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  • 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...

  • A 'galaxy' of sound: L.A.'s King makes R&B on its own terms

    A 'galaxy' of sound: L.A.'s King makes R&B on its own terms

    No one rules the members of King. Based in Los Angeles, this crafty R&B trio writes, performs and produces its own music, a rare instance of artistic autonomy in a world defined by behind-the-scenes direction. What’s more, twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and their friend Anita Bias handle...

  • 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...

  • Denzel Washington and Viola Davis enter Oscar race with 'Fences' trailer

    Denzel Washington and Viola Davis enter Oscar race with 'Fences' trailer

    Even before production began on “Fences” in  April, many awards season pundits already had the film’s stars on their lists of likely Oscar nominees. On Tuesday, we got to see why, when Paramount Pictures put out the first trailer for the movie starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who also...

  • '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...

  • 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...

  • Everyone's a little bit political: 'Avenue Q' puppets stage their own Clinton-Trump debate

    Everyone's a little bit political: 'Avenue Q' puppets stage their own Clinton-Trump debate

    The presidential candidates had come to a New York stage to make their plea to voters: Hillary Clinton, building a case for her experience, and Donald Trump, arguing for his outsider vigor. Each had a disadvantage — or, depending on your level of political apathy, an advantage: They were puppets....

  • 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?...

  • Must-see debate week TV: 'The Choice 2016,' 'Debate Wars' and 'Drunk History'

    Must-see debate week TV: 'The Choice 2016,' 'Debate Wars' and 'Drunk History'

    Debate night! When presidential candidates stand side by side to test the strength of their arguments and the effectiveness of their rhetoric! (Sure.) An audience of a bazillion gazillion is expected, because more than usually the shape of the world, from pole to pole and meridian to meridian,...

  • These rainstorms are made of chicken wire and xylophone notes. But L.A. will take them

    These rainstorms are made of chicken wire and xylophone notes. But L.A. will take them

    California may be in a drought, but inside Walt Disney Concert Hall it’s cloudy with a chance of rain. Nebulous slate-colored thunderheads loom above the escalators that transport visitors from the parking garage into the soaring architecture of the music hall. The clouds are made from chicken...

  • The most striking thing missing from last night’s debate stage

    The most striking thing missing from last night’s debate stage

    The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates, established in 1987, uses a stock, reconfigurable stage design, a kit of sober-looking parts, for each of its nationally televised events. Monday night this portable backdrop was reassembled inside Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition...

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