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Judge won't increase bond for R. Kelly or give $100,000 back to woman who posted his bail

CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge on Tuesday declined to increase the $1 million bond for singer R. Kelly on his pending sex abuse cases and also shot down an unusual bid by a woman who posted Kelly's bond in February who now wants her $100,000 back.

Prosecutors at the Leighton Criminal Court Building had not spelled out how much they wanted to ...Read more

Woman sues Kevin Hart for $60 million over sex tape

Kevin Hart has been named as a defendant in a $60 million lawsuit filed by Montia Sabbag, a woman who the Philly comic appeared in a September 2017 sex tape.

Sabbag filed the suit this week in a federal court in Los Angeles, claiming that Hart and several other defendants allowed a sexual encounter with Hart in a Las Vegas hotel room to be ...Read more

What we learned from Beyoncé's surprise 'Making the Gift' documentary

Beyonce's penchant for surprises spilled onto network television Monday night when the pop superstar aired "Beyonce Presents: Making the Gift" on ABC.

The documentary special -- a behind-the-scenes look at her musical ode to this summer's "The Lion King" -- dropped Monday with little advance notice, save for an announcement from the network on ...Read more

Study shows viewers want more representation for those with disabilities

Historically, able actors who play characters with disabilities have been rewarded for their performances with high box office returns, critical acclaim and even Academy Awards. But a recent study shows that viewers are getting tired of the lack of representation for the disability community on screen. Authenticity is the new frontier.

Findings...Read more

Alex Trebek has big cancer setback and resumes chemotherapy

Alex Trebek has had an unexpected setback in his pancreatic cancer treatment that will require him to undergo another round of chemo, the "Jeopardy" host said in an interview that aired Tuesday.

"I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer so we were all very ...Read more

'The Big Bang Theory' streaming rights will go to HBO Max

The long-running hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" will have its streaming home on HBO Max, the upcoming service to be launched by WarnerMedia next year.

The rights deal announced Tuesday was expected as "The Big Bang Theory" is produced by WarnerMedia's studio Warner Bros. Television. The agreement also includes keeping the series on ...Read more

How to watch the Emmys and answers to your other burning questions

Looking for the who, what, when, where, how, and why of this year's Emmys? We've got you covered.

What: The Television Academy presents the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards

Where: The 7,100-seat Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles

When: The ceremony begins Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Red carpet coverage begins at 6:30.

How to ...Read more

Appreciation: Ric Ocasek and the Cars' gleaming new wave did something surprising: It endured

It's almost impossible to do now, after decades of continuous radio play that's rendered the Cars' music as familiar as the smell of your own automobile. But put on "Just What I Needed" or "Let's Go" or "Shake It Up" and try to imagine that you're encountering the song for the first time.

Listen to the guitars, how they idle for a few seconds ...Read more

Review: 'Ad Astra' takes astronaut's innermost self-exploration out of this world

Space, the final frontier (or at least another one), has always served as a vast, blank and mysterious terrain upon which storytellers can splay the unlimited possibilities of their existential, metaphysical and symbolic journeys. In James Gray's sprawling space epic "Ad Astra," the journey is a deeply intimate and personal one, a metaphorical ...Read more

Middle America may not get late-night newcomer Lilly Singh. They can deal with it

LOS ANGELES -- When YouTube superstar Lilly Singh decided to join NBC's late-night block -- in the sleepless 1:35 a.m. slot previously held by Carson Daly -- she kept the secret for months. She didn't tell friends; she didn't tell family. They learned about it, like most people, through the glittery unveiling on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy ...Read more

Simone Missick gets over being Misty with 'All Rise'

LOS ANGELES -- Simone Missick was happy with the history-making work she was doing on the Netflix series "Luke Cage," "Iron Fist" and "The Defenders" as TV's first black female Marvel superhero, Misty Knight. She was looking forward to returning to the role for a third season of "Luke Cage" until it was announced it and all of the other Marvel ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Pavarotti' hits a high note; 'Yesterday' in perfect harmony

Two strong musical efforts and a scary tale top the new DVD releases for Sept. 24.

"Pavarotti"; 3 stars: Director Ron Howard's latest documentary offering takes a traditional approach to storytelling. In a three-act design, Howard shows the life and legend of Luciano Pavarotti, the man dubbed "The People's Tenor." Through a mix of interviews ...Read more

'SNL' fires Shane Gillis after controversy over racist slurs

Comic Shane Gillis has been fired by "Saturday Night Live" without ever setting foot in front of the sketch-comedy show's cameras.

Gillis, one of three new "Saturday Night Live" cast members announced Thursday by NBC, was immediately the focus of controversy over racist slurs -- one, in particular, was aimed at Chinese people -- that he used in...Read more

Mark Ruffalo to Boris Johnson: Don't use the Hulk to plug Brexit

Don't mess with the Hulk -- or use him to support a political agenda.

Marvel star Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter on Sunday to Hulk smash British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for referencing his MCU hero to promote Brexit. The actor retweeted a tabloid headline that read, "We'll break free of the EU like the Incredible Hulk," along with some ...Read more

Netflix acquires the global streaming rights to 'Seinfeld'

Netflix has fired back in the battle for popular network sitcoms by landing the global streaming rights to "Seinfeld."

The deal struck with Sony Pictures Television, which controls the distribution of "Seinfeld," will be announced Monday, according to the companies.

Netflix will offer all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" in the U.S. and to its 151 ...Read more

Commentary: 'SNL' deserves the Shane Gillis backlash. It's been courting liberals for years

It was no parody when "Saturday Night Live" announced last week that the cast for its 45th season would include Bowen Yang, an openly gay Asian American comedian, and Shane Gillis, a comedian whose portfolio includes bigoted jokes about Asians and gays. And Muslims. And pretty much everyone else who's not a straight white man.

NBC's late-night ...Read more

Ric Ocasek, frontman of new wave pioneers the Cars, dies at 75

The musician and producer Ric Ocasek, whose singing, songwriting, style and demeanor as leader of Boston rock band the Cars helped define the American new wave movement of the late 1970s and early '80s, has died. He was 75.

Ocasek's death was confirmed by the New York Police Department, which said that officers responding to a 911 call Sunday ...Read more

How 'Villains' stars Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe deal with fear

Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe, stars of the upcoming theatrical release "Villains," are talking about two different aspects of fear. In the low-budget thriller, they play Mickey and Jules, a pair of B-grade Bonnie and Clyde-style crooks who pick the wrong house to rob and end up on the receiving end of some terrifying and life-threatening ...Read more

What 'Jojo Rabbit' Toronto Film Festival award means for Oscar season

The buzz from the fall film festivals -- Venice, Telluride and the just-wrapped Toronto -- sometimes ends the Oscar best picture race even before the for-your-consideration billboards go up along Sunset Boulevard.

When audience members clapped in unison along with the spiritual "Roll, Jordan, Roll" during the closing credits for "12 Years a ...Read more

'The Conners'' Lecy Goranson can't stay away from acting

PASADENA, Calif. -- Although actress Lecy Goranson has tried most of her life to resist fate, it's won out every time. She began by playing Becky, the older daughter on "Roseanne," when she was just 12. Thirty-one years later she finds herself portraying the grown-up Becky in the spinoff, "The Conners," returning to ABC Sept. 24.

But that's not...Read more