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How Adele and Beyoncé reflect the Grammys' conflicting impulses

Tradition will take on innovation — accompanied by plenty of pop-diva razzle-dazzle — when two of music’s most powerful superstars face off at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. In nominations announced Tuesday, Adele and Beyoncé are competing against each other for three of the major prizes — record,...

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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...

  • Wednesday's TV highlights: Pearl Harbor remembered and more

    Wednesday's TV highlights: Pearl Harbor remembered and more

      SERIES Nightcap Debra Messing, Tim Gunn and Mark Cuban guest star as themselves on the talk-show spoof. 8 p.m. Pop Criminal Minds “The Player’s” Damon Gupton joins the cast of the procedural drama as profiler Stephen Walker. 9 p.m. CBS Frequency Raimy and Frank (Peyton List, Riley Smith) learn...

  • Today in Entertainment: Beyoncé tops the 2017 Grammy nominations

    Today in Entertainment: Beyoncé tops the 2017 Grammy nominations

    Today in Entertainment: Beyoncé tops the 2017 Grammy nominations Dec. 6, 2016, 4:32 p.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today:2017 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nomineesGrammy nominations: Live updatesBeyonce tops Grammy nominations with nineNew Fiona...

  • 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 hard-rock guitarist discusses his Grammy nod

    Kip Winger has a contemporary classical album? The hard-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:...

  • Academy's shortlist of 15 for documentary Oscar includes 'O.J.: Made in America,' 'Weiner,' '13th'

    Academy's shortlist of 15 for documentary Oscar includes 'O.J.: Made in America,' 'Weiner,' '13th'

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday the 15 feature documentaries that will continue to compete for the Oscar. The list was narrowed down from an initial field of 145 submitted films and should make for one of the strongest and most competitive doc races in recent...

  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Scream Queens' on Fox

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Scream Queens' on Fox

    SERIES NCIS Vance (Rocky Carroll) leads a team assigned to protect a congresswoman  (Mary Stuart Masterson) who is the target of threats that appear to be escalating. Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Emily Wickersham, Wilmer Valderrama and Jennifer Esposito also star. 8...

  • CBS' Moonves and Viacom's Bakish press ahead independently as merger gets further study

    CBS' Moonves and Viacom's Bakish press ahead independently as merger gets further study

    Wall Street may be banking on an eventual CBS-Viacom merger, but don’t count on it in 2016. There were no signs of an imminent deal based on the comments by the top executives at their presentations to the UBS Global Media and Communication Conference held Monday. Neither CBS Corp. Chairman Leslie...

  • In her unflinching 'The Princess Diarist,' Carrie Fisher revisits her Princess Leia days and her affair with Harrison Ford

    In her unflinching 'The Princess Diarist,' Carrie Fisher revisits her Princess Leia days and her affair with Harrison Ford

    The blaster-wielding Princess Leia was just 19 years old when she began shooting “Star Wars.” Fans often forget that when actress Carrie Fisher was fighting her way out of imperial prisons and ordering the dashing 33-year-old Harrison Ford to jump, “into the garbage chute, fly boy!” she was still...

  • Viacom deploys its CFO to L.A. to fix Paramount's finances

    Viacom deploys its CFO to L.A. to fix Paramount's finances

    Viacom Chief Financial Officer Wade Davis is spending considerable time in Los Angeles to improve the performance of struggling Hollywood movie studio Paramount Pictures, after two troubled years at the box office. Davis is spending “about half of his time” at Paramount in Los Angeles, Viacom’s...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sundance Film Festival 2017 announces Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight and more

    Sundance Film Festival 2017 announces Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight and more

    The Sundance Film Festival brought the continued rollout of its 2017 program into sharper focus Monday with the announcement of multiple sections, including Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight and Special Events. Many of the most anticipated titles in the festival come from the...

  • Roundup: The art of protest, Dakota Access edition; a Trump tower, with pigs

    Roundup: The art of protest, Dakota Access edition; a Trump tower, with pigs

    Art and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. A conversation about freedom of expression in Russia. And an imaginative idea for blocking Donald Trump’s building logo in Chicago. Here’s the Roundup: — The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Writer and editor...

  • Oscar Watch: 'Silence' broken on Scorsese's latest movie

    Oscar Watch: 'Silence' broken on Scorsese's latest movie

    When the pope shakes your hand and tells you he hopes that your film “bears much fruit,” everything else — critics groups, career callbacks, splashy openings — kind of falls by the wayside. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese met Pope Francis on Wednesday shortly before a Vatican screening of his latest...

  • 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...

  • How Justin Bieber turned KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball into an acoustic jam session

    How Justin Bieber turned KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball into an acoustic jam session

    The plan was simple: Justin Bieber would play two acoustic songs in the middle of his set, then hand off his guitar and get back to the programmed dance music. But when a stagehand approached the young pop singer following a rendition of his song “Love Yourself,” Bieber casually waved him off....

  • A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

    A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

    The centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is not until the summer after next, but the West Coast has already gotten a jump-start over Broadway with the musicals. Michael Tilson Thomas last summer conducted a semi-staged version of “On the Town” with the San Francisco Symphony, while Gustavo Dudamel...

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