BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anna Deavere Smith has lived many lives as an actress for hire, moving fluidly among stage, film and television. The Baltimore native has inhabited memorable characters in "The American President" and "Rachel Getting Married" and on "Nurse Jackie," "The West Wing" and most recently "black-ish." (She joins the Shondaland ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- One of the biggest mid-season finales among all the network programs was the ABC drama "Designated Survivor," where a deadly car crash took the life of First Lady Alex Kirkman (Natascha McElhone). When the series returns to original programming Wednesday, 10 weeks will have passed and President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and ...Read more
"Annihilation" is an eerie, ominous and challenging film that is also great. With a stellar cast, state-of-the-art visual effects and excellent direction, it burrows its way into your brain like a parasite and eats it from the inside.
This is a sophisticated science fiction film that takes us to unbearable heights of fear, tension and bleak ...Read more
On Oscar nominations morning, Yance Ford sat on his couch with his partner, Amanda, watching the telecast. One hundred seventy documentary features had qualified for consideration, and Ford's "Strong Island" had already made it to a pre-nominations shortlist of 15.
As announcement hosts Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish made their way to the ...Read more
Veena Sud, who developed AMC's "The Killing," has a new series, "Seven Seconds," 10 episodes to binge on Netflix starting Friday. That is easy to do, graced as it is with well-wrought characters, wonderful performances, a keen sense of place and weather, and the old familiar questions of who gets justice, if anyone gets justice, and who receives...Read more
Activist and filmmaker Matthew Cooke directs an anti-prison film under the rubric of a prison and justice system guidebook in the arresting documentary "Survivor's Guide to Prison." Actor, producer and former inmate Danny Trejo serves as a guide, along with Cooke, who offers his own direct commentary, fleshing out details and facts. A cavalcade ...Read more
"My voice is all gone," said Letitia Wright. "I sound like a hoarse-y man."
While the sentiment was a bit of an exaggeration, Wright was beginning to go hoarse after a week of nonstop press for Marvel's highly anticipated "Black Panther."
In the film (now playing in theaters), Wright shines as Shuri, King T'Challa's 16-year-old sister and the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Tupac Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996, after being shot four times in a drive-by six days earlier. The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a drive-by shooting March 9, 1997. It has been more than two decades since these colossal names in music were murdered, but both cases remain unsolved.
The new USA Network 10-episode scripted true crime...Read more
Things N GeneralCary Hendrix Jr.
These are the thoughts that we have all had, but have never spoken. THINGS N GENERAL is Cary Hendrix jr.'s compendium of these ideas and hypotheses, filled with wisdom, wit and humor and illustrated by his original cartoons. THINGS N GENERAL will make you laugh, but more important, it will ...
LOS ANGELES -- In the beginning, Patrick Walsh created the new CBS comedy "Living Biblically," and he's convinced it's good. His creation follows Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson), a reporter who decides he's going to literally live his life according to the Bible. His spiritual journey toward a more moral life will take some help from his wife, ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Bruce Campbell and other members of the cast of the Starz series "Ash vs Evil Dead" have gathered at the London Hotel to talk about the upcoming opener for the 10-part third season. Take a moment to think about that. This is a horror/humor story that started 40 years ago when director Sam Raimi made the short film "Within the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Television shows and films are filled with male anti-heroes who don't mind breaking the law if it's done for a good reason. Having the anti-hero be a suburban mom who spends more time making lunches than planning a heist is something very different.
NBC's new series, "Good Girls," features that offbeat concept. Christina ...Read more
Sweet, funny and a wellspring of optimism about human nature, the ABC dramedy "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" has been one of the brighter spots of the TV season. It stars Jason Ritter as a lost soul who leaves his scummy Wall Street job to move back home to Texas, where an angel (seen only by him) advises him on his quest to help others and ...Read more
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
20: Daddy's Home 2
20: The Star
20: Same Kind of Different as Me
20: The Florida Project
20: American Satan
20: Midnight, Texas: Season One
20: Mom and Dad
27: Murder on the Orient Express
27: Darkest Hour
27: Three ...Read more
The King of Wakanda reigned supreme this holiday weekend as Disney's "Black Panther" proved to be a pop cultural phenomenon, shattering box office records with an estimated $235 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend.
The Marvel Entertainment release, the first global superhero blockbuster with an African ...Read more
"Live in Europe"
Philadelphia's smoky-voiced and nimble-fingered Melody Gardot has been an elastic jazzy presence throughout her handful of studio albums since her 2006 debut, "Worrisome Heart." And the singer and pianist's studio ensembles have also been rubbery, hazy and dynamic. Yet anyone who has witnessed ...Read more
As Marvel's latest superhero movie, "Black Panther," draws praise and rakes in millions of dollars at the box office, Twitter trolls have emerged across the country attempting to stoke racial division by spreading false reports about the film's largely African American fans.
Over the last few days, users have posted false claims that they were ...Read more
They called him "the third brother."
For years, Weinstein Co. President David Glasser was the right-hand man to Harvey Weinstein, working as a peacemaker between the volatile movie magnate and Weinstein's brother and partner, Bob. Glasser oversaw the company's operations and was key to building its television business.
That abruptly ended ...Read more
"Shoot the Messenger," the new WGN America series starring Elyse Levesque, deals with the kind of issues regarding the complex relationships between the media, the police and the political world that come across as if the scripts were being written only moments before each episode of the dramatic thriller airs.
In actuality, the eight episodes ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "Black Panther" fever took over Los Angeles and beyond this weekend as the highly anticipated Disney film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the "Star Wars" franchise.
The Marvel Entertainment release took in an estimated $192 million over the weekend domestically, making it the highest ...Read more
You would think someone with an enviable acting resume like James Brolin -- which includes two Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy -- would be content with the professional life he's had. The Southern California native is 77 years old but keeps adding to his credits, not only starring in the CBS comedy "Life in Pieces," but also as the star and ...Read more
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