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'Chernobyl' tops 'When They See Us' in Emmy limited-series battle

Both deal with truth, justice and government officials putting personal ambition over the public good -- even at the expense of ordinary people's lives. Both are 1980s-set period pieces that resonate in unsettling ways in the present day. Both are unlikely hits that turned difficult subjects into gripping, must-see drama. And both "Chernobyl" ...Read more

Patricia Arquette champions trans rights in powerful Emmys speech

LOS ANGELES -- Actress Patricia Arquette got teary-eyed in a heartfelt speech advocating for trans rights while accepting her Emmy Award Sunday.

Arquette, who won for supporting actress in a limited series for her role as Dee Dee Blanchard in Hulu's "The Act," lost her transgender sister, Alexis Arquette, three years ago. Alexis had been living...Read more

'Fleabag' upsets 'Veep' for best comedy Emmy, capping dominant night

LOS ANGELES -- Break out your black jumpsuit and head to the local guinea pig cafe to celebrate, because "Fleabag" is this year's big winner at the Emmys.

In a surprise for a category known for repeat winners, the Amazon series won the Emmy for comedy series, beating the final season of three-time victor "Veep" (HBO) and defending champ "The ...Read more

That Emmys opener was extremely awkward but blessedly short

Um, what was that?

We all knew that the Emmys were going hostless this year, and that it had Absolutely Nothing to Do With the fact that the Oscars had done the same thing earlier this year and experienced an actual (and rare) ratings bump.

No, Fox -- which coincidentally is the only network without a late-night host that it can draft, er, ...Read more

'Fleabag' star Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins Emmy in stunning upset over Julia Louis-Dreyfus

LOS ANGELES -- In a stunning upset, Phoebe Waller-Bridge won the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series Sunday for her performance in "Fleabag," beating the favorite, "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Returning to the stage shortly after winning a comedy writing Emmy in what was quickly turning into a "Fleabag" sweep, Waller-Bridge seemed as ...Read more

'Succession' star Nicholas Braun overwhelmed on Emmys purple carpet

LOS ANGELES -- Elizabeth Warren and her selfie line had some competition.

In the lobby of the Microsoft Theater, site of the 71st Emmy Awards, fans were lining up to take photos with Nicholas Braun, who plays eager-to-please cousin Greg on HBO's Emmy-nominated "Succession."

"I don't understand this; I can't really believe it," Braun said after...Read more

Here's why the Emmys 2019 red carpet is actually purple

LOS ANGELES -- The red carpet got a makeover for the 71st Emmy Awards.

On Sunday, some of the biggest names in television arrived at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater in their most elegant looks for the 2019 Emmys. But the carpet itself generated its own buzz for ditching the more traditional shades of red in favor of something more majestic: ...Read more

'Downton Abbey' dominates 'Ad Astra' and 'Rambo: Last Blood' at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Three new wide releases offered an auspicious start to the fall box office season after a lackluster summer failed to recoup the deficit.

In first place, Focus Features' "Downton Abbey" film adaptation opened with an impressive $31 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. Analysts projected the film would ...Read more

Inside the look of Brad Pitt's 'Ad Astra' and its 'near future' sci-fi vision

An opening title card declares that "Ad Astra" takes place in the near future. That means far enough away from now that there is a populated colony on the moon, but also close enough to our time that within that colony is a Subway sandwich franchise and a DHL shipping outpost.

Directed and co-written by James Gray, "Ad Astra" convincingly ...Read more

'Unicorn' is a rare opportunity for Walton Goggins

LOS ANGELES -- Walton Goggins has distinguished himself during his acting career taking on edgy roles in television series such as "Justified," "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Shield." He's been a perfect fit for characters who come across as being fiercely loyal but also not afraid to cross moral lines if necessary.

Roles on the dark comedy "Vice ...Read more

Jonas Brothers deliver on their 'Happiness Begins' tour — the group's first outing since 2013

CHICAGO -- You can call it a comeback.

"Three years ago, we sat in a room together and said, 'What if we did this again?'" Kevin Jonas, consummate spokesman and eldest of the Jonas Brothers, recalled in front of a packed house at United Center on Sept. 19.

"We thought, who would care?" he continued. "Chicago would care."

In 2007, the Jonas ...Read more

Leonard Cohen's first posthumous song, 'The Goal,' released ahead of newly announced album

A posthumous album of Leonard Cohen songs completed by his son and friends, admirers and collaborators after his death in 2016, titled "Thanks for the Dance," is slated for released on Nov. 22.

Adam Cohen, son and latter-day producer of the esteemed poet, singer and songwriter, supervised the creation of the new collection, which grew out of ...Read more

Review: Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes turns solo debut into a personal manifesto

Brittany Howard's ascent as the powerhouse singer-guitarist and driving force in the band Alabama Shakes appeared to be a dream-come-true scenario. She struggled for years to forge her identity in a nearly forgotten corner of northern Alabama, then released two best-selling albums in a row with the Shakes. Yet despite the acclaim that greeted ...Read more

Ethan Coen is 'giving movies a rest.' His focus for now is on his new play

LOS ANGELES -- Ethan Coen's "A Play Is a Poem" is having its world premiere at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum this month. The five one-acts that make up the work represent distinct genres and time periods, and they take place all over America.

So where did the inspiration for these scripts come from? Why are these five pieces being performed ...Read more

Louis C.K. makes no apologies in his run of shows in the Chicago area. We weren't even allowed to take notes

CHICAGO -- Anyone expecting an apology or remorse from comedian Louis C.K. regarding his widely reported sexual misconduct -- first reported in the New York Times in November 2017 -- will have to keep looking. He avoided apologizing in the statement he issued in the wake of the original story two years ago. And in his late set Thursday night at ...Read more

'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

Patricia Heaton ready for act three with 'Carol's Second Act'

LOS ANGELES -- Patricia Heaton is going for the three-peat. The Ohio native has already starred in two massively popular network situation comedies with "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Middle." Now, Heaton's looking to find the same success with her new comedy, "Carol's Second Act," which debuts Sept. 26 on CBS.

The project Heaton has ...Read more