Having a Moment: 'Doctor Who' and the new age of women in sci-fi

Little girls have long been told that they can grow up to be anything, a dream that reality has often proved otherwise. But sci-fi and fantasy films and television have been substantially bridging that gap in recent years.

With 2016's comedy reboot "Ghostbusters," we found out that women are more than capable of busting ghosts and saving New ...Read more

HBO's new 'Confederate' series sounds eerily similar to some

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- HBO's newly announced Civil War-themed series from the producers of "Game of Thrones" might sound familiar to Kansas City-area film fans.

The premium cable network announced Wednesday that "Thrones" producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be starting on "Confederate," a series set in an alternate timeline where the ...Read more

Commentary: Why it's not too soon to worry about 'Confederate,' the next HBO show from the creators of 'Game of Thrones'

There are alternate universes and then there are alternate universes.

One, potentially, is the universe envisioned by "Game of Thrones" creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, whose next project for HBO, announced Wednesday, is called "Confederate," and would take place "in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully ...Read more

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died by hanging, L.A. County coroner says

LOS ANGELES -- Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington died by hanging at his Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., home, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday.

An employee discovered the 41-year-old's body Thursday morning hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside his home in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, said Ed Winter, spokesman for ...Read more

Appreciation: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was a voice of reassurance from the dark

LOS ANGELES -- Plenty of expected voices joined the online chorus lamenting the death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who died Thursday at 41 of an apparent suicide.

There were tweets from some of the many bands, such as Imagine Dragons and You Me at Six, that drew inspiration from Linkin Park's blend of crunching heavy-metal guitars and ...Read more

Bartender charged with battery in incident involving 'American Idol' singer

CHICAGO -- A confrontation between patrons and staff at a suburban Chicago bar that led to a simple battery charge against a former "American Idol" contestant has now resulted in the arrest of a bartender, authorities said.

Haley Reinhart, a former singing show contestant from northwest suburban Wheeling, Ill., was cited after police said she ...Read more

'Girls Trip' director celebrates 'black girl magic'

When Malcolm D. Lee was a youngster, he didn't know if being a filmmaker was possible. At that point, no one in his family was in the business and what constituted "film" to him were massive feats like "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Star Wars" -- and none were made by black people.

Then he watched his cousin Spike ...Read more

Review: Netflix's 'Ozark' is dark, addictive

ST. LOUIS -- If you live in St. Louis, chances are you have feelings about Lake of the Ozarks.

Maybe it's where your family always went when you were growing up, where you learned to boat and water ski, and where you take your own kids today.

Maybe you don't go, but you've heard about Party Cove, drunken boating, nudity crackdowns and a ...Read more

Movie review: 'Lady Macbeth' is both cool and vital

Rituals define and often confine our lives, and there's great satisfaction in watching a woman break free from everyone and everything pinning her down, consequences and bloodshed and buried bodies be damned.

"Lady Macbeth" establishes and then disrupts an entire brutal social order. It's an unusually sharp feature film debut and a mid-19th-...Read more

Movie review: 'A Ghost Story' is almost willfully opaque

In "A Ghost Story," Rooney Mara eats a whole pie in one long take, and Casey Affleck spends most of the movie under a sheet.

The subject of the movie is the meaning of life.

What gives?

Well, the movie is trippy and almost willfully opaque -- all I can say for sure is I left "A Ghost Story" feeling full.

Certainly the movie has nerve -- in ...Read more

Kyra Sedgwick directs husband Kevin Bacon and their daughter in new Lifetime flick

Actress Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") will be back on TV this fall in ABC's "Ten Days in the Valley," but first she's making her directorial debut on Sunday with the Lifetime movie "Story of a Girl," whose stars include her husband, Kevin Bacon, and their daughter, Sosie Bacon.

There are Lifetime movies, and there are Lifetime movies -- every so...Read more

Sources: TV station deals may quicken with US poised to ease rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to ease TV ownership limits in local markets in September, according to three people briefed on the agency's plans that could help unleash dealmaking long sought by broadcasters.

Rules up for a vote include one that would permit ownership of two of the four most-viewed stations in a market, said ...Read more

It's official: Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol'

The hardest-working man in Hollywood is returning to his roots. ABC announced Thursday morning that Ryan Seacrest will indeed return as host of the rebooted "American Idol."

"We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of 'American Idol' with Ryan at the helm," Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement released by ...Read more

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies at 41

LOS ANGELES -- Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park, died of an apparent suicide Thursday morning, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed. He was 41.

Firefighters received a call about 9 a.m. regarding a cardiac arrest in the 2800 block of Via Victoria in Palos Verdes Estates, said Joey Napoli, spokesman for the Los Angeles County...Read more

Jada Pinkett Smith says she was a drug dealer when she met Tupac Shakur in Baltimore

Actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith has been vocal about her relationship with the late rapper Tupac Shakur for years -- most recently, to set the record straight about what she considers inaccuracies the recent Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me."

But Wednesday, Pinkett Smith revealed a new tidbit about her friendship with Shakur, with ...Read more

Movie review: Luc Besson's 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is a dazzling, dimwitted space opera

In his ludicrously entertaining 2014 science-fiction thriller, "Lucy," the French director Luc Besson gave us a chemically enhanced action heroine with the rare ability to harness 100 percent of her brainpower. Besson's latest futuristic whatsit, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," seems determined to induce the opposite effect in the...Read more

Movie review: 'Valerian' looks good but script is lost in space

Visually, French director Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is tres magnifique. When it comes to the story, the film is what Pepe Le Pew would call a "le cinema avec grand stinker."

As has been Besson's cinematic modus operandi over the years, the director can paint film pictures that waiver between breathtaking and awe...Read more

Q&A: Jill Kargman celebrates the square pegs of Park Avenue on 'Odd Mom Out'

Jill Kargman is the star and creator of Bravo's "Odd Mom Out," the network's first (and still only) scripted sitcom. Recently embarked on its third season and based loosely on her 2007 book "Momzillas" about competitive parenting among the very wealthy, it's a deft and charming satirical ensemble comedy that both fits and mocks Bravo's ...Read more

Tony Bennett preps for 91st birthday concert

CHICAGO -- On Aug. 4, one day after he turns 91, Tony Bennett will take the stage of the Ravinia Festival, in Highland Park, Ill.

If past performances -- such as last year's -- are any indication, he'll perform about two dozen songs from memory. Some will be up-tempo, and Bennett may soft-shoe alongside the piano in swing time, drawing instant ...Read more

The future is uncertain for Disney star Dove Cameron — and she's just fine with that

When Disney Channel's "Descendants 2" premieres on Friday, it could be the end of an era for its star, Dove Cameron.

Cameron gained fame when her Disney Channel sitcom, "Liv and Maddie," debuted in 2013. Now, four years later, the series has reached its end and the future of the "Descendants" franchise is unclear. But Cameron isn't concerned.

...Read more

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