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'A Star Is Born' dims in the shadow of Kavanaugh confirmation

What a decade the last few weeks have been.

After a year that saw the rise of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday despite multiple accusations of sexual assault was just a bridge too far for some women.

It's no wonder, then, that many of us flooded theaters over the weekend ...Read more

The American Music Awards plays like an exercise in not trying very hard

LOS ANGELES -- You can imagine how this might've gone down in an alternate universe.

Taylor Swift, fresh from her internet-rattling endorsement of two Democrats running for congressional seats in next month's midterm elections, takes the stage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles to open Tuesday's American Music Awards.

She's ...Read more

Around the Remote: "The Conners", "Charmed", more

DON'T MISS: "The Conners" -- Our curiosity has been piqued. Are viewers ready to embrace this newly formed spinoff of "Roseanne" without Roseanne Barr? And how, exactly, will the show address the absence of its disgraced leading lady? In the opener, "a sudden turn of events" forces our favorite working-class family from Lanford to face the daily...Read more

Sarah Jeffery loves sister act of 'Charmed'

LOS ANGELES -- Sarah Jeffery is living a "Charmed" life.

"I feel really lucky to be telling this story at this time. We understand that it's such a sacred thing to so many people, not only the cast, but the fans. So we're very gracious and grateful," Jeffery says.

What makes Jeffery feel like she's having such great fortune is being cast in ...Read more

Review: Paul Greengrass' riveting '22 July' explores what it takes to overcome an act of pure evil

"I'm fine." "I'm fine." "I'm fine."

The protagonists of writer-director Paul Greengrass' ambitious, somber and significant "22 July" constantly ask each other how they're feeling, and "I'm fine" is the inevitable answer. But it's never true. How could it be?

For on that date in 2011, Norway was witness to one of the most disturbing of modern ...Read more

Review: The CW's 'All American' dreams big with one foot in South L.A., one in Beverly Hills

A teenage soap opera with sports, the CW's "All American" is a sort of "Friday Night Lights" meets "Beverly Hills, 90210" -- you can practically hear the pitch -- with a largely African American cast. That it is "inspired by a true story," with much of it set (unusually for a broadcast network teen drama) in South L.A., does not make it any less...Read more

Tom Petty's death is still a hard reminder for aging rockers about the downside of life on the road

When Tom Petty was rushed to a hospital one year ago in full cardiac arrest, two words immediately sprang to many minds: Not again.

Weeks later, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's report confirmed what many family members, friends and fans feared: Petty had accidentally overdosed.

Among the combination of sedatives, anti-...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Oct. 1:

1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado -- Sony

2. The First Purge -- Universal

3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom -- Universal

4. Solo: A Star Wars Story -- Disney

5. Ocean's 8 -- Warner

6. Uncle Drew -- Lionsgate

7. Tag -- Warner

8. Deadpool 2 -- Fox

9. Gotti -- Vertical

10. Life ...Read more

Review: In 'The Hate U Give,' a Starr is born, thanks to Amandla Stenberg and a YA adaptation that speaks to our time

It's seriously satisfying to watch a screen version of a young-adult best-seller that knows what it's doing, and gets so much right.

Just as Angie Thomas' debut novel "The Hate U Give" was good enough to transcend the conventional YA parameters, director George Tillman Jr.'s fully packed film version has the stuff to pull in all sorts of ...Read more

Review: 'First Man,' starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, thrills, moves and perplexes

The most captivating sequence in "First Man," Damien Chazelle's heart-stirring, nerve-jangling new movie about Neil Armstrong's voyage to the moon, is in some ways the least surprising. If you were glued to a TV screen on July 20, 1969, you will be watching a truncated version of history replay itself: After the Eagle lands, Armstrong (played by...Read more

Taylor Swift talked about the importance of voting, and registration spiked

It's been only two days since her impassioned Instagram post encouraged fans to become politically active, but Taylor Swift is already rocking the vote. And rankling President Trump in the process.

New voter registrations spiked after the pop star waded into political waters on Sunday, Vote.org director of communications Kamari Guthrie told ...Read more

Kanye West to meet with Trump this week

Rapper Kanye West will make a house call on President Donald Trump on Thursday.

West will have lunch with Trump and adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner at the White House. They are set to discuss prison reform, manufacturing, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in West's hometown of Chicago, White House press secretary Sarah ...Read more

Movie review: In the current political climate, 'The Oath' is a frustrating watch

Not feeling stressed enough about politics these days? Ike Barinholtz's "The Oath" is here to remedy that. The comedic actor makes his directorial debut with a politically charged comedy that's sort of a satire, designed to wring wry laughs out of our deeply divided political state. But in this climate, it's just frustrating and unpleasant to ...Read more

Kids want to see more female superheroes, according to new study

Most kids want to see more female superheroes and superheroes that look like them.

According to a new study by the Women's Media Center and BBC America released Monday, most girls believe there are not enough female role models, strong female characters and relatable female characters on film and television. Both girls and boys agree that they'...Read more

John Prine, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard among 15 acts nominated for Rock Hall of Fame induction

The slate of final nominees for 2019 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame runs from pop-R&B superstar Janet Jackson and influential German techno band Kraftwerk to English hard rock band Def Leppard, Detroit proto-punk band MC5 and critically acclaimed Chicago singer-songwriter John Prine.

Joining them on the short list are Devo, ...Read more

Movie review: 'Bad Times at the El Royale' lacks substance, but it's beautiful to watch

Even though "Bad Times at the El Royale" is only the second film he's directed, writer and director Drew Goddard is already an auteur. He made his name as a TV writer on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Lost," and wrote scripts for such films as "Cloverfield," "World War Z" and "The Martian." But with his 2012 directorial debut, the devilishly ...Read more

Rebecca Metz takes on motherly role in 'Coop & Cami'

Disney princesses get all the glory. But to be fair, they wouldn't be able to suggest we let it go or wait for our prince to come if it weren't for Disney moms. From feature films to productions for Disney Channel, moms are a big part of making the magic happen.

Now, actor Rebecca Metz joins the ranks of the unheralded members of the Disney ...Read more

'Titans' first original series for DC Universe service

Brenton Thwaites is helping make history as he stars in "Titans," the first original series produced for the new streaming service DC Universe. The video-on-demand offering from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks includes past DC films and animated series, a rotating selection of online comics, a place to buy merchandise and ...Read more

'Crazy' star Rachel Bloom headed in R-rated direction

LOS ANGELES -- The fourth and final season of the CW series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" will be R-rated. That doesn't mean more sex, lies and the seedy side of West Covina, but Rebecca will be dealing with redemption, recovery, responsibility, rebirth, renewal and reality.

The critically acclaimed comedy features Rachel Bloom playing Rebecca Bunch, a...Read more