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'Incredibles 2' smashes record with biggest opening ever for animated film

LOS ANGELES -- The Pixar superhero movie "Incredibles 2" made 14 years of anticipation worth the wait for Disney, as the follow-up to 2004's "The Incredibles" smashed the record for highest animation debut of all time with an estimated $180 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canada, according to the measurement firm ComScore.

"Pixar has ...Read more

Chris Hardwick wiped from Nerdist website amid abuse accusations

Chris Hardwick's name no longer adorns the Nerdist website he founded, after abuse accusations were levied against an unnamed person by his former girlfriend Chloe Dykstra.

Legendary Entertainment, which acquired Nerdist Industries in 2012, issued a statement on Friday, addressing Hardwick's absence.

"Chris Hardwick had no operational ...Read more

Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana set the beat for rock 'n' roll's future

D.J. Fontana accomplished more with a snare drum, cymbal and sticks than the Who's Keith Moon did with a 20-piece kit.

With snaps, thumps and pows that six decades later are a standard foundation of pop music, he help define rock 'n' rolls' rhythmic patterns. Starting in the mid-1950s, the influential drummer for Elvis Presley played on hits ...Read more

Giuliana Rancic is returning to 'E! News' as a co-host

"E! News" will soon welcome a familiar face: Giuliana Rancic is coming back this fall as a co-host.

Rancic, who did the job from 2005 to 2015, is the first new host since Maria Menounos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and left the show in July 2017.

Returning is "every bit as thrilling to me today as it was 16 years ago" when she started with...Read more

Apple signs deal with Oprah Winfrey as it pushes into original programming

Apple Inc. has struck a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to produce original content, the technology giant announced Friday.

The iPhone maker has been looking to diversify its revenue beyond the devices it makes and apps produced by other developers.

Winfrey, famed for her talk show and acting roles, is also chief executive of the Oprah ...Read more

Sundance and Toronto film festivals pledge increased access for underrepresented critics

LOS ANGELES -- Brie Larson roused the entertainment industry Wednesday when she used her platform at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards to drop sobering statistics from a recent USC study about the lack of diversity in film criticism. It's a field so disproportionately skewed that white men wrote 63.9 percent of reviews aggregated by Rotten ...Read more

'Gotti': John Travolta's new one will remind you of other, better mob movies

Editor's note: The review copy of the film provided by the studio did not contain the final music cues.

In "Gotti," we hear the title character praise his son for standing his ground in a bar brawl.

"Never take a backward step," declares John Sr., played ferociously by John Travolta, whose jutting chin and bristling tone suggest the alpha ...Read more

How the stars re-aligned for 'Incredibles 2,' a sequel audiences actually want to see

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The buzz was enthusiastic verging on ecstatic. The tracking suggested a potentially record-breaking opening. But days before the release of the long-awaited Pixar sequel "Incredibles 2," writer-director Brad Bird was feeling less incredible than simply relieved.

"Before I made films, I thought these moments would be ...Read more

Chrissy Teigen celebrates Trump's birthday with $288,000 donation to ACLU

Happy birthday, Mr. President.

For his 72nd birthday on Thursday, social media star Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend spent a whole lot of cash on a gift Donald Trump won't like -- nor one that he can return.

The pithy model, who was famously blocked on Twitter by the president for constantly trolling him and his policies, marked the ...Read more

Amazon Studios partners with Nicole Kidman's production company

LOS ANGELES -- In another significant production deal that is intended to strengthen its position against Netflix and other competitors, Amazon Studios has signed a first-look agreement with Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman's production company, Blossom Films, for theatrical, television series and digital content.

The deal announced Thursday...Read more

'Incredibles 2' is the superhero family saga we need right now

The Incredibles are back, and all is right with the world.

Well, maybe not all. Superheros are still illegal, just as they've been for a decade and a half, and evildoers like the Underminer ("I am always beneath you but nothing is beneath me!") are still eager to empty the bank vaults of Municiberg and manufacture havoc wherever they go.

But ...Read more

Female showrunners gather to discuss representation in the writers' room

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Women of all ages and races crowded into the communal area of Twitter's Santa Monica offices Wednesday night for "An Evening With Female Showrunners," a pair of panel discussions hosted by Liz Hannah, screenwriter of "The Post."

Created in response to the Variety-sponsored "Night in the Writers' Room," a panel last week ...Read more

Google's retreat from AI contract is unlikely to cool the Pentagon's love for Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley's cutting-edge work increasingly has made it an attractive place for the Pentagon to look for a defensive edge. That's why military officials recently opened an outpost in Mountain View, Calif., to build relationships with technology start-ups and major players.

The Pentagon's enthusiasm to build those tech partnerships is ...Read more

William Shatner's new enterprise: A solar-powered bitcoin mining farm in southern Illinois

Captain Kirk might be able to discuss the properties of dilithium crystals and give directions to Rigel XII, but don't ask him to explain bitcoin.

"The concept is so, I guess the word is bizarre," Kirk's alter ego, William Shatner, said by phone Wednesday. "You have to blank your mind and say, 'What is blockchain, again? How does mining operate...Read more

Movie review: Like the game, 'Tag' is a whole lot of fun

One antidote for blockbuster fatigue during the summer is a loose, lighthearted and playful comedy. Based on a 2013 Wall Street Journal article by Russell Adams about a group of friends who have played the same game of tag for 23 years, the featherweight romp "Tag" follows the stranger-than-fiction antics of a group of men who subscribe to the ...Read more

Overflowing with heart and visual wizardry, 'Incredibles 2' is Pixar at its best

It's a vexation to many parents that a family movie often is little more than a surrogate babysitter. While that can be of value -- who doesn't need 90 minutes of assistance in keeping the offspring entertained from time to time? -- it does prop up movies that provide the lightest, least forms of entertainment.

How wonderful it is, then, to ...Read more

Meet the young stars of 'Hereditary,' who braved the emotional 'meat grinder' for the year's most devastating horror movie

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "Hereditary" director Ari Aster got the "kamikaze" performance he asked for out of star Toni Collette, who's earning early Oscar buzz for her turn in the A24 psychological horror hit. But the Australian-born actress wasn't the only one who went through the ringer for the devastating descent into the terrors of familial ...Read more

Christina Aguilera is rebuilding a cult of personality. Sophie has no use for one

Tinkling synths. An echo-drenched beat. And a singer breathily describing her quest for emotional clarity.

To describe the moving parts at work in Christina Aguilera's "Deserve" and in Sophie's "It's Okay to Cry" -- both are tracks from new pop albums released Friday -- is to make these two songs sound like comparable aesthetic experiences.

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The battles of Roseanne Barr and why a spinoff show could lead to another epic fight

The entertainer who often goes by one name -- Roseanne -- was ready for a fight. She was furious at ABC. Feeling deceived and disrespected by the network behind her immensely popular sitcom, a linchpin of its prime time slate, she was determined to rally her outspoken fan base to save the series she'd worked so hard on and make ABC pay.

That ...Read more

Hall & Oates want to keep touring into their 90s. Or one of them does, at least …

If you think it's amazing that Daryl Hall and John Oates have stayed together now for almost a half-century, that they continue to tour into their 70s, and that they can continue to fill big arenas in big cities, just wait.

The venerable pop-rock-soul-R&B duo might continue touring for quite a few years. Maybe even a couple of decades. Although...Read more