NEW YORK — Bernie Worrell, the ingenious “Wizard of Woo” whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died.
The glorious city of Cleveland rightfully lost its mind Sunday night when basketball superstar and MVP LeBron James helped lead the Cavaliers to the NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors. You know who else is probably pretty excited about the victory? CNBC executives.
Every summer needs a movie that’s as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as “The Shallows,” the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark. On a triple-digit day, you won’t be sorry to duck into this quick 87-minute caper of bikini-clad aquatic peril that’s just silly enough to be the perfect summer thriller.
Matthew McConaughey — lean, dark, with hollowed, darting eyes — portrays the real-life Civil War rebel Newton Knight in “Free State of Jones,” written and directed by Gary Ross, with a story by Leonard Hartman. It’s a film that grapples with the reverberations of this period throughout our collective conscience, and proves to be a richly rendered history lesson. It’s undeniably politically charged and deeply complex, especially through the lens of 2016. Period pieces can’t just be interpreted for the era in which they take place, but also the era in which they are made, and this one doesn’t offer easy answers.
Angry aliens bring death from above back to Earth this weekend with the opening of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” almost 20 years to the day after the original “Independence Day” invaded multiplexes. While the original “Independence Day” may have upped the CGI ante — the infamous trailer with the exploding White House sparked cheers from enthusiastic audiences — it’s just part of a long, terror-inducing line of dyspeptic extraterrestrials trying to take down humanity.
Written and directed by filmmaking twins Matt and Ross Duffer (who bill themselves as the Duffer Brothers), Netflix’s beguiling yet imperfect eight-episode mystery series “Stranger Things” has a style and form that honors early 1980s moviedom — the same time period in which the show is set.
Proof that the HBO dramedy “Entourage” really can come true — at least for one young man from Rhode Island named Michael Seander, a Duke baseball player who was sidelined by an injury some years ago and, on a lark, began making rap videos about his partying college lifestyle under the moniker Mike Stud.