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Review: 'The Wiz' on Broadway is freshened up and ready for an adoring audience

NEW YORK — “Everybody look around,” they’re singing, festively, at the Marquis Theatre. “There’s reason to rejoice, you see.”

For a lot of Broadway fans, especially Black audiences of a certain age, the return of the Super Soul Musical (it was the 1970s) “The Wiz” to the Great White Way after some 50 years is a cause for ...Read more

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'We Grown Now' review: Coming of age in Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects, in a movie of true distinction

Can we really trust tears as a sign of a film’s quality? A century of so many shameless, relentless cinematic mediocrities suggest the answer is no. If a movie will stop at nothing in its mission to make you cry, yes, statistically speaking, you’ll probably comply. Or not, because you feel jerked around as a viewer. But just as there are ...Read more

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Documentary gives insight on Crumbley prosecutors' thoughts before, during parents' trial

DETROIT — The ABC News Studios documentary about the prosecution of James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the Oxford High School shooter, is now available on Hulu, and while it delves into prosecutors' mindsets while charging and prosecuting the case, little previously unheard information was revealed.

The documentary began with a bird'...Read more

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Lewis Black rants about Trump/Biden replay, retiring from touring

Lewis Black, like some of his comparably seasoned brethren on the music side such as Elton John and Kenny Loggins, has decided to retire from hardcore touring as he approaches his 76th birthday.

“I used to do 200 shows a year, then cut back to 125 and I’m now at about 100,” Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently. “Now I’...Read more

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Harry Styles' stalker gets prison sentence, decade-long concert ban

The stalker who allegedly sent Harry Styles 8,000 cards in less than a month is headed in one direction — to jail.

The Hendon Magistrates’ Court in London on Tuesday sentenced Myra Carvalho to 14 weeks imprisonment and banned her from seeing the Grammy winner perform anywhere for 10 years.

The 35-year-old reportedly pleaded guilty to a ...Read more

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Sydney Sweeney's team fires back at producer who said 'she's not pretty' and 'can't act'

LOS ANGELES — Sydney Sweeney's team fired back at Hollywood producer Carol Baum for her "shameful" disparagement of the actor, calling Baum out for not supporting a fellow female producer.

Baum recently publicized her befuddlement over the "Euphoria" star's booming popularity, marked by Sweeney's roles in "The White Lotus," "Madame Web" and "...Read more

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Taylor Swift announces first 'Tortured Poets Department' single as fans fight album leaks

With parts of Taylor Swift’s new album “The Tortured Poets Department” reportedly leaked online, her fans rallied Thursday to stop their spread.

Some people apparently couldn’t wait until midnight for Swift’s much-anticipated 11th album, as unconfirmed snippets of songs circulated on social media beginning Wednesday.

It remained ...Read more

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Dickey Betts, guitarist and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, dies at 80

Dickey Betts, the guitarist and co-founder of Southern rockers the Allman Brothers Band, died Thursday of cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 80.

In statement posted to Betts' website, the musician's family said he died at home in Osprey, Florida. They said Betts was a "legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader, and ...Read more

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Taylor Swift fans rally against reported 'Tortured Poets Department' leaks

With parts of Taylor Swift’s new album “The Tortured Poets Department” reportedly leaked online, her fans rallied Thursday to stop their spread.

Some people apparently couldn’t wait until midnight for Swift’s much-anticipated 11th album, as unconfirmed snippets of songs circulated on social media beginning Wednesday.

It remained ...Read more

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Quentin Tarantino cancels plans for 'The Movie Critic' to be final film

That’s not a bingo.

Quentin Tarantino is scrapping plans to make “The Movie Critic” his next film and will start all over on his 10th and final project.

The legendary director previously said “Critic” would be his last movie, and it was expected to start filming this year.

Reports that Tarantino is dumping the project come after he ...Read more

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'The Witcher' to end with Season 5 on Netflix

LOS ANGELES — Netflix has renewed its fantasy series "The Witcher" for a fifth and final season.

The series just began production on Season 4, the streamer announced Thursday. The upcoming two seasons will be the first to feature Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia, the lead character that Henry Cavill played for the first three seasons.

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Ashanti and Nelly confirm they're engaged and having a baby, baby, baby, baby, baby

It's true! Ashanti is expecting her first child with longtime love Nelly.

The "Baby" singer and the "Hot in Herre" rapper confirmed months of pregnancy rumors Wednesday after much speculation about their growing family. They also confirmed that they're engaged.

"This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,"...Read more

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Travis Kelce talks 'madness' of Coachella with Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s Coachella weekend with Travis Kelce took the couple’s level of exposure to new heights as they partied among fellow music fans.

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end, 34, admitted on Wednesday’s episode of his “New Heights” podcast that he and the Grammy winner “probably could have finessed it” to party in private but he...Read more

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Stephen Colbert will bring 'Late Show' to Chicago during Democratic National Convention

CHICAGO — The Democratic National Convention will have a new political commentator: Stephen Colbert is bringing his “Late Show” to Chicago and will broadcast from the Auditorium Theatre in the Loop from Monday, Aug. 19, to Thursday, Aug. 22, during the same days of the convention across town at the United Center.

Colbert announced his ...Read more

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Chris Farley movie in the works, starring Paul Walter Hauser

A film about the life of legendary comedian Chris Farley is reportedly in the works, with Paul Walter Hauser signed on to star in the main role and Josh Gad set to make his directorial debut.

The story is being adapted from the New York Times bestseller “The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts,” reports Deadline.

Written by Farley...Read more

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Neal Justin: Why Conan O'Brien is a national treasure

Conan O'Brien has hobnobbed with his fair share of celebrities. But he's always been at his best when he's mixing it up with regular folks, behaving like a court jester who will face the guillotine if he doesn't produce laughs. His desperation to crack up store clerks, waiters and students made him a legend.

"Conan O'Brien Must Go," his first ...Read more

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Review: You'll wish you never spotted 'Sasquatch Sunset's' Bigfoot

Jesse Eisenberg stars in "Sasquatch Sunset," though you'd never know it by watching the movie. He plays one of four sasquatches in the frustratingly abstract drama, a dialogue-free experiment about a year in the life of a group of Bigfoots.

We track the hairy creatures — they're played by Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Christophe Zajac-Denek and co...Read more


'The Jinx – Part Two' review: A filmmaker continues his investigation into accused killer Robert Durst

When it premiered on HBO a decade ago, the true crime docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” stood out mainly because of Durst’s willingness to appear on camera. The wealthy New York real estate heir was suspected of killing three people: His first wife Kathleen McCormack in 1982; his close friend Susan Berman in 2000; ...Read more


Per chairman Taylor Swift, here's what we know about 'The Tortured Poets Department'

LOS ANGELES — It's the dawn of a new era — a new Taylor Swift Era, that is.

This week, the 14-time Grammy Award-winning artist will release her 11th studio album, "The Tortured Poets Department," which she first announced at the Grammys in February.

While accepting the pop vocal album award for "Midnights" — her first of two wins that ...Read more

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Television Q&A: What is 'The Talk' on why CBS show is ending?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I just read that “The Talk” will end in December. Why? What happened?

A: According to Deadline, the CBS chat show is the network’s least-watched daytime series and has seen ratings decline. In addition, CBS has other plans for daytime. Not long after the network announced that “The Talk” ...Read more