Album review: Prince's posthumous EP is great for about 3 minutes

What a tease. "Deliverance," a six-track EP of previously unreleased Prince songs, surfaced a few days ago and then was quickly removed from several major digital music sites, including iTunes, after a lawsuit was filed in federal court by Prince's estate. The tracks were assembled and released by one of the late singer's former studio engineers...Read more

'The Handmaid's Tale' review: Elisabeth Moss captivates in dystopian nightmare

After the otherworldly social rituals and rigidly structured patriarchy of "Mad Men," it was just a hop, skip and a jump into the realm of "The Handmaid's Tale" for its star, Elisabeth Moss, who also serves as producer on Hulu's 10-part television adaptation.

The first three episodes arrive Wednesday, with new installments arriving weekly until...Read more

In Broadway's 'Anastasia,' the screens put our princess in a corner

NEW YORK -- Alas for imperial Russia and the family of Czar Nicholas II, the 17-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna was murdered in 1918 by the Cheka, Vladimir Lenin's secret police. But since princesses have a unique ability to skate above republican sentiment and the harsh realities of forensic science, the legend of a surviving ...Read more

New movies this week

"The Circle." The head of a giant tech company (Tom Hanks) asks an ambitious young employee (Emma Watson) to participate in an experiment testing the boundaries of personal privacy. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, who cowrote the screenplay. PG-13

"Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer." Richard Gere has the title ...Read more

Scorpions on your leg? 'Lost City of Z' director talks about filming in jungle

CHICAGO -- "The Lost City of Z," one of the year's highlights, takes place in the early 20th century and chronicles the adventures of British explorer Percy Fawcett and his search, far from the confines of London's Royal Geographical Society, for an El Dorado-like civilization hidden away in the Amazon jungle. It seemed best to meet to meet the ...Read more

Illuminating new series 'Genius' examines Albert Einstein's beautiful mind and extracurricular love life

Physics geeks rejoice. Albert Einstein has his own drama series.

Everyone else? Pay attention, because you may learn something.

Einstein gets the biopic treatment in "Genius," National Geographic's first scripted drama. In 10 hour-long episodes, the beautifully shot and written series goes beyond what you already know -- the scientific ...Read more

Roots cause: Kim Kardashian has sought to boost 'The Promise,' about the Armenian genocide.

LOS ANGELES -- Much was made of Kim Kardashian's sleek bob and curve-hugging vintage Versace dress at last week's Hollywood premiere for "The Promise." But beyond the glitz was the reason the reality star walked the red carpet, despite a case of the flu. "The Promise," a historical epic that hit theaters Friday, is the first big-budget feature ...Read more

Hey, 'Great News' for fans of '30 Rock'

In "Great News," premiering Tuesday on NBC, Briga Heelan plays Katie Wendelson, a producer at a New Jersey-based cable news show called "The Breakdown." She has been there for a few years, not making the impression she would have hoped for, when one day her hovering, smothering mother Carol (Andrea Martin of "SCTV," the Broadway stage, "...Read more

Movie review: 'Sleight' fuses superhero story with a tough coming-of-age tale

By day, Bo (Jacob Latimore) is a street magician, wowing passersby with truly impressive sleight of hand for tips. By night, he slings party drugs in the clubs and on the streets of L.A. But all the time, he's the protective guardian of his sister, Tina (Storm Reid), just two orphaned siblings against the world. In "Sleight," co-writer/director ...Read more

O'Reilly returns with a smaller soapbox, vowing 'the truth will come out'

Without missing a beat, blustery conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly returned to the microphone Monday night -- just as his former shop, Fox News Channel, was introducing its O'Reilly-free schedule.

O'Reilly's first appearance since being fired last week by Fox News' parent company was not on television -- where he inhabited the most ...Read more

Writers Guild of America members authorize strike as contract deadline looms

LOS ANGELES -- In a sign of rising labor tensions in Hollywood, members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union's contract is set to expire May 1.

Although the vote is largely seen as a negotiating tactic to put pressure on the studios, it moves the union one step closer to ...Read more

Gregg Allman is resting at home, he says, despite hospice rumor

Gregg Allman says he's resting at home in Savannah, Ga. -- on doctor's orders -- despite reports Monday that he had entered hospice care.

"I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again," the 69-year-old Allman Brothers Band veteran said on Facebook. "Keep Rockin'."

Allman announced in mid-...Read more

Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' infection contracted in South America

Elton John contracted "a harmful and unusual" bacterial infection during his recent South American tour and, after an extended hospital stay that included two nights in intensive care, has canceled all of his shows scheduled for April and May.

"During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile, he became violently ill," his reps said Monday in...Read more

If Jared and Ivanka are helping you sleep at night, you should 'still be awake,' says John Oliver

Since Donald Trump took office in January, a narrative has emerged that his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are more moderate voices in an administration known for more extreme personalities.

But on Sunday, "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver threw cold water on that widely held assumption.

With both Kushner and the younger ...Read more

New recordings: Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers

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Kendrick Lamar keeps it elemental on his fourth album and first proper release since 2015's acclaimed "To Pimp a Butterfly."

All song titles on the album are stylized as one word in all caps. And though Lamar's rapid-fire, rhythmically intricate rhyming attack is very much in effect, the ...Read more

Tina Fey's hot streak continues with her latest sitcom, 'Great News'

LOS ANGELES -- Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet.

The comic maestro, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked as the third greatest player in "Saturday Night Live" history, is following "30 Rock" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" with NBC's "Great News," yet another fast-paced, perfectly absurd ...Read more

Macklemore makes endorsement in Seattle mayoral race

SEATTLE -- Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver has picked up an endorsement from one of the city's best-known artists. Macklemore endorsed the educator and activist in a Facebook post.

"We need more people like Nikkita Oliver to run for office," the rapper wrote Friday. "She is a brilliant, creative, compassionate, principled and fierce ...Read more

She aims to help heal the planet today: Melanie Laurent finds that her documentary 'Tomorrow' is drawing a positive response

While shooting the 12-country-spanning environmental documentary "Tomorrow," French actress-director Melanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds," "Now You See Me") was wandering around a village in India when a local woman beckoned her over.

"There was a family of women and children inside this small house and they were like, 'Come, come!'" said ...Read more

Concert review: Only flashes of John Mayer's renewed swagger come out to play

There was no mistaking that John Mayer had returned to pop music.

The singer and guitarist, who spent much of the last few years pursuing rootsier, lower-key concerns, took the stage Friday night at the Forum leading his slick seven-piece band through "Belief," from 2006's double-platinum "Continuum" album. He was wearing stylish trousers and a...Read more

A parent-daughter bond inspires NBC's comedy 'Great News'

Imagine your boss is Tina Fey.

Now imagine what would happen when you tell her that your mom has the password to your email account.

"She looked at me like I was crazy," Tracey Wigfield says. "Literally, she looked at me like I was diseased."

When Wigfield made that confession, she was a writer's assistant on NBC's "30 Rock," Fey's comedic ...Read more