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'Finally some justice': Hollywood weighs in on Cosby verdict

Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, and many in Hollywood immediately celebrated the news on social media.

The verdict came, after the jury's 13 hours of deliberation, less than a year after a previous panel was unable to reach consensus on the charges.

The accusations against ...Read more

Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a former basketball official at Temple University, a woman decades younger than him who said she had once considered the entertainer a mentor and friend.

The verdict in Cosby's retrial, which came on the second day of deliberations and ...Read more

Cosby's fall from public grace more than a made-for-TV tragedy

PHILADELPHIA -- Sometimes it's hard to remember how much we lost when we lost the idea of Bill Cosby, something that occurred long before the sexual-assault accusations against him reached a second jury in Norristown, Pa.

Thursday's guilty verdict, in a trial that took place beyond the reach of TV cameras, completes an excruciating process that...Read more

'Avengers: Infinity War' to kick off summer season with a bang

The summer movie season will kick off early this weekend with "Avengers: Infinity War," the third installment in Disney and Marvel Studios' sprawling "Avengers" saga that may push the Marvel cinematic universe to new heights.

The superhero release is expected to easily conquer the weekend box office, giving a much-needed jolt to domestic sales,...Read more

'Ghost Stories': This British horror is smartly written and well-acted

The British movie "Ghost Stories" is based on a popular London play that earned the best kind of audience support: Throughout its long run, its spoilers have been preserved by appreciative patrons.

Ads outside the theaters show only photos of the shocked reactions of the audience, so the content of the drama remains a mystery to those who ...Read more

Disney orders 'Star Wars Resistance,' a new animated series set before 'The Force Awakens'

If the conclusion of "Star Wars Rebels" has left a Ghost-shaped hole in your heart and DVR, you're in luck. A new animated "Star Wars" series is set to premiere on Disney Channel this fall.

"Star Wars Resistance" is an upcoming anime-inspired series following the adventures of Kazuda Xiono, a young Resistance pilot tasked with the top-secret ...Read more

Find out how Meghan Markle bid farewell to 'Suits' ahead of royal wedding

Ahead of her highly anticipated royal wedding, Meghan Markle said "I do," and farewell, Wednesday on the Season 7 finale of USA Network's "Suits."

In the two-hour finale, Markle's character, Rachel Zane, married her longtime love Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). The episode marked the last for both Markle and Adams, whose characters were written ...Read more

'The Rider' review: When every rodeo might be your last

Subtle, elemental and powerfully beautiful, writer-director Chloe Zhao's "The Rider" is the Western of the new century, and the most enveloping film experience I've had this year.

Even a hack director could make something of the southwestern South Dakota landscapes near Wounded Knee, lined by the Badlands, and foregrounded by the people who ...Read more

Movie review: 'Disobedience' is daring depiction of complex love

The Chilean director Sebastian Lelio is already having quite the 2018. In March, he scooped up an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for "A Fantastic Woman," his whimsical and harrowing portrait of a transgender woman trying to survive the aftermath of her lover's death. His new film, "Disobedience," is making waves for its daring ...Read more

Television Q&A: Why was Tom on 'The Blacklist' killed off?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I miss seeing Ryan Eggold as Tom on "The Blacklist." I was sorry to see him killed on the show. Why was he eliminated from the show? What is he doing now?

A: The NBC drama decided to kill Tom last year "largely because of what it's going to do to Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone)," executive producer Jon ...Read more

How The Aces made a 'volcanic' dream come true

The young women of The Aces can pinpoint the exact moment the foursome decided to take a childhood hobby to the next level: Grammy night 2014. New Zealand ingenue Lorde took home two statues, including song of the year for "Royals." She was 17 at the time. In Provo, Utah, sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez watched along with besties McKenna Petty...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BEIRUT. 3 stars. Well-acted, well written thriller about a bitter, failed diplomat (Jon Hamm) recalled to Lebanon during its civil war to negotiate a hostage exchange, a dangerous and complex affair involving competing factions within the U.S. contingent (Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris), militia groups and Israeli intelligence. Written...Read more

'Avengers: Infinity War' review: After its psycho mood swings, that ending will create a buzz

"Avengers: Infinity War" is a lot of movie. You can hate it and still say that much with confidence. Its various, overlapping fan bases won't hold what they don't like against it, I bet. "A lot," though, doesn't mean it's much fun or even very good.

No hate here, honestly. The film has its momentary diversions, a few good throwaway jokes amid a...Read more

Filmmaker's rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons is dismissed

LOS ANGELES -- A federal lawsuit accusing music mogul Russell Simmons of raping a documentary filmmaker in 2016 was dismissed Wednesday.

The $5-million suit, filed in January by Jennifer Jarosik, was dismissed by agreement from Jarosik and Simmons' attorneys. No reason was given in the court filing for the agreement to dismiss the case "with ...Read more

The 'Infinity War' question: Is alluding to a new movie's controversial end over the spoiler line?

Can we please talk about film review spoilers without spoiling anything for anybody? Can we respect even the most spoiler-sensitive wishes on this one? We can do that.

Can't we?

I'm bad. Already I'm having a hard time playing this one straight. It's all I can do to ROSEBUD IS THE SLED refrain from revealing THE PLANET OF THE APES IS EARTH! key...Read more

Who is not in 'Avengers: Infinity War'?

There are an estimated 327 million people in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and perhaps you have wondered: How many of them are in "Avengers: Infinity War"? Fifteen percent? Thirty-four percent? Spoiler: Nobody knows for certain how many people appear in "Avengers: Infinity War," opening Friday. It's a mystery. The ...Read more

Meek Mill, freed from prison, has his biggest audience ever

PHILADELPHIA -- It's not hard to find examples of rappers who have spent time behind bars and emerged with their careers intact.

In fact, it's a time-honored tradition in a genre in which authentic experience on the streets is prized. Tupac Shakur released the most popular albums of his career after serving eight months for sexual assault in ...Read more

Meek Mill is free, but his case goes on

PHILADELPHIA -- Meek Mill's case is not over.

The rapper secured his release from prison Tuesday thanks to an order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, bringing his controversial five-month incarceration to a close.

He celebrated by heading straight to the Philadelphia 76ers game, ringing the bell before tip-off and sitting courtside next to ...Read more

Movie review: It's not all fun and games in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Every time I review a Marvel movie (with the exception of "Black Panther"), I can't help but use a simile that popped up while reviewing "Captain America: Civil War." These movies are like eating at a chain restaurant. It's comforting because you know what you're going to get, but it's never anything new or exciting. To extend the metaphor to "...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of April 16:

1. The Commuter -- Lionsgate

2. The Greatest Showman -- Fox

3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- Sony

4. The Post -- Fox

5. Father Figures -- Warner

6. Proud Mary -- Sony

7. Ferdinand -- Fox

8. Deep Blue Sea 2 -- Warner

9. All the Money in the World -- Sony

10. Insidious...Read more

 

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