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Building inspectors enter R. Kelly studio to investigate possible code violations

CHICAGO -- Building inspectors showed up at R. Kelly's recording studio in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon to investigate reports that people were living there in violation of city codes.

Police blocked off an alley near the studio at 219 N. Justine St. after Fire Department and Buildings Department vehicles arrived.

The inspectors walked ...Read more

'SMILF' showrunner Frankie Shaw addresses misconduct reports: 'I was learning on the go'

"SMILF" star and creator Frankie Shaw on Wednesday again addressed the misconduct allegations levied against her by members of the Showtime series' cast.

Last month, reports surfaced claiming that the showrunner received numerous complaints from staff regarding the mishandling of nude and intimate scenes. That prompted producer ABC to launch an...Read more

Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rogen, Olivia Wilde films added to SXSW Film Festival lineup

The past few years have been especially strong for the South By Southwest Film Festival. Having established itself as a home for breakout comedies including "Bridesmaids" and "Knocked Up," SXSW expanded its hit-making track record last year as the launching pad for "A Quiet Place" and "Ready Player One."

But the more audience-friendly ...Read more

Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda send Puerto Rico a 'Hamilton' love letter

Coinciding with Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" performances in Puerto Rico, Jimmy Fallon took "The Tonight Show" to the island for Tuesday night's episode.

Miranda and the musical's cast opened the episode with a parody of the show's "The Story of Tonight," updated with lyrics for "The Tonight Show" and complete with Miranda confronting an ...Read more

What the Fyre debacle says about the state of the modern music festival

For years now, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- the desert blowout that takes place every April on the manicured grounds of Indio's Empire Polo Club -- has been selling many of its passes before its lineup is announced.

But if that success indicates the event's importance as what might be referred to as a lifestyle experience, ...Read more

In the Fyre Fest documentary battle, will Hulu or Netflix come out on top?

Take one for the team.

That's what Andy King had been asked to do. For weeks, Fyre Fest -- a supposed new and luxurious Bahamian music festival that had attracted the interest of thousands of Instagram-loving millennials -- had been on the brink of collapse. King, a 57-year-old respected event producer who has hosted charity functions for ...Read more

Allegations against R. Kelly have been reported on in Chicago for 20 years. Why did it take TV to turn the tide?

CHICAGO -- For almost two decades, allegations of sexual abuse of women and girls by singer R. Kelly have been part of the public record. So why did it take a TV show, this month's Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly," to finally draw widespread public attention to the behavior of the fading R&B superstar?

"Time's up for R. Kelly," ...Read more

Review: Quirky 'Adult Life Skills' stands out with resonant, grown-up truths

Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is having a terrible, no good, very bad week. She's about to turn 30 and her mom wants her out of the backyard shed before her birthday. Her friend is back from a jaunt around the world, and a pesky young kid in a cowboy costume won't go away. Plus, she has spiders in her bed and her bra is in the microwave. In her debut ...Read more

'Glass' review: M. Night Shyamalan lectures us on comics mythology until you wanna break something

Two years ago, writer-director M. Night Shymalan landed a worldwide success and regained his Hollywood clout with "Split," thanks mostly to James McAvoy turning it into a sizzle-reel audition for the part he'd already secured. McAvoy's multiple-personality serial killer character, Kevin Wendell Crumb, darted from lisping 9-year-old Hedwig to the...Read more

M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' expected to top box office over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend

Just a few years ago, M. Night Shyamalan's days as a Hollywood hit-maker appeared to be finished. But like Bruce Willis' superhuman character in "Unbreakable," the director has shown surprising stamina at the box office.

Shyamalan's latest movie, "Glass," a crossover of his successful 2000 film "Unbreakable" and the 2017 hit "Split," is ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AQUAMAN. 2 stars. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) reluctantly returns to Atlantis to battle his half brother (Patrick Wilson) for control of the kingdom. A bright, wacky, wise-cracky change of pace from the usual D.C. Universe mope-fest, and Momoa brings some levity to the proceedings, but the movie is way to long, and over-reliant on animated effects. ...Read more

Judith Light goes dark for 'Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story'

LOS ANGELES -- Judith Light has played a wide variety of characters -- some good, some bad -- since landing a role on the daytime drama "One Life to Live" in 1977. It is difficult for any actor who has done as much work in daytime as Light not to have had to look at a character's dark side.

With her role as the stern and unflinching Matron ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Jan. 7:

1. Night School -- Universal

2. Venom -- Sony

3. The House with a Clock in Its Walls -- Universal

4. White Boy Rick -- Sony

5. Bad Times at the El Royale -- Fox

6. The Equalizer 2 -- Sony

7. The Predator -- Fox

8. Peppermint -- Universal

9. Hell Fest -- Lionsgate

10. ...Read more

Why Carol Channing was a Dolly for all seasons

LOS ANGELES -- How old is Dolly Gallagher Levi? The question arises whenever "Hello, Dolly!" is performed. The character is described in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," the basis of the musical's book, as a woman of an "uncertain age."

That provides a lot of casting leeway. Barbra Streisand was only 25 when she starred in the movie. Betty ...Read more

Bette Midler remembers 'one of the great afternoons of my life' with Carol Channing

Bette Midler is among the numerous admirers who are paying homage to Carol Channing, the unsinkable Broadway legend who originated the role of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the musical "Hello, Dolly!"

For Midler, who revived the role of Dolly in the 2017 Broadway production and earned a Tony Award for the part, "there was only one Carol ...Read more

The Cranberries debut 'All Over Now' to mark first anniversary of Dolores O'Riordan's death

The Cranberries debuted the single "All Over Now" on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan's death.

The new song comes ahead of the April release of the group's eighth and final album, "In the End," after which the Irish rock band plans to split after 30 years together.

"In honour of our dear friend and ...Read more

Review: Was Aretha Franklin properly honored at her all-star Grammy tribute?

LOS ANGELES -- To honor Aretha Franklin's roots in gospel music, Shirley Caesar sang "Mary, Don't You Weep." To showcase Franklin's rhythmic flair, Janelle Monae did "Rock Steady."

And to highlight the late icon's important role in the fight for civil rights? We heard "A Change Is Gonna Come" as performed by ... Celine Dion.

Yes, you knew you ...Read more

Alicia Keys will host the 2019 Grammy Awards

While the Oscars remain without a host, the Grammy Awards are doubling down on their female presence this year by naming powerhouse singer-songwriter Alicia Keys as the ceremony's host.

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy," the 15-time Grammy winner said in a statement from the Recording ...Read more

Review: 'Glass' is transparently hollow

"I'm the mastermind," one of the characters declares during the climax of "Glass," and it's in that moment you wonder if you're looking right into the soul of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. "Glass" is the third installment in the surprise "Unbreakable" trilogy, coming hot on the heels of "Split," which didn't reveal itself to be a true ...Read more

'Close' star Noomi Rapace looks for cracks in characters

The script for the new Netflix offering "Close" was a standard action film when it was first offered to Noomi Rapace. The Swedish actress would play a bodyguard who takes on what appears to be little more than a babysitting job for a rich heiress.

Rapace was not interested in doing a simple action film and began to work with writer/director ...Read more

 

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