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Bill Maher's 'Real Time' interview with Milo Yiannopoulos fuels new criticism

In the end, it was a non-event.

Which to some people made it a really big event.

Bill Maher's decision to host controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos on "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO Friday led to very few on-air fireworks. Maher talked to his guest mostly about free speech, agreeing with him nearly as much as disagreeing with him and ...Read more

Studio chief Grey to step down

LOS ANGELES--Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey is preparing to leave his job, ending months of speculation about his future as Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish moves aggressively to revive the long struggling studio.

Grey, who has led the storied movie company for 12 years, is in negotiations with Paramount Pictures parent Viacom Inc. to ...Read more

Rob Owen: 'Good Wife' begets promising 'Good Fight'

Spinoffs are always a dicey proposition. Is this new series even close to as good as the show that birthed it?

After two episodes, "The Good Wife" spinoff "The Good Fight" seems poised to answer that question in the affirmative, but it will take more time to know for sure.

"The Good Fight" debuts Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS but subsequent episodes...Read more

TV review: 'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

"Looking down from two miles above the surface of the Earth, it's impossible not to be impressed by the sheer grandeur and splendor and power of the natural world," says David Attenborough at the beginning of "Planet Earth II," the sequel to his landmark 2006 "Planet Earth." That globally popular series – the BBC estimates its viewership at ...Read more

Concert review: Japandroids do it loud, fast and urgently

CHICAGO -- Japandroids wasted no time at a sold-out Vic Theater in Chicago on Wednesday addressing the core themes responsible for the urgency in their songs. "The future's under fire/ The past is gaining ground," guitarist/vocalist Brian King sang in the opening seconds, the words spilling out of his mouth with the breathlessness of someone ...Read more

Women in control on screen, behind scenes in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'

LOS ANGELES -- "Sex and the City" and "Girls" may have established HBO as a playground for women seeking love and laughs, but when it comes to serious drama, the pay-cable giant remains a boys' club.

Of the 20 dramatic series in HBO's history, only two -- the short-lived "Tell Me You Love Me" and the enduring "True Blood" -- were headlined by a...Read more

Major Rolling Stones exhibit heading to Chicago's Navy Pier in April

CHICAGO -- It's only rock 'n' roll, but they're enshrining it.

"Exhibitionism," a show displaying hundreds of Rolling Stones artifacts from the group's 50-plus-year career, will go up in Navy Pier's Festival Hall in mid-April, the pier and exhibit promoters announced at a news conference Thursday morning.

The 18,000-square-foot extravaganza of...Read more

New Tracy Letts politics play will debut in Chicago, go to Broadway

CHICAGO -- Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company will have the world premiere next fall of a new play by Tracy Letts, which will then move to Broadway.

The new, ensemble-driven play "The Minutes" was penned by Letts during the heat of the fall presidential campaign and election. Following its Chicago run (Nov. 9 to Dec. 31), the production then...Read more

Late night comics react to Trump's 'crazy' Thursday press conference

For all the talk of division in the land, Donald Trump, it turns out, is bringing the country together, or at least the portion of it that is employed in hosting late-night talk shows.

They all agreed Thursday night that the 45th president's first solo press conference that day was a spectacle worthy of much comment.

"Bat (stuff) crazy," said ...Read more

An order that lives in infamy: President Roosevelt's order incarcerating Japanese Americans goes on view in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- You are young, say, 10 years old, and you live in downtown Los Angeles near the intersection of East 1st and South San Pedro streets. You were born in this neighborhood, a three-mile radius that houses the largest Japanese American community in the U.S. You play stickball in the streets and walk your dog along the cracked, uneven ...Read more

Trying stand-up when you're falling down: Judd Apatow, Pete Holmes offer a raw look at comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

It's a few weeks from the premiere of his HBO series, and Pete Holmes has almost reached his limit for answering questions.

"Not that I'm sick of it," he clarified, leaning back into a sofa as he settled in for a chat inside Judd Apatow's production offices in an aggressively nondescript stretch of West L.A. "But I'm kind of like, 'I think I've...Read more

How 'Game of Thrones' led actor Pedro Pascal to 'The Great Wall'

Pedro Pascal had been working steadily for years -- guest spots on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "NYPD Blue" and "Nurse Jackie" and "CSI" -- before he landed the role that kick-started his career: Oberyn Martell, aka the swaggering Red Viper, during the fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

His traumatic showdown with Ser Gregor "The ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Friday:

"Get Out" (R): Comedian Jordan Peele ("Keanu") takes a break from the funny stuff by writing and directing this horror movie about a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who visits the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams).

"Collide" (PG-13): A thief (Nicholas Hoult) asks a drug smuggler (Ben Kingsley...Read more

Q&A: 'Designated Survivor,' Martha Plimpton vs. Jaime Pressly

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I saw the first show of a man becoming president of U.S. after everyone got killed. I cannot find it now. What happened?

A: The show you are thinking of is the ABC drama "Designated Survivor," starring Kiefer Sutherland. It has been on a break but is set to return on March 8.

Q: Is the blonde woman ...Read more

Sheriff's Department investigates alleged head-butting incident involving Justin Bieber

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an alleged head-butting incident involving pop star Justin Bieber at a West Hollywood restaurant early Saturday.

Deputies responded to a battery report about 2 a.m. at Serafina Sunset restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, according to sheriff's officials.

When they arrived, ...Read more

Movie review: 'XX' is chilling horror anthology from 4 female directors

The wry horror anthology "XX," a recent Sundance Film Festival premiere, gathers together four compact films by female writers and directors. The results offer a collective shiver (not a lot of shrieks here) for those in the mood for sprightly, short-form misfortune.

"What's in the box?" asks the boy on the train, addressing his innocent but ...Read more

HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary "David Bowie: The Last Five Years."

The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, "The Next Day" and "Blackstar," and the stage musical "Lazarus."

"Blackstar," which was released two days before his death in ...Read more

Ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland 'invents' world premiere for Chicago Opera Theater

CHICAGO -- Stewart Copeland is in town, and he's got a brand-new bag.

Brand-new, at least, for Chicago.

The multifaceted American composer and instrumentalist, best known as co-founder and drummer of the English new-wave rock band the Police, is here taking part in rehearsals for his latest opera -- that's right, opera -- "The Invention of ...Read more

Movie review: Matt Damon's not-so-great 'Wall'

Director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most ravishingly beautiful films to come out of China, including "Raise the Red Lantern," "House of Flying Daggers," and "Hero," movies that are lavishly sensual in their use of color and light. His fans will have to cherish those memories though, as his first English-language film, "The Great Wall," ...Read more

'Big Little Lies' is an engrossing but glib tale of murder, marriage and motherhood

They're mostly rich. They're mostly white. They day drink, go to yoga and eye each other suspiciously each morning at school drop-off.

And, maybe, they kill people.

They're the women at the center of "Big Little Lies," an engrossing but glib murder mystery-cum-social satire set among the moneyed mommies of Monterey, Calif., debuting Sunday on ...Read more

 

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