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Thom Bell, an architect of 1970s Philadelphia soul, this

NEW YORK — Thom Bell, the Grammy-winning producer, writer and arranger who helped perfect the “Sound of Philadelphia” of the 1970s with the inventive, orchestral settings of such hits as the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around” and the Stylistics’ “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” has died at age 79. Bell’s wife, Vanessa Bell, said that he died… Read More »

Radical dialogue and open roads in ‘Women Talking’

NEW YORK — When Sarah Polley has flown from her home in Toronto to the US this year for the release of her film “Women Talking,” she’s had conversations with customs officials that usually go something like this: “What are you here for?” “I’m screening a film.” “What’s the name of the film?” “Woman Talking.”… Read More »

‘The Best Man’ wraps up storylines with new Peacock series

When the film “The Best Man” was released in 1999, featuring a cast of young, up-and-coming, attractive Black actors including Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Terrence Howard, it wasn’t just a box office hit but also a fresh perspective on film, following the ups and downs of friendship, careers and love through the lens of… Read More »

Adnan Syed hired by Georgetown’s prison reform initiative

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Adnan Syed, who was released from a Maryland prison this year after his case was the focus of the true-crime podcast “Serial,” has been hired by Georgetown University as a program associate for the university’s Prisons and Justice Initiative, the university said. Syed started working this month for the initiative which advocates… Read More »

Review: Clumsy Whitney Houston biopic mars its star’s skill

Whitney Houston’s voice was one of a kind and the creative team behind a new big-budget biopic of the singer had no choice but to agree. Naomi Ackie, who plays Houston in “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” turns in a fierce performance but is asked to lip-sync throughout to Houston’s biggest hits. The effect is,… Read More »

Jessica Henwick talks making it, diversity and Nicolas Cage

LOS ANGELES — Just before Jessica Henwick was cast in “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the then-aspiring actor had already left Los Angeles for her hometown in England. “I ran out of money, so I went back and moved back in with my parents,” she recalled. Although she hadn’t quite given… Read More »

West Point moves to vanquish Confederate symbols from campus

NEW YORK — Before turning against the US military to command the Confederate army, Robert E. Lee served as the superintendent of West Point, the hallowed military academy that produced patriots like Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower. But in the coming days, the storied academy will take down a portrait of Lee… Read More »

NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’ headed to YouTube beginning next season

Fans will have to Google it beginning next season if they want to access the NFL’s “Sunday Ticket” package. The NFL announced a multiyear agreement on Thursday for Google to distribute the package of out-of-market Sunday afternoon games on YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels. The NFL was seeking $2.5 billion per season for the… Read More »

Netflix plans $900M facility at former New Jersey Army base

Netflix said Wednesday it plans to build a state-of-the-art production facility at a former Army base at the Jersey Shore that will cost more than $900 million, and create thousands of jobs. The subscription video streaming company will pay $55 million for a 292-acre site on the former Fort Monmouth military base in Eatontown and… Read More »

‘Get Carter,’ ‘Flash Gordon’ director Mike Hodges died at 90

LONDON– British filmmaker Mike Hodges, who directed gangland thriller “Get Carter” and sci-fi cult classic “Flash Gordon,” has died. Hey what 90 Hodges died at his home in the county of Dorset in southwest England on Saturday, his friend and former producer Mike Kaplan told British media on Wednesday. No cause of death was given.… Read More »