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What's up with Harry and Meghan's 'strange,' 'plasticky' Time cover photo?

Prince Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are back in the headlines yet again, this time after being honored this week as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021.

The honor comes with a glowing writeup by their friend, World Central Kitchen chef and founder Jose Andrés, who said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “turn ...Read more

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Chicago's Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls stepping down after 35 years

CHICAGO — After a 35-year run leading Chicago’s most prestigious theater company, Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is to resign, effective at the end of the current season in August 2022.

“It feels right,” Falls said in an interview. “I’ve had the greatest job. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything at the theater ...Read more

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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett to release more content in new ViacomCBS deal

Get ready to go goo-goo for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett — a whole lot more often.

Fresh off their “One Last Time” concerts in New York, the singing duo has partnered with ViacomCBS for a new slate of original programming, the entertainment company announced Wednesday.

The content deal kicks off Friday with MTV debuting the video for Gaga ...Read more

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Julianne Hough knows you already hate 'The Activist.' And she welcomes the backlash

LOS ANGELES — Actor and dancer Julianne Hough does not “claim to be an activist.” So why did she agree to cohost a reality-TV show about activism?

On Tuesday, Hough embraced the “powerful” backlash to CBS’ forthcoming series “The Activist” and explained her decision to join Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas as emcees of the ...Read more

Review: 'Eyes of Tammy Faye' offers grace, empathy to an iconic televangelist

If there’s an image that can signify American tabloid culture of the 1980s, it just might be the iconic eyelashes of Tammy Faye Bakker, a groundbreaking televangelist and the wife of charismatic preacher Jim Bakker. Tammy Faye was a pioneer in the world of televangelism, known for her puppets and powerful singing, but the Bakkers suffered a ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

'BLUE BAYOU"

Rated R for language throughout and some violence.

What it’s about: A Louisiana man adopted from Korea faces deportation after an incident with law enforcement.

The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama, so there's not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Family is the most important thing, never abandon your...Read more

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Seth Meyers remembers Norm Macdonald's favorite thing about 'SNL'

Late-night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Seth Meyers all paid tribute Tuesday to fellow comedian Norm Macdonald, who died that morning at age 61 after a long, private battle with cancer.

“We have lost an absolute comedy legend,” Corden said on “The Late Late Show.” “Norm Macdonald passed away today, far too soon, far too ...Read more

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Movie review: Clint Eastwood confronts his own legacy -- again -- in the creaky, meandering 'Cry Macho'

Macho is the name of a rooster, an expert cockfighter and a plucky companion to a wayward teenager named Rafo (Eduardo Minett). Rafo, in turn, finds himself playing sidekick to Mike Milo, a faded rodeo star played with a familiar dyspeptic wince by Clint Eastwood. Making their way from Mexico to Texas in a rusty old truck sometime in 1980, the ...Read more

Sound Advice: Mix and match components when building a new system

Q. I want to buy myself a retirement gift. In my youth I had a wonderful Technics system with loud volume, deep lows, clear highs and great sound throughout. Back then you could go to the store and buy a complete, perfectly matched system like that. Today I have no idea where to even start.

My LP collection is gone so I will listen to CDs and ...Read more

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Q&A: Catching up with the '90 Day Fiancé' actor who left St. Petersburg for love

"90 Day Fiance" stars Armando Rubio and Kenny Niedermeier won hearts and made history as the first gay couple featured on the TLC franchise. Niedermeier, 58, proved his love for Rubio, 32, when he decided to leave his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, and move to Mexico.

The couple wed in Mexico in May and recently returned to television screens...Read more

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Britney Spears deletes Instagram account after getting engaged: 'I'll be back soon'

Now that she’s got a ring, she doesn’t need this other thing.

Britney Spears deleted her Instagram account Tuesday night, two days after she and boyfriend Sam Asghari announced their engagement.

“Don’t worry folks … just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement!!!! I’ll be back soon,” Spears wrote in a ...Read more

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Shannen Doherty says her battle with cancer is 'part of life at this point'

Shannen Doherty hopes to help educate people about cancer amid her battle with the disease.

The “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star on Tuesday said it’s important to know that people fighting stage 4 cancer are “very much alive and very active,” according to People.

“My husband says that you would never know that I have cancer,” Doherty ...Read more

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How food and humor made Brandon Max a TikTok sensation

PITTSBURGH — It all started with grilled cheese and a dream.

Brandon Max had been making content on TikTok via his @itsbrandonmax account since March 2019 but hadn’t gained much traction. His unique brand of food-focused comedy would garner about 12,000 views a week, which is nice but not in the same league as social media influencers who ...Read more

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Alanis Morissette bashes her HBO documentary 'Jagged': 'This was not the story I agreed to tell'

LOS ANGELES — Despite sitting for hours of interviews in a new HBO documentary about her life, Alanis Morissette says she is so unhappy with the final product that she will not support the film.

The movie, “Jagged,” details the singer’s rise to fame in early 20s, culminating with the release of her bestselling “Jagged Little Pill” ...Read more

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4 fall movies that celebrate the beauty of autumn

Summer movies — big popcorn-friendly extravaganzas — are a fairly specific genre; fall movies, maybe not. But maybe there’s a more precise way to think about fall movies: films that celebrate the special beauty of fall, with its trademark colors. Should you be in need of streaming something that conjures up rustling leaves and pumpkin-...Read more

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is a natural-born director. Netflix gives her the spotlight

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Maggie Gyllenhaal has devoured movies and books for as long as she can remember, and she always noticed that when it came to stories about women, it’d usually feel like some kind of fantasy or wish-fulfillment version of what it’s like to be actually be a woman.

More often than not, these films and books were written by...Read more

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How ex-'Jeopardy!' host Mike Richards acquitted himself as TV's dead man walking

LOS ANGELES — In the time between his being named the new host of “Jeopardy!” and being named the ex-new host of “Jeopardy!” Mike Richards taped a week’s worth of programs. (That is just a day’s work on the “Jeopardy!” set.) Because those were part of the narrative of the show — especially with 18-time returning champion Matt...Read more

Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for Sept. 19-25

DON'T MISS: "73rd Emmy Awards" -- It's TV's big night and we have lots of questions: Can the comical soccer underdogs of "Ted Lasso," actually experience the thrill of victory? Is "The Crown" poised to pull off a dramatic royal flush? Will Baby Yoda grace the red carpet with his presence? (Yes, please!) At least one thing appears pretty certain:...Read more

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Redbox's top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Sept. 6:

1. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

2. Peter Rabbit 2

3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

4.The Gateway

5. The Girl Who Got Away

6. Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman

7. A Quiet Place Part II

8. Great White

9. Wrath of Man

10. Spirit Untamed

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