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  • Read or watch? 8 movies based on books are coming in September

    Read or watch? 8 movies based on books are coming in September

    As summer sunsets into fall, the changing of the seasons means would-be blockbusters are beginning to give way to prestige films (or "Oscar bait," if you're not feeling charitable). Some of those movies got their start on bookshelves. Here are eight movies based on books that are coming in September;...

  • Ryan Lochte, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others join 'Dancing With the Stars'

    Ryan Lochte, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others join 'Dancing With the Stars'

    Ryan Lochte will be putting on his dancing shoes for the next leg of his apology tour, joining the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” But the formerly blue-haired merman isn’t the only standout this season: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has also joined the Season 23 cast. So that’s two...

  • AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

    AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

    The 30th edition of AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of “Rules Don’t Apply” on Nov. 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written, directed and produced by and starring Warren Beatty — recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award and an Academy Award winner...

  • Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades

    Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades

    As it turns out, “The Two Kids That Blow ... Up” at the Lounge Theatre isn’t nearly as explosive as its expletive-laden title might suggest. Tracing three decades in the complicated relationship between two Asian American urbanites struggling to find their place in the world, Carla Ching’s play...

  • Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage

    Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage

    Frida Kahlo and John Coltrane are an unlikely pair, but at the Ford amphitheater in Hollywood, they proved an exhilarating match. The Los Angeles-based Latin dance theater troupe Contra-Tiempo opened the Ford show Saturday night with a new homage to Mexican painter Kahlo choreographed by Marjani...

  • '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...

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