June 22, 2016 |
All TV family dramas are not alike, even those kicked off by the return of prodigal sons or daughters to their rich families. That point couldn't be made more clearly than it is in two new shows. One is the Oprah Winfrey-produced Greenleaf , which makes its two-night, three-hour premiere on Winfrey's OWN on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's about a Memphis megachurch, the family who controls it, and the long-estranged daughter who may expose their secrets. The other, CBS's American Gothic , which will premiere Wednesday, is about another influential family, this one in Boston, with a long-estranged son who may be a notorious serial killer (or may just know which one of them is)
June 9, 2016 |
Bobby: Whitney drugged at wedding I mean no disrespect, but Bobby Brown sure seems to be getting a kick out of raking up old stories - and not very flattering ones - about his late daughter and late ex-wife. In a clip from a 20/20 interview that was to run Tuesday, Brown recalled that he caught Whitney Houston on their wedding day, "hunched over a bureau, snorting a line of coke. " Drugs played a part in Houston's 2012 death, as they did in the death of their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown , who died last year at 22. Bobby Brown, 47, followed up the ugly memory with a defense of Houston.
August 4, 2015 |
"MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - Rogue Nation," the fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series, based on the nearly 50-year-old TV show, earned $56 million in its opening weekend to top the box office, according to studio estimates yesterday. Opening weekend audiences were 62 percent male and 81 percent over the age of 25. It's the second-highest opening for a "Mission" film since "Mission Impossible II" took in $57.8 million over Memorial Day weekend in 2000. The film from writer-director Christopher McQuarrie cost a reported $150 million to produce and should have no problem making up its budget, especially having already taken in more than $65 million in overseas earnings.
August 1, 2015 |
"All I need is good music, good choreo, and a good time," Ariana Grande told a nearly sold-out crowd via a video projection at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night during her Honeymoon Tour. The shrieking audience of mostly tween girls watched this prerecorded short on their smartphones, many taking selfies with the stage. A few moments later, when the real-life Grande sprung out of a trapdoor in the stage, the shrill squeals escalated, and the digital documentation continued. As fireworks shot up to the roof in sync with the chorus of "Bang Bang," Grande's rousing collaboration with Nicky Minaj and Jessie J, most in the crowd chose to view the spectacle on smartphones instead of immersing themselves in the live concert experience.
July 29, 2015 |
And the Houston millions? Celebs, including Oprah Winfrey , Wendy Williams , Dr. Phil , and Missy Elliott mourned the death Sunday of Bobbi Kristina Brown , 22, who had been in a medically induced coma since being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31. Her illness and death are something of a mystery. An autopsy is in the works, but an official cause of death may not be available for weeks, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said on Monday.
July 29, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of speculation about what killed Bobbi Kristina Brown and whether foul play was involved, medical examiners in Atlanta have found no obvious cause of death or significant injuries. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office began its autopsy yesterday on the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown and said that there was no evidence of previously unknown medical conditions. Bobbi Kristina died Sunday in hospice care nearly six months after being found unresponsive in a bathtub inside her suburban Atlanta townhouse.
April 22, 2015 |
Travolta: Scientology good Hollywood legend John Travolta isn't happy with the critique of Scientology made in the HBO docu Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . The religion has been nothing but positive in his life, says the Saturday Night Fever star. "Forty years for me, I've been part - and I've loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it," Travolta, 61, said Monday on Good Morning America . "It's a beautiful thing for me and I've saved lives with it," he said.
January 18, 2015 |
"Remembering"? After the Whitney Houston biopic Whitney airs Saturday night on Lifetime, Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney , will air, allowing Brown, with the exquisite sense of timing that has made him a household name, to dump more garbage on the memory of his onetime wife. "There was infidelity in the marriage, yes, on both parts," he says. "Both of us cheated on each other - period. So that's hard to swallow for both of us. " Theirs was one of the most celebrated, and longest-running, troubled marriages in pop history, from 1992 to 2007.
January 16, 2015 |
Lifetime's original movies aren't exactly known for their narrative complexity or emotional subtlety. The cabler has a formula, making low-budget TV pics about women who suffer and/or overcome some sensational event or illness. The cast and the aesthetic have more in common with daytime soaps than with prime-time network dramas. Hey, if it works, we say, power to them. What is disappointing is that the channel did not make an exception for its Whitney Houston biopic. Whitney , a 90-minute flick starring Yaya DaCosta ( Tron: Legacy , The Messenger )