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'Something bad is about to happen': Parkland shooter warned student just before carnage

MIAMI -- Just before the Parkland school massacre in February, a student on his way to the bathroom ran across gunman Nikolas Cruz in a stairwell, pulling a gun out of large black duffel bag.

"He told me you better get out of here. Something bad is about to happen," the student told Broward detectives in a witness statement released by ...Read more

Motion picture academy prepares to add new members as diversity push continues

On Monday, an elite group of film industry professionals around the world will receive Hollywood's version of Willy Wonka's golden ticket: an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Exactly how many will get the coveted call to be part of moviedom's most exclusive club remains to be seen. But if the last two years ...Read more

Rehab for Roseanne? Here are five ways Roseanne Barr could be excised from the upcoming spinoff

Now that ABC has finalized its plans to reboot "Roseanne" without its titular character, a singular question remains: How do you solve a problem like Roseanne Barr?

The decision to move forward with "The Conners," a spinoff that ABC announced on Thursday, comes after the network's decision to cancel the highly rated "Roseanne" revival in the ...Read more

Chris Hardwick, the controversial nerd caught up in a firestorm

Standing onstage in a packed convention hall, Chris Hardwick introduces the cast and crew of "The Walking Dead" to raucous applause. The comedian and TV host is in his element -- his post behind the podium akin to a throne for this King of the Nerds -- as he peppers the cast with questions while also sharing personal anecdotes.

It's a scene ...Read more

Review: New 'Jurassic' blockbuster may be the greatest of all

Like an ancient volcano thundering to life, the "Jurassic" realm keeps roaring onto film screens with unexpected energy. The fifth episode in the series, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," is the latest and arguably greatest of all.

It equals many achievements of Steven Spielberg's 1993 breakthrough in computer-animated fantasy and, in smart-...Read more

'Boundaries' takes the road all too quirkily traveled

There's something more than a little redundant about the therapy session that kicks off "Boundaries," considering the movie itself is little more than a clumsy feature-length therapy session.

The client is Laura (Vera Farmiga), a single mom who has gone through life accumulating all manner of stray pets and daddy issues: Filling her cramped ...Read more

Women directors still a rarity on movie sets, according to new DGA study

The director's chairs on movie sets have not changed all that much when it comes to gender and ethnic diversity, according to a new study from the Directors Guild of America.

The study, which was released Thursday, found that female and minority directors remain a relative rarity. Among the 651 feature films released in 2017 with a box-office ...Read more

Is 'Take Two' just 'Castle' redux, or modern-day Nick and Nora Charles fun?

"Take Two," which premiered Thursday on ABC, is a likable new series from Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe, late of that network's "Castle," which Marlowe created and for which Miller wrote and produced. Briefly put, it is "Castle" on Opposites Day.

Each series is about a crime-fighting pro reluctantly teamed with an enthusiastic ...Read more

Beguiling film 'Summer 1993' takes a child's eye view of some very adult issues

Summer is a time of year when the world has scarcely become accustomed to being alive, with sunny days becoming thunderous, flashing storms in minutes. "Summer 1993," the semi-autobiographical debut feature by writer/director Carla Simon, looks at the season from the quiet, clever perspective of 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas, a wonderfully ...Read more

ABC greenlights 'Roseanne' spinoff without Roseanne Barr

LOS ANGELES -- ABC is moving forward with a spinoff of "Roseanne."

The network announced Thursday that it has given a straight-to-series order to "The Conners," the working title for the show, which would premiere this fall. The season would consist of 10 episodes and is set to air Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

A breakdown of the spinoff provided by the ...Read more

Robert Pattinson delights in the sly, archly comic western 'Damsel'

"Damsel" opens against a vast expanse of orange dust and red rock, somewhere in the unsettled American West of the 19th century. The vistas are majestic enough for framing (and cinematographer Adam Stone does the honors nicely), the atmosphere hushed to an almost otherworldly degree. Before long, another beautifully weathered landscape looms ...Read more

Kate Spade's 'heartbroken' father, 89, dies night before his daughter's funeral

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kate Spade's father died Wednesday night, a family spokesman said Thursday just as his daughter's funeral in Kansas City was about to start.

A statement was sent to The Star at 2:58 p.m., two minutes before the funeral mass for Spade, who took her own life in her New York City Park Avenue apartment on June 5.

The statement ...Read more

Chris Hardwick's wife supports him amid backlash over abuse allegations

After Chloe Dykstra warned Wednesday against "insidious and hard to spot" abusive behavior and acknowledged others caught up in the aftermath of her accusations against former boyfriend Chris Hardwick, Lydia Hearst stepped up in defense of her husband.

Hardwick was the presumed subject of an essay by Dykstra last week that talked about an ...Read more

Paul McCartney is back — and he's feeling kind of frisky

"We need to find a place where we can be alone/ To spend some special time without an interruption."

That's Paul McCartney in "Come On to Me," one of a pair of songs the Beatles legend released Wednesday ahead of a new solo album due in September.

Set over a swaggering rock beat (and punctuated by sharp brass blasts), "Come On to Me" makes ...Read more

Convicted car thief arrested as suspect in murder of rapper XXXTentacion

MIAMI -- Convicted car thief Dedrick Williams was arrested as a suspect in the murder of rapper XXXTentacion outside a Pompano Beach, Fla., motorcycle shop, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

Williams has been booked into Broward County Main Jail on charges of first-degree murder, driving without a license and violation of ...Read more

Television Q&A: What could make 'Designated Survivor' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I read that "Designated Survivor" will not be renewed for another season. This is perhaps one of the best programs on TV ever. What can I do to support the return of this outstanding program?

A: ABC has an online section at abc.go.com/feedback where you can send comments about programs. But I ...Read more

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is expected to open big at the box office, but won't match its predecessor

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are hoping to create another box office monster from the DNA of the "Jurassic Park" franchise.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the latest in the long-running dinos-eating-people film series, is expected to open with $130 million to $140 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada this weekend, ...Read more

Kobe Bryant is denied membership into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Early next week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is set to reveal the latest class of invitees to the film industry's most prestigious organization. But at least one name that might have been expected to be on it will be missing: basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar earlier this year ...Read more

How TV sounds and images of migrant children overrode the pundits and changed the immigration debate

For all the partisan panels and scream-fests that now pass as television news, all the dueling narratives across conspiracy-minded websites, all the social media accounts dedicated to pushing biased agendas no matter the truth or consequences, it was the quiet cries of two distressed children, and the dialogue-free images of dozens more locked ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Condor's' Bob Balaban on the actor's nightmare

CHICAGO -- In the new drama series "Condor" on AT&T's Audience Network -- a show based on the spy novel "Six Days of the Condor" and subsequent 1975 Robert Redford film "Three Days of the Condor" -- Bob Balaban plays a CIA operative with murky intentions.

"My character's name is Reuel Abbott, which is a really odd name, and you don't exactly ...Read more

 

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