Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built' and Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' make for a night of provocation in Cannes

CANNES, France -- They really will applaud anything you show at the Cannes Film Festival, so long as you put everyone in formal attire and roll out a red carpet beforehand.

I remember thinking this in 2009, at the black-tie gala premiere of Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," whose climactic burst of genital-shredding imagery sent horrified ...Read more

ABC's new fall schedule looks to build on the success of 'Roseanne' with a focus on the family

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday, touting the blockbuster success of its reboot of "Roseanne" and its plans to build on that triumph with a mix of new family comedies and dramas featuring familiar TV faces in new places.

The most "Roseanne"-esque of the newcomers, the half-hour comedy "The Kids Are All Right," will follow "Roseanne" on ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for May 15 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


15: Black Panther

15: Samson

15: The Monkey King 3

15: 10 x 10

15: Bent

15: LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High

15: Rick and Morty: Complete Third Season

15: Submergence

15: The Bold Type: Season One

15: Forgiven

15: The ...Read more

Tom Wolfe, novelist and pioneer of New Journalism, dies at 87

Tom Wolfe loved American culture for all its excess. Groupies, doormen, hippies, astronauts, bankers and frat boys took on a magisterial presence in his writing, and if there was a hint of hypocrisy in their actions, then all the better.

Wolfe reveled in worlds where people stood tall and acted with extravagance and swagger. He often joined the...Read more

Review: Courtney Barnett lets modesty, empathy rule on 'Tell Me How You Really Feel'

Don't say Courtney Barnett didn't warn you. "Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you," she sang on her acclaimed 2015 debut album, words that were often interpreted as being aimed at her fans and a music industry that saw her as a star in the making.

That self-deprecating modesty is one of the virtues that makes Barnett's songs feel ...Read more

Movie review: 'Deadpool 2' is more of the same, one-note writing

"Deadpool 2" is annoying and bad. That's all you really need to know, but criticism requires argumentation and examples, and it just so happens that the sequel to the shocking (and shockingly successful) superhero satire is rife with evidence for just how annoying, and yes, also bad it is.

Point the first: As portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, the ...Read more

'Lethal Weapon': All the events surrounding Clayne Crawford's firing

Two years ago when Clayne Crawford was first cast to play Martin Riggs in Fox's TV adaptation of "Lethal Weapon" -- the very same role that helped make Mel Gibson a household name -- the actor was a relative unknown. He was then best known for supporting roles in teen dramas like "A Walk to Remember" and "Swimfan," as well as an acclaimed turn ...Read more

Movie review: 'On Chesil Beach' follows disastrous honeymoon with mixed results

Theater director Dominic Cooke tackles Ian McEwan's novel "On Chesil Beach," adapted for the screen by McEwan himself. McEwan's books have made for memorable film adaptations, most notably, "Atonement," which gave Saoirse Ronan a breakout role 11 years ago. She's now a two-time Oscar nominee and in-demand ingenue, and she returns to McEwan's ...Read more

The Force is weak with 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

It has been 19 years since an offering in the "Star Wars" franchise has missed the mark as completely as "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Be brave, "Star Wars" fans. The latest offering has plenty of problems, but as long as "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" has Jar Jar Binks, it would take a disaster the size of an exploding Death Star to...Read more

NBCUniversal, Fox unveil fall lineups to launch upfronts week in New York

NEW YORK -- NBCUniversal and Fox staged glittery productions filled with stars, singers, dancers and bright lights as they unveiled their new fall schedules in New York to kick off upfronts week, the annual commercial sales pitch to advertisers.

One clear highlight for NBC's presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York City was touting its...Read more

Actress Margot Kidder, Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve's Superman, dies at 69

Margot Kidder, the actress who reached new heights with her seminal performance as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in "Superman: The Movie," died Sunday. She was 69.

"Margot passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 13th," a representative for Kidder told The Times on Monday.

Kidder's death was originally confirmed by a ...Read more

Lincoln foundation puts Marilyn Monroe dress on the block to save presidential memorabilia from same fate

CHICAGO -- Struggling to pay back a loan used to buy Abraham Lincoln artifacts, the foundation that supports the 16th president's library in Springfield, Ill., is selling a black wool dress once owned and worn by movie star Marilyn Monroe.

The three-quarter-length, long-sleeved dress with a scooped neck is the centerpiece of nine items the ...Read more

Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' returns — this time on Fox's fall schedule

The Fox network made its bones more than 30 years ago by putting on bold, edgy programs that targeted a young audience.

But the face of the "new Fox" is 64-year-old TV and movie star Tim Allen.

The network's schedule, announced Monday, is its first since parent company 21st Century Fox announced that it would sell its TV and movie production ...Read more

'Let's climb': Cate Blanchett leads women in a march for equality at Cannes festival

CANNES, France -- Linked arm in arm, 82 women from the film industry marched up the stairs of the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival here on Saturday, hoping to make a statement about the need for gender equality in the movie business.

"The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let's climb," said Cate Blanchett, the president of...Read more

A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'

NEW YORK -- The prospect of another long wallow in the misery of Harry Hope's saloon should give even the most intrepid theatergoer pause.

"The Iceman Cometh," Eugene O'Neill's marathon drama set in 1912 before recovery became a national pastime, is an immersion in the world of sodden human wreckage. In this more or less posthumous realm, bums,...Read more

New on DVD: 'Early Man,' 'Game Night' play to win

A couple of new DVD releases offer very different looks at how serious game-playing can be when the stakes are high.

"Early Man"; 3.5 stars: Aardman Animations star Nick Park, the brilliant mind behind the adventures of "Wallace & Gromit," tries to outdo the Flintstones in his latest comedy "Early Man." The film, set at the exact moment the ...Read more

Fox renews 'Lethal Weapon' with new co-star Seann William Scott

Fox has renewed the action comedy "Lethal Weapon," the network announced Sunday, but the series will go forward with a new co-star.

Seann William Scott ("American Pie") will replace Clayne Crawford as the partner of Roger Murtaugh, played by Damon Wayans.

"Lethal Weapon" is based on the movie franchise of the same name that starred Mel Gibson ...Read more

NBC's fall schedule: Robert Zemeckis' 'Manifest' and a rescued 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' lead a mix of old and new

NBC's upcoming fall schedule will feature a mix of the new and the familiar.

The network, which will make a formal presentation of its new slate Monday to advertisers to launch the annual upfront week for the major broadcast TV networks, announced several new series, including a drama from "Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis. NBC will...Read more

'Avengers' winning streak not threatened by 'Life of the Party'

LOS ANGELES -- "Avengers: Infinity War" easily retained the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a third straight weekend, adding $61.8 million in ticket sales. What's more, the Disney /Marvel film launched to more than $200 million in China, giving it a global haul of more than $343 million over the weekend.

All told, "Infinity War's" to-...Read more