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Ali and Cosell were an ideal match for TV

In 1974, Muhammad Ali appeared on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with Joe Frazier to talk with Howard Cosell about their upcoming heavyweight rematch. Ali’s frequent taunting prompted Frazier to lunge at him and the boxers wrestled on the floor until being separated by their entourage members.

Movie review: ‘Neighbors 2’ flips the script to great success

Two years ago, “Neighbors” writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, along with director Nicholas Stoller, reinvented the classic college party movie by pitting the frat guys against the young parents next door. It was a raunchy but sweet rumination on getting older and growing out of party mode, a refreshing take on the college movie formula. With “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” they’ve flipped the script, creating a feminist party classic that’s completely current and doesn’t skimp on any of the wild humor. It’s also even better than its predecessor.

New books on Teddy Roosevelt, in the wilderness and at war

How do you like your Teddy Roosevelt — sliced and diced, or the whole megillah? If big books about America’s larger-than-life 26th president are your thing, there are plenty of door-stopping bios to suit your fancy. But Roosevelt’s multifarious life — he was by turns a politician, writer, hunter, soldier, explorer and amateur scientist — is suitable for a thematic close-up, as displayed in the books under review here.

TV review: ‘American Masters’ looks at Janis Joplin

The upcoming “American Masters” portrait of Janis Joplin, titled “Janis: Little Girl Blue” was produced by Amy Berg, an Oscar nominee who interviews members of Janis Joplin’s first band, Big Brother and the Holding Company; Kris Kristofferson, whose hit “Me and Bobby McGee” was spectacularly covered by Joplin; record mogul Clive Davis; and famed filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, whose “Monterey Pop” from 1968 established Joplin.

‘Keanu’ is a real, funny movie

If you watched the trailer for “Keanu” starring Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key of Comedy Central’s beloved series “Key &Peele” _ and wondered “is this a real movie?” you’re not alone. In fact, it’s one of the auto-searches on Google. It’s understandable, as most know “Key &Peele” as a veritable factory of genre-bending viral sketches that engage with the tropes of Hollywood. But yes, “Keanu” is a real movie, a real funny one at that.
 

Game review: Craving another journey to a galaxy far, far away? Find it in “The Force Awakens”

The new “Force Awakens Play Set” for Disney Infinity 3.0 finishes the series of “Star Wars” sets offered this year, and in some ways stands apart as very distinct from them. The base set told an original story set against the familiar backdrop of the prequel trilogy’s “Clone Wars,” while the “Rise Against the Empire” set played fast and loose with the story of “A New Hope.” This set is similarly abridged, but rather than toying with familiar cultural mythology, the broad strokes here feel like the developer tip-toeing around spoilers.

10 films to look forward to in 2016

The major movie studios haven’t been just waiting around to see whether “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would be a blockbuster. They’ve known that since Disney announced the film in 2012. Now that it’s out, and possibly destined to become the highest-grossing film ever, the studios are aggressively rolling out some strong titles in 2016.