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ATOMIC BLONDE. 2.5 stars. Charlize Theron is a rampaging British agent in Berlin as the wall collapses in 1989, teaming with another agent (James McAvoy) to help a defector and find a traitor. Works well as actioner, not so well as espionage thriller. 1 hr. 55. R (violence, nudity) -- Gary Thompson

THE BIG SICK. 3.5 stars. Based on comedian ...Read more

Concerns over Fox News prompt further scrutiny of Murdoch bid for Sky

LOS ANGELES -- Britain's secretary of state on Wednesday ruled that the bid by Rupert Murdoch's media company to control the European satellite TV service Sky must undergo more rigorous regulatory scrutiny.

Karen Bradley, Britain's secretary of state for culture and media, formally referred 21st Century Fox's bid to consolidate the Sky service ...Read more

Fergie says hiding the news of her split from Josh Duhamel was 'getting a little weird'

Fergie asked for some privacy following her split from husband Josh Duhamel, but the duchess is holding court and fielding questions about the breakup.

"Honestly, it was just getting a little weird for us with all the romantic questions," the singer told People on Tuesday.

"We're great friends, we love each other so much, and it just got to ...Read more

Sean Penn launches into television with Hulu's space drama 'The First'

Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn is the latest movie star to take his acting chops to the small screen.

The "Milk" and "Mystic River" Oscar winner will star in Hulu's upcoming space drama "The First" from "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

Penn has guested on several TV shows throughout ...Read more

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

Serious fun for Steve Martin: A crisp but kooky new bluegrass album comes amid a broad burst of creativity

During more than a half-century as an artist and entertainer, Steve Martin has consistently pushed and prodded at the boundaries of many an art form. And he's doing it again with "The Long-Awaited Album," his fifth collection of original music in the last eight years.

Take the new album's lilting country waltz "Nights in the Lab," an ode to the...Read more

Van Hunt's 'Popular' — one of R&B's great 'lost' albums — finally surfaces

Last month, nearly 10 years after its originally planned release date and long after leaked copies had prompted talk of a lost masterpiece, the genre-straddling musician and producer Van Hunt successfully lobbied his former label, Blue Note, to issue his third full-length, "Popular," to streaming services.

The release, recorded with full ...Read more

Q&A: Yance Ford's 'Strong Island' explores his brother's death

In April 1992, Yance Ford's brother, William, then a 24-year-old teacher, was killed by a white 19-year-old mechanic. Although the Long Island police investigated the case, the shooting was deemed justifiable by a grand jury and the shooter never faced any consequences. William was unarmed.

"Everyone's life (in my family) got picked up and put ...Read more

Movie review: 'Ninjago' doesn't click like previous Lego movies

If you're of a certain age and childless, it's entirely possible you haven't the foggiest idea what a "Ninjago" -- of the latest Lego movie -- might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that's as far as I got into the Wikipedia article. With the wild success of both "The Lego Movie" and "The Lego Batman Movie," released just earlier ...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