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Carl Reiner appreciation: Enter laughing, exit a comic titan across 98 years

When a comic giant departs this world for bookings unknown, the usual thing to say or write is: Where do you start?

With Carl Reiner, it's different. Across 98 years, his life and career in comedy generated such a stunning amount of high-grade laughs -- high, medium and low -- with him, it's more like: Where do you finish?

Born in the Bronx, ...Read more

Around the Remote: "American Experience: The Vote", "What Would You Do?", more

DON'T MISS: "American Experience: The Vote" -- Timed to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this two-part, four-hour documentary series tells the dramatic story of the epic -- and surprisingly unfamiliar -- crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement's militant and momentous ...Read more

Fourth of July playlist: Here are the Top 10 fireworks songs

You might not be watching any actual fireworks displays this year, but you can still listen to songs about fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Here are some of the top songs that mention, reference or allude to fireworks:

"Fireworks," Katy Perry (2010)

I'll start with perhaps the most obvious choice: Perry's uplifting blockbuster from her ...Read more

Preview: Harmonix hopes to evolve music genre with DJ game 'Fuser'

Smart developers don't let good ideas go to waste. Instead of mothballing technology, they continue to refine it and that's the case with Harmonix's new project "Fuser."

The backbone of the music-mixing games comes from "Dropmix," a card-based title that Harmonix made in conjunction with Hasbro. It never achieved the same success as its ...Read more

'The Last Dance': Michael Jordan and the pursuit and price of excellence

He's the most famous athlete of his generation, one of the most famous public figures ever. He appeared in six NBA Finals, won all six, and was the MVP each time. So why would Michael Jordan take part in a 10-episode docuseries when its director said up front that it would go to some very uncomfortable places?

"I said, 'Why do you want to do ...Read more

Review: When Chechnya came for its LGBTQ citizens, these brave activists stepped up

With 2020 such a nightmare (and we're still in the first act), it's sometimes a challenge to wrap our brains around the world's many pre-existing crises.

David France's daring new documentary "Welcome to Chechnya" goes undercover to detail one such horrific situation, the extrajudicial persecution of gays and lesbians in the Chechen Republic. ...Read more

Review: The U.S. has become less welcoming to LGBTQ refugees. A new doc depicts their plight

According to the documentary "Unsettled," it is illegal in 70 countries to be gay, lesbian or transgender. In several of these nations, the penalty is death.

For many of these LGBTQ people facing daily threats and abuse, the U.S. has until recently seemed like the promised land, a place where they can live and love freely. Achieving refugee ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 22:

1. The Hunt -- Universal

2. The Invisible Man -- Universal

3. Bloodshot -- Sony

4. Bad Boys for Life -- Sony

5. Sonic the Hedgehog -- Paramount

6. The Call of The Wild -- Fox

7. Impractical Jokers: The Movie -- Warner

8. Jumanji: The Next Level -- Sony

9. Burden (2020) -- ...Read more

What Jim Carrey realized when he thought he had 10 minutes to live

In Jim Carrey's new semi-autobiographical novel, "Memoirs and Misinformation," there are flying saucers and a fire-bombing on Rodeo Drive, apocalyptic fires devouring Malibu and a mega-budget Hungry Hungry Hippos movie written by Kenneth Lonergan. One moment, "Carrey" dreams of strangling his late mother; the next, he pines for Renee Zellweger (...Read more

Review: 'Hamilton' on Disney+ is breathtaking, the best video you'll ever see of a Broadway show

Director Thomas Kail's filmed version of the blockbuster musical "Hamilton," available Friday on the Disney+ streaming service, surely is the greatest translation, democratization and preservation of any Broadway show, ever. Experiencing this event, at relatively low cost and at a time when fans of American musicals are being forced to wait ...Read more

Kerry Washington wants you to ask yourself: What is your hero's journey?

Kerry Washington watched audiences stagger out of Broadway's Booth Theatre after the devastating ending of "American Son," Christopher Demos-Brown's play about a mother agonizing over the whereabouts of her missing Black son. As an actress, she knew she had done her job, opening people's hearts and minds to the American experience of being a ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein, victims ask court to approve $18.9 million deal

More than half a dozen women who say they were assaulted or mistreated by Harvey Weinstein are asking a federal judge to approve a $18.9 million settlement they reached with the disgraced movie mogul.

The female actors and screenwriters sued in December 2017, alleging Weinstein Co., its officers and directors and Miramax, the studio Weinstein ...Read more

Neil Young's long-delayed 'Homegrown' is an instant classic

Neil Young

"Homegrown"

(Reprise 1/2)

This may be the best release yet from Neil Young's extensive archives. "Homegrown" was supposed to come out in 1975, after "On the Beach," but Young shelved it and went deeper into the ditches with "Tonight's the Night."

Young calls "Homegrown" "the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time," and ...Read more

Johnny Mandel, Hollywood film composer who wrote theme to 'MASH,' dies

Johnny Mandel, the arranger, composer and film scorer whose melody for "Shadow of Your Smile" from 1965's "The Sandpiper" ensured his place in the American songbook, has died at his home in Ojai at age 94.

Mandel also was the arranger and composer of "Suicide Is Painless," the familiar theme to the movie "MASH" as well as the TV series based on...Read more

Remembering Carl Reiner: Rob Reiner, Bette Midler, Alan Alda salute a 'comedy genius'

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood tributes are pouring in for comedy legend Carl Reiner, who died Monday evening in his Beverly Hills home at age 98.

"Last night my dad passed away," Carl Reiner's son Rob Reiner tweeted Tuesday morning. "As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

Alan Alda, Bette Midler, William Shatner, Steve ...Read more

Kanye West shares new song 'Wash Us in the Blood' featuring Travis Scott

Kanye West has been watching what's going on in the world, and he has some characteristically complicated thoughts.

Early Tuesday the superstar musician released a new song, "Wash Us in the Blood," accompanied by a music video that features images of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor as well as video from the nationwide protests their deaths ...Read more

Carl Reiner, prolific comedy legend who created 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' dead at 98

Carl Reiner, the veteran comedy actor, writer, director and producer who created the classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and played second banana to Sid Caesar and straight man to Mel Brooks' 2,000-Year-Old Man, died Monday evening. He was 98.

The Associated Press reported his death Tuesday morning, citing his assistant Judy Nagy, who said ...Read more

Movie review: 'Hamilton' filmed production shows off intimate performances by original cast. How lucky we are to be alive right now

Anyone heard of this scrappy little play, "Hamilton"? Turns out it's pretty good!

A joke, of course, because this critic never had a chance to see "Hamilton" on Broadway, or on any other stage. But it was impossible to escape "Hamilton"-mania in 2015 and 2016, as the writer and star of the production, Lin-Manuel Miranda, shot to instant fame, ...Read more

Hillary Clinton talks Trump, protests and that time Chelsea brought her and Bill together

"Hillary," Hulu's four-part documentary about Hillary Clinton, came out of 2,000 hours of footage shot during her 2016 presidential campaign, 35 hours of fresh interviews with the subject herself and a bevy of archival material that filmmaker Nanette Burstein found while researching the project.

When Burstein had a version of the movie that was...Read more

New on DVD: 'Trolls World Tour' fun, but misses a few beats

"Trolls World Tour": Its theatrical release an early victim of the coronavirus pandemic, Universal offered "Trolls World Tour" as a digital rental in April, which the studio said broke records as its biggest debut for an original digital release. The colorful animated family flick reunites the main characters from the 2016's "Trolls," as Queen ...Read more