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Movie review: The art, agony and gooseflesh of stand-up comedy in 'Dying Laughing'

LOS ANGELES -- No one knows for sure who came up with the celebrated bromide "dying is easy, comedy is hard," but it's a thought that's perfectly suited to the subject matter of the brisk documentary "Dying Laughing."

An involving examination of and tribute to the art and agony of stand-up comedy, "Dying Laughing" will leave you convinced that ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

"Logan" (R): Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the clawed mutant Wolverine for the seventh and final time -- and this time, the camera doesn't look away from the bloody violence.

"Before I Fall" (PG-13): Zoey Deutch stars as a woman forced to relive the last day of her life again and again. You know, like "Groundhog Day," except this one is ...Read more

Review: Melanie Lynskey raises hell in bloody dark comedy 'World'

LOS ANGELES -- The governing philosophy of writer-director Macon Blair's darkly funny suburban noir is nicely summed up by its melancholy mouthful of a title: "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore." A more succinct version of this idea -- and here I'm paraphrasing the movie's put-upon heroine, Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey), who uses ...Read more

Movie review: Oscar nominee 'Zucchini' is stop-motion delight with tart humor

LOS ANGELES -- As unexpectedly enchanting as its title is initially perplexing, "My Life as a Zucchini" is short but oh so satisfyingly bittersweet, an example of the kind of movie magic that's always hard to find.

A word-of-mouth phenomenon since its premiere at Cannes last year, this 70-minute stop-motion feature took the grand jury prize and...Read more

Movie review: 'Kiki' is energetic, affectionate portrait of New York's LGBT ballroom scene

LOS ANGELES -- The various bodies moving through "Kiki," an energetic and enveloping documentary about New York City's LGBT ballroom scene, are capable of astonishing, even superhuman physical feats. They dance and gyrate on underground subway platforms, down half-empty streets, and on the grass at Christopher Street Pier. They pour themselves ...Read more

Q&A: 'Gilmore Girls,' 'Zoo,' 'NCIS'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I just finished watching the four most recent episodes of "Gilmore Girls." The ending was a surprise for me and I was wondering if it will be coming back with any more future episodes.

A: I have not seen anything about that. It was tough enough to get that cast together for the four-episode "Gilmore ...Read more

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox News, dies at 66

NEW YORK -- Alan Colmes, the longtime liberal TV and radio host for Fox News, has died after a brief illness, the network announced Thursday. He was 66.

Colmes was best known as the left-leaning foil to conservative Sean Hannity on the prime-time Fox News show "Hannity & Colmes" when the cable news network launched in 1996. Hannity took over as...Read more

Review: Folk-singing and espionage: Amazon's 'Patriot' is an unusually sleepy thriller

LOS ANGELES -- In the many-chambered, multi-winged hotel that is Television 2017, there is room for all kinds of unlikely shows to check in -- a comic-lyrical tale of international espionage, family relations and folk-singing, say.

"Patriot," a new series appearing in its 10-episode entirety Friday on Amazon, is the story of an intelligence ...Read more

Beyonce drops out of Coachella 2017, will headline in 2018 instead

LOS ANGELES -- Beyonce is sitting out Coachella -- per doctor's orders.

The pop diva, who announced earlier this month that she is pregnant, pulled out of her headlining gig at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which is slated for April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio, Calif. She will instead headline next year.

In a statement to The ...Read more

Movie review: Jordan Peele's clever horror-satire 'Get Out' is an overdue Hollywood response to our racial anxiety

The opening scene of "Get Out," a satirical horror-thriller perfectly tailored to our post-postracial moment, is so cleverly composed and effortlessly subversive that writer-director Jordan Peele never quite manages to top it. Filmed in a single take with an elegantly swiveling camera, it shows a young black man (Lakeith Stanfield) walking ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE COMEDIAN. 2 stars. Robert De Niro hams it up as a self-hating has-been comic Jackie Burke in this sometimes droll misfire from Taylor Hackford. A rom-com of sorts, the film has some charm in its first act thanks to costar Leslie Mann, who plays a scatterbrained heiress with a father complex. The film becomes monotonous and unfunny when it ...Read more

Interview with August Wilson's wife: 'I think that he would be ecstatic'

SEATTLE -- A Seattleite will be at the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night, in the latest chapter of a nearly 30-year story. Constanza Romero Wilson, wife of the late playwright August Wilson, will be on hand representing her husband, who received a posthumous nomination for his screenplay to "Fences." Based on his Tony Award-winning play, the "...Read more

Politics, performance issues are on host Jimmy Kimmel's mind

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show isn't taping today, but Kimmel's working. He's always working. Right now he's wearing his standard uniform when he's not on the air -- shorts, a Dickies work shirt and black socks.

"I'm a very glamorous guy," Kimmel says, laughing, noting the incongruity of him hosting the Oscars this year, an ...Read more

'Moonlight' is sunlight for Joi McMillon, the first black woman nominated for a film editing Oscar

When Joi McMillon was a junior in high school, she really wanted to be a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. Even though her brother moved from Florida to Los Angeles to be an actor, being in the film industry was just a fleeting idea. But during a tour of Universal Studios, she stumbled upon a guy using the program Avid to edit an episode of "...Read more

CMT's 'Sun Records' aims to show a time when rock 'n' roll was 'cons and hustles'

For a series immersed in events that happened upward of 70 years ago, CMT's new drama "Sun Records" felt timely to star Chad Michael Murray.

While on location in Memphis, Tenn., the musical fertile crescent where rock 'n' roll began at Sam Phillips' studio on the corner of Marshall and Union avenues, Murray was staying near the city's double-...Read more

TV review: CMT's 'Sun Records' takes the history of rock 'n' roll on an entertaining ride

"Sun Records," an entertaining, eight-part miniseries premiering Thursday on CMT, is liberally based on the jukebox musical "Million Dollar Quartet," about the day in 1956 when Elvis Presley dropped by Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in the middle of a Carl Perkins recording session (with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano). Johnny Cash showed up ...Read more

If there's a 'Meryl Streep kind of moment' at the Oscars, will President Trump be too busy to respond?

In an awards season already rife with politically charged acceptance speeches, Sunday's Oscars ceremony could offer the most prominent platform of all.

And will President Donald Trump, the target of most critiques so far, be tuned in?

That's what Debra Saunders, White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wanted to know at ...Read more

Louis C.K. headed to Netflix for two stand-up comedy specials

Netflix continues its steadfast expansion of stand-up comedy programming with the addition of two new specials from Louis C.K.

The specials will be available exclusively on the streaming service. The first, which was shot in Washington, D.C., and is titled "2017," will premiere April. 4.

"Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices...Read more

Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

In yet another confirmation that you're getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna.

She charted her 30th hit this week when "Love on the Brain" crossed the threshold to land at No. 8. It's the fourth top-10 track...Read more

Bill Maher takes credit for, but not glee in, the downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos

Bill Maher weighed in Tuesday on the swift downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos days after the controversial pundit had appeared on his HBO show, " Real Time," last week.

"By the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, (Yiannopoulos is) dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he's dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through," Maher told the New...Read more