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Prince death investigation focuses on flight, drugs, doctor

Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. A guide to the latest developments: INQUIRY INTO EMERGENCY LANDING Questions about Prince's health...

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  • 'Keanu' review: Key and Peele's cat tale sags in second half

    'Keanu' review: Key and Peele's cat tale sags in second half

    We expect our comedies to be hit-and-miss. They're different from action movies, which, in recent years, have become numbingly relentless — hit-and-never-miss, unless you're third thug from the left and swarthy, and your job is to shoot and then die. Now we have the strange case of "Keanu," starring...

  • 'Mother's Day' review: Your mom deserves better

    'Mother's Day' review: Your mom deserves better

    It seems there's no stopping Garry Marshall's terrifying cinematic rampage on our nation's treasured holidays. Having ruined both "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve" with his star-packed omnibus projects, the director has burned his way through the calendar, landing on "Mother's Day" as his...

  • 'Ratchet & Clank' review: Video game makes a clunker of a kids movie

    'Ratchet & Clank' review: Video game makes a clunker of a kids movie

    Based on a popular Playstation game, the sci-fi animated feature "Ratchet & Clank" seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience this weekend, as well as the gamer crowd who have a familiarity with the space-based game characters. The film is a basic hero story about Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor,...

  • 'Green Room' review: Punk horror movie you never knew you always wanted

    'Green Room' review: Punk horror movie you never knew you always wanted

    In writer-director Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin," which put him on the map in 2013, the tension is controlled, measured; it follows an intentional plan of violence in a story of long overdue revenge. In his follow-up, "Green Room," Saulnier takes the opposite approach, in a horror story of the...

  • Movie review: 'Sing Street' is another charmer from director of 'Once'

    A well-written song can resonate several pitches in a fast row, much like movies by Irish director John Carney. His Oscar-winning debut hit "Once" gave us a pair of songwriting collaborators on the Emerald Isle making sweet music together, having some good laughs and falling sort of in love the...

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  • Want to follow the money behind political ads? Good luck finding it

    Want to follow the money behind political ads? Good luck finding it

    Lots of stories I cover in media make me angry. The failure of public TV to come anywhere near living up to its promise. Cable channels that let ideology drive their coverage — and then lie about it to the public. But few leave me actually disheartened about the role media play in our lives. Covering...

  • Andre Royo of 'The Wire' to return to Baltimore for Maryland Film Festival

    Andre Royo of 'The Wire' to return to Baltimore for Maryland Film Festival

    “The Wire” alum Andre Royo will be back in town for next week’s Maryland Film Festival, as the star of the closing-night movie, “Hunter Gatherer.” The first film from writer-director (and Virginia native) Joshua Locy, “Hunter Gatherer” stars Royo as Ashley Douglas, an exorbitantly optimistic ex-con...

  • The benefits of 'The Wire'

    The benefits of 'The Wire'

    The typical response to the question we've all heard — "Is Baltimore just like 'The Wire'?" — is a defensive lecture on the merits of our fine city and the damage "The Wire" has done to our reputation. But has it really? I would argue that the television series is actually more helpful than harmful,...

  • Wanda Sykes finds humor in the struggle

    Wanda Sykes finds humor in the struggle

    You'd think these would be bountiful times for comedians, especially given all the colorful characters looking to be elected president. Just start riffing on Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, and it seems the material would practically write itself. Well, sorta, says Wanda Sykes,...

  • 'Scandal' & more TV shows tackle abortion issue head-on

    'Scandal' & more TV shows tackle abortion issue head-on

    TV loves to show characters hooking up. Steamy moments punctuate countless TV episodes, but the topics of contraception and abortion? Many shows would rather run for the hills than address them directly. Increasingly, though, there are exceptions, with a new generation of creators and shows on...

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