Celebrity

Deadbeat Space Mom Natalie Portman Has Never Met Her Star Wars Son Mark Hamill

We all know the Skywalkers are a dysfunctional family, what with the husbands killing wives, the sons killing dads, and the whole galaxy domination thing. But last night, Natalie Portman made the shocking announcement on Stephen Colbert that she has never met her 66-year-old adult son, Mark Hamill. Portman played Luke Skywalker’s mother Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel ...

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'Jurassic World' and the entertainment industry's insistence that science will run amok

The recent reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” film franchise kicked off with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” an origin story chronicling just how apes gained the intelligence to wage war against humans. The answer: Those pesky scientists, this time involved in animal testing for a viral-based experimental drug to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Turns out the drug ...

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Sundance and Toronto film festivals pledge increased access for underrepresented critics

Sundance, held each January in Park City, Utah, currently accredits more than 1,000 journalists, assigning each media credential according to a three-tiered system of prioritized access. Critics largely fall into its “express pass” top tier, which is the badge level Sundance has promised to diversify starting this year. … ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times

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Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana set the beat for rock 'n roll's future

Fontana, who died in his sleep on Wednesday night at age 87, had a style that blended measures of restraint with explosive moments of energy. The snare rolls that divide each verse of “Hound Dog,” for example, hit like bullets into a slingshot, pushing momentum and then snapping back. Conversely, on “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Fontana delicately taps a ...

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