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Russell Simmons confronts Oprah Winfrey over documentary featuring one of his accusers

Music mogul Russell Simmons is challenging Oprah Winfrey for executive producing a documentary featuring a woman who has accused him of rape.

On Friday, Simmons took to Instagram to express his disappointment with Winfrey, whom he said he regarded fondly as a positive figure in his life before criticizing her decision to make a film exploring ...Read more

Danny Aiello, beloved character actor and Oscar nominee for 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 86

Danny Aiello, the veteran character actor known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," died Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

Aiello's death was confirmed by his publicist on Friday.

"It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician ...Read more

Sally Field is the latest member of Jane Fonda's army to be arrested

Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of "Who's Getting Arrested with Jane Fonda?"

Sally Field is the latest in Fonda's revolving door of guest stars to be taken away in zip ties as part of the "Grace and Frankie" actress' Fire Drill Fridays climate change protests. A lively crowd in Washington, D.C., cheered and applauded Field, who raised...Read more

Katie Kadan almost didn't audition for 'The Voice.' Now the singer is the front-runner to win the show

CHICAGO -- Katie Kadan almost didn't audition for "The Voice." The Chicago singer said a representative for the NBC network show reached out to her via Instagram to try out for Season 17, but Kadan wasn't initially interested.

"My first response was, 'No, thank you.' Competition is not my thing," Kadan, 38, told the Tribune by phone. Then the ...Read more

'Jumanji' stars Danny DeVito and Danny Glover take friendship to 'The Next Level'

"Danny, you look younger every day!" Danny DeVito shouted -- not at himself but at Danny Glover, who was busy posing for a photo shoot to promote their new film "Jumanji: The Next Level."

DeVito had already taken his solo shots, so he set to amusing himself by backseat directing Glover's session from across the room. "Don't do that, Dan," he ...Read more

50 Cent accuses Oprah Winfrey of only 'going after black men' in #MeToo cases

Rapper 50 Cent targeted Oprah Winfrey in an Instagram post, accusing the beloved TV host and super-producer of singling out black men, such as Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons, in her #MeToo activism.

On Thursday night, the "Candy Shop" hit-maker shared an old photo of Winfrey and disgraced music mogul Simmons smiling together, paired with a...Read more

Danny Aiello, Oscar nominee for 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 86

Danny Aiello, the veteran character actor known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in "Do the Right Thing," died Thursday night in New Jersey. He was 86.

Aiello died after a brief illness, his publicist, Tracey Miller of Tracey Miller & Associates, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times Friday.

"It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny...Read more

Mary McNamara: Outcry over 'Richard Jewell' is proof that #MeToo is changing things

It seems unlikely that Billy Ray wrote and Clint Eastwood directed "Richard Jewell" in order to test the state of sexism in post-#MeToo Hollywood. But that's exactly what their film did. And lo and behold, it seems that things are not as bad as they once were.

Oh, in the actual film they are very bad. In the actual film, sexism is alive and ...Read more

Disgraced comic Louis C.K. returns to Baltimore this weekend. Some say it's too soon

BALTIMORE -- The world was different when comedian Louis C.K. last performed in Baltimore. It was May 2016, and C.K. was headlining four shows at the Modell Lyric. Media moguls like Harvey Weinstein were still in power, not yet toppled by sweeping allegations of sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement that began the following year.

This ...Read more

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke to step down in 2020

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke is planning to step down next year, accelerating an internal race to succeed him, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

Burke, 61, has managed NBCUniversal since Philadelphia cable giant Comcast Corp. purchased it in January 2011, shaping the once-tattered ...Read more

Commentary: More manipulative than meaningful, 'Watchmen' has a 'Lost' problem

HBO's "Watchmen" is among the best-reviewed series of the year, scoring 85 (out of 100) on the review-aggregation site Metacritic and appearing on more than 40 critics' top 10 lists to date. Not among them are Times TV critics Lorraine Ali and Robert Lloyd, who've been left unmoved by creator Damon Lindelof's spin on Alan Moore's beloved graphic...Read more

Mary McNamara: The most romantic holiday gift this year is Mel Brooks' 'The Anne Bancroft Collection'

No one stays married for 41 years unless they really mean it, especially in Hollywood.

Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft really meant it. And 14 years after her death, Brooks still means it.

Concerned that younger generations might not be familiar with the depth of his wife's talent, he recently curated "The Anne Bancroft Collection," a Blu-ray ...Read more

'Survivor' ejects contestant embroiled in #MeToo controversy for off-camera 'incident'

"Survivor" has officially removed contestant Dan Spilo from the show, four weeks after airing a controversial episode in which multiple women reported that he touched them inappropriately.

Spilo, a Hollywood talent manager, is the first "Survivor" castaway to ever be ejected from the game for problematic behavior. Longtime host and executive ...Read more

Review: Action spectacle of '6 Underground' brings together Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds

Are you suffering from prestige fatigue? Have you seen too many recent movies that asked of viewers to think, to feel, to engage with characters as if they were actual human beings? The volume business dealers at Netflix have a possible solution for that. Alongside "The Irishman," "Marriage Story" and its more upmarket year-end titles, let the ...Read more

Review: Adam Sandler gives the performance of his career in the razor-sharp 'Uncut Gems'

"Uncut Gems" begins with a grim jolt of 21st century realism somewhere in the Welo opal mines of Ethiopia, where a worker has been seriously injured in an accident. But within moments the action has taken on a dark, primordial undertow, a rumble of something as ancient as fable or myth. After pausing to take in the grisly scene, the camera darts...Read more

'Richard Jewell' review: Actors shine in Clint Eastwood's drama about a hero's nightmare

Richard Jewell, the Atlanta security guard who saved countless lives by finding an incendiary device on the grounds of the 1996 Olympic Games, had the misfortune of not fitting the script. He wasn't a handsome, well-spoken hero, but a very regular guy; a heavyset loner with a gentle, quiet nature and a passion -- some might say obsession -- for ...Read more

In the best movies of 2019, the definition of independent is blurrier than ever

I have been writing under the umbrella of "Indie Focus" for The Times for more than 10 years now and throughout that time, the definition of what it means to be an independent filmmaker has remained elusive and pliable.

Yes, there is the strict definition of where a movie gets its financing, but as there are pictures financed independently and ...Read more

Review: Based on the real-life drama at Fox News, 'Bombshell' explodes on the screen

"Bombshell" is exploding at just the right moment. A ferociously entertaining dramatization of how an unlikely group of women exposed and deposed media titan Roger Ailes, it is as harrowing as it is triumphant in its depiction of the way it all came to pass.

This is not the first drama about workplace sexual harassment (don't miss 2018's superb...Read more

100% her year: How Lizzo became the one thing we all loved in 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Lizzo's dressing room at the Forum felt as if it would collapse at any moment from the piercing screams of fans.

In the arena, 17,000 tweens and teens were greeting, at delirious volume, K-pop phenomenon BTS, co-headliners this early December evening, alongside Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Katy Perry, of KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball, the ...Read more

'Knives and Skin' review: A girl, gone, and a Chicago filmmaker's eerie pursuit

A film of slow dissolves and lots of ironic pinks, tinged with darker, crimson hues, Chicago filmmaker Jennifer Reeder's dreamlike reverie of blood-soaked adolescence "Knives and Skin" can be described, if you don't mind misleading people, as if it were a straightforward missing-person drama set in the mythical Midwestern town called Big River. ...Read more