• 'Dunkirk:' Christopher Nolan triumphs with World War II epic

    (CNN)Among living writer-directors Christopher Nolan generates near-unrivaled sight-unseen anticipation, and "Dunkirk" does nothing to diminish that brand. Nolan has delivered a visceral, suspenseful, at times jaw-dropping historical war movie, the lone disclaimer being that he sacrifices character development in his steadfast focus on technical virtuosity. Indeed, while "Dunkirk" is epic in scope and feel, it's not in length, and Nolan essentially jumps into the story somewhere just short of the middle. As a result, the audience meets a wide assortment of key figures on the fly and gets to know nothing about them, which at least initially blunts the emotional impact. So even with Tom Hardy,

  • Woman at center of R. Kelly story asks father to stop

    The accusation came as part of of an explosive BuzzFeed article published Monday. In that article, Savage's parents -- then identified only as J. and Tim -- shared their concerns about their daughter's relationship with Kelly, who is 50. Savage's parents, whose full first names are Timothy and Jonjelyn, went public with their identities Monday at a press conference they held in Atlanta. They were joined at the press conference by Asante McGee, who was named in the BuzzFeed article as being a former member of Kelly's inner circle. At that press conference the couple said they had reached out to their daughter, but had not seen her since December. It was also in December that Timothy Savage began

  • Jason Bateman shines in Netflix's grim 'Ozark'

    (CNN)Jason Bateman wears multiple hats as producer, director and star in "Ozark," a grim Netflix drama that starts with a familiar premise -- financial advisor sucked into high-stakes world of laundering drug money -- but becomes increasingly engrossing. As 10-episode binges go, the show yields an admirable return on investment. Bateman plays Marty Byrde, whose outwardly idyllic existence belies plenty of trouble. Not only is he caught up in shady dealings with a ruthless cartel leader (Esai Morales), but his wife (Laura Linney) has been unfaithful. Marty's impeccably furnished house of cards comes crashing down in the premiere, forcing the fast-talking money man to hatch a scheme to save his

  • O.J. Simpson hearing: A blast from the media past

    O.J. Simpson was back on TV Thursday, his face seemingly plastered across every channel. If it felt as if the '90s had been revived, well, in a way, they've never left. Television, after all, is awash in nostalgia -- in revivals of shows like "Full House," "Twin Peaks" and the upcoming "Roseanne." The Simpson case has been the subject of some of that nostalgia, vaulting back onto TV with a pair of award-winning productions -- FX's dramatization "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," and ESPN's documentary "O.J.: Made in America." Simpson was once one of the most recognizable and popular figures in America. A legendary sports figure, commercial pitchman and actor at the time of his

  • 2018 Pirelli Calendar has an all-black cast

    (CNN)The 2018 Pirelli Calendar features an all-black cast of models, artists, musicians, comedians and actors. The subjects for the 2018 calendar include a diverse crew of black celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell as The Royal Beheader, drag icon RuPaul as the Queen of Hearts and rapper Lil Yachty as a member of The Queen's Guard.

  • Jake Tapper's 'The Outpost' picked up by Millennium Films

    Jake Tapper's bestselling book is getting the film treatment. Millennium Films announced Thursday that a film based on Tapper's book, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor," will be directed by Rod Lurie. Lurie, who served in the Army and is a West Point graduate, has previously directed projects including 2000's "The Contender" and 2001's "The Last Castle." The script is being developed by producer Paul Merryman and writing team Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who are best known for their Oscar nominated screenplay for 2010's "The Fighter." Tapper's "Outpost," which was published in 2012, tells the true story of 50 soldiers who battled over 400 Taliban in Northeastern Afghanistan during

  • 'Nashville' star released a song a week for a year

    (CNN)Charles Esten doesn't just play a singer on TV. The "Nashville" star is a singer and songwriter in real life who loves making music so much that he went on a mission to release one single a week for an entire year. Esten's song No. 52, "Long Haul," came out on July 7. Esten plays singer/songwriter Deacon Claybourne on "Nashville," which now airs on CMT.