35 million TV viewers watched Trump's acceptance speech at GOP convention

NEW YORK -- Nearly 35 million TV viewers watched GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.

Nielsen reported that an average of 32.2 million viewers watched across the ad-supported networks that carried the speech between 10 and 11:45 p.m. ET. An additional 2.75 million ...Read more

Screenwriter asks court to keep Bergdahl interviews from military prosecutors

LOS ANGELES -- When an Oscar-winning screenwriter interviewed Army Sgt. Robert "Bowe" Bergdahl, he intended to tell the story of the man who disappeared from his post in eastern Afghanistan in 2009 and spent nearly five years in captivity.

But in a twist, Mark Boal is now part of the story -- with Army prosecutors threatening to subpoena his ...Read more

Movie review: Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' feels very familiar

Maybe Woody Allen waited too long to make "Cafe Society"; it seems, weirdly, to be an uninspired remake of itself. Set in the 1930s, as a young man from the Bronx tries to get a toehold in Hollywood, it's meant to be a comedic yet poignant story of love, ambition and show business. Instead, it's a pale lamppost in an increasingly fading career. ...Read more

6 coolest things I saw at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO -- Some highlights from Comic-Con in San Diego this week:


There were several different realms for escaping the Con while there. The virtual reality centers were easily accessible to the public and gave a cool, inside look at Conan O'Brien's office and stage and allowed participants to experience ...Read more

RNC and media: A visit to the morning shows at the Republican convention

CLEVELAND -- Thursday morning in Quicken Loans Arena was so cold, "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King wrapped herself in a blanket between segments of the program.

It was cold in part because the place was almost entirely empty save for the folks delivering news for local stations, for CBS and for ABC's "Good Morning America," along with ...Read more

That's more like it, Colbert: 'Late Show' host finds much-needed energy in the brief return of his alter ego

The wild applause, the ecstatic whoops, the joyful crowd stomping and chanting a single name -- it was exactly what you'd expect from the Republican National Convention.

Except the chanted name did not belong to a Republican and this crowd was miles away from Cleveland.

Yet of all the men and women who appeared during this week's nomination ...Read more

Movie review: Age nothing but a number in 'Older Than Ireland'

It's an idea both perfectly simple and simply perfect: Irish documentarian Alex Fagan rounded up 29 centenarians, pointed a camera at each, and asked them about their lives. The result is "Older Than Ireland": a charming, moving and over-too-soon portrait of a country, and of what it means to have a longer than expected life.

There's plenty of ...Read more

Movie review: Performance lifts 'Measure of a Man'

Stephane Brize's "The Measure of a Man" feels so real, you're almost startled when it's over -- it seems as if this French drama about a middle-aged husband and father facing unemployment should just go on, as life tends to do. Thierry (Vincent Lindon), we learn, was laid off from his steady factory job as a machine operator. Now he's seeking ...Read more

Movie review: 'Summertime' is a warm embrace of a romance

LOS ANGELES -- Artfully calculated and authentically felt, the unexpectedly effective "Summertime" combines the conventional structure of classic movie romance with a sensual same-sex frankness that couldn't be more up to date.

Better still, as directed by France's Catherine Corsini, "Summertime's" co-stars Cecile de France and Izia Higelin ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Wednesday:

"Nerve" (PG-13): Emma Roberts is a high school senior who starts playing a dangerous online game of truth or dare.

Opening Friday:

"Jason Bourne" (PG-13): After sitting out 2012's "The Bourne Legacy", Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the franchise they made famous. Having recovered his memory at the...Read more

'Indulge with confidence,' says Willie Nelson of his new Reserve marijuana brand

Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie's Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.

The writer of such classics as "Crazy," "Always On My Mind" and "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When...Read more

Melania Trump's 'Speech-gate' is still comic gold for late-night hosts

In the late-night arena, Melania Trump's plagiarized speech at the Republican National Convention is the gift that keeps on giving.

Two nights after the speech, parts of which were taken from a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel were still firing away at the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

...Read more

Movie review: 'Ab Fab' is just OK

Now, why would a movie go to the trouble to cast Dame Edna Everage and then not let her say anything? She pops up, momentarily but gloriously, midway through "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie," so quickly you wonder if you dreamed it. Then you see what Bubble (Jane Horrocks) is wearing (is that a crocheted animal on her back?), and watch Patsy (...Read more

Movie review: 'Lights Out' scares up a few surprises

Even run-of-the-mill ghosts can be terrifying, but "Lights Out" introduces us to a new and even more chilling breed: the specter who is, apparently, a graduate of the Martha Graham Dance School. This creature, known as Diana, flings herself around a requisite creepy-old-house with wild, loose-limbed abandon--crouching, arching, leaping, neck-...Read more

By the numbers: San Diego Comic-Con International 2016

San Diego Comic-Con International is a massive undertaking every year -- here is a by-the-numbers look at 2016's event, plus a few tidbits from the historical documents:

4: days

135,000+: people expected

300+: attendees at March 1970 inaugural event, when it was called San Diego's Golden State Comic-Minicon

1973: year the event became San ...Read more

Commentary: Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump provides the GOP convention with one of its only exciting TV moments

For some time now, the two national political conventions that nominate a new presidential candidate every four years, have been, as television events, little more than days-long infomercials.

Wrapped around some parliamentary procedure, they lead to a big speech to as big an audience as the speaker can expect until she or he is inaugurated as ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ANGRY BIRDS. 2 stars. Well-made, funny, fast and furious, and featuring a strong celebrity voice cast (Sean Penn, Maya Rudolph, Blake Shelton, Jason Sudekis), this computer-animated 3-D adventure is nothing less or more than a 97-minute ad for the "Angry Birds" gaming franchise. An island of flightless birds is hoodwinked and almost ...Read more

Movie review: 'Beyond' is just what you want in a 'Star Trek' movie

There's only one thing we really want from a summer movie and that's fun. "Star Trek Beyond" is just that, and it keeps reminding you that's what it is. Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) is a thrill-seeker, a fun-loving guy, and that's why he never hesitates to take on a questionable mission. We know it's dangerous, the stakes are ...Read more

Michael Kenneth Williams just keeps on racking up memorable roles on television and film

Omar comin'. Omar here. Omar everywhere.

Well, not really. It just seems that way.

As aficionados of the landmark HBO series "The Wire" know, Omar Little was the lethal stick-up man operating in the projects of Baltimore. Toting a shotgun and whistling "A-Hunting We Will Go," Little was so feared by thugs and civilians alike that just walking ...Read more

Boy George on tour: 'It's a funny old time for music'

Boy George was chatty. He always is. Catty, too. Of course. The veteran British rock star phoned to dish about Adele, Prince, Brexit, Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duran Duran and Culture Club, his band that's on the reunion trail. He was quick to laugh -- at himself and at others.

Take Brexit.

"I can't understand it," he said of ...Read more