On screen

Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ ready to create a buzz

Written by Lynn Elber
AP television writer
Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:32

Samantha Bee.

After a day of dutifully answering reporters’ questions about her new TBS show, Full Frontal, Samantha Bee confesses to an urgent desire.

Gorgeous ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a shattering masterwork

Written by LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer
Monday, 25 January 2016 13:25

No one shows the landscape of human grief and trauma quite like Kenneth Lonergan.

It sometimes seems like the playwright turned director of both “You Can Count On Me” and “Margaret” knows us better than we know ourselves. His movies look and feel like life — it’s no wonder our souls can only handle one every few years. 

Here's the list of Oscar nominees

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 14 January 2016 08:41

The Academy Awards nominees were announced today. The Oscar telecast will be Feb. 28 on ABC.

Wisconsin-set 'Making a Murderer' tops winter streaming recommendations

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:27

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson doc a tribute to his music

Written by SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer
Friday, 29 January 2016 10:21

As a young artist, Michael Jackson knew he wanted to be legendary.

“I will be magic,” he wrote as a teenager, outlining his plans for his career. “I will be better than every great actor roped in one.”

Fans plan a monument to Divine at the Baltimore site where famous ‘Pink Flamingos’ scene was filmed

Written by Chris Kaletnbach,
The Baltimore Sun via AP
Saturday, 23 January 2016 12:38

A group of Divine fans are looking to put a monument to the late actor, drag queen, singer and counterculture figure near the Tyson Street site where his most notorious movie scene — the one at the end of John Waters’ 1972 Pink Flamingos — was filmed.

Spike Jonze gives peek at new Viceland channel

Written by DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer
Monday, 11 January 2016 13:05

The new Viceland cable channel that launches next month will have series with actress Ellen Page exploring gay and lesbian life around the world, actor Michael K. Williams telling about black market economies and celebrity chef Eddie Huang illustrating stories about politics, culture and food.

A new classic is born in pulsating ‘Hateful Eight’

Written by LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer
Thursday, 31 December 2015 10:56

“The Hateful Eight” is not for the faint at heart. What Quentin Tarantino movie is? But while cinema’s favorite cinephile is up to some of his old tricks in his eighth feature, this over three hour long drawing room thriller also feels like a step forward for the wayward enfant terrible — a step toward maturity.

Oscars’ president announces plans to increase diversity

Written by Sandy Cohen
AP entertainment writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:21

Actor John Krasinski and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Actor nominations.
—Photo: Richard Harbaugh/AMPAS

When the Oscar nominations revealed a second consecutive year of all-white acting nominees, it lit a fire under film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to lead the organization.

Scully, Mulder, paranoia return in ‘The X-Files’ reboot

Written by LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
Friday, 22 January 2016 13:48

“The X-Files” creator Chris Carter is pleased to update the original template with his 21st-century unease. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are glad to be playing opposite each other again as Scully and Mulder.

And admirers likely will do a happy dance to the Fox TV drama’s eerie theme music as it returns with a six-episode limited run.

Netflix’s hit documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ raises questions about — and wrath toward — Wisconsin prosecutors

Written by Greg Moore
and Carrie Antlfinger,
AP writers
Thursday, 07 January 2016 13:46

1985 mugshot of Steven Avery

The 10-part Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, which casts doubt on the legal process in the case of convicted killers Steven Avery and his then-teenage nephew Brendan Dassey, has prompted celebrities to armchair sleuths to flood online message boards and Twitter feeds.

‘45 Years’ a devastating time bomb

Written by JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 10:52

Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years. — PHOTO: Courtesy

How many great movies could be written across the enigmatic, profound face of Charlotte Rampling? Hundreds? Thousands? At any rate, Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” is one of them.