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  • Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    A sharp decline in box office revenue from Universal Pictures weighed on second quarterly earnings for parent company Comcast Corp. Revenue from Universal movies totaled $1.35 billion in the three months that ended June 30, down 40% from the same period last year when the Los Angeles studio released...

  • 'Riverdale' cast on turning 'Archie's' high school sweeties into a foggy, noir series

    'Riverdale' cast on turning 'Archie's' high school sweeties into a foggy, noir series

    “Archie,” the 77-year-old comic whose overriding plot line hinged on which milkshake-sipping Riverdale teen (Veronica or Betty) the titular character would take to prom, is being updated as a noir live-action series. Call it “Darchie,” jokes Cole Sprouse, who plays series narrator, budding journalist...

  • Piracy sites tempt users with free movies as malware lies in wait, report says

    Piracy sites tempt users with free movies as malware lies in wait, report says

    Advocates have tried just about everything to protect Hollywood intellectual property. But attempts at legislation have floundered, and persuading people to give up illegal downloads has proved a Sisyphean task.  Now activists are trying a new tactic — appealing to people’s fears by pointing out...

  • Long-buried family truths emerge in the dark comedy 'Space'

    Long-buried family truths emerge in the dark comedy 'Space'

    “You are all amazing. You all have vast untapped potential. You all have a future.” With that mantra, so begins “Space” at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre. Stefan Marks’ promising look at a man returning home from 30 years in a mental institution is still forming, but then, so is its fascinating...

  • Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

    Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

    The Getty Foundation is scheduled to announce its 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees on Thursday -- and the projects chosen are slightly more gender balanced than in years past. The nine recipients in nine countries include, for the first time since the initiative’s 2014 launch, two projects designed...

  • Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Veteran theater provocateur Erik Patterson stings once again in “One of the Nice Ones,” his new play presented by Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre. The title is a pointed misnomer. No one is remotely nice in this raucous comedy, which is set behind the scenes at a fly-by-night...

  • Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater....

  • Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight. Pop singer Adele has booked two more shows to her extended series of concerts at Staples Center in August, adding to her already slotted six sold-out gigs. The new dates are on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.  The artist has been touring for much of the year in support of her 2015 album, “25,” after...

  • Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

    Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

    The lineup for the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced, and for the sixth year in a row it will feature some of the most heavily rotated musicians on the FM radio dial, including U2, Drake, Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and others.  The festival...

  • Screenwriting guru Robert McKee writes his story's next chapter

    Screenwriting guru Robert McKee writes his story's next chapter

    In the early 1990s, Robert McKee had a revelation that would change the course of his career and influence  the lives of tens of thousands of other writers. At the time, he’d written “Abraham,” a four-hour biblical miniseries, for TNT and had sold several unproduced screenplays. “I looked at ‘Abraham’...

  • John Oliver: The Republican convention was a 'four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over fact'

    John Oliver: The Republican convention was a 'four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over fact'

    After several weeks off the air, John Oliver delivered a withering critique of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.”  He described the event, marred by Melania Trump’s plagiarism scandal, Sen. Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement and no-shows of prominent Republicans...

  • At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 people have been arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey, including a woman accused of assaulting police, according to officials.  The arrests occurred at Saturday night's show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, officials said. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman...

  • AMC makes final $1.2 billion bid for Carmike Cinemas

    AMC makes final $1.2 billion bid for Carmike Cinemas

    Chinese-owned theater chain AMC Entertainment has boosted its offer to buy rival Carmike Cinemas, in a move to keep the closely watched deal from falling apart.  Leawood, Kan.-based AMC agreed on Monday to pay $33.06 a share for Columbus, Ga.-headquartered Carmike, a 10% increase from what the...

  • With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

    With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

    Several times during his politically charged set at the Panorama music festival Saturday night, Kendrick Lamar referred favorably to the host city. “New York started some of my most dedicated fans,” he said at one point, to raucous cheers. “Do you agree?"‎ The Compton  rapper, who once controversially...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    SERIES The Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher is down to her last three choices among the men who have tried to win her heart. 8 p.m. ABC So You Think You Can Dance The unscripted competition continues as the top nine dancers perform before judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, Nigel Lythgoe and Maddie Ziegler....

  • Stephanie Edwards and local news stations honored with Los Angeles-area Emmys

    Stephanie Edwards and local news stations honored with Los Angeles-area Emmys

    The Los Angeles area Emmy Awards honored local television news outlets Saturday night with nearly 50 awards for their coverage over the last year. During the event, which was held at the Television Academy’s new Saban Media Center, local icon and television host Stephanie Edwards was also honored...

  • The orchestra of the future plays iPalpiti festival finale

    The orchestra of the future plays iPalpiti festival finale

    Of all the death-haunted composers in history, Schubert and Mahler stand close to the top. Some of their most compelling music in this vein -- Schubert's Piano Sonata in B-flat, the slow movements from Mahler's 5th and 6th symphonies -- transform our fears into something emotionally complex and...

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