Lawsuit over 'Professor and the Madman' deepens

LOS ANGELES -- The legal battle over the Mel Gibson movie "The Professor and the Madman" has grown messier, with a new complaint filed Tuesday by director Farhad Safinia alleging copyright infringement and defamation against Voltage Pictures, one of the production companies behind the independently financed movie.

Safinia directed and wrote the...Read more

Kevin Hart's ex-wife renews claims about his 'lies and infidelity'

Torrei Hart, ex-wife of comedian Kevin Hart, has lobbed new accusations that the actor was unfaithful to her during the final years of their marriage.

In an interview with "Inside Edition" on Monday, Torrei Hart attributed the end of the couple's marriage to both growing apart and "lies and infidelity."

Her claims come on the heels of Kevin ...Read more

Jada Pinkett Smith shuts down Leah Remini's claims that she's a Scientologist

Jada Pinkett Smith says she's no Scientologist.

She's no Jew, Hindu or Buddhist either.

The "Girls Trip" star, who often publicly shuts down rumors about her marriage and unique parenting style, set the record straight about her faith on Facebook in the wake of ex-Scientologist Leah Remini's weekend claims that Pinkett Smith has "been in ...Read more

Column: Like it or not, President Trump won the Emmys by dominating the show

Has there ever been an Emmys ceremony as laser-focused on a sitting president as Sunday's Trump-a-thon on CBS?

For three hours, the elephant in the room was the current GOP occupant of the Oval Office. President Donald Trump's presence at TV's big night was almost palpable, even though he wasn't actually there (and certainly would not have been...Read more

Movie review: 'Kingsman' sequel is cynical, offensive

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" caught many by surprise when it was released in 2014. On the surface, it's an updated, cheekier riff on Bond -- the British gentleman spy gets an upgrade when a lower-class Cockney lad gets recruited into their ranks, utilizing his street smarts and brute force. It was shockingly violent, soundtracked to classic ...Read more

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed's and Aziz Ansari's awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes

LOS ANGELES -- Two Muslim men, on prime-time TV, clutching shiny metal objects close to their black garments amid an unsuspecting crowd.

No, this wasn't "Homeland," and those weren't weapons.

It was the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where actor Riz Ahmed and actor-writer Aziz An-sari won top categories for shows that exploded stereotypes and ...Read more

With Hulu's Emmy win for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' a streaming underdog comes of age

LOS ANGELES -- Not long ago, Hulu was known primarily as a streaming service for viewers who wanted to relive the glory days of "Seinfeld," "The Golden Girls," "South Park" and other TV favorites.

All that changed this year with "The Handmaid's Tale," Hulu's feminist sci-fi series that became a national conversation starter and its biggest ...Read more

Revisiting 'Jerry Before Seinfeld': The comedian takes viewers back to where it all started for him, vintage jokes and all

From variety hours to talk shows to dedicated specials, stand-up comedy on television is just about as old as television. Millions (I am guesstimating) who have never seen a comic work a nightclub or theater have seen dozens upon dozens of them on TV. Some of these people decide to become comedians themselves.

"When I was a kid and a comedian ...Read more

Movie review: 'Tiger Hunter' has small screen feel

If "The Tiger Hunter" had been presented as the pilot for a new network television show, it would have had a decent chance of making one of the schedules. It has the nostalgic feel of "The Goldbergs" as it takes place in the early '70s in Chicago. "The Tiger Hunter" also embraces the same kind of diversity in casting that got shows like "Fresh ...Read more

Landmark Emmy wins by Lena Waithe and 'Moonlight' are key lessons in inclusion

Is 2017 the year of black queer storytelling?

After Lena Waithe's historic Emmy win Sunday night -- for writing, with Aziz Ansari, the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Master of None," based on her own coming-out story -- the week's headlines and think pieces will surely make it seem so. Especially since that jaw-dropping triumph for "Moonlight" at ...Read more

Amid the signs of directors' diminished clout, some visionary filmmakers stand tall in Toronto

TORONTO -- Two days before the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival got under way, the news broke that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing "Star Wars: Episode IX," marking the latest high-profile split between Lucasfilm and a filmmaker hired to steer one of its most closely guarded properties. One week later, it was announced that ...Read more

'Babe' actor James Cromwell cited for SeaWorld protest

SAN DIEGO -- Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been charged with a misdemeanor after interrupting an orca show at SeaWorld in July.

Cromwell, who had roles in "Babe," "L.A. Confidential," "The Green Mile" and "The Longest Yard," was accused of trespassing and could be sentenced up to 90 days in prison, or fined up to $400, or both, if ...Read more

Political commentator files lawsuit alleging rape by Fox News host Charles Payne

NEW YORK -- Political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who this year said she was raped in July 2013 by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, made that allegation in a civil lawsuit filed Monday.

Payne was suspended from his role as an on-air host July 6 while the allegations, made to Fox News and its parent, 21st Century Fox, were being ...Read more

What happened to the 'Narcos' location scout found dead in Mexico?

MEXICO CITY -- As a location scout for Hollywood projects filming in his native Mexico, Carlos Munoz Portal spent his workdays roaming the country, searching for landscapes that would look great on screen. By age 37, he had racked up an impressive list of credits that included the drug war thriller "Sicario" and the James Bond film "Spectre."

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Emmys ratings are flat

The CBS telecast of the 69th Emmy Awards was watched by about 11.4 million viewers Sunday, roughly equaling last year's audience level.

The good news for CBS is the number did not decline from 2016, when the broadcast aired on ABC and hit an all-time low.

Ratings for the Emmys have been on a downward slide since the 2013 telecast hosted by ...Read more

Laura Ingraham set to join Fox News as prime-time host

Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham will join Fox News Channel's prime-time lineup as a host on Oct. 30, the network announced Monday.

Ingraham, a longtime contributor to Fox News, will be the weeknight host of "The Ingraham Angle," at 10 p.m. ET. Sean Hannity on Sept. 25 will move to 9 p.m. ET, replacing "The Five," which will return to ...Read more

Conservative voice Jedediah Bila exits 'The View'

"The View" has lost yet another panelist: Jedediah Bila, the talk show's lone conservative voice, announced Monday that she will be leaving the ABC talker.

"So this is my last day at 'The View,'" Bila shared, thanking her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, whom she described as "friends no matter what."

"I want ...Read more

Randy Travis said only four words, but got 'roaring' reply from emotional hometown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ailing country music legend Randy Travis managed to say only four words on stage Saturday in his hometown of Marshville, N.C. But it was clear the Union County native was happy to be among family and friends, staying for nearly two and a half hours to pose for photos and listen to fans talk about his music.

The occasion was a...Read more

Linkin Park announce Chester Bennington tribute concert at Hollywood Bowl

LOS ANGELES -- The surviving members of Linkin Park will reunite onstage for the first time since singer Chester Bennington's death in July.

The group announced Monday morning a Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 27. Though no lineup details have been revealed, the band said in a statement that they'll be joined by a ...Read more

Post-Emmy gripes: OK, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, enough is enough

Here's the good news for all those funny women who keep losing to Julia Louis-Dreyfus every year at the Emmy Awards ceremony: Her HBO comedy, "Veep," has only one more season to go.


Try to imagine being stuck in the same category as the Michael Phelps of comedy. You get all dressed up, force your face into that ultra-wide smile and ...Read more