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  • Thursday's TV highlights: 'Taraji's White Hot Holidays' on Fox

    Thursday's TV highlights: 'Taraji's White Hot Holidays' on Fox

    SERIES The Big Bang Theory When Howard (Simon Helberg) plans a birthday celebration for his little daughter (voice of Pamela Adlon), Sheldon (Jim Parsons) goes over the top with a party for Amy (Mayim Bialik), built around an authentic “Little House on the Prairie” themed dinner, in this new episode....

  • Alexander Payne's 'Election' is a Flick worth picking

    Alexander Payne's 'Election' is a Flick worth picking

    The cover of the new Criterion Collection edition of “Election” features a cupcake bearing the high-school campaign slogan “PICK FLICK” in brightly frosted letters. Even those who haven’t seen Alexander Payne’s wickedly astute 1999 satire will likely grasp the reference. Tracy Flick, played in...

  • Pat DiNizio, lead singer of the Smithereens, dies at 62

    Pat DiNizio, lead singer of the Smithereens, dies at 62

    Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens blended pop, rock and New Wave music for such hits as "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You," has died at age 62. The band announced on its website that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced....

  • Jesse Rutherford steps away — but not too far — from the Neighbourhood

    Jesse Rutherford steps away — but not too far — from the Neighbourhood

    When Jesse Rutherford was young — before he got into music and eventually scored a No. 1 alternative-rock hit with his band, the Neighbourhood — the now-tattooed Ventura County native spent a few years working as a smiley-faced child actor. One of his big auditions? “A little show called ‘Hannah...

  • Part circus, part technology trade show, Cirque du Soleil's Mexico-themed 'Luzia' opens in L.A.

    Part circus, part technology trade show, Cirque du Soleil's Mexico-themed 'Luzia' opens in L.A.

    Technology flexes its muscles in the latest Cirque du Soleil show to visit Southern California. We know Cirque as a showcase for the limits to which humankind can push itself, but this time, machines have grabbed the starring role as the French Canadian circus — which reliably incorporates new...

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  • Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Bull' on CBS

    Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Bull' on CBS

    SERIES NCIS James Morrison (“24”) guest stars as an senator protected by Sloane and Torres (Maria Bello, Wilmer Valderrama) during a holiday-season trip to Afghanistan. Due to a medical emergency the group tries to get back to the U.S. as quickly as possible. Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”) also...

  • Bruce Brown, who turned surfing into a cultural phenomenon with 'The Endless Summer,' dies at 80

    Bruce Brown, who turned surfing into a cultural phenomenon with 'The Endless Summer,' dies at 80

    On a tight budget and with an armful of surfboards, Bruce Brown helped introduce America to surfing with a story of two friends trotting around the world, in chase of the perfect wave. Though it was considered a longshot at best by distributors, there was something about “The Endless Summer” that...

  • Bach times two: Collegium and Master Chorale double the elation

    Bach times two: Collegium and Master Chorale double the elation

    You can’t go wrong with Bach. Any time. Any place. Performed in just about any cockamamie way. Bach befits Christmas better than any other composer, although he isn’t usually the first to be called upon. Handel’s ubiquitous “Messiah,” suited for Easter, is the Grinch who stole Christmas from Bach’s...

  • Stevie Wonder opens up 'Talking Book' and 'Innervisions' at holiday benefit concert

    Stevie Wonder opens up 'Talking Book' and 'Innervisions' at holiday benefit concert

    Stevie Wonder had some altruistic reasons for performing his albums “Talking Book” and “Innervisions” from beginning to end on Sunday night at Staples Center. For starters, he was using the records, both from his early-1970s artistic peak, to lure folks to this year’s edition of his annual House...

  • Monday's TV highlights: 'The Gifted' on Fox

    Monday's TV highlights: 'The Gifted' on Fox

    SERIES Kevin Can Wait Kevin (Kevin James) botches his effort to help Vanessa (Leah Remini) get a date with a handsome personal trainer (guest star Eduardo Verastegui) in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS The Great Christmas Light Fight In this double episode, Florida neighbors pit their elaborate holiday...

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