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Ringo Starr shares tribute to Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who died 41 years ago

Ringo Starr shared a short-and-sweet tribute to his Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who died 41 years ago Wednesday.

Starr posted a vintage photo showing him on the drums and Lennon on the guitar in a Twitter post.

“Peace and love my friend,” Starr captioned the photo.

Lennon was fatally shot on Dec. 8, 1980, by fan Mark David Chapman ...Read more

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Must-see moments from the People's Choice Awards, from Christina Aguilera to Simu Liu

LOS ANGELES — Dozens of pop culture's brightest stars were honored Tuesday night at the People's Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Halle Berry, "Squid Game" and "Black Widow" were among the big winners at the star-studded show, which was broadcast on E! and NBC.

Interspersed with inspiring acceptance ...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

'WEST SIDE STORY'

Rated PG-13 for some strong violence, strong language, thematic content, suggestive material and brief smoking.

What it’s about: A remake of the beloved 1961 musical. You know the drill, Sharks, Jets, forbidden love and rumbles in the New York City streets.

The kid attractor factor: The dancing, the teenage emotions, and ...Read more

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'Being the Ricardos' review: In the hands of Aaron Sorkin, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are reduced to their dullest form

There are so many reasons writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos” doesn’t work, from the writing to the casting to the pushy scoring, but more than anything it’s the way it reduces talented and complicated people to their blandest form.

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem were never the obvious choices to play Lucille Ball and...Read more

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'West Side Story' review: Steven Spielberg has crafted a 'West Side Story' better than the '61 movie, a real Hollywood musical

Purists can relax, and put their smelling salts away. The vibrant new “West Side Story” hasn’t been updated, or relocated.

It’s still a resident of Upper West Side Manhattan in the late 1950s, in the vicinity of what used to be called Lincoln Square and San Juan Hill. But director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have made...Read more

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Chris Noth breaks silence about Kim Cattrall not returning to 'Sex and the City' spinoff

“Mr. Big” has spoken.

“Sex and the City” actor Chris Noth has broken his silence regarding the long-rumored feud between fellow co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.

Adding to the fervor, the beloved actress who portrayed liberated sexpot Samantha Jones on the popular HBO series publicly swore off appearing in the new spinoff...Read more

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Sylvester Stallone heads to TV for mob drama from 'Sopranos' writer and 'Yellowstone' creator

Before his big breakout role in "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone survived as a young actor making guest appearances on TV shows like "Kojak" and "Police Story."

Now the Academy Award-winning actor is heading back to the silver screen as a star and executive producer a new mob drama for Paramount+ called "Kansas City," according to Deadline and The ...Read more

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'Don't Look Up' director Adam McKay finds a way to laugh at the end of the world

Adam McKay nearly walked away from "Don't Look Up" once the pandemic hit.

The Oscar-winning writer and director, who helped shape the face of comedy over the last 20 years with his films "Anchorman," "Step Brothers" and later "The Big Short" and "Vice," was finished with his script and ready to start shooting the apocalyptic satire — think of...Read more

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Movie review: 'Being the Ricardos' shows no love for Lucy

Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos” opens with confusion and ends with a fizzle, two appropriate bookends for this messy biopic about Lucille Ball that never lands on exactly what it is that it wants to say about the legendary TV woman, and her famous TV marriage. Folks have already looked askance at star Nicole Kidman in a mask of frozen-...Read more

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Review: 'Don't Look Up,' but there's a scattershot satire headed your way on Netflix

Late into the unwieldy end-of-days satire "Don't Look Up," writer-director Adam McKay briefly sets aside the easy snark and broad targets and reaches for a note of awe. He just about hits it. An enormous comet has appeared in the night sky, finally visible to the naked eye after having spent months making a beeline for Earth. It's a terrifying ...Read more

Redbox's top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 29:

1. Jungle Cruise — Disney

2. Free Guy — 20th Century

3. Malignant — Warner

4. Candyman (2021) — Universal

5. Stillwater — Universal

6. Old — Universal

7. One Shot (2021) — Screen Media

8. 13 Minutes — Quiver

9. The Suicide Squad — Warner

10. Reminiscence...

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Guitar great Leo Kottke and drum master Dave King form a new Minneapolis super duo

MINNEAPOLIS — Leo Kottke's fingers flew across his acoustic guitar with determined fury. Dave King's brushes skittered atop his snare and tom-tom drums with understated artfulness. The two musicians had found a groove in their unchoreographed pas de deux.

And they knew it.

Kottke's feet involuntarily danced a jig. A blissful smile overtook ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Cable or satellite box can provide picture-in-picture functionality

Q. I'm looking for a TV or monitor with good old picture-in-picture, and I am having no luck. It will replace my current 37-inch Vizio and I want to buy something in the 45-55 inch range. I don't use the tuner and just need something with an HDMI input and an RGB input (for my computer.)

—J.J., Los Gatos, California

A. Picture-in-picture ...Read more

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New ABC sitcom 'Abbott Elementary' teaches harsh life lessons at inner-city Philadelphia school

The fake school bells on the set of his new show send Tyler James Williams back to elementary school in Yonkers. This time, though, he’s on the other side of the desk.

Williams, the son of a former NYPD sergeant, stars as new teacher Gregory Eddie in “Abbott Elementary,” a warm-hearted sitcom about struggling teachers at an inner-city ...Read more

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With Drake and Justin Bieber co-signs, Giveon looks to spin his R&B into Grammy gold

LOS ANGELES — In July, the Long Beach singer Giveon played to tens of thousands at Lollapalooza in Chicago, the first festival of his short but ambitious R&B career.

"I really wasn't sure how it would go," said the richly baritoned 26-year-old a day before a headline gig at New York's Irving Plaza. Giveon still vividly recalls playing to two ...Read more

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Nick Cannon's 5-month-old son dies after battle with brain tumor

A teary Nick Cannon shared heartbreaking news with his talk show audience on Tuesday.

Cannon revealed his 5-month-old son, Zen, died Sunday following a battle with brain cancer.

The entertainer made the announcement on his eponymous daytime talk program.

Cannon told of how Zen’s tumor grew rapidly and said, “We knew that the time was” ...Read more

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Holly Madison felt trapped in a 'cycle of gross things' at Hefner's Playboy Mansion

The Playboy Mansion is about to give up some of its secrets, four years after the death of Hugh Hefner, founder and editor in chief of Playboy magazine.

Next month will bring the debut of “Secrets of Playboy,” a 10-hour series on A&E featuring players from “all levels of the brand,”the cable network said in a release Tuesday. Among ...Read more

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Meet Brittney Johnson, soon to be Broadway's first Black Glinda in 'Wicked'

Broadway's production of "Wicked" has been changed for the better.

Brittney Johnson, current understudy for Glinda, will assume the role of the good witch beginning next year, the long-running musical announced Tuesday. She'll be the first Black actor to play Glinda full-time in the Broadway show's 18-year history.

"It's an honor," Johnson ...Read more

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Federal judge dismisses Rose McGowan's RICO lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his lawyers

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge dismissed actress Rose McGowan's racketeering lawsuit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his team of high-powered lawyers on Monday.

In October 2019, McGowan filed a RICO suit against Weinstein — who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault — and his ...Read more

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'West Side Story' reportedly banned in some Middle East nations after censors' input

Steven Spielberg’s new adaptation of “West Side Story” appears to be contending with censorship in the Middle East.

The sprawling musical is the latest film to be banned in the region, with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates among the countries refusing to screen the critically acclaimed remake over thematic issues.

The Disney and...Read more