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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Arnold Haus's parents grew tired of him and gave him away. He grew up thinking he had no place in the world except that created by his job and possessions. After losing these he finds himself among people whose existence also seems pointless. He experiences an obsessive hunger for food , a ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"I See You"
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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
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
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
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
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
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