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.
Showtime says comedian Sacha Baron Cohen did not claim to be a disabled veteran to secure any interview subjects for his series "Who Is America," despite claims from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the contrary.
The first official photograph of British actress Olivia Colman in her new role as Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of the Netflix series "The Crown" was revealed on Twitter Monday, accompanied by just one word -- "patience."
Sacha Baron Cohen has been punking people for the last 20 years in various guises, which at first blush made his Showtime series, "Who is America?," sound like just more of the same. But the provocateur has reeled in some big fish -- who have dutifully denounced him -- as marks, adding sizzle to what otherwise amounts to serving old wine in a new bottle.
There's a scene in Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade" where the main character, Kayla, scores an invite to a pool party thrown by a popular peer and attended by everyone the shy girl wishes she could emulate.
After an appealing debut five years ago, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" suggests the animated monster franchise is at the risk of overstaying its welcome. Although still visually pleasing, the latest adventure seldom sparks to life, even by the standards of its undead protagonists.
"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.