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P. Diddy revealed as buyer of $21 million painting

CHICAGO -- Hip-hop mogul P. Diddy has been revealed as the buyer of Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall's "Past Times," the work that sold at auction this week for $21 million, a price believed to be near the maximum paid for a living artist.

Marshall's New York dealer, Jack Shainman, told the New York Times that P. Diddy, whose real name is ...Read more

Star cellist, 19, was to perform in L.A., but then Meghan Markle called

LOS ANGELES -- You've heard of a runaway bride. But what about a runaway cellist?

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra learned that it will be left at the altar this weekend -- the altar being the Alex Theatre on Glendale, Calif. For the last concert of its 50th anniversary season, LACO was to perform with 19-year-old British cello virtuoso Sheku ...Read more

Why 'Fox & Friends' is must-see TV for President Trump

It's easy to ridicule "Fox & Friends" for its unabashed crush on President Donald Trump. But to a significant portion of the American TV audience, the Fox News weekday show is the best part of waking up, as stimulating as a Venti-sized order at Starbucks -- and healthier.

Its America-is-great-again formula attracts roughly 1.6 million viewers a...Read more

Star-packed 'Book Club' a welcome respite from superhero overload

Almost everyone with a pulse would hit movie theaters last week to check out "Deadpool 2," the first film with a legitimate shot to dethrone "Avengers: Infinity War" from the top perch at the box office.

Those looking to escape the summer comic book and blockbuster onslaught would have to settle for "Book Club."

"Settle" may not be an ...Read more

The bracing 'First Reformed,' starring a superb Ethan Hawke, resurrects Paul Schrader's career

In the opening shot of Paul Schrader's new movie, the camera creeps slowly toward First Reformed Church, a small chapel in upstate New York that has welcomed parishioners since 1767. The place has seen better days, and so has its weary reverend, Ernst Toller (a superb Ethan Hawke).

He leads a weekly congregation of about four or five in a ...Read more

'Cold Water,' Olivier Assayas' brilliant 1994 film, finally arrives in the U.S.

There are a few different meanings for the title of the 1994 French youth drama "Cold Water," an early triumph for the writer-director Olivier Assayas that is only now receiving a proper U.S. theatrical release.

An intimate, enveloping tale of romance and rebellion set in 1972, the film opens in a suburb near Paris but soon follows its 16-year-...Read more

'Whitney' offers an unflinching look at Whitney Houston's triumphs and tragedies

"The biggest devil is me," Whitney Houston told Diane Sawyer in her most infamous interview.

It was an exchange confirming years of speculation that the pop superstar had struggled with substance abuse, a dependency that ultimately contributed to her death at age 48 in 2012.

By the time the interview -- the same one where she proclaims "crack ...Read more

Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan reunite for tragic romance 'On Chesil Beach'

"On Chesil Beach" is a beautifully made film that is as difficult to write about as it is to watch, and it is inescapably hard to watch.

Yet the reasons it is difficult -- a completely heartbreaking story brought to exquisite life via immaculate writing, directing and acting -- are why it's worth putting up with the pain.

The story of the ...Read more

The looming specter of #MeToo stories turned into fodder for TV and film

It is inevitable that the #MeToo movement will be turned into TV and film. But whose stories are being told? And who gets to tell them?

The answers feel, well, actually kind of predictable for Hollywood.

Last week, the New Yorker published a long and fascinating profile of TV producer Ryan Murphy and in it, he mentioned an idea for an ...Read more

Snark conquers all in 'Deadpool 2,' a superhero sequel that's more of the same

It's not easy to capture lightning in a bottle twice, and it's even harder to push boundaries when you're playing it safe.

In "Deadpool 2," the manic antics fly fast, but the franchise loses its edge as wise-cracking antihero Deadpool goes dadcore, attempting to infuse standard-issue four-quadrant studio blockbuster beats into what was once a ...Read more

'Catfish' host Nev Schulman denies sexual misconduct accusations as MTV investigates

"Catfish" host and executive producer Nev Schulman denied accusations of sexual misconduct Thursday following MTV's suspension of production on the show pending a third-party investigation.

On Saturday, Ayissha Morgan published a video to her YouTube page titled "The TRUTH about the show Part 1," which detailed purported misconduct by "the main...Read more

The CW is saying goodbye to 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and hello to Sundays with 'Charmed' reboot

The CW is charming its way into Sunday and saying goodbye to some fan favorites.

The 2018-19 season will see the network, which until now has been doling out 10 hours of programming each week, boost its primetime schedule by 20 percent by adding two hours of scripted programming on Sunday nights. And the network is hoping to cast a spell from ...Read more

John Travolta on #MeToo: 'I honestly don't know a ton about it'

CANNES, France -- John Travolta doesn't do a lot of interviews. But at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his mob drama "Gotti," in which he plays embattled mafia don John Gotti, the Oscar-nominated actor sat for a two-hour conversation as part of the festival's master class series, dubbed "Rendez-vous with."

The event was moderated ...Read more

'Deadpool 2' to unseat 'Avengers: Infinity War' at the weekend box office

Time for Iron Man and Captain America to give someone else a turn at the box office -- namely, the guy known for throwing shade at his fellow superheroes.

Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed mercenary, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson), is poised to rule the charts this weekend, two years after the superhuman antihero first shattered film industry ...Read more

'Book Club': This mature lady rom-com is no page turner

"Book Club" is not about reading.

There's a book club in "Book Club," all right. But its members -- Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen -- choose to read "Fifty Shades of Grey," and subsequent discussions are not of a literary nature.

Instead the women are inspired to resume ... well, let's call it dating. Those that...Read more

Wim Wenders' new doc is an absorbing look at Pope Francis

In "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," an associate says the pope has risen from Argentinian priest to Vatican leader to international icon because he is "the kind of person who speaks to everyone."

In Wim Wenders' new documentary, he speaks directly to you. Or that's the feeling anyway. Wenders follows the pope around the world, but punctuates ...Read more

Son of 'Real Housewives of Orange County' star will represent himself in attempted murder trial

The son of former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Lauri Peterson will again represent himself in his attempted-murder case after alleging during a court hearing Tuesday that he can't be sure of the confidentiality of phone calls between himself and his former defense attorney.

Joshua Waring, 29, dismissed his attorney, Joel Garson, ...Read more

Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool 2' is more of the same, but more so

Superhero sequels are always more of the same, and "Deadpool 2" continues the practice smoothly, transitioning into something more gory, bizarre, offbeat and even obscenely funny than the original, which opened in 2016 to quite justified acclaim and stratospheric profits. While the protagonist, a smart-mouthed, obnoxious, unkillable mutant ...Read more

What 'My Fair Lady' and 'Carousel' bring to Broadway that 'Mean Girls' does not

NEW YORK -- A funny thing happened after my disappointment over "Mean Girls" had me forswearing musicals in the middle of Times Square. I fell in love again with the art form through two rapturous revivals of golden age classics I had mistakenly assumed were past their expiration dates, "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady."

"Mean Girls" didn't deserve...Read more

Ann Dowd follows her own path to success in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

When Ann Dowd is walking toward you, the impulse is not to make eye contact.

The veteran actress has played, with chilling effect, some of television's most recent fearsome, scene-stealing archvillains: cult leader Patti Levin in HBO's "The Leftovers" and, currently, the domineering oppressor Aunt Lydia in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."

But ...Read more