Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim's documentary "The Great Hack," streaming on Netflix starting July 24, should be required viewing for every American citizen (make it a double feature with the Steve Bannon doc "The Brink"). Then every American citizen should delete Facebook. At a bare minimum, we should seriously consider the devil's bargain we've ...Read more
Fantasy collided with reality when the nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday: The Television Academy overwhelming chose to fly with dragons and tackle real-world racism, all in the same election cycle.
The final season of "Game of Thrones" -- by far its weakest -- landed 32 nominations, the most ever for a drama series in ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Whether it be the 1994 animated version of "The Lion King" or the new live-action version of the animal tale, the one thing that remains a constant is that Scar is one of the most manipulative, power-hungry, control-obsessed characters in Disney history. Jeremy Irons was behind bringing that evilness to life in the animated ...Read more
A glass three-fifths full, writer-director Lynn Shelton's affable comedy "Sword of Trust" gets by on the improvisational wiles of its cast.
For those looking for it, there's also a glimmer or two of social observation regarding the way our country's current divide zigzags back inevitably to the Civil War, how that turned out, who wants what to ...Read more
South African musician Johnny Clegg, who formed one of the first rock bands with black and white musicians that performed together when apartheid was still the law of the land, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Clegg died at his home in Johannesburg, his manager, Roddy Quin, confirmed in a statement.
Clegg was ...Read more
Jharrel Jerome was overcome with emotion.
"Oh, man, I'm on cloud 9!" Jerome declared just minutes after he learned he had been nominated for lead actor in a limited series for the Netflix miniseries "When They See Us." Director Ava DuVernay's searing saga, which earned 16 Emmy nominations, including one in the competitive limited series ...Read more
"Better Call Saul" picked up nine Emmy nominations Tuesday, including nods for series and actors Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito and Michael McKean.
But once again, Emmy voters failed to recognize the best part of the show: the actress who plays attorney Kim Wexler, the character who acts as the series' moral compass and stands...Read more
Beyonce's 2018 Coachella performance, which was turned into a film and acclaimed live album called "Homecoming," racked up even more accolades Tuesday morning: The Netflix special was nominated for six Emmy Awards.
That puts the beloved musician and actress one step closer to finally winning an Emmy after four previous nods over the years.
Of ...Read more
Fans may have had mixed to "way to ruin my favorite show, you sexist pigs" feelings about the final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones," but these were not shared by the 24,000 or so members of the Television Academy, who seem to agree, at least collectively, with my earlier assessment that it is the best show ever.
But enough about me.
It's ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Meek Mill's legal journey will take another step Tuesday afternoon, but it will take time to determine how much closer that step will move the celebrity rapper toward his long-desired goal of removing a decade-old conviction from his record.
Attorneys for Mill are scheduled to appear before a panel of Superior Court judges at 3:...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Scrolling through Tuesday's Emmy nominations, you might find yourself wondering if this year's list represents a Hall of Fame of Snubs.
Where are "Stranger Things" and Millie Bobby Brown? Nothing for "Big Little Lies"? (Don't tell Renata.) And "The Handmaid's Tale" earns 11 nominations but gets ignored in all the major categories...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- A decade ago, the miniseries couldn't get any respect. In 2009 and 2010 -- as shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" were racking up Emmys -- the format was so out of fashion that the Television Academy could find only two programs worth nominating for outstanding miniseries. For the next three years, miniseries and TV movies ...Read more
No Emmy nominations day would be complete without at least a few snubs and surprises. The 2019 edition -- announced by D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jeong on Tuesday -- includes "Schitt's Creek and "When They See Us" and, yet again, omits "The Good Fight."
The Times breaks down all of those who surprisingly will, and shockingly won't, be up for the top...Read more
"Morrison, what a dork," the crustily cantankerous (cantankerously crusty?) David Crosby opines while regarding a photo of The Doors frontman displayed in the Laurel Canyon Country Store. The visit to the small Los Angeles grocery store is one stop on a "David Crosby: This is Your Life" style tour in the documentary "David Crosby: Remember My ...Read more
"The Simpsons'" 2019 Halloween programming just got a little stranger.
For its upcoming "Treehouse of Horror" special, which happens to mark Episode 666, the long-running animated comedy will parody Netflix's monster hit "Stranger Things" and 2018's best-picture Oscar winner, "The Shape of Water." Fox Animation Studios recently released a ...Read more
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
16: Teen Spirit
16: Little Woods
16: Criminal Minds: Season 14
16: Fast Color
16: Titans: The Complete First Season
23: Alita: Battle Angel
23: Missing Link
23: Master Z: Ip Man ...Read more
For seven seasons on the USA legal drama "Suits," Gina Torres played Jessica Pearson, the head honcho at a white-shoe law firm in New York who spent her days expertly maneuvering around power players while attempting to keep her own colleagues in check as they created one complication after another.
Building a spinoff around Torres is an ...Read more
CHICAGO -- It may not be the Oasis, but Joe's on Weed Street was an acceptable stand-in as country superstar Garth Brooks began his seven-stop "Dive Bar Tour" there Monday night and proved that he has friends in small places, too.
Backed by most of the band he brings to stadium shows -- six bandmates, but no backup singers -- Brooks fist-pumped...Read more
Steven Soderbergh did it. So did Jane Campion, Park Chan-wook, Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee.
In recent years, an increasing number of filmmakers have turned to television for long-form storytelling opportunities that are harder to find in the franchise-obsessed movie business. Networks get bragging rights -- and sometimes awards -- for working ...Read more
The astronauts also left their footprints on pop culture:
1962: Tang had been around since 1958, but it wasn't until John Glenn sipped some "orange drink" out of a pouch that sales went into orbit, causing would-be space explorers across the country to demand the powdered treat with their morning cereal.
1962: When President John F. Kennedy ...Read more
- Emmys 2019: snubs and surprises
- Review: 'Lion King' is more tragedy than triumph
- Johnny Clegg, South African artist who fought apartheid with music, dies at 66
- Emmy rules: Why Millie Bobby Brown and 'Big Little Lies' are missing from the nominations
- Rhea Seehorn is the best thing about 'Better Call Saul.' So where's her Emmy nomination?