Entertainment

/

ArcaMax

Ben Blackall/Focus Features/TNS

'Downton Abbey' box office results signal a promising turn among older audiences

Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” sequel welcomed older viewers back into theaters this weekend, in what may be a promising sign for the box office prospects of films aimed at grown-ups, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The period drama, based on the critically acclaimed TV series of the same name, opened to $16 ...Read more

Ben Blackall/Focus Features/TNS

'Downton Abbey' opens weakly as fans of a certain age stay home

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” opened in second place domestically this weekend and with a much weaker debut than its 2019 predecessor, as a key demographic for the film, older women, proves to be one of the most difficult to persuade back into theaters.

The film, from Comcast Corp.’s Focus Features division, generated $16 million in domestic...Read more

Will Heath/NBC/TNS/Will Heath/NBC

'Saturday Night Live' says goodbye to Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney in season finale

NEW YORK — 30 Rock is getting a new look.

The season finale of “Saturday Night Live” this week was more somber than expected as the late-night sketch show bid farewell to Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney after all four announced that they will not be returning next season.

McKinnon peaced out first in the cold ...Read more

JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Amber Heard's team to call Johnny Depp to witness stand again

The drama continues at the explosive Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial with Depp possibly returning to the witness stand again on Monday.

The 36-year-old “Aquaman” star’s lawyers will call ex-husband Depp on Monday, on the 23rd day of the former couple’s tumultuous defamation trial, according to sources.

The former “Pirates of...Read more

Roy Rochlin/Getty Images North America/TNS

Some fans are furious at John Mulaney for having 'transphobic' Dave Chappelle as surprise opener at Ohio show

John Mulaney invited a famous comedian to open for his show in Ohio on Friday — but not everybody was laughing.

The 39-year-old stand-up superstar and former “Saturday Night Life” writer was at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus to perform his “From Scratch” comedy tour. Before he began entertaining the crowd, however, Dave ...Read more

Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Richard Johnson: Amber Heard hired ex-porn star-turned-detective to dig up dirt on Johnny Depp

NEW YORK — Amber Heard hired a private detective who used to be an adult film star to dig up dirt on her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, in the summer of 2019.

Paul Barresi was a mustachioed stud who appeared in “Co-ed Fever,” “Bad Girls II” and other X-rated films.

Reinvented as a private detective, he’s worked for Tom Cruise, Eddie ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

The bubble has burst for many TV shows as they wrap up their run. Oh, the horror. Only one more season of "Riverdale." How can I live without Jughead?

"The Voice" will continue without Kelly Clarkson. But Blake Shelton's wife Gwen Stefani is back. Jennifer Hudson, who spent a year on the show, is having her own daily talk show. "Dancing with ...Read more

PhotoXpress/PhotoXpress/ZUMAPRESS.com/TNS

Swedish billionaire developing Aspen hotel sues Colorado newspaper over “oligarch” label

A Swedish billionaire who is developing a controversial luxury hotel in Aspen, Colorado, is suing one of the city’s newspapers for defamation, claiming The Aspen Times wrongly portrayed him as a corrupt Russian oligarch amid that country’s war on Ukraine.

Vladislav Doronin, who was born in the Soviet Union and built his fortune in Moscow’...Read more

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Broadway extends mask mandate through the end of June

NEW YORK — Masking must go on.

Broadway’s theaters will continue to require that ticketholders wear masks at least through the end of June, the Broadway League said Friday.

The extension from the Broadway League, a trade group that sets coronavirus policy on Broadway, comes as New York rides out another COVID wave, the latest driven by ...Read more

Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Say goodbye to Chad: Pete Davidson is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Pete Davidson, one of the brightest “Saturday Night Live” stars of the past decade, is leaving the sketch comedy series, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.

According to a Friday report from Variety, Davidson will officially depart Studio 8H after the Season 47 finale airs this weekend. Davidson became one of the TV institution’s ...Read more

Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Olivia Rodrigo gives fans one Shell of a time at sold-out San Diego debut concert

SAN DIEGO — What are the chances?

On Wednesday night, 2022 triple-Grammy Award-winner Olivia Rodrigo performed at a bayside concert venue in San Diego with her band at exactly the same time Debbie Harry and her band, Blondie, appeared at another bayside venue here a few miles away.

Both concerts were quick sellouts. Rodrigo drew 8,500 ...Read more

Netflix/Netflix/TNS

'Stranger Things' Season 4 sneak peek goes from calm to chaos in 8 minutes

One week ahead of the long-awaited, highly anticipated fourth season of "Stranger Things," Netflix has released the first 8 minutes of Season 4, Episode 1.

The extended preview (which actually runs 8 minutes, 47 seconds) throws us right back into the heart of Hawkins, Indiana, by way of a flashback scene set six years prior to the events of ...Read more

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Viola Davis says a director she knew for 10 years called her his maid's name

Actor Viola Davis recently revealed a racist encounter she had with a director who called her by his maid's name.

On Thursday, Variety reported that during the Kering Women in Motion conversation at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Davis recounted how a male director repeatedly misidentified her.

"I knew him for 10 years and he called me ...Read more

Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Company insiders rip Tesla's stance on safety in hard-hitting Elon Musk doc

If you own a Tesla, or a loved one does, or you're thinking about buying one, or you share public roads with Tesla cars, you might want to watch the new documentary "Elon Musk's Crash Course."

Premiering Friday on FX and Hulu, the 75-minute fright show spotlights the persistent dangers of Tesla’s automated driving technologies, the company’...Read more

Bleecker Street/Bleecker Street/TNS

Review: The land is beautiful, the family drama compelling in superb 'Montana Story'

A fraternal relation to Jane Campion’s overrated “The Power of the Dog,” indie effort “Montana Story” is the modern-day tale of an extended family, including an estranged brother and sister, preparing for the impending death of the family patriarch.

Cal (Owen Teague) is the first to arrive at the sprawling ranch home where he grew up....Read more

Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Rams' Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford join other champs in 'Top Gun: Maverick' commercial

The Los Angeles Rams are prepping for the 2022 season after capping off their historic 2021 season with a thrilling Super Bowl LVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams will try to become the first team since the 2003 and 2004 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls.

But coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford paused ...Read more

Jefferson Siegel / New York Daily News/New York Daily News/TNS

Fyre Festival creator has put together team to 'come up with ideas' for new entertainment ventures after early prison release

NEW YORK — Billy McFarland is all fyred up.

The creator of the infamous 2017 Fyre Festival is ready to rise from the ashes after a four-year stint in federal prison — and his plans might involve another entertainment venture.

The 30-year-old disgraced promoter “has put together a team of professionals to brainstorm and come up with ideas...Read more

Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America/TNS

Rebel Wilson shares a pre-#MeToo sexual harassment story: 'awful and disgusting'

Rebel Wilson just recounted what she called an “awful and disgusting” incident with a co-star who couldn’t keep his pants on.

It happened a few years back, the “Senior Year” star told People this week, before the #MeToo movement gained steam amid the 2017 Harvey Weinstein scandal. She says a male co-star, whom she hasn’t named, ...Read more

Bradley Cooper/Getty Images North America/TNS

How Ellen DeGeneres won, and then lost, a generation of viewers

LOS ANGELES — When Ellen DeGeneres launched her daytime talk show, it felt like a flag planted on lunar terrain.

Six years earlier, the comedian and her sitcom character had come out, in tandem, in what remains the single most well-known moment in the history of queer television. But as one learns in Steven Capsuto's indispensable book "...Read more

Ron Batzdorff/NBC/TNS/TNS

What TV critic is watching this week

'Zoe Bakes'

Zoe Francois' kitchen continues to be inviting, especially when she's whipping up blueberry muffins and croquembouches. But foodies will enjoy this new batch of episodes most when the Minnesota pastry chef ventures out on adventures. They include visits to Isles Bun and Coffee, Milkjam Creamery and the home of Rose McGee, founder of...Read more