Box Office: ‘Madea Halloween’ Edges Out ‘Jack Reacher 2’ With $27.6 Million

It was a battle of the sequels at the multiplexes this weekend, as “Boo! A Madea Halloween” narrowly edged out “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” to claim first place at the domestic box office. The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million. Comedian Chris Rock may be entitled to a percentage… Read more »

Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay: A TV Dream Team Talks ‘Queen Sugar’

The WGA Foundation screening of “Queen Sugar” attracted a packed house at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood as Oprah Winfrey moderated the panel given her close bond with executive producer/director Ava DuVernay. The biggest takeaway of the afternoon was the sincere and heartfelt support Winfrey, DuVernay and author Natalie Baszile have for each other as the show moves… Read more »

Watch Lady Gaga Play “A-YO” & “Million Reasons” On SNL

©2016/Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCLady Gaga was the musical guest on last night’s Tom Hanks-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, where she performed two songs from her ostensible comeback album Joanne. During “A-Yo,” she was joined by collaborators Mark Ronson and BloodPop, and co-writer Hillary Lindsey took the stage for “Million Reasons.” Watch below. More »

‘Saturday Night Live’s Halloween 2016: One Trick, One Treat

There was nothing to match Bill Hader’s 2008 “Vincent Price’s Halloween Special”, but Saturday Night Live offered up one seasonal treat – and, not so happily, one trick – last night. The treat was the digital short “A Girl’s Halloween,” with Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Vanessa Bayer getting kittened up for a New York City Halloween, all cute whiskers and no-drink promises. Flashforward to a very sloppy night on the town, full of tears, tumbles, recriminations and, in…


Antalya: Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu on Her Feminist Drama ‘Clair-Obscur’

ANTALYA, Turkey — Not long after her new movie, “Clair-Obscur,” world premiered in Toronto, an audience member asked the acclaimed Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu how the powerful, provocative film would fare back home, at a time of growing conservatism in her country. Sharing her concern with a packed house after a recent screening in Antalya, the director laughed… Read more »

AT&T Q3 Revenue Miss Highlights Urgency Behind Time Warner Deal

Never mind the supposed threat of Apple swooping in to nab Time Warner. AT&T’s third-quarter financial results illustrate the stasis in its wireless, broadband and TV businesses that impelled it toward the $85 billion deal for the media giant. After AT&T’s Saturday-night surprise announcement of the Time Warner takeover, it also released Q3 earnings. Originally, the telco was… Read more »

Leslie Jones Fires Back At Hackers While Tom Hanks Soothes Troubled Nation On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Leslie Jones took on the trolls – the internet kind, not the Halloween variety – on NBC’s Saturday Night Live last night, blasting both the idiots who last summer hacked into her computer and the deplorable haters who posted vile racist and sexist insults on her Twitter page.
“I don’t know if you all know this about me,” Jones said during a spirited visit to the Weekend Update desk, “but I ain’t shy. I keep my porn in a folder labeled PORN. If you want to see Leslie Jones…