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Movie review: 'The Founder' is a classic American success story

Despite its title, "The Founder" isn't the story of the men who founded McDonald's, but of an aging traveling salesman who would not take no for an answer.

It opens with a close-up of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a marginal vendor of milkshake blenders, throwing his salesman patter at us like a major league pitcher. When he tosses it at ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Jan. 9:

1. Deepwater Horizon -- Lionsgate

2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -- Fox

3. The Secret Life of Pets -- Universal

4. Jason Bourne -- Universal

5. Storks -- Warner

6. Sully -- Warner

7. The Magnificent Seven (2016) -- Sony

8. War Dogs -- Warner

9. Bridget Jones...Read more

Jerry Seinfeld inks production deal with Netflix, brings over 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Jerry Seinfeld is getting into business with Netflix.

The comedian has signed a production deal with the streaming giant that will bring his new comedic projects to Netflix beginning this year.

As part of the deal, new episodes of his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" will begin streaming exclusively on Netflix in installments globally later ...Read more

Former 'Apprentice' contestant accuses Trump of unwanted advances, files defamation suit

LOS ANGELES -- A former contestant on TV's "The Apprentice" on Tuesday filed a defamation lawsuit against President-elect Donald Trump, whom she has accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward her.

Summer Zervos announced the lawsuit at a downtown Los Angeles news conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred, three days before Trump's ...Read more

Actress calls for release of Miami killer whale, and Seaquarium replies

MIAMI -- Free Lolita.

That's the message Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is passing along in a new video she recorded for the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Del Castillo held a news conference in Miami on Tuesday imploring tourists to boycott the Miami Seaquarium, where the 50-year-old killer whale ...Read more

Movie review: Keaton fascinating as Kroc in 'The Founder'

The title "The Founder" is in some ways a perplexing descriptor for a biopic of Ray Kroc, the man who took the McDonald's burger restaurant from a local favorite to a global behemoth. Truth be told, he's not the founder of McDonald's. But the title fits Kroc's specific approach to success, a version of the American Dream that states, if you want...Read more

From 'Eat It' to 'Party in the CIA,' 'Weird Al' Yankovic marks 40 years as king of pop parody with 15-album box set

If the prospect of a 15-album box set of nothing but novelty records sounds a little weird, that's exactly the idea. Actually, it's designed to be a lot weird -- "Weird Al" Yankovic, that is.

The all-time king of pop music parody is preparing the monumental release later this year to mark his 40-year anniversary, sending up most of pop culture'...Read more

Movie review: 'Resurrection of Gavin Stone' is a new take on Christian-themed movies

Here are three descriptors for a movie that you thought you'd never see placed together: "faith-based," "comedy" and "produced by WWE Studios." Somehow, "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" fits all three. It's the story of a washed-up, hard partying former child star, Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton), who finds redemption at a church in his small ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

Out of respect for Springsteen, B Street Band pulls out of NJ inaugural event

Bruce Springsteen cover band the B Street Band will no longer play the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala, out of "respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."

The B Street Band received flak after it was announced that the cover band would play the nonpartisan gala (not Trump's actual inauguration, as had been ...Read more

PSA's lift from Katy Perry: The singer lends her star power and wallet to a new anti-hate short on YouTube

On Saturday, Grammy-nominated singer Katy Perry will join celebrities and women marching on Washington to oppose President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Ahead of this, she's also lending her star power and her pocketbook to "#DontNormalizeHate," a PSA posted to YouTube that draws parallels between Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric and the ...Read more

Sweet 'Prairie Home' in Chicago delivers musical smorgasbord

CHICAGO -- Never, I'm betting, has so great a variety of music been performed so well in one evening from Chicago's Symphony Center stage.

Public radio warhorse "A Prairie Home Companion," now hosted by 35-year-old mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, served its show live from the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening. An ...Read more

'Wire' alum Sonja Sohn directs HBO documentary on Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray will be the subject of an HBO documentary directed by Sonja Sohn, the cable channel announced over the weekend on the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

Titled "For the Love of Baltimore," the film will debut sometime this year, but no date is yet set, an HBO...Read more

Farewell to Ringling Bros., truly the Greatest Show on Earth

It has come time to pen a requiem for the circus.

"Why?" you wonder. Did not the unexpected announcement Saturday night of the closing in May of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus just mean the end of one circus? Do not many circuses remain, here and especially in circus-loving countries like Russia and Mexico? Did not the Cirque de ...Read more

Column: Obama's farewell speech in Chicago felt like the end of a dream

CHICAGO -- To many of us at Chicago's McCormick Place last week, it felt a lot like the end of a Chicago dream. You know, those final, increasingly melancholy moments of reverie before someone wakes you up by screaming in your face.

So what's worse? The rousing, or your dread thereof?

That was the question that hung over the night, articulated...Read more

New recordings: The xx, the Flaming Lips, Yasiin Bey

The xx

"I See You"

(Young Turks 1/2)

The xx's tricks are two. Singers Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim talk to each other in song, carrying on a musical conversation like a post-modern Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner or anxiety-ridden Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. And ever since their self-titled debut album in 2009, they've made the most of...Read more

Margo Martindale says acting is perfect fit for her active imagination

PASADENA, Calif. -- Award winning actress Margo Martindale considers the colorful imagination she experienced as a child both a curse and a blessing.

"When I was a kid my imagination led me to great fear of being blown away by a tornado, witches and ghosts. And throughout my life I go too far in it. It takes everything to get on a plane. I'm ...Read more

Oscar Watch: Heading for the last roundup before nominations

The film academy gave its members a reprieve this year, pushing back the beginning of Oscar voting so everyone had more time to go to screenings, sift through their DVDs and deeply consider what movies and performances to nominate.

Balloting ended Friday, the same week that the directors and producers guilds announced their slates and Meryl ...Read more

'Hidden Figures' leads 'La La Land' and 'Patriot's Day' at holiday box office

LOS ANGELES -- In what's shaping up to be a highly competitive holiday weekend at the box office, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's "Hidden Figures" has the No. 1 spot, just three days in. If it holds, it will be the reigning film for the second week in a row.

The film, based on a true story about black women at NASA who were ...Read more

Dick Gautier, best known as Hymie the robot on 'Get Smart', dies at 85

To some, he was the voice of Rodimus Prime on the mid-1980s animated TV show "The Transformers," or Serpentor on the animated "G.I. Joe." But for baby boomers, Dick Gautier was best known for his deadpan performance as Hymie the robot in the '60s spy spoof "Get Smart."

Gautier's daughter Denise told the Hollywood Reporter that he died Friday at...Read more