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Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech ratings will fall below Donald Trump's

NEW YORK -- Early ratings for Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention show that it will fall short of Donald Trump's audience from July 22.

The 10 p.m. ET slot that featured Hillary Clinton's speech, a biographical video and an introduction by Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, averaged around 28 million ...Read more

New Sandy Hook School unveiled

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The Sandy Hook Elementary School was opened to the media Friday, nearly four years after the mass shooting at the school.

The 86,800-square-foot school will house students in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. The $50 million cost was covered by the state.

Media was invited to the school at 10 a.m. to hear remarks from First ...Read more

'Don't Think Twice' review: Mike Birbiglia's honest, funny take on improv performers

In the spirit of improvisational comedy's "yes, and" method of developing a scene: Yes, "Don't Think Twice" is one of the best films of the year. And it's an unusually delicate movie about the brutal business of being funny for a living.

The movie is no high-pressure, bam-pow experience. Writer-director Mike Birbiglia, who co-stars as a ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Friday:

"Suicide Squad" (PG-13): Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney are among the DC Comics supervillains who are offered clemency if they carry out a secret mission. Because bad guys are people too.

"Nine Lives" (PG): Kevin Spacey stars as a workaholic billionaire who is trapped inside the body of the ...Read more

Movie review: 'Indignation' offers stellar adaptation of Philip Roth's bittersweet 2008 novel

LOS ANGELES -- "Indignation" tells a very particular story, one that's bittersweet, heartbreaking and bleakly comic all at once, and it gets it right.

An impressive directing debut for James Schamus and a glowing showcase for co-stars Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon, the film's guiding spirit is the novelistic world of Philip Roth, and "...Read more

Movie review: 'Don't Blink — Robert Frank' profiles iconic photographer

LOS ANGELES -- Films focused on visual artists are a staple of the documentary world, but "Don't Blink -- Robert Frank" does things a little differently. Rather than being a film about an artist, it's an attempt to show us what it's like to actually be an artist.

Swiss-born Frank has, at age 91, been called the most influential photographer ...Read more

Movie review: Hit-and-miss 'Bad Moms' tries to offer Mila Kunis and Co. a good night out

LOS ANGELES -- It's a peculiar bit of Hollywood logic, having the two guys who wrote "The Hangover" write and direct a movie called "Bad Moms." As if by some transitive property of film comedy, their having written a smash hit of men being oblivious, immature and reckless somehow makes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore the ideal candidates to explore ...Read more

Bill O'Reilly courts controversy with comments on slavery; Hollywood hits back

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has been under fire all week for his comments on slavery made in response to Michelle Obama's Monday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.

At one point during her speech in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Obama spoke about the generations, some who lived in bondage, that ...Read more

'Sesame Street' retooling ousts three longtime cast members

There will soon be three fewer familiar faces in the "Sesame Street" neighborhood.

During a panel at Florida Supercon on July 2, 84-year-old original "Sesame Street" cast member Bob McGrath said that he, along with longtime co-stars Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Roscoe Orman (Gordon) had been let go by the long-running series.

McGrath added that ...Read more

Massachusetts judge allows Sumner Redstone case to go on

LOS ANGELES -- A Massachusetts judge will allow Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman's case against Sumner Redstone to proceed but will not order an immediate mental examination of the ailing media mogul.

The Thursday decision by Probate Judge George F. Phelan to take the case represents a partial victory for the Viacom chief, whom Redstone ...Read more

Stephen Colbert defies corporate lawyers by reviving his alter ego again (sort of)

Fans of "The Colbert Report" were ecstatic over the return of "Stephen Colbert," the blowhard pundit, last week on CBS' "The Late Show."

But as quotation-mark-free Colbert explained Wednesday night, one group is not so pleased: namely, corporate lawyers at another unnamed company, who objected to the use of a character they believe is their ...Read more

Venice Film Festival lineup includes Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Amy Adams

The fall festival season came into sharper focus on Thursday with the announcement of the lineup for the 73rd Venice Film Festival, opening with a new musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Running from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10, the festival lands during a dense crush on the calendar, along with the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto ...Read more

Bruce Springsteen's autobiography 'Born to Run' will be accompanied by an 18-track set

One of 2016's most eagerly anticipated autobiographies is getting an "audio companion." Bruce Springsteen's soon-to-be-published autobiography, "Born to Run," will arrive accompanied by an 18-track set called "Chapter and Verse," the boss announced Thursday via his website.

Springsteen quietly started writing his book in 2009 and signed on to ...Read more

Actor Bradley Cooper attends DNC, upsets some conservative 'American Sniper' fans

PHILADELPHIA -- Bradley Cooper returned to his native Philadelphia Wednesday night to attend the Democratic National Convention, subsequently angering some conservative fans of "American Sniper," the 2014 film in which Cooper portrayed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

During Wednesday night's broadcast of the DNC, cameras intermittently cut to a bearded ...Read more

You will soon be able to relive the glory of the '90s with MTV Classic

Do you long for the good old days of MTV, that halcyon era when reruns of "The Real World" or "Beavis & Butthead" were just a remote-click away and we all grumbled about how the network never played music videos anymore?

Well, here's the good news: MTV announced Thursday it is rebranding VH1 Classic as MTV Classic, which will feature throwback ...Read more

Movie review: Bourne remembers everything, but 'Jason Bourne' forgets what made franchise great

Jason Bourne finally knows who he is. But "Jason Bourne" doesn't know how to process that information.

After a nine-year absence from the multiplexes, Matt Damon returns in the franchise about a CIA-trained assassin whose memory, and identity, have been wiped clean. "Jason Bourne" begins on a dusty corner of the Greek-Albanian border, where ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE BFG. 3 stars. Steven Spielberg's supersized dream of a movie, adpated from the Roald Dahl children's book about a little orphan girl and the Big Friendly Giant who takes her away. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill and Oscar-winner Mark Rylance star, and even if the story takes some silly turns, there is magic here -- on a very large scale. PG (scary ...Read more

After years of battling insecurities, PJ steps out of the shadows with 'Rare'

"I felt like people were overlooking me," PJ said when asked what inspired her debut full-length project, "Rare."

To the uninitiated, that may come as a surprise, considering that the 26-year-old has contributed to singles from Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Fantasia. "Rare" was released last week, and hours after the interview she would board a cross-...Read more

Movie review: 'Gleason' a remarkable look at ex-NFL player's battle against ALS

Two summers ago, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the internet by storm, raising millions for a disease that, before all those dousings, mostly flew under the radar. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, strikes roughly 6,000 Americans per year. For those people, and their families and friends, it's a nightmare diagnosis; a disease that, ...Read more

Movie review: 'An indescribable nightmare' leads to a crisis of faith in 'The Innocents'

Set in wintry 1945 Warsaw and based on true incidents, Anne Fontaine's "The Innocents" is a moving study of what happens to the faithful when God's plan suddenly seems impossible to follow. In its early scenes, a young French Red Cross doctor named Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is summoned to a rural convent after a frantic nun, Sister Maria (Agata ...Read more