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George Yanok, Emmy-Winning Writer on Lily Tomlin Specials, Dies at 83

George Yanok, who earned two Emmy Awards for co-writing Lily Tomlin TV specials in the 1970s, died Friday in Nashville after an 18-month battle with lung cancer, his stepdaughter, Katie Hill, announced. He was 83. One of the original writers on CBS’ Hee Haw, Yanok also wrote and/or produced for such other shows as Welcome […]

Johnny Brown, Comedian, Singer and ‘Good Times’ Actor, Dies at 84

Johnny Brown, the easygoing actor, comedian and singer best known for portraying the housing project superintendent Nathan Bookman on Good Times, has died. He was 84. Brown died Wednesday, his daughter, actress Sharon Catherine Brown, announced on Instagram. “Our family is devastated. Devastated. Devastated. Beyond heartbroken. Barely able to breathe,” she wrote. View this post on Instagram […]

Louie Anderson, Iconic Stand-Up Comic and ‘Baskets’ Star, Dies at 68

The Emmy-winning actor and author also created 'Life With Louie,' appeared in both 'Coming to America' films and hosted 'Family Feud.'

‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cooley High’ Enter National Film Registry

Strangers on a Train, Pink Flamingos, Cooley High, Return of the Jedi, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Selena are among the cinematic treasures chosen this year for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, it was announced Tuesday. The list of 25 motion pictures picked to be preserved also includes What Ever Happened to […]

Critic’s Picks: A February To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

Work from the Kuchars, Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, Ousmane Sembène, John Sayles, Larry Clark and the overdue U.S. release of a docufction by Chinese master Jia Zhangke beckon cinephiles this month.

Hollywood Flashback: A Sober Richard Pryor Spent ‘Brewster’s Millions’ in 1985

Richard Pryor starred in Walter Hill's adaptation 'Brewster's Millions' as a minor league pitcher whose rich uncle dies and leaves him $300 million, if he can spend $30 million

‘The Apollo’: Film Review | Tribeca 2019

The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival opens with Roger Ross Williams' 'The Apollo,' a moving ode to the historic Harlem theater.

‘I Am Richard Pryor’: Film Review | SXSW 2019

Jesse James Miller offers 'I Am Richard Pryor,' another made-for-TV account of Richard Pryor's unsafe-for-broadcast career.

‘Jellyfish’: Film Review | Tribeca 2018

Kitchen sink meets insult comedy in James Gardner’s grotesquely grim feature debut, 'Jellyfish.'

Richard Pryor’s Widow Confirms Comedian Slept With Marlon Brando

Quincy Jones made the allegation in a much talked-about interview with Vulture.

‘Star Wars’: Richard Pryor Once Bartended at the Mos Eisley Cantina

Watch a lost sketch from the late comedian's highly controversial, hourlong comedy-variety show that ran on NBC.

Critic’s Picks: A September To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

L.A. cinephiles with fall festival envy have a plethora of options this month, including a French prison break classic, several Stephen King adaptations and a trio of African-American musicals.