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Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals,’ Ex-Wife Kai Cole Says (Guest Blog)

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I’ve been asked some questions by the press recently about my divorce from Joss Whedon, to whom I was married for 16 years. There is misinformation out there and I feel the best way to clear up the situation is to tell my truth. Let me begin by saying I am a very private person and the act of writing this is antithetical to who I am and everything I stand for. Yet, at the same time, I feel compelled to go on the record and clear up some misperceptions. I don’t think it is fair to me or. »


- Kai Cole

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Watch Scenes From Jerry Lewis’ Never-Released Nazi Clown Movie ‘The Day the Clown Cried’ (Video)

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The 1972 movie “The Day the Clown Cried” — starring Jerry Lewis as a failed circus clown who is employed to entertain and distract children as they are led into a Nazi concentration camp gas chamber during the Holocaust — has never seen the light of day. The film — which Lewis wrote, directed and starred in — has generally been considered too offensive to be screened for the public and was never released in theaters. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013, where he screened the film privately for the first time in more than 20 years, Lewis »


- Tony Maglio

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Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Comedic Icon’ Jerry Lewis: ‘One of the Greatest of All Time’

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An outpouring of tributes and messages on social media and elsewhere followed the news that comedy king Jerry Lewis had died on Sunday at age 91.

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Lewis was celebrated during his lifetime for starring in movies including “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon.

Penn Jillette, of the comedy duo Penn and Teller, was among the first to break the news. “Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I [fell] apart, just sobbed,” he wrote. “I guess it’s time for that again.”

Minutes later, he tweeted a photo with another tribute: “How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.”

Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it's time for that again.

Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) August 20, 2017

How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis »


- Seth Kelley

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Hollywood Mourns Death of Jerry Lewis: ‘World Is a Lot Less Funnier Today’

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Love is pouring in from all walks of the entertainment industry for the legendary Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday. Robert De Niro, who worked together on the Martin Scorsese film “The King of Comedy” said in a statement: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. He was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… Or a punchline. He’ll be missed.” Here is a spattering of other famous names paying tribute to the one-of-a-kind Lewis: How lucky are we to have ever had. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

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His family confirmed the news. »

- Devon Ivie

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Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian, Dies at 91

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Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most famous comedians, died Sunday at the age of 91. His death was first reported by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes and confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau. A class clown from an early age, Lewis got his big break as one-half of a legendary comedy duo with Dean Martin, entertaining the crowd with his slapstick antics that often spilled out into the audience while Martin reacted as the straight man of the pair. From 1948 to 1956, Martin and Lewis appeared together in 16 comedy films produced by Paramount, including “My Friend Irma,” “At »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

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Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »


- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

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Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »


- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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Can Pamela Adlon (‘Better Things’) rescue ‘boring’ Emmy race with shocking upset?

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Are we underestimating Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) at the Emmys? She surprised many when her name was announced as a nominee for Best Comedy Actress for her FX comedy series, which she co-created, wrote, and directed. But maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise given her Emmy track record, and maybe we shouldn’t be […] »


- Daniel Montgomery

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How ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Combats Its Own Nostalgia in Netflix Reboot

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For two seasons, the paladins of Voltron — five teenagers who were chosen to pilot the lions that eventually form to become the famous giant humanoid robot — have played their disparate parts. Shiro, for example, was the leader of the team, while Keith was the loner and spontaneous fighter — always going into a fight without strategizing. However, with Season 3 of “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” the Dreamworks Animation show that debuted on Netflix earlier this month, fans noticed a big change: Several characters got switched around and brought into different roles on the team. For people who are tuning into »


- Carli Velocci

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Amy Schumer Had the Time of Her Life As a Judge Judy Extra

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As we all would. »

- Devon Ivie

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‘Wonder Woman’ Passes Original ‘Spider-Man’ at Box Office, Reaches $800 Million Worldwide

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The summer box office may be struggling immensely, but for Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” the milestones and records just keep pouring in nearly three months after it first arrived in theaters. The film has now grossed over $800 million worldwide, and its $404 million domestic total puts it seventh all-time for superhero movies, passing the original “Spider-Man” made back in 2002. While adjustments for inflation would still put the “Spider-Man” total well above “Wonder Woman,” only a small handful of superhero films have been able to pass its raw total in the 15 years since it popularized the genre. “Wonder »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Solar Eclipse: TV Aims to Capture Emotion Around Moon’s ‘Magical’ Moment

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For TV news producers, delivering live coverage of Monday’s total solar eclipse will be akin to covering a celestial sporting event and a cross-country tailgate party at the same time.

The challenge is to be sure to have maximum impact in the big moment — the estimated two minutes and change when parts of the country will be darkened by the shadow of the moon — and plenty of on-the-ground material to capture the revelry before and after.

“I’m looking at it as a giant block party,” said Marc Burstein, senior executive producer of special events for ABC News. “We’re going to have really good storytellers on the ground that will be able to bring you the excitement from where they are.”

ABC News’ live coverage from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Et will feature reports from 12 locations within the “path of totality,” the 73-mile wide swath in which the total eclipse will be visible. The »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Healthy Tomatoes? The Danger of Film Critics Speaking as One

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Remember when film critics were obsolete? When we’d lost our swagger, our sway, our influence? When it seemed like the entire world had gone critic-proof, because we just didn’t matter anymore? It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, film critics attained Peak Irrelevance, but it’s starting to seem like an eon ago, because this summer a chorus of people — moviegoers, film-industry executives, critics themselves — have been singing a very different tune. It’s called: We’re back! Critics, in case you hadn’t heard, have emerged from the dark cave of our obsolescence and are once again bringing the news, keeping the studios in check, making the world safe for bad movies to die the grisly box-office death they deserve. Look out, “Emoji Movie”! We’re coming at you with a pitchfork.

As someone with a vested interest in thinking that critics matter, I’d argue that our influence never totally went away. There »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Joel Silver Sued Over Assistant’s Death in Bora Bora

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Joel Silver, his company Silver Pictures, and its employee Martin Herold have all been named in a lawsuit regarding the death of Silver’s former personal assistant, Carmel Musgrove.

The suit, filed by Musgrove’s estate and parents, is suing all three parties for wrongful death. Musgrove was found dead at age 28 on a beach in Bora Bora during a star-studded trip to the island hot spot in 2015.

In the suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, attorney Brian Watkins laid out the events that led up to Musgrove’s death. Regarding the setting, Watkins wrote, “She, Herold, the Silver-related guests, along with a larger entourage of movie stars and their family members, stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel by occupying over 40 bungalows as part of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s honeymoon celebration.” The filing then alleges that “Herold provided Carmel (and possibly others) with cocaine” sometime between Aug. 4, the »


- Seth Kelley

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Bill Nye Q&A: Solar Eclipse Offers Chance to ‘Appreciate the Cosmos’

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“We’ll be going wild,” Bill Nye says of his plan for experiencing Monday’s total solar eclipse from a prime viewing spot at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.

Nye became the face of science education in the U.S. thanks to his 1990s run as the host of PBS’ “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He returned to TV this year as host of the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World.” He’s an outspoken advocate on climate change and other environmental issues, and also serves as CEO of the non-profit Planetary Society, the space exploration organization co-founded by Nye’s one-time professor at Cornell University, Carl Sagan.

In advance of Monday’s solar spectacular, Nye spoke with Variety about why eclipses matter, why pirates wore eye patches (maybe), and how a healthy interest in science and space exploration benefits us all.

What does all the excitement stirred up by Monday’s eclipse mean for »


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Quarterfinals 2 preview: Celine Tam, Mandy Harvey to perform live Tuesday

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Celine Tam competes on Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent,” the second of three quarterfinals. This nine-year-old singer won over guest judge Laverne Cox several weeks back when she performed her namesake Celine Dion‘s power ballad “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You.” Tam inspired Cox to press her Golden Buzzer sending this talented […] »


- Paul Sheehan

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Jay-z Breaks Out a Live Version of ‘Numb/Encore’ to Honor Chester Bennington

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Linkin Park, one time, tonight.” »


- Devon Ivie

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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Nabs No. 1, ‘Logan Lucky’ Misfires

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Without a superhero movie or new studio sequel in play, this weekend provided an opening for two smaller films to shine. But as the weekend draws to a close, one is beaming brighter than the other.

That title goes to Lionsgate’s R-rated action comedy “Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which is firing off to $21.6 million during its opening weekend at 3,377 locations. That’s a solid opening, especially during a painful summer for the movie business and sleepy month of August. The final tally was fueled by an aggressive marketing push, and a trio of stars at the center — Samuel L. Jackson as a notorious hitman, and Salma Hayek as hit equally threatening wife, and Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard. The film comes courtesy of director Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”) and writer Tom O’Connor.

“‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is generating great word of mouth among moviegoers,” said Lionsgate’s distribution president David Spitz. “It »


- Seth Kelley

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‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Scores Box Office Win With $21 Million

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After a small rally from “Annabelle: Conjuring” last week, the August box office was back to its sluggish ways as Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won the weekend with just a $21.6 million opening from 3,377 screens. It’s a solid opening for the action comedy, just above tracker projections in the high teens and is higher than the openings for other recent action films like “Atomic Blonde” ($18.3 million) and “The Dark Tower” ($19.5 million). On the flip side is Fingerprint Releasing/Bleecker Street’s “Logan Lucky,” which only made $8 million from 3,031 screens to take third place this weekend. Critics preferred »


- Jeremy Fuster

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