For those seeking to understand Disney's strategy under CEO Robert Iger, just take a look around the colorful halls of Comic-Con: Thousands of people who spent hard-earned cash trekking to San Diego -- in some cases great distances -- to savor their favorite pastimes, many dressed in purchased or home-made costumes.
The so-called "resistance" to President Trump takes many forms. In Hollywood, writers and producers are using the tools of their trade -- jokes and dramatizations -- to make statements about Trump and the dangers of demagoguery more broadly.
At a moment where gloom feels pervasive in many quarters, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" rides a tide of joy, fun and mother-daughter bonding, again set to a jaunty array of ABBA tunes. This decade-later sequel also features a pair of natural assets -- the dazzling beauty of its island setting, and the utterly winning presence of Lily James, who occupies what amounts to the central role as the younger version of Meryl Streep's character.
A sequel to a movie based on a TV show is basically the ultimate commentary on Hollywood's infatuation with presold titles, but at least "The Equalizer 2" doesn't harbor many pretentions about its marching orders. Anchored by Denzel Washington's steely presence, it's a spare, brutal vigilante exercise, with an element of righteous revenge mixed into the balance.
Actor Aaron Paul, who is best known for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," brought his daughter to the San Diego Comic-Con dressed in a hazmat suit like one he wore on the television show.
Two California houses owned by famous fictional families from "Brady Bunch" and "Full House" are in the news for very different reasons -- one is hoping to drum up some interest while the other is hoping for less attention.
Sacha Baron Cohen's act hasn't changed, from "Da Ali G Show" to "Borat" to his new Showtime series, "Who is America?" But the world has, which, in light of the media uproar he's triggered, raises the question whether the timing was very right -- or wrong -- for this comeback.
The intimate bond that comedians forge with an audience makes their loss feel more intimate and personal. What remains somewhat mysterious -- and at times mystifying -- is the darker side of stand-up, which has contributed to the premature deaths of so many comedy stars.
As is so often the case with Stephen King adaptations, "Castle Rock" -- an original Hulu series, stitched together from the author's multi-verse -- looks better on paper. Name-checking and drawing inspiration from various King works, the J.J. Abrams-produced show boasts a gaudy cast (some with King connections), but proves enamored with atmosphere while failing to scare up a compelling story.
"Whitney," the second feature-length Whitney Houston documentary in 10 months, has the advantage of being produced with cooperation from Houston's estate, providing greater access to those closest to her, including multiple relatives. The overall message, though, is much the same and painfully familiar -- how the price of fame, and being pulled in multiple directions, contributed to the premature end of a one-for-the-ages talent.
The "Die Hard" comparisons are inevitable with "Skyscraper," the latest action vehicle for the very busy Dwayne Johnson. While the movie doesn't quite scale those heights, it delivers similar old-fashioned, popcorn-y pleasures with its Rock-solid foundation, with a bare-bones plot and plenty of stunts that do for tall buildings what "Jaws" did for sharks.