TV picks for the week of Aug. 2

There's lots of stuff on television this week, some of it is good (except for Friday; go out and see a movie on Friday). Here's what caught my eye:

Sunday: "Bachelor in Paradise," 7 p.m., ABC: And so it begins.

"Welcome to Sweden," 7 p.m., NBC: In back-to-back episodes, Paul Simon, Jack Black and Neve Campbell guest star.

"Last Tango in ...Read more

'End of the Tour' could be a big turning point for Jason Segel

It can be a stellar moment when an admired comedic actor chooses to play powerful drama totally straight.

"Splash" and "Big" made Tom Hanks widely famous, but as an AIDS victim in "Philadelphia," he conveyed deep vulnerability with Oscar-winning effect. As a lovelorn romantic in "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Jim Carrey delivered ...Read more

Around the Remote: Jon Stewart's Finale, 'Poldark', more

DON'T MISS: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" -- This certainly doesn't feel like a Moment of Zen. After 16 years, 19 Emmy Awards and more blistering one-liners than we can count, Stewart bids farewell to the fake newscast that gleefully skewered blowhards in the media and politics, and made an indelible mark on late-night television. Memo to ...Read more

Jon Stewart started small, became voice of a generation

It's not easy to startle Jon Stewart, but it happened one evening shortly after he had finished taping his program in front of a New York audience.

"Are you serious with all these questions about talk shows?" said Stewart while tossing a baseball in the air and chain-smoking Camels in an office whose decor appeared to be inspired by Frat Boy ...Read more

Judge dismisses suit seeking Kurt Cobain death-scene photos

SEATTLE -- A King County judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who had sued for the release of graphic photos and other police records from the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain.

Richard Lee, who runs a public-access show called "Now See It Person To Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered," had sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the release...Read more

Movie review: Revelatory 'Listen to Me Marlon' makes excellent use of previously unheard tapes of actor speaking candidly

Even in a summer that's focused on creativity, with the exceptional documentaries "Amy" on Amy Winehouse and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" on Nina Simone, "Listen to Me Marlon" stands out. Autobiographical in nature, unconventional in structure, this is the story of Marlon Brando not as the world saw him but as he saw himself.

Written, directed...Read more

Jon Stewart: A serious student of absurdity ends his run

When Jon Stewart made a now-iconic appearance on CNN's "Crossfire" in 2004, co-host Tucker Carlson listened to Stewart for a time and lamented, "I thought you were going to be funny. Be funny."

Of course, people expect Stewart to be funny most of the time. Before joining "The Daily Show," where his run ends on Thursday, Stewart was known mainly...Read more

Rebecca Ferguson jumped right into 'Mission: Impossible' role

Tom Cruise is well-known for doing his own stunts, and the trailers for the newest installment of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise play off this well, highlighting a scene where he hangs off the side of an airplane as it lifts off.

Like its predecessors, "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" is action-packed and full of jaw-dropping stunts. ...Read more

D.C. museum caught between the Cosby scandal and hosting his family's art trove

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, Tracey Jones, a Baltimore teacher leading a field trip to the National Museum of African Art, might have lingered at the large quilt showing images of Bill Cosby, holding him up to her mostly African-American students as a role model. Growing up, she says, she "wanted the Cosby family."

Now she's horrified.

"I just ...Read more

Movie review: Cruise goes full throttle in his latest 'Mission: Impossible'

As an actor and producer, the "Mission: Impossible" series has been good to Tom Cruise, and he continues to return the favor.

"Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" is the fifth film in a series that has taken in more than $2 billion in worldwide box office and has provided the one role, that of secret agent Ethan Hunt, the performer can count ...Read more

Movie review: 'I Am Chris Farley' focuses more on comic's life than death

"I Am Chris Farley" does not -- and obviously cannot -- shy away from the comic actor's death at age 33 of an overdose of cocaine and morphine.

It mentions his 17 stints in rehab, including an epic relapse after a preview of the movie "Black Sheep," but it doesn't dwell on his final weeks or hours but on his talent, vulnerability, kindness, ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Wednesday:

"Shaun the Sheep Movie" (PG): The latest animated adventure from the creators of Wallace & Gromit centers on a wayward sheep who wanders off the farm and into the big city.

Opening Friday:

"Dark Places" (R): Charlize Theron stars as a woman who revisits the Kansas farmhouse where her family was slaughtered 25 years ...Read more

Eric Idle keeps his bite, even if a changed society demands rewrite

LOS ANGELES -- The quest for the Holy Grail never ends.

A decade ago when "Spamalot" became a Broadway sensation, a scene about the marriage of two male characters was capped off with a sharp jab at societal intolerance. Just think, says one character after the wedding, in a thousand years this will still be controversial.

Lately, the joke has...Read more

Cecily Strong joins 'SNL' gang for pool party

Traditionally, a vacation is the opportunity to get away from the job and the people who sit next to you in a cubicle. "Saturday Night Live" star Cecily Strong spent last year's break from the NBC comedy working with people from the show.

She's one of the stars of "Staten Island Summer," the story of a group of Great Kills Swim Club lifeguards ...Read more

Movie review: Strong actors can't save bad script in 'Samba'

In "Jurassic World," a movie about undocumented workers (the dinosaurs) adjusting to life, and theme park employment, in their adopted home, Omar Sy takes a supporting role, backing up the heroics of headliner Chris Pratt. In his too-few scenes Sy gives a serviceable, mechanical blockbuster a rooting interest and a jolt of charisma it wouldn't ...Read more

Movie review: 'LEGO Brickumentary' documents the building of an empire, brick by brick

If there's one idea that "A LEGO Brickumentary" wants to express, it's that those little plastic bricks aren't just child's play. The documentary about everyone's favorite construction block toy seeks to educate audiences about the limitless possibilities contained within the very simple design. Just add imagination and see what happens. ...Read more

Movie review: 'Mission: Impossible' is a thrill ride, thanks to Cruise

One of the many talents of Tom Cruise is the ability to elevate a ho-hum movie format into a goodie box of creative surprises. To me, that's a skill that even tops doing his own stunts. Cruise has sometimes been a cocky 7 out of 10 as a performer, but as a movie-developing producer he's dependably a 9.5. His "Mission: Impossible" series has ...Read more

Movie review: Latest 'Mission' is an action- and drama-packed joy ride

With the new "Mission: Impossible" movie, even if it's the most assured and satisfying of the five so far, it sounds foolish to even mention the things the characters say in between screeching tires, gunfights, knife fights, motorcycle derring-do, and the opening act featuring Tom Cruise dangling for real (real enough to make it look cool, and ...Read more

Movie review: Latest 'Impossible' forgets its mission in last act

In "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation," Tom Cruise runs faster, fights harder and flies higher. At 53, the actor seems more intent than ever on cementing his beleaguered star power, and he invests so much into his fifth outing as the tireless super-spy Ethan Hunt that he wins you over. For much of the film's two hours, you forget about the ...Read more

Movie review: 'Best of Enemies' delves into Buckley-Vidal debates

There's a kind of documentary that unearths an artifact from a not-so-distant past and polishes it up to remind us just how influential and relevant that artifact remains. "The Best of Enemies" is that kind of documentary, and the artifact in question is the William F. Buckley-Gore Vidal debates of the 1968 presidential election. Much like he ...Read more