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  • Byrds founding member Gene Clark to be saluted Saturday in South Pasadena

    Byrds founding member Gene Clark to be saluted Saturday in South Pasadena

    Gene Clark — a founding member of the Byrds whose musical legacy is often overshadowed by those of his onetime bandmates Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Clarence White and latter-day member Gram Parsons — will get a salute of his own on Saturday at the South Pasadena Library from several...

  • In Michelle Fierro's painting, mistakes lead only to possibility

    In Michelle Fierro's painting, mistakes lead only to possibility

    Step into “Michelle Fierro: New Paintings” and it’s clear that the L.A. artist is a first-rate noodler. Each of her 17 paintings at c.nichols project in Mar Vista comes off as casual, comfortable in its own skin and blissfully unburdened by the idea that art’s job is to keep up appearances. The...

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  • Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    After six months of campaigning and cajoling and trying to get “City of Stars” out of our heads, the Oscars are finally here. You ready for Sunday’s ceremony? Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season leading...

  • Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar

    Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar

    When Marlee Matlin was a teenager, she didn’t care about the Academy Awards. She never watched the ceremony, opting for Miss America or reading Tiger Beat magazine.  But after being cast in a stage production of “Children of a Lesser God” at 19 and winning the lead actress Oscar for that same...

  • The red carpet isn't actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn't actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars By Daniel Miller Feb 24, 2017 Installers maneuver a carpet roll in front of the Dolby Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) In Aeschylus’ play “Agamemnon,” the titular king’s homecoming from the Trojan War is marked by...

  • High concept, uninspired execution plagues 'Rock Dog'

    High concept, uninspired execution plagues 'Rock Dog'

    The animated feature “Rock Dog” arrives one week after the release of another prominent Chinese-American co-production, the fantasy adventure “The Great Wall.” Director Ash Brannon brings Pixar and Sony bona fides (he co-directed “Toy Story 2” and directed “Surf’s Up”) to this adaptation of rocker...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Shark Tank' and '20/20' on ABC

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Shark Tank' and '20/20' on ABC

    SERIES VICE It’s the return of the weekly news magazine providing in-depth coverage of news that is often overlooked by mainstream media, returns. The season premiere profiles Bashar Assad, Syria’s president. 7:30 p.m. HBO MacGyver When an overseas assignment goes awry, Bozer and Mac (Justin...

  • Writers Guild of America prepares for potentially tense contract negotiations with major studios

    Writers Guild of America prepares for potentially tense contract negotiations with major studios

    The Writers Guild of America said it would begin formal contract negotiations next month, as writers look to sit down with studios, networks and independent producers to discuss TV and film compensation for the guild’s members. The union, whose east and west coast guilds have about 13,000 members,...

  • Disney cuts about 80 jobs in digital media unit that includes Maker Studios

    Disney cuts about 80 jobs in digital media unit that includes Maker Studios

    Walt Disney Co. is laying off about 80 employees in its digital media unit that includes Maker Studios, according to a person at the company not authorized to comment publicly. The layoffs affect people in various roles at Maker, the Culver City-based digital studio, including some in support positions....

  • '24: Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video

    '24: Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video

    The executive producers of the new Fox television series "24: Legacy" apologized Thursday for using video of a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people. The video of the September 2013 attack on Westgate mall in Kenya's capital was used to depict a fictional terror attack in Egypt in...

  • Oscar-nominated shorts enter waters features won't dare

    Oscar-nominated shorts enter waters features won't dare

    When the year’s best films are name-checked at the ‎Oscars on Sunday night, the list will cover a broad range of topics, including family (“Manchester by the Sea”), communication (“Arrival”), ambition (“La La Land”) and race and sexuality (“Moonlight”). The most potent global issue of recent years...

  • Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct 'The Batman'

    Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct 'The Batman'

    Ending weeks of speculation and swirling rumors about the future of one of its most important comic book franchises, Warner Bros. announced that director Matt Reeves — whose films include “Cloverfield,” “Let Me In” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — will take the reins of the next solo Batman...

  • Beaten and battered bride-to-be persists in indie drama 'Erasing Eden'

    Beaten and battered bride-to-be persists in indie drama 'Erasing Eden'

    It’s a flippant comparison to say that “Erasing Eden,” written and directed by Beth Dewey, combines themes from “The Hangover” and “Runaway Bride,” but those big Hollywood films provide the cinematic touchstones for this moody, lyrical indie about a bride-to-be (Breeda Wool) who wakes up — beaten...

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