Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, actor Sam Shepard poses for a portrait in New York. Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, died of complications from ALS, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky.  He was 73.  (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died

‘Dunkirk’ fights off rivals

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‘Dunkirk’ fights off rivals

Al Gore gets personal in ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (Inconvenientsequel.com)

“I had a plan for my life,” former vice president Al Gore says during “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” And then he quotes Mike Tyson: “Everybody has a plan until he gets punched in the face.”

Tracy Morgan relishes post-crash chance to be 'better man'

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Tracy Morgan arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Morgan said he's a better man since the 2014 roadway accident that left him critically injured and killed his friend, comedian James McNair. His remarks were made during a Q&A session to promote his new TBS comedy series,

Tracy Morgan has a ready answer when asked about getting a second chance after his near-fatal crash three years ago

Viewers taking wait-and-see attitude toward Megyn Kelly

FILE - In this May 5, 2016 photo, Megyn Kelly poses for a portrait in New York. After her brassy start at NBC News, viewers are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Megyn Kelly in anticipation of her big test this fall. Kelly's show isn't as popular as its predecessor in the time slot,

As her initial run as host of the newsmagazine 'Sunday Night' comes to an end, NBC pronounces itself happy with Megyn Kelly's performance

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