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  • How the American Music Awards tried to combat toxic masculinity

    How the American Music Awards tried to combat toxic masculinity

    At least this thing had its heart in the right place. In an age of widespread awards-show overload, nobody looks to the annual American Music Awards — broadcast live Sunday night on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles — for an authoritative diagnosis of what matters in pop music,...

  • When refusing the hour saves the day

    When refusing the hour saves the day

    When the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge created his installation “The Refusal of Time” for Documenta 13, the international exhibition in Kassel, Germany, five years ago, it proved such a draw that you had to refuse an hour or more to wait in line to see it. Through films, various...

  • Monday's TV highlights: 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on PBS

    Monday's TV highlights: 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on PBS

    SERIES The Halcyon As the Halcyon celebrates its 50th anniversary, Lucian (Charles Edwards) struggles to keep order while Garland and Lady Hamilton (Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams) find a mutual cause in the season finale. 7 p.m. OVA Kevin Can Wait Kevin (Kevin James) promises to prepare a...

  • 'Cosby Show' actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

    'Cosby Show' actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

    Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," has died. Jordan Strohl, a representative for the Actors Fund, said Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. He was 91. A North Carolina native, Hyman...

  • Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

    Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

    Exactly 50 years after he took the stage in Alberto Ginastera’s “Don Rodrigo,” Plácido Domingo celebrated the golden anniversary of his Los Angeles debut in a starry L.A. Opera gala Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Among those who turned out to honor Domingo were Mayor Eric Garcetti along...

  • Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

    Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

    In a superhero showdown, the combined forces of Warner Bros.' "Justice League" was enough to topple "Thor: Ragnarok" from the top spot on the box office charts, despite a soft opening for the DC Comics team-up. "Justice League" grossed an estimated $96 million, according to figures from measurement...

  • Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies  at 85

    Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies  at 85

    Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. He...

  • Indie Focus: Studying character with 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman' and 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

    Indie Focus: Studying character with 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman' and 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. It’s easy to get cynical about awards season. Last weekend’s Governors Awards ceremony set in motion what soon will be a conveyor belt of accolades, as the machinery of the season grinds...

  • The week ahead in L.A. theater, Nov. 19-26: 'Resolving Hedda' and more

    The week ahead in L.A. theater, Nov. 19-26: 'Resolving Hedda' and more

    Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.), Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.) and David C. Nichols (D.C.N.). Openings Encuentro de las Américas The festival concludes; schedules at www.thelatc.org. The Los Angeles Theatre Center,...

  • L.A. movie openings, Nov. 22-24

    L.A. movie openings, Nov. 22-24

    Nov. 22 Coco A young boy with musical aspirations visits the Land of the Dead. Voices of Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Co-directed by Adrian Molina. The Crime of Monsieur Lange Restored version of director Jean Renoir’s 1936 French...

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  • Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'I a.m. Elizabeth Smart' on Lifetime

    Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'I a.m. Elizabeth Smart' on Lifetime

    SERIES Sesame Street Elmo, Big Bird, Rosita, Alan, Julia, Nina and the rest of the neighborhood gather to appreciate all the Thanksgiving traditions, cultures and delicious foods their community has to offer in the season premiere of the venerable children’s show. 9 a.m. HBO Saturday Night Live...

  • The L.A. Phil is modern even when it's Baroque

    The L.A. Phil is modern even when it's Baroque

    “The Messiah” and “Christmas Oratorio” may be waiting in the wings, but Handel and Bach are already at hand. The season of the Baroque has begun, and it’s proving that it can be the timeliest of music if we let it. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, for one, is wrapping its signature 12-hour new-music...

  • The 99-Seat Beat: Federico García Lorca, a riff on Mozart and some Sherlock Holmes

    The 99-Seat Beat: Federico García Lorca, a riff on Mozart and some Sherlock Holmes

    This week in L.A.'s small-theater scene: "Magic Fruit" from Cornerstone Theater Company, "Yerma in the Desert" from Greenway Arts Alliance and Urban Theatre Movement, "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily" at Theatre 40 and "Bled for the Household Truth" at Rogue Machine.

  • The Moviegoer, Nov. 19-25

    The Moviegoer, Nov. 19-25

    Family Flicks The delightful 1995 charmer Babe about a smart but sweetly naive little pig who goes to live on a storybook-like farm (each chapter is introduced with title cards by a trio of singing mice) is still a treat for adults and tots. James Cromwell is excellent as Farmer Hoggett. UCLA Film...

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