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Season 2 of 'The Morning Show' turns 2020 into chaotic, pressure-cooker entertainment

Ratings are down and network stock shares are sliding in Season 2 of "The Morning Show," Apple TV+'s hourlong drama set inside the cutthroat world of one of America's most popular a.m. news shows. The program is still reeling from a sexual misconduct scandal involving its former star host, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carrell), and the suicide of the ...Read more

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'The Morning Show' review: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon spin in pointless circles in Season 2 of the Apple TV+ drama

Set at a fictional TV network beset by #MeToo scandals and an overabundance of egos and corporate jousting, “The Morning Show” could have been a fascinating look at how the TV sausage is made. But Season 2 of the Apple TV+ drama, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, is as much of a mess — if not more so — than it was in ...Read more

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The Emmys are Sunday. Here's who's going to win

The 73rd Emmys arrive Sunday, and if you're watching at home, you won't be the only one. Thanks to the stubborn pandemic, the Television Academy is limiting attendance to about 600, meaning that some of this year's nominees won't be allowed to attend. Don't worry. This is mostly just producers. Your favorite stars will (probably) still be there,...Read more

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Frank Stallone quietly loved being the butt of Norm Macdonald's jokes

Norm Macdonald was a fearless comedian, known for his brutally honest jokes about a host of celebrities, including O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson. But the butt of many of his jokes also happened to be one of his biggest fans.

Who? You guessed it, Frank Stallone.

Macdonald, who died Tuesday at 61 after privately having cancer for nine years, ...Read more

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New Muhammad Ali documentary pulls no punches

We remember Muhammad Ali as the Greatest. But there was a time when much of America hated his guts. To his dissenters, he was too cocky, too pretty, too Muslim, too Black. His journey from outcast to idol is at the heart of "Muhammad Ali," an eight-hour documentary premiering Sunday on PBS.

Like the rest of Ken Burns' projects, it has a lot to ...Read more

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Top 10 movies for fall 2021: Our hopes for streams and the cineplex, from Bond on down

While spring can really hang you up the most, as a great old song put it, autumn 2021 feels like an honorary spring in the making.

Suspended cultural animation. Uncertain variants and a million separate, often competing comfort zones. Movie theaters have reopened, and people are going back, at least to some (much?) of what’s available, from �...Read more

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Watch the 7 best movies from the greatest actor that fans barely knew

Be­fore greet­ings are ex­changed, Cherry Jones begs for for­give­ness.

"I must a­pol­o­gize. I'm hope­less with dia­lects," said Jones, even be­fore be­ing asked about her ac­cent in "The Eyes of Tam­my Faye," which opens today and in which she plays the moth­er who raised fu­ture ev­an­ge­list Tam­my Faye Bak­ker in ...Read more

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White House clarifies why Nicki Minaj was invited to discuss vaccine safety

The White House has responded again to spitfire rapper Nicki Minaj's claim that she was invited there to discuss COVID-19 vaccines.

On Thursday, Biden administration officials doubled down by saying they had only "an early-stage call" with Minaj to answer her questions about vaccine safety.

Minaj, who made tidal waves this week with tweets ...Read more

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Patrick Dempsey accused of 'terrorizing the set' of 'Grey's Anatomy' before his exit

Some fresh McDrama has surfaced in connection to McDreamy's shocking exit from the long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."

On Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter published a juicy excerpt from "How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey's Anatomy," entertainment journalist Lynette Rice's forthcoming book about the beloved series. It ...Read more

'The Bodyguard' remake in motion, with acclaimed playwright attached

“The Bodyguard” will get another chance at taking control of moviegoers’ hearts.

A “reimagining” of the 1992 romantic drama starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is currently underway from Warner Bros.

Tony Award nominee Matthew López has been tapped to script the film, which will be “inspired” by the original, according to...Read more

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'Devious Licks,' the latest trend troubling TikTok, has been banned from platform

The latest troubling TikTok trend, dubbed “Devious Licks” by teens and students, has been banned from the platform.

The clips first started to gain momentum earlier this month and typically feature the participant showing off items — ranging from wet floor signs to microscopes and projectors to paper towel holders — they allegedly stole...Read more

Lil Nas X will destroy the 'homophobic cloud over hip-hop,' says Kid Cudi; 'What he's doing is what we need right now'

Kid Cudi is big on Lil Nas X.

The Grammy-winning artist penned a heartfelt tribute to the 22-year-old music superstar, who was recently named one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time.

“Lil Nas X is a new twist on some of the themes I was riding on when I first started out: being true to yourself and not giving a f—k what ...Read more

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CBS caves to backlash and repurposes 'The Activist' into documentary special

That was quick.

After drawing sharp scrutiny for its forthcoming reality series "The Activist" — including from one of its stars — CBS has decided that a competition program about activism cohosted by rich and famous celebrities isn't such a good idea after all.

On Wednesday evening, the network announced its plan to retool "The Activist" ...Read more

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Black players changed 'Big Brother' forever. Fans say the show can't 'tiptoe' around it

When the unprecedented breakthrough the CBS reality competition series "Big Brother" had been building to all summer finally happened, it first appeared that the series would rush to mark the occasion.

The "eviction" of fashion entrepreneur Alyssa Lopez during last Thursday's live broadcast eliminated the final target of the "Cookout," an ...Read more

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'Jeopardy!' goes with Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings as hosts for the rest of the year

In the latest twist for “Jeopardy!,” Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will rotate as hosts at least for the rest of the year as producers figure out what to do about a permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek.

“Not sure if you’ve heard but @missmayim and @kenjennings are hosting me until the end of the year,” the show’s Twitter ...Read more

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CBS' controversial 'The Activist' competition show to be retooled into documentary

CBS will no longer pit activists against each other to see who cares the most.

After immense backlash, the network has scrapped plans for its five-week competition show, “The Activist,” and will instead pivot to a documentary series to “showcase the tireless work of six activists and the impact they have advocating for causes they deeply ...Read more

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Review: Tempestuous 'Blue Bayou' lays bare a Korean American immigrant's nightmare

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It rains often and without warning in "Blue Bayou," a very messy, very moving tempest of a movie. Part of this has to do with the fact that it's set in Louisiana, with its frequently unpredictable and inclement weather. But it also has something to do with the melodramatic inclinations of the writer, director and star, Justin Chon, who isn...Read more

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Elton John postpones European tour after hip injury

Elton John is hitting the brakes on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

The 74-year-old singer has postponed the European leg of the tour after hurting his hip this summer during a fall, he announced Thursday.

“Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties ...Read more

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Norm Macdonald was comedy's weird Everyman. Even when it made us uncomfortable

Norm Macdonald, the comedian, died Tuesday at age 61, from cancer; he had been dealing with it for several years without letting many people know, which seems in character for a person who came across on television, in movies and on podcasts as private yet unguarded, a regular guy in the form of a question mark. "You're weird," Jane Fonda said ...Read more

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Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' is the No. 1 song of all time, Rolling Stone says

DETROIT — Aretha Franklin's signature hit has another feather in its cap.

The Queen of Soul's "Respect" is No. 1 in the latest version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, released Wednesday, giving Franklin the top spot in two of the magazine's high-profile, debate-generating rankings.

The magazine says 500 Greatest Songs...Read more