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Britney can't come close to matching Beyoncé’s fire at MTV VMAs

They were perhaps the saddest words ever glimpsed on MTV: “Britney Spears returns to the VMA stage in 10 minutes.” Rendered as an on-screen caption in the wake of Beyoncé’s epic throwdown on Sunday’s Video Music Awards, the sentence wasn’t supposed to trigger pity. After all, this year’s edition...

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  • Classic Hollywood: Raquel Welch reflects on her life as a sex symbol and movie star

    Classic Hollywood: Raquel Welch reflects on her life as a sex symbol and movie star

    At the beginning of “Fantastic Voyage,” star Stephen Boyd can be forgiven for being momentarily distracted by the comely technical assistant for “the top brain man in the country.” He’s about to operate on a comatose Russian scientist who has defected to the West, but what he really wants to know...

  • Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    That airy, wooshing sound? It’s a deep sigh of relief from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films. Their low-budget horror movie, “Don't Breathe,” surpassed “Suicide Squad” and pulled into the top spot at the box office on Saturday. It grossed about $10 million on Friday, and is expected...

  • The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Walter Lang’s 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” returns to the big screen next week in its opulent Cinemascope majesty. The lavish and boisterous 20th Century Fox musical will screen in theaters nationwide for two days as part of...

  • Essential Arts & Culture: Norton Simon keeps its Cranachs, Doug Aitken lands at MOCA, the power of 'Carré'

    Essential Arts & Culture: Norton Simon keeps its Cranachs, Doug Aitken lands at MOCA, the power of 'Carré'

    A complicated restitution case. A composition that mind-melds four orchestras. And an L.A. artist gets ready to transform a downtown museum. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times (and the blogger behind Culture High & Low), and here are the week’s top arts and culture...

  • New on video: Disney's entertaining 'Jungle Book' remake

    New on Blu-ray “The Jungle Book” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99; also available on VOD) This year’s slate of Hollywood remakes and sequels has mostly drawn mixed responses from critics and audiences, yet just about everybody has liked Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.”...

  • Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Good night to a good show My favorite show canceled? [“Nightly Show’ Host to Bid Farewell,” Aug. 18] I knew it was too truthful to be on TV. Catalina Garcia Van Nuys :: Larry Wilmore’s commentary was spot on, and the round-table had articulate discussions even when you were laughing at what was...

  • The indie summer provided a cure for for blockbuster blues

    The indie summer provided a cure for for blockbuster blues

    The aggregate opinion on this summer movie season seems to be that it was full of disappointments. Films made from the seemingly critic-proof formula of sequels and reboots with built-in audiences nevertheless seemed to let down critics and audiences alike week after week. From “X-Men: Apocalypse”...

  • In this 'Next to Normal,' the message is loud but not clear

    In this 'Next to Normal,' the message is loud but not clear

    "Next to Normal," the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a suburban mom's struggle with bipolar disorder, first arrived in Los Angeles in 2010, on its national tour. I remember feeling electrified — at once thrilled and unnerved — by the bracing honesty of Brian Yorkey's book and lyrics, the...

  • TV This Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3: 'You're the Worst' and more

    TV This Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3: 'You're the Worst' and more

      SUNDAY  Empowering young people is what it’s all about on a new edition of the star-studded special “WE Day.” With Paula Abdul, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Natalie Portman, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, et al. 7 p.m. ABC “I Miss Downton Abbey!” — perhaps...

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