Matt Damon defends being cast for ‘Great Wall’

Matt Damon has criticized "outrageous" stories in the era of fake news, responding to accusations that his role in the new China-Hollywood co-production "The Great Wall" should have gone to an Asian actor

Trump’s ties to ‘Apprentice’ raises conflict issues for NBC

Donald Trump’s continued stake in television’s “Celebrity Apprentice” adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.

Mandy Moore gets to enjoy the present in ‘This Is Us’

Playing an expectant mother of triplets was already daunting for Mandy Moore. But playing a 66-year-old mother to three thirtysomething children? That was not something she was prepared to do.

With acclaim raining down, Casey Affleck tries to enjoy it

Casey Affleck’s natural, heavily burdened performance in “Manchester by the Sea” has been perhaps the most universally acclaimed of the year.

How Gael Garcia Bernal conducts himself as ‘Mozart’ maestro

As Season 3 begins for this Amazon Prime comedy, the orchestra is on strike, freeing Maestro Rodrigo to conduct the comeback performance of a legendary opera diva in Venice.





David Cordell, Salem’s go-to guy

When I began kicking around the idea of writing about local street name honorees, I wanted the stories to reflect cultural, racial, and gender diversity. Ideally the selections would include a few contemporary people, not just historical figures.

Rick’s List: NFL Celebrations Edition

Scribe announced new company to aid athletes in their quest for unique on-field celebrations




Upcoming concerts and shows

Chris Rock — April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 9; $69-$119

Florida Georgia Line — March 10, 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 9; $59-$99

Bon Jovi — April 1 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 10; $125, $195

Kris Kristofferson — May 6 at the Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale Dec. 9; $38-$68

Justin Bieber — Aug. 29 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 9; $46.80-$176.80

Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez — Feb. 12 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $25-$28

Billy Crystal — March 23 at Providence Performing Arts Center; tickets on sale now; $45-$200