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Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, coroner's office says

LOS ANGELES -- Rocker Tom Petty died last year from "multisystem organ failure" caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday.

An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, the agency said.

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'Battle of the Sexes,' 'Call Me by Your Name,' 'Lady Bird' among 2018 GLAAD Media Award nominees

"Battle of the Sexes," "Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird," "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" and "The Shape of Water" are among the films nominated at this year's 29th GLAAD Media Awards.

On the TV side, "Billions," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "The Handmaid's Tale," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Star," "Star Trek: ...Read more

Annie Potts excited to have found winning role in 'Young Sheldon'

LOS ANGELES -- It's well documented that quality acting roles for women of a certain age and maturity are hard to find. But it's not impossible. Just ask Annie Potts. Not only does she get to play one of the best-written characters on network TV in the new CBS hit "Young Sheldon," she can also be seen portraying another fun and complicated ...Read more

Eric Church, Maren Morris will honor Vegas shooting victims at Grammys

Country music hitmakers Maren Morris, Eric Church and the Brothers Osborne are joining the performance lineup for the 60th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Thursday.

In doing so, the musicians plan "to honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events over the course of the past year," according to ...Read more

Samantha Bee has words for Aziz Ansari and 'the inevitable' #MeToo backlash

Samantha Bee has a message to the Aziz Ansaris of the world: If you say you're a feminist, act like a feminist.

The "Full Frontal" host tackled the rising #MeToo backlash on her show Wednesday night and explained how the defense of Ansari against recent allegations of sexual misconduct fits into the narrative.

"Yes, the inevitable backlash to ...Read more

Movie review: 'Den of Thieves' is throwback cops and robbers tale, but some of it could have been left out

Cops and robbers, robbers and cops. It's a classic genre, from children's games to cinema. And it's the spine of Christian Gudegast's directorial debut, the LA crime noir flick "Den of Thieves," where "cops and robbers" is writ so large it nearly becomes abstract. It's a film that wears its inspirations openly, with a whole lot of "Training Day,...Read more

Television Q&A: What happened to 'Code Black'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: What happened to the show "Code Black"? I hope it's not cancelled; love that show.

A: CBS held back the medical drama starring Marcia Gay Harden and Boris Kodjoe from its fall lineup for use later in the season. Later in this case will be May 2. After "Criminal Minds" finishes its current season on ...Read more

'The Handmaid's Tale' showrunner promises 'real hope and victory' from surprising places in Season 2

PASADENA, Calif. -- Season 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale" may be moving past the narrative of the book on which it is based, but that won't prevent it from delving deeper into its dystopian setting.

The Hulu drama, adapted from the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, will return on April 25. Viewers can expect to learn more about the historical events ...Read more

'Star Wars' nitpickers, Picasso naysayers: When audiences fail artists

Have you ever wondered, can audiences fail art? Chris Borrelli ponders the question.

About midway through Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread," every member of the audience who ever failed a work of art -- in other words, all of us -- should sit up straight and take notice: An English fashion designer played by Daniel Day-Lewis has made an ...Read more

'12 Strong' review: Chris Hemsworth leads story of task force under fire

Proudly and narrowly, "12 Strong" is a good-news war story, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by first-time feature director Nicolai Fuglsig, of Denmark. He trained as a photojournalist, and covered the war in Kosovo; in the last decade Fuglsig's commercial resume includes sleek, digitally savvy and action-oriented spots for Corvette ...Read more

A look at Sundance Film Festival's stronger than usual 2018 lineup

"Obsession. Unfetter. Unravel. Unleash. Fantasy. Nightmare." What does it all add up to? Would you believe Sundance 2018?

Though already first among leaders in the domestic film festival universe, Sundance has seen fit to rebrand itself with an enigmatic ad campaign featuring all those words and more.

But for those who regularly attend the ...Read more

Last chance to put a bird on it: 'Portlandia' closes up its painfully hip artisanal shop this season

After seven seasons of the wacky and odd, "Portlandia" is reaching its wit's end.

The IFC sketch comedy series that gently skewers the hipster culture of Portland, Ore., launched its eighth and final season Thursday. The show, a flagship for a cable network that specializes in alternative comedy, poked fun at artisan shops, community gardens ...Read more

Gillian Anderson is ready to leave 'X-Files' behind

LOS ANGELES -- The truth is out there regarding the future of "The X-Files," and it is not good for fans of the Fox show. Unless aliens kidnap Gillian Anderson and probe her into changing her mind, the current batch of 10 new episodes will be her last playing Dana Scully.

Back in October when Anderson suggested at the New York Comic Con this ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. 3 stars. Handsome production set in 1983 Italy, where a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) is hosting a handsome student (Armie Hammer) who becomes involved with the professor's son (Timothee Chalamet). Sensitively told, coming-of-age story that is well-acted by Chalamet and Hammer. Written by James Ivory, it recalls some of the...Read more

Sundance fest, in the moment

Yes, there are still movies at the Sundance Film Festival.

But the 2018 edition of the pre-eminent indie film showcase, which kicks off Thursday night in Park City, Utah, also will be dealing with a moment of tumultuous upheaval and uncertainty in the culture. Multiple moments, to be more exact.

The mechanics of the entertainment industry are ...Read more

Movie attendance fell 6 percent in 2017 while ticket prices hit a record high

Movie attendance in the United States and Canada fell even more than expected in 2017, as the average ticket price hit a record high, according to new data from the National Association of Theatre Owners.

The number of tickets sold was 1.24 billion, down 6 percent from 2016, the trade group said Wednesday. That's steeper than the 4 percent ...Read more

Wolff's 'Fire and Fury' account of Trump's White House heading to TV

Endeavour Content, the financing and sales arm of William Morris Endeavor and IMG, has purchased the film and television rights to Michael Wolff's best-selling book "Fire and Fury," according to a report Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter.

The expose about Trump's first year in office made waves earlier this month, with the president himself ...Read more

Katie Couric will co-host Winter Olympics opening ceremony for NBC

Katie Couric is returning to NBC as a co-host of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the network announced Wednesday.

Couric will join Mike Tirico for the event that kicks off NBC Sports coverage of the Games on Feb. 9.

Couric is a former co-anchor of NBC's "Today," where she became one of television's most...Read more

Remembering the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, whose voice was truly her own

In the 1990s, the Cranberries were easy to view as mere passengers on a number of bandwagons.

The Irish quartet followed Sinead O'Connor and the Frames (not to mention "The Commitments") in establishing that country's idea of post-U2 pop stardom. Frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan's gender ensured that the band was packaged alongside Liz Phair and 4 ...Read more

Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and U2 added to Grammys performance roster — and Miley teams with Elton!

In the countdown to the 60th Grammy Awards, producers on Wednesday rolled out a few more heavy hitters to add to its performance roster. Scheduled to take the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York later this month will be Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, British R&B crooner Sam Smith and Irish rock gods U2.

The acts will join already ...Read more