Author: Chris Barton

Hulu's 'Too Funny to Fail' looks at the legacy of the doomed 'Dana Carvey Show'

Imagine you’re starting a sketch comedy show, one that will debut on network TV in prime time. Of course, such a bold, probably misguided, idea requires a big star, maybe one who became the centerpiece of “Saturday Night Live” and starred in a summer blockbuster. Fine, done. But such a series needs… Source: Entertainment

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With 'Sleep Well Beast,' the National brings new layers to gloom and heartache

Seven albums into the band’s career, there’s a level of fame to be expected from being in the National, who headline the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday. Frontman Matt Berninger, who was reached by phone at his hotel room between a recent run of shows in the U.K., described some of his response to… Source: Entertainment

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Hugh Hefner left a problematic legacy, but his Playboy Jazz Festival endures

A figure who was as influential as he was polarizing, Hugh Hefner built an empire that was ultimately based on ideas. Sure, the dominant ones could easily be called lascivious — as well as exploitative, and inarguably retrograde — but his Playboy brand was also built on providing a platform for… Source: Entertainment

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In tense times, Godspeed You! Black Emperor sounds hopeful on 'Luciferian Towers'

In some ways, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and 2017 were made for each other. On the one hand, the Canadian agit-rock instrumental collective has decried rampant capitalism, the military industrial complex and what it considers a crumbling world since its 1998 debut, “F#A# (Infinity),” opened with… Source: Entertainment

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Patrick Clair competed against himself in the Emmys' title-design category with 'Westworld,' 'American Gods' and 'The Crown'

Patrick Clair was nominated three times in the main title Emmy category this year Source: Entertainment

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Stephen Colbert on his love for 'Stranger Things' and his promise of nudity at Sunday's Emmys

Stephen Colbert may be new to the award show-hosting game, but he rolled out the red carpet like a professional on Tuesday morning as part of the run-up to the 69th Emmy Awards, which he will emcee on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT on CBS. “It’s an honor to be hosting the Emmys, and it’s […]

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Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington cross the generational divide at the Hollywood Bowl

“Tonight feels like a big celebration,” a genial and relaxed Herbie Hancock said before introducing his new band on the Hollywood Bowl stage Wednesday night. His group, which has spent the summer touring the country, superficially reflected Hancock’s predilection for assembling all-star bands during… Source: Entertainment

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Q&A: Beric from 'Game of Thrones' (Richard Dormer) on flaming swords and Sunday's ice lake battle

Going into the penultimate episode of the seventh (and shortened season) of “Game of Thrones,” it could be reasonably assumed that named and even perhaps beloved characters would die. For Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and the tattered remains of his Brotherhood Without Banners, headed north… Source: Entertainment

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Anthony Scaramucci owns some mistakes, criticizes Stephen Bannon on ABC's 'This Week'

Anthony Scaramucci made his introductory appearance on the Sunday morning news shows just a few weeks ago as the newly named White House communications director. His latest outing came Sunday as the fired White House communications director. A standout character in a Trump administration crowded… Source: Entertainment

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Box office: 'The Fate of the Furious' races ahead of the pack

Even after seven movies, Universal’s latest installment of the car-centric action franchise “The Fast and the Furious” found plenty in the tank to top the box office charts Friday. Again featuring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson amid various chase scenes and explosions,… Source: Entertainment

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