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wong kar-wai honored in lyon, talks early influences, bruce lee, hong kong handover and bigger canvas for ‘grandmaster’

lyon  — the lumière festival honored wong kar-wai with the lumière award on friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the chinese filmmaker and festival director thierry frémaux about his life and career. asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic théâtre des célestins ahead […]

the philadelphia experiment: how pink and collaborator billy mann forged a 15-year friendship

with first week consumption of over 400,000 units, according to buzzangle music, pink’s seventh album, “beautiful trauma,” proves that the 38-year-old is once again in the black and no. 1. “she deserves it all,” says billy mann, the songwriter who has been by her side since 2003’s “try this” (newly reissued by sony legacy this […]

brent briscoe, ‘twin peaks’ and ‘parks and recreation’ actor, dies at 56

brent briscoe, known for appearances on “parks and recreation” and “twin peaks,” died on wednesday after a short hospital stay due to a serious fall that resulted in internal bleeding and eventually heart complications. he was 56 years old. the character actor was known for his roles like diner owner jj in “parks and recreation,” detective […]

sag-aftra supports ‘unencumbered press’ after trump’s license revocation threat

sag-aftra has issued a strong statement in support of a “free and unencumbered press” nine days after president donald trump threatened to strip networks of their broadcast licenses. “as a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, sag-aftra champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the […]

harvey weinstein fallout: entertainment figures accused of sexual harassment

the harvey weinstein sexual abuse scandal has rocked the world of hollywood to its core. allegations by more than 50 women have brought to light decades of sexual harassment, abuse and rape, by weinstein. beyond weinstein, entertainment and media companies are taking allegations of sexual harassment and assault extremely seriously. here is a list of the […]

rupaul reveals the queens competing in ‘rupaul’s drag race all stars’ season 3

the contestants for the upcoming third season of “rupaul’s drag race all stars” were announced friday by emmy award winning host rupaul. returning queens aja, bendelacreme, chi chi devayne, kennedy davenport, milk, morgan mcmichaels, shangela, thorgy thor and trixie mattel will take the runway once again to battle for the crown and a place in […]

concert review: haim light up l.a.’s greek theatre with homecoming show

“we’re three sisters from the valley playing the greek,” marveled este haim, one-third of the sisterly trio bearing their last name. “i’m ‘stone cold’ steven austin when it comes to emotion, but even i’m emotional.” indeed, the story of haim could well be the rock variation on “la la land,” as directed by fellow valley […]

album review: margo price’s ‘all american made’

the phrase “waylon, willie, and the boys” always seemed a little un-inclusive — after all, wasn’t jessi colter one of the boys, too? — but it’s really tempting to revive that outlaw terminology in the present day and amend it to “the girls,” since margo price has become the foremost living exemplar of that luckenbachian […]

delayed viewing ratings: ‘gifted’ scores for fox, ‘good doctor’ stands strong on abc

the series premiere of “the gifted” did well for fox in delayed viewing numbers for week 2 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on oct. 2. “the gifted” rose from a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 in the nielsen live+same day numbers to a 2.8 in live+7 for an increase of 87 percent. that makes […]

tv news roundup: youtube greenlights tinder-themed comedy ‘swipe right’

in today’s roundup, youtube red will debut a tinder-themed comedy, and e! news is launching a new snapchat discover series. greenlights youtube has greenlit a female ensemble comedy based on a true story from carly craig and daniel reisinger. “swipe right” is an eight-episode comedy about dating and relationships in the digital age and will […]

jason aldean releases cover of tom petty’s ‘i won’t back down’ to benefit las vegas shooting victims

jason aldean opened “saturday night live’s” oct. 7 episode paying tribute to victims of the las vegas shooting with a cover of tom petty’s “i won’t back down,” and the singer on friday released a recording of the cover with all proceeds to benefit victims of the tragedy. aldean’s rendition was made available friday across […]

‘magnum p.i.’ reboot in development at cbs from peter lenkov with production commitment

“magnum p.i.” is getting the reboot treatment at cbs, variety has learned. peter lenkov, the writer and producer behind current cbs reboots of “hawaii five-o” and “macgyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on a new version of the classic 1980s series, which has a pilot production commitment at the network. described as an updated […]

from opioid report to oprah winfrey, ‘60 minutes’ is having a moment

the clock was ticking for the staff of “60 minutes.” one season had ended, but another one loomed – along with a need for new stories. when the entire staff of the venerable cbs newsmagazine gathered in a converted new york firehouse that is the home of contributor anderson cooper last spring, jeff fager, the […]

katy perry gets stuck mid-air during nashville concert (video)

katy perry had a glitch in her performance on wednesday night during the nashville stop of her “witness” tour. perry had just finished singing “thinking of you” atop a suspended model of saturn when she got stuck in the air on the giant prop planet. “i’m really stuck,” she told the audience. “this is the […]

ed sheeran reveals secret struggle with substance abuse

ed sheeran admitted a previously undisclosed struggle with substance abuse in an interview on the u.k.’s “jonathan ross show” that will air on saturday, according to e! news. while the singer had admitted to occasionally drinking a bit too much in the past, this is his first admission of problem with substances, which he did not […]

jonathan krisel lists spanish cottage in l.a.’s beachwood canyon (exclusive)

ten-time emmy nominated comedy tv writer/director jonathan krisel listed a humbly proportioned but hardly inexpensive spanish bungalow in l.a.’s hollywood hills for $1.249 million. tax records indicate krisel, co-creator, writer and director of the long-running cult-favorite sketch comedy series “portlandia” and, with zach galifianakis and louis c.k., a co-creator, writer and director of the acclaimed […]

‘stranger things’ star finn wolfhard exits apa after agent accused of sexual abuse

“stranger things” star finn wolfhard has left apa days after his agent was accused of sexually assaulting a teenager, variety has confirmed. on tuesday, filmmaker blaise godbe lipman took to facebook to identify apa’s tyler grasham as the man he had kept anonymous in a #metoo post a day earlier detailing sexual assault that he […]

ex-real estate guitarist matt mondanile acknowledges ‘inappropriate behavior’ toward women

a week after real estate acknowledged that guitarist matt mondanile was ejected from the band for “unacceptable treatment of women” — and days after spin published allegations against him from multiple women — the guitarist has issued a statement. via his lawyers, mondanile acknowledges and apologizes for his “inappropriate behavior,” calls himself an “insensitive creep” and […]

off broadway review: harvey fierstein’s ‘torch song’ with michael urie

in “torch song,” an affectionate if ill-considered revival of harvey fierstein’s “torch song trilogy,” michael urie makes a brave but bizarre effort to channel the playwright’s own groundbreaking star performance as a lovelorn drag queen in manhattan’s 1970s gay society.  everyone fell in love with fierstein when he played himself (a.k.a. protagonist arnold beckoff) in […]

song review: taylor swift’s ‘gorgeous’

it appears the “old taylor” can come to the phone after all. for anyone hoping for a more conventional taylor swift single from her forthcoming sixth album, “reputation,” the third time’s the charm, as “gorgeous” finally provides some of the conventional pleasures that only a pop song about falling deeply in crush can. not that […]