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  • Chinese movies cement control of China box office

    Chinese movies cement control of China box office

    Chinese films nearly swept the country’s box office last week, after getting sidelined earlier this month by American blockbusters. The Chinese-Hong Kong fantasy saga “A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three” topped the list for the second week in a row, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan...

  • At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

    At LACMA's Toba Khedoori show, enchanting mysteries burn beneath a fragile surface

    What is burning in Toba Khedoori’s fireplace? In 2005, the L.A.-based artist made a painting of a domestic hearth ablaze, the life-size image rendered at viewer eye-level on an immense field of waxy white paper pieced together from two smaller sheets. (Overall, it’s more than 11 feet tall and 16...

  • 'Blueberry Toast' from Echo Theater Company is a darkly whimsical dish

    'Blueberry Toast' from Echo Theater Company is a darkly whimsical dish

    The kitchen wallpaper is relentlessly cheery. Board games are scattered on the floor, eagerly waiting to be picked up again. All the ingredients for a scrumptious breakfast stand at the ready. Something is obviously wrong with this picture. In “Blueberry Toast,” playwright Mary Laws creates a storybook...

  • All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    A 36-CD box set featuring every known recording of Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 concert tour will be released Nov. 11, providing a companion piece to last year’s ambitious set documenting his studio recordings from 1965 and 1966. “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings” will feature songs taken from...

  • Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    One is an entertainment giant famous for exacting tight control over its content. The other is a tech firm whose commitment to free speech has earned it a reputation as a hub for news and a haven for online harassment.  Together, they make for a brow-raising pairing. But stranger things have happened...

  • China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy a controlling stake in the iconic Dick Clark Productions, a move that would further accelerate its rapid push into Hollywood. The deal would value the production firm at as much as $1 billion, according to one person familiar with the process...

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Not quite two weeks after turning 60, Jeffrey Kahane began his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra last weekend. He was buoyant, opening with one of Bach’s most overtly jubilant cantatas and ending with what the conductor described as the most joyous symphony...

  • 'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

    'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

    Shooting past all competition, MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” took over the weekend box office, surpassing fellow new release “Storks,” from Warner Bros. “Magnificent Seven” pulled in an estimated $35 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, meeting analyst expectations of $30 million...

  • Jane Pauley to succeed Charles Osgood as host of 'CBS Sunday Morning'

    Jane Pauley to succeed Charles Osgood as host of 'CBS Sunday Morning'

    Jane Pauley is back on the morning shift. Charles Osgood is handing the “CBS Sunday Morning” baton to the former “Today” co-host, who will be the new anchor of the news program. The move was announced at the end of Osgood’s final appearance as host of the program he took over 22 years ago. Pauley...

  • Box office: 'Magnificent Seven' remake rides to the top spot in its debut

    Box office: 'Magnificent Seven' remake rides to the top spot in its debut

    Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic 1960 western “The Magnificent Seven” may not have lived up to its name with the critics, but the film still got off to a strong start at the box office. The film starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt as gunslingers-for-hire earned an estimated...

  • Jeffrey Tambor's gender-bending, genre-breaking career

    Jeffrey Tambor's gender-bending, genre-breaking career

    “I love going to work,” Jeffrey Tambor said. “I’ve been very, very lucky. I’m in my 70s, so I’ve done a lot.” The 72-year-old San Francisco native, who last Sunday won another Emmy for his lead role in in “Transparent” — the third season of which recently premiered on Amazon — has a lengthy IMDb...

  • Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

    Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

    The Vegas Strip is about to get even more larger than life: The Backstreet Boys are set to call the city home.  More than 20 years after declaring they’ve "got it goin' on," the boy band that managed to graduate from teenage dreams to full-fledged adults without losing their shimmer will head to...

  • In 'Dirty 30,' Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart showcase their rapid-fire, quippy personalities

    In 'Dirty 30,' Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart showcase their rapid-fire, quippy personalities

    YouTube stars Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart stretch their talents to feature film length in “Dirty 30,” directed by Andrew Bush and written by Mamrie Hart and Molly Prather. This is the second feature film collaboration for the trio, after 2014’s “Camp Takota.” Each performer has individually...

  • 'Total Frat Movie' is a totally bad movie

    'Total Frat Movie' is a totally bad movie

    It’s a rare film that can dredge up nostalgic fondness for 2002’s awful “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” but “Total Frat Movie” manages to rise to the dubious occasion. The second of two releases this weekend concerned with white frat boys behaving badly (the other is the more serious-minded “Goat”),...

  • Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

    Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch might be getting out of the office more, but he continues to pull down handsome compensation. The 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox collected $34.6 million in executive compensation in fiscal 2016, which represents a 24% raise from the prior year, according...

  • Tribute to World War II hero in documentary 'Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story'

    Tribute to World War II hero in documentary 'Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story'

    An evident labor of love that could have benefited from a sharper thematic focus, “Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story” pays tribute to the late WWII hero who earned a place in military lore for having led the last cavalry charge in U.S. military history. Illinois-born Ramsey, who died in 2013...

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