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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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  • 'Batman: The Killing Joke' stuns with $3.8 million in two-day-only theater run

    'Batman: The Killing Joke' stuns with $3.8 million in two-day-only theater run

    “Batman: The Killing Joke,” the animated picture from Warner Bros. and Fathom Events, was produced to be a home-video production. But after the decision to release the picture in a little more than 1,300 theaters for two days only, it made an impressive estimated $3.8 million. “We’re thrilled and...

  • 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...

  • 'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    “The Childhood of a Leader” is a chilly — and chilling — political thriller by way of a provocative domestic chamber piece. Strikingly mounted, lighted, shot and scored, this tense, decidedly arty film marks a bravura feature directing debut for young American actor Brady Corbet (“Melancholia,”...

  • Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Considering all that’s been going on in the world lately, it’s probably not the most opportune moment for the arrival of a documentary about stand-up comedians struggling against the constraints of political correctness. Taking aim against that seemingly growing faction of society it calls “the...

  • Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    It’s a little hard to describe the appeal of vaporwave as a music genre. Endlessly looped bits of Diana Ross and slowed-down Japanese commercial muzak isn’t exactly Top 40 material. But visually, vaporwave aesthetics — like VHS filters, random ’80s objects and psychedelic colors — have been sneaking...

  • Back stories and mannerisms help Tatiana Maslany keep her many characters clearly defined

    Back stories and mannerisms help Tatiana Maslany keep her many characters clearly defined

    For four seasons of the BBC America hit “Orphan Black,” Tatiana Maslany had done the seemingly impossible: Play an ever-expanding cast of clones to disparate and desperate perfection. Raised separately and long unaware of each other, each woman — up to 12 at this point — may bear an essential similarity...

  • 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...

  • Mirga's majestic moments at the Bowl before her big one in Birmingham

    Mirga's majestic moments at the Bowl before her big one in Birmingham

    The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia wasn’t the only place to witness a woman’s prospect of breaking a glass ceiling Tuesday night. Two years after a newly named 28-year-old Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor made her Hollywood Bowl debut, leading a marvelous performance...

  • Philip Roth's 29th novel gets a stellar adaptation with 'Indignation'

    Philip Roth's 29th novel gets a stellar adaptation with 'Indignation'

    “Indignation” tells a very particular story, one that’s bittersweet, heartbreaking and bleakly comic all at once, and it gets it right. An impressive directing debut for James Schamus and a glowing showcase for costars Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon, the film’s guiding spirit is the novelistic world...

  • PBS president voices concern over TV-to-wireless auction

    PBS president voices concern over TV-to-wireless auction

    This year’s auction to shift public airwaves from carrying TV signals to delivering wireless services for mobile devices has PBS President Paula Kerger concerned a “great deal.” Kerger, speaking Thursday during the PBS portion of the Television Critics Assn. media tour In Beverly Hills, said that...

  • Bruce Springsteen's autobiography 'Born to Run' will be accompanied by an 18-track set

    Bruce Springsteen's autobiography 'Born to Run' will be accompanied by an 18-track set

    One of 2016’s most eagerly anticipated autobiographies is getting an “audio companion.” Bruce Springsteen’s soon-to-be-published autobiography, “Born to Run,” will arrive accompanied by an 18-track set called “Chapter and Verse,” the boss announced Thursday via his website. Springsteen quietly started...

  • Attend a free, early screening of 'Kubo and the Two Strings' with Hero Complex

    Attend a free, early screening of 'Kubo and the Two Strings' with Hero Complex

    From the creators of “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” is Laika’s next contribution to the tiny-world film industry. The fantasy is set in ancient Japan and features the voices of Charlize Theron, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey.  Laika is known for its...

  • Venice Film Festival lineup includes Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Amy Adams

    Venice Film Festival lineup includes Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Amy Adams

    The fall festival season came into sharper focus on Thursday with the announcement of the lineup for the 73rd Venice Film Festival, opening with a new musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.   Running from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10, the festival lands during a dense crush on the calendar, along...

  • L.A. theater openings, July 31-Aug. 7: 'The Tempest' and more

    L.A. theater openings, July 31-Aug. 7: 'The Tempest' and more

    This week: A new drama about the financial industry, a bloody twist on a Gilbert & Sullivan favorite, and a Shakespeare classic in a sylvan setting. Shakespeare by the Sea Locally touring productions of the Bard’s “Cymbeline” and “Othello.” Various locations; details at www.shakespearebythesea.org....

  • You will soon be able to relive the glory of the '90s with MTV Classic

    You will soon be able to relive the glory of the '90s with MTV Classic

    Do you long for the good old days of MTV, that halcyon era when reruns of “The Real World” or “Beavis & Butthead” were just a remote-click away and we all grumbled about how the network never played music videos anymore? Well, here’s the good news: MTV announced Thursday it is rebranding VH1 Classic...

  • 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. 

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