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'Shameless' boss says peak TV must end: 'Everybody can't continue to lose billions'

LOS ANGELES -- John Wells is the kind of TV viewer most showrunners dread. The veteran writer and producer, now showrunner of Showtime's "Shameless," is as overwhelmed as the rest of us by the impossible ratio of TV shows-I-should-watch to available hours.

"I'll give up on things very quickly now," he says inside his office in Los Angeles. "If ...Read more

'The Mandalorian' will explore dangerous territory for 'Star Wars' diehards

Could Mandalorian armor be any cooler? Pedro Pascal doesn't think so.

"He's such an incredible silhouette," said "The Mandalorian" actor. "It's such an iconic image."

The first-ever "Star Wars" live-action TV series stars Pascal as the titular gun-slinging bounty hunter, clad in the style of armor made famous by Boba Fett in 1980's "Star Wars:...Read more

Yes, Elsa and Anna wear pants in 'Frozen 2.' And yes, it's a big deal

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna accomplish several impressive feats in "Frozen 2" -- outrunning giant rock monsters, freezing the sea, uncovering mysterious family history. But, perhaps most impressive of all, they do it while wearing pants.

What might seem like an insignificant quick change actually marks a major shift in the Disney princess ...Read more

CGI James Dean director never intended the casting 'to be a marketing gimmick'

A director behind the film that cast a CGI version of James Dean says he's surprised by the backlash it sparked.

"Finding Jack" filmmaker Anton Ernst said that he was saddened and confused by the film's tepid reception after announcing this week that the long-deceased "Rebel Without a Cause" actor had been posthumously cast in the Vietnam War-...Read more

'The Best Years of Our Lives,' 'Midway' and other movies enter the theater of war this Veterans Day

Monday is Veterans Day, which grew out of Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. Instead it marked an all-too-temporary halt to armed conflict. The word "armistice" acts as an arrow, pointing to the peace our world never accommodates for long.

War movies have long been big business, like war itself. This weekend brings the film "...Read more

Why you don't need to be a 'Star Wars' fan to enjoy 'The Mandalorian'

"The Mandalorian" follows the story of a gunslinging bounty hunter clad in sleek armor, taking jobs on the outskirts of the galaxy.

But don't worry if you haven't the faintest idea what a Mandalorian is: Showrunner Jon Favreau assures us that the first ever live-action "Star Wars" series, premiering Nov. 12 with the launch of Disney's ...Read more

'Terminator: Dark Fate': What makes a franchise live or die?

On the surface, "Terminator: Dark Fate" and "Joker" share basic similarities: both are R-rated movies based on well-known characters that appeal to predominantly male audiences. Further, the films got virtually identical Rotten Tomatoes scores.

But the box office results could not be more different.

The Warner Bros.-DC film "Joker," made for $...Read more

Kate Reinders going back to 'High School'

Kate Reinders has had a successful musical theater career, appearing in projects from "Gypsy" to "Good Vibrations." Her long body of professional work came after years of performing in local, regional and national productions for the Seattle native who grew up in Michigan.

One big musical production she missed out on -- only because she was the...Read more

Commentary: 'The View' is America's kitchen table, political squabbling included

Deflect. Play the victim. Attack. Repeat.

The strategy was familiar, as was the name. But the only thing smooth about Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance on "The View" Thursday was the hair slick atop his head and co-host Meghan McCain's composure.

There they were, the son of a historically unpopular, ethically challenged president and the daughter ...Read more

Angel Olsen's sonic fever dream 'All Mirrors' is what you need in your life right now

Angel Olsen has rarely been satisfied with stillness. In less than a decade, the 32-year-old emotionally resonant singer has transformed from an urgent and arresting, albeit occasionally desolate lo-fi folk singer into a fierce full band leader whose rollicking and self-assured sonic declarations reverberate with an electric punch. Most recently...Read more

Review: Shia LaBeouf bares a tortured soul in autobiographical 'Honey Boy'

The searching that sprang from a court-appointed stint in rehab haunts every frame of "Honey Boy," a dreamlike autobiographical exorcism written by self-styled enfant terrible Shia LaBeouf -- and finessed with director Alma Har'el into a film starring LaBeouf -- of the actor's childhood as the son of an addict and the toxic cycles that ensued.

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Review: 'Playing with Fire' shoots for slapstick but its writing goes up in smoke

In 2017, Joseph Kosinski directed "Only the Brave," a studious and searing depiction of wildland firefighting. It's an honest and unflinching account of the training, tactics and bravery and sheer sacrifice required to do such a job, one that has only become more crucial as climate change-enhanced wildfires ravage California every fall. It was a...Read more

LGBTQ representation on TV hits record high for fourth straight year

TV shows like "Euphoria," "Batwoman" and "Pose" contributed to a record high for LGBTQ representation on television in the 2019-20 season, according to a report GLAAD released Thursday.

Last year, the advocacy group, which monitors representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the media, challenged the television ...Read more

Podcasters are sorry, but T.I. is mum after talking about daughter's hymen checks

The hosts of a podcast that caused a viral uproar apologized Thursday for how they reacted to rapper-actor T.I.'s story about taking his virgin daughter to the gynecologist annually to have her hymen checked.

"We were completely caught off guard/shocked and looking back, we should have reacted much differently in the moment," "Ladies Like Us" ...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. spars with 'The View' hosts, from blackface to rape

Tempers were short, the volume was loud and the crosstalk relentless when Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle appeared on Thursday's episode of ABC's "The View."

Dubbed "The Political View," the marathon argument session devolved from the political topics at hand into the president's son accusing cohosts Joy Behar of wearing ...Read more

Commentary: Yes, 'The Morning Show' has a #MeToo problem. That's the best thing about it

In a scene from the third episode of "The Morning Show," Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), a formerly beloved news anchor who's recently been fired from a morning news program following charges of sexual misconduct, is commiserating with a director, played by Martin Short, accused of more egregious transgressions, including rape.

Mitch wants to ...Read more

'Jojo Rabbit's' Taika Waititi prefers the truth to the facts

LOS ANGELES -- Taika Waititi is soft-spoken and polite as he closes the blinds in this Four Seasons suite, takes off his shoes to reveal brightly colored socks and stretches out on his side along the couch. The asymmetrically coiffed director of the Oscar-contending Nazi comedy (yes, Nazi comedy) "Jojo Rabbit" may come off as a mad artist, but ...Read more

How 'Doctor Sleep' earned Stephen King's endorsement and still honored Stanley Kubrick

Director Mike Flanagan is no stranger to adapting Stephen King's more difficult works. After all, his adaptation of "Gerald's Game," a story long considered to be unfilmable, was positively received in 2017.

But adapting King's 2013 story "Doctor Sleep" in a way that did justice to both the author's 1977 novel "The Shining" and Stanley Kubrick'...Read more

Review: In 'American Dharma,' Steve Bannon gleefully reflects on the election of President Trump

"American Dharma" is the gospel according to Stephen K. Bannon -- a feature-length conversation with the Trump White House's former chief political adviser that is both more interesting and more depressing than you might be expecting.

Structured as a dialogue with director Errol Morris, "Dharma" was criticized when it premiered at the Venice ...Read more

Review: A sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterpiece 'The Shining'

It's usually hard to quantify the quality of a movie, but in the case of "Doctor Sleep," it's easy: Precisely two-thirds of it is good.

A sequel to "The Shining," "Doctor Sleep" incorporates elements of the Stanley Kubrick film "The Shining," although writer Stephen King dislikes it, in telling the story of that movie's main character. Danny ...Read more