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Country Singer-Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies at 85

5 hours ago

Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis had battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.

Tillis, the father of country singer Pam Tillis, recorded more than 60 albums and had more than 30 top 10 »


- the Associated Press

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Viacom Defers Global Release of Bollywood Epic 'Padmavati' Amid Controversy

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Viacom’s India unit has deferred the global release of its Bollywood epic Padmavati, which was to bow on Dec. 1 timed with its India release. As reported earlier, Paramount is handling the film’s worldwide release, the first time the studio is distributing a Bollywood title.

The historical epic, which was billed as one of the year’s most awaited titles, has been embroiled in controversy since the film began shooting last year. Padmavati is co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the film unit of Viacom’s India joint venture, Viacom18 Media, which is an equal partnership with Indian media and broadcasting entity »

- Nyay Bhushan

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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner have been accused of teaming up to allegedly sexually harass and assault women, according to a new report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times -- which, on Nov. 1, first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them -- reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.

One woman, Keri Claussen Khalighi, claims that when she was a 17-year-old fashion model she met »


- Hilary Lewis

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Critic's Notebook: Morgan Freeman's Quiet Climb to Extraordinary

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You don't get to play God — not once, much less twice — without the requisite gravitas, a sense of authority that is innate and unshakable under any circumstances. And despite having played pimps, prisoners, killers, Old West outlaws and others of undistinguished station, in addition to presidents and gentlemen of notable stripe, Morgan Freeman, who will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the Jan. 21 ceremony, always has embodied and projected just that: a sense of connate gravitas that he carries with him from role to role. Almost invariably, he centers any film in which »


- Todd McCarthy

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Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91

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Earle Hyman, the admired stage, television and film actor best known for playing Bill Cosby's sage father, Russell Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died. He was 91.

Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, his nephew Rick Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hyman played Othello hundreds of times, appeared often on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance as Oscar in the original 1980 production of Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque. He also appeared on stages throughout Europe during »


- Rhett Bartlett,Mike Barnes

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Why Can't Anyone Get Superman Right?

10 hours ago

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Justice League]

The fact that Superman has to come back from the dead in order to be humanized in dire superhero blockbuster Justice League says a lot about the film's misconceived combination of Frank Miller Lite-style gloominess, and co-screenwriter (and fill-in director) Joss Whedon's signature quippy humor. This film, like so many other stories involving Superman, only details its creators' myopic inability to effectively convey the optimism that Superman personifies.

Justice League is, at heart, toxically cynical, even if it does ultimately conclude — not counting its second post-credits sequence — on a shaky note of optimism. In the film, paranoid millionaire »


- Simon Abrams

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Weekend Box Office: 'Justice League' Opens to Dismal $96M; 'Wonder' Amazes

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The world's most famous superheroes seemingly lost their powers over the weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's big-budget Justice League opened to a sorely disappointing $96 million in North America, while a small feel-good movie named Wonder stole the thunder with $27.1 million after galvanizing elementary school kids across the country.

Justice League posted the lowest domestic opening of any title in the DC Extended Universe, which has yet to match the consistent success of rival Marvel Studios. The superhero mashup is faring better overseas, where it debuted to $185.5 million from 65 markets, including $51.7 »


- Pamela McClintock

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