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June Foray, voice behind 'Bullwinkle' characters, dies at 99

Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale sparred on "The Bullwinkle Show."

Cindy Lou Who cooed to the Grinch, Witch Hazel cackled, and Granny scolded Sylvester and Tweety in the Looney Tunes shorts.

Behind these and myriad other animated characters was the same voice actress.

June Foray, who stretched, bent and manipulated her...Read more

Stephen Colbert to bring animated Trump series to Showtime

Stephen Colbert has ridden anti-Donald Trump sentiment to the top of the late-night ratings. Now he's riding it all the way to premium cable.

On Thursday, Showtime announced it had ordered 10 episodes of an as-yet-untitled animated series featuring cartoon renderings of the president, his family and inner circle.

The satirical half-hour series...Read more

'Humble and sweet' Frampton calls fan, apologizes for concert meltdown

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Peter Frampton fan who unwittingly triggered the classic rocker's onstage meltdown during Sunday's concert in Red Wing, Minn., got a phone call from her guitar hero, who "apologized over and over" and arranged to sign the album cover she brought to the concert.

Sherry Tupa, of Champlin, Minn., said Frampton "was so humble and...Read more

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are 'on the road again' in new song collaboration

Any time the surviving Beatles reunite on record is a historic occasion. But a new single from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr packs in even more classic-rock star power.

Starr's new song "We're on the Road Again" is one of several collaborations with his former bandmate on his new LP, "Give More Love." The song also has guest appearances from ...Read more

Movie review: 'Landline' is a 1995 tale of two sisters, starring Jenny Slate

Tart and beautifully acted, "Landline" takes place in 1995, by which time the invention of the cordless telephone had already begun to relegate the traditional wall- or desk-located landline phone to the realm of antiquity. It's a good, flexible emblem of the era, though -- a reminder of a time when family members had to work a little harder at ...Read more

Justin Bieber accidentally strikes photographer with his pickup, police say

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Bieber accidentally struck a photographer with his pickup Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, police said.

The 57-year-old photographer was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Matthew Stout.

Bieber stayed at the scene and "fully cooperated" with the ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BEATRIZ AT DINNER. 3 stars. A Mexican-American nurse ends up at a dinner among wealthy California swells (John Lithgow, Connie Britton) causing friction-filled conversation that crosses lines of class and culture. From director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White. 1 hr. 23 R (adult themes, language, class warfare) -- Gary Thompson

THE BEGUILED....Read more

Entertainment Q&A: 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Silver Linings Playbook'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I was disappointed to see that neither Kono or Chin will be back on "Hawaii Five-0." They were such an integral part of the show and this will change the whole dynamics. I know they wanted more money, but who was the biggest holdout: the actors or the show?

A: According to reports of the negotiations...Read more

Check in on these guests: HBO's 'Room 104' and TBS' 'Guest Book' take offbeat looks inside hotel high jinks.

Ever wonder who's stayed in that hotel room before you?

Me either, but apparently there are others who have; hence two new television anthologies that explore the sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous week-to-week life of a short-term rental.

HBO's "Room 104" by Mark and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness," "Animals") is a wildly creative drama set...Read more

'Last Tycoon,' based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished work, has modest pleasures.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished, posthumously published, might-have-been-a-masterpiece novel "The Last Tycoon" has become a TV series, premiering Friday on Amazon. It's the studio's second work of Fitzgeraldiana this year, after the fine Scott-and-Zelda bio-series "Z: The Beginning of Everything." Make of that what you will.

As edited for ...Read more

Movie review: 'Lady Macbeth' is to die for

We're seeing a good amount of costume and candlelight noir lately, turning period dramas of illicit unions and scandal and murder into glorious pulp gold. Rachel Weisz in "My Cousin Rachel" and Nicole Kidman in "The Beguiled" can welcome bloodstained Florence Pugh, starring in the compact but perfectly formed "Lady Macbeth." It is to die for.

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'The Emoji Movie' is expected to beat 'Atomic Blonde' in box office face-off

Sony Pictures' decision to make an animated movie about the secret lives of happy- and frowney-faced emojis drew plenty of eye rolls two years ago when the project was first revealed. But "The Emoji Movie," centered around the popular texting icons, is hoping to bring tears of joy to executives' faces with its box office returns -- and ...Read more

Olivia de Havilland, 101, files motion to expedite her 'Feud' lawsuit

Citing her advanced age, legendary actress Olivia de Havilland has filed a motion in her "Feud" lawsuit for a preferential trial date this fall.

De Havilland's attorneys filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, requesting that the jury trial be set in November or no later than 120 days of her motion being granted. The 101-year-old is ...Read more

Why 'SNL' probably won't ask Mario Cantone to play Scaramucci

With Anthony Scaramucci replacing Sean Spicer as the new face of White House spin, who will "Saturday Night Live" bring on to play him? There's more anticipation than usual, coming on the heels of Melissa McCarthy's splashy impersonation of Spicer last season -- a performance that, for some viewers, came with the bonus of irking the president ...Read more

Movie review: Charlize Theron is great, but 'Atomic Blonde' fizzles

Director David Leitch's "Atomic Blonde" strives to be a mysterious Reagan-age spy drama that has a 21st century feel because it has been infused with the aggressively excessive violence so pronounced in the world of graphic novels. The script by Kurt Johnstad is based on the graphic novel "The Coldest City," by Antony Johnston.

The spy thriller...Read more

'Me' time, off-Broadway style: The creators and cast of a new musical satire gleefully take on the Trump presidency

NEW YORK -- Out in the real world, Donald Trump was navigating meetings in France and Donald Trump Jr. was fielding questions about Russia.

Inside a theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side, though, characters from the Trump universe were singing, preening and impersonating.

"Working Moms of America, I'm honored to be here with you," said "...Read more

Cold War goes glam: The thriller 'Atomic Blonde' heats up with a bold 1980s look

Rather than the gray skies, beige overcoats and grim tension of many thrillers set during the Cold War, the new film "Atomic Blonde" exists in a boldly sensual world of neon-streaked lighting, high-glamour outfits, moody synth-pop and intense action. All of which is used to spotlight the hard-charging performance by star (and producer) Charlize ...Read more

Movie review: A brooding, mesmerizing 'Lady Macbeth'

In the opening shots of "Lady Macbeth," a bride (Florence Pugh) gazes upward through the mist of her veil, looking lovely, quietly curious and very young. In its final shots, she sits on a mustard-yellow couch in her husband's home, her position precisely centered, her gaze as unyielding and dark as the heavy wooden furniture in the room. In the...Read more

What the Red Priestess foresees: Carice van Houten talks about the dark magic of Melisandre on 'Game of Thrones'

Carice van Houten knows that her "Game of Thrones" character Melisandre can be scary. She claims to serve a god known as the Lord of Light, but she's done an awful lot of dark things in his name. Among them: killing Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with "blood magic," abandoning Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) -- the horse she backed in the ...Read more

Oscar nod in Nolan's sights? The director has a fraught history with academy, but 'Dunkirk' might end that

LOS ANGELES -- Christopher Nolan, the cross cut-happy auteur behind artistically ambitious, hugely expensive box-office behemoths like "Inception" and the "Dark Knight" trilogy, has never earned an Oscar nomination as a director.

Fanboys and some cineastes would call that omission a grievous oversight. Nolan's detractors would cite it as a rare...Read more

 

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