Review: Lady Gaga invites all to share her pain in her new documentary

Less than 10 minutes into the 100-minute "Gaga: Five Foot Two," a cinema verite-style documentary about Lady Gaga that emulates Madonna's 1991 documentary "Truth or Dare," the "Poker Face" pop star complains that she's been unfairly accused of stealing Madonna's style and sound.

"I could never wrap my head around the fact (that Madonna) wouldn'...Read more

Movie review: Judi Dench rules (again) in the lopsided crowdpleaser 'Victoria & Abdul'

The English director Stephen Frears has an affinity for odd-couple comedies, particularly whenever Judi Dench gets involved. Their prior collaborations include "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (2005), in which Dench played a wealthy widow enjoying a thorny rapport with a theater manager (Bob Hoskins), and "Philomena" (2013), which cast her as a devout ...Read more

Fox News adds a live program at 11 p.m. with Shannon Bream

Fox News is expanding its program lineup with a new live 11 p.m. Eastern time broadcast anchored by Shannon Bream.

The 21st Century Fox unit announced Thursday that it plans to launch "Fox News @ Night" on Oct. 30, the same night the cable news channel is kicking off its new prime-time show with conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

Fox ...Read more

Movie review: Emma Stone and Steve Carell serve up surprising 'Battle of the Sexes'

Two battles, not one, share the spotlight in the enjoyable and entertaining "Battle of the Sexes," one you expect and one you do not. And it's the unexpected one that makes all the difference.

The part that's expected is the film's front and center subject, the ostentatious 1973 tennis exhibition between women's champion Billie Jean King and ...Read more

Sean Spicer's Emmys cameo was Trump-approved: 'He thought I did a great job'

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer continued his press tour (for what, exactly?) Thursday with an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Spicer sat down with Paula Faris, whose first question was about President Donald Trump's reaction to Spicer's heavily criticized cameo at Sunday's Emmy Awards.

"He was very supportive. He ...Read more

Jimmy Kimmel fires back at Sen. Cassidy: 'Which part don't I understand?'

Jimmy Kimmel doubled down on his criticism of Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy on Wednesday, firing back at the co-sponsor of the new Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill and many others who responded to his monologue from the previous night.

On Tuesday, the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host called out Cassidy for, as he put it, lying to his face about his ...Read more

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell apologizes for expletive-laden tantrums caught on leaked clips

Leaked footage showing MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell having several on-camera outbursts has prompted the anchorman to do some damage control.

"A better anchorman and a better person would've had a better reaction to technical difficulties. I'm sorry," the political pundit tweeted about his expletive-laden tirade Wednesday evening.

In the ...Read more

Movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal's restrained performance gives the recovery drama 'Stronger' its strength

"Stronger" is the title of Jeff Bauman's bestselling memoir about his experience as a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, and also of David Gordon Green's fine new film adaptation. It is also a knowing riff on "Boston Strong," a call for local unity and an assertion of hometown pride that rose from the ashes of that 2013 tragedy to become a...Read more

Entertainment Q&A: Jerry Lewis' lost movie

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Now that Jerry Lewis has died, will the unreleased movie "The Day the Clown Cried" (1972) ever be released on DVD for serious Jerry Lewis movie collectors?

A: "The Day the Clown Cried" is the major mystery in Lewis' filmography, a film that no more than a handful of people claim to have seen, and ...Read more

Movie review: Emma Stone scores as Billie Jean King in crowd-pleasing 'Battle of the Sexes'

Engaging and sunny (literally; this is the brightest, squintiest film in months), as far as it goes, "Battle of the Sexes" is a two-headed biopic reluctant to complicate its coming-out story with too many ... complications.

This will not be a problem for most audiences. Collectively, the "Battle of the Sexes" team knows how to please a crowd. ...Read more

Movie review: Fun 'Friend Request' is silly but scary

The Facebook-themed horror movie "Friend Request" spooks its way into theaters this weekend, hoping to turn up audiences who are ready for autumn temperatures, Halloween and things that go bump in the night. Shockingly, "Friend Request" delivers. This scare-fest is so gloriously dumb that it is surprisingly a whole lot of fun.

This German/South...Read more

Movie review: 'Stronger' is a higher grade of inspirational biopic

"Stronger" is a movie you need to see, no matter how much you think you don't need to see it.

A less effective version of the same fact-based story, even with the same actors doing the same excellent work -- it's Jake Gyllenhaal's finest, truest two hours on film -- might creak and groan with "inspirational weepie" biopic machinery, over-...Read more

Movie review: 'Kingsman' is a royal pain

Not that anyone has been calling for it, but director Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" brings the spy saga back in all its overblown, inconsistent glory. In this ultraviolent farce many innocent people suffer, especially in the audience.

The urge to turn any moneymaking film into a franchise generally produces more wasted effort ...Read more

Movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal is strong as Boston Marathon bombing survivor in 'Stronger'

In "Stronger," you hear the falls. Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), recovering from a tragedy that left him a double amputee, falls a lot, and he falls hard: from the toilet, from his bed, from the artificial legs with which he must reacquaint himself, slowly and painfully, with walking. The movie doesn't soften the harshness with which he hits ...Read more

Profit dispute over 'The Walking Dead' rages for four years

Since it began airing in 2010, "The Walking Dead" has resurrected far more than just the dearly departed.

With its through-the-roof ratings, the series breathed new life into the zombie genre, resuscitated the career of show developer Frank Darabont and revived the fortunes of AMC Networks by helping to turn its namesake cable station into a ...Read more

Mike Judge shows music's dark side in the addictive 'Tales From the Tour Bus'

In "Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus," a shaggy-dog documentary series premiering Friday on Cinemax, the creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and co-creator of "King of the Hill" and "Silicon Valley" finds the dark, crazed heart of country music and turns it into a cartoon, literally.

As a historical meditation that adds new visuals to...Read more

In pain and in tears, Lady Gaga reveals her life, her thoughts and herself in a new Netflix documentary

TORONTO -- "Do I look pathetic?" Lady Gaga asks, covering her face with her hands to hide her tears. She is lying on a couch in her apartment, only a towel covering her body. A physical therapist places an ice pack on her cheek and massages her head.

"I'm so embarrassed," she says, sobbing quietly.

For the last few years, the musician has been...Read more

Movie review: In 'Brad's Status,' Ben Stiller sheds his goofy persona for a moving portrait of angst

A downbeat, naturalistic and admirably adult dramatic comedy, "Brad's Status" is the story of a bright man who devotes most of his intellectual energy to pessimism and melancholy. He's not a loser, but a frustrated guy in crisis. Midlife crisis. A self-defined second-rater. When you see him in bed, eyes wide open, it's obvious that he's ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

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