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Michael Phillips: Why Michaela Coel's Emmy win means more than 'Ted Lasso's' waves of love

It is so unfair to compare one work of art or commerce, or streaming entity, against another. Yet here we are, the morning after the Emmy Awards. Best of luck with the fairness doctrine.

Amid the preordained “Ted Lasso” hardware roundup Sunday, and the expected big nights for “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Crown,” the Emmy Award ...Read more

Anthony 'A.J.' Johnson, 'Friday' and 'House Party' actor, dies at 55

Anthony “A.J.” Johnson, a comedian and actor known for performances in the 1990s movies “Friday,” “Menace II Society” and “House Party,” has died. He was 55.

Confirmation of Johnson’s death came Monday from his agent, LyNea Bell.

“The world of Comedy has truly been shaken, again,” she said in a statement to the Los ...Read more

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Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' spends second consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

“Certified Lover Boy” has found comfort in being on top.

Drake’s new album has remained No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the second straight week.

The Grammy winner’s sixth studio effort moved an additional 246,000 units after opening week sales of 613,000 units — the most of any album this year.

Meanwhile, Kanye West’s much-hyped �...Read more

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Emmy ratings make a comeback over last year's record low

The 73rd Emmy Awards telecast on CBS was watched by 7.4 million viewers, a significant 16% rise over last year’s all-time low, according to Nielsen data.

The telecast was likely helped by an NFL audience lead-in on CBS. The network had a national telecast of the Los Angeles Chargers-Dallas Cowboys game and overtime coverage of the Tennessee ...Read more

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Emmys 2021: Conan O'Brien didn't win, but here's why all eyes were on him

Late-night star Conan O’Brien didn’t win any Emmy Awards Sunday night but insisted on making his presence known by repeatedly enlivening the three-hour telecast with a few unscripted moments.

The “Conan” host’s TBS show went off the air in June and was in its final year of eligibility during this year’s ceremony. But the comedian’...Read more

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Lesli Linka Glatter is the new Directors Guild of America president

LOS ANGELES — Lesli Linka Glatter is the new president of the Directors Guild of America after being elected at the union's national convention in Los Angeles.

The Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker ran uncontested and replaces departing president Thomas Schlamme.

"I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve as president and am ...Read more

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'The Eyes of Tammy Faye': Vincent D'Onofrio on playing Jerry Falwell and scandalous televangelists

They went to hell and back.

Michael Showalter’s “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” now in theaters and based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, explores the heavenly rise and hellish fall of televangelists and “The PTL Club” hosts Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, played by Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield.

“Obviously there were the ...Read more

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Meet the cast of Survivor 41 and weigh their chances

After a long drought, "Survivor" is back with all the intrigue and annoying players we've come to expect after 40 seasons of the first and ultimate reality game show.

The season, delayed by a global pandemic, is set in Fiji and will feature new twists and turns. Show host Jeff Probst has already warned the audience that we're going to hate them...Read more

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Elvis Costello reimagines 1978's 'This Year's Model,' in Spanish, with help from Juanes, Luis Fonzi and more

Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 'Spanish Model' (UMe)

The concept of "Spanish Model" is as intriguing as its billing by Elvis Costello & The Attractions is at least somewhat misleading. That seems par for the course for an album as playful — and playfully subversive — as "Spanish Model," whose release date was pushed back from last year ...Read more

Karla Peterson: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are at war in Season 2 of 'The Morning Show' on Apple TV+

The last time we saw the men and women of "The Morning Show," they were dealing with a bombshell. Many bombshells, in fact, all of them bursting in the rarefied air of the UBA network's New York studios.

The seasonlong story arc about the sexual-harassment claims against disgraced "Morning Show" co-anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) came to a ...Read more

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Emmys 2021: Missed the show? Here are 7 must-see moments to catch up on

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards — aka Hollywood's latest superspreader event — took place Sunday evening in Los Angeles. Didn't know that? You weren't alone. And this story is for you.

Droves of television's brightest stars gathered at the Event Deck at L.A. Live in what presenter Seth Rogen referred to as "a hermetically sealed tent" to ...Read more

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The Emmys tried to look diverse. But they gave us predictable white winners

At the 73rd Emmy Awards, favored front-runners "The Crown" and "Ted Lasso" dominated the drama and comedy categories, but the big winners Sunday night were clear: familiarity and caution.

Television Academy voters didn't take many chances when it came to their top-of-the-ballot choices. Perennial favorite "The Crown" went in with 24 nominations...Read more

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Alicia Vikander and Justin Chon say 'Blue Bayou' tells an 'important story' about a deportation loophole

With the new deportation drama “Blue Bayou,” Justin Chon and Alicia Vikander explore a legal loophole that horrified them.

The film tells the story of a Korean-born man who faces deportation from the United States, despite being adopted by an American family when he was 3.

Chon wrote and directed the movie, and also stars as Antonio ...Read more

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David Eigenberg on his long journey to 'Chicago Fire'

Actor David Eigenberg may be fighting fires on NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” but he’s been burning all this life. “I was just an angry young kid. I think I was a little bit on fire,” he admits. “As you come into life as a young person it’s frustrating and you don’t understand it. And I think as you come into adulthood the ...Read more

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From Aretha to Eminem, Detroit artist creates portraits with personality

DETROIT — Looking for inspiration for a mural she was painting on the side of the new Meijer Rivertown Market in Detroit, artist Desiree Kelly didn't have to look far. She used her 4-year-old daughter as a reference.

The mural — dynamic and bold, as so much of Kelly's work is — features Isabella with pineapple-accented sunglasses, her ...Read more


Inside the emotional scene 'Sex Education's' creator wrote to face her own sexual assault

LOS ANGELES — As the creator and top-billed executive producer of "Sex Education," Laurie Nunn has collaborated with several writers while humorously weaving the awkward, messy sex lives of teenagers navigating the highs and lows of adolescence at a fictional high school in Wales.

But the seventh episode of Season 2 — about a student ...Read more


Why movie stars are more willing than ever to embrace TV

Big-screen talents such as Michael Keaton, Jeff Bridges, Taika Waititi, Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen can all be found in various television projects this fall.

No one has yet cajoled Tom Cruise into doing a TV series. But the way things are going, it doesn't seem like a mission impossible.

More and more movie stars are abandoning the notion ...Read more


Q&A: Take five with Patricia Sheridan and 'Chicago P.D.' star Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe's gruff voice sets him apart when he portrays troubled police Officer Hank Voight on NBC's "Chicago P.D." The actor has also used it to great effect playing tough guys and paying his dues in "G.I. Jane," "Thelma and Louise" and other movies and TV shows.

Beghe's rough voice is the result of a near-fatal car accident in 1999. He had ...Read more

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'The Wonder Years' reboot might be just as wonderful as the original

Almost 29 million viewers stuck around after the 1988 Super Bowl to catch the premiere of "The Wonder Years," a nostalgia-driven sitcom that seemed to be as wholesome as mom, apple pie and "Happy Days."

But the pilot ended with a gasp: Right before the final credits, narrator Kevin Arnold learns that a neighborhood hero was killed in Vietnam. ...Read more

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Q&A: How Chicago Party Aunt became a Netflix series: Improvisor Chris Witaske is the man behind the woman

CHICAGO — Five years ago, a Twitter account with the handle Chicago Party Aunt appeared out of the digital mist as if conjured to life by the spirit of Bill Swerski and those old “Saturday Night Live” Super Fans sketches from the ‘90s.

An affectionate riff on a specific and proudly old school Chicago personality, the Chicago Party Aunt�...Read more