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  • 'Total Frat Movie' is a totally bad movie

    'Total Frat Movie' is a totally bad movie

    It’s a rare film that can dredge up nostalgic fondness for 2002’s awful “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” but “Total Frat Movie” manages to rise to the dubious occasion. The second of two releases this weekend concerned with white frat boys behaving badly (the other is the more serious-minded “Goat”),...

  • Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

    Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch might be getting out of the office more, but he continues to pull down handsome compensation. The 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox collected $34.6 million in executive compensation in fiscal 2016, which represents a 24% raise from the prior year, according...

  • Tribute to World War II hero in documentary 'Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story'

    Tribute to World War II hero in documentary 'Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story'

    An evident labor of love that could have benefited from a sharper thematic focus, “Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story” pays tribute to the late WWII hero who earned a place in military lore for having led the last cavalry charge in U.S. military history. Illinois-born Ramsey, who died in 2013...

  • 'Teatro Moz': A theater festival in Boyle Heights takes on love, loss and the Mexican fascination with Morrissey

    'Teatro Moz': A theater festival in Boyle Heights takes on love, loss and the Mexican fascination with Morrissey

    Two years ago, Casa 0101 theater in Boyle Heights held an open call for short plays about, inspired by and tangentially touching on the life, times or melancholy of singer Morrissey — renowned for his love of gladiolas and his enmity toward meat. The theater received dozens of entries, including...

  • Monty Python's Terry Jones is diagnosed with dementia

    Monty Python's Terry Jones is diagnosed with dementia

    Terry Jones, the 74-year-old star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia. The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones was set to receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution...

  • Disney pulls 'Moana' costumes for children amid cultural appropriation uproar

    Disney pulls 'Moana' costumes for children amid cultural appropriation uproar

    Disney is pulling from sale a number of children’s items tied to its upcoming release “Moana” amid controversy over whether they are examples of cultural misappropriation and insensitivity toward Pacific Islanders. In the film, set thousands of years ago, a girl named Moana (voiced by Hawaiian-born...

  • 'Batgirl' team reunites for new motorcycle wars comic 'Motor Crush'

    'Batgirl' team reunites for new motorcycle wars comic 'Motor Crush'

    Fan-favorite “Batgirl” team Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr have reunited for a brand-new, creator-owned series, “Motor Crush.” And their new world of motorcycle warriors sounds pretty intense in the best way possible.  “Motor Crush” is centered around character Domino Swift, a...

  • Battle for Native American rights is depicted in the documentary '100 Years'

    Battle for Native American rights is depicted in the documentary '100 Years'

    The equally inspiring and enraging documentary “100 Years” emerges as a portrait of one remarkable rabble-rouser, the late Native American activist Elouise Cobell. If you’re unfamiliar with the 21st century plight of Native Americans at the hands of the U.S. government, prepare to get mad, and...

  • In 'Queen of Katwe,' Mira Nair considers chess, poverty and the vibrancy of life

    In 'Queen of Katwe,' Mira Nair considers chess, poverty and the vibrancy of life

    A mix of old-fashioned Hollywood optimism with an unblinking view of contemporary struggles, the new film “Queen of Katwe” is an upbeat tale from an impoverished place. With its Disney imprint, African locations, stars Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo and lack of any major roles for white performers...

  • 'West Wing' stars to reunite for Clinton campaign in Ohio

    'West Wing' stars to reunite for Clinton campaign in Ohio

    If endorsements from fictional political figures carry as much weight as real ones, Hillary Clinton has picked up a big one for her campaign in Ohio this weekend Stars from beloved political drama “The West Wing” will come together again in Sandusky, Toledo and Cleveland in support of the Democratic...

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