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The hug that will go down in history

On Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton spent more than 40 minutes, and covered four decades, attempting to humanize his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A day later, President Obama did it in three seconds, with a hug that will go down in history. Addressing the Democratic...

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  • Democrats continue to top Republicans in convention ratings

    Democrats continue to top Republicans in convention ratings

    The Democrats edged the Republicans in the convention ratings race again on Wednesday. Nielsen data showed 24.4 million viewers watched on the ad-supported broadcast and cable networks from 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Eastern time on the night featuring an address by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary...

  • Crime drama depicts Cleveland as 'The Land' without hope

    Crime drama depicts Cleveland as 'The Land' without hope

    Some sports fans call Cleveland “Believeland” because of the city’s devotion to teams that never win (the recent Cavaliers championship aside). Writer-director Steven Caple Jr.’s indie crime drama “The Land” drops the “believe,” which fits his take on inner-city Cleveland as a community without...

  • Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest” walks a blade’s edge between terrifying and uplifting, taking place during an apocalypse that’s all too plausible. Adapted from Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel, the film stars Ellen Page, who shepherded the book to the screen, alongside Evan Rachel Wood, as sisters...

  • First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    The second season of “Supergirl” is doubling down on the number of superheroes. And with the addition of Superman we now have twice the capes. Together, the CW show’s stars, Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin, revealed a first look at the Superman suit.  Superman, played by Hoechlin (“Road to Perdition,”...

  • Drag goes big (think Broadway) in 'Le Bal' extravaganza at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

    Drag goes big (think Broadway) in 'Le Bal' extravaganza at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

    To some, drag belongs under the strobe lights of the tiniest gay clubs. Such halls, they say, are the arbiters of a necessary queer counterculture, spaces that keep phenomena like drag authentic and pure. But for Cesar Hawas and Carly Usdin, drag has the potential to be so much more. They insist...

  • Memorable movie moms

    Memorable movie moms

    Who doesn't love a good matriarch? From over-protective, loving and caring, to downright psychotic, here are some of the most memorable moms in movies. 

  • As Kirk Douglas turns 100, a major UCLA retrospective looks at his amazing body of work

    As Kirk Douglas turns 100, a major UCLA retrospective looks at his amazing body of work

    I recently spent a day with Kirk Douglas, and the experience was exhilarating, energizing and surprising. This was not time spent with the vital actor himself, who turns 100 on Dec. 9, but rather with a generous sampling of the films still to be shown in the UCLA Film & Television Archive's continuing...

  • Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Rarely revived and not often remembered, 1966’s “The Group” was a big deal in its day, a prestige Hollywood picture directed by Sidney Lumet and featuring something that was as unusual then as it is now: a film that centered on the lives of women. Taken from a bestselling novel by Mary McCarthy...

  • Ted Sarandos says Netflix to spend more on original content

    Ted Sarandos says Netflix to spend more on original content

    Netflix may have experienced slower than expected subscriber growth in the second quarter, but that won’t stop it from putting money where its streaming mouth is. During an appearance at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos...

  • Long-buried family truths emerge in the dark comedy 'Space'

    Long-buried family truths emerge in the dark comedy 'Space'

    “You are all amazing. You all have vast untapped potential. You all have a future.” With that mantra, so begins “Space” at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre. Stefan Marks’ promising look at a man returning home from 30 years in a mental institution is still forming, but then, so is its fascinating...

  • Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

    Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

    The Getty Foundation is scheduled to announce its 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees on Thursday -- and the projects chosen are slightly more gender balanced than in years past. The nine recipients in nine countries include, for the first time since the initiative’s 2014 launch, two projects designed...

  • Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Veteran theater provocateur Erik Patterson stings once again in “One of the Nice Ones,” his new play presented by Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre. The title is a pointed misnomer. No one is remotely nice in this raucous comedy, which is set behind the scenes at a fly-by-night...

  • Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater....

  • Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

    Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

    The estate of musician Randy California, of L.A. rock band Spirit, intends to appeal the jury verdict last month that found that Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for the group’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier Spirit instrumental, “Taurus,” court documents show. The...

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