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.

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'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

Mötley Crüe's long-awaited biopic 'The Dirt' readies for its Netflix debut. After #MeToo, do we need it?

At the end of a recent conversation regarding the new Motley Crue biopic "The Dirt," the band's drummer, Tommy Lee, paused to reflect on those halcyon days of the 1980s, when heavy metal ruled the Sunset Strip and his band was on top of the world.

"Today's so different. We got away with murder," he said.

Based on Motley Crue's 2001 best-...Read more

'The Hummingbird Project' review: Salma Hayek, meet the cable guys

On screen, nothing dates faster than recent history. "The Hummingbird Project," a fictional yarn set in 2011 and 2012, concerns a pair of Wall Street traders who implement a plan to lay underground fiber optic cable halfway across America, thereby gaining a few milliseconds' advantage in stock information over their fierce competitor and former ...Read more

Hollywood may say it's all for diversity, but TV writers tell a different story

In film, the director holds the creative top spot.

But in television, that position is almost always held by a writer, aka the showrunner. A quick primer on how it works: Showrunners are the key decision-makers on a series, from casting to determining a season's narrative arc to hiring a writers room to help build out and script each episode.

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Review: Mötley Crüe biopic 'The Dirt,' as vapid and sexist as the band in its heyday

"Girls, girls, girls." Motley Crue sings about them, sleeps with them, vomits on them, punches them in the face and can expect oral sex from anyone in a skirt in Netflix's astoundingly tone deaf biopic "The Dirt."

The film, which premieres Friday, is based on the group's 2001 book, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band....Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

APOLLO 11. 3.5 stars. Todd Douglas Miller directs this documentary that looks at the first journey by people to the moon while demonstrating the unique power of reality to amaze. Adapted from previously unreleased film using the latest digital technology. Best seen in IMAX. 1 hr 33 G -- Gary Thompson

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. 2.5 stars. Brian Singer ...Read more

Lindy West on turning her memoir into Hulu's 'Shrill,' leaving Twitter and Miss Piggy

LOS ANGELES -- When Lindy West was first approached about turning her best-selling memoir, "Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman," into a TV series, she was skeptical.

"There's not a lot of plot in me screaming about body positivity, but there's a lot of character in there," says West. "A lot of purpose."

West is known for her lacerating wit and ...Read more

'Us' review: Jordan Peele directs Lupita Nyong'o in an unnerving game of doubles

Jordan Peele's "Us" begins so spectacularly well, and sustains its game of doubles so cleverly for most of its two hours, it's an unusual sort of letdown when the story doesn't quite hang together and "deliver" the way Peele managed with his 2017 debut feature, "Get Out."

That movie sent people out of the theater with rattled nerves and a ...Read more

Indicted R. Kelly, saying he's struggling financially, seeks permission to travel to Dubai for concerts

CHICAGO -- R&B singer R. Kelly wants a Cook County judge's permission to travel to Dubai next month to perform in concerts, arguing it would be "a hardship" on his children if he can't make the trip because he needs the money to pay off child support, among other expenses.

Kelly is barred from leaving Illinois as a condition of his release on $...Read more

Cheers for Amy Schumer's loving disclosure that her husband has a form of autism

CHICAGO -- When Amy Schumer asks her husband whether a dress looks bad on her, he tells her the truth -- and she wouldn't have it any other way.

In her new Netflix comedy special, "Growing," which premiered Tuesday, Schumer reveals that her husband has what used to be called Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, and she goes ...Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda stuns 'Hamilton' in Detroit audience with surprise visit

DETROIT -- Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise visit Tuesday night to the room where it was happening in Detroit.

The "Hamilton" show's creator walked onstage during the show's curtain call at the Fisher Theatre to huge cheers and a standing ovation from the stunned audience.

Miranda made his appearance just as cast members were encouraging ...Read more

Bravo's Andy Cohen will be honored by GLAAD for 'accelerating LGBTQ acceptance'

Andy Cohen has just joined the growing roster of this year's GLAAD Media Awards honorees.

Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live!" host will receive the advocacy group's Vito Russo Award during the New York edition of the 30th GLAAD Media Awards on May 4.

The award, named for GLAAD's founder, is "presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who ...Read more

Review: 'Us' is a whip-smart modern horror instant classic

Comedian-turned-filmmaker Jordan Peele earned an Oscar for "Get Out," his debut feature film, so the stakes are high for his follow-up, "Us." Premiering to primed audiences at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, the reviews have been raves for Peele's latest, and it's a pleasure to report they are correct. There's no sophomore...Read more

Jordan Peele's 'Us' is expected to have a bigger opening weekend than 'Get Out'

Two years after the runaway success of "Get Out" turned Jordan Peele into one of the hottest writer-directors in the entertainment business, Hollywood is seeing double.

Peele's follow-up effort, "Us," about a family terrorized by freaky doppelgangers, is poised to become another box office hit for the Oscar-winning filmmaker. The highly ...Read more

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