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Chris Thile still settling into 'A Prairie Home Companion'

It's been a few months now since mandolinist Chris Thile stepped into the very big radio shoes of Garrison Keillor, the founding host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion." In that time, the musician has proved himself an enthusiastic and very likable presence, and the show remains what Thile said he wants it to be: "two hours of music ...Read more

Q&A: 'The Catch,' 'Say Yes to the Dress'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will ABC bring back the drama by Shonda Rhimes with the attractive private detective looking for her "husband" It was a good series!

A: "The Catch," starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause, will be back on March 9. The great Shonda Rhimes, by the way, is an executive producer. Jennifer Schuur created...Read more

Movie review: Betsy Brandt captures a bereft wife's confusion, grief in 'Claire in Motion'

LOS ANGELES -- "Claire in Motion" begins with a husband kissing his wife goodbye as he prepares to leave for a solo camping trip. "Be careful," she tells him, half-asleep. "You know me," he says. She doesn't, and the surprising depth of her not knowing turns out to be the key to this somber and quietly affecting psychological mystery, written ...Read more

Movie review: 'Reset' charts journey of former Paris Opera Ballet director

LOS ANGELES -- Befitting its name, the gorgeous dance documentary "Reset" has multiple dual situations to deal with.

As that title indicates, "Reset" focuses on the 2014 arrival of Benjamin Millepied as director of the Paris Opera Ballet and the change of cultures he began to implement as revealed through the lens of the first ballet he created...Read more

Court holds off determining Prince's legal heirs, picks company to oversee estate

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Carver County judge overseeing the Prince estate said Thursday that he would not definitively name the heirs to his vast fortune yet, but indicated that the late musician's siblings would be among them.

District Judge Kevin Eide approved the application of Comerica Bank & Trust to replace Bremer Trust as special administrator ...Read more

Buddy Greco, who ran with the Rat Pack and had a hit in 'The Lady Is a Tramp,' dies at 90

Buddy Greco, the jazz singer, piano player and long-running Vegas showman whose hits included "The Lady Is a Tramp," has died.

The musician, who was often associated with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin's Rat Pack and whose lengthy career spanned eight decades, died Tuesday in Las Vegas, according to his Facebook page. He was 90.

Sam Greco ...Read more

ABC's 'black-ish' reacts to Trump election with barbs, anger and a plea for understanding

If President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter fingers got activated by Meryl Streep, they might need splints following Wednesday's episode of "black-ish."

The upper-middle-class African American family at the center of ABC's highly acclaimed comedy reacts to Trump's election in the newest installment, and it was clear by the shocked, saddened faces...Read more

After a hiatus, Ed Sheeran reveals release date for new album

Ed Sheeran spent most of 2016 working behind the scenes, co-writing pop hits for Justin Bieber ("Love Yourself") and Major Lazer ("Cold Water"). Now the British singer-songwriter is back out front with a new album.

The LP, called "÷" (pronounced "Divide," in the style of his last album, "Multiply"), will be out March 3 on Atlantic. It'll ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ARRIVAL. 3 stars. The military recruits a linguist (Amy Adams) to help decipher alien communications. "Arrival" is at once majestic and melancholy. It's a grand endeavor, and Adams, at the center of it all, brings pluck and smarts and a deep-seated sorrow to her role. 1 hr. 56 PG-13 (brief strong language) -- Steven Rea

ASSASSIN'S CREED. 2.5 ...Read more

Movie review: 'Bye Bye Man' is spooky but fun

First things first, let's get it out of the way -- "The Bye Bye Man" is an absolutely ludicrous title for a horror movie. However, it's pretty obvious that the filmmakers are in on the joke too. If we're laughing, it's with the movie, not at it. Besides, the most fun horror movies are often the ones that deliver laughs and scares hand in hand, ...Read more

New twist on the Archie gang: The crew from the comic book series gets a personality update and a seedy murder mystery to solve

On paper, the concept sounds a bit mad: What if the freckled-faced teens of the wholesome "Archie" comics were wrapped up in a seedy murder mystery? And yet the CW's "Riverdale," which premieres Jan. 26, is arguably one of the most anticipated new series of 2017.

Ever since "Riverdale's" pilot debut at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, fans have...Read more

New on DVD: 'Girl on the Train,' 'Ouija' top new DVD releases out Jan. 17

New DVD releases out Tuesday focus on women dealing with serious problems.

"The Girl on the Train"; 2 stars: Emily Blunt turns in a strong performance as a woman who watches what looks like an ideal family during her commute. The film begins to loose its strength as her character gets pulled into a murder investigation.

This is the big-screen ...Read more

Desert festival changes direction

The lineup for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was surely booked months ago. But there's a prescience in its choice of headliners: Two radical, inventive black artists at the peak of their powers and influence as well as an English rock band devoted to reinvention and melancholy.

Private pain, public resilience and music ...Read more

Cranked to 11: Forget that garage or bedroom studio. It's all happening — still — at the storied Village

LOS ANGELES -- It's more than fate that has brought Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie to Studio D, the recording suite inside this one-time Masonic temple. It is history.

"It's almost eerie, you know?" Buckingham says. "Almost too familiar in a strange way ... . A time warp. You walk into the bathroom, the tiles are the same. Everything." ...Read more

10 shows on our watch list

"Z: The Beginning of Everything"

Amazon, Jan. 27

A "bio series" focused on Zelda Sayre, later Fitzgerald -- of the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Fitzgeralds -- the Fitzgerald many have found the more compelling of the two.

Adapted by the team of Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich ("The Killing") from Therese Anne Fowler's historical novel, the ...Read more

Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV picks for Jan. 15-21

DON'T MISS: "Homeland" -- The popular spy thriller takes on a timely feel as it returns for its turbo-charged sixth season. A new president has just been elected and former CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is now working for a Brooklyn-based foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The season, we're told, will deal with...Read more

Fortunate for us: New series of 'Events' worth watching

A couple of years after "Harry Potter" got its hooks into the world, another series of books, ostensibly for children, came calling.

"A Series of Unfortunate Events," written by Daniel Handler under the pen name Lemony Snicket, and appearing from 1999 to 2006, tells the story of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, and their search ...Read more

Jude Law's big act of faith: The actor put himself in the hands of director Paolo Sorrentino for his first TV series in nearly 20 years, 'The Young Pope'

NEW YORK -- Jude Law knows what you're thinking.

An HBO series called "The Young Pope," starring one of Hollywood's most dashing leading men in the title role?

"Everyone was expecting, with me in the part and the name, oh, it's going to be choir boys and prostitutes at the Vatican," said Law, relaxing in his hotel suite on a bright afternoon ...Read more

Movie review: 'Patriots Day' is not to be missed

Packed with verisimilitude and visceral punch, "Patriots Day" is a harrowing film, and one not to be missed. It joins the ranks of outstanding American docu-tragedies like "United 93," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Captain Phillips," dramatizing a grim episode of recent history in nearly flawless form. It works in a manner so taut and controlled that ...Read more

Daniel Handler, Barry Sonnenfeld and Neil Patrick Harris on the 'perfect storm' that led to 'Lemony Snicket' on Netflix

If you were a child, young adult or parent in the early '00s, you were probably aware of the lushly bound, gleefully grim book series written by the improbably named Lemony Snicket, "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Suffused with a winking, enchantingly bookish absurdity but shaded by the nightmarish villainy seen in classic fairy tales, the ...Read more