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'Victoria and Abdul' Review: Judi Dench Is 'a Pleasure' in Shallow Royal Film

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Since Dame Judi Dench is acting royalty she has no trouble playing the hell out of Queen Victoria in her last years on the throne of England. Even better, she lets her ingrained mischief remove any hints of sanctimony from the old girl. Sadly, Victoria & Abdul, directed by the usually scrappy Stephen Frears from a dutiful script by Lee Hall, only sets one place at the table. Abdul Karim (Bollywood star Ali Fazal), the lowly Indian Muslim clerk who's sent from Agra to England to present the Queen with a ceremonial coin, »


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'Ninjago' Review: Latest Lego Movie Is a 'Full House of Crass Commercialism'

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It started as The Lego Ninjago Movie, now it's just Ninjago. Anyway you slice this animated free-for-all, it doesn't measure up to The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. The story, based on a line of building sets that debuted in 2011, concerns high school students who have secret lives as ninjas. Why? They need to protect their hometown of Ninjago, a nation constructed from Lego blocks. It's cool to have them voiced by Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Peña and Zach Woods. But all the caffeinated action »


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Watch Beautiful Trailer for Wes Anderson's Pup Odyssey 'Isle of Dogs'

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A young boy navigates a treacherous island of trash to find his lost dog in the new trailer for Wes Anderson's, Isle of Dogs. The film boasts a stacked cast (Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson) and finds Anderson returning to the stop-motion animation style of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Isle of Dogs is set 20 years in the future, in a Japan overrun with dogs and susceptible to an outbreak of dog flu, which causes the mayor to order all K9s be quarantined on a nearby garbage island. »


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Watch Samantha Bee Seek Free Speech Insight From Insane Clown Posse

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Samantha Bee found constitutional enlightenment beneath the gleaming painted smile of the Insane Clown Posse on Full Frontal Wednesday.

In a segment focused on recent free speech issues, Bee looked at the Juggalo March, which Icp held in protest of the FBI's decision to label them "a loosely organized hybrid gang" in 2011. The designation has had real consequences for fans, one of whom said she lost physical custody of her kids because she went to an Icp concert.

"It was on all our behalves that Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J »


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See Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey in 'Def Comedy Jam 25' Trailer

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Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan and Adele Givens are among the famous comedians in Def Comedy Jam 25. The special, out on Netflix September 26th, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Def Comedy Jam series, which nurtured the careers of numerous black comics. 

"All you millennials may be asking, what the hell is Def Comedy Jam?" Cedric the Entertainer said. "That's why we hate you little motherfuckers. Y'all don't know shit."

Def Comedy Jam, produced by legendary music executive Russell Simmons, originally aired »


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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Fire Back Gop Flak Over Obamacare Repeal

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Jimmy Kimmel continued to rail against the Republican's latest Obamacare repeal bill and one of its authors, Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday.

In May, Cassidy appeared on Kimmel and promised that any new health care legislation would have to pass what he dubbed "The Jimmy Kimmel Test" and provide certain protections, such as bans on lifetime caps and rate hikes due to pre-existing conditions. However, Cassidy's new bill, written with Senator Lindsey Graham, allows states to regulate these issues, and on Tuesday, Kimmel accused Cassidy of lying to his face. »


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Watch 'South Park' Spoof Logic's '1-800-273-8255'

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South Park flipped Logic's suicide prevention anthem, "1-800-273-8255," into an Eric Cartman attention-getting anthem Wednesday.

The second episode of the show's 21st season found Cartman donning a black hoodie and running through the halls of South Park Elementary, trying to divert attention from a Distracted Driving campaign to his own plight. "I've been feeling sad, I've been being sad/ Can't talk to my mom, don't even have a dad," Cartman rapped, while the chorus found him singing, "Eric, we don't want you to die/Eric, give life a try. »


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See Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller Spar in New 'Meyerowitz Stories' Trailer

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Sibling rivalry culminates in a knockdown brawl between Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller's characters in the new trailer for Noah Baumbach's film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), but the volatility doesn't stop there.

While the previous trailer featured a goofy family sing-along, the new clip takes a few serious turns amid the humor. In the new clip, the New York family headed up by artist Harold Meyerowitz (portrayed by Dustin Hoffman), reunite for his new exhibit. But tensions mount between father and sons (and his seemingly forgotten »


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Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler Team for Netflix Comedy Series

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Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne, actress-producer Amy Poehler and writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, Sleeping With Other People) are teaming for an as-yet-untitled comedy series for Netflix.

The series is co-created and executive produced by Lyonne, Poehler and Headland. It stars Lyonne, who plays main character Nadia. The show follows Nadia "on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York," according to a statement.

"So excited to get cracking with the intensely brilliant Leslye Headland, the Goat with a heart of gold Amy Poehler, »


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Bernie Casey, 'Revenge of the Nerds' Actor, Dead at 78

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Bernie Casey, noted for his memorable roles in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Revenge of the Nerds, has died, The Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 78. A rep told THR that the athlete-turned-actor died following a brief illness on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Casey launched his acting career in 1969 with his debut role in Guns of the Magnificent Seven, the sequel to The Magnificent Seven. Over the past four decades he starred in roles both on television and film, including acting in several Seventies blaxploitation films »


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'Game of Thrones' Writer Bryan Cogman Developing Fifth Prequel

20 September 2017 1:28 PM, PDT

A fifth Game of Thrones prequel is confirmed to be in the works, with veteran writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman at the helm.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Cogman has been working closely with author George R.R. Martin to develop the project, which will join four prequels previously announced this past May.

Cogman has been involved with HBO's Game of Thrones series since the very first season, initially hired as an assistant to show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. He has since written numerous episodes, including several »


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'Stronger' Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Does 'Boston Strong' the Right Way, Warts and All

20 September 2017 12:17 PM, PDT

Based on a True Story: That phrase – Hollywood-speak for bullshit – can put audiences on guard for fact-fudging and bogus uplift. Not so with Stronger, a powerhouse biopic that sidesteps the pitfalls of the genre in favor of keeping it real, warts and all. Kudos to a brilliant, hilariously unexpected performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a beer-guzzling, Boston boyo who lost both his legs, just above the knee, in the 2013 Marathon bombing. For director David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express), the way to truly honor the man is »


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Hillary Clinton Recalls Encounter With 'Manspreading' Vladimir Putin

20 September 2017 10:43 AM, PDT

Hillary Clinton had a lot to say when she sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday night, and when the chat involved foreign relations and Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, she had an anecdote or two to share about Vladimir Putin.

"He really doesn't like democracy. He thinks it's an inconvenient, messy process," she said of the Russian leader. "And he doesn't like us. He wants to destabilize our country, sow doubt about our democracy. … He wants to undermine how we see each other."

Beyond America itself, »


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Watch the Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart in 'Jumanji' Trailer

20 September 2017 9:26 AM, PDT

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan star in the new, punchline-heavy trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, director Jake Kasdan's upcoming sequel of the 1995 fantasy-adventure film.

The clip opens by setting up the basic plot: Over two decades after the events of the first, Robin Williams-starring film, four teenagers stuck in high school detention discover an old video game named Jumanji while cleaning out the building's basement. After firing up the vintage title, they're sucked into Jumanji's jungle landscape, where they »


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Watch Violent First 'Punisher' Trailer

20 September 2017 8:35 AM, PDT

A violent new trailer shows the origins of the Marvel comic-book hero The Punisher, as he will be depicted in Netflix's serial-tv adaptation.

As character Frank Castle – played by Jon Bernthal, who previously depicted Castle in Season Two of Daredevil – gazes lovingly at his wife, he sees a masked man in military garb shoot her in the back of her head. Then as Metallica's "One" plays, the screen shows Castle (a retired Marine) sharpening a knife, loading guns and spray-painting a wall as he prepares for an ambush. After a barrage of bullets, »


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'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets

20 September 2017 6:03 AM, PDT

What does a movie about a 1973 tennis exhibition match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs have to say to millennials when everyone knows the war between so-called women's libbers and male chauvinist pigs ended last century? Ha! Starring a top-form Emma Stone as King and a perceptively flamboyant Steve Carell as Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is not an overtly political movie; it's a blast about two tennis champions going over the top to make a point. But in speaking to the marginalized, the movie comments bluntly on the here and now. »


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See Lara Croft Discover Destiny in Action-Packed 'Tomb Raider' Trailer

20 September 2017 5:55 AM, PDT

As Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) storms through a forest, leaps across a collapsing bridge and stares down a ravaging storm in the action-packed first trailer for the adventure film Tomb Raider, a reboot of the franchise launched in 2001 with Angelina Jolie in the title role. The film, which director Roar Uthaug helmed from Geneva Robertson-Dworet's script, opens March 16th, 2018.

Tomb Raider, based on the 2013 video game of the same name, follows a younger version of Croft than seen in the Jolie films. A broke college student in East London, »


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Inside 'Tales From the Tour Bus,' Mike Judge's Animated Country-Music History Romp

20 September 2017 5:36 AM, PDT

When Mike Judge began work on Tales From the Tour Bus, a new country-music docuseries for Cinemax that premieres on September 22nd, he did so with a mission. "I like converting people who don't like country into going, 'Ok, maybe this is Ok,'" he says. So the Silicon Valley, King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head mastermind began collecting the wildest, most hilarious stories about Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis and other hellraisers he could from their friends and family and animating them.

"We're trying to »


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'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Review: It's 'James Bond on Laughing Gas,' Violent as Ever

20 September 2017 4:59 AM, PDT

Whooshing by on screen like James Bond on laughing gas, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a breathlessly comic, sometimes exhausting sequel to the surprise 2015 smash that all but begged for an R-rated follow-up. Now it's here – and just as manic and over-the-top as you'd expect, only more so (the film is 141 minutes long). Those who hated the first film will be twice as irritated. Screw 'em. True Kingsman fans will appreciate that director Matthew Vaughn reacted to digs at The Secret Service for being gratuitously violent, sexually adolescent and politically »


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Watch Kimmel Skewer Health Care Bill Author: 'Bill Cassidy Lied to My Face'

19 September 2017 8:09 PM, PDT

Update: Bill Cassidy has responded to Jimmy Kimmel's takedown of the politician's proposed health care bill. "I'm sorry he does not understand," Cassidy told CNN Wednesday morning. "Under [the bill], more people will have coverage and we protect those with pre-existing conditions." When host Chris Cuomo noted that pre-existing conditions under his bill will be at the discretion of each state, Cassidy claimed, before the release of a Cbo score of the bill, that prices would drop.

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Jimmy Kimmel called out Senator Bill Cassidy in a scathing monologue Tuesday, criticizing the »


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