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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

How Natalie Erika James turned personal pain into the resonant horror of 'Relic'

Natalie Erika James' atmospheric thriller "Relic" is a film about inevitable and universal horrors.

Robyn Nevin, Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote star as three generations of adult women grappling with matriarch Edna's (Nevin) encroaching Alzheimer's. The film, which is available now on video on demand and in select theaters (after an ...Read more

The new Margo Price album will win you over with its '70s rock groove

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Margo Price made a rowdy entrance in 2016 with "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)," the debut single from Midwest Farmer's Daughter, an album released on Jack White's label whose title nodded to Loretta Lynn while introducing Price as a honky-tonk rebel.

Two albums down the line, Price has ...Read more

'Black Mirror' has a cartoon counterpart in HBO Max's artful 'Close Enough'

J.G. Quintel, who created Cartoon Network's much-loved "Regular Show" (2009-17), has an artful new series, "Close Enough," premiering Thursday on HBO Max. (Cartoon Network, which lives under the same corporate umbrella, is again the producing studio.)

Concerned with the death of old dreams, the birth of responsibility and the acceptance of life...Read more

How the music business is faring amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Anyone paying attention to the music industry knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the touring business, thanks to the postponement of tours by the likes of the Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney and the cancellation of festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo.

But the coronavirus has also cut into the growth of digital streaming, ...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

Mask-wearing, BLM-backing country singer Margo Price on alienating fans: 'You can't argue with stupid'

With her wise and tender new album finally due out last Friday, Margo Price woke up the other morning determined to focus on the positive.

Then she went to the grocery store.

"I drove to this one I like downtown -- it's pretty clean and everybody there wears a mask," the country-rock singer said in a phone call from her home outside Nashville....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

Review: Australia's 'Relic' is 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.

...Read more