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'Beavis and Butt-Head' will take on Gen Z in Comedy Central revival

2020, dude. 1993 called and wants its cartoons back.

Heh, heh, heh.

Comedy Central is bringing back MTV's iconically crude animated comedy "Beavis and Butt-Head" for an additional two seasons through a sprawling deal with producer Mike Judge.

Judge, who created the Gen X-defining series about a duo of unfiltered teenage couch potatoes, will ...Read more

Apple lands Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua's 'Emancipation' film about slavery

"Emancipation," Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua's forthcoming film about slavery, has landed at Apple Original Films after a massive bidding war.

Apple bought the project for $105 million, outbidding six other parties, the Los Angeles Times confirmed Wednesday. Deadline first reported the news.

The period drama, based on a script by ...Read more

Jay-Z's Made In America is cancelled for this year because of coronavirus pandemic

PHILADELPHIA -- The Made in America festival, which is has been staged on the Ben Franklin Parkway every summer since 2012, will not be happening this year. Roc Nation, Jay-Z's management company, made the announcement on Wednesday that this year's two-day Labor Day weekend festival is being called off.

The announcement came as no surprise ...Read more

These TV shows recently removed blackface episodes. Here's what you need to know

Several TV episodes and scenes featuring characters in blackface have been pulled from streaming and syndication in recent weeks as Hollywood confronts its racist past and present.

Last week, Tina Fey made headlines by asking NBC to remove episodes of "30 Rock" featuring blackface, and issuing a controversial apology "for pain they have caused....Read more

If you've never seen 'Hamilton,' here's what you need to know

When the "Hamilton" movie hits Disney+ on Friday, it will be more than just one more streaming service premiere. For many of the blockbuster stage show's devoted fans -- whether they've already seen a live performance or they've simply indulged in endless repeat listens of the bestselling cast album of all time -- it's a moment they've been ...Read more

Fox News anchor Ed Henry fired for sexual misconduct

Fox News anchor Ed Henry has been fired following an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

Fox News Media Chief Executive Suzanne Scott announced Henry's dismissal in an internal memo sent to employees Wednesday.

The memo said the company received a complaint on June 25 from the attorney of a former employee that described "willful...Read more

Movie review: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' deservedly affectionate portrait of civil rights icon

It is intensely comforting to hear Rep. John Lewis say, "we will redeem the soul of America -- we shall overcome." It's the note on which director Dawn Porter leaves us at the end of her affectionate documentary portrait of Lewis, "John Lewis: Good Trouble." Lewis is indeed the good kind of trouble, and he's a good time too, as evidenced by the ...Read more

Appreciation: Carl Reiner started out a sidekick. His genius made him 'a very familiar stranger'

Carl Reiner, who died Monday at the age of 98, was a humble powerhouse of the lively arts -- actor, screenwriter, producer, director, novelist, playwright, tweeter, double-act comedian, witness to his times.

As a writer-performer on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," and the creator and producer of "The Dick Van Dyke Show,"...Read more

In his final interview, Carl Reiner revealed what mattered most to him

LOS ANGELES -- In Carl Reiner's final interview, the comedy legend spoke fondly of his late wife and proudly of his three children.

Reiner, who was 98, died Monday of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home. The interview, done for the Reboot-produced web series "Dispatches From Quarantine," was posted just over a week ago on the Silver Screen...Read more

Carl Reiner appreciation: Enter laughing, exit a comic titan across 98 years

When a comic giant departs this world for bookings unknown, the usual thing to say or write is: Where do you start?

With Carl Reiner, it's different. Across 98 years, his life and career in comedy generated such a stunning amount of high-grade laughs -- high, medium and low -- with him, it's more like: Where do you finish?

Born in the Bronx, ...Read more

'The Last Dance': Michael Jordan and the pursuit and price of excellence

He's the most famous athlete of his generation, one of the most famous public figures ever. He appeared in six NBA Finals, won all six, and was the MVP each time. So why would Michael Jordan take part in a 10-episode docuseries when its director said up front that it would go to some very uncomfortable places?

"I said, 'Why do you want to do ...Read more

Review: When Chechnya came for its LGBTQ citizens, these brave activists stepped up

With 2020 such a nightmare (and we're still in the first act), it's sometimes a challenge to wrap our brains around the world's many pre-existing crises.

David France's daring new documentary "Welcome to Chechnya" goes undercover to detail one such horrific situation, the extrajudicial persecution of gays and lesbians in the Chechen Republic. ...Read more

Review: The U.S. has become less welcoming to LGBTQ refugees. A new doc depicts their plight

According to the documentary "Unsettled," it is illegal in 70 countries to be gay, lesbian or transgender. In several of these nations, the penalty is death.

For many of these LGBTQ people facing daily threats and abuse, the U.S. has until recently seemed like the promised land, a place where they can live and love freely. Achieving refugee ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of June 22:

1. The Hunt -- Universal

2. The Invisible Man -- Universal

3. Bloodshot -- Sony

4. Bad Boys for Life -- Sony

5. Sonic the Hedgehog -- Paramount

6. The Call of The Wild -- Fox

7. Impractical Jokers: The Movie -- Warner

8. Jumanji: The Next Level -- Sony

9. Burden (2020) -- ...Read more

What Jim Carrey realized when he thought he had 10 minutes to live

In Jim Carrey's new semi-autobiographical novel, "Memoirs and Misinformation," there are flying saucers and a fire-bombing on Rodeo Drive, apocalyptic fires devouring Malibu and a mega-budget Hungry Hungry Hippos movie written by Kenneth Lonergan. One moment, "Carrey" dreams of strangling his late mother; the next, he pines for Renee Zellweger (...Read more

Review: 'Hamilton' on Disney+ is breathtaking, the best video you'll ever see of a Broadway show

Director Thomas Kail's filmed version of the blockbuster musical "Hamilton," available Friday on the Disney+ streaming service, surely is the greatest translation, democratization and preservation of any Broadway show, ever. Experiencing this event, at relatively low cost and at a time when fans of American musicals are being forced to wait ...Read more

Kerry Washington wants you to ask yourself: What is your hero's journey?

Kerry Washington watched audiences stagger out of Broadway's Booth Theatre after the devastating ending of "American Son," Christopher Demos-Brown's play about a mother agonizing over the whereabouts of her missing Black son. As an actress, she knew she had done her job, opening people's hearts and minds to the American experience of being a ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein, victims ask court to approve $18.9 million deal

More than half a dozen women who say they were assaulted or mistreated by Harvey Weinstein are asking a federal judge to approve a $18.9 million settlement they reached with the disgraced movie mogul.

The female actors and screenwriters sued in December 2017, alleging Weinstein Co., its officers and directors and Miramax, the studio Weinstein ...Read more

Neil Young's long-delayed 'Homegrown' is an instant classic

Neil Young

"Homegrown"

(Reprise 1/2)

This may be the best release yet from Neil Young's extensive archives. "Homegrown" was supposed to come out in 1975, after "On the Beach," but Young shelved it and went deeper into the ditches with "Tonight's the Night."

Young calls "Homegrown" "the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time," and ...Read more

Johnny Mandel, Hollywood film composer who wrote theme to 'MASH,' dies

Johnny Mandel, the arranger, composer and film scorer whose melody for "Shadow of Your Smile" from 1965's "The Sandpiper" ensured his place in the American songbook, has died at his home in Ojai at age 94.

Mandel also was the arranger and composer of "Suicide Is Painless," the familiar theme to the movie "MASH" as well as the TV series based on...Read more