Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

Bill Nunn, a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in director Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 63.

Nunn's wife, Donna, confirmed his death to the Associated Press and said he had been battling cancer.

Word of his death first arrived via Instagram and Facebook posts from Lee, who also worked ...Read more

Wanda Group-Sony Pictures deal gives China's richest man leg up in Hollywood

BEIJING -- The Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group announced a partnership with Sony Pictures on Friday, giving it some creative control over upcoming Sony films and underscoring China's rapidly rising influence in Hollywood.

Wanda, which is led by China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, will invest an undisclosed amount in Sony Pictures and "...Read more

Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

LOS ANGELES -- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch might be getting out of the office more, but he continues to pull down handsome compensation.

The 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox collected $34.6 million in executive compensation in fiscal 2016, which represents a 24 percent raise from the prior year, according to a regulatory filing...Read more

FBI, LA social workers investigate allegation of altercation between Brad Pitt and his teen son

LOS ANGELES -- Investigations by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services into allegations about Brad Pitt's behavior with one of his children involve an altercation on a plane that officials still are trying to sort out, a law enforcement source said Friday.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity ...Read more

Monty Python's Terry Jones is diagnosed with dementia

Terry Jones, the 74-year-old star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia.

The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones was set to receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.

"Terry has been...Read more

Around the remote: Chuck Barney's picks for Sept. 25-Oct. 1

DON'T MISS: The presidential debate -- They've been throwing long-distance verbal jabs at one another for months. On Monday the candidates -- Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump -- finally come face to face on the same stage at New York's Hofstra University in the first of three scheduled debates. Judging from the spiteful tone ...Read more

The one thing 'MacGyver' on CBS can't conjure is a good reason for its reboot

"Why, why, why, 'MacGyver'"? "Why, why, whyyyyyyy, 'MacGyver'"?

The above should be sung to the tune of the Tom Jones hit "Delilah," and if you know that oldie but goodie, you may be the age to have a nostalgic interest in CBS' reboot of the iconic 1980s DIY secret-agent series.

Interest that will not, I fear, have much of a payoff.

The ...Read more

Fox doubles down on the devil

"The Exorcist" is the Fox network's second series this season to be based on a 20th century film franchise. ("Legal Weapon" debuted Wednesday). It also doubles the number of current Fox shows with a demonic foundation, joining "Lucifer," in which the Devil runs a Hollywood nightclub and solves crimes.

A different, more downbeat brand of devilry...Read more

The Syfy network resurrects 'Van Helsing' and flips the post-apocalyptic tale

Oh, Syfy, you crazy outlier of a network.

Just when it would seem to any reasonable group of people that the last thing television needs is another post-apocalyptic tale of vampires run amok, you give us "Van Helsing."

A title that still evokes snickers among anyone who saw the unintentionally hilarious Hugh Jackman movie of the same name.

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LeBron James' company inks deal to produce comedy series set in Cleveland

LeBron James continues to score deals in Hollywood -- this time with a nod to Cleveland.

James is scoring assist after assist with NBC, landing another scripted show with the network.

SpringHill Entertainment, which he founded with Maverick Carter, his friend since his days at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, announced Thursday it ...Read more

Giving 'em a run for their funny: A writers think tank is reanimating Warner's with live-action spontaneity

Director Nicholas Stoller's film sets are known for their heavy use of improvisation, with his actors and writers often ad-libbing the best lines in R-rated comedies like "Neighbors" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" as the cameras were rolling.

Executives at Warner Bros. wanted to retain that spontaneity when they hired Stoller to direct his ...Read more

Movie review: The exotic 'Tanna' tells a tale of forbidden love that's as old as time

LOS ANGELES -- For time out of mind, or at least as far back as Robert Flaherty's 1926 "Moana" and F.W. Murnau's 1931 "Tabu," filmmakers have been going to the South Seas in search of exotic cultures and compelling stories. "Tanna" is the latest case in point and one of the best.

A prize winner in Venice and selected as Australia's pick in this...Read more

10 actors to watch on TV this fall

LOS ANGELES -- This is the 19th year for the creation of this list of actors who have such interesting roles in new fall TV shows that they have the potential to find stardom. Most have little experience and those who have a longer resume have landed a part that is bigger than any in their careers.

Some of my past predictions have been on ...Read more

Q&A: 'Nashville,' 'Mistresses,' 'Mysteries of Laura'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I would like to know if the show "Nashville" will be coming back on another network. I truly hope so.

A: The drama will be back with new episodes on CMT beginning in January. Most of the cast from the ABC version will be back as well.

Q: What is going on with "Mistresses"? I watched the season ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Lovers and the Despot' reveals story of Kim Jong Il's private, kidnapped filmmakers

LOS ANGELES -- Lives there a film fan anywhere who doesn't wish his or her country made better films, who couldn't sympathize with Kim Jung Il when he's heard to say, "There's nothing new to our films. We don't have any films that get into film festivals. People here are so close-minded"?

Kim Jung Il was no everyday film fan, however. Oh, no. ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Friday:

"Deepwater Horizon" (PG-13): Mark Wahlberg stars in director Peter Berg's drama about the 2010 offshore drilling explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (PG-13): Eva Green is the headmistress at a special school for gifted children in director ...Read more

Movie review: Kim Jee-woon's 'The Age of Shadows' is a gripping 1920s spy thriller

LOS ANGELES -- In the first of many commanding set pieces in "The Age of Shadows," a superb cloak-and-dagger entertainment that's set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, one man follows another through a courtyard while a wave of officers swarm across the rooftops in hot pursuit. Leaping in loose, nimble formations from one building to the ...Read more

Disney pulls 'Moana' costumes for children amid cultural appropriation uproar

LOS ANGELES -- Disney is pulling from sale a number of children's items tied to its upcoming release "Moana" amid controversy over whether they are examples of cultural misappropriation and insensitivity toward Pacific Islanders.

In the film, set thousands of years ago, a girl named Moana (voiced by Hawaiian-born newcomer Auli'i Cravalho) wants...Read more

More hits for the Beatles in 'Eight Days a Week' film, 'Hollywood Bowl' album

A modestly budgeted independent film documentary about a pop culture phenomenon that played out half a century ago is out-grossing multimillion dollar major studio feature films, proving anew a time-honored music industry adage, "Never underestimate the power of the Beatles."

Ron Howard's new documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The ...Read more

Movie review: As cheerful, family-friendly nonsense, 'Storks' fits the bill

LOS ANGELES -- Due to recent personal developments that need not be explained here at length (suffice to say that she's damnably cute and just started smiling), I can't bring myself to be entirely objective about "Storks." That's only fitting, because one of the running jokes in this lively computer-animated fantasy is that the mere sight of an ...Read more