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Predicting Oscar: Any way you slice it, we’re bound for ‘La La Land’

The 89th annual Academy Awards give two local film critics one more chance to square off.


Five minutes with John Legend

In the current political climate, outspoken celebrities – once reliable crowd-pleasers on the campaign trail – are practically radioactive. But John Legend could not care less about any of that. …


Politics, performance issues are on host Jimmy Kimmel’s mind

LOS ANGELES – Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show isn’t taping today, but Kimmel’s working. He’s always working. Right now he’s wearing his standard uniform when he’s not on the air …


Women and movies: Some progress for an industry still woefully in need of it

If, as expected, “La La Land” wins the Oscar on Sunday, it would be the first best-picture winner since Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” to feature a woman nominated for …


iTunes: Ed Sheeran rockets to No. 1 with ‘Shape of You’

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending February 23, 2017.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017

Billy Gardell goes from police officer to Colonel

Gardell plays the larger-than-life Col. Tom Parker who is credited with turning Elvis into an international sensation. Research material about Parker was thin but what Gardell found gave him a …


Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing in ‘Get Out’

His directorial debut, “Get Out,” in theaters Friday, is one of those rare creations that functions both as a taut psychological thriller and as searing social commentary about racism in …


Around the remote: New HBO whodunit ‘Big Little Lies’ features star-studded cast

The seven-episode series, adapted by David E. Kelley from a best-selling novel, is set in the tranquil coastal town of Monterey, where alpha females and trophy wives lead seemingly carefree …


Celebrity Focus: Jake Tapper on writing a crime novel vs. covering politics: ‘Thankfully I have more control over developments in the book’

CNN’s Jake Tapper is many things these days. According to Vogue he’s an “emerging journalistic hero.” Watch “Saturday Night Live” and the veteran newsman becomes Kellyanne Conway’s greatest foil. Head …


Hugh Jackman says he’s ‘fine’ after latest skin cancer bout

Hugh Jackman arrived at the premiere of “Logan” with a small bandage on his nose after taking to Twitter to announce he had been treated for skin cancer once again.


Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz

Kidman confirmed the engagement with the rocker in a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s magazine “The Edit,” in which she discussed her upcoming HBO series “Big Little Lies.” Kidman said she …


This podcast is so boring it puts people to sleep, and that’s why insomniacs love it

Drew Ackerman – or “Scooter” as he calls himself on the podcast – says that on “Sleep With Me,” he plays the role of “your boring drunk friend.” Each episode …


Around the remote: Corden hosts Grammys

James Corden, the dynamic late-night funny guy who regularly hosts music’s biggest stars in his car, now gets to host an entire arena full of them. The eye-popping performance list …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Katy Perry gets political on her new song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’

Katy Perry – whose Twitter bio now reads “Artist. Activist. Conscious.” – really drops the hammer.


10 Under $10

Things to do this week that won’t break the bank.


CBS serves up ‘comfort food’ on Friday nights and it’s paying off

If the TV industry gave out an award for the most uncool night of programming, CBS’s Friday lineup would win it hands down.


Getting in on the joke: CNN’s ‘History of Comedy’ is a laughing, learning matter

One of the great things about comedy is it demands so little effort to enjoy. Grins and guffaws can seem to issue directly from a tickled funny bone. On the …


Historic homes concerts this week postponed by road conditions

Organizers cite icy, slushy roads near the concerts’ location on West Sumner Avenue as reason for postponement.


Octavia Spencer announces plans to become Hollywood producer

“The role I’m destined to play is to be one of the biggest producers in Hollywood,” Octavia Spencer said at the 3rd annual Makers Conference, a women’s empowerment event sponsored …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017

Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ leads box office for third weekend

NEW YORK – M. Night Shyamalan’s multiple-personality thriller “Split” led the box office for a third-straight week, an unusual streak for a low-budget horror film. According to studio estimates Sunday, …


Around the remote: Lady Gaga, commercials, and, oh yeah, football await

Ah, Super Bowl Sunday – the day we gather around the TV set, shovel thousands of calories into our faces and pretend we’re down with football, even if we don’t …


10 Under $10: Cheap fun in the Spokane area

Our weekly look at events happening that don’t cost a fortune.


‘Superior Donuts’ stars Judd Hirsch as owner of kneady shop

“Superior Donuts” shakes out as a sitcom dialectic pitting experience, wisdom and mulishness against unbridled energy, initiative and being too impulsive.


Cost of Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets increase

The price of tickets for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is rising for 2017. The Mail Tribune reported Tuesday that tickets range from $67 to $140 for the season that opens …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Beyonce announces on Instagram that she’s pregnant with twins

Beyoncé and Jay Z announced Wednesday on Instagram that the superstar singer is pregnant with twins.


Johnny Depp’s former business managers countersue actor

The countersuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by The Management Group comes roughly two weeks after Johnny Depp sued the company alleging it grossly mismanaged his earnings.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Actor, former Obama aide Kal Penn raises $500K for refugees

Kal Penn says in an online video that he thought the fundraiser would simply be “an uplifting way to raise $2,500 bucks.” He calls it “a beautiful way to resist” …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Samantha Bee plans counter White House Correspondents Dinner

Scheduled for the same April night as the real dinner, Samantha Bee said Monday she’ll welcome journalists and “non-irritating celebrities to the first annual Not the White House Correspondents Dinner. …


Around the remote: SAG Awards to honor Lily Tomlin

Yes, it’s another excuse for movie and TV stars to get all dressed up and wear sparkly things. At least this celebration of top performances should offer some clues as …


Bee Gees, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ to get 40th anniversary Grammy salute

John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Andra Day, Celine Dion and other pop, R&B, rock and country stars will pay homage to the Bee Gees and the Australian group’s blockbuster 1977 soundtrack …