Mary McNamara: Vaccinated and back at the movies, together

My husband and I went to the movies last weekend. I can’t remember the last time we did that.

Pre-pandemic, this was something people would often say either as an expression of delight over a proposed plan — “Yes, let’s; I can’t remember the last time we went to the movies” — or, sometimes for couples, as an accusation: “What ...Read more

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Minneapolis rockers Belfast Cowboys wrap quarantine with new album, $100k to charity

MINNEAPOLIS – While their hero Van Morrison decried "pseudo-science" and released anti-lockdown songs during the pandemic, his Twin Cities devotees the Belfast Cowboys followed safety guidelines and still raised around $100,000 off livestream gigs for needy neighbors.

That contrast is underlined by the fact that both the Cowboys and Van the ...Read more

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Review: 'The Disciple' is already one of the year's best movies. Does Netflix know -- or care?

Early in “The Disciple,” a brilliantly composed, rigorously intelligent new movie from the Indian writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane, a young man named Sharad (Aditya Modak) sits at a table offering rare musical treasures for sale. No one takes much interest or notice. Sifting idly through the CDs on display, a potential customer says he’s ...Read more

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Love the art, hate the artist? This popular college class has been fighting this culture war for years

CHICAGO – Eileen Favorite has heard the word “problematic” more than any person should have to hear any word repeated, again and again. She has heard it applied to the obvious and to the unexpected. She has heard people say “problematic” so often that when she says it herself, the word doesn’t come as casually as it does for her ...Read more


TV farewells: The end is near for these popular shows

Time ran out on “MacGyver” last week. We’ll bid farewell to “Mom” next week, and “NCIS: New Orleans” soon after that. “Shameless” is done and “Superstore” has closed.

Yes, it’s that bittersweet time of year when we’re forced to part ways with some of our favorite TV shows. In the coming weeks, many series will air ...Read more

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The 7 best movie moms are loving, sometimes flawed characters

What's the best kind of movie mom?

Good or evil, I like one we sense exists outside the margins of the movie. That's true of any character. They're most interesting when they're so complicated that the movie can't capture all of their dimensions, and we get only tantalizing glimpses. I'm thinking of Margaret Marmee March in "Little Women," who ...Read more

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Did you miss Chadwick Boseman talking 'Black Panther'? LA museum lets you replay that

Maybe you missed that night at the Hammer Museum in 2006 when David Foster Wallace read from his "Consider the Lobster"?

Or the Hammer-hosted discussion in 2018 among Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett and Chadwick Boseman about "Black Panther"?

The Hammer has an antidote for your fear of missing out: Hammer Channel.

The museum was set to ...Read more


Telemundo launches Spanish-language streaming studio to meet growing demand

Looking to capitalize on the enormous appetite for Spanish-language programming, Telemundo is opening a new studio dedicated to producing content for streaming platforms.

Telemundo Streaming Studios, based in Miami, launched Wednesday with 35 projects in development, including "Armas de Mujer," a remake of "El Diario de un Gigolo" and the ...Read more

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John Mulaney announces first post-rehab comedy shows -- and they're already sold out

It was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. Tickets to comedian John Mulaney's first set of live shows since rehab have already sold out.

Next week's shows mark the return of the "Big Mouth" star to the stand-up stage after a two-month stay in a Pennsylvania facility to treat his alcohol and cocaine addictions. The shows, titled "John Mulaney: ...Read more

Marvel's 'Loki' series to debut two days early, release episodes on Wednesdays

Here’s a little magic from Marvel’s God of Mischief.

The highly anticipated “Loki” series will debut on Disney+ two days earlier than expected on June 9, with weekly installments continuing to be released on Wednesdays from there.

The announcement was made in a video Wednesday by actor Tom Hiddleston, who stars as Loki.

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Another of nine lives: 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin launches cat-themed cryptocurrency

Carole Baskin has a purr-fect idea to continue cashing in on the “Tiger King” craze.

The animal rights activist and zoo owner, who gained notoriety as a sensational subject of Netflix’s wildly popular 2020 documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” has launched her own cryptocurrency.

Baskin’s new digital currency, ...Read more

Album reviews: Dinosaur Jr., Eric Church, Toumani Diabate and the London Symphony Orchestra

Dinosaur Jr.

"Sweep It Into Space"

(Jagjaguwar, ***)

It was only a matter of time before Kurt Vile and J Mascis got around to working on an album together. Vile was a Dinosaur Jr. fan growing up in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, in the 1990s, and his loose, discursive style as a singer-guitarist owes a significant debt to the sound Mascis patented ...Read more

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Movie review: Pass the ibuprofen -- 'The Paper Tigers' may be over the hill but deliver a good time

"The Paper Tigers" answers the burning question, "What if the Karate Kid got old and out of shape?" Well, middle-aged, but definitely rusty as hell.

Three teens receive private kung-fu training from bona fide master "Sifu" Cheng (Roger Yuan) and become the kings of the local martial-arts scene. On the brink of attaining widespread recognition, ...Read more

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Rated R for strong violence throughout, pervasive language, and some sexual references.

What it’s about: A mysterious man gets a job at an armored truck company beset by brazen robberies

The kid attractor factor: Teens might be intrigued by the action genre

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't rob armored trucks, especially if ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Here Today' showcases Billy Crystal ... but not much else

Billy Crystal is always a welcome presence on screen. In his last film, 2019’s “Standing Up, Falling Down,” he played a quirky dermatologist helping a comedian get out of a rut. In “Here Today,” which Crystal wrote and directed (his first feature in 20 years), the tables are turned, as he stars as a comedy writer who learns to love ...Read more


Around the Remote: "Mare of Easttown," "The Crime of the Century," more

DON'T MISS: "Mom" -- Time for a big group hug. The warm-hearted sitcom that dared to tell stories about recovery from alcoholism and addiction -- and brought Allison Janney a pair of Emmy Awards -- closes the curtain on its acclaimed eight-year run. In the series finale, Bonnie (Janney) gains a new outlook on her sobriety after dealing with ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of April 26:

1. Cosmic Sin – Paramount

2. Nomadland – Fox

3. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner

4. Vanquish — Lionsgate

5. News of the World — Universal

6. The Croods: A New Age — Universal

7. Willy's Wonderland — Screen Media

8. Soul — Disney

9. Greenland — Universal

10. ...Read more

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My worst moment: 'Saturday Night Live', 'Shrill' star Aidy Bryant and the audience member who shouted 'This is horrible!' mid-show

When the creative team behind “Shrill” mapped out the show’s third season, premiering on Hulu this week, they were unaware it would also be the series’ final season. “But actually I kind of love the way it ends,” said star and co-creator Aidy Bryant. “I feel really satisfied by how things end up.”

After dumping her disappointing...Read more

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Keegan-Michael Key will host 'Saturday Night Live': A 'dream come true'

DETROIT – Keegan-Michael Key recently described how his path to comedy started with watching "Saturday Night Live" with his father while growing up in Detroit.

Well, Key is about to have one of those full-circle moments. The Emmy-winning star of movies and TV — a sketch comedy veteran of "Key & Peele" and "Mad TV" — will be hosting "SNL" ...Read more

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Lucinda Williams plans her comeback after a stroke

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams had a stroke in November and, despite an inability to play guitar, she's confident about returning to performing this summer.

The longtime Twin Cities favorite shared her story with rollingstone.com on Monday.

"I feel good and positive about playing again. We've got some shows scheduled with Jason Isbell for ...Read more