Review: Old boys' network faces a 'Good Girls Revolt'

If you ever watched "Mad Men" and found yourself longing for a spin-off following the workplace adventures of Joan and Peggy -- and let's be honest, who didn't? -- then "Good Girls Revolt" might be for you.

The drama, premiering Friday on Amazon, opens in late 1969 in the offices of News of the Week, a prestigious magazine where men are editors...Read more

A new 'Muppet Babies' is headed to Disney Junior

No, it's not make believe. A brand new "Muppet Babies" TV series is on the way.

Disney has begun production on its new take on the 1980s animated show that followed the nursery room adventures of pint-sized Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and more. And yes, Nanny will also be back, but it is unknown if the CG-animated reboot will...Read more

Raven-Symone is leaving 'The View' to develop a spinoff of Disney Channel hit 'That's So Raven'

There's yet another departure coming to "The View": Raven-Symone will leave the ABC daytime talker later this year to develop a Disney Channel spinoff of her onetime popular series "That's So Raven."

Raven-Symone announced her exit as a cohost on Thursday's episode of "The View."

The 30-year-old actress will relocate to Los Angeles to develop ...Read more

TV tricks or treats: What to watch this Halloween weekend

My nights of ushering our costume-clad kids around the neighborhood for Halloween ended long ago. Now, I tend to spend fright nights handing out candy and hunkering down in front of the big-screen TV for a good spooky movie or two. (With the lights off, of course).

This year Halloween falls on a Monday, which means we have an entire weekend run...Read more

This year, Santa arrives on TV before trick-or-treaters arrive at doors

There are two ways of thinking about "A Wish for Christmas," a holiday-themed Hallmark Channel movie that premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday, two days BEFORE Halloween.

One is to cynically accuse the network of horning in on Trick-or-Treat's turf. Isn't this just a crass attempt to get an early start selling Christmas advertising time to retailers?

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Movie review: 'Inferno' is a disaster

One day Tom Hanks will get one of those lifetime achievement awards at the Oscars, and as the highlight reel of his career rolls, "Inferno" will appear far below "Turner & Hooch," an interspecies buddy comedy that had him share the screen with a dog whose single trick was shaking his head in slow motion while giant trails of drool frothed from ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ACCOUNTANT. 3 stars. Crime thriller specialist Gavin O'Connor ("Hope and Glory"), delivers a slick, well-paced actioner based on the most ludicrous premise. Ben Affleck stars as an autistic accountant who also happens to be an expert sniper and martial arts master who is targeted by assassins after he finds financial irregularities at a ...Read more

Van Gogh and Picasso have new company at MoMA: Emojis

Nearly two decades ago, Shigetaka Kurita was given the task of designing simple pictographs that could replace Japanese words for the growing number of cellphone users communicating with text messages.

Kurita, who was working for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo at the time, came up with 176 of them, including oddities like a rocking ...Read more

'Knight Rider' is getting (another) reboot, this time from 'Fast & Furious' director Justin Lin

"Knight Rider" is getting another reboot.

"Star Trek Beyond" director Justin Lin has been tapped to produce the new digital series for Machinima along with Lin's YOMYOMF and NBCUniversal Brand Development.

"'Knight Rider' is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science ...Read more

TV review: 'Pure Genius' is a formulaic medical procedural dressed up in high-tech gear

While partisan debates about how to fix the American health care system rage on, "Pure Genius," a medical drama premiering Thursday on CBS, offers a solution. What we really need in the U.S., it suggests, are a few Silicon Valley-style "disruptors."

Also: huge jellyfish tanks.

Executive produced by Jason Katims, the series follows James Bell (...Read more

Movie review: 'Inferno' features great cast, muddled plot

Imagine a less spry and agile Indiana Jones and you have Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a Harvard professor of religious iconography and symbology (not a real academic discipline). He's riddled his way from the page to the screen in the wildly popular "The DaVinci Code," and "Angels & Demons," adapted from Dan Brown's series of quasi-...Read more

Hollywood is rattled in wake of deals with Chinese firms

BEIJING -- At the Wanda Imax theater in Beijing's bustling Central Business District, shopping mall patrons passed the time on couches in the lobby as they waited to meet friends on a Wednesday afternoon -- but many weren't there to see movies.

Some in fact, like 21-year-old Tian Zhuanghui, said a lack of good films has kept them away from the ...Read more

Rebecca Hall and the makers of 'Christine' try to understand the newscaster's final act

No one will ever know what drove Florida newscaster Christine Chubbuck to shoot herself in the head on live television in July 1974. Whether fueled by mental illness, anguish over personal issues, anger over professional setbacks or as a form of radical media critique, Chubbuck's action has the feeling of a statement, even as her meaning remains...Read more

Tuning out NFL games: Viewer interest in the presidential race is among the factors cited in the league's first ratings slide in 4 years

The country will choose a new president on Nov. 8, and no one is more eager for that day than the TV executives who do business with the NFL.

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump occupy the White House won't make a difference as to who makes it to the Super Bowl. But it will go a long way to explaining whether the NFL ratings downturn this ...Read more

The Taylor Swift Decade: 13 swift moves that put her on top of the pop music world

On Oct. 24, 2006, the fledgling Big Machine Records in Nashville released what may have looked like on paper as a 15-minutes-of-fame kind of album.

The work was from a then-unknown 16-year-old singer/songwriter. Her songs dealt in themes country music didn't pay much attention to: teen romance, high school dramas and youthful dreams.

Slowly ...Read more

New 6-CD set from Otis Redding's 1966 Whisky shows

Soul singer Otis Redding's shows at the Whisky A-Go Go in the spring of 1966 were just about the hottest ticket in town, drawing fans and pop music heavyweights alike.

"Just before heading overseas on Bob Dylan's 1966 'Going Electric' tour, we heard that Otis was playing at the Whisky," guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson recalls in the ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Oct. 17:

1. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising -- Universal

2. Free State of Jones -- Universal

3. Ghostbusters (2016) -- Sony

4. The Conjuring 2 -- Warner

5. Blood Father -- Lionsgate

6. The Shallows -- Sony

7. Alice Through the Looking Glass -- Disney

8. The Infiltrator -- Broadgreen

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Even Tom Hanks' star power won't be enough to light up Sony's 'Inferno'

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Howard's "Inferno," which sees Tom Hanks resuming his role as a globe-trotting professor, should top the box-office charts this weekend as the sole new release in theaters. But a No. 1 opening does not always a successful movie make.

The Sony Pictures sequel to "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code" is expected to gross $...Read more

Is Amy Schumer's Beyonce video a tribute or an offensive parody?

Is it a tribute to Beyonce or a culturally insensitive parody?

In January, Beyonce released the video for her song "Formation." Set in New Orleans, the song and video talk about staying connected to one's humble, country roots and address police brutality, racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. It mocks the obsession with the "illuminati" ...Read more

Miami plays a starring role in the glorious 'Moonlight'

MIAMI -- The first and last sounds you hear in "Moonlight" are ocean waves crashing onto the shore. The movie that takes place between them is set primarily within Liberty City, the historically rich but crime-ridden Miami neighborhood where the young Chiron is being raised by his drug-addicted mother.

The impoverished neighborhood, west of I-...Read more