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'Splash,' 'Stern' writer Bruce Jay Friedman dead at 90

Jun. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay writer and popular playwright and author known for the wry comedy and subtle pathos of such novels as “Stern” and “About Harry Towns” and for his scripts for “Splash” and “Stir Crazy," has...

Review: 'High Note' is easy listening for troubled times

May. 27, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we’d have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like “The High Note,” and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments. But hey, times have changed, and the pleasing chemistry of two very likable leads...

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Review: A night gone very wrong in ‘The Lovebirds’

May. 20, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

“ The Lovebirds ” stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are two of the most exciting voices working in film and television today, as actors, writers and creators. Rae’s “Insecure” and Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick” are both vibrant, stimulating and fresh and rooted...

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Kumail Nanjiani is finding his way through 'The Weirds'

May. 19, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kumail Nanjiani has a few names for quarantine life. He has divided time firmly between “pre-Hanks/Wilson” and “post-Hanks/Wilson,” referring to the early COVID-19 diagnosis for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. And he has settled on calling the strange, bewildering...

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TV cliffhanger: New season in jeopardy amid virus shutdown

May. 18, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first new TV season of the coronavirus era is facing an understandably shaky start that comes with a tacit disclaimer: No one is sure when it will arrive. Studios, guilds and trade groups are huddling to find ways to ease a near-complete production shutdown, among the nationwide...

FILE - In this April 26, 2015, file photo, Fred Willard poses in the pressroom at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept him relevant for more than 50 years in films like “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Best In Show” and “Anchorman,” has died at age 86. Willard’s daughter, Hope Mulbarger, said in a statement Saturday, May 16, 2020, that her father died peacefully Friday night. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Fred Willard, the comedic improv-style actor, has died at 86

May. 17, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept him relevant for more than 50 years in films like “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Best In Show” and “Anchorman,” has died. He was 86. Willard’s daughter, Hope Mulbarger, said in a statement...

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Had enough of 'Contagion'? Here are some warm blanket movies

May. 14, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

When many were rushing to rewatch “Contagion,” the eerily prophetic 2011 Steven Soderbergh film about the outbreak of an easily transmitted virus, I was searching for more comforting escapes. I reached for “North by Northwest” the way a baby grasps for a pacifier. Even in a pandemic,...

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2018 file photo shows Alan Zweibel at the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award ceremony honoring Billy Crystal in New York. In nearly 50 years and counting as a writer, Zweibel has helped shape the tone of “SNL” and crafted TV and stage projects with Billy Crystal, Gilda Radner and Larry David. He details his creative collaborations in the new memoir “Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier.” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

'SNL' writer's memoir co-stars Billy Crystal, Gilda Radner

May. 8, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You may not know it, but if you treasure the early years of “Saturday Night Live” or are a fan of “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Alan Zweibel makes you laugh. In nearly 50 years and counting as a writer,...

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New this week: Netflix teen romances, Chesney, JoJo albums

Apr. 27, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

It's good to see familiar faces and hear familiar voices, and several are returning this week in ways retro and new. JoJo, Kenny Chesney and Offset are among those with new projects out this week, while Indiana Jones will be back fighting Nazis and hating snakes on network TV. There's plenty of new arrivals...