'Us' shatters box-office records on way to $70.3 million weekend

LOS ANGELES -- The sole new wide release this weekend, Universal's "Us," came in first place at the box office with $70.3 million, nearly doubling analysts' projections of $35 million to $45 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The result breaks opening records for an original horror movie, an original R-rated film ...Read more

Barbra Streisand backtracks on Michael Jackson remarks: 'I am profoundly sorry'

Barbra Streisand on Saturday tried to clarify recent her remarks regarding two men who have accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them when they were boys, after Streisand's interview with the British newspaper the Times ahead of her London concert became a flashpoint for controversy.

The recent documentary "Leaving Neverland" includes ...Read more

Notorious Hollywood fixer Anthony Pellicano released from prison on 75th birthday

LOS ANGELES -- It was one of the biggest scandals ever to hit Hollywood: a private investigator using wiretaps to secretly gather the secrets of celebrities and entertainment titans.

The case of Anthony Pellicano, "private eye to the stars," captivated Hollywood for years and brought down some big names.

Now the case is quietly coming to a ...Read more

Roseanne Barr says former costar Sara Gilbert destroyed her life

Roseanne Barr apparently does not like Sara Gilbert anymore. Not one bit.

Not since Gilbert, her former costar, tweeted that the "Roseanne" star's Ambien-fueled comments about Valerie Jarrett were "abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show."

Barr's remarks, comparing Jarrett to an ape, ...Read more

Cardi B moves to trademark 'Okurrr'

"Okurrr," Cardi B's signature trill, is indeed being trademarked by the rapper.

The newly minted Grammy winner filed the application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month to reserve the catchphrase for use on "paper goods, namely paper cups and posters," according to the application.

Washpoppin Inc., Cardi's New...Read more

'Ain't Too Proud' on Broadway: Great songs but this 'life and times of the Temptations' tells us little

"Ain't Too Proud," the frustrating biographical Broadway musical about Motown's hit-machine The Temptations, takes its title from a 1966 record, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." But it could just as well mean "ain't too proud to change the line-up."

Between 1960 and today -- the Temps are still going strong -- there have been about 25 different ...Read more

Brother in Jussie Smollett case wins Golden Gloves semifinal bout

CHICAGO -- One of two Chicago brothers at the center of the high-profile alleged hate crime hoax involving "Empire" star Jussie Smollett is competing in an annual boxing tournament in suburban Chicago.

Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo participated in and won a semifinal bout Thursday evening at the 2019 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament at Cicero ...Read more

R. Kelly back in court Friday on sex abuse charges, could learn fate of bid to travel overseas

CHICAGO -- Embattled R&B star R. Kelly, facing sex abuse charges, is expected back in Cook County court Friday, when a judge may consider his request to fly by private jet to Dubai next month to perform at several concerts.

Kelly cannot find work anywhere in the United States because of a public backlash against him, his attorney Steven ...Read more

'Us,' Jordan Peele's latest chiller, is scarier than 'Get Out'

We don't get many horror movies with better performances than the ones Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss give in "Us."

The latest from writer/director Jordan Peele is not as assured or concise as his "Get Out," but it's more frightening, and a lot of that has to do with those two women. Nyong'o is the capital-letter Star of the movie in two ...Read more

Review: 'Dragged Across Concrete,' with Mel Gibson, is both moody cop thriller and glib provocation

You might not guess from the title, but "Dragged Across Concrete" is, on one level, the tale of two long-suffering families, both in dire need of salvation, or at least a big payday. Mel Gibson is Brett Ridgeman, a grizzled police detective facing a six-week suspension, the latest bout of bad news for him; his chronically ill wife, Melanie (...Read more

Review: 'An Elephant Sitting Still,' Hu Bo's first and last feature, is a haunting dispatch from northern China

"Another lousy day begins," a man growls near the start of "An Elephant Sitting Still," and he doesn't know how right he is. This extraordinary, overpoweringly bleak movie, a first feature from the Chinese writer-director Hu Bo, plays out over a single day that will grow steadily worse for four people whose slow, meandering paths occasionally ...Read more

Review: 'Hotel Mumbai' re-creates a terrorist attack with frightening echoes of today

The most chilling thing about the events depicted in "Hotel Mumbai" is not that they actually happened, not even that they could happen again, but that they are happening even as we speak.

A somber, unsettling drama about the 2008 attack on India's largest city by jihadi terrorists from Pakistan cuts so close to the bone that it was pulled from...Read more

Review: 'Sunset' is László Nemes' boldly unnerving follow-up to 'Son of Saul'

Where does an artist go after Auschwitz? Laszlo Nemes, the director of the implacably sinister Hungarian drama "Sunset," has had to grapple with the question as few others have. He won an Oscar and nearly every international film prize under the sun for his 2015 feature debut, "Son of Saul," which plunged the viewer into a grimly convincing ...Read more

Fox News will keep Jeanine Pirro off the air for a second week

NEW YORK -- Weekend host Jeanine Pirro -- under fire for her comments about a Muslim congresswoman -- will remain off her Saturday Fox News show for a second week.

"Justice with Jeanine Pirro" will be bumped for a repeat of the documentary series "Scandalous: The Trial of William Kennedy Smith," according to the Fox News schedule.

A ...Read more

'Schitt's Creek' renewed for sixth and final season

"Schitt's Creek" has been renewed for a sixth and final season, bringing the Rose family's antics and misadventures to an end the way Dan and Eugene Levy intended.

"We have decided season six will be our last. We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter ...Read more

'Woman at War' review: When a choir director sings a song of radical activism

The wry, environmentally friendly Icelandic eco-activist fairy tale "Woman at War" features the actress Halldora Geirharðsdottir in a dual role. This must be the week! Lupita Nyong'o is about to blow everybody's minds as the dazzling double act at the heart of Jordan Peele's "Us," also opening Friday.

This movie's a little less sinister, ...Read more

'Empire' showrunner Lee Daniels talks 'pain and anger' of Jussie Smollett case

"Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels said Wednesday that he has felt pain, anger, sadness and frustration due to the ever-evolving Jussie Smollett "incident."

The showrunner, who immediately defended Smollett when the actor alleged being the victim of a possible hate crime in January, has kept relatively mum about the case's shocking developments.

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Domestic box office reached a record high for 2018, according to report

The domestic box office reached a record high in 2018, with $11.9 billion in tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada, up 7 percent from the previous year. But overseas, box-office receipts were less stellar, declining 1 percent to $29.2 billion, according to a new report.

The Motion Picture Assn. of America said Thursday in its newly released ...Read more

Television Q&A: What happened to Michaela on HLN?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Can you please tell me what happened to Michaela on HLN? She was just a wonderful reporter and her voice was so pleasant.

A: Back in October, HLN (formerly Headline News) decided to drop shows hosted by Michaela Pereira, Carol Costello and Ashleigh Banfield, bidding farewell to the hosts, too. ...Read more

'The Aftermath' review: A foreign affair, right under Keira Knightley's roof

Winter, late 1945. Near the banks of the Elbe River, not far from ravaged, bombed-out Hamburg, a grieving Englishwoman and her German host, whose wife died in the war, stroll through a snow-blanketed forest that looks enchanted -- fastidiously gorgeous in the patented Ridley Scott manner. (Scott executive produced.)

They pause for a snowball ...Read more