national identity dominate the political discourse in the Trump-era United States, but many Americans may be unaware that Australia has grappled with similar issues for decades.

That's about to change with the debut of "Stateless," a Netflix series co-created by Cate Blanchett that dives into her home country's ...Read more

Joy Reid named weekday evening host at MSNBC

MSNBC weekend host Joy Reid is joining the channel's weekday lineup, making her the first Black woman to anchor an evening cable news program.

Reid, 51, will take over the slot vacated by Chris Matthews, who left the network abruptly in March after reports surfaced about inappropriate comments he made to female guests booked on his program.

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GLAAD Media Awards going virtual with help from Chloe x Halle, Dolly Parton, others

The GLAAD Media Awards is the latest entertainment event to go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization announced that 2020's award show will be held online later this month in place of the original New York and Los Angeles ceremonies planned for earlier this year.

The celebration -- featuring ...Read more

Grammys, looking to shake 'boys club' reputation, invites 2,300 new voters

More than 2,000 people in the music industry -- half of them women and half of them under the age of 40 -- have been invited to join the organization behind the Grammy Awards, which have been frequently criticized in recent years as a bastion of old-white-guy values.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that it had offered membership to ...Read more

'First Cow' review: How the West was won, one oily-cake at a time. Heavens, they're tasty.

Editor's note: "First Cow," a singular achievement from the singular American writer-director Kelly Reichardt, opened theatrically in Chicago March 13. It closed three days later, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced slammed the doors shut on indoor theaters, along with much of the rest of American economy. Reichhardt's film makes its $12.99-$14.99...Read more

Television Q&A: Do actors get paid for reairing shows?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I am curious: With SO MANY TV shows being reaired, are payments made to the actors over and over? I understand how they get paid for the initial showing of an episode of "Law & Order" (for example). But we're years after they first aired, and some episodes are being reaired sometimes on multiple ...Read more

Review: 'The Old Guard,' starring Charlize Theron, breathes fresh life into superhero cinema

Buried deep in "The Old Guard," Gina Prince-Bythewood's swift, somber action-thriller, is an image to file under my worst nightmares and probably yours too: A captive named Quynh (Van Veronica Ngo) is locked inside a giant suit of armor, weighed down with chains and thrown into the ocean. It would be an unspeakably awful fate for anyone, but it'...Read more