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  • Roman Polanski extradition request rejected by Poland's top court

    Roman Polanski extradition request rejected by Poland's top court

    Director Roman Polanski scored a key legal victory in Poland on Tuesday when the country’s top court rejected an extradition request from the U.S. stemming from the filmmaker’s 1977 Los Angeles case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor. The Polish Supreme Court in Warsaw ruled...

  • Sturgill Simpson on his surprise album of the year Grammy nod

    Sturgill Simpson on his surprise album of the year Grammy nod

    You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more surprised by the general album of the year Grammy nomination for Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” than Simpson himself. “In terms of what happened today, this never even crossed my mind,” the Kentucky-born singer and songwriter told The Times...

  • Director Ron Howard reacts to the Grammy nomination for his Beatles documentary

    Director Ron Howard reacts to the Grammy nomination for his Beatles documentary

    It’s no surprise that the Grammy Awards’ music film category includes a nomination for the Ron Howard-directed documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years.” Grammy voters have saluted the group, its music and its members regularly since first bestowing the new artist for 1964...

  • Lukas Graham grows up and finds Grammy acclaim with '7 Years'

    Lukas Graham grows up and finds Grammy acclaim with '7 Years'

    The biggest songs at the Grammys this year are about breakups, black womanhood and taking pills in Ibiza. All very up-to-the-minute topics for our era in pop music. But then there’s the little piano ballad about slowly growing older and finding comfort in your family as some friends get left behind....

  • In 'The Wholehearted,' a female boxer looks for redemption out of the ring

    In 'The Wholehearted,' a female boxer looks for redemption out of the ring

    In Deborah Stein’s play “The Wholehearted,” world-premiering at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, a female prizefighter named Dee Crosby finds herself at a crossroads in life. For those who don’t follow women’s boxing, Dee’s most recognizable precedent will probably be Maggie, the dauntless,...

  • 1988 Armenian tragedy plays out in 'Earthquake'

    1988 Armenian tragedy plays out in 'Earthquake'

    “Earthquake” proves an earnest, deeply felt drama set against the 1988 calamity that devastated a large swath of northern Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union) and caused more than 25,000 deaths. What the film lacks in high-octane disaster-movie thrills it makes up for with its focus on personal...

  • A diplomatic China Philharmonic plays Disney Hall

    A diplomatic China Philharmonic plays Disney Hall

    You must have heard about a president-elect last week talking on the telephone with the president of Taiwan, and thus, by evading protocol, possibly upending U.S. China policy. Now what? I know. I know. This is no job for a music critic. But as long as the job qualifications for governance have...

  • New fortune-teller drama 'Shut Eye' runs hot and cold

    New fortune-teller drama 'Shut Eye' runs hot and cold

    In “Shut Eye,” a new series premiering Wednesday on Hulu, Jeffrey Donovan plays a fake psychic — that is, a con man — whose life begins to change after being (literally) kicked in the head. He hears voices; he hallucinates. He seems actually to see the future. “Time is out of joint,” he says, paraphrasing...

  • Kip Winger has a contemporary classical album? The rock guitarist discusses his Grammy nod

    Kip Winger has a contemporary classical album? The rock guitarist discusses his Grammy nod

    Nestled near the end of the list of 84 Grammy nominations amid the hundreds of musicians is one particular artist whose appearance likely will surprise many who lived through the 1980s metal scene. A certain “C.F. Kip Winger” is nominated in the contemporary classical recording category for “Winger:...

  • The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

    The Grammys have finally embraced Justin Bieber. But is this progress?

    In December 2012, Ellen DeGeneres had Justin Bieber on her talk show to discuss the pop star’s latest tattoo (a wise owl), what he likes to do on his days off (sneak into movies) and whether he was bummed not to have been nominated for a Grammy Award. “It’s definitely something that I was looking...

  • 'Hairspray' comes to life on TV with tweaks — and drones

    'Hairspray' comes to life on TV with tweaks — and drones

    A calorie-rich serving of bright colors and a motley crew of star power is making for a hallucinogenic visual on a soundstage here in Universal City. Kristin Chenoweth skedaddles across the floor. Harvey Fierstein and Martin Short bow in front of a swarm of adoring dancers. All the while pop powerhouses...

  • Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel has been selected as host of the 2017 Academy Awards. His selection comes just four months after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its contract with ABC to air the ceremony through 2028. (ABC has been the exclusive home of the Oscars since 1976.) The star of “Jimmy...

  • My kingdom for a can of beans! A radical take on the Bard in 'Table Top Shakespeare'

    My kingdom for a can of beans! A radical take on the Bard in 'Table Top Shakespeare'

    To be, or not to be a bottle of balsamic vinegar, that is the question. It really was the question, at least  when the unorthodox British performance troupe Forced Entertainment conceived of its latest project, “Table Top Shakespeare,” which runs Tuesday through Saturday at the Center for the Art...

  • 'Westworld' finale: We have questions

    'Westworld' finale: We have questions

    “Westworld” went out just as it came in: with guns blazing. And just as the premiere did, it left many viewers scratching their heads. The HBO series concluded its first season with plenty of spectacle and blood, but we’ve still got many questions that need answers, and a few ideas to consider...

  • Neil Young has a fire in his belly in new 'Peace Trail' album

    Neil Young has a fire in his belly in new 'Peace Trail' album

    Neil Young was toying with the idea of putting his own idiosyncratic spin on one of punk-poet Patti Smith’s signature songs. He’d been talking politics, mainly the widespread expressions of alienation by voters leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Only people can take back the power,”...

  • Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' his personal quest and an awards hope, has its major Hollywood unveiling

    Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' his personal quest and an awards hope, has its major Hollywood unveiling

    Martin Scorsese has been waiting nearly 30 years to bring “Silence” into the world, and tastemakers have anticipated watching it for seemingly as long. On Sunday, both got their wish, as the late December awards release finally had its first official screening, at a packed affair in Westwood in...

  • Mandy Moore is back on track with 'This Is Us'

    Mandy Moore is back on track with 'This Is Us'

    Playing an expectant mother to triplets was already daunting for Mandy Moore. But playing a 66-year-old mother to three thirtysomething children? That was not something she was prepared to do. “There are no YouTube videos for that!” Moore, 32, says, emphatically enough to make you wonder if she...

  • Loudon Wainwright III inaugurates new Sorting Room space with unsparing show

    Loudon Wainwright III inaugurates new Sorting Room space with unsparing show

    It’s more a natural segue than a sharp career shift that veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III has come up with in his one-man show, “Surviving Twin.” The production received its West Coast premiere over the weekend at the warm and intimate new performance space, the Sorting Room, in...

  • The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor at a bittersweet Kennedy Center Honors 2016

    The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor at a bittersweet Kennedy Center Honors 2016

    Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration. Actor-director Al Pacino, singer-songwriter James Taylor,...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Timeless' on NBC

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Timeless' on NBC

    SERIES Kevin Can Wait After Kevin (Kevin James) promises to spend time with his family, his resolve is tested when his buddies surprise him with tickets to a Billy Joel concert. 8 p.m. CBS The Voice The top eight artists perform in front of the coaches for America’s vote as the semifinals begin. 8...

  • 'Moonlight' beats 'La La Land' in L.A. Film Critics awards

    'Moonlight' beats 'La La Land' in L.A. Film Critics awards

    “Moonlight”  won best picture  honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday,  one of four awards — including one for director for Barry Jenkins —   that give the independent film some unexpected momentum as awards season kicks into high gear. The Los Angeles  critics also gave first-place...

  • 'Moonlight' scores top awards from Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.

    'Moonlight' scores top awards from Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. announced its 2016 winners for the best in film Sunday. Leading the pack with honors was “Moonlight,” which took home four awards: for director (Barry Jenkins), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali), cinematography (James Laxton) and best picture. Also recognized with...

  • Oakland concert struck by deadly fire featured artists on L.A. dance label 100% Silk

    Oakland concert struck by deadly fire featured artists on L.A. dance label 100% Silk

    The fire believed to have killed at least 24 people in an Oakland warehouse on Friday night occurred at a concert featuring artists on  a Los Angeles-based label called 100% Silk. The label, however, emphasized in a statement released Saturday night that it was not officially the promoter of the...

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