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  • 'Becoming the Beach Boys' 2-CD set explores the group's earliest efforts

    'Becoming the Beach Boys' 2-CD set explores the group's earliest efforts

    Putting a fledgling band under the microscope by examining every moment of its earliest work generally falls under the same bit of wisdom often applied to brain surgery, sausage-making and journalism: important activities in the grand scheme of things, but not processes you typically want to zero...

  • Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder, best known for his turn as Willy Wonka in the 1971 cult classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as his comedic collaborations with the likes of Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks, has died at age 83, his family announced Monday.  The loss of the actor caused an outpouring...

  • Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot.  Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday...

  • FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history.  “If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set at Exposition Park. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the...

  • The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences

    The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences

    A cadre of young and rising Hollywood talent responsible for scoring such films and TV series as “Foxcatcher,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Looper” and “Billions” has had its work heard by millions around the globe. Yet here at home these composers felt like they weren’t being heard. “We had gone...

  • 'Fear the Walking Dead' recap: Respect for zombies going too far?

    'Fear the Walking Dead' recap: Respect for zombies going too far?

    Even though Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) holds a morbid fascination for “the infected,” he’s shocked at how they’re catered to at a Tijuana colonia on AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” In “Los Muertos” (Episode 209), Nick awakens to the sound of chanting as a man sacrifices himself to ravenous zombies....

  • The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

    The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

    The arrivals at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night seemed to have something for everybody — except the dress-shirt industry. There were over-the-top fantastical ensembles like the ones worn by early arrivals Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy, the former as an angel-winged ice queen in...

  • Michael Phelps' OMG moment at the VMAs? Jimmy Fallon as Ryan Lochte

    Michael Phelps' OMG moment at the VMAs? Jimmy Fallon as Ryan Lochte

    MTV VMAs: Beyonce wins the VMAs, Rihanna and Drake melt our hearts, Britney Spears fizzles Aug. 28, 2016, 9:20 p.m. It's fair to say Beyonce stole the MTV VMAs with an extended performance inspired by "Lemonade." It was also a special evening for Rihanna, who performed throughout the night before...

  • 'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    Charles Osgood, long-time anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” announced today that he plans to retire after 22 years leading the broadcast. His career spanning 45 years at CBS News will be celebrated during his final show on Sept. 25. “For years now, people — even friends and family — have been asking...

  • 'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    Breathing life into what was expected to be a slow end to the summer box office season, Sony Pictures’ “Don’t Breathe” over-performed, leaving three-time box office champ, Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” in the dust. The low-budget horror movie raked in a surprising estimated $26.1 million in the...

  • FYF Fest: Grimes brings an aggressive edge to dance-pop

    FYF Fest: Grimes brings an aggressive edge to dance-pop

    More than hot new bands or beloved old songs, what the modern music festival promises is an opportunity for escapism -- a chance for attendees to imagine themselves, for an evening or a weekend, in circumstances softer or easier than their real lives. That's why Todd Terje & the Olsens, from Norway,...

  • FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    The consensus so far in the first hours of FYF 2016? The music is great, if you can find it. The festival underwent yet another significant layout change this year, where the main thoroughfare around the Coliseum was augmented by spidery routes in-between and behind the stages. We understand the...

  • 700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    When Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened its sprawling gallery compound in the downtown Los Angeles arts district earlier this year, its inaugural exhibition,“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016,” generated a ton of buzz. The show closes over Labor Day weekend — but it won’t...

  • 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    Here is – "voici," I should say — the Parisian high school superhero cartoon series you have been looking for. "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" premiered domestically on Nickelodeon last December, just two months after its French premiere. A second American DVD collection, "Spots On,"...

  • Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    That airy, wooshing sound? It’s a deep sigh of relief from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films. Their low-budget horror movie, “Don't Breathe,” surpassed “Suicide Squad” and pulled into the top spot at the box office on Saturday. It grossed about $10 million on Friday, and is expected...

  • Rihanna's career highlights include huge hits, big collaborations and a gaggle of Grammys

    Rihanna's career highlights include huge hits, big collaborations and a gaggle of Grammys

    With over 200 million records sold worldwide and eight Grammy Awards, Rihanna has become one of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century. On the eve of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’ll receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, we take a look back at her career. Early stardom Rihanna was...

  • New on video: Disney's entertaining 'Jungle Book' remake

    New on Blu-ray “The Jungle Book” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99; also available on VOD) This year’s slate of Hollywood remakes and sequels has mostly drawn mixed responses from critics and audiences, yet just about everybody has liked Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.”...

  • Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Good night to a good show My favorite show canceled? [“Nightly Show’ Host to Bid Farewell,” Aug. 18] I knew it was too truthful to be on TV. Catalina Garcia Van Nuys :: Larry Wilmore’s commentary was spot on, and the round-table had articulate discussions even when you were laughing at what was...

  • The indie summer provided a cure for the blockbuster blues

    The indie summer provided a cure for the blockbuster blues

    Ask most filmgoers about the summer movie season and the consensus would be that it was a disappointment. Films made from the seemingly surefire formula of sequels and reboots with built-in audiences nevertheless seemed to let down critics and audiences alike week after week. From “X-Men: Apocalypse”...

  • What time are the VMAs? Everything you need to know about MTV's biggest night

    What time are the VMAs? Everything you need to know about MTV's biggest night

    The MTV Video Music Awards have provided some of pop culture's most-discussed moments in recent years, from Kanye West crashing the stage during Taylor Swift’s speech to Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus for talking trash. It’s too early to know who will make headlines at this year’s VMAs, but...

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