Entertainment

Jimmy Kimmel transforms debate, and shows comedy’s new role

NEW YORK — If the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare doesn’t work, it may become known as the Jimmy Kimmel Non-Law. The comic’s withering attacks this week have transformed the debate over the bill (sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy) and, in the process, ...

Showtime making series of Clinton-Patterson thriller

NEW YORK (AP) — Showtime has won a bidding war to develop former President Bill Clinton and powerhouse author James Patterson’s upcoming thriller, “The President is Missing,” into a television series. The network announced the deal Friday, months away from the book’s publication ...

Anthony Rapp embarks, thrilled, on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

NEW YORK (AP) — The original “Star Trek” was born into a world of hurt. The United States was embroiled in a war that wouldn’t end. The president was increasingly embattled. Americans were polarized. Now, a half-century later, “Star Trek: Discovery” lands in a nation that seems no ...

‘Stronger’ spawns a friendship for Gyllenhaal and Bauman

TORONTO (AP) — As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting, overwhelmed with ...

Emmys steady in ratings but no Colbert bump; football rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard-working Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert and a Sean Spicer cameo helped the ceremony avoid a ratings slide but failed to significantly boost viewership. Sunday’s Emmys on CBS drew 11.38 million viewers to rank as the week’s No. 6 program, according to Nielsen ...

O’Reilly says his ouster was hit job and business decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that his firing from Fox News Channel in April was a “political hit job” and that his network’s parent company made a business decision to get rid of him. The deposed king of cable television news had a contentious interview with Matt Lauer ...

Film academy president welcomes new members at private party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeanne Tripplehorn has been a professional actress for more than 25 years. But as a new member of the film academy, she’s almost as giddy as her first day on set. “I’m already involved in all these different committees,” she said. “I love film so much ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Our family is like most families — dysfunctional. Our father worked two jobs most of his life to better himself for the good of his family. My mother was a spender, but my father controlled the money. When my father passed, my mother was finally free to live as she wanted. Yet ...

‘Veep’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ win top Emmy Award prizes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dystopian vision of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the deeply cynical Washington comedy “Veep” and the ever-topical “Saturday Night Live” won top series honors Sunday in an Emmy Awards ceremony that took almost nonstop aim at President Donald Trump in awards and ...

This image released by HBO shows Danny McBride, right, and Walton Goggins in a scene from, "Vice Principals," returning for a second season on Sunday. (Fred Norris/HBO via AP)

McBride and Goggins return as ‘Vice Principals’ class act

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of last season’s fiercely absorbing “Vice Principals,” administrator Neal Gamby was left sprawled on the pavement of the North Jackson High parking lot in a pool of blood, gunned down by an unknown assailant. Could this be payback from Dr. Belinda Brown, the ...

In this Sept. 9, 2017 photo, Chilean trans actress Daniela Vega, a cast member in the film "A Fantastic Woman," poses for a portrait at the The Adelaide Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars

TORONTO (AP) — A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination. Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.” She plays Marina, a ...

Tommy Wiseau, left, and James Franco attend a premiere for "The Disaster Artist" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Cult of ‘The Room’ cheers James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’

TORONTO — The spoon-throwing, football-tossing cult of “The Room” was out in full force at the premiere of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” a making-of movie that earned the blessing of the notorious film’s creator Tommy Wiseau. “The Disaster Artist” premiered at a ...

Comic con court battle marching on after judge’s ruling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah will remain locked in a court battle over “comic con” naming rights after a judge’s split decision kept either side from declaring victory. The ruling handed down Tuesday means the case could go before a ...

FILE - In this March 2, 2017 file photo, director-producer J.J. Abrams poses for a portrait to promote "The Play That Goes Wrong" at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Abrams is returning to ÒStar Wars,Ó and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of ÒEpisode IX.Ó Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday, Sept. 12.  (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)

J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

NEW YORK (AP) — J.J. Abrams is returning to “Star Wars,” and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of “Episode IX.” Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday. After several high-profile exits by previous “Star Wars” directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker ...

‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantasia’ animator ‘X’ Atencio dead at 98

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xavier “X’’ Atencio, an animator behind early Disney movies including “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” and “imagineer” behind beloved Disneyland rides like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Haunted Mansion,” has died at age 98. Disneyland spokeswoman ...

Tonya Harding, Louis C.K. films lead big buys in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — A film that finds the comedy and humanity in Tonya Harding is the biggest acquisition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Domestic distribution rights for “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as the notorious Olympic skater, were bought by a pair of new companies, ...

Guillermo del Toro kisses the Golden Lion for best film for 'The Shape Of Water' during the awards photo call at the 74th Venice Film Festival at the Venice Lido, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Golden Lion at Venice

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Guillermo del Toro’s monster thriller “The Shape of Water” took top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, capping an 11-day event where the demons of social division and environmental disaster loomed large on the screen. Del Toro was named winner of the ...

‘Star Wars Episode IX’ loses director Colin Trevorrow

LOS ANGELES — Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Lucasfilm said Tuesday that the company and the director have mutually chosen to part ways citing differing visions for the project. Trevorrow is best known for directing “Jurassic World” and has been ...

Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha goes home with ‘Viceroy’s House’

NEW YORK (AP) — Gurinder Chadha hoped her new film would be very personal, one that explored her family’s South Asian history. But when it was done, it turned out to be the story of a few more people — millions, actually. “Viceroy’s House” explores how India and Pakistan were ...

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard in a scene from "It." (Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Stephen King inspired ‘It’ filmmakers to become storytellers

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In 1989, when Stephen King had already published more than 20 books, three teenagers were discovering his horror novel “It,” a 1,100-page epic about a group of adolescent outcasts and a shapeshifting villain who most often manifests as a child-eating ...