How a fake rocker helped create MTV

Michael Nesmith is best known as one of The Monkees, a manufactured rock group that struggled to be accepted as a real band. But Nesmiths new memoir, Infinite Tuesday:...

Which ‘bubble’ shows are in danger of getting the ax?

We are about five weeks away from the major broadcast networks’ announcements of their new fall schedules — which will mean judgment day for existing shows whose fates are...

Ron Howard to direct documentary on Pavarotti

Following his successful Beatles documentary, Ron Howard is sticking with music. The Oscar winner is directing a documentary about Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian tenor who rose to superstar status. Howards...

Sorry, Gronk — you’ve got nothing on these NFL actors

Forget the release of Casablanca Friday is the greatest day in cinema history. Why? New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski returns to the big screen not playing himself...

Director Jodie Foster toys with all-too-real fears on ‘Black Mirror’

First-time Emmy winners (be they actors or TV shows) aren’t necessarily guaranteed a long shelf life. I note this in regard to “Black Mirror,” the (just slightly) futuristic “Twilight Zone”-ian...

These celebs are pretty pissed off about the Grammys

Musics biggest night? More like musics biggest gripe. The 60th Grammy Awards were supposed to be a glittering display of the pop worlds finest acts. But some celebs still found...

You need this book if you’re watching ‘The Crown’

The much-anticipated second season of the Netflix series “The Crown” dropped Friday, an arrival that pairs perfectly — albeit coincidentally — with the recent announcement that Prince Harry will...

Disgraced ‘Suits’ character triumphs with her own series

Wednesday nights Suits season finale sets the stage for the upcoming spinoff pilot starring former series regular Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson) airing next year as the Suits winter...

50 years later, ‘The Graduate’ cast reveals behind-the-scenes secrets

Benjamin Braddock needn’t have worried about his future: Fifty years on, Dustin Hoffman’s nebbishy Ben is forever 21, thanks to “The Graduate.” Mike Nichols’ 1967 film not only made Hoffman...

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spinoff is everything that’s wrong with TV

Does Shonda Rhimes think she’s Dick Wolf? Taking several pages from the “Law & Order” mastermind’s playbook, ABC announced Tuesday that Rhimes, the outrageously successful creator of “Scandal” and “Grey’s...