Here we go again: #DirectorsSoMale at the Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, it was #DirectorsSoMale at the Oscars. "Congratulations to those men," said presenter Issa Rae pointedly, after the announcement of an all-male directors ...

Hallmark draws criticism after pulling same-sex wedding ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel was facing some bitter criticism on social media Sunday over its decision to pull ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar,...

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. T...

Not just arabesques: Misty Copeland imparts her life lessons

NEW YORK (AP) — No other ballet dancer has crossed over into mainstream popular culture like Misty Copeland. That was her dancing at the recent American Music Awards, accompanying Ta...

Review: ‘Waves’ explores the ebb, flow of a family’s love

Rarely has a movie’s title been so apt as that of “Waves,” a movie that makes you feel like you’ve been knocked flat over by a fierce current — only to be rescued by a gentle, soothing flow of warm su...

Review: An evolved iceman? Kristoff steps up in ‘Frozen 2’

Picture this: A princess is in distress. It looks bad. Her dashing young man rides up in the nick of time and says, “Here I am to save you, my dear!” Actually, he doesn’t. He just says, “I'm here. Wha...

Review: Driver brings 6,700 pages to life in ‘The Report’

Of all the statistics involving the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program — better known as the “Torture Report” — let’s focus on th...

HBO doc peers into Ralph Lauren's rose-tinted American Dream

NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the editors, fashion notables, filmmakers and cultural critics who opine on Ralph Lauren in the new documentary "Very Ralph," it's an unlikely voice who perhaps most succinctly ...

Review: Erivo engages in imperfect but important 'Harriet'

Legendary American heroine that she is, there are certain things for which Harriet Tubman is overdue. One is her spot on U.S. currency: Google "Tubman" and "$20" and "Trump." Another is a major featur...

NY ballet crowd fetes Herman Cornejo on 20th ABT anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — On a night full of balletic leaps, the most joyous came during curtain calls, when iconic American choreographer Twyla Tharp bounded into the arms of dancer Herman Cornejo to celebrate...

Review: 'Jojo Rabbit' seeks humor in the darkest of places

"Oh good, another Hitler comedy! It's been too long," said no studio development executive, ever. But of course, absurd as the idea may seem, some attempts to wring humor from the ho...

Review: Banderas as Almodovar is a triumph of subtlety, wit

“Don’t get that storyteller look,” film director Salvador Mallo’s elderly mother admonishes him at one point in “Pain and Glory.” It’s hard not to chuckle, because the character is a thinly veiled sta...

Anna Wintour turns teacher, job coach in online MasterClass

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion is a world where the "next new thing" is constantly celebrated. But atop that world, Anna Wintour remains a strikingly durable and influential presence. Her i...

Inspiring speeches on diversity, equal pay rule Emmy night

Emmy night is always a chaotic mix of the humorous, the emotional and the inspirational, mixed with some major sequins and glitter. And on this Emmy night, all those elements came together in one glor...

Review: From god to devil: Doc tells Maradona's mythic tale

Who's that amazingly expressive actor they got to play Diego Maradona? The one you can't take your eyes off of, whose every facial muscle can project joy, pain, sadness, humor or anger from miles away...