Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt release song for 'March for Our Lives'

Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt have released a new song in honor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and their charge for gun reform.

A portion of the proceeds from "Found/Tonight" will go toward the "March for Our Lives," the movement that on Saturday will bring rallies across the nation calling for school safety and gun ...Read more

Album reviews: Lil Yachty, Shamir and Brandi Carlile



(Self Released 1/2)

Shamir has now put out three full-length albums in less than a year. It started with "Hope," which the South Philadelphia songwriter recorded and released in one weekend in May 2017, and continued with "Revelations," which he let loose in November. And now the 23-year-old former electro-pop star's ...Read more

In a time of political and social upheaval, artists at SXSW turned to self-preservation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Mid-20s Australian artist Stella Donnelly was about halfway through "Mean to Me," a song about a no-good significant other who criticizes her jokes, acts bored in her presence and lacks even a sliver of human decency, when she decided to lighten the mood with the lilt of a violin.

It was a clever sleight-of-hand, given that the...Read more

Barbara Streisand's honored for her TV specials and more

LOS ANGELES -- When she was a newly independent teen living in a tiny New York apartment, Barbra Streisand never made her bed.

Determined to pursue her dream as a Broadway actress, she regarded her unkempt covers and thought, "I have to make it."

Make it in her career, that is. How else would she get enough money to pay someone else to tidy up...Read more

Life coach opened a new world to Malin Akerman

PASADENA, Calif. -- A self-confessed "softy," actress Malin Akerman is learning to be more assertive. It's a quality you need in Hollywood, she says on a cool, winter day in the guest room of a hotel here.

Akerman, who was born in Sweden but grew up in Canada, is testing her mettle onscreen as well, as the stylish wife of a hedge-fund ...Read more

'Panther' bests all rivals at box office again

LOS ANGELES -- Marvel's comic book juggernaut "Black Panther" continues to crush the box office and the record books.

The Disney blockbuster added $27 million to its domestic earnings over the weekend, raising its total to $605.4 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

"Black Panther" is the first picture to spend five ...Read more

Charlie Quintana, drummer for the Plugz and Social Distortion, dies at 56

Charlie "Chalo" Quintana, a fixture on the Southern California punk and roots music scene for decades, has died after fighting emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, his sister Elizabeth Montoya confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 56.

Quintana, who died last Monday at his home in Cancun, Mexico, is probably best ...Read more

New Syfy series goes up, up and away to 'Krypton'

LOS ANGELES -- It worked for Batman. Now, it's Superman's turn.

The Fox series "Gotham" has taken a look at the world of the dark knight crime fighter before Bruce Wayne ever decided to don a cape and cowl. The stories have focused on the supporting players, particularly the quirky band of villains that Batman will spend his career tossing into...Read more

Motion picture academy president John Bailey faces accusations of sexual harassment

John Bailey, who was elected in August as the 34th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is being investigated by the organization following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.

On Wednesday, three harassment claims were reportedly brought against the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include such ...Read more

Former attorneys for 'Suge' Knight plead not guilty to witness tampering

LOS ANGELES -- Two attorneys who formerly represented Marion "Suge" Knight after he was charged with murder pleaded not guilty to witness tampering charges in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Friday.

Thaddeus Culpepper and Matthew Fletcher were indicted earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit ...Read more

Movie review: Origin story of New York's 50-year-old landmark is well told in 'The Opera House'

A plethora of pleasures is hidden under the deceptively mundane title of "The Opera House." Nominally a documentary about the creation of New York's half-century-old Metropolitan Opera House, it turns out to be a charming and convivial celebration of not just the building but also opera in general and creativity across the board.

Key to this ...Read more

Three new food shows to binge watch, and one new radio show too

"Somebody Feed Phil" on Netflix

Man who is most probably a chef travels to a faraway destination. Man arrives hungry. Man meets a local who takes him to eat something wonderful. Cue fun music. Cue food porn. This is the formula for most food travel shows. The same goes for "Somebody Feed Phil" on Netflix -- only, not exactly. For one, the host ...Read more

'Love, Simon' is a sweet, disarming first: a gay teen romantic comedy from a major studio

Sweet, funny and disarming, "Love, Simon" features not one but two daringly public declarations of love. I won't say too much about either, except that in both cases the stakes are high and the consequences potentially disastrous. The first one involves a boy trying to woo his dream girl at a high school football game, a spectacle that is ...Read more

Neil Young on tech giants ('jerks'), audio quality ('bad') and his new movie with Daryl Hannah

AUSTIN, Texas -- "The man in the black hat, steer clear of him," says one of the crusty characters in a new movie, "Paradox," directed and scripted by actress Daryl Hannah.

He's talking about Neil Young, who happens to be Hannah's life partner and also the movie's ostensible "star."

"The characters we play, they're our alter egos in a way," ...Read more

Alicia Vikander makes a persuasive Lara Croft in the new-and-somewhat-improved 'Tomb Raider'

The Oscar-winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has a talent for liberating her characters from states of confinement, emotionally if not physically. Those who noticed her before her big Hollywood breakthrough might recall the vividness of her performance as an uncomfortably corseted Danish queen in "A Royal Affair" (2012). Even more ...Read more

Wanda Sykes to host 29th GLAAD Media Awards next month

LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Wanda Sykes will host the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles next month.

The "black-ish" actress was the 2010 recipient of GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award for an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting acceptance.

"Wanda Sykes' humor, wit and status as one of the most visible out ...Read more

Elton John and Bernie Taupin saluted with two new tribute albums

A bevy of pop, R&B, rock, country and Americana artists are paying homage to the 50-year collaboration between Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin with not one, but two separate collections of new interpretations of more than two dozen of the team's biggest hits and many less-familiar selections.

"Revamp" and "Restoration" -- curated by John ...Read more

Stephen Hawking wasn't just a renowned physicist. He was also a pop-culture favorite

Pop culture loved Stephen Hawking, and Stephen Hawking loved pop culture back.

In fact, entertainment fed most of the world's knowledge of the acclaimed physicist, whose brain and brilliance remained unmarred as Lou Gehrig's disease ravaged his body. He died at 76 on Wednesday morning in his native England.

We learned through movies and ...Read more

Messing with the original 'Tomb Raider' or 'Wrinkle in Time' is punishable by death! Or so the trolls say

Vader: Hi, could the Ghostbusters please settle down? Members of the "Black Panther" disinformation league? Please? Thank you. Welcome to the International Delegation of the Independent Order of Trolls, or IDIOTs. And yes, we're aware of the controversy surrounding that acronym.

As you know, resistance to change is our mission. And denial of ...Read more

Television Q&A: Will 'Code Black' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Is "Code Black" coming back?

A: As I have said before, yes, it is. But CBS recently changed the date for the season premiere. It was previously set for May 2 in the "Criminal Minds" time slot, following that series' season finale on April 25. CBS has now moved the "Criminal Minds" season finale to ...Read more