LOS ANGELES -- Most fans of the horror series "Penny Dreadful" think of the Showtime drama as a British TV show. The story is set in turn-of-the-century London and many of the actors and writers are from the U.K. But "Penny Dreadful" has been a multinational show helped by the U.K.'s membership in the European Union -- a relationship the British...Read more
Luxury fashion brand Versace is under fire for ads featuring models Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid in Chicago that some say promote teenage motherhood and slavery symbolism.
Versace posted a short video called "Chicago is my Beat" online this week as part of its fall/winter 2016 campaign that intermixes shots of posing models with performances by ...Read more
In the early years, the biggest events in "Game of Thrones" history tended not to come in season finales. Neither -- spoilers alert -- Ned Stark's execution nor the Red Wedding was in a concluding episode.
But lately, the show's creators have been packing their closers with an awful lot of punch. Tyrion put a fatal arrow into his father to end ...Read more
Ralph Stanley, the elder statesman of bluegrass, who died Thursday at age 89, never went out of favor with young people.
When the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with him in 2013, he was headlining an Athens, Ga., show featuring the Honeycutters and other performers the age of his grandchildren, many of whom learned how to play by listening ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Another senseless slaughter in the name of religion took place in Orlando two weeks ago. I mourn the victims who were simply out for an evening of dancing and camaraderie with friends old and new. Then the unthinkable happened, again.
In recent years, I've mourned schoolchildren at Sandy Hook, college students at Virginia Tech, ...Read more
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From the metallic shell of the 1996 smash "Independence Day," director Roland Emmerich has pulled a seriously lousy sequel, dripping with alien goo and incoherence.
I take no pleasure in reporting this news, folks. I've been a lonely, half-mad defender of some of Emmerich's cheesiest cheese, including "10,000 B.C." But "Independence Day: ...Read more
Peeking behind the curtain is almost always a letdown. Most musicians will tell you that while being on stage is exhilarating, the other 22 hours of the day are an endless series of sound checks, infighting and stinky bus rides.
"Vinyl," Martin Scorsese's attempt to capture the 1970s rock vibe, tried pumping up the volume by incorporating a ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "Les Cowboys," Thomas Bidegain's restless and emotionally bruising directorial debut, opens amid a flurry of red bandanas and blue denim, worn by men and women who have gathered to wave Stars and Stripes and to sing and dance to their favorite folk tunes. The sights and sounds of classic Americana are so richly immersive that it's...Read more
The Beech TreeDon Phelan
For more than 100 years, a beech tree stood on the first dune in from the Lake Michigan shore. The tree was known by tourists and townspeople alike as the place to carve your initials to memorialize your undying devotion. It came to be known as The Beech Tree. In 1998, the tree was destroyed ...
The original "Mirror's Edge" game, released in 2007, was a unique vision in the gaming world. It was a first-person shooter (FPS) without the shooting. The game largely replaced traditional combat with an emphasis on the urban running-and-vaulting style of locomotion known as parkour.
At the time, "Mirror's Edge" looked and played like no other...Read more
"The BFG" (PG): Steven Spielberg reunites with his "E.T." screenwriter, the late Melissa Mathison, for this adaptation of Roald Dahl's fable about a little girl (Ruby Barnhill) and a big friendly giant (Mark Rylance).
"The Legend of Tarzan" (PG-13): After spending time in the civilized world, a domesticated Lord ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Not to put too fine a point on it, but Frank Zappa, the fiercely idiosyncratic musician and composer, hated being interviewed.
"It's one of the most abnormal things you can do to anyone, two steps removed from the Inquisition," he once said with typical brio, adding, "I don't think anyone has ever seen the real Frank Zappa."
LOS ANGELES -- Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is such a film.
The wacky story of the way-unlikely alliance between an overweight reprobate of a teenager and a surly, wilderness-loving loner, "Wilderpeople" ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Even if you were to somehow miss the elegant "NWR" monogram in the opening credits, you would be safe in assuming that Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style!
A surreal urban fairy tale, "The Neon Demon" unfolds in a murderously debauched corner of the ...Read more
The Kennedy Center Honors on Thursday announced its honorees for 2016 with recognition going to Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, musical group the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, singer Mavis Staples and musician James Taylor.
The honor for the Eagles in particular will be bittersweet, as founding member Glenn Frey died in January. The group was ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- There's an excellent movie now in theaters: a deeply moving adventure about a traumatized young female who plunges into unfamiliar waters and experiences terror and salvation by way of some computer-generated marine life. But enough about "Finding Dory." If you're looking for a quick and satisfying summer thrill -- a reminder that...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Rock giant Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for their iconic hit "Stairway to Heaven," a jury found Thursday, clearing the iconic rock band of accusations that it stole the opening riff of one of rock music's most celebrated songs.
The unanimous decision by the panel of eight men and women came after a ...Read more
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. 1.5 stars. Sasha Baron Cohen joins Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in this inferior, dull sequel to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." It's a theme-park ride with a hollow heart. 1 hr. 45. PG (fantasy, action) -- Tirdad Derakhshani
THE ANGRY BIRDS. 2 stars. Well-made, funny, fast and ...Read more
It isn't often that C-SPAN trumps HBO in terms of new and original programming, but on Wednesday night that's exactly what happened.
Late Wednesday morning, Rep. John Lewis and a group of fellow Democrats took over the House floor to demand a vote on gun control legislation. Chanting "No bill, no break," Democrats staged a sit-in that forced ...Read more
His friends Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg became legends. And while he never equaled their huge fan bases, director Brian De Palma delivered some of the most stylish guilty pleasures of the '70s, '80s and '90s.
Prizing operatic visual elegance over story logic, he created "Carrie," "Scarface," "The ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Judging from the amount of red orange shag carpeting on the set of ABC's "Match Game," Alec Baldwin may have used a time machine to commute to work last week.
In front of an audience at a studio on Manhattan's West Side, Baldwin was soliciting racy fill-in-the-blank answers from a panel of boozed-up celebrities who took advantage of...Read more
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