Elizabeth Olsen already explained what's going on in 'WandaVision.' Five years ago

"WandaVision" star Elizabeth Olsen gave us a reading list to help prepare for the Disney+ series nearly five years ago — we just didn't know it yet.

"I'm about to teach you the history of my Marvel character, the Scarlet Witch," says Olsen in a video shot for an Allure cover story in 2016. She then gives a quick rundown on some key comic book...Read more

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Lawyer for Britney Spears' dad defends him, but #FreeBritney fans aren't having it

The legal team for Britney Spears’ father is attempting to wrest back the #FreeBritney narrative that has vilified him while the singer’s conservatorship case has persisted, insisting that James “Jamie” Spears loves his daughter and wants what’s best for her.

But #FreeBritney advocates aren’t having it.

“I understand that every ...Read more

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Television Q&A: Will 'Younger' be returning for another season?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Can you tell me if the TV show “Younger”, starring Sutton Foster, will return for a seventh season?

A: It will, but in a new location at first. Paramount+, the revamped version of streaming service CBS All Access, will have the seventh and final season of the series at a date to be announced. ...Read more


How Paramount+ plans to scale the streaming mountain

Through its history, Viacom and CBS have shaken up genres including reality TV with MTV's "The Real World," kids shows with Nickelodeon and TV news with "60 Minutes." The combined company is hoping to do it all again, this time in streaming.

During a more than three-hour Wednesday afternoon presentation filmed at the famed Paramount Pictures ...Read more

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'United States vs. Billie Holiday' review: Andra Day triumphs as Lady Day in an uneven film

Many Billie Holiday fans may be left frustrated and perplexed by “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” available to stream Friday on Hulu. I am not one of them.

It’s worth seeing for vocalist Andra Day’s first big dramatic role, for starters. She’s simply terrific or, rather, complexly so; she captures the vocal timbre of the real ...Read more

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Child star disaster stories abound. How did Punky Brewster avoid that fate?

Child stars are destined for disaster. If that's a surprise, you haven't been watching enough TV.

In last year's "Showbiz Kids" documentary, Todd Bridges and Evan Rachel Wood looked back at their early careers with anything but candy-coated memories. "Framing Britney Spears," released this month, shows how the former Mouse­keteer buckled under...Read more

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Heidi Stevens: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen turn an unlikely friendship into a deeply personal podcast. Their timing is perfect

It’s a pleasure, in an age dominated by sound bites and tweets and graceless nicknames, to listen to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, a resolute poet, and Barack Obama, an elegant orator, discuss our nation’s past and present, constructs and character.

The singer-songwriter and the former president of the United States have teamed up for a ...Read more

NBC pulls 'Nurses' episode over accusations of anti-Semitism

An episode of NBC’s Canadian import “Nurses” has quietly disappeared from its digital platforms after multiple national Jewish organizations called out its anti-Semitic tropes.

The episode, which aired Feb. 9, included a scene in which a young Orthodox Jewish patient, Israel, finds out he’ll need a bone graft for his injured leg if he ...Read more

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Brett Ratner's Milli Vanilli biopic dropped by Millennium Media after Time's Up reignites sexual assault allegations

After being publicly called out for getting back into business with Brett Ratner after at least six women accused him of sexual misconduct, Millennium Media has dropped the director’s planned Milli Vanilli biopic.

Millennium and Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment said Wednesday that Millennium “will not be selling the film at (the European ...Read more

Review: 'The Father' showcases Anthony Hopkins at his devastating best

In “The Father’s” house are many rooms, all of them beautifully appointed with details so sharp and precise that you might be startled to find them vanishing a few moments later: Didn’t those backsplash tiles look different a minute ago? Wasn’t there a lamp on that side table? The French writer-director Florian Zeller, adapting his ...Read more

Mehdi Hasan joins MSNBC weekend lineup with new opinion program

MSNBC is giving former Al Jazeera journalist and author Mehdi Hasan a spot in its prime-time lineup as the cable news network expands its opinion programming.

Hasan, 42, is currently a political analyst on MSNBC and hosts a daily interview program on the NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock. MSNBC announced Thursday that he will take over the...Read more


Ma Rainey, 'Mother of the Blues,' injected her music with color and controversy

In the Netflix drama that spotlights a Chicago recording session, Ma Rainey argues with a cop about a fender bender.

"You going to let me tell the story?" he asks her, exasperated.

Rainey, as portrayed by Viola Davis, responds with a steely-eyed stare.

"Well, if you gonna tell it, tell it right," she says.

We'll try to honor Rainey's legacy ...Read more


To this Bay Area trainer, there are no bad dogs. So his Netflix show trains humans

In Netflix's new docuseries "Canine Intervention," Jas Leverette — a Bay Area dog trainer whose clients include basketball player Steph Curry, comedian Kevin Hart, boxer Andre Berto and football player Marshawn Lynch — shares the foundational principles of his business. Success is a result of knowledge and discipline. Aggression is rooted in...Read more

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COVID-19 interrupted a generation of theater artists. Now they wonder what's next

SEATTLE — When Jarrett Johnson stepped onstage for the first time in 2019, he was nervous. For eight years, he had been on active duty with the United States Air Force. He'd stood in front of commanders, colonels and generals. He'd been actively deployed all over the world.

Yet standing in the spotlight on the stage at Erickson Theatre as he ...Read more

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'Ted Lasso': What we know about next season, Kansas City connections, those biscuits

Everyone was skeptical of "Ted Lasso." After all, it was based on a TV commercial with a one-note premise: Kansas football coach is transplanted to England to coach a sport he knows nothing about: their version of football, aka soccer.

Then people started watching the series and realized there was far more to it, thanks in large part to its co-...Read more

What's the title of Marvel's next Spider-Man film? Don't ask Tom Holland or Zendaya

"Spider-Man" stars Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon spun a web of lies this week while teasing the title of their next Marvel film — which was finally announced for real Wednesday.

As fans eagerly awaited new details about the upcoming third installment in the superhero franchise, cast members trolled them on social media with various ...Read more

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Martha Stewart says #MeToo Movement has been 'really painful for me'

Martha Stewart has mixed feeling feelings about the #MeToo movement.

Although she’s faced her share of misogyny, the doyenne of domesticity said the flourishing social movement against sexual misconduct and abuse has been a complicated issue for her.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Stewart revealed that getting ahead in the business ...Read more


Review: 'Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection' updates everything but the sexist tropes

When I first played "Ghosts 'n Goblins" as a kid in the mid-1980s, little me enjoyed the digital squeaks that accompanied every throw of a spear, the zombies that pop out of the cemetery in the first level and, well, I'm not sure if I got much further than that in the game.

My nostalgia for the franchise pretty much stopped there too. I feel no...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 15:

1. Greenland — Universal

2. Let Him Go — Universal

3. Freaky — Universal

4. Horizon Line — Universal

5. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox Entertainment

6. Breach (2020) — Paramount

7. Come Play — Universal

8. The War with Grandpa — Universal

9. Honest Thief — ...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

This week in new streaming family-friendly releases:

1. “Tom & Jerry: The Movie”

The classic cat-and-mouse cartoon about warring rivals Tom and Jerry gets an update courtesy of Warner Bros. and director Tim Story. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Bobby Cannavale, Lil Rel Howery and Ken Jeong in ...Read more