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  • New video: 'I Am Not Your Negro' a showcase of James Baldwin’s challenge to America

    New video: 'I Am Not Your Negro' a showcase of James Baldwin’s challenge to America

    New on Blu-ray “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia DVD, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; also available on VOD) One of the most popular documentaries to hit art-house theaters in years, Raoul Peck’s provocative, probing “I Am Not Your Negro” turns an abandoned James Baldwin writing project into a far-reaching...

  • Classic Hollywood: Kirk and Anne Douglas' lifetime of love is captured in their letters

    Classic Hollywood: Kirk and Anne Douglas' lifetime of love is captured in their letters

    On screen, Kirk Douglas was a legendary tough guy. But in his real life he wasn’t afraid to express his emotions, especially to his wife, Anne. That sensitive side is on display in the book “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood,” which comes out next week. For example,...

  • Starz 'American Gods' is as stellar as it is supernatural

    Starz 'American Gods' is as stellar as it is supernatural

    Deities from ancient Egypt, Europe, Africa and Ireland take the form of overworked cabbies, slippery con men, exasperated homemakers and habitual drunks in the new Starz series “American Gods.” Once adored and feared, the gods and goddesses of old have fallen on hard times since the glory days...

  • The deities behind 'American Gods' are off to a bloody start

    The deities behind 'American Gods' are off to a bloody start

    The opening sequence for new Starz series “American Gods” is not for the weak-of-stomach. A clan of Viking raiders lands on the shores of what eventually will become America. Infested with flies, lacking food, these shores are uninhabitable; the crew cannot pass on into the woods, so they must...

  • Tribeca Film Festival: Five new VR projects you need to know

    Tribeca Film Festival: Five new VR projects you need to know

    Hillary Clinton had come to talk about elephants. But she reserved some enthusiasm for a brewing technological revolution too. “This virtual reality experience you’re providing is so critical because it’s a portal — a portal you can go into,” she said. Clinton was speaking on a panel at a Tribeca...

  • Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: 'Dr. Who' on BBC America

    Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: 'Dr. Who' on BBC America

    SERIES Training Day Frank (Bill Paxton) and Kyle (Justin Cornwell) investigate the disappearances of several of Holly’s (Julie Benz) “working girls” and are led to a Hollywood producer known for his quirky behavior. Lou Diamond Phillips, Sofia Vassilieva and Jim Piddock guest star with Katrina...

  • W. Kamau Bell returns to CNN to throw 'Shades'

    W. Kamau Bell returns to CNN to throw 'Shades'

    The flash of faces across the CNN promo spot is instantly recognizable, a swirl of anchors and reporters ubiquitous in these news-obsessed times. The last one, however, is not the like the others. It belongs to W. Kamau Bell, a stand-up comic whose previous cable foray was a short-lived late-night...

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  • Star-studded 'How to Be a Latin Lover' delivers broad laughs in two languages

    Star-studded 'How to Be a Latin Lover' delivers broad laughs in two languages

    An A-lister in his native Mexico, Eugenio Derbez has yet to break into the American mainstream. However, “How to Be a Latin Lover” may be the film that finally introduces him to a wider audience with dialogue in both Spanish and English and plenty of familiar faces. Its humor is broad, but most...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Let's remain guarded about 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

    Overrated/Underrated: Let's remain guarded about 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

    UNDERRATED ‘Seed: The Untold Story’ on PBS: With the world struggling to navigate a crisis on seemingly every front, dedicating another hour to learn of another isn’t an easy proposition. That said, when the issue involves our food supply and roughly 94% of seed supplies vanishing in the wake of...

  • TV This Week, April 30-May 6: 'Sense8,' 'American Gods' and more

    TV This Week, April 30-May 6: 'Sense8,' 'American Gods' and more

    SUNDAY Your not-so-humble host finds himself in L.A. on the return of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” 6 and 9 p.m. CNN Hailee Steinfeld, Miley’s kid sister Noah Cyrus and “America’s Got Talent” winner Grace Vanderwaal are among the youthful performers at “The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards.”...

  • Mystery-thriller 'Grey Lady' bogs down in murky waters

    Mystery-thriller 'Grey Lady' bogs down in murky waters

    The convoluted, often ridiculously forced “Grey Lady” aims for the gravity of such other Bay State-set mystery-thrillers as “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone,” but barely scratches the surface of those far more elevated films. It also seems like awfully curious, undistinguished material for veteran...

  • John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

    John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

    At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama. “I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough;...

  • Friday's TV highlights: 'Animals' on HBO

    Friday's TV highlights: 'Animals' on HBO

    SERIES Girl Starter Eight young women from across the country compete for a chance to start their own business through a series of challenges in this new unscripted series, which co-creator Jeannine Shao-Collins describes as a hybrid of “Shark Tank,” “Project Runway” and “The Apprentice.” 7 p.m....

  • Shondaland's West Coast versus East Coast: How fashion on 'The Catch' rivals looks from 'Scandal'

    Shondaland's West Coast versus East Coast: How fashion on 'The Catch' rivals looks from 'Scandal'

    In Shondaland, love, death and monologues happen in Seattle (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Philadelphia (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Washington, D.C. (“Scandal”), and, for the last two seasons, Los Angeles. The city of palm trees, stars and angels has been the backdrop — almost a secondary character,...

  • Eugenio Derbez shares 'How to Be a Latin Lover' and still break stereotypes

    Eugenio Derbez shares 'How to Be a Latin Lover' and still break stereotypes

    Eugenio Derbez is an icon in his home country of Mexico, known for countless popular films and television shows. But here in the U.S., Derbez often walks down the street with few people recognizing him. This makes it easier for him to get around Los Angeles, where he moved a couple of years ago,...

  • Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in 'The Circle,' and there's not an app for that

    Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in 'The Circle,' and there's not an app for that

    “Don’t be evil” was Google’s old, readily teaseable motto. Now, knowing what most of us do about the corporations that run/monitor our mobile-mad lives — Uber was able to track people even after they deleted the app? — most of us would settle for “We try not to be evil” as a mantra for any aggressively...

  • Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first

    Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first

    The sexy lost weekend subgenre — in which sexual connections provide an entry into emotional and intellectual intimacies — has gained traction in recent years featuring same-sex male couples, for example: “Paris 05:59” and Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend.” April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth” seeks to do the...

  • Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'

    Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'

    Veteran exploitation filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky has directed a handful of horror pictures over the years, but has spent more time helming soft-core erotica, which probably explains why his supernatural thriller “The Black Room” is unusually sexy. It’s a throwback to the days when B-movies loaded...

  • 'One Week and a Day' works through grief, one toke at a time

    'One Week and a Day' works through grief, one toke at a time

    With a title that sounds standard but turns out to be specific, "One Week and a Day" keeps an impeccable balance between absurdity and sadness, comedy and heartbreak. Increasingly outrageous but always plausible, it applies its pitiless, pitch black sense of humor to a very particular situation....

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