Review: LA's beloved Angelyne gets the biopic treatment. Sadly, it's only skin deep

In the charming 1954 comedy "It Should Happen to You," Judy Holliday plays Gladys Glover, who, seeking fame, rents herself a billboard overlooking New York's Columbus Circle, proclaiming her name. When a soap company wants the space, she trades for six other billboards, which creates a civic mystery, which leads to celebrity.

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Emmy Rossum squeezes into Angelyne's pink minidress to tell the story of the 'punk rock Barbie doll' billboard queen

For Emmy Rossum, California ‘80s personality Angelyne wasn’t about the hair or the heels or even the boobs. It was about the voice.

Rossum, 35, first saw the billboard queen when she was 13, driving around Los Angeles with her mom, shuffling from audition to audition in a Hertz rental car. Angelyne became a player on the L.A. scene in the ...Read more

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Review: Even death can't spoil the classist cheerfulness of 'Downton Abbey: A New Era'

With the exception of Lady Mary's conspicuously absent husband, everyone and everything arrives right on schedule in "Downton Abbey: A New Era." A silent-film director with an eye for manorial splendor turns up with his cast and crew, to the delight of the starstruck servants and anyone who likes a self-satisfied movie-within-a-movie in-joke. A ...Read more

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'The Kids in the Hall' review: Sketch comedy is a young person's game -- yet here are older guys just ripping into the form as if they never left

The TV landscape tends to feel pretty dismal when “Saturday Night Live” is the only sketch comedy game in town. And often that’s the case. Over its four-plus decade run, it certainly has outlasted so many others — from “SCTV” to “In Living Color” to “MADtv” to “Key & Peele” and more — but that doesn’t make it the ...Read more


Television Q&A: Will Netflix return to 'Virgin River'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Do you know if Netflix has any plans for new “Virgin River” episodes this year?

A: Yes. The fourth season of the drama based on Robyn Carr’s novels will arrive on July 20. (A fifth season has also been ordered.) Expect plenty of emotional complications.

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'Riverdale' to end with upcoming seventh season

“Riverdale” is closing down.

The hit CW series will wrap with its upcoming seventh season, the network announced Thursday, calling it quits on one of its most popular shows.

“Riverdale,” which premiered in January 2017, stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse as teenagers-turned-adults in a mysterious small town ...Read more

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Off-Broadway production of Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' allows patrons to 'pay what they can'

NEW YORK — A radical theatrical production of a Maya Angelou literary classic is opening to New York City audiences this weekend — and the ticketing system is equally unique.

The premiere of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” will be produced by New York City Children’s Theater and begin performances Friday at Theatre Row on 42nd ...Read more

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Marnie Schulenburg, 'As The World Turns' actress, dies from breast cancer at 37

Marnie Schulenburg, the actress best known as Alison Stewart on “As The World Turns,” died Tuesday. She was 37.

Schulenburg died from breast cancer at a hospital in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Deadline reported.

She joined “As The World Turns” in 2007 and appeared through the soap’s final episode in 2010. Later, Schulenburg starred in a ...Read more

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Fashion designer Bob Mackie calls Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe's gown 'a big mistake'

NEW YORK — The outfit Kim Kardashian squeezed into for the 2022 Met Gala was a fashion faux pas.

That’s according to fashion designer Bob Mackie, who said the reality TV superstar made a “big mistake” by wearing the same gown Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, Jr. at Madison Square Garden 60 ...Read more

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Elizabeth McGovern was 'giddy' to return to 'Downton Abbey'

Elizabeth McGovern was "giddy" to return to her character, Cora Crawley, for "Downton Abbey: A New Era." In the age of COVID, she was glad to get out of the house.

"As an actor, you get to rip off your mask for the time during the day when you're actually doing scenes. For everybody else, it's a giant pain in the neck, particularly the studio ...Read more

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Steven Schick drums up world of sonic adventure on 'A Hard Rain' double album, a percussive tour-de-force

SAN DIEGO — What do Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Todd Rundgren have in common with acclaimed percussion master, orchestral conductor and University of California San Diego music professor Steven Schick, a 2014 Percussion Hall of Fame inductee?

Stylistically speaking, very little. Unless, that is, Wonder, Rundgren and McCartney each ...Read more

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Megan Stalter always knew she was 'special.' The rest of us are finally catching up

LOS ANGELES — Megan Stalter was glancing at an antique spinning wheel in the guest room of her mother's house in Ohio last June when, suddenly, inspiration struck. It was Pride month, when corporations issue bland, often unconvincing statements of support for the LGBTQ community.

A thought occurred to her: Wouldn't it be funny if a store with...Read more

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Ukrainian hip-hop choreographer leads champions of a new 'dance generation' despite the war at home

LOS ANGELES — At Hip Hop International's USA Dance Championship this past weekend, hundreds of kids and adults from around the country cheered , waved flags and danced in their seats and onstage at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center. The energy was palpable. Even for the older crowd gathered to see children ...Read more


Review: Eugenio Derbez's Hulu rom-com 'The Valet' finds its own space

"The Valet" starts with a "fake lovers" premise routine in rom-coms, but this Hulu original film doesn't park in the wide-open spot. The funny, grounded remake of a 2006 French comedy arrives in a Pinto and leaves in, if not a Porsche, at least a Prius.

Unambitious but hardworking valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) finds himself caught in the ...Read more

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Movie review: Engrossing 'Emergency' succeeds in shedding light on minority experience

So much about “Emergency” impresses.

From the revelation of what it truly is — as opposed to what it briefly is pretending to be — to the story choices made by its writer and director, the film is impactful all the way through its final shot.

Arriving in select theaters this weekend before being available a week later on Amazon’s ...Read more


What's on TV this week: 'This is Us' finale, 'Stranger Things' Season 4 and 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'


“American Idol” (ABC, 8 p.m. ET): The winner is revealed in the singing competition's 20th season finale.

“The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.): “X-Men’s” Hugh Jackman lends his voice to the season finale.

“Lucy Worsley Investigates” (PBS, 8 p.m.): A new episode delves into the mental health issues that bedeviled Britain’s ...Read more

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She charmed in 'Minari,' delighted on the Oscars. Now for Youn Yuh-jung's next act ...

Fresh off her Oscar win for "Minari," Youn Yuh-jung stars in "Pachinko," Apple TV+'s adaptation of Min Jin Lee's 2017 novel. Youn plays the 1980s version of Sunja, whom the story introduces as a Korean youth in the 1910s, when the country was occupied by Japan. The title could be interpreted as a metaphor for the directions life takes based on ...Read more

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Rapper Lil Meech stole luxurious watches, cops say. He now faces charges in Miami

MIAMI — Lil Meech, an actor and rapper who gained fame under the tutelage of Hip Hop megastar 50 Cent, was arrested last weekend for his part in a convoluted scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of watches, police said.

Police say that Lil Meech, whose real name is Demetrius Flenory Jr., didn’t honor an agreed-upon $200,...Read more

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Armie Hammer's alleged sex crimes -- and his family scandals -- are focus of new series

A new true-crime special coming to ID and Discovery+ will take a deeper look at not just Armie Hammer‘s alleged sex crimes, but also his family tree of scandals.

As first reported by Variety on Wednesday, the tentatively titled “House of Hammer” will investigate multiple controversies across five generations of Hammer’s family, using a ...Read more


Amber Heard's former BFF corroborates her violence allegations against Johnny Depp

Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, who was best friends with Amber Heard from 2003 through the actor’s marriage to Johnny Depp, offered corroborating testimony Wednesday morning in court as Heard’s team continued to present its witnesses in the defamation case brought by the former “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.

Pennington, who appeared ...Read more