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  • L.A. Phil's 2017-18 season will build bridges, Dudamel says

    L.A. Phil's 2017-18 season will build bridges, Dudamel says

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic is expected to announce its 2017-18 lineup Tuesday, and in offering a sneak peek of the season, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel said if there is a theme, it is diversity — in cultures, in artists and in the music itself.   “It’s a really, really special season,” Dudamel...

  • Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Fresh off the Boat' on ABC

    Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Fresh off the Boat' on ABC

    SERIES Religion & Ethics Newsweekly The series finale of the program hosted by Bob Abernethy looks back over its 20-year run and highlights memorable stories and interviews. 5:30 p.m. KOCE The Voice The auditions continue as vocalists perform for coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani...

  • Oscar ratings, still in the doldrums, fall to 9-year low

    Oscar ratings, still in the doldrums, fall to 9-year low

    The debacle may go down as one of the wildest moments ever on an Oscars telecast. But the extraordinary scene — in which the wrong movie was announced for best picture at the end of the show —  had no impact on anemic ratings for Hollywood’s biggest night. The 89th Academy Awards was watched by...

  • How a piece of paper crushed the Oscars

    How a piece of paper crushed the Oscars

    In the middle of the selfies and the on-screen tweets to President Trump and a thousand and one other whiz-bang technological tools to make the Oscars seem relevant to an audience with an ever-shortening attention span, the Academy Awards were betrayed this year by the simplest item you can imagine....

  • After all the crazy Oscar drama live onstage, one idea endures: the power of empathy

    After all the crazy Oscar drama live onstage, one idea endures: the power of empathy

    And the winner actually is … The final-act confusion over the best picture award that had movie moguls staggering out of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood after Sunday’s Academy Awards was a fitting conclusion to a show that had been pulling off a more artful bait-and-switch all night. The expectation...

  • The best picture twist ending was embarrassing for the academy but may be good for the Oscars

    The best picture twist ending was embarrassing for the academy but may be good for the Oscars

    Not since a Chicago newspaper headlined “Dewey Defeats Truman” has there been a massive public screw-up on the order of what happened at the Oscars on Sunday night. But it’s an ill wind that blows nobody some good, and the huge embarrassment for Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and the academy may turn...

  • In a wild Oscars show, the music could've been wilder

    In a wild Oscars show, the music could've been wilder

    Did the Oscars watch the Grammys this year? That was one way to look at the wild — and undoubtedly conversation-starting — conclusion to Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, in which presenter Faye Dunaway accidentally named “La La Land” best picture before her co-presenter, Warren Beatty, realized that...

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