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MusiCares Announces $2 Million ‘Final Round’ of COVID-19 Relief Funding

MusiCares, which has distributed more than $25 million in Covid-19 relief to members of the music community, announced Monday that it is distributing a “final round” of such funding. The effort continues the support for music professionals, concluding upon distribution of the $2 million raised during its Music on a …read more

HBO Max Isn’t to Blame After ‘In the Heights’ Fizzles at the Box Office

Since “In the Heights,” a lauded adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, fell short of box office expectations, it would be easy to point to its hybrid debut on HBO Max as the culprit. But streaming isn’t necessarily to blame for the movie’s lackluster $11.4 million four-day opening weekend. Yes, …read more

Drake Says Long-Delayed ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Album Will Be Out by End of Summer

It’s not exactly an iron-clad guarantee — especially by Drake standards — but the superstar rapper said on Saturday that his long-delayed “Certified Lover Boy” album, which he’d originally promised would be out in January but then changed his mind, will be out by the end of the summer. On …read more

The CW’s ‘The Republic of Sarah’ Indulges a Mild Separatist Fantasy: TV Review

“The Republic of Sarah” starts straightforwardly enough. Opening in the idyllic New Hampshire town of Greylock, the show introduces us to history teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker), her friends, and to her own surprise, her estranged brother Danny (Luke Mitchell). Though he abruptly left Greylock, their abusive alcoholic mother (Megan …read more

BritBox Reveals Summer Slate, Acquires Idris Elba’s ‘Luther,’ Sean Bean’s ‘Time’

BritBox, the joint BBC Studios/ITV streaming service, has unveiled its summer slate, which includes the acquisition of some of the U.K.’s top dramas as well as original fare. Among the offerings are “Luther,” which kicks off the streamer’s “Mystery Month” in July and stars Idris Elba (“Thor”), and “Time,” the …read more

Ned Beatty, Actor Known for ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Network,’ Dies at 83

Film and TV actor Ned Beatty, who was Oscar nominated for his supporting role in “Network” and appeared in a number of the most significant American films of the 1970s, has died. He was 83. Beatty’s management confirmed his death to Variety, adding that he died from natural causes on …read more

China Box Office: ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Scampers to Second Behind Sports Drama ‘Never Stop’

Columbia Pictures’ “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” hopped up to second in China this weekend, but was unable to scurry past local sports drama “Never Stop” despite an extra day’s lead. “Peter Rabbit 2” grossed a relatively unremarkable $969,000 (RMB6.2 million) on opening day Friday but managed to pull in …read more

Starz’s ‘Blindspotting’ Series Cedes the Spotlight to Jasmine Cephas Jones with Style: TV Review

“Blindspotting” moves like a song: from opening verse to swelling chorus, emotional bridge and back again. Sometimes, this manifests quite literally, as the characters turn to the camera and burst into emphatic spoken word, turn on their heels and break into a staccato dance, or dream up an entire music …read more

‘Larry Flynt for President’ Review: Yes, This Really Happened

On March 6, 1978, during a legal battle in Georgia over obscenity charges, Larry Flynt, the owner and publisher of Hustler magazine, was shot on the sidewalk, an assassination attempt that left him partially paralyzed. It didn’t take long for him to become an iconic figure in his gold wheelchair, …read more

Alibaba Pictures Losses Tumble During COVID Year

Chinese film and tech group, Alibaba Pictures managed to slash its losses during the COVID-affected financial year to March 2021. It pointed to strength and scale of its content as the differentiator between this and previous years. Revenue was little changed at RMB2.85 billion ($445 million). Losses attributable to owners …read more