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'The Hummingbird Project' review: Salma Hayek, meet the cable guys

On screen, nothing dates faster than recent history. "The Hummingbird Project," a fictional yarn set in 2011 and 2012, concerns a pair of Wall Street traders who implement a plan to lay underground fiber optic cable halfway across America, thereby gaining a few milliseconds' advantage in stock information over their fierce competitor and former ...Read more

Hollywood may say it's all for diversity, but TV writers tell a different story

In film, the director holds the creative top spot.

But in television, that position is almost always held by a writer, aka the showrunner. A quick primer on how it works: Showrunners are the key decision-makers on a series, from casting to determining a season's narrative arc to hiring a writers room to help build out and script each episode.

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Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan explain that mysterious 'Catastrophe' finale. Sort of

Warning: This post contains lots of spoilers.

If you've made your way through the final season of "Catastrophe" by now, you probably have some questions about the ambiguous way the Amazon series ended.

In the finale, Sharon and Rob (played by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney) find their relationship -- a passionate fling that unexpectedly led to ...Read more

Review: Mötley Crüe biopic 'The Dirt,' as vapid and sexist as the band in its heyday

"Girls, girls, girls." Motley Crue sings about them, sleeps with them, vomits on them, punches them in the face and can expect oral sex from anyone in a skirt in Netflix's astoundingly tone deaf biopic "The Dirt."

The film, which premieres Friday, is based on the group's 2001 book, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band....Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

APOLLO 11. 3.5 stars. Todd Douglas Miller directs this documentary that looks at the first journey by people to the moon while demonstrating the unique power of reality to amaze. Adapted from previously unreleased film using the latest digital technology. Best seen in IMAX. 1 hr 33 G -- Gary Thompson

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. 2.5 stars. Brian Singer ...Read more

Lindy West on turning her memoir into Hulu's 'Shrill,' leaving Twitter and Miss Piggy

LOS ANGELES -- When Lindy West was first approached about turning her best-selling memoir, "Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman," into a TV series, she was skeptical.

"There's not a lot of plot in me screaming about body positivity, but there's a lot of character in there," says West. "A lot of purpose."

West is known for her lacerating wit and ...Read more

'Us' review: Jordan Peele directs Lupita Nyong'o in an unnerving game of doubles

Jordan Peele's "Us" begins so spectacularly well, and sustains its game of doubles so cleverly for most of its two hours, it's an unusual sort of letdown when the story doesn't quite hang together and "deliver" the way Peele managed with his 2017 debut feature, "Get Out."

That movie sent people out of the theater with rattled nerves and a ...Read more

Indicted R. Kelly, saying he's struggling financially, seeks permission to travel to Dubai for concerts

CHICAGO -- R&B singer R. Kelly wants a Cook County judge's permission to travel to Dubai next month to perform in concerts, arguing it would be "a hardship" on his children if he can't make the trip because he needs the money to pay off child support, among other expenses.

Kelly is barred from leaving Illinois as a condition of his release on $...Read more

Cheers for Amy Schumer's loving disclosure that her husband has a form of autism

CHICAGO -- When Amy Schumer asks her husband whether a dress looks bad on her, he tells her the truth -- and she wouldn't have it any other way.

In her new Netflix comedy special, "Growing," which premiered Tuesday, Schumer reveals that her husband has what used to be called Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, and she goes ...Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda stuns 'Hamilton' in Detroit audience with surprise visit

DETROIT -- Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise visit Tuesday night to the room where it was happening in Detroit.

The "Hamilton" show's creator walked onstage during the show's curtain call at the Fisher Theatre to huge cheers and a standing ovation from the stunned audience.

Miranda made his appearance just as cast members were encouraging ...Read more

Bravo's Andy Cohen will be honored by GLAAD for 'accelerating LGBTQ acceptance'

Andy Cohen has just joined the growing roster of this year's GLAAD Media Awards honorees.

Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live!" host will receive the advocacy group's Vito Russo Award during the New York edition of the 30th GLAAD Media Awards on May 4.

The award, named for GLAAD's founder, is "presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who ...Read more

Review: 'Us' is a whip-smart modern horror instant classic

Comedian-turned-filmmaker Jordan Peele earned an Oscar for "Get Out," his debut feature film, so the stakes are high for his follow-up, "Us." Premiering to primed audiences at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, the reviews have been raves for Peele's latest, and it's a pleasure to report they are correct. There's no sophomore...Read more

Jordan Peele's 'Us' is expected to have a bigger opening weekend than 'Get Out'

Two years after the runaway success of "Get Out" turned Jordan Peele into one of the hottest writer-directors in the entertainment business, Hollywood is seeing double.

Peele's follow-up effort, "Us," about a family terrorized by freaky doppelgangers, is poised to become another box office hit for the Oscar-winning filmmaker. The highly ...Read more

Around the Remote: "Into the Badlands", "Jesus: His Life", more

DON'T MISS: "Jane the Virgin" -- "I want you to cry throughout the entire season." That's the message Gina Rodriguez sent out to fans as the drama-filled series launches what should be an emotional farewell tour. Last season closed with an OMG moment as Jane (Rodriguez), who is contemplating marriage to Rafael (Justin Baldoni), realized that her...Read more

The tingle is all around us: ASMR is the anti-digital digital phenomenon

I have seen the savior of print journalism, and it is ASMR videos.

Hours into a days-long journey through the whispering, tapping, crinkling, crackling tingle-inducing caverns of YouTube's ASMR community, I came across several videos that consisted of a pair of hands flipping through the Los Angeles Times. None of them were less than 45 minutes...Read more

Yoko Ono, from pariah to paragon: Why 75 women are paying tribute to her legacy at Disney Hall

LOS ANGELES -- Yes.

That was the word Yoko Ono painted on the ceiling of the Indica Gallery in London in 1966. Visitors to the space were invited to climb a ladder and look at the letters through a magnifying glass. One such guest was John Lennon. The rest is history.

A positive affirmation may have ignited one of rock music's most famous love...Read more

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan bring their funny, unflinching 'Catastrophe' to an end

NEW YORK -- Even for a show that has been unflinching in its depiction of marriage and family life, the fourth and final season of "Catastrophe," which premieres Friday on Amazon, goes to some uniquely dark places.

In its closing stretch, the series contemplates themes of spirituality and mortality and marital resentment, culminating in a ...Read more

A best-selling book, hit podcast and now a new documentary: Why is everyone so obsessed with Elizabeth Holmes?

LOS ANGELES -- Even before John Carreyrou was done writing "Bad Blood," he knew there were others clamoring to take a bite of the Theranos apple.

In 2015, the Wall Street Journal reporter broke the news of the fraud being committed at the Silicon Valley start-up, a biotechnology company that promised to revolutionize the blood-testing industry ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of March 11:

1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- Warner

2. Green Book -- Universal

3. Instant Family -- Paramount

4. Mortal Engines -- Universal

5. Creed II -- Warner

6. Ralph Breaks the Internet -- Disney

7. A Star Is Born (2018) -- Warner

8. Bohemian Rhapsody -- Fox

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival's new artistic director will be the first person of color in the post

Veteran stage director Nataki Garrett has been named the sixth artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company announced Tuesday, making her the first person of color to hold the position. She succeeds Bill Rauch, who served as artistic director for more than 10 years.

Garrett most recently served as acting artistic director ...Read more