George Cleve, conductor who was interpreter of Mozart, dies at 79

One of George Cleve's final concert appearances also was one of the most memorable.

Two stagehands had to help him to the podium. They gingerly lowered him into his seat, the audience and the orchestra rapt. Even with his suffer-no-fools reputation, he was no longer the formidable figure he had once been -- until he picked up the baton.

"And ...Read more

Stephen Colbert to play new role: himself

"Hi, Stephen."

A small group of reporters clustered around Stephen Colbert at a CBS press party in Los Angeles last month, digital recorders already running, but the future host of CBS' "Late Show" wasn't taking questions yet.

"I'll say hi to everyone first," he told us. "Before we go around, I'll say hi. Nice to meet you."

His late mother, ...Read more

TV review: Amazon's 'Hand of God' features miraculous acting, but little else

If Amazon's new vigilante drama "Hand of God" were a better show, Garret Dillahunt might be up for an Emmy this time next year.

His astonishingly delicate and nuanced performance as KD, an answer-seeking ex-con hired to do the murderous dirty work of corrupt Judge Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman), is the best thing on screen -- at least early in ...Read more

Telluride Film Festival includes some Oscar hopefuls

The 42nd Telluride Film Festival lineup includes many of the fall and holiday season's highest hopes for success, prestige and next year's Oscars.

Among them: "Spotlight," director Tom McCarthy's drama about the Boston Globe investigation of the Boston-area Catholic Church abuse scandals, "Black Mass," another Boston true-crime saga, director ...Read more

Janet Jackson teases more details about new album 'Unbreakable'

Janet Jackson has released more details of her upcoming studio album, "Unbreakable."

The album, her first in seven years, will arrive Oct. 2. An announcement on her website Thursday offered a track listing and list of collaborators, and Jackson augmented the news with a series of tweets that further excited her obsessive fan base.

Like many of...Read more

Top 10 burning questions for Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show'

Stephen Colbert, on Tuesday, will begin his tenure as the second host of CBS' "The Late Show." The debut will finally end more than a year of speculation about how he will handle the move from cable's "The Colbert Report" to the big network. One thing we know is that he'll bring on first-week guests including George Clooney, Jeb Bush and Uber ...Read more

Movie review: 'Man in the Machine' captures flawed genius Jobs

"He won our hearts by convincing us that Apple represented a higher ideal," says documentarian Alex Gibney, in voice-over, near the beginning of his latest film "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine." Gibney, a prolific Oscar winner whose recent works have included examinations of Lance Armstrong ("The Armstrong Lie"), Julian Assange/WikiLeaks ("...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Friday:

"The Visit" (PG-13): Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Last Airbender," "Lady in the Water") returns to his thriller roots with this story about a brother and sister who spend a week at the farm of their exceedingly odd grandparents. Because it's Shyamalan, plot twists are guaranteed.

"Grandma" (R): After ...Read more

Sam Slovick captures Occupy L.A.'s rage in 'Radicalized'

LOS ANGELES -- Sam Slovick is in search of revolution. Anywhere. He roamed skid row the other day past tents, slumbering men and a woman with a doll who said she once worked at the White House. Dope and sweat tanged the air. Slovick, a misfit with scuffed shoes and a satchel, strolled on in no hurry, as if searching for foot soldiers amid the ...Read more

Donald Trump is summer's biggest TV hit, and ratings gold for cable news

NEW YORK -- When NBC cut ties with Donald Trump after he made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement, the real estate mogul's career as a TV personality appeared to be over.

Instead, Trump has become the star of the summer's biggest TV hit -- news coverage of his quest for the Republican ...Read more

'The Man in the Machine' takes a bite out of Apple Steve Jobs' life

LOS ANGELES -- It's been said that the individual who invented gambling was brilliant but that whoever invented the chip was a genius. Similarly, where the personal computer was concerned, it could be argued that it was the gift of Steve Jobs to have had a strong hand in both halves of the equation.

As detailed in "Steve Jobs: The Man in the ...Read more

Ed Skrein is the new Transporter

MIAMI -- "Game of Thrones" junkies, you may have wondered why Daario Naharis -- aka "Fabio," due to his long locks -- wasn't being played by Ed Skrein in Season 3 of the HBO hit. Now you know: The currently clean-cut Brit scored the lead in action flick "The Transporter Refueled," taking over for Jason Statham as Frank Martin, a highly efficient...Read more

TV Picks: 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' 'Arthur & George,' 'Under the Dome'


Although it's very risky these days to tout anything as an "important television event," mainly because everything is touted as an "important television event," the debut of Stephen Colbert as the new host of "The Late Show" actually is an important television event.

Whether you loved it or loathed it, "The...Read more

Movie review: 'Man in the Machine' a blistering indictment of Steve Jobs

Think Different.

Ironically Apple's famous slogan may be the perfect tagline for the damning new documentary "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine."

Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, who has taken down such powerful institutions as "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and Scientology ("Going Clear") is never one to pull his punches. Jobs, usually ...Read more

Movie review: 'Before We Go' has a real feel

At first glance at a trailer or even poster for "Before We Go," one might assume that it's the kind of light romance that takes place between strangers who meet each other for one night, in the vein of Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise." It does fit squarely into this genre, hitting all the story beats of missed trains, chances taken, and what...Read more

Movie review: Frenemies push each other's buttons in compelling character study 'Queen of Earth'

After the fantastically harsh comedies "The Color Wheel" and "Listen Up Philip," two of my favorite American indies of the new century, writer-director Alex Ross Perry edges into the terrain of the psychological thriller with "Queen of Earth."

Set in and around a deceptively peaceful Hudson River Valley lake cabin, not far from New York City, ...Read more

Curt Schilling done for the season at ESPN due to Hitler tweet

Curt Schilling has tweeted his way out of the ESPN broadcast booth for the rest of the baseball season.

The Disney/ABC-owned company announced Thursday that Schilling would not appear on its coverage of Major League Baseball's regular season or wild-card playoff games.

Schilling, who was also an analyst for ESPN's Little League World Series ...Read more

Stephen Colbert, Jeb Bush are in a social media feud over 'Late Show' ticket giveaways

NEW YORK -- It's still a few days before Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of "The Late Show" but he's already got his first comedy feud going on social media with Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush.

In a YouTube video posted Wednesday, Colbert mocked Bush over an email offering his supporters a chance to win a trip to New York and...Read more

Women are out in front in a year of powerful stories at Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- A few years ago, Telluride Film Festival director Julie Huntsinger and her colleagues had a heated discussion about whether the influential mountain festival featured enough films directed by and starring women.

"We only reflect what's out there," Huntsinger said in an interview this week, in advance of the festival's ...Read more

Starz orders third season of 'Survivor's Remorse'

Starz's sports-themed comedy "Survivor's Remorse" has been renewed for a third season.

The show follows young basketball star Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher) after he is thrust into the limelight when he signs with a pro basketball team in Atlanta. Executive producers include Maverick Carter and LeBron James.

"Since it began, the critics ...Read more