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  • 2 protesters charged with storming 'Dancing With the Stars' stage after Ryan Lochte performance

    2 protesters charged with storming 'Dancing With the Stars' stage after Ryan Lochte performance

    Two men were charged Monday for rushing the “Dancing With the Stars” stage during a live taping to protest the appearance Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte, officials said. Barzeen Soroudi, 25, and Sam Sotoodeh, 59, were charged with interfering with the Sept. 12 performance and leaving a spectator...

  • Are those model buildings or a painting? For artist Amy Bennett, the answer is both

    Are those model buildings or a painting? For artist Amy Bennett, the answer is both

    Amy Bennett makes paintings that call little attention to the elaborate process of their creation, but what may seem like conventional landscapes come with a back story that gives us far more to absorb and ponder than what’s visible on the wall. For "Small Changes Every Day," her recent series...

  • Chinese movies cement control of China box office

    Chinese movies cement control of China box office

    Chinese films nearly swept the country’s box office last week, after getting sidelined earlier this month by American blockbusters. The Chinese-Hong Kong fantasy saga “A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three” topped the list for the second week in a row, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan...

  • At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

    At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

    What is burning in Toba Khedoori’s fireplace? In 2005, the L.A.-based artist made a painting of a domestic hearth ablaze, the life-size image rendered at viewer eye-level on an immense field of waxy white paper pieced together from two smaller sheets. (Overall, it’s more than 11 feet tall and 16...

  • R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

    R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

    When Kashif Saleem was sent the demo for a tender ballad called “You Give Good Love,” he felt it was a hit. The track had originally been destined for jazzy R&B singer Roberta Flack, whose assistant rebuffed the demo writer.  But Saleem had a different singer in mind. He had seen a young artist...

  • 'Blueberry Toast' from Echo Theater Company is a darkly whimsical dish

    'Blueberry Toast' from Echo Theater Company is a darkly whimsical dish

    The kitchen wallpaper is relentlessly cheery. Board games are scattered on the floor, eagerly waiting to be picked up again. All the ingredients for a scrumptious breakfast stand at the ready. Something is obviously wrong with this picture. In “Blueberry Toast,” playwright Mary Laws creates a storybook...

  • All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    A 36-CD box set featuring every known recording of Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 concert tour will be released Nov. 11, providing a companion piece to last year’s ambitious set documenting his studio recordings from 1965 and 1966. “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings” will feature songs taken from...

  • At a Houston museum filled with coffins and hearses, it's time for 'Death 101'

    At a Houston museum filled with coffins and hearses, it's time for 'Death 101'

    Linda Gravelle stared into the hearse. Thirty seconds went by and she lifted her camera, wanting to remember the moment. “Wow,” she whispered. “So beautiful.” But it wasn’t a departed loved one that gripped her attention. It was a small, horse-drawn carriage from 1832 — one of several early-model...

  • Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    One is an entertainment giant famous for exacting tight control over its content. The other is a tech firm whose commitment to free speech has earned it a reputation as a hub for news and a haven for online harassment.  Together, they make for a brow-raising pairing. But stranger things have happened...

  • China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy a controlling stake in the iconic Dick Clark Productions, a move that would further accelerate its rapid push into Hollywood. The deal would value the production firm at as much as $1 billion, according to one person familiar with the process...

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Not quite two weeks after turning 60, Jeffrey Kahane began his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra last weekend. He was buoyant, opening with one of Bach’s most overtly jubilant cantatas and ending with what the conductor described as the most joyous symphony...

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

    Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

    Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore,” has died. He was 87.  The director of such films as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs” died in his sleep early Monday, spokesman James Saito said.  Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the “splatter...

  • Drake releases 23-minute music video, and 'Views' returns to No. 1

    Drake releases 23-minute music video, and 'Views' returns to No. 1

    Drake may be seeking forgiveness with his new music video, but he’s likely not apologizing for “Views” returning to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s albums chart. On Monday the rapper released “Please Forgive Me,” a 23-minute video that’s part action, part thriller and all Drake exclusively on Apple...

  • Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

    Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

    Ty Dolla Sign was ready with an excuse in case he’d left an important name off the list of artists who’d joined him onstage at the Palladium. “If I didn’t say it,” the Los Angeles-based rapper and singer explained near the end of Sunday’s concert, “I was high.” Who could take offense after that?...

  • Meet 'The Magnificent Seven's' Haley Bennett, the actress who's about to be everywhere

    Meet 'The Magnificent Seven's' Haley Bennett, the actress who's about to be everywhere

    She’s the lone woman in “The Magnificent Seven.” She’s the (seemingly) perfect wife with a terrible secret in “The Girl on the Train.” And she’s playing a starlet opposite Warren Beatty in the veteran actor’s upcoming Howard Hughes movie, “Rules Don’t Apply.” But even with three major films arriving...

  • In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    Over its short life, virtual-reality entertainment has often been spun out of traditional Hollywood productions, whether an episodic piece based on “The Martian” or a more participatory experience derived from “Ghostbusters.” But the transom has rarely if ever gone the other way--an original VR...

  • Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

    Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

    Bill Nunn, a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in director Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” has died. He was 63. Nunn’s wife, Donna, confirmed his death to the Associated Press and said he had been battling cancer. Word of his death first arrived via Instagram...

  • Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

    Accordionist, bandleader and New Orleans music icon Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco has died. He was 68. His death was confirmed by the band’s manager and frequent collaborator, Ted Fox, who wrote on the Buckwheat Zydeco’s Facebook page that Dural had died early Saturday morning....

  • Why 'The Great British Baking Show' is too good for this cruel, cruel world

    Why 'The Great British Baking Show' is too good for this cruel, cruel world

    Proving that everything good and pure in this world will one day be snatched from us, the news broke this week that Mary Berry, the improbably named, immaculately coiffed cookbook author who has served as a judge on “The Great British Baking Show” since its inception in 2010, will be leaving the...

  • Box office: 'Magnificent Seven' remake rides to the top spot in its debut

    Box office: 'Magnificent Seven' remake rides to the top spot in its debut

    Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic 1960 western “The Magnificent Seven” may not have lived up to its name with the critics, but the film still got off to a strong start at the box office. The film starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt as gunslingers-for-hire earned an estimated...

  • Jeffrey Tambor's gender-bending, genre-breaking career

    Jeffrey Tambor's gender-bending, genre-breaking career

    “I love going to work,” Jeffrey Tambor said. “I’ve been very, very lucky. I’m in my 70s, so I’ve done a lot.” The 72-year-old San Francisco native, who last Sunday won another Emmy for his lead role in in “Transparent” — the third season of which recently premiered on Amazon — has a lengthy IMDb...

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