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Johnny Cash poems, lyrics set to music in multi-artist 'Forever Words' album


John Carter Cash is an imposing yet reposeful presence as he leans his 6-foot-2 1/2 frame against one of the rough-hewn lumber beams supporting the porch roof of the Cash family cabin in a rural town 30 miles north of Nashville.

War, riots and assassinations make today’s news coverage no match for 1968 TV


Calamities chronicled in the era of 24-hour news coverage are still no match for 1968, when TV brought political assassinations, urban uprisings and a brutal guerrilla war into America's living rooms.


'Baskets' star Louie Anderson says ‘Hey Mom’ a lot. Now go call yours.


Veteran comic Louie Anderson finds new comic life playing the mother of clown Zach Galifinakis in FX's "Baskets

Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline discuss 'Ready Player One'


Director Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline discuss the new big-budget adaptation of Cline's bestselling sci-fi novel "Ready Player One"


IMDb file: Damian Lewis' path from 'Band of Brothers' to 'Billions''


“I am interested in the imperfections in people,” Damian Lewis says. “I’m interested in the contradictions and in the moral struggle that often exists in all of us.”


Friday's TV highlights: 'Once Upon a Time' on ABC


Muppet Babies This new children’s series revolves around the playroom antics of Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and Summer Penguin. 10 a.m. Disney


With an uninspired vocal turn from Johnny Depp, 'Sherlock Gnomes' is as slight as its heroes

There's a current boom of family-friendly film fare inspired by beloved British literary characters, which makes this moment ripe for the animated “Sherlock Gnomes,” the sequel to 2011's “Gnomeo and Juliet.” In terms of ranking these…


'Frozen' on Broadway: It's no 'Tempest' (or 'Lion King'), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal

No one attending “Frozen,” the new Broadway musical that had its official opening on Thursday at the St. James Theatre, is meant to ponder the rise of extreme weather events. Leave it to a spoilsport critic, escaping an atmospheric river…

The 'Workaholics' crew reunites for raunchy Netflix comedy 'Game Over, Man!'


Not to be confused with Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” which arrives next week, “Game Over, Man!” is an unrepentantly raunchy throwback action-comedy that would have earned a hard R rating had it landed in theaters instead of on…


'Unsane' and other movie picks for March 23


Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang, Kenneth Turan.

Thursday, Mar 22


California African American Museum receives large gift of work focused on self-taught artists from the South


Collector and artist advocate Gordon W. Bailey gives 32 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works to the California African American Museum


Music revenue jumped 16% in 2017 and streaming rules, RIAA report says

The music business grew by more than 16% last year to $8.7 billion, its highest level in a decade according to new figures released Thursday by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, the music industry trade organization.


Toni Colette and Rossy de Palma are all the reasons you need to see Paris-set comedy 'Madame'


Although “Madame” ultimately lands in the plus column, one wishes this stylish comedy of manners — or lack thereof — had a better idea of where it was going and how to get there. Still, director Amanda Sthers, who co-wrote with Matthew…

'Paul, Apostle of Christ' takes a compelling Biblical character and delivers a ponderous drama


As the key man on the ground for Jesus in the early days of Christianity, yet one who had vigorously persecuted Christians preconversion, Paul would be tempting material for any faith-based filmmaker. Too bad writer-director Andrew Hyatt’s…

In 'Pyewacket,' the demons between a mother and daughter might terrify more than the demon in the woods


Writer-director Adam MacDonald follows his 2014 wilderness adventure “Backcountry” with “Pyewacket,” a supernatural thriller that like his earlier film derives much of its tension from dysfunctional human relationships. “Pyewacket” may be…

Boyhood wartime escape drama 'A Bag of Marbles' is an emotional roller coaster


The historical drama “A Bag of Marbles” (“Un sac de billes”) turns Nazi-occupied France into an obstacle course for two young Jewish boys on the run, and their plight into slickly sentimental thriller material for all of us.

Woman's courage on display in Tunisian sexual assault drama 'Beauty and the Dogs'


A night that begins with the fizzy high of a new flirtation turns into a labyrinthine plunge through hell in “Beauty and the Dogs.” At the center of the gut-churning story, set in post-revolution Tunisia, is the off-screen rape of a…

Claire Foy plays a woman in peril in Steven Soderbergh's smart, unnerving psychothriller 'Unsane'

In the most amusing scene in “Unsane,” Steven Soderbergh’s diabolically shrewd and spooky psychological thriller, a man advises a woman to delete her Facebook account. Not everyone in the audience, hopefully, will relate to the plight of…

Indie drama 'A Normal Life's' heart is in the right place


There’s love and affection on screen in “A Normal Life,” emanating from each frame of director Alex Herz’s feature debut. Inspired by the director’s real-life relationship with his brother, who has Down syndrome, the independent drama was…

Moody crime drama 'Barren Trees' gets lost in complex narrative


The New England-set crime drama “Barren Trees,” co-directed and co-written by Ryan Eatherton and Lei Zhenchuan is far more a tone poem than gripping saga. The snowy, small-town setting of rural New Hampshire offers a moody geographical and…

Yes, it's OK to laugh with 'Alexa & Katie,' the new Netflix show about a teen with cancer


Alexa Mendoza has cancer. But she doesn't want anyone to know that.

Family comedy 'Shifting Gears' lurches and grinds


Dirt track racing may have its fans, but in “Shifting Gears” it doesn’t prove a particularly exciting arena around which to build a heartland-friendly family comedy. The result, although earnest, is often tepid, overly broad stuff that…

'Pacific Rim Uprising' is a big, noisy, cheerfully dumb monsters-and-robots sequel


If you could hear anything over the extraordinary din of clashing robots and monsters in 2013’s “Pacific Rim,” you might have made out the sound of the heroic fighter Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) bellowing the movie’s signature line:…


Inspired by classic noir, 'Dead on Arrival' is aggressively uninspired


“Dead on Arrival,” a crime-thriller inspired by the 1949 film noir classic “D.O.A.” (remade by Touchstone with Dennis Quaid in 1988), although not quite a corpse of a movie, contains nowhere near the vitality and urgency it needs to…

Authenticity boosts comedy 'Then There Was Joe'


While undeniably a rough-around-the-edges first feature, there’s something so appealingly genuine about Arkansas-based Justin Warren’s loosely autobiographical “Then There Was Joe,” that you’re willing to forgive the shortcomings.

Lance Henriksen and Tom Berenger fit comfortably into throwback western 'Gone Are the Days,' flaws and all


The occasional western still rolls across the movie landscape like a lonely tumbleweed, which makes first-time feature director Mark Landre Gould’s earnestly old-fashioned “Gone Are The Days” — it’s right there in the title — something of…


Brazilian biopic 'Elis' captures singer's vitality, but lacks context


From its opening moments, “Elis” reveals its beautiful but flawed approach to the famed Brazilian singer of its title. Elis Regina (Andréia Horta) is backlighted, with the sounds of her voice on “Como Nossos Pais” hypnotizing the audience…

Geoffrey Rush dazzles as an artist wrestling with self-doubt in Stanley Tucci's 'Final Portrait'


"Final Portrait" is faithful to its title and a lot more.

Byron Allen's company acquires Weather Channel in $300-million deal


Byron Allen, the comedian-turned-media entrepreneur, has acquired the Weather Channel cable network as he seeks to build his TV and film business, he announced Thursday.

It may not be deep, but 'Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies' is bursting with regional flavor


The micro-budget horror-comedy “Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies” isn’t all that scary or original, and its cheap make-up and fakey digital gore effects are more awful than awesome. But director Mark Newton has learned B-moviemaking’s…