'House Hunters' host Suzanne Whang dead at 56 after cancer fight

Suzanne Whang, longtime host of HGTV's hit series "House Hunters," has died at 56 after a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

Whang's partner, Jeff Vezain, confirmed on Thursday, via an emotional Facebook post, that she died at their Los Angeles home at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday as he "knelt beside her and caressed her." In addition to hosting "House ...Read more

Mary McNamara: Is 'Downton Abbey's' shift from TV show to movie a dream date or dark ride?

Last night I dreamt I went to Downton again.

Well, actually it wasn't a dream, it was a movie, a movie much like a dream in that I seemed always to be traveling through a series of overly appointed rooms in which ridiculous things happened and were said by people who seemed familiar and yet not.

Watching this movie that might have been a dream...Read more

Clothing boutique says it has the mannequin from Philly classic 'Mannequin.' But star Kim Cattrall says it ain't so

PHILADELPHIA -- One South Philly clothing boutique is getting ready to set up shop in the Fashion District, and they say they're bringing a piece of Philadelphia movie history with them.

Although, that may be up for debate.

South Fellini's Fashion District location will showcase a mannequin used in the 1987 Philly-filmed romantic comedy "...Read more

The 'Saved by the Bell' revival's Zack Morris problem

A Bayside High with no Zack Morris? In the sage words of Principal Belding: Hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?!

"Saved by the Bell" alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who starred as Morris, the preppy ringleader in the beloved NBC sitcom, says he was never approached to reprise his role in the revival for NBCUniversal's new streaming service, Peacock...Read more

Hollywood's lawyers play on-call doctors in drama between WGA and agencies

LOS ANGELES -- For the attorneys of Hollywood's writers -- currently locked in the worst labor dispute in a decade -- the summer of 2019 was the summer that wasn't.

Plans of sipping wine by the sea or playing polo in Santa Barbara went out the window. Instead, entertainment lawyers readied themselves to take calls from Hollywood writers, more ...Read more

Review: Zach Galifianakis stretches web series 'Between Two Ferns' to a snapping point

The best part of "Between Two Ferns: The Movie," a semi-amusing, Netflix-produced addendum to the popular Funny or Die web series, is the closing-credits blooper reel. That might sound like a backhanded compliment, which means it's still nicer than anything that comes out of the mouth of Zach Galifianakis, the tetchy, nervous, endearingly ...Read more

Review: In 'Rambo: Last Blood,' Sylvester Stallone's action hero sets off on a personal mission, even as age creeps up

While some actors resist even playing the same type more than once, Sylvester Stallone has made a career out of, in effect, saying: "Bring it on."

He's portrayed one character, boxer Rocky Balboa, in eight films and counting, and he's taken on mercenary Barney Ross in a trio of "The Expendables" epics with a fourth in the works.

And then there...Read more

Review: James Gray's sci-fi epic 'Ad Astra' fuses the emotional and intellectual to dazzling effect

Somber, stirring, ridiculous and just shy of sublime, James Gray's speculative fiction "Ad Astra" opens with a vision of a man falling to Earth. He's an astronaut named Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), and he's perched on an International Space Antenna -- basically a very, very high-altitude ladder, with the world spreading out like a vast blue-green ...Read more

If you loved the 'Downton Abbey' series, have we got a movie for you

Do you Downton?

If so, then you're in luck. The enormous cast of characters and the fancy-pants mansion from PBS' "Downton Abbey" have returned, this time in theaters, and the movie is just about everything a fan of the TV series could hope for. The degree of difficulty is high, since there's no guarantee that TV smashes can make the transition...Read more

'Always Sunny' ready to take its place in television history

LOS ANGELES -- The gang from Paddy's Irish Pub will take their place in television history Wednesday when the 14th season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" launches on FXX. The new season will put the cable series in a tie with "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" for the longest-running live-action comedy series.

Charlie Day, who plays ...Read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus sure knows how to accept an Emmy. Here's the proof

Some people don't know how to say "Thank you." But Julia Louis-Dreyfus does.

The actress has won so many Emmys -- eight for acting, to tie with Cloris Leachman for most ever by a performer, a tie she may break at Sunday night's ceremony -- she could be excused if she sleep-talked her way through her acceptance speeches. Instead, Louis-Dreyfus ...Read more

Avril Lavigne is all grown up. Can you handle that?

Avril Lavigne has been famous for half her life, a fact that doesn't strike her as strange, because she doesn't know anything different. She got famous the usual way, but quicker: As a kid in Napanee, Ontario, she sang anywhere she could -- local fairs, karaoke, even onstage with Shania Twain after winning a contest. She signed a seven-figure ...Read more

'Game of Thrones' wasn't always an Emmy darling. How times have changed

It hasn't always been a gold rush for the cast of "Game of Thrones."

The show has set several Emmy records, including by scoring 32 nominations in its final season. Coming into the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, it is the leader among scripted series: "Game of Thrones" has amassed 160 nominations, according to the Television Academy, ...Read more

The 10 best (and worst) Emmy hosts in recent history

This year's Emmys ceremony will be minus a host. A look back at previous ceremonies suggests that the strategy isn't a bad idea.

Like the Oscars -- which also went without a host this year -- emceeing the Emmys is a risky endeavor for even the most polished of entertainers. It can be an ideal platform for showcasing a performer's quick wit and ...Read more

Review: 'Where's My Roy Cohn?' is a blunt, absorbing account of a master manipulator's life and crimes

There are documentary portraits that pay respectful tribute to their famous subjects, that measure their lives and accomplishments with varying degrees of admiration and ambivalence. And then there is "Where's My Roy Cohn?," which moves decidedly and unsurprisingly in the opposite direction. Its view of the notorious attorney and power broker ...Read more

Guess which 'Game of Thrones' character Taylor Swift relates to most

The twisty final season of "Game of Thrones" saw one of its most universally loved characters, Daenerys Targaryen, devolve into one of its most polarizing figures. Taylor Swift can relate.

"People love new female artists so much because they're able to explain that woman's success," Swift said in the new issue of Rolling Stone released ...Read more

Television Q&A: How many 'Brady Bunch' shows were there?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I'm loving the HGTV show "A Very Brady Renovation" and was wondering how many "Brady Bunch" shows there were, and how long each lasted. I remember the original series, a cartoon and a variety show.

A: Buckle up. First, there was "The Brady Bunch," the story of a lovely lady, etc. etc., from 1969 to ...Read more

'Downton Abbey' and 'Rambo' look to scare off 'It Chapter Two' at the box office

It's up to an aged John Rambo and the Dowager Countess of Grantham to loosen Pennywise's grip on the box office this weekend and continue a strong start for the fall box office season after a lackluster summer.

Lionsgate and Millennium Films' "Rambo: Last Blood" and Focus Features' film adaptation of "Downton Abbey" are each expected to open ...Read more

Emmy predictions: Who will, should and could win at Sunday night's awards

If you were among the more than 1 million people who signed a petition asking HBO to remake the final season of "Game of Thrones," you might want to avoid watching the Emmys on Sunday.

"Thrones" earned a record 32 nominations for its divisive farewell run and has already taken 10 prizes, presented at this past weekend's Creative Arts Emmys. (...Read more

Is 'Downton Abbey' a conservative parable or straight from the playbook of Andrew Yang?

Pop quiz, readers. Name the central character in "Downton Abbey," the much-loved British TV show that recently became a movie.

Would that be Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary, the caustic heiress of an estate that she fears will not survive and the troubled character whose arc toward maturity and acceptance of her lot are at the core of Julian ...Read more