Comedian skewers Republican Graham-Cassidy health care bill as failing to pass the 'Jimmy Kimmel test'

WASHINGTON -- Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel skewered the new Republican health care plan, a potentially devastating development as Senate GOP leaders struggle for support ahead of a possible vote next week.

Kimmel waded into the health care debate earlier this year when he choked up on TV recounting his newborn son's heart condition -- and ...Read more

'First They Killed My Father' is Angelina Jolie's most personal work yet

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- On an early September afternoon, Angelina Jolie sat in a sunlit room in a scenic mountainside hotel, clearly feeling relieved.

The day before, Jolie's latest directorial effort, the emotionally wrenching Cambodian-genocide drama "First They Killed My Father," had its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Sept. 11:

1. Baywatch (2107) -- Paramount

2. Rough Night -- Sony

3. First Kill -- Lionsgate

4. It Comes at Night -- Lionsgate

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 -- Disney

6. Snatched -- Fox

7. All Eyez on Me -- Lionsgate

8. The Boss Baby -- Fox

9. Megan Leavey -- Universal

10. ...Read more

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

Movie guide: Capsule listings

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

New on DVD for Sept. 26: 'Transformers,' 'Taken'

One new DVD looks at saving the world while another looks at saving lives. Then there's also a classic holiday selection hitting stores.

"Transformer: The Last Knight"; 2.5 stars: You've heard this story time and time again: Humans and Transformers are at war and the humans aren't doing so well. That's because their big gun of Optimus Prime is ...Read more

Yusuf taps into his Cat years: A new album marks the musician's 50-year career with a return to his classic sound

An inescapable sense of foreboding runs through "Blackness of the Night," the opening track from "The Laughing Apple," the new album by Yusuf, a.k.a. Cat Stevens.

"In the blackness of the night I seem to wander endlessly, with a hope burning out deep inside," Yusuf sings in the same soft, gravelly baritone that helped make him one of pop music'...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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