‘Never Rarely’ captures the obstacles of abortion
NEW YORK (AP) — Even progressively minded movies about abortion have usually focused on the morality of the decision. Eliza Hittman wanted to make a film where the highest hurdle isn’t deciding to have an abortion.
Brandy Clark's breakup record allows creative freedom
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When singer-songwriter Brandy Clark went into the studio to record her next album, many of her songs reflected on the breakup of a 15-year relationship.
'Wicked' movie release delayed, 'Minions' pushed to 2021
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Wicked” fans are going to have to wait even longer to see Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical.
Review: Synth band Nation of Language make a nifty debut
Nation of Language, “Introduction, Presence” (self-released) Come, friends, let us return to the near-distant musical past, thanks to the new band Nation of Language.
Caylee Hammack's band went from concerts to mowing lawns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Caylee Hammack and her band are facing months without income after the concert industry came to a halt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
WarnerMedia names former Hulu chief Jason Kilar CEO
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday.
Review: James Elkington's melancholy the stuff for shut-ins
James Elkington, "Ever-Roving Eye" (Paradise of Bachelors) With his "Ever-Roving Eye," James Elkington sings about wolves in the womb, the sincerity of hyenas and the clock running out — a cradle to grave perspective, in other words.
Not so funny: Edinburgh festivals canceled for first time
LONDON (AP) — Every August, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh plays host to some of the funniest and most talented — not to forget strangest — performers from the U.K.
Review: Saxman Jimmy Greene's album is spirited, spiritual
Jimmy Greene, "While Looking Up" (Mack Avenue) Change is a constant on jazz saxman Jimmy Greene's new album, “While Looking Up.” The 68-minute set flies by because of the way he varies the performing cast and mood.
Oprah on rap song 'Oprah's Bank Account': LOVEEEEEEEE IT!
NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Yachty, DaBaby and Drake's new rap song “Oprah's Bank Account" is one of Oprah's favorite things. No, the song hasn't officially made the media mogul's annual list, but when asked what she thought of the song, Winfrey exclaimed to The Associated Press: “I love it.
Dua Lipa's 'Future Nostalgia' is a party with a purpose
NEW YORK (AP) — Put on Dua Lipa’s sophomore album and you’ll experience of party — a collection of upbeat, dance-flavored, power-pop gems that could brighten your day.
Finances hurting? Watch 'Let's Make a Deal'
NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of watching their own finances crater, shut-in television viewers tuned in to the game show “Let's Make a Deal” in record numbers last week.
Rowling starts Harry Potter At Home for housebound families
NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling is hoping a dash of Harry Potter will help families confined to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
CNN's Cuomo, with coronavirus, completes show from basement
NEW YORK (AP) — A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchored his CNN show from his basement Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Review: In 'Slay the Dragon,' a gerrymandering investigation
Feeling beaten down by the news? Why not watch a documentary on gerrymandering to cheer you up? “Slay the Dragon," by Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman, deftly outlines how redistricting has eroded American democracy and helped usher compromise out of our legislatures.
Actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus at 76 in Britain
SYDNEY (AP) — Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.
Virus: Elton John-led concert raises $8M; Rihanna ups aid
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
Review: In Koontz’s novel, a very intelligent dog
“Devoted,” Thomas & Mercer, By Dean Koontz In this vast universe, Dean Koontz notes, two species have formed an unbreakable bond: dogs and human beings.
Review: Amy Engel returns with thrilling 'The Familiar Dark'
“The Familiar Dark” by Amy Engel (Dutton) Love for another can change a person, making them stronger, more compassionate and more self-aware of how their behavior can reflect on their loved one.
'America's Test Kitchen' has the recipe to hit season 20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks.
Florida sheriff seeking tips in 'Tiger King' mystery
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It might be the biggest diversion from the pandemic: binge-watching the luridly fascinating Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Now a Florida sheriff is asking the public for tips regarding one of the lingering mysteries raised in the recently released show: What happened to Carole Baskin's husband? For those who aren't up to speed, here's a primer: Carole Baskin is the owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.
Need a laugh? SiriusXM launches channel for female comics
NEW YORK (AP) — The midst of a global pandemic might seem like an odd time to launch a radio channel devoted to female comedians, but executives at SiriusXM believe that it's precisely the right time.
Indie rock band led by Michael C. Hall spreads its wings
NEW YORK (AP) — This might one day be a trivia question: Which rock band with a celebrity frontman and a very long name was one of the last acts to play live in New York before the city shut down in 2020? The answer is Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, and its three members hope they become known more for their music than just as a footnote to the conoravirus.
Review: Irby offers comic relief in third essay collection
``Wow, No Thank You,'' Vintage Books, By Samantha Irby With ``Wow, No Thank You,'' the incomparable Samantha Irby offers yet another laugh-out-loud masterpiece.
'It is brutal': Hollywood's rank-and-file on the pandemic
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red carpets are rolled up in storage, the A-listers holed up in mansions, multiplex doors are closed. For now, at least, the coronavirus has shut down much of Hollywood.