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  • Hollywood & Highland to Remove Elephant Statues Commemorating Racist Legacy of D.W. Griffith August 1, 2021
    The white fiberglass elephant statues at the Hollywood & Highland shopping center are being removed in a rejection of filmmaker D.W. Griffith’s racist legacy. According to the Los Angeles Times, the new owners of the famous center where the Academy Awards are typically held are removing the elephant statues and “all of the faux Mesopotamian […] […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • In ‘Stillwater,’ Matt Damon Finds the Humanity in a Trumper. Would You Expect Anything Less From Matt Damon? (Column) August 1, 2021
    As an actor, Matt Damon has always had two sides: the light and the dark, the noble and the furtive, the boyishly winning and the ominously coldhearted. Early in his career, when he was that cute kid with the shiny hair and the big grin, he played characters who had a troubled layer or two, […]
    Owen Gleiberman
  • Jay Pickett, ‘Port Charles’ and ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 60 August 1, 2021
    Jay Pickett, an actor and producer known for his roles on “Port Charles” and “General Hospital,” died Friday on the set of his upcoming film, Pickett’s agent confirmed to Variety. He was 60. The official Facebook page of “Treasure Valley” — in which Pickett starred and served as a producer and writer — announced Pickett’s death on […] […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • Philipp Yuryev’s ‘The Whaler Boy’ Wins Top Prize at Transilvania Film Festival August 1, 2021
    Philipp Yuryev’s “The Whaler Boy,” which took home the Venice Days award at last year’s Venice Film Festival, won the top prize at the Transilvania Film Festival on Saturday. The jury praised the Russian director’s feature debut, an offbeat story of a teenage whale hunter on the Bering Strait who sets out to meet a […]
  • ‘Jungle Cruise’ Docks With $34 Million in Theaters, $30 Million on Disney Plus August 1, 2021
    “Jungle Cruise” completed its first voyage with $34.2 million in theatrical ticket sales and another $30 million on Disney Plus, leading the competition in North America. The Disney film, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, debuted slightly ahead of expectations despite concerns the Delta variant would keep family crowds at home. At the international bo […]
    Rebecca Rubin
  • Transilvania Film Fest Launches Drama Room to Bolster Region’s Growing TV Biz August 1, 2021
    As it celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival looked to keep pace with the rapidly evolving – and colliding – worlds of film and television with the launch of a new sidebar and industry strand dedicated to high-end TV series. For the first time TIFF unspooled a sidebar featuring eight […]
  • DaBaby Dropped From Lollapalooza Lineup Following Homophobic Comments August 1, 2021
    DaBaby is no longer performing at Lollapalooza. Following the rapper’s homophobic remarks at Rolling Loud on July 25, the Chicago festival has removed DaBaby from their Sunday lineup. A statement tweeted from Lollapalooza’s official Twitter account reads: “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity inclusivity, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • Star Trek Captain Alex Kurtzman Extends TV Pact With CBS Studios to 2026 August 1, 2021
    Alex Kurtzman, the prolific producer who pilots the Star Trek franchise for CBS Studios and Paramount Plus, has extended his exclusive overall TV deal with the ViacomCBS units through 2026. Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner will expand under the new agreement to add an executive to help manage its growing slate of series. Longtime Kurtzman partner […] […]
    Cynthia Littleton
  • As MTV Turns 40, It’s Time to Embrace the Generation That Grew Up With It (Column) August 1, 2021
    MTV turns 40 on Sunday, and it hardly looks its age. Well, that’s because it hardly looks like, well, anything anymore. At least that’s the depressing state of the linear MTV channel, which in recent years has become 95% reruns of “Ridiculousness,” along with a handful of runs of 20-year-old movies (“Joe Dirt”) and limited […]
  • Clarence McDonald, Keyboard Player and Producer for James Taylor, the Emotions and Others, Dies at 75 August 1, 2021
    Clarence “Mac” McDonald, a keyboard player, producer, songwriter and arranger who worked with artists including James Taylor, Ray Charles, Bill Withers and the Emotions, died in Las Vegas July 21 from complications related to cancer, his friends and family reported. He was 76. During a 50-year-plus career in the music business, McDonald had as among […] […]
    Chris Willman

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  • Rare snow transforms Brazil into winter wonderland August 1, 2021
    Brazil may be known for beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests and temperate climate, but portions of the country looked more like a winter wonderland this week as snow made a rare appearance in the South American country. One of the strongest polar air masses so far this year intruded into southern Brazil earlier this week, according...
  • Wildfire situation in Northwest may worsen this week August 1, 2021
    The weather pattern is set to change multiple times across the Northwest during the first week of August, bringing some opportunities for rain, but also threatening more bad news for the wildfires in the area. For many across the Northwest, July was an especially dry month. Portland, Oregon, and Seattle each clocked in with only...
  • 70 years later, lightning strike survivor recalls tragic event August 1, 2021
    Despite a previous effort to have it removed, a simple monument of cement and stone sits in Darby Canyon near Driggs, Idaho, bearing the names of the five victims who were killed in the area from a lightning strike 70 years ago. Karma Rasband Lambert, now 84, had helped to build it back during 1951,...
  • Severe storms to kick off August for Northeast July 31, 2021
    Cooler and less humid conditions are settling in across the Northeast, while residents receive a brief respite as they pick up the pieces after tornadoes ravaged the mid-Atlantic on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, more storms are on the way to the region before the weekend is over. “A potent short wave of energy will sweep across...
  • Frenzy of tropical activity in Pacific could create rare weather phenomenon August 1, 2021
    A cluster of tropical activity has developed across the Pacific Ocean, as three features battle for dominance and hold the potential for a phenomenon called the Fujiwhara Effect to occur. “Tropical activity has picked up across the eastern Pacific,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex DaSilva. The three main areas of interest are Tropical Rainstorm 9-E, Hurr […]
  • Destructive western US monsoon to trigger new concerns July 30, 2021
    Already the 2021 North American monsoon season has gotten off to a tumultuous start. Not only has it been the busiest start to the season in years, the monsoon thunderstorms and their resultant flash flooding have turned deadly across the American Southwest. AccuWeather forecasters say that although the engine for the monsoon will continue to...
  • Dallas to sweat in 110-degree RealFeel heat July 30, 2021
    Records were broken across the High Plains on Wednesday as above-normal temperatures persisted throughout the region and into the south-central U.S. — but when will relief from the heat arrive? Not just yet, but soon, AccuWeather forecasters say. The sweltering pattern that’s been locked in across the middle of the nation will continue through the...
  • Another Olympic disruption? Brewing tropical system could target Japan July 30, 2021
    As Olympic officials try to handle the ongoing struggle with the heat in Tokyo, they will have to turn their attention to another potential trouble: a brewing tropical system. The storm could bring impacts to the Olympic Games early this week — and AccuWeather meteorologists warn this may not be the last tropical concern for...
  • Residents begin cleanup efforts following EF3 tornado in Philadelphia suburb July 30, 2021
    One day after a destructive tornado struck eastern Pennsylvania, causing the partial collapse of a car dealership and injuring several people inside, National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed that an EF3 tornado had torn through the area with peak winds of up to 140 mph. The most intense damage, the NWS office in Mount Holly, New...
  • 5 important things to know about this year's monsoon season July 29, 2021
    Too much of a good thing has proven deadly in the Southwest. With many areas in the region craving rainfall to bring long-needed drought relief, flash floods have answered that yearning at a steep, and in some cases, fatal price. The annual North American monsoon, which officially runs from June 15 to Sept. 30, is...

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  • Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night by Bleachers
    The third full-length studio release for the Jack Antonoff solo project features guest appearances from Lana Del Rey and Bruce Springsteen.Label: RCARelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Downhill from Everywhere by Jackson Browne
    The latest full-length release for the singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Leslie Mendelson and Eugene Rodriguez of Los Cenzontles.Label: Inside RecordingsRelease Date: Jul 23, 2021
  • For Free by David Crosby
    The latest full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Sarah Jarosz.Label: BMGRelease Date: Jul 23, 2021
  • Happier than Ever by Billie Eilish
    The second full-length studio release for the Los Angeles pop singer-songwriter was produced by her brother, Finneas.Label: InterscopeRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • American Noir [EP] by Creeper
    The eight-track EP for the British rock band was recording during the same recording sessions as its 2021 release Sex, Death & the Infinite Void.Label: Roadrunner RecordsRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Heart-Shaped Scars by Dot Allison
    The first full-length solo release for the Scottish singer-songwriter in 12 years was co-produced with Fiona Cruickshank.Label: SA RecordingsRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • ULTRAPOP by The Armed
    The fourth full-length studio release for the hardcore collective from Detroit features contributions from such artist as Ben Chisholm, Mark Lanegan, Troy Van Leeuwen, and Ben Koller.Label: Sargent HouseRelease Date: Apr 16, 2021
  • We're All Alone In This Together by Dave
    The second full-length studio release for the British rapper features guest appearances from Snoh Aalegra, James Blake, Boj, Stormzy, and WizKid.Label: N/ARelease Date: Jul 23, 2021
  • Private Space by Durand Jones & the Indications
    The third full-length studio release for the Indiana retro-soul group features synths and disco influences.Label: Dead OceansRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Native Sons by Los Lobos
    The 17th full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rock band includes covers of songs about Los Angeles or were written by fellow natives of the City of Angels.Label: New WestRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Therapy by Anne-Marie
    The second full-length release for the British pop artist features guest appearances from Nathan Dawe, Digital Farm Animals, Niall Horan, KSI, Little Mix, MoStack, and Rudimental.Label: AtlanticRelease Date: Jul 23, 2021
  • Thirstier by Torres
    The fifth full-length studio release for the indie singer-songwriter was co-produced with Rob Ellis and Peter Miles.Label: MergeRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Stand for Myself by Yola
    The second full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Dan AuerbachLabel: Easy Eye SoundRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Electro Melodier by Son Volt
    The 10th full-length studio release for the Jay Farrar-led band features a guest appearance from Laura Cantrell.Label: Transmit SoundRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Welcome 2 America by Prince
    The latest posthumous Prince release is an album recorded in 2010 with the New Power Generation features 11 originals and a cover of Soul Asylum's "Stand Up and B Strong."Label: LegacyRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
    The second studio full-length studio release for the Maryland rapper features guest appearances from Jay Electronica, Swae Lee, Lucky Daye, MF DOOM, Offset, Rico Nasty, Sevyn Streeter, SIR, Slick Rick, T-Pain, The Neptunes, Westside Gunn, and Young Thug. Label: Warner RecordsRelease Date: Jul 09, 2021
  • Home Video by Lucy Dacus
    The third full-length release for the indie singer-songwriter features contributions from Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers. Label: MatadorRelease Date: Jun 25, 2021
  • Romantic Images by Molly Burch
    The latest full-length release for the Austin-based indie singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Wild Nothing and was produced by Tennis' Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley.Label: Captured TracksRelease Date: Jul 23, 2021
  • Animal by LUMP
    This is the second full-length release for the collaboration between Tunng's Mike Lindsay and Laura Marling. Label: PartisanRelease Date: Jul 30, 2021
  • Gold-Diggers Sound by Leon Bridges
    The third full-length release for the R&B artist was recorded in Los Angeles and features guest appearances from Robert Glasper, Ink and Terrace Martin.Label: ColumbiaRelease Date: Jul 23, 2021

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