Taraji P Henson is among those featured in People Magazine's 2017 Most Beautiful People.<br>Anthony Behar, Fox, PictureGroup, Sipa USA/TNS

How People's 'Most Beautiful' reveals changing beauty standards

People magazine, which focuses on celebrities and personal interest stories, boasts the largest audience of any American periodical. One of its most popular features is the annual Most Beautiful People list, which recently served as a tool for researchers trying to determine if beauty standards have changed over the last few decades. Comparing the lists published in 1990 and 2017, they discovered significant differences in skin color, age, gender, race, hair color and eye color.

Q&A: A quick word with Ezra Miller on becoming The Flash

Ezra Miller brings an electric energy to the superhero team-up film “Justice League,” pinballing off the more imposing presences of Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck.

In 'Three Billboards,' a timely portrait of outrage

In “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” or anywhere else, Frances McDormand means business.

Yes, she’s Jonah Hill’s kid sister. More importantly, Beanie Feldstein kills it in 'Lady Bird' and 'Dolly'

When Beanie Feldstein was 9, she woke up one morning to find she could no longer speak. She’d developed nodules on her vocal cords, a condition that could be fixed only through daily speech therapy and singing lessons. The health scare made her realize she wanted to become an actress: If she was putting in so much work to fix her voice, she wanted it to pay off.

Comedians not laughing at character in 'The Simpsons'

Growing up in New York in the 1980s, comedian Hari Kondabolu was like many young people. He watched “The Simpsons” and he adored “The Simpsons.” There was just one thing that bothered him about it. Amid the fictional Springfield barflies, incompetent doctors, clowns and crazy eggheads was a truly cartoonish character — Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart clerk who sold expired food, ripped off customers and delivered the sing-songy slogan “Thank you, come again.”

14 movies worth seeing this holiday season, and none about Santa Claus

There are holiday movies, and then there are holiday movies.

Female directors are ready to topple an ignoble Oscar stat

Four. It’s one of the most glaring numbers in Academy Awards history. That’s how many women have been nominated for best director in the awards’ 89 years of existence. Kathryn Bigelow, for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010, is the only woman to win.

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  • For Aussie actress Margot Robbie, it’s no more Ms. Nice

    Margot Robbie is becoming a bit disagreeable. Deliberately.

  • CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments

    The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters.

  • After bright career, Donald Sutherland finally nabs an Oscar

    For every era of film in the last half-century, there’s a memorable Donald Sutherland role.

  • Will Ferrell finds unlikely co-star in Mel Gibson for family film 'Daddy’s Home 2' over a decade after rant

    This family reunion comes with a dose of holiday hijinks - and some extra baggage.

  • Which Chris is the best superhero? A definitive ranking, from Pratt to Hemsworth

    “Thor: Ragnarok,” Marvel’s most well-reviewed film ever, hits theaters Friday, and its star, Chris Hemsworth, is fantastic as the main character. But that got us thinking: In a world filled with so many men named Chris playing superheroes - there was even a “Saturday Night Live” sketch about it! - who is actually the best?

  • How an obscure New Zealand comedy director transformed the 'Thor' franchise

    When Marvel launched its Thor film franchise in 2011, the studio turned to Kenneth Branagh, a filmmaker who could bring the gravitas of Shakespearean drama to the Norse mythology of a comic-book movie. But after two films, it was time to lighten the mood. So who better to draft for "Thor: Ragnarok" (opening Friday) than a director of quirky indie comedies who doesn’t even take his own career overly seriously. "I didn’t want to do any of this," says Taika Waititi, 42. While growing up in eastern New Zealand, "I was doing acting and art, but it was never my dream as a kid. I’m not one of these people who played around with a camera as a kid.

  • 'Moms' rule: The stars behind the comedy franchise share a 'told you so' moment

    It hasn't been a good year at the box office -- especially for live-action comedies. Over the past 15 months, only three films in the genre -- "Bad Moms," the "Ghostbusters" reboot and "Girls Trip" -- were able to crack $100 million in domestic ticket sales.

  • The villains of 'Thor': Cate Blanchett uses sugar to play villainous role

    There are two critical elements to making a movie based on a comic book work: an interesting hero and a captivating villain. In the case of the majority of films spawned from the Marvel Comics universe, there is often more than one champion for good and one enveloped in evil. "Thor: Ragnarok" features numerous villains, including one who is powerful enough to take on Thor and the Hulk, and the introduction of two new evil minions.

  • Rising singer Daniel Caesar blazes trail with celeb fan base

    What do Stevie Wonder and Kylie Jenner have in common? They’re both fans of rising R&B singer Daniel Caesar. The golden-voiced Canadian singer, who also counts Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Rick Rubin and Erykah Badu as admirers, has built a strong celebrity fan base, thanks to his smooth, soulful R&B sound.

  • Horror movies: Loving big-screen scares from 'The Exorcist' to 'It'

    A woman once complained to Alfred Hitchcock that she had not been able to take a shower ever since being horrified by “Psycho.” The director responded that, in that case, he was glad he had not staged the murder on a toilet.

  • Q&A

    Katey Sagal: ’I have an enormous appreciation for life’

    If you didn’t already know Katey Sagal from her role as tacky housewife Peg Bundy in the long-running Fox sitcom "Married . With Children," you may have discovered her later as Gemma Teller Morrow, the leather-clad mother hen of a California biker gang in the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy." But the actress, 63, has led a life as colorful as any of her characters, some of which you can read about in her memoir "Grace Notes: My Recollections," released this year.

  • Q&A

    Kidman, Farrell on the surrealism of 'Sacred Deer'

    Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ movies aren’t the sort that typically attract a stampede of Hollywood A-listers. His films, which he writes with Efthymis Filippou, are deadpan, midnight-black comedies that carry out grim allegorical absurdities to extreme ends. Characters speak stiltedly in cliches while an intensifying menace envelops them. Things get weird and then they get brutal.

  • Beulah Koale is proud to represent Pacific Islanders in ’Thank You for Your Service’

    New Zealand’s South Auckland isn’t what one might call ripe training ground for Hollywood newcomers. To Beulah Koale, the place he calls home “is kind of like the ghetto, the ’hood.” And there, most guys don’t dream of being an actor.

  • Miles Teller took special care playing a real-life firefighter and a soldier

    For any actor, playing a living, breathing person carries its own special weight. That goes double when you’re chronicling the most traumatic moments in that person’s life. “If you take pride in what you do, you always have a bar you’re trying to hit,” Miles Teller said on a recent afternoon in Beverly Hills. “But playing a real person, there’s an extra obligation.” Teller has been feeling that obligation a lot lately.

  • Jennifer Connelly still seeking intriguing roles

    Jennifer Connelly’s role in “Only the Brave” is the latest example of the kind of intriguing parts she’s been playing since making her feature film debut in the 1984 production “Once Upon a Time in America.” Whether it has been a mind-twisting film like “Labyrinth” or an Oscar-winning effort like “A Beautiful Mind,” Connelly has always worked hard to make sure her performance is as textured and full as possible.

  • Commentary

    It's a real horror show

    In one of the scarier moments of “It,” Andy Muschietti’s smash-hit movie adaptation of the 1986 Stephen King novel, seven kids survey a map of their Maine hometown, searching for clues that will help them battle the child-murdering clown known as Pennywise. The slide projector they’re using suddenly starts behaving like a demon-possessed zoetrope, and to the kids’ horror, the sharp-toothed Pennywise himself lunges into and out of the frame, obliterating the boundaries of the screen. It’s a potent illustration of the idea that cinema can take on a terrifying life of its own. Or, indeed, that life can suddenly turn into a horror movie, as it no doubt feels for those who have interpreted “It” as a thinly veiled parable of life in Donald Trump’s America.

  • Finn Wolfhard on casts, cursing and those heavy ’80s bikes

    The two hottest horror commodities right now have two things in common: a band of kids in distress and Finn Wolfhard. In Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Wolfhard broke out as Mike Wheeler, dungeon master and leader of the bike-pedaling gang seeking to solve the mystery of their missing friend. More recently, he was the profanity-punctuated comic relief Richie in Warner Bros.’ hit horror film “It.”

  • He was the king of late night, but David Letterman doesn’t miss it ’for a second’

    Sometimes — OK, all the time — David Letterman, who used to host his very own television program, is asked whether he still wishes he were on TV. Back then, he could do almost anything he wanted in front of millions of viewers: chat with a president, toss a wheel of runny brie off a building, even mock his once-mortal frenemy Jay Leno. He must miss it terribly. “Not for a second,” Letterman says before delivering a lengthy analogy about a prison sentence that references beatings, food poisoning and a knife fight.

  • Willem Dafoe finds the warmth of 'The Florida Project'

    Willem Dafoe is the very definition of a working actor with dozens of roles to his credit. Later this year he will be seen in both the superhero adventure “Justice League” and the remake of the thriller “Murder on the Orient Express,” and earlier this year his voice was heard as the villain in “Death Note.” But it’s the transformative performer’s role in “The Florida Project” that has garnered him the most attention he has had in years, a reminder of the way in which Dafoe has often been hiding in plain sight.

  • Q&A

    Pop star and mom Pink focuses on her new album, which puts her singing first

    “You want a beer?” Pink asked, though she seemed more than happy to drink alone. Standing in her cheerfully cluttered kitchen on a recent evening, the pop star had just finished a lengthy television shoot at her home north of Los Angeles and was now overseeing dinner for her 9-month-old son, Jameson.

  • Springsteen on Broadway creates new performance template

    “Springsteen on Broadway,” which opened Oct. 12, is a deeply personal life story with a soundtrack, a one-man (or one-man and one-woman for two songs) show that’s by turns funny and touching. Bruce Springsteen is onstage five nights a week through Feb. 3 in what has been called his Broadway debut.

  • The porgs are the new stars of Star Wars

    Just in time for the holidays, the porgs are having their moment in the Ahch-To sun.

  • Original Bananarama line-up announces first US tour

    It took a kitchen sing-song to get ‘80s British pop group Bananarama back together and out on the road after 30 years. The girl group’s original members — Sarah Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey — say they are touring the U.S. for the first time in February.

  • Olympian Shawn Johnson East competing for different gold

    Shawn Johnson East knew that like every athlete before her, there would come a time when she would no longer be able to compete. "A lot of athletes are afraid to do something else," the Olympic medal-winning gymnast said. "After being the epitome of perfection at the Olympics, they are afraid to start over."

  • Morgan Freeman looks to understand 'Story of Us'

    Morgan Freeman’s chatting about being born in Memphis and how he will probably take a break from a long day of talking about his new cable project, "The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman," to have a quick snack. With anyone else, this would be dismissed as idle chatter but because Freeman’s voice has the command tone of a deity laced with just enough of his Southern upbringing to make him devilishly charming, even his small talk has weight.

  • Little Steven on music, politics, and Springsteen: 'I never wanted to be the boss'

    Steve Van Zandt almost lost his faith in rock and roll. And if not for a flag football game, a dislocated finger, and a stint on the oldies circuit with the Philadelphia vocal group the Dovells, he might never have gotten it back.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda releases a star-studded Puerto Rico tribute song, 'Almost Like Praying'

    Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "Almost Like Praying" tribute to Puerto Rico is over, and the fundraising song was worth the wait.

  • Why losing Tom Petty feels like losing a piece of ourselves

    If you sing karaoke, you’ve probably performed “American Girl.” If you play guitar, you’ve likely strummed “Learning to Fly.” And if you’ve driven a car while celebrating some personal achievement or another, you’ve almost certainly belted out “Free Fallin’” at the top of your lungs as you drummed the steering wheel, just like Tom Cruise in that indelible scene from “Jerry Maguire.”

  • End of the line for 'The Middle'

    "The Middle" has reached the end. The ninth season of the ABC comedy about a middle class family living in the Middle America city of Orson, Ind. will be the last. Coming to such a decision was not easy for the cast and executive producers but they all finally agreed the time was right to stop production.

  • Beware, David S. Pumpkins: How ‘Saturday Night Live’ ruins its best sketches

    The short David S. Pumpkins sketch on “Saturday Night Live” was a perfect example of anti-comedy, something that’s funny because it’s both absurd and inherently unfunny. NBC thinks it can stretch that joke into a half-hour animated Halloween special, set to air in October. But fans of the wildly popular 2016 sketch should pause before devouring five pounds of candy corn in celebration.

  • Ellen Page explores the 'profound sadness, profound joy' of art in three new movies

    Half a lifetime ago, Ellen Page figured she had options if the acting thing didn't go anywhere.

  • 'Will & Grace' just the latest example of TV recycling

    Eric McCormack and his wife spent a recent Thanksgiving night binge-watching "Will & Grace," the beloved 1990s sitcom starring ... Eric McCormack. "My son finally woke up, kind of rubbed his eyes, looked at the screen and said, ’You’re just going to sit and watch yourself on television?’" he said. With a highly anticipated reboot premiering this week (Sept. 28 stateside, Sept. 29 on AFN-Prime), NBC bets McCormack isn’t the only one nostalgic for "W&G."

  • TV

    Cast, crew says 'SEAL Team' is more than just another military show

    The large soundstage at the CBS Studio Center is filled with the rear section of a military transport plane. Scattered around the rest of the space is an assortment of military items ranging from uniforms to a member of the military canine corps. All of these items are used in the filming of the new CBS drama “SEAL Team.”

  • Q&A

    Jackie Chan is defying age with some new moves

    Jackie Chan would probably be perfectly happy if he didn’t break any more bones. For decades, the Hong Kong-born action superstar has put his life on the line performing mind-boggling stunts, kung fu fights and acrobatic feats, racking up injuries along the way to virtually every part of his body. Fractured skull, dislocated pelvis, shattered ankle, cracked vertebrae -- you name it, he’s probably had it in a cast or a sling at some point.

  • Lady Gaga reveals her life, her thoughts and herself in a new Netflix documentary

    "Do I look pathetic?" Lady Gaga asks, covering her face with her hands to hide her tears. She is lying on a couch in her apartment, only a towel covering her body. A physical therapist places an ice pack on her cheek and massages her head. "I’m so embarrassed," she says, sobbing quietly.

  • Top 10 movies of the fall

    Ten don't-miss movies of fall 2017:

  • 'Young Sheldon' born out of 'Big Bang'

    It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to figure out why CBS is adding "Young Sheldon" to its fall schedule. It’s not unusual for successful television shows to spawn spinoff series and there’s been no network program over the past 10 years that’s been as big a hit as "The Big Bang Theory."

  • HGTV superstars Jonathan and Drew Scott bring 'House Party' on tour

    Jonathan Scott dreamed about entertaining thousands like master illusionist David Copperfield. Twin brother Drew figured he’d have an NBA contract by the time he was 20. Plan B was to get their contractor and real estate licenses. Guess that worked out.

  • Revisiting 'Jerry Before Seinfeld'

    From variety hours to talk shows to dedicated specials, stand-up comedy on television is just about as old as television. Millions (I am guesstimating) who have never seen a comic work a nightclub or theater have seen dozens upon dozens of them on TV. Some of these people decide to become comedians themselves.

  • Politics, diverse winners, new voices top key Emmy moments

    It was, not surprisingly, a night for politics, with everyone from host Stephen Colbert to Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Alec Baldwin getting in zingers about Donald Trump — all to be upstaged by Sean Spicer himself, in a controversial appearance that set social media afire. But Emmy night was not only about politics.

  • Dylan O’Brien, back in action: Actor talks about his return after on-set accident

    For the past year, Dylan O’Brien has been in hiding. He spent most of his time inside his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., wondering whether he’d ever be the same person he was before the accident. Not just emotionally, but physically too: After major reconstructive surgery that left him with four metal plates holding one side of his face together, he feared he’d never look the same again.

  • Lady Gaga postpones European leg of world tour

    Lady Gaga has postponed her world tour’s European leg until next year because of ongoing health problems, the tour’s promoter said Monday.

  • Darren Aronofsky was driven to make ’mother!’, and he apologizes for it

    The brassy, flashy American auteur has made a movie in a fugue state about the world’s current state. It’s set up as a marital drama and designed to feel like a horror movie. But those are just clothes, adornments to disguise the angry body throbbing underneath.

  • Starr has new music to ‘Give’

    Were Ringo Starr the kind of guy to delve deep into the blues, he might well have taken a stab at Willie Dixon’s classic “I Can’t Quit You Baby” on his forthcoming album, “Give More Love.” Perhaps not in the original context of being unable to escape a toxic relationship with a romantic partner but more a heartfelt expression of his attitude about continuing to play music at age 77.

  • Gerwig's flight into the director’s seat

    Greta Gerwig didn’t get much sleep leading to the premiere of her directorial debut, the coming-of-age dramedy “Lady Bird,” at the Telluride Film Festival. For the actress turned writer-director, previously best known for her work in such movies as “Frances Ha” and “20th Century Women,” the thought of screening “Lady Bird” in front of an audience of die-hard cinephiles and awards-season tastemakers — in the same opening-night slot that launched “Moonlight” last year, no less — was both thrilling and utterly frightening. On the flight to the festival, she’d read through the program and had felt a shudder of fear at the caliber of filmmakers she would find herself among.

  • Absent faces in pop: Black female performers struggle to move beyond the R&B rotation

    Three years ago, all the signs pointed one way: Tinashe was on her way to pop stardom. In 2012, when she was just 19, she produced two critically acclaimed mixtapes that landed her a deal at RCA. A year later her debut single, “2 On,” made it to No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her 2014 debut album, “Aquarius,” was met with critical acclaim, and she was nominated for a BET Award. Since then, the singer-songwriter has toured with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, collaborated with Britney Spears, earned praise from idol Janet Jackson and issued two buzzy projects, including last year’s digital-only work “Nightride.” Yet Tinashe’s career has hit an impasse.

  • Horror blockbuster 'It' completely crushed box-office expectations. What happened?

    New Line Cinema’s blockbuster horror movie "It," adapted from the Stephen King novel, is expected to dominate the box office for a second straight weekend after a record-breaking debut, further demonstrating the power of the horror genre to draw audiences.

  • Book review

    Clinton’s account of how she was 'shivved' in the 2016 presidential election

    Hillary Clinton was surrounded by women the moment she lost the 2016 presidential election. "Things had been going too well for too long" when, on the morning of Oct. 28, her spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri approached her and longtime aide Huma Abedin and said two words: Jim Comey. "I immediately knew it was bad," Clinton writes in her memoir "What Happened." There was a moment of mournful sisterhood as Abedin learned that the FBI was probing her husband Anthony Weiner’s computer, ensuring that the final week of the election was going to be about Clinton’s email server. "This man is going to be the death of me," Abedin said of Weiner. Clinton gave her a hug.

  • 'It' scares up monstrous numbers to kick off fall box office

    New Line Cinema’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel floated to the top in this weekend’s box office, breaking the record for the largest opening of a horror movie ever, and blowing past analysts’ $55 million projections to the tune of $123.1 million in the U.S. and Canada. The historic opening -- the third largest in 2017, if the estimate holds -- follows a sleepy Labor Day weekend that delivered the lowest ticket sales in years.

  • Q&A

    Richard Linklater on 'Last Flag Flying,' 'liberal patriotism' and making a middle-aged movie

    Let’s say you’re a director who has a heralded comeback with the final chapter of a three-part, 18-year romantic film series. And you follow it up by releasing a 12-year epic project that nearly wins best picture. Then, barely a year later, you make an underrated comedy derived from your own college baseball career. You can’t really top all that if you’re Richard Linklater, the American auteur coming off the triple threat of "Before Midnight," "Boyhood" and "Everybody Wants Some," could you? Yet here comes the 57-year-old, riding into award season with his low-key intimacies and profound digressions once again.

  • Jeff Bauman is the real marathon man behind 'Stronger'

    After Jeff Bauman watched "Stronger" for the first time, he wasn’t sure how he felt. He was hot, that was for certain; he couldn’t stop sweating. He just wanted to go home and sleep.

  • From 'Thor' to 'The Last Jedi': 29 fall movies to get excited about

    After a summer of superhero movies, the serious fall season returns, with its roster of prestige films and Oscar-caliber actors-people like Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Idris Elba.

  • War is hell, or it could just be human

    Combat is a showbiz staple, with 'Dunkirk' and 'Wonder Woman' among 2017’s notables

    "I used to want to save the world, to end war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both.”

  • 'Iraqi Sniper' | Why an Egyptian director is writing a film about Chris Kyle's nemesis

    Tentatively titled "Iraqi Sniper," the film will follow the mysterious insurgent shown engaged in a battle with Chris Kyle's character in "American Sniper."

  • John Mayer wants you to know he isn't as bad a guy as you think

    There was a time, not that long ago, when John Mayer was hardly thrilled with how his life and career were playing out. Sure, he was a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, and one both championed by blues-guitar idols like Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy and dating Hollywood starlets in equal measure. But back then, suffocated by his place in mainstream celebrity culture, Mayer says he couldn't appreciate his success.

  • Is there life after ‘MMMBop’? Hanson — yes, that Hanson — turns 25

    One day, during a recent rehearsal with his brothers, Zachary Hanson used the “F” word. This, in itself, should not be notable. Hanson has four children. He drives a pickup. He recently shed 35 pounds with Lose It! And lots of people use the “F” word. Except, for many, he is still Zac, the adorable, shaggy-haired preteen pounding out “MMMBop.”

  • Like Destiny’s Child, Fifth Harmony bounces back after drama

    It’s been a year of transition for Fifth Harmony: The pop stars parted ways with member Camila Cabello, switched management teams, negotiated a new contract with their label and won greater creative control of their brand. Luckily the newly-minted quartet, who released their third album last week, had the fairy godmother of girl groups to guide them through the tumultuous times: Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland.

  • Hollywood box office suffers least-attended summer movie season in 25 years

    As Hollywood wraps up the all-important summer box office season this Labor Day weekend, a sobering reality has gripped the industry.

  • Jay Baruchel moves behind the camera with blood-on-the-ice hockey comedy

    Jay Baruchel moves behind the camera with blood-on-the-ice hockey comedy ’Goon: Last of the Enforcers’

  • A black musician has a unique hobby: befriending white supremacists

    Scott Shepherd is a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Daryl Davis is a black R&B and blues musician who has been befriending white supremacists for 30 years, trying to convert them.

  • 'Dunkirk,' 'Girls Trip' are bright spots in a bummer summer

    Analysis of this summer’s box office can properly be dubbed a postmortem, so gruesome were the overall numbers.

  • Q&A

    With 'Patti Cake$,' Cathy Moriarty is still aiming for authenticity

    Cathy Moriarty owes her acting career to a bathing beauty contest. A photo posted at a Bronx nightclub where she had won the competition -- all in pursuit of a pair of black heels with an ankle strap -- caught the eye of Joe Pesci, who in 1978 was working on a movie about a boxer named Jake LaMotta. That photo led to months of auditions for the role of the fighter’s wife, Vickie.

  • As the Haim sisters hit the road, California sounds will follow

    In need of a new cellphone number, the youngest member of Haim — the Los Angeles-based trio she shares with her older sisters, Este and Danielle — recently took herself to T-Mobile, where a worker informed her that her replacement digits would start with the area code 747.

  • Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are set to re-team for a new Joker/Harley Quinn movie

    Just hours after it was announced that Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese are developing a Joker origin story for the screen, Warner Bros./DC says that Jared Leto will return to play the Clown Prince of Crime in a new movie.

  • Taylor Swift releases new song, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

    You can finally shake it off: Taylor Swift has released her new single. The 27-year-old singer dropped the upbeat song “Look What You Made Me Do” — which uses an interpolation from Right Said Fred’s 1991 hit “I’m Too Sexy” — late Aug. 24 to streaming platforms and iTunes.

  • Gallery

    Aviano eats up the chance to chat with Carla Hall of 'The Chew'

    Carla Hall and her husband just finished a Mediterranean cruise and agreed to visit Vicenza and Aviano in Italy and then Rota in Spain on Friday before she heads back to the States to resume taping “The Chew.”

  • Q&A

    Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson buddy up for 'The Hitman’s Bodyguard'

    Ryan Reynolds hasn’t been getting a lot of sleep lately. In fact, he was so tired over lunch recently that he declined to eat the vegetables served with his salmon because it would require too much effort.

  • Aubrey Plaza takes charge by losing control in 'Ingrid Goes West'

    When director Matt Spicer was casting the title role of his dark tale of obsession and identity “Ingrid Goes West,” he wasn’t sure if Aubrey Plaza would be the right fit.

  • What’s next for rising artist Brandy Clark? Maybe an album of drinking songs

    How do you tell when a song has connected with people in a really big way? "Whenever it becomes a merch item," widely lauded country singer and songwriter Brandy Clark said before the Aug. 18 release of her album, "Brandy Clark: Live From Los Angeles," recorded last year at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

  • Q&A

    Actor Samuel L. Jackson on race, Trump and loving his job

    Samuel L. Jackson isn’t just in the movies. He IS the movies.

  • The next step: Teammates lift Baltimore and themselves in documentary 'Step'

    When most people think of Baltimore, the blue light district comes to mind -- the area of the city doused in cobalt from police lights atop light poles in areas said to have high crime rates. This is what "The Wire" introduced millions to.

  • ‘American Idol’ winner plans concert at prison where ‘Shawshank Redemption’ was filmed

    A heavy sadness hovers over the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, where prisoners were crammed into tiny cells amid the metal-on-metal mesh of containment and collected sweat, and where you can re-enact the chilling echo from the chakunnnggg of the door slamming shut in solitary confinement, leaving only disorienting darkness. The building is massive, ominous, haunting. It also provides a fascinating glimpse into a piece of Ohio’s past, and what the prison has become since it was shut down in 1990: a movie set and museum.

  • Why 'Roseanne,' 'Will & Grace' and other TV reboots are walking back major story lines

    As "Roseanne" gears up for its return to television after more than two decades off the air, its creators opted to pretend a plot line taken in the original series’ finale never happened. It’s a tactic seen in other shows, too, such as "Will & Grace" and "Dallas."

  • Jay-Z’s ‘Moonlight’ music video does more than simply show ‘Friends’ with an all-black cast

    The latest music video for a track off of the “4:44” album only features about a minute of rapping from Jay-Z. But the video serves as a sort of meta-commentary on black representation in media and artistic ownership.

  • Don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones’? Mondays at the office can get pretty annoying

    Caroline Malaby works in Reston, Va., for Carahsoft, an IT company, and most of her colleagues are men. Many of Malaby’s co-workers are die-hard Washington Redskins fans and often talk about the team at the office. But that doesn’t bother Malaby — she follows the Redskins religiously herself. What she can’t stand is the nonstop chatter about a certain fantasy show.

  • Movies

    11 great Matthew McConaughey roles

    What with “The Dark Tower” opening and Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look at eleven McConaperfomances and putting them into a definitive (yes, definitive) McConaranking.

  • TV review

    FBI in a war of wits with Unabomber in 'Manhunt'

    There was a time when the nation was terrorized by a single man, and he was neither sitting in the White House with his hand on the Button nor holed up in a cave in Afghanistan plotting his next move against America. The Unabomber eluded capture for a decade and half, sending most of his deadly packages through the U.S. mail, ultimately killing three and injuring more than a dozen until he was finally captured in 1996.

  • Amazon's newest cartoon heroes 'Danger & Eggs' were born far from Disneyland

    Bringing animation's most fragile worrywart to life took a team of Twin Cities artists, financial backing from a red-hot streaming service and the support of showbiz heavyweights. But right now, all the voice of Phillip the Egg needs is water. Buckets of it.

  • Kathryn Bigelow sheds fresh light on the tragedy of 'Detroit'

    Tucked behind a sleepy tree-lined road, David Senak's home gives the impression of suburban peace. A welcome flag hangs from the window. The garden is well-tended. On a recent afternoon, young neighbors were having a lacrosse catch.

  • 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 Theron, who does much of her own on-screen fighting.

  • 'Landline' team crafts a rom-com with characters who are flawed and relatable, not necessarily likable

    Remember back to a time, if you can, before widespread cellphones, before texting and email were preferred modes of communication. The new film "Landline" is set specifically in 1995 and brings back a world of pay phones, pockets full of change to pay for pay phones and the fact it once seemed much more likely to just not connect with someone.

  • 'Dunkirk' director Christopher Nolan on why, in this era of peak TV, he's still all in on movies

    When it comes to the big screen, Christopher Nolan is a true believer -- and with blockbusters like "The Dark Knight" trilogy, "Inception" and "Interstellar," he has translated that passion into more than $4 billion in grosses collectively at the global box office.

  • How Rotten Tomatoes became Hollywood’s most influential website

    On a recent Wednesday morning, the staff of Rotten Tomatoes gathers in a Beverly Hills office, laptops open — steeling themselves for the next onslaught of reviews for Hollywood’s biggest upcoming movies.

  • Breaking boredom: Bryan Cranston finds excitement at Ramstein

    Actor Bryan Cranston made stops in Germany and England this week in his first USO tour, giving him a chance to step out of the spotlight. "I gained so much today being with people who are excited about what they do.”

  • Bryan Cranston: Soldiers and good actors have something in common

    Stars and Stripes sat down with actor, writer, director and producer Bryan Cranston during a USO tour stop in Ramstein, Germany, for a chat about life in the arts and how military experience might lead to a career in Hollywood.

  • ‘Girls Trip’ shows, yet again, that movies starring black women can crush at the box office

    It was a weekend of movies surpassing expectations. Two non-franchise, non-superhero movies topped the box office for the first time this summer, beating “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Christopher Nolan’s gritty World War II drama “Dunkirk” opened this weekend and ranks first at the box office, earning an estimated $50.5 million. And coming in second? Perhaps this summer’s biggest live-action comedy hit, Universal’s raunch-com “Girls Trip,” which earned an estimated $30.8 million.

  • ‘DuckTales’ is back. Yes, ‘DuckTales.’ Woo-oo.

    Disney’s most famous duck family is preparing for a highly anticipated comeback.

  • Director Luc Besson hopes his original sci-fi film ‘Valerian’ defies the odds

    Luc Besson was feeling a little discombobulated. On a recent afternoon, the French director of such films as “La Femme Nikita,” “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” sat in a Los Angeles multiplex, where he had just introduced a preview screening of his latest movie, the gonzo space opera “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Besson himself was in the midst of hopping around the cities of this planet to promote the film, which opened stateside July 21. Hours earlier, he’d flown in from Paris. The day before, he had been in Shanghai.

  • Quality films fare best this summer

    Hollywood is in the midst of its stormiest summer in years. Box-office ticket sales since the first weekend in May are down 8 percent from a year earlier, according to data firm ComScore, prompting the stocks of major cinema chains to drop.

  • Oscar-winner Mark Rylance talks about his everyman role in 'Dunkirk'

    Oscar-winner Mark Rylance didn’t need to method-act his way into “Dunkirk” and his role as a civilian volunteer who crosses the English Channel in his own boat to rescue stranded soldiers.

  • John Mayer encouraged by Drake to step up live shows, take more risks onstage

    John Mayer never relied on multicolored lighting, confetti and pyrotechnics to help him during his live shows, like some of his peers.

  • TLC’s ‘crazy, sexy, cool’ comeback is just the beginning

    Having provided the blueprint for girl groups throughout the ’90s and the early 2000s, TLC’s brand of slinky, hip-hop-infused R&B-pop can be traced through a current generation of R&B talents, including Tinashe, Sevyn Streeter, Kehlani and Ella Mai.

  • Q&A

    Still in a league of her own

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  • Steve Zahn went ape over latest role

    With “War for the Planet of the Apes,” Steve Zahn has landed the biggest part in the biggest film of his career. There’s only caveat: He doesn’t actually appear on screen because he’s playing a chimpanzee.

  • Charlie Puth: ‘No more love ballads’

    “No more love ballads,” Charlie Puth declares. “That was people nudging me in a direction that I didn’t want to go in.”

  • Q&A

    Alfred Molina’s Robert Aldrich is a director desperate for success in ‘Feud’

    Alfred Molina has been a jack-of-all-stages, creating memorable characters and tackling multiple genres on the big and small screens as well as in the theater.

  • Kyle Mooney isn’t trying to be himself

    “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kyle Mooney admits that the idea of standing at a mic and telling jokes about himself makes him uncomfortable.

  • Call Rico Nasty a ‘cartoon rapper’ at your own risk

    The maestro Leonard Cohen used to describe his ballads as little things designed to help “get you through the dishes.” Rico Nasty, a 20-year-old rapper raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, approaches her craft with the same sense of utility.

  • Q&A

    Trey Parker on giving voice to ‘Despicable Me 3’ villain, mulling the end of ‘South Park’ and ignoring Trump

    To the easily offended, Trey Parker has long been a kind of comedic super-villain. For decades, Parker and his longtime collaborator Matt Stone have been blowing up taboos left and right on their Comedy Central show “South Park,” in films like “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” and “Team America: World Police,” and in their Broadway smash “The Book of Mormon.”

  • Commentary

    Schlocky Hollywood blockbusters shouldn't count on Chinese audiences to bail them out

    It certainly looked like a bomb. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which cost Paramount Pictures over $350 million to make and market, earned a lame $69 million during its first five days in U.S. theaters in mid-June. Paramount executives could overlook that performance because in China, where the “Transformers” series has enjoyed a decade of wild popularity, the film earned over $123 million during the same period. But the time when Hollywood filmmakers could count on Chinese viewers to rescue them from disaster might be rapidly coming to an end.

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