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  • 'The Great British Baking Show'

    'The Great British Baking Show'

    “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS); Mary Berry interview on “Larry King Now” (Ora/Hulu). Things have been so crazy lately  that it was only yesterday that I learned we are in the middle of PBS’ broadcast of the current season of “The Great British Baking Show,” the loveliest of all cooking competitions....

  • TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

    TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

      SUNDAY Fans of everything from the hit musical “Hamilton” to the animated sci-fi comedy “Rick & Morty” will have their voices heard at the “2016 MTV Fandom Awards.” 8 p.m. MTV The docu-special “The Rise and Fall of El Chapo” profiles the incarcerated Mexican drug lord formerly known as the fugitive...

  • 'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides

    'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides

    In a world where unabashed advocacy documentaries are thick on the land, Ivy Meeropol's expert "Indian Point," an evenhanded look at the issues surrounding nuclear power, is a welcome exception. With no end in sight to global energy demands, questions about nuclear's place as a possible solution...

  • Richard Prince show plays more like a fan tribute than art exhibition

    Richard Prince show plays more like a fan tribute than art exhibition

    People often say that we get the politicians we deserve. If that’s also true of art exhibitions, “Richard Prince: The Douglas Blair Turnbaugh Collection (1977-1988)” paints an unflattering picture of what people want in a culture that no longer understands the difference between public and private...

  • Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

    Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

    Rick Ross has the largest single-family home in Georgia, and now he’s got a new single with Skrillex that’s big enough to fill every last room of it. The two collaborated on the new single “Purple Lamborghini,” a centerpiece of the upcoming “Suicide Squad” soundtrack released today via Zane Lowe’s...

  • The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable? Yes, 2012's “Ice Age: Continental Drift” was the highest-grossing animated film that year. Is it necessary? Absolutely not....

  • The sculptures that help you to see (and feel) color in a new light

    The sculptures that help you to see (and feel) color in a new light

    The magical mysteries of color strut their shape-shifting stuff in “Peter Alexander, Sculpture 1966-2016: A Career Survey” at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Boyle Heights, where the exhibition is a garden of earthly delights. Its 21 pieces meld simple shapes and complex colors to give beauty a real...

  • New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint saluted in style at Hollywood Bowl

    New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint saluted in style at Hollywood Bowl

    The word “salute” in “Yes We Can Can: An Allen Toussaint Salute at the Hollywood Bowl” served more as a low-key theme than a specific call to action in the performances by Toussaint’s musical family from New Orleans: Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Galactic and the Allen Toussaint Band. There...

  • Samantha Bee's 'A Very Special Full Frontal Special'

    Samantha Bee's 'A Very Special Full Frontal Special'

    Samantha Bee, whose weekly TBS series "Full Frontal" has become appointment viewing for those who survive current events by seeing them kicked in the backside, went off-schedule Wednesday for "A Very Special Full Frontal Special." Timed, and more or less themed, to the Republican National Convention,...

  • 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie': Bloody good summer fun

    'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie': Bloody good summer fun

    In “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” a sensible young woman asks her hard-partying grandmother to explain the endurance of a decades-long friendship, a seemingly unbreakable bond forged on champagne and mischief. “Because it’s bloody good fun,” her grandmother answers, matter-of-factly. That’s as...

  • 'Star Trek Beyond' boldly goes kind of where you expect it to, but with style

    'Star Trek Beyond' boldly goes kind of where you expect it to, but with style

    Taking its celebrated “Live long and prosper” salute to heart, “Star Trek” has become not just a movie franchise but a pop culture empire. About to turn 50, it has spawned 13 films and six TV series, sold more than 100 million books, comics and magazines and continues to have such cachet that Amazon’s...

  • Melania Trump's 'Speech-gate' is still comic gold for late-night hosts

    Melania Trump's 'Speech-gate' is still comic gold for late-night hosts

    In the late-night arena, Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech at the Republican National Convention is the gift that keeps on giving. Two nights after the speech, parts of which were taken from a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel were still firing away at the wife...

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