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  • Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

    Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

    With splashy performances by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and major trophies presented to Adele and Beyoncé, Wednesday’s Brit Awards might’ve convinced those paying only partial attention that they were watching a replay of last week’s Grammys. Yet the U.K.’s most prestigious music awards show, held...

  • Goro Miyazaki helps guide 'Ronja, the Robber's Daughter' to Amazon

    Goro Miyazaki helps guide 'Ronja, the Robber's Daughter' to Amazon

    “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” centers on the relationship between a father and his child, and his desire to keep her away from his successful, albeit illegal, business. The film’s director, Goro Miyazaki, knows a bit about having a father who is successful and choosing to follow in his line of...

  • Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox News, dies at 66

    Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox News, dies at 66

    Alan Colmes, the longtime liberal TV and radio host for Fox News, has died after a brief illness, the network announced Thursday. He was 66.  Colmes was best known as the left-leaning foil to conservative Sean Hannity on the prime-time Fox News show “Hannity & Colmes” when the cable news network...

  • 'Fun Home' composer Jeanine Tesori hears the music in everyday life

    'Fun Home' composer Jeanine Tesori hears the music in everyday life

    The sounds of a rambunctious household are turned into music as “Fun Home” sifts through  one woman’s 1970s childhood, seeking clues to her father’s abrupt death. Jeanine Tesori, the show’s composer, thought back to her own youth as the creative team envisioned the household of Alison Bechdel, author...

  • 'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

    'Santiago' takes Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Cuba and back

    What happens when musicians from one of the must musically fertile spots on the planet collaborate with peers from an equally vibrant cultural melting pot? Something like “Santiago,” the first track from the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s forthcoming album, “So It Is,” inspired in large...

  • The art, agony and gooseflesh of stand-up comedy in 'Dying Laughing'

    The art, agony and gooseflesh of stand-up comedy in 'Dying Laughing'

    No one knows for sure who came up with the celebrated bromide "dying is easy, comedy is hard," but it's a thought that's perfectly suited to the subject matter of the brisk documentary "Dying Laughing." An involving examination of and tribute to the art and agony of stand-up comedy, "Dying Laughing"...

  • Oscars TV Lineup

    Oscars TV Lineup

      TV LINEUP 10:30 a.m. Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2017 Academy Awards A preview of Oscars night includes extensive entertainment insight to prepare pop culture fans for the 2017 Academy Awards.  (E!) 11 a.m. Barbara Walters’ Top Oscar Interviews of All Time (KABC) Noon The Academy Awards...

  • Thursday's TV highlights: The CBS comedy 'The Great Indoors'

    Thursday's TV highlights: The CBS comedy 'The Great Indoors'

    SERIES Superstore Amy (America Ferrera) sees Mateo and Jeff (Nico Santos, guest star Michael Bunin) on a secret date in this new episode of the workplace comedy. 8 p.m. NBC Supernatural Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) seek Rowena’s (guest star Ruth Connell) help in their investigation...

  • 'Critical Role' and 'HarmonQuest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours?

    'Critical Role' and 'HarmonQuest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun. But 4 hours?

    Watching shows on Youtube is old hat, but not as old hat as tabletop role-playing games. Combining the two — watching people onscreen (online or TV) who are playing role-playing games — would seem to go a step too far in terms of our need to be entertained. At least two programs, though, are making...

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.  Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My...

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  • The street cats of Istanbul have a hit with the documentary 'Kedi'

    The street cats of Istanbul have a hit with the documentary 'Kedi'

    Whenever filmmaker Ceyda Torun and her cinematographer Charlie  Wuppermann told people that they were making “Kedi,” a documentary on the legendary street cats of Istanbul and the people who care for them, they always got the same response from non-diehard feline fanatics. “Most people’s eyes would...

  • Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

    Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

    In yet another confirmation that you’re getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna. She charted her 30th hit this week when “Love on the Brain” crossed the threshold...

  • Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies at 73

    Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies at 73

    Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the "Godfather of Fusion," has died in New York City. He was 73. His publicist, Kurt Nishimura, said Coryell died Sunday in his hotel room of natural causes. Nishimura says he had just performed two shows at the Iridium on Friday and Saturday. Coryell’s highly...

  • Louis C.K. headed to Netflix for two stand-up comedy specials

    Louis C.K. headed to Netflix for two stand-up comedy specials

    Netflix continues its steadfast expansion of stand-up comedy programming with the addition of two new specials from Louis C.K. The specials will be available exclusively on the streaming service. The first, which was shot in Washington, D.C., and is titled “2017,” will premiere April. 4. “Louis...

  • Journey on race relations takes some wrong turns in 'White Guy on the Bus'

    Journey on race relations takes some wrong turns in 'White Guy on the Bus'

    As the title suggests, “White Guy on the Bus” is a play about troubled urban race relations. Playwright Bruce Graham lobs a grenade at the post civil rights-era conceit that we’ve made real progress toward easing economic and cultural tensions between the haves and have-nots. A topical but problematic...

  • Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    A 60th anniversary update of Harry Belafonte’s 1957 hit “When Colors Come Together (Island in the Sun)” caps a new retrospective album. The collection will survey the storied career of the veteran singer, actor and political activist who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1. The song, which...

  • Why Little Big Town went 'hillbilly Sade' to follow up 'Girl Crush'

    Why Little Big Town went 'hillbilly Sade' to follow up 'Girl Crush'

    Only three acts performed more than once at this month’s Grammy Awards. One was Adele, who opened the night with “Hello” and then paid tribute to the late George Michael. Another was Bruno Mars, who sang his song “That’s What I Like” as well as Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The third was Little Big...

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