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  • New video: 'Manchester by the Sea' is filled with the stuff of life

    New video: 'Manchester by the Sea' is filled with the stuff of life

    New on Blu-ray “Manchester by the Sea” (Lionsgate DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) Don’t be put off by all the descriptions of the multi-Oscar-nominated “Manchester by the Sea” as a melancholy tear-jerker. Yes, this picture is suffused with sadness; and yes, Casey Affleck gives...

  • ABC sells all its Oscar ad time; advertisers brace for political speeches

    ABC sells all its Oscar ad time; advertisers brace for political speeches

    ABC Television network is collecting about $2 million for each 30-second advertising spot in the upcoming 89th Academy Awards broadcast — a healthy boost over last year’s prices. Burbank-based ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co., announced Friday that it had sold all its commercial inventory for the...

  • 'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

    'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

    "Looking down from two miles above the surface of the Earth, it's impossible not to be impressed by the sheer grandeur and splendor and power of the natural world," says David Attenborough at the beginning of "Planet Earth II," the sequel to his landmark 2006 "Planet Earth." That globally popular...

  • Environmental warning as art exhibition: The Harrisons at Various Small Fires

    Environmental warning as art exhibition: The Harrisons at Various Small Fires

    Long before sustainability became a buzzword, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison were delving into the human motivations and actions that run counter to the best interests of the planet. Their work has been featured in museums around the world and their voices heard at international conferences on...

  • A real life look at the crazy odds and tortured dreams of making it in La La Land

    A real life look at the crazy odds and tortured dreams of making it in La La Land

    (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) A real life look at the crazy odds and tortured dreams of making it in La La Land By Jeffrey Fleishman Feb. 17, 2017 Beyond a stretch of thrift stores and nail salons, in a small Panorama City house he shares with eight people, four dogs and a lot of crucifixes,...

  • New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    What if the most radical television show of 2017 turns out to be a series created in 1985? It’s hard to shake that feeling since “Golden Girls,” which twice won the Emmy for comedy series, began streaming on Hulu on Feb. 13. The series would stand out among today’s crop of comedies for plenty of...

  • TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

    TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

      SUNDAY The best of basketball’s best, including Steph Curry and LeBron James, will be in the Big Easy for the “2017 NBA All-Star Game.” 5:20 p.m. TBS, TNT “The Good Wife’s” Christine Baranski spins off into the new legal drama “The Good Fight,” which bows on broadcast and streaming, with subsequent...

  • 'Steven Universe' construction sets bring the Mr. Universe van to life

    'Steven Universe' construction sets bring the Mr. Universe van to life

    Will you let this van be driven into your heart? New “Steven Universe” toys are on the way and fans will soon be able to build some familiar sights straight out of the show, including dad Greg Universe’s ever-enduring van.  McFarlane Toys is partnering with Cartoon Network for a line of “Steven...

  • Diotima Quartet premieres Boulez work 64 years in the making

    Diotima Quartet premieres Boulez work 64 years in the making

    Pierre Boulez must not have gotten the memo about a work of art never being finished, merely abandoned. Boulez, who died last year at age 90, had the hardest time letting go of his works. Take “Livre Pour Quatuor,” Révisé (“Book for Quartet,” Revised), his only string quartet, which took 64 years...

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