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More than 200 musicians rally behind appeal of 'Blurred Lines' verdict

More than 200 musicians have signed a legal brief supporting Pharrell Williams’ appeal of the $5.3-million judgment handed down against him and Robin Thicke in 2015 after a jury decided that their hit, “Blurred Lines,” was lifted from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”  That verdict stunned...

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  • 'The 9th Life of Louis Drax' doesn't survive the free-fall of obviousness

    'The 9th Life of Louis Drax' doesn't survive the free-fall of obviousness

    Nine-year-old Louis Drax’s (Aiden Longworth) brief existence so far has been marked by near-death mishaps — from salmonella and botulism to electrocution and broken bones — yet he cheerfully calls himself “accident-prone.” He narrates an introduction as we see him plummeting from a seaside cliff...

  • 'The Defenders' finally gets justice with DVD release

    'The Defenders' finally gets justice with DVD release

    The CBS legal drama “The Defenders” debuted in 1961, when TV was being described as a “vast wasteland.” But it would be right at home in the era of peak TV. The series starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-and-son team of defense attorneys who tackled complex legal and social issues...

  • Raven Servellon's 'Velvet Sunflower' is a trippy art party

    Raven Servellon's 'Velvet Sunflower' is a trippy art party

    Raven Servellon wants to pummel you with color and detail. The L.A. artist’s psychedelic, fem-pop ink drawings are dense with swirly, girlie optical illusions – “optrickal delusions,” she calls them. Stare into a garden of flaming roses long enough and tall, willowy cats, standing upright as if...

  • They had the beat: The Go-Go's say goodbye at the Greek

    They had the beat: The Go-Go's say goodbye at the Greek

    “We wanted to end up where we started,” said Charlotte Caffey, and what she meant was Los Angeles. That’s the city in which Caffey and her bandmates formed the Go-Go’s in 1978, and it’s the place they returned Tuesday night for the final show of a month-long farewell tour. Yes, it’s true: Thirty-eight...

  • Innovative printmaker Mixografia to premiere new gallery space

    Innovative printmaker Mixografia to premiere new gallery space

    It was 1973 and Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo was wanting to go big. He’d grown bored with flat, two-dimensional lithography prints, which traditionally ran small because the stone surfaces they were printed on were limited in size. Tamayo brainstormed with printmaker and publisher Luis Remba of...

  • Gene Wilder dies at 83; 'Willy Wonka' star and Mel Brooks collaborator

    Gene Wilder dies at 83; 'Willy Wonka' star and Mel Brooks collaborator

    In 1963, Gene Wilder was starring alongside Anne Bancroft in one of his first major stage roles, a Broadway production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” when he met a man who would forever change the course of his career: Bancroft’s future husband, Mel Brooks. Five years later, Brooks cast...

  • How we overlook the flaws in the 'The Night Of,' 'Stranger Things' and more

    How we overlook the flaws in the 'The Night Of,' 'Stranger Things' and more

    Approaching the end of “The Night Of” felt akin to watching Olympic gymnastics. There were lots of twists and risky maneuvers, but could they stick the landing? (If you haven’t watched the conclusion of the HBO drama — or “Stranger Things” on Netflix — proceed with caution. Spoilers ahead.) Given...

  • Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder, best known for his turn as Willy Wonka in the 1971 cult classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as his comedic collaborations with the likes of Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks, has died at age 83, his family announced Monday.  The loss of the actor caused an outpouring...

  • Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot.  Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday...

  • FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history.  “If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set at Exposition Park. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the...

  • The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences

    The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences

    A cadre of young and rising Hollywood talent responsible for scoring such films and TV series as “Foxcatcher,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Looper” and “Billions” has had its work heard by millions around the globe. Yet here at home these composers felt like they weren’t being heard. “We had gone...

  • A portrait project draws L.A. female artists to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for a joyous flash mob

    A portrait project draws L.A. female artists to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for a joyous flash mob

    For artist Kim Schoenstadt, it began as a simple idea: Bring together a group of female artists from around Los Angeles for a group portrait — a way of recognizing the presence of women in a field that remains dominated by men.  Little did she know that hundreds of female artists from around the...

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