‘The Last Shift’ review: Sharp drama dissects life’s struggles

Stanley is a dying breed. He’s a 38-year veteran of Oscar’s Chicken and Fish, a run-of-the-mill fast food joint in Albion, Michigan, where he’s the night manager. Days before his retirement, he still lives with two deadbeat roommates, makes lame “Terminator” jokes and doesn’t know how to drive. But his passion lies with hamburger pattiesContinue reading “‘The Last Shift’ review: Sharp drama dissects life’s struggles”

Public Enemy’s Chuck D on Breonna Taylor case: ‘It was a teachable moment’

Public Enemy is still ready to “Fight the Power.” Thirty-one years after that classic track dropped, the legendary Long Island posse returns Friday with a new LP, “What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?” It marks the group’s return to Def Jam, the iconic hip-hop label that they helped build, and features “FightContinue reading “Public Enemy’s Chuck D on Breonna Taylor case: ‘It was a teachable moment’”

Bachelor Nation Blunders: From behind-the-scenes flirting to Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Falling in love and falling apart since 2002. Across the long and dramatic history of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” the only emotion more prevalent than heartbreak might very well be sheer cringe. Viewers watched on as contestants offered up embarrassing admissions, got brutally dumped with the cameras rolling and were caught in sneaky lies.Continue reading “Bachelor Nation Blunders: From behind-the-scenes flirting to Arie Luyendyk Jr.”

Allen Maldonado finally gets a starring role in Netflix’s ‘Sneakerheads’

The pursuit of shoes leads to a host of trouble in Allen Maldonado’s new Netflix comedy “Sneakerheads.” Out Friday, the series follows Devin (Maldonado), a stay-at-home dad who is a recovering “sneakerhead,” people entrenched in the lucrative fashion subculture of collecting and trading sneakers. When his friend Bobby (Andrew Bachelor, “Black Jesus”) causes him toContinue reading “Allen Maldonado finally gets a starring role in Netflix’s ‘Sneakerheads’”

Prince’s ‘Sign o’ the Times’ reissued with 63 previously unreleased tracks

“Purple Rain” will always be seen as the crown jewel in Prince’s catalog — and really, who could argue with that? But for a work that truly showed the breadth and brilliance of his artistry, his 1987 double album “Sign o’ the Times” is a certified classic in its own right. (Indeed, both “Sign” andContinue reading “Prince’s ‘Sign o’ the Times’ reissued with 63 previously unreleased tracks”

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius’ murder story laid bare in new film

Turning on “The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius,” you may expect an answer as to whether the South African track star meant to kill his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on that night in February 2013. But you won’t find a clear-cut conclusion. Even the documentary’s director is still torn. “It depends what mood I’mContinue reading “‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius’ murder story laid bare in new film”

‘The Simpsons’ finds replacement to voice Carl after Hank Azaria’s exit

Fans of “The Simpsons” might notice one character sounds different in the Season 32 premiere Sunday. Carl Carlson, Homer Simpson’s nuclear plant co-worker and Lenny Leonard’s best friend, will not be voiced by Hank Azaria, at least in the season premiere episode. Carl will now be voiced by actor Alex Désert, according to Variety, althoughContinue reading “‘The Simpsons’ finds replacement to voice Carl after Hank Azaria’s exit”