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Philly DA's office says Meek Mill's judge is biased, should not oversee case

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's office believes that the judge overseeing Meek Mill's case has been biased against the celebrity rapper, abused her discretion when she sentenced him to prison in 2017 for probation violations and should be removed from making decisions in his ongoing appeal.

Those assertions, made ...Read more

'Overzealous' Cardi B postpones tour to recover from liposuction

Cardi B has postponed concerts through the end of May to allow her body time to recover from post-baby liposuction and breast surgery.

A show Tuesday night in El Paso, Texas, was postponed, as was the rapper's appearance at a Memorial Day weekend event in Baltimore.

"Cardi was overzealous in getting back to work; she didn't take the time ...Read more

At Cannes, genre filmmaking from 'Parasite' to 'The Wild Goose Lake' turns heads

CANNES, France -- Times critic Justin Chang is filing regular dispatches from the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, which runs through Saturday in France.

A surge of excitement runs through the crowd at the beginning of every gala screening at the Cannes Film Festival, as the movie's director walks into the Grand Thetre Lumiere and is ...Read more

'Brightburn': An origin story that should be strangled in its crib

In a Kansas farmhouse, a young couple is engaged in romantic intimacy when the woman feels the earth move.

It's the tremors from an alien spaceship (not a spoiler, it's in the synopsis), which has deposited a humanoid baby nearby. The woman (Elizabeth Banks) has struggled with fertility problems and takes it as a sign from heaven, so she keeps ...Read more

Quentin Tarantino gets testy at Cannes over question about women's roles in his films

CANNES, France -- There were plenty of hard questions Quentin Tarantino could have faced as he greeted reporters for the first time following the Cannes premiere of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood."

Did he change his approach to on-set safety after Uma Thurman alleged in February 2018 that the director pushed her to perform a "Kill Bill" ...Read more

Movie review: Live-action 'Aladdin' works its magic in remaking beloved original

There's no slowing the Disney live-action remake train. The chance to cash in on fan nostalgia for their favorite Disney animated films can be quite lucrative, even though there have been some misses among the hits. It's a fraught endeavor to try and update a film while maintaining what fans essentially love about it. Fortunately, Disney nails ...Read more

Georgia abortion law: Boycott heats up as TV show and Kristen Wiig movie bail

A Lionsgate comedy and an Amazon Studios TV series have pulled out of Georgia after the passage of a law prohibiting abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The Kristen Wiig movie "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" will not shoot in Georgia, a production source confirmed Tuesday. It and the Amazon Studios series "The Power" are the first ...Read more

Quentin Tarantino shocks Cannes again with epic 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood'

CANNES, France -- The day before the Cannes premiere of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," his hotly anticipated movie set in Los Angeles during the tumultuous events of 1969, Quentin Tarantino published an open letter online. He addressed it to audiences at the festival, opening with the words "I love Cinema," which may be the most redundant ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of May 13:

1. Cold Pursuit -- Lionsgate

2. Fighting with My Family -- Universal

3. What Man Want -- Paramount

4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part -- Warner

5. Happy Death Day 2U -- Universal

6. Glass -- Universal

7. Serenity (2019) -- Universal

8. The Mule -- Warner

9. Miss Bala (...Read more

'Booksmart' review: Cutting loose with the smartest kids in class

"Booksmart" takes a familiar blueprint and uses it to build a movie we haven't seen often enough: an R-rated teen comedy (meaning, a comedy about teenagers) focusing on a great female friendship.

The movie's not always as wonderful as that friendship. Some bits are hilarious yet life-like, while others belong to medium-high-grade situation ...Read more

Grand jury indicts man on murder charges in Nipsey Hussle death

LOS ANGELES -- A grand jury has indicted the man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle during an attack in South Los Angeles on March 31.

Eric Holder, 29, was indicted on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, the Los Angeles County district ...Read more

Kodak Black lied to get guns before Pompano Beach shooting, authorities say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida rapper Kodak Black lied on official documents in January when he applied to buy three weapons, one of which was found at the scene of a Pompano Beach shooting in March, according to federal investigators.

A rival rap artist was the apparent target of the shooting, which happened in Golden Acres, the ...Read more

'Game of Thrones': Author George R.R. Martin teases 'real' ending

Author George R.R. Martin was among the minority of fans who applauded "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on Monday following the polarizing series finale of their HBO series.

He also teased that their conclusion might be different from the end he has in mind for his protracted "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, the ...Read more

'The Farewell' director Lulu Wang to receive Sundance Vanguard Award

LOS ANGELES -- Sundance Institute will fete "The Farewell" filmmaker Lulu Wang as the recipient of its 2019 Vanguard Award. The honor is slated for June 26 at the Los Angeles premiere of the acclaimed dramedy starring Awkwafina.

The screening and afterparty will be held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA as Sundance Institute's summer fundraiser ...Read more

'John Wick 4' gets a 2021 release date from Lionsgate

John Wick will be back.

On Monday, Lionsgate revealed that "John Wick: Chapter 4" is scheduled to hit theaters May 21, 2021. The news was initially announced in a text message to fans that read: "You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021."

The studio's announcement came just days after the debut ...Read more

Movie review: With brilliant performances, script, 'Booksmart' is one of the best high school movies of all time

Olivia Wilde didn't have to go this hard -- but she did. For her directorial debut, "Booksmart," the actress-turned-director comes out swinging with not only one of the best movies of the year, but one of the best high school movies of all time. With a stacked supporting cast, a script crackling with densely packed jokes and a bravura, awards-...Read more

Blythe Danner and John Lithgow find love late in life in 'The Tomorrow Man'

If there's one thing we've learned from movies and TV in recent years, it's this: There is no age limit to falling in love.

A romantic subgenre has developed over the last few years in which older people fall in love -- often to their own surprise -- including the 2015 hit indie "I'll See You in My Dreams" with Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott and...Read more

How the 'Game of Thrones' finale reminds us of the 2020 presidential race

If the last couple election cycles have taught us anything, it's that the road to the White House is paved with more town-hall meetings than any one human with a functioning soul should ever be forced to watch.

If the last eight seasons of "Game of Thrones" have taught us anything, it's that the American electorate pays much closer attention ...Read more

Bill Gates reveals his summer 2019 reading list recommendations

In need of summer reading? Bill Gates has some recommendations for you.

In what's become an annual tradition, the Microsoft co-founder, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and avid reader has released a list of books he's recently enjoyed. They're all, he admits on his blog, not exactly light reads; if you want something more ...Read more

Who won 'Game of Thrones'? From first to last, Peter Dinklage

Warning: This story contains spoilers for the finale of "Game of Thrones."

The biggest trick "Game of Thrones" played on its audience was not the two-season buildup to a battle with the Night King that lasted only one episode or the survival of way more Dothraki than seemed possible after that big "lights out" scene.

It wasn't the earned/not-...Read more

 

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