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Beyoncé explains why she created 'Renaissance'
We now know a bit more about Beyoncé's forthcoming new album, "Renaissance."

See what's streaming in July
A look at some of the shows and movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney+ in July.

The enduring resonance of George Michael's subversive music
Soulful, dazzlingly talented, bewitching: There are many words that sum up the power of George Michael. Another: subversive.

Chanel Haynes says Rolling Stones gig cost her 'Tina' musical job
Actress and singer Chanel Haynes says she was fired as the lead in the West End production of "Tina" after she performed with the Rolling Stones in Italy.

Halsey responds to fans who left show in Phoenix over speech supporting abortion
Halsey has a message to concertgoers who don't agree with the singer's views on reproductive rights.

'Paper Girls' trailer teases time-traveling teens tale
Amazon's "Paper Girls" is teeing up what looks to be a timey-wimey good time, with shades of beloved favorites like "Stranger Things" and "Doctor Who."

'Minions: The Rise of Gru' is long on silliness and songs, and short on plot
Five years after the last "Despicable Me" movie and a dozen years since the first, "Minions: The Rise of Gru" extends the animated franchise without exactly rising to the occasion, delivering a mundane exercise set to an odd 1970s soundtrack. Loud and colorful, it's likely to divert smaller kids whose comedic tastes run toward rapid-fire mumbling, pratfalls, the occasional exposed yellow butt and flatulence.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite for 'Ticket to Paradise'
It's been awhile since we've seen them on screen together, but George Clooney and Julia Roberts have still got it.

Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement, thanks to Jamie Foxx
After an eight-year hiatus, Cameron Diaz is making movies again.

'Right to Offend' charts the 'Black Comedy Revolution' from the '60s through today
"Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution" conspicuously overlaps with other recent documentaries, including projects devoted to the legacies of Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby. Yet this two-part A&E production stands out in contemplating the unique role that Black comedians have played in calling out injustice and giving voice to how society has changed across decades.

'Only Murders in the Building' doesn't miss a beat in getting back on the case
Understandably determined not to mess with success, "Only Murders in the Building" returns with a second season that self-consciously plays to its strengths, while layering the new mystery laid out by its cliffhanger ending on top of the old one. It's every bit as breezy and fun, with lots of winking references to "Season 2" (the podcast, naturally, but you get the idea).

Tom Hiddleston and fiancée Zawe Ashton are expecting a baby together
Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton are expecting their first child together.

'True Detective' Season 4 to star Kali Reis and Jodie Foster
"True Detective: Night Country" will star Kali Reis with the previously announced casting of Jodie Foster. It will be HBO's fourth season of the series.

Olivia O'Brien did indeed date Pete Davidson
Add singer and songwriter Olivia O'Brien to the list of women Pete Davidson has dated.

Chris Pratt says backlash to Instagram post about his family made him cry
Chris Pratt understands that social media trolling tends to accompany success in Hollywood, but he'd like to do his best to protect his family from it.

Dakota Johnson on the 'mayhem' of filming 'Fifty Shades'
"Fifty Shades of Grey" turned Dakota Johnson into a star.

Lizzo called Beyoncé her 'North Star' during her 'Carpool Karaoke' appearance
The Bey Hive has another celebrity among its ranks: Lizzo.

The trailer for 'Hocus Pocus 2' is here
A first look at the Disney+ original movie "Hocus Pocus 2" is here.

Tom Hanks admits doubts over 'Forrest Gump' bus bench scenes
Tom Hanks has revealed how he didn't think the iconic bus bench scenes in smash hit movie "Forrest Gump" would make it into the final cut.

Chris Hemsworth looks back on a decade of playing Thor ahead of 'Love and Thunder'
Chris Hemsworth is reflecting on 10-plus years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the charming god with the flowing blond mane, Thor.

A summer of joy is what we
Summer 2021 was supposed to be our time.

'Westworld' again juggles its pieces but can't escape its own dense maze
"Westworld" returns, featuring several familiar faces in unfamiliar roles, while extending aspects of a third season that creatively sailed off the rails. While there is surely intelligent life out there eager to see where this goes, at this point it's not so much a question of not being able to follow the series through its convoluted maze as simply not feeling as if it's worth the energy to try.

No, Geena Davis still won't tell you if Dottie meant to drop the ball. But she's loving life's curveballs
Geena Davis is not someone to stay silent on important matters.

What pop group MUNA's music reveals about queer joy
A pop sensation not afraid to weigh in on big political issues, MUNA stand out in part because of the band's open embrace of something that's still a rarity in the music landscape: queer intimacy.

'Elvis' drowns Austin Butler's spot-on performance under a frenetic flood of style
"Elvis" has entered the theaters, but in a package that often recalls the excesses associated with his Vegas-residency years: Looking bloated, gaudy and at times bordering on self-parody. Those missteps, courtesy of director Baz Luhrmann and an ill-used Tom Hanks, squander Austin Butler's brilliant moments in the title role, which deserve a much better movie.

'Loot' gives the gift of comedy with Maya Rudolph
"Loot" sounds like a one-note joke on paper -- ha ha, an Apple TV+ comedy loosely inspired by the Bezos' family drama -- that doesn't gain much depth during the first episode. Stick with it, though, and this showcase for Maya Rudolph as a billionaire minted through divorce becomes a sweet if fairly conventional romantic comedy with a few welcome surprises.

'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande' gives Emma Thompson a grand showcase
Emma Thompson lays herself bare in the dramedy "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande," but it's the emotional aspects that deserve the most attention, in this funny and sensitively told two-hander that, understandably, is making its debut on Hulu. Taking place almost entirely inside a hotel room, it's a movie bathed in poignance and sweetness as well as sex and longing.

'Lightyear' goes to infinity, but not beyond, in a likable offshoot of 'Toy Story'
The most interesting aspect of "Lightyear" is dispensed with in the first 15 seconds, when it's explained how and why you're watching a movie devoted to the action-figure character from "Toy Story." After that, the movie works primarily as a fairly likable action vehicle mixed with a familiar rumination on what defines a life, without rising into that top tier of Pixar fare its predecessors occupied.

Jeff Bridges brings life to the spy drama 'The Old Man'
The spy genre is so well worn one would think there's not much new to be done, but "The Old Man" largely confounds those expectations, thanks to the stellar combination of Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow. Seeking a precedent for this FX series, the best might be "Robin and Marian," in which Robin Hood's swashbuckling met up with the cold realities of creaking bones and geriatric limitations.

'Top Gun: Maverick' takes off with Tom Cruise on a rousing flight into the sequel zone
Nimbly mixing nostalgia and full-throttle action, "Top Gun: Maverick" soars higher than it has any right to, constructing a mostly terrific sequel 36 years later (including a Covid release delay), using a good but not great movie as its jumping-off point. That might not be enough to take your breath away, but as brawny summer entertainment goes, it comes shockingly close.