Bulletproof glass, Twitter abuse: Has fan entitlement gone too far or brought needed change?

SAN DIEGO -- A fan at Comic-Con International here had a message for Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and director of two "Avengers" movies: We want you back.

In this hyper-connected, social media-driven age, Whedon has been missing in action since spring 2015. That's when he pulled the plug on his Twitter account.

In ...Read more

New albums: Michael Kiwanuka, Blood Orange, Snoop Dogg

Michael Kiwanuka

"Love & Hate"

(Interscope 1/2)

Michael Kiwanuka's 2012 "Home Again" was well-received, with the Ugandan British singer's earning his share of young Bill Withers and Van Morrison comparisons. But Kiwanuka was also underestimated, due in part to his label association with strummy acts like Mumford & Sons and the insinuation ...Read more

Successful sit-com actors share tricks of trade

PASADENA, Calif. -- They say that dying is easy, comedy hard. You couldn't prove that by the sitcoms that manage to plumb laughter week after week. With hits like "Modern Family," "black-ish," "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Real O'Neals," the humor just keeps coming.

How and why do they do manage that? For Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on "The...Read more

'Star Trek' leads box office, and horror tale 'Lights Out' beats expectations

LOS ANGELES -- With Capt. Kirk and Spock leading the USS Enterprise, Paramount's "Star Trek Beyond" took over the box office over the weekend, unseating Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets."

"Star Trek Beyond," the third installment since director J.J. Abrams revived the venerable franchise in 2009, pulled in an estimated $59.6 million in the ...Read more

Boy George happy to back on road with Culture Club

"I have the best job in the world," says Boy George, calling from a tour stop in Florida. "There's not really a lot to moan or whine about. I've got the privilege of going out and doing something I absolutely love."

The pop-soul singer is on the road with his band Culture Club, the Grammy-winning British new wave group that burst onto the music...Read more

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