‘The New Mutants’ Review: Maybe All the Cool Super Powers Were Taken

This much-delayed “X-Men”-related film from Josh Boone features five teens with not-so-great powers.

How does one disavow an unruly mutant? Lock it up, says the Essex Corporation, the villain of “The New Mutants,” an “X-Men”-adjacent thriller about a detention hall for ultra-destructive kids — and 20th Century Studios, the manufacturer of this ramshackle flick, agrees. Directed in 2017 by Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”), “The New Mutants” spent three years on ice before being allowed to escape into the slowest summer season in a century.

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Carl Reiner, Multifaceted Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 98

Mr. Reiner was a gifted comic actor, but he spent most of his career slightly out of the spotlight — writing, directing and letting others get the laughs.

Carl Reiner, who as performer, writer and director earned a place in comedy history several times over, died on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Annie Reiner.

Mr.

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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ Is Whatever You Need It to Be Right Now

Last night online I tried to think of a bad song about rain, and I couldn’t come up with one, and no one else who tried to come up with one in the Twitter thread could do it either. That’s because rain is a rich topic for songwriters. You can roll it out as melodramatic mise-en-scène during a dark story song (Garth Brooks’s “The Thunder Rolls,” Brooke Benton’s “Rainy Night in Georgia”) or you can employ it as a heavy-handed metaphor for depression (The Temptations’ “I Wish It Would Rain,” the Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays”),

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‘Scoob!’ isn’t much fun, and neither are those meddling kids

(CNN)First, a confession: There are those of us who have never really been fans of Scooby-Doo, or for that matter, those meddling kids. Still, the animated dog and his crime-solving crew have been around for 50 years, which explains why there’s a movie called “Scoob!,” one so inconsequential and flat it doesn’t lose much by premiering on a TV screen.

“Scoob!” had been destined for theaters before coronavirus intervened. As studios try to make the best of a bad situation and feed the appetite for new content,

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Betty Wright, Soul Singer Who Mentored a New Generation, Dies at 66

She had her first hit, “Clean Up Woman,” when she was only 17 and became a key player in the Miami funk sound of the 1970s.

Betty Wright, a powerful singer who had a breakout hit single when she was 17, then went on to be a key player in the Miami funk sound of the 1970s, and worked closely with singers and rappers in the following four decades, died on Sunday at her home in Miami.

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HBO to develop “Parasite” limited series with director Bong Joon Ho

HBO has won the rights to adapt the award-winning movie “Parasite” into a limited series. Director Bong Joon Ho will team up with HBO’s “Succession” executive producer and director Adam McKay to develop the acclaimed South Korean film for television.

“Parasite” earned a best picture Oscar nomination on Monday — making it only the sixth film in Oscar history to earn nominations for best international feature film as well as best picture. The movie is also only the 11th foreign language film to ever be nominated for best picture in the Oscars’

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Oscar Nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ Leads With 11 Nods; Three Others Get 10

“The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “1917” each received 10 nominations. Black actors and actresses were largely overlooked.

LOS ANGELES — The 92nd Academy Awards will be a showdown between old and new Hollywood: Netflix amassed a leading 24 nominations on Monday, including best picture honors for “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story,” but traditional studios were only a heartbeat behind.

Despite a plethora of diverse films competing for Oscar attention this year,

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Rush Drummer And Lyricist Neil Peart Has Died

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for the iconic Canadian prog rock band Rush, has died. He was 67 years old.

His death was announced Friday by spokesperson Elliot Mintz, who said that Peart died on Jan. 7 in Santa Monica, Calif. Peart had been diagnosed with brain cancer three and a half years ago.

On Friday, Rush released a statement: “It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend,

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Single-shot look of ‘1917’ is a cinematic marvel

The World War I film is a technical astonishment but keeps the audience at an emotional distance. | ★★★ out of 4 stars

Relentless and surreal, “1917” tries to capture the chaos of being at war.

The Golden Globe winner’s story is quite simple: Two boyish Brits, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are ordered to leave their World War I trench, run through enemy territory and deliver a message to another battalion that is about to launch an offensive against the Germans,

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Justin Bieber reveals Lyme disease diagnosis

The singer said he plans to explain the depth of his struggle in a coming YouTube series.

The singer Justin Bieber revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease in an Instagram post that called out people who have made comments about his appearance in recent months.

After TMZ reported the news, Bieber, 25, posted a screenshot of the article with caption saying people who had said he looked like he was on drugs “failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease.”

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