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Prince fans file petition demanding federal grand jury probe into the musician's death

MINNEAPOLIS -- A group of Prince fans on Tuesday asked the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota to open a grand jury investigation into the rock star's death.

Federal, state and county law enforcement officers spent almost two years investigating Prince's accidental fatal overdose but were not able to trace the source of the painkiller that ...Read more

'Sesame Street' scribe reveals LGBTQ inspiration for writing Bert and Ernie

It's a question that's been bandied about for decades: Are "Sesame Street" dynamic duo Bert and Ernie more than just roommates? Or are they instead engaged in a lifelong love affair?

A recent interview with Mark Saltzman, a playwright and former writer for "Sesame Street," has finally offered some insight into the issue, even as Sesame Workshop...Read more

Julie Chen is leaving her co-host role on CBS daytime show 'The Talk'

Julie Chen announced her departure from the CBS daytime show "The Talk" on Tuesday's edition of the program.

Chen had not been on the daily chat show since her husband, Leslie Moonves, was ousted Sept. 9 from his post as chairman of CBS amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault. She told viewers in a statement Sept. 10 that she was ...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. hits back at Anderson Cooper after CNN segment on misleading photo

Donald Trump Jr., went on a mini-tweetstorm Tuesday morning aimed at CNN host Anderson Cooper over segment on Monday's "AC360" that called out social media posts made by President Trump's oldest son.

In the tweets, Trump Jr. was responding to a segment in which Cooper, who said he rarely responds to online conspiracy theorists, rebutted a false...Read more

Movie review: The cogs never quite fit together in 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'

Witches are so 2017. Make way for warlocks, aka "boy witches," as defined by the intrepid young Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), the boy hero of "The House with a Clock in Its Walls." The adaptation of John Bellairs' 1973 young adult fantasy novel, directed by Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke, makes a play to move in on the young warlock turf vacated by...Read more

Emmy Awards audience shrinks: Early TV ratings for NBC's telecast drop 10 percent from 2017

LOS ANGELES -- The ratings slide for the Emmy Awards that has come with the rise of streaming TV shows continued with Monday's telecast, according to preliminary data from Nielsen.

NBC's live broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles averaged a 7.4 rating in the 56 markets where Nielsen measures overnight ratings. The figure ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Solo' fails to be a galaxy far, far away of fun

The latest offering in the "Star Wars" franchise is among the new releases for Sept. 25.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story"; 2 stars: The background of one of the most lovable rogues in the galaxy, Han Solo, is revealed. Alden Ehrenreich turns in a solid performance as Solo, but it isn't enough to mask all the big problems with the film.

Director Ron ...Read more

HBO ties Netflix for most Emmy wins, 23, on the strength of 'Game of Thrones'

LOS ANGELES -- It was a nail-biter until the last award was won.

HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Amazon Prime Video's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" captured the top honors in drama and comedy at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, while a tie between HBO and Netflix for most wins demonstrated just how splintered -- and wide open -- the television ...Read more

Review: Weekend Update meets Hollywood in oddly downbeat 'Emmy Awards'

LOS ANGELES -- And so we have put to bed the 70th running of the Emmy Awards, that night when the people of television go onto television to honor the people of television -- some people of television anyway.

The broadcast, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update co-anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost, and produced by "SNL" producer Lorne...Read more

The Emmys' clear mission statement at the outset got fuzzier as the night wore on

LOS ANGELES -- The 70th annual primetime Emmy Awards opened on what seemed to be a confident voice.

"We Solved It!" sang Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Tituss Burgess and Kenan Thompson in a satirical musical number celebrating steps the television industry has made in diversifying its very white, very male ranks. RuPaul sashayed across the ...Read more

Emmys 2018: The whole baffling night was a surprise — and not always in the best sense

The Emmy Awards are often derided for being predictable, but with this year's baffling ceremony, it was shocking when an expected winner actually made it to the podium.

"This wasn't supposed to happen," Claire Foy, lead actress in a drama winner for "The Crown," said during her speech, summing up the evening's vibe.

Foy winning, and not ...Read more

For Emmy winner Ryan Murphy, the themes in 'Assassination of Gianni Versace' are 'as modern as ever'

LOS ANGELES -- Produced by Ryan Murphy, FX's "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" is far more than a narrative about the 1997 murder of the Italian fashion designer by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. It's also a dramatic window into what it was like to be gay in America in the '90s.

Which may be why the show, which starred ...Read more

Netflix ties HBO for most wins, 'Game of Thrones' tops series wins

It was a battle months in the making.

Ever since Netflix surpassed HBO in total Emmy nominations in July for the first time, all eyes were on the two networks to see which platform would come out of the 2018 Primetime Emmys victorious.

In the end, the rivals tied with 23 wins each. NBC followed with 16 wins, while FX netted 12 wins. CNN and ...Read more

Movie review: Unreliable storytelling makes 'Life Itself' lose all meaning

It's difficult to discuss what "Life Itself" is exactly about, because the film, written and directed by "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman, is such a twisty, tangled narrative that to describe any aspect of it is to risk spoilers. Besides, it's best to experience the twists and turns for yourself -- going in cold really enhances the baffling ...Read more

Movie review: In 'Fahrenheit 11/9,' less would have been more for Moore

Michael Moore wants to save us from ourselves. It's been his mission for a long time, a noble one, and it's obvious he is sincere. But as a filmmaker, Moore needs to save himself from his worst indulgences, which undercuts his good work. His new film, "Fahrenheit 11/9," showcases both the best and the worst of his filmmaking instincts.

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Josh Groban on his serious new album and his goofy new sitcom

BURBANK, Calif. -- The last few years have been big ones for Josh Groban, Musical Theater Nut.

In 2015, the pop-classical singer famous for his big voice (and his boyish looks) earned a Grammy nomination for his album "Stages," which featured renditions of classic Broadway tunes from the likes of "Carousel" and "Les Miserables."

The next year,...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Sept. 18 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

SEPTEMBER

18: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

18: Damsel

18: American Horror Story: Cult

18: Billionaire Boys Club

18: Fahrenheit 451

18: Lethal Weapon: The Complete Second Season

18: MacGyver: Season 2

18: Madam Secretary: Season Four

18: ...Read more

Here's the complete list of winners at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" shined at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning five awards including outstanding comedy series. (The Amazon series also won Creative Arts Emmys for casting, music supervision and picture editing earlier this month.) "Barry," "The Americans," "The Crown," "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," ...Read more

Rachel Brosnahan feels like 'the new kid at the party' backstage at the Emmys

LOS ANGELES -- Rachel Brosnahan's appearance backstage in the Emmys press room was short but charming. In her flowing crimson dress and bright red lipstick, she conjured a sense of 1950s glamour consistent with her show, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

"This is very, very new -- I feel like the new kid at the party," she said of her lead actress ...Read more

Emmys fashion: An enthusiasm for bright hues and a penchant for pants rule the arrivals red carpet

LOS ANGELES -- Maybe it was an unconscious effort to beat the Monday night blues, but the most noticeable trend on the 70th Emmy Awards red -- well, make that gold -- carpet was an emphasis on bright, bold and otherwise unusual (at least for an awards show) colors ranging from Dakota Fanning's jade-green pleated chiffon crossover Dior dress with...Read more