Comedian and lovable character actor Jonathan Winters died last night at the age of 87, according to family sources who said he passed away peacefully of natural causes.
Does Cannes have a serial thief in their midst? A powerful Chinese film executive had all of his luggage stolen out of his rented apartment this week just days after $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry went missing from a hotel on the city's main strip.
Ryan Murphy and the rest of the Glee writers are seemingly determined to make at least one Very Special Episode for every current issue affecting America's teens. And so it glumly came as no surprise last night that Glee tackled the terrible and all too real issue of school shootings. Not surprising, but certainly not welcome, either.
The Broadway production of the new musical Matilda got a rave review from Ben Brantley in The New York Times today, but if you only looked at the banner ad that ran above that review, you wouldn't have known.
Thursday night's memorial service was an evening of stories, and private memories, and funny moments over meals, even if Ebert's longtime colleague Richard Roeper wondered: "How do you tell a story about the best storyteller you ever met?" Here are some of those stories.
Jon Stewart used a famous Seinfeld joke to explain how Republicans are approaching trying to woo black voters.
In the handful of days since Margaret Thatcher's death, there's been no indicator of her opponents' satisfaction more troubling than the resurgence of the near-century-old song, "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead."
Today in show business news: Rachel McAdams may have a role in the bizarre-sounding new Cameron Crowe film, Patricia Arquette washes up on the Boardwalk, and a look at a new potential indie sensation.
Thursday's episode, which creator Ryan Murphy calls "the most powerful emotional Glee ever," is "pretty intense" and, according to the Newtown Bee, it's also "a little soon for the subject to be covered by a show with such a young fan base."
It's only been 32 years since The Shining first bathed America in elevator blood. Are we really so itchy (at best) or arrogant (at worst) that we need to put a 2013 spin on it? Hopefully Stephen King is right and there's something to be done about all this movement on The Overlook Hotel.
Warner Bros. has released another clip for The Hangover Part III, the sequel you never knew you needed, and while it's more of the same hijinks, the clip does actually provide some plot for this thing. It's not the same formula; it's just the same jokes.
Superman officially has issues. He's going to have more on his mind this summer than anybody expected — Fear! Loneliness! Emotional engagement! — and Man of Steel might have reached the point where everyone else really should start worrying about the big blue boy scout's new blues.
Rapper Riff Raff is taking his issues with James Franco into the world of daytime television.
Even though the second installment is seven months away and even though every other blockbuster has gotten desperate on social media, they're whetting the appetites of rabid young fans, one would-be viral Catching Fire image at a time.
While Jay won't say who he's rapping about in his (timely) new song, here's a news analysis based on the recent Hova headlines on his trip to Cuba, his new sports agency, and more.
On last night's Daily Show Jon Stewart explained how the Senate blocked the U.S. from signing on to a UN arms treaty — a treaty that is decidedly anti-Bond villain.
An edited version of Quentin Tarantino's latest revenge-murder fest, Django Unchained, was supposed to open in China today, but was yanked from all its theaters—in some cases, even after the opening credits had already started rolling.
Today in viral videos: the festival that turns Philly nightlife from terrible to pretty fun, Kim Jong-un with makeup, and the chillest seal in the world.
I've been something of a Terrence Malick apologist in the past, explaining to detractors why the plodding pace of The New World is just right, why the long origins-of-the-universe segment of Tree of Life is a vital burst of genius, but I'm afraid I'm out of excuses with To the Wonder.
Two days after the Internet became aware of their godawful and actually racist collaboration, "Accidental Racist," we've been given the duo's second joint, the love tune "Live for You." Love songs are perfectly nice and harmless, right?
The wee hours of the morning may be welcoming none other Baldwin into NBC's new late-night lineup, which leads to a bunch more questions, all with very sensible (if provocative and potentially dangerous) answers.
Fifteen new episodes of the beloved show will debut on the streaming site on May 26, an event that has many excited, yes, but many worried, too. What if it's not as good?
MTV will cancel the show, a little over a week after of one the show's star cast members died of carbon monoxide poisoning. But does a network known for its questionable taste in reality TV owe it to the rest of the kids to keep the show on the air? That's what Buckwild's show runner is arguing, vehemently, as he vows to keep filming.
Neill Blomkamp's District 9 followup — about which we knew next to nothing until this week, and which, as of last night, has a full trailer out in the wild — is officially going to be the next great sci-fi movie. Yes, the buzz is that good.
Leonard Lauder, the heir to cosmetics mogul Estée Lauder's massive fortune, just donated 78 Cubist paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. That adds up to a lot of Picassos: 33 to be exact.
It's always fun to watch President Obama go to music-related events, most especially because there's usually a good chance that he might get on stage to sing. Tuesday night was one of those nights. Except he didn't sing a thing!
Beth Reekles has a three-book deal with Random House, is working toward her physics degree, and is 17 years old. What have you done lately?
Why did country star Brad Paisley write the song "Accidental Racist"? Because he thinks it's time musicians step in to have a national conversation about race.
Today in viral videos: Beyoncé teases "Grown Woman" again, a raccoon pleases, and everything that's wrong with Les Miserables including Anne Hathaway.
Less than 24 hours after the, shall we say, misguided Brad Paisley and LL Cool J song went viral, YouTube videos featuring the song appear to have been taken down — but it might not be YouTube doing the pulling, exactly.
All of the invite news leading up to DC's Nerd Prom can be a confusing batch of pomp and absurdity, so we'll be updating this handy, interactive, and officially unofficial guest list of media outlets and celebrities until that grandest of evenings is finally upon us.
The closest thing the Internet has to its own version of the Oscars now has its nominees and, well, Dunham might have to clear some room on her starting-to-be-very-full shelves: she's been nominated for that Obama video. Yeah, that one.
There is a change in the venerable Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place May 28 to 30 near Washington, D.C. Spelling is not enough. There's a vocabulary portion of the competition, now, too.
An audience at the West End production of Billy Elliot last night didn't really care that a song in the show slandered the name of the recently deceased — and still reviled — former prime minister. Last night, a show of hands said so.
You would think that a movie adaptation of a book as widely read as The Great Gatsby wouldn't really have a spoiler. Apparently, director Baz Luhrmann came up with one.
The new Superman movie's new TV spot doesn't really have much new footage, but it doesn't prove that Zack Snyder is prepared to beat us over the head with almost religious sounding music and questions of identity. When do we get more than that?
Blair Koenig is the 30-year-old Brooklynite behind the four-year-old blog STFU Parents, which is now also a book. I talked to Koenig about what it's like to see her Internet baby grow up into print.
Rumors have been swirling that CNN may revive Crossfire, the shuttered political debate show, since last Friday, and now it seems that most of the regular talking heads on the old Crossfire think it's a great idea so long as CNN doesn't make one fatal mistake.
Mourning for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wasn't entirely ceremonious. In fact, it was tampered with a reminder that she was also widely hated by people even in her own country. So how are Britain's papers—including their often biting tabloids—dealing with the news on their front pages?
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