Movies / TV

Misty Copeland speaks to reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in New York. The Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, fought tears as she spoke about her …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little understood. Even many fans of the jazz artist and civil rights radical don’t know what …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Jurassic World This revisiting of …

Comic Book Heroes Not Hiding in the Shadows Any More

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s Lex Luthor’s worst nightmare. Television is recruiting more comic-book superheroes than the Justice League of America, from the steely-eyed members of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., featuring cameos from the blockbuster Avengers films, to The Flash, the highest-rated series in CW’s history. And the squad is expanding. Netflix …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 12-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — The bloody power plays resume as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy returns for what should be a raucous fifth season. In the opener, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to life without their father, while the new boy king, …

‘Longest’ Is Latest From Sparks

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

Busy Time for TV Watchers as Multiple New Seasons Start

Saturday, April 11, 2015

There are times when you look at the television schedule — especially during shows’ long hiatuses — and wonder how there can be so many hours of TV and so little that’s worth watching. Then there are times like the days ahead, when you have to consider how …

Boston Opposes Plan for Marathon Attack Movie

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce Patriots’ Day, a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the pain and suffering caused by the attack is still too …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 5-11

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men — Peggy Lee’s haunting cover of Is That All There Is? gets prominent play in the first of seven final episodes, as one of television’s greatest shows goes into the stretch drive. It’s a fitting lament for damaged ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm), …

Fast and Furious Juggernaut Returns to Theaters

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

The Fastest, Most Furious of Franchises

Friday, April 3, 2015

Los Angeles — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to The Fast and the Furious. The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …