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Review: 'Game of Thrones' ends more with an exhale than a bang

The Iron Throne, "Game of Thrones' " ultimate prize that countless characters killed and were killed for over eight seasons of stellar storytelling, melted into a molten puddle during the series finale Sunday, dripping slowly down a set of stairs that once led to the realm's coveted seat of power.

In a farewell episode that ended the series ...Read more

Pedro Almodóvar's deeply personal 'Pain and Glory' could bring his first Palme d'Or at Cannes

CANNES, France -- "This is the game," Pedro Almodovar says, his eyes positively twinkling as I apologize about asking an obvious question. "You will ask it and I will answer as if it's the first time."

The Spanish master director is sitting in a sheltered corner on a quiet hotel rooftop, enjoying the calm before the storm that is the Festival ...Read more

Review: Carly Rae Jepsen remains cult queen of the lovelorn on 'Dedicated'

Carly Rae Jepsen has found success by never quite going all the way.

In 2007 this smiley singer from British Columbia made it to the semifinals of "Canadian Idol" before getting the boot. In 2012 she topped the Hot 100 with the chipper and contagious "Call Me Maybe," then struggled to create another radio hit. For 2015's "Emotion" she ...Read more

How Leyna Bloom became the first transgender actress of color to star in a film at Cannes

CANNES, France -- Leyna Bloom turned up at the Port Authority bus terminal at 17 with one red suitcase and nowhere to put it. She'd saved up a little money working part time at McDonald's and Starbucks on the South Side of Chicago, the place she'd left behind 22 hours before. But it wasn't enough to pay rent, so she spent her first few weeks ...Read more

Cannes: Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life' is a return to form and a spiritual call to arms

CANNES, France -- In the eight years since Terrence Malick won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for "The Tree of Life," his magisterial drama about childhood's end and the spirit's awakening, the standard critical line is that he has become an artist lost in the wilderness, stranded in an artistic limbo of his own making.

His most recent features -- "...Read more

Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain and Glory' hands the Cannes competition its first triumph

The final image of Pedro Almodovar's "Pain and Glory" is such a deftly planted masterstroke, such an ingenious and intuitive little meta-miracle, that you may wonder why you didn't see it coming.

Then again, maybe you will see it coming. It's the kind of twist that awaits you at the end of a particularly well-plotted mystery: a surprise that ...Read more

How National Geographic's 'The Hot Zone' made its cast take on healthier habits

PASADENA, Calif. -- It may seem unusual, but actress Julianna Margulies' latest role has changed her hygiene habits.

All those years as head nurse Carol Hathaway on "ER" didn't faze her. But playing real-life Army pathologist Nancy Jaax in National Geographic's "The Hot Zone" did.

"I definitely wash my hands more, and am very aware of what I'm...Read more

'John Wick 3' dethrones 'Avengers: Endgame' at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES -- It had to happen eventually, and Keanu Reeves was the man to do it.

Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum" stole the top spot at the weekend box office from the mighty Marvel blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame," which had dominated for three consecutive weeks.

"Parabellum" opened above expectations, with a franchise-best $...Read more

LA's Museum of Contemporary Art receives $10 million gift, will make admission free

LOS ANGELES -- The Museum of Contemporary Art announced Saturday that it will make admission free -- a switch made possible by $10 million gift from MOCA board of trustees President Carolyn Powers.

Powers made the announcement during dinner at the museum's annual benefit Saturday night. The event, inside the MOCA's Geffen Contemporary satellite...Read more

Dennis Quaid's dog Peaches is by his side every step of promoting 'A Dog's Journey'

When Dennis Quaid was 12, his family moved from one Houston suburb to another. He lost the gang of kids on his block just as he was entering junior high and transitioning into puberty. His only constant? Gertrude, the family's new basset hound who became the boy's companion while his parents were away at work.

"I still get choked up when I ...Read more

Album reviews: P!nk, The National and Little Steven

P!nk

"Hurts 2B Human"

(RCA )

In its own way, P!nk's eighth album confirms the Doylestown, Pa., native-born Alecia Moore's standing as an enduring pop star -- for nearly two decades now -- even more than 2017's "Beautifully Human." That album followed a five-year layoff and was accompanied by a full-scale publicity roll-out celebrating the ...Read more

'Big Bang Theory' cast dishes on finale and shares show secrets with Colbert

"The Big Bang Theory" cast knows series finales can't make everyone happy, but the seven principal cast members said that they're content with the heartfelt send-offs they got on Thursday.

The geeky CBS sitcom took its final bow Thursday night after 12 years and 279 episodes, making it the longest-running multi-camera comedy in TV history.

As ...Read more

CBS News' Steve Kroft, longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent, is retiring

Steve Kroft, the longest tenured correspondent on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," is retiring at the end of the current season, the network announced Friday.

Kroft, 73, will have his final segment on the program this Sunday. He first joined "60 Minutes" in 1989, becoming part of the correspondent lineup that included Mike Wallace, Morley ...Read more

Review: 'Rocketman' is an affecting, sprawling musical about the life of Elton John

CANNES, France -- There are a few surprises tucked in amid the sweet sounds and bright, kaleidoscopic visuals of "Rocketman," though the way it ends is not one of them. It plays out its final moments, as all biopics these days apparently must, over a montage of photos of its real-life subject. Still, because that subject is Elton John, this ...Read more

Review: 'John Wick 3' expands the Wickverse with another artfully ridiculous body count

The stone-cold killer in a bespoke bulletproof suit is back -- and if you thought John Wick was good with a pencil, you should see what he can do with a book of Russian folklore in the stacks of the New York Public Library.

The same goes for axes, guns, katanas, a lot of knives and even a few helpful horses as Keanu Reeves racks up the bad guy ...Read more

Tilda Swinton is back at Cannes and optimistic about the future

CANNES, France -- Tilda Swinton learned how to play blackjack at Cannes. It was 1987, and she'd come to the international film festival for the first time as part of the ensemble cast of "Aria," an anthology of 10 short films set to operatic music. The piece she was in had been directed by Derek Jarman, and the others were directed by the likes ...Read more

With 'Non-Fiction,' Oliver Assayas crafts a sharp comedy about modern life

TORONTO -- The films of French writer-director Olivier Assayas often have a lot on their minds. From "Demonlover" and "Summer Hours" to the recent "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Personal Shopper," many of Assayas' movies take on multiple ideas at once, circling different ways of examining contemporary life.

His new film, "Non-Fiction," is at once ...Read more

'Game of Thrones': 7 (possibly futile) hopes for Sunday's season finale

Spoiler alert: This column contains details about the fifth episode of the final season of "Game of Thrones."

In case you haven't heard the faint screams emanating from your Twitter feed, the ending for "Game of Thrones" has not been going well. While nobody has suffered quite so much as those trapped in King's Landing as a furious Dragon Queen...Read more

Review: 'The Sun Is Also A Star' believes that love is the answer

It's an open secret in publishing that young-adult fiction has gone viral because card-carrying adults as well as younger folks are drawn to the genre's purity of emotions and directness of action.

In the cinematic universe, the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" franchises have benefited from that phenomenon, and now the sweet-natured but potent "...Read more

To play BFFs in 'Booksmart,' Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever moved in together

After she'd cast them to play best friends in her film, director Olivia Wilde invited actresses Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever to meet for the first time over lunch. They instantly hugged for nearly five minutes, sat side by side, holding hands and gushing over how much they were looking forward to making "Booksmart."

Feldstein began to ...Read more