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Rick Kogan: Bonnie Koloc is back in Chicago, her music still with healing powers

CHICAGO — Bonnie Koloc is coming back, which means that memories will flow for those who have been fortunate enough to have seen and heard her sing. Some of those memories go waaaaaay back. “It was 1969 for me,” says former Tribune photographer Charles Osgood. “The year after she came here and the first time I heard her, I fell in love ...Read more

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'In a Violent Nature' review: Slasher told from killer's point of view

Somewhere between the art house and the grind house lies "In a Violent Nature," a slasher movie with a clever narrative twist: It's told from the perspective of the killer, rather than that of the hapless victims who are picked off one by one, which makes it sort of like Freddy or Jason's home movies, if they hired a documentary crew to follow ...Read more

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'Star Trek: Discovery' is over. Now Alex Kurtzman readies for 'Starfleet Academy' and 'Section 31'

LOS ANGELES — In "Star Trek" terms, and in the real world of "Star Trek" television, Alex Kurtzman, who oversees the 21st-century franchise, might be described as the Federation president, from whose offices various series depart on their individual missions. Indeed, to hear him speak of it, the whole enterprise — honestly, no pun intended �...Read more

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AMC Theatres CEO says 'Renaissance' leak nearly tanked Beyoncé deal

LOS ANGELES — The rollout for Beyoncé's "Renaissance" movie was not so flawless, according the head of AMC Theatres, which distributed the concert film.

Adam Aron, chief executive of the nation's largest theater chain, told Variety in an interview published last week that the company's distribution deal with the musician nearly fell through ...Read more

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Taylor Swift fans demand singer show support for Palestine

Taylor Swift is under mounting pressure from fans to show her support for Palestine, with the hashtag #SwiftiesforPalestine becoming the fourth-most-trending topic on X Wednesday afternoon.

Many supporters of the musician ramped up their calls for action online in recent days, following a deadly airstrike Sunday, which reportedly killed 45 ...Read more


Mamie Laverock of 'When Calls the Heart' on life support but 'doing well' after 5-story fall

"When Calls the Heart" actor Mamie Laverock is "doing well" after she was put on life support after suffering a medical emergency earlier this month and a subsequent five-story fall, her family says.

"We are deeply saddened to report that on May 26th, Mamie, who has been in intensive treatment for the past two weeks, was escorted out of a ...Read more

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'Young Woman and the Sea' review: Daisy Ridley charms in unimpressive biopic

If life were fair, every astonishing human feat in history would be commemorated by the astonishingly good movie it deserved. Alas, life isn’t fair, and so here we have “Young Woman and the Sea,” which is not a terrible movie about legendary swimmer Gertrude Ederle — but it’s not a terribly good one either. Ederle (Daisy Ridley), the ...Read more

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Call it 'McStreamy': After 20 seasons, 'Grey's Anatomy' is a hit on Netflix and Hulu

When ABC's enduring medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" made its debut in March 2005, Netflix was still a DVD-by-mail company. There were plenty of pagers but not an iPhone in sight when viewers met Meredith Grey and the show's first set of surgical interns.

This week, "Grey's" finishes its 20th season with apparently no end in sight for the crew ...Read more

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Movie review: Keaton's trip to 'Summer Camp' has diminishing comedic returns

The Diane Keaton Industrial Complex is a fascinating and understudied media mini-phenomenon. Once or twice a year for the past six or so years, she anchors an ensemble comedy about the perils and pleasures of getting older, surrounded by a fabulous, Oscar-worthy cast, in which she essentially plays “Diane Keaton,” or a cartoonishly frazzled,...Read more

'Yellowstone's' Ryan Bingham, Hassie Harrison marry in Texas; family longhorn makes appearance

Cowbells mixed with wedding bells this week when "Yellowstone" co-stars and on-screen love interests Ryan Bingham and Hassie Harrison tied the knot at Harrison's family home in Dallas.

The multiday, multivenue ceremony, where formal wear meant "cowboy black tie," included a live band, extravagant floral arrangements, plenty of cowboy hats and ...Read more

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Television Q&A: What is the policy for sitting on 'Jeopardy!'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I noticed the recent “Jeopardy!” winner Grant DeYoung was using a stool. I’m wondering why since, in all my years of viewing “Jeopardy!” I have only seen this now.

A: Apparently there is a long-standing, low-key policy that the show allows seats. The show posted on X (formerly Twitter) that...Read more

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For 'Under the Bridge,' Archie Panjabi mined a mother's loss: 'I could not control the pain'

"I hadn't heard of her story, which deeply shocked me because it hit me to the core," Archie Panjabi says somberly as she reflects on the matter.

It was 1997. Reena Virk was a 14-year-old Canadian girl whose parents were immigrants from India. She painted her nails blue and listened to the Notorious B.I.G., determined to push against the rules ...Read more

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'Couples Therapy' review: The least cynical reality show on TV. This time there's a throuple

The least cynical reality show on television, Showtime’s “Couples Therapy” is absorbing as ever in Season 4 thanks to the probing questions and insights from the show’s resident therapist, Dr. Orna Guralnik.

Participants this time out may be upending relationship norms on the surface — there’s a throuple! — but even so, they are ...Read more

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How Sinkane used therapy, college and the Black Arts Movement to create his new album 'We Belong'

When Sinkane appears on a Zoom call to discuss his new album, “We Belong,” a psychedelic background behind him makes it appear he’s floating in space. The Brooklyn-based musician, born Ahmed Gallab, jokes that he’s phoning in from an abyss — one that only he knows exists. Listening to Gallab’s Afrofuturistic album, the idea that he ...Read more


How Maria Friedman and Jonathan Groff cracked the riddle of Sondheim's 'Merrily'

Broadway loves nothing better than a happy ending, and that yearning for redemption was richly satisfied by this season's standout production of "Merrily We Roll Along," the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical that flopped when it premiered on Broadway in 1981 and has been desperate to prove itself ever since.

That there hasn't been a ...Read more

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Richard Dreyfuss' son distances himself from latest rant, while theater director shares details

It might have looked as if Ben Dreyfuss, the son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, distanced himself from his father's latest controversy by light-heartedly addressing the dust-up the Oscar winner recently had at a recent "Jaws" screening.

But when he was talking about "disgusting outrageous behavior" of one of his family members, he was not in fact ...Read more

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Ellen DeGeneres announces 'final' stand-up tour dates

Ellen DeGeneres has announced the dates for her final stand-up comedy tour, making stops in Philadelphia on July 31 and New York City on Aug. 1, as it spans across North America.

The 66-year-old comedian shared the details of her farewell stint, titled “Ellen’s Last Stand… Up,” in an Instagram post Wednesday.

“Here it is! These are ...Read more

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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez might not be able to save their marriage, friends say

Friends of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez don’t know that the couple’s marriage can be salvaged, amid ongoing tensions that have them living separately, just ahead of what would be their two-year anniversary.

While some pals of the Affleck, 51, and Lopez, 54, “believe they can work it out with time and effort, pointing to their deep bond,...Read more

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Scottish homeless being sent out of town to make room for Taylor Swift fans

Homeless people in Edinburgh, Scotland, are being boarded out of town to make room for Swifties packing the city to see Taylor Swift perform three shows next weekend.

Housing charity Shelter Scotland told the BBC that people in need of shelter are being shipped out to neighboring cities because of stiff competition for hotel rooms between June ...Read more

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'Dance Moms' alum Kelly Hyland has been diagnosed with a 'fast-moving' breast cancer

Former "Dance Moms" star Kelly Hyland announced Wednesday on Instagram that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hyland, 53, said that rapid weight loss was the first indication that something was wrong. When she felt a lump in her breast in March, she immediately booked a mammogram, she told E! News in an exclusive interview.

"I had just had...Read more