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Executive producer/writer Jack Thorne, from left, executive producer Jane Tranter, Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda participate in HBO's "His Dark Materials" panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
July 24, 2019 - 8:29 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — HBO's forthcoming fantasy series "His Dark Materials" and its new televangelist comedy "The Righteous Gemstones" bring wildly different worlds to the screen, yet both grapple with the same central problem: How to take on religion without degrading and demeaning viewers...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2009, file photo, author, comedian and co-founder of the Yippie party as well as stand-up satirist, Paul Krassner, 77, poses for a photo at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, has died. His daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson, says Krassner died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. He was 87. (AP Photo/Eric Reed, File)
July 21, 2019 - 6:40 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said. Krassner died at his home in...
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FILE - This Nov. 13, 2008 file photo shows actor Arte Johnson at the 15th Annual Lint Roller Party in Los Angeles. Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch television show “Laugh-In,” died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. He was 90. A family representative says Johnson died of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancers. (AP Photo/Shea Walsh, File)
July 03, 2019 - 7:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch work on the television show "Laugh-In," has died early Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90. Johnson died of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer, family representative Harlan Boll said...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Kaley Cuoco poses in the press room at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Cuoco is making a big move after wrapping 12 seasons with "The Big Bang Theory." Warner Bros. Television Group said Monday, July 1, 2019, that Cuoco has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with the company. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
July 01, 2019 - 12:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kaley Cuoco is making a big move after wrapping 12 seasons with "The Big Bang Theory." Warner Bros. Television Group said Monday that Cuoco has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with the company. The agreement keeps Cuoco in business with the studio that produced "The Big Bang...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2017 file photo Sebastian Maniscalco arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" in Los Angeles. The comedian, actor and best-selling author will host MTV’s 2019 Video Music Awards. Maniscalco will be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26, 2019, by some of music’s biggest stars as they celebrate the year’s iconic videos. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
June 26, 2019 - 10:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards. He'll be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 by some of the industry's biggest stars as they celebrate the year's music videos. Executive producer Bruce Gillmer says...
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June 26, 2019 - 10:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards. He'll be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 by some of the industry's biggest stars as they celebrate the year's music videos. Executive producer Bruce Gillmer says...
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June 13, 2019 - 12:45 pm
LONDON (AP) — British police say they are "assessing" a comedian's joke about throwing battery acid at politicians, a quip that was condemned by Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage. Discussing recent milkshake-hurlings at politicians including Farage, Jo Brand said on a BBC radio comedy show: "'Why...
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This undated image shows Randall Park and Ali Wong in a scene from the movie "Always Be My Maybe." The newly released Netflix movie is an Asian-American rom-com with a twist: ethnicity isn't central to the plot. (Courtesy of Netflix)
June 02, 2019 - 12:04 pm
The newly released Netflix movie "Always Be My Maybe," is an Asian American rom-com with a twist: Ethnicity isn't central to the plot. It's just stand-up comedian and actress Ali Wong and "Fresh Off the Boat" actor Randall Park playing best friends and soul mates who happen to be Asian, which may...
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a meeting with the lawmakers in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Ukraine's new president has signed a decree dissolving the parliament and calling a snap election in two months. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 1:57 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine's parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his supporters into parliament. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old TV comedian who won 73% of the...
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This photo provided by CBS shows Jim Parsons in a scene from the series finale of "The Big Bang Theory," Thursday, May 16, 2019, airing 8:30 - 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network. (Michael Yarish/CBS via AP)
May 16, 2019 - 10:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" closed out its run as television's top-rated comedy with an emotional final episode that saw some big changes for the show's group of geeky misfits. The long-running series on CBS concluded with two final episodes, "The Change Constant" and "The Stockholm...
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