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Movie review: 'White Crow' a spirited Soviet political thriller dressed up as a dance movie

For his third directorial outing, esteemed English actor Ralph Fiennes tackles the story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his high-profile defection from the Soviet Union in 1961. In "The White Crow," the spirit of Nureyev seems to strain against the choices of the film, in the same way he strained against the rigid adherence to ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for April 23 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

APRIL

23: Escape Room

23: Destroyer

23: A Place to Call Home: Season 6

23: I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu

23: Shameless: Season 9

23: Tickled

30: Miss Bala

30: Serenity

30: Arctic

30: Dragged Across Concrete

30: Level 16

30: Mission Of Honor...Read more

New on DVD: 'Miss Bala' not strong enough to win DVD crown

Beauty pageants can be deadly, as seen in this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.

"Miss Bala"; 2.5 stars: Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) agrees to travel to Tijuana to help her friend, Suzu (Christina Ridlo), prepare for a beauty contest. That trip turns deadly when Gloria is captured by a drug cartel and forced to work for them.

The remake of the ...Read more

Florida rapper YNW Melly charged with murder faces death penalty

MIAMI -- YNW Melly, the Florida rapper who remains behind bars in the Broward County Jail on double murder charges, is facing the death penalty, court records show.

In February, Miramar police said the rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, and Cortlen Henry were responsible for the shooting deaths of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas ...Read more

AMC says 17 of its theaters will remain open 72 hours straight for 'Avengers: Endgame'

AMC Theatres is bracing for one of the biggest weekends ever at the box office when Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" opens Thursday evening.

Seventeen of the theater chain's locations are scheduled to remain open for more than 72 hours straight to accommodate demand for the opening weekend of the Walt Disney Co. film, which is expected to ...Read more

Phylicia Rashad sets Broadway directing debut with 'Blue'

When Phylicia Rashad returns to Broadway, she will do so as a director.

The Tony-winning actress is set to direct the Broadway premiere of "Blue," producers announced Monday. The new staging of the Charles Randolph-Wright play, with music by Nona Hendryx, will run in spring 2020.

Rashad will be making her Broadway debut as a director with this...Read more

'Game of Thrones': All about Podrick's song and Florence + the Machine's cover

Florence Welch took over vocal duties from Podrick Payne as the end credits of "Game of Thrones" rolled on Sunday night.

"Jenny of Oldstones," a haunting song adapted from George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, closed out Episode 2 of Season 8, titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms." But first it was surprisingly sung by the ...Read more

Ye of great faith: Kanye West brings gospel and pop-art dazzle to Coachella

INDIO, Calif. -- Kanye West's Sunday Service was not a traditional Kanye West concert. It was a spiritual, had-to-be-there experience fashioned like a new-age Baptist church revival.

West was not here to play his hits, or deliver anything that would have offered clear insight into the mind of one of the most polarizing figures of the last ...Read more

'Game of Thrones' recap: With the war at hand, Arya claims a moment of humanity

For all the indicators of the passage of time that filled the second episode of the final season of "Game of Thrones" -- a humbled Jaime Lannister, his brother Tyrion drinking with men by the fire instead of at the local brothel -- it was seeing one of the youngest Stark children joining the series' long line of sex scenes that colored the ...Read more

Nathan Lane plays title character in Broadway's 'Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus' with a funny, formidable ferocity

NEW YORK -- What's the difference between a clown and a fool?

You might think the question moot, given the ample prevalence of both types in and around the White House. But it's the central issue in "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus," the weird new Broadway play from Taylor Mac that, depending on your tolerance for the comedically ...Read more

'Incurable nerd' Charlotte Hope takes on Catherine of Aragon in 'The Spanish Princess'

PASADENA, Calif. -- Actress Charlotte Hope failed her driving test three times, is hopelessly messy and claims she's bad at almost everything. But one thing she admits she's good at is acting.

It's taken her eight years, but the actress is proving that with her latest role as "The Spanish Princess," premiering on Starz May 5.

Hope plays Henry ...Read more

Kanye West turns Coachella into church on 'Yeaster' Sunday

INDIO, Calif. -- After a Saturday at Coachella capped by an after-midnight cameo at Gucci Mane's Sahara tent set, rapper Kanye West awakened early -- or, just as likely, never went to bed -- to celebrate Easter with a Sunday service.

In recent months the chart-topping artist had been leading family friends and celebrities in a closely guarded, ...Read more

'The Curse of La Llorona' tops dismal Easter box office as clock ticks to 'Endgame'

LOS ANGELES -- Despite the Easter holiday, moviegoers are just biding their time until next week's release of Disney's "Avengers: Endgame" promises to smash box-office records.

In the meantime, the $26.5 million opening of Warner Bros.' "The Curse of La Llorona" dominated the worst Easter box-office weekend in almost 15 years, with a total ...Read more

Parolee wounded in Nipsey Hussle shooting released from jail

LOS ANGELES -- A parolee who was shot along with Nipsey Hussle on March 31 outside the rapper's clothing shop was released from Men's Central Jail early Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Kerry Lathan, 56, who suffered a gunshot wound to the back, was transported to the jail last week after his arrest for a ...Read more

The ATA's response to writers' concerns is simply insane

In the early stages of the current war between the Writers Guild of America and the Assn. of Talent Agents, it was difficult for anyone who was not a writer or talent agent to get terribly worked up.

Screenwriters are not coal miners fighting for safety measures, and talent agents aren't teachers who'd like to earn a decent living for once. ...Read more

Album reviews: Brooks and Dunn, Control Top, Damien Jurado

Brooks and Dunn

"Reboot"

(Arista Nashville )

At the start of the 1990s, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn boot-scooted to the top of the country charts, and by the time they split in 2010, they had become country's top-selling duo ever.

For this reintroduction on disc, the duo have decided to revisit some of those old hits. But they do it in an ...Read more

Review: Lizzo squeezes some personality into over-the-top 'Cuz I Love You'

For Lizzo's major-label debut album, "Cuz I Love You" (Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic), the Minneapolis rapper/singer/body-positive advocate is in full cry from the get-go. Over 11 songs in 33 minutes, Lizzo rarely lets up, a relentless assault that favors excess verging on camp over subtlety.

In shouting for attention, Lizzo and her ...Read more

Lil Dicky enlists Justin Bieber and lots of pop stars for NSFW 'Earth' music video

Ahead of Earth Day 2019, which is Monday, rapper and comedian Lil Dicky has assembled dozens of stars for an anthemic and bawdy "Earth" music video, ripping names from the pop charts and beyond to sing about climate change.

"Why did it take me so long to get wind of this?," Lil Dicky said in a release. "I feel like everybody on the planet ...Read more

'My Mom's Letter from Heaven' next family project for Barry Watson

Barry Watson stresses while it might look like the only acting projects he's attracted to have to do with family, he has done a variety of roles over the years. It's just that the decade he spent on the family-oriented "7th Heaven" along with the series "Date My Dad" plus heartfelt films like "My Future Boyfriend," "An Hour Behind" and "Far From...Read more

Prince's greatest talent? Self-confidence, says the manager who landed 'Purple Rain'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bob Cavallo was starting to panic.

Three weeks behind schedule, the movie producer had only one week to shoot all of the concert scenes for "Purple Rain." If he didn't meet the deadline, his insurance company would bring in a new producer and director to finish the movie.

The first-time producer was working with a first-time ...Read more