How political candidates are targeting you on social media based on your music tastes, shopping habits and favorite TV shows

CNN — Marco Rubio hopes to sway voters interested in Chick-fil-A, Ram trucks, and Duck Dynasty. John Fetterman is searching for fans of microbreweries, Teslas, and the Dave Matthews Band. And Michael Bennet wants to reach people who like Taylor Swift and Lizzo – while avoiding devoted listeners of Jason Aldean. Candidates in some of … Read more

Opinion: How ‘Abbott Elementary’ became more than a belief

Editor’s Note: Gene Seymour is also a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinions on CNN. CNN — Wednesday night’s second … Read more

Opinion: How ‘Abbott Elementary’ became more than a belief

Editor’s Note: Gene Seymour is also a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinions on CNN. CNN — Wednesday night’s second … Read more

How TV coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral changed my mind about her

I didn’t expect this to happen. But I was deeply moved Monday by the TV image of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin being lowered into its vault at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor with the queen’s bagpiper playing her to rest. The choreography of him playing as he walked alone down a darkened castle corridor and then … Read more

‘The Rings of Power’: What to know before you watch Amazon’s new ‘Lord of the Rings’ series

CNN — What a time to be a fantasy fan: Between “House of the Dragon” and “The Rings of Power,” there are dozens of new characters and stories set in the familiar worlds of “Game of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings” for audiences to invest in. But “Thrones” fans had their fun with … Read more

While streamers cut costs, Amazon makes a massive bet with ‘Lord of the Rings’

new York CNN Business — After much anticipation, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” finally debuts on Amazon Prime Video on Friday. It represents one of the biggest bets in streaming history. The series, which takes place thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is … Read more

In fantasy, medieval life is depicted as all sexual violence and squalor. It’s not that simple

CNN — Note: This article contains light spoilers for “House of the Dragon” and “Game of Thrones.” Whenever a fantasy story treads too far into gruesome violence or plain old human exploitation, storytellers like to trot out four little words: “But it’s historically accurate.” That was the explanation the creators of the “Game of Thrones” … Read more

Anne Heche, ‘Wag the Dog’ and ‘Donnie Brasco’ star, has died at 53

CNN — Anne Heche, an entrancing actor whose versatility powered an admirable career in television and film spanning four decades, has died at 53. “Anne Heche has been peacefully taken off life support,” a representative for her family told CNN earlier Sunday night, and later confirmed the actress’ passing. Heche’s car crashed into a Los … Read more

‘Better Call Saul’: How ‘Breaking Bad’ cooked up the addictive formula for the spinoff

CNN — By spawning the acclaimed “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad” achieved a bit of spinoff immortality that eluded “Friends” (“Joey”), “MASH” (“AfterMASH”) and “The Golden Girls” (“The Golden Palace “), among others. As the prequel nears its end, it’s worth considering how the original series’ Emmy-winning legacy cooked up one of the best TV … Read more

‘Evil’ TV series delivers us from three demons haunting America

CNN — At some imperceptible moment in pop culture history, the Devil became a bore. Scenes in movies and TV that once inspired terror — cackling demons possessing the body of a young girl, dark prophecies about the number 666, preachers warning terrified congregations about “the father of lies” — now seem passé. “Lucifer” is … Read more