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  • 'The Talk': Parents of color address the tensions between police and their kids

    'The Talk': Parents of color address the tensions between police and their kids

    Perhaps one of the most provocative and timely programs to air will be a PBS documentary that addresses the tense — and sometimes deadly — tensions that can erupt when young people of color get pulled over by police officers. “The Talk,” which will air on PBS, is a two-hour documentary looking...

  • 'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    Fact, the showrunner from “iZombie” (who previously found fame as the creator of “Veronica Mars”) is named Rob Thomas. This makes him name twins with lead singer from the ’90s rock band Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. So naturally the singer’s cameo on the series was bound to happen, we just didn’t...

  • Whit Stillman/Jane Austen pairing among this week's film picks, July 29-Aug. 4

    Whit Stillman/Jane Austen pairing among this week's film picks, July 29-Aug. 4

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Café Society Woody Allen’s new film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, is of course funny but it also ends up, almost without our realizing it, trafficking in memory, regret and the fate...

  • The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists

    The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists

    Eli Broad has been a busy man this year overseeing his Broad museum, which is approaching its one-year-anniversary in September — but not too busy to buy new art. The Broad has added 29 new works to its permanent collection, it announced on Friday, all acquired since the museum’s opening. A third...

  • What's next for the stars of 'Hamilton'?

    What's next for the stars of 'Hamilton'?

    There’s little doubt that the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” has been a game changer on Broadway.  Last month it won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s a box-office phenomenon and something of an obsession among its legion of fans whether they go to the theater or listen to the soundtrack....

  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle' on Comedy Central

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle' on Comedy Central

    SERIES All In With Cam Newton First lady Michelle Obama joins Cam help a girl with dreams of becoming president of the United States. 8 p.m. Nickelodeon The Great British Baking Show The first of two new episodes of the culinary competition features “Victorian” foods, which includes pies stuffed...

  • '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...

  • Danish horror film 'Shelley' unleashes the terrors of pregnancy

    Danish horror film 'Shelley' unleashes the terrors of pregnancy

    It’s no “Rosemary’s Baby” — or even “It’s Alive” — but the Danish supernatural thriller “Shelley” is a fair addition to the “natal horror” genre. Writer-director Ali Abbasi’s debut feature takes too long to intensify, but down the stretch it’s as disturbing as the scariest chapters of “What to...

  • 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,”...

  • 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...

  • Documentary tells story of Chinese women's rights activist 'Hooligan Sparrow' by any means necessary

    Documentary tells story of Chinese women's rights activist 'Hooligan Sparrow' by any means necessary

    Budding filmmakers can take away a valuable lesson from the documentary “Hooligan Sparrow”: You don’t need fancy camera equipment (or in some instances, even a camera) if you’re passionate enough about the story you want to tell. Nanfu Wang’s urgent, compelling portrait of a group of Chinese women’s...

  • Mike Birbiglia and friends tackle ups and downs of the improv life in 'Don't Think Twice'

    Mike Birbiglia and friends tackle ups and downs of the improv life in 'Don't Think Twice'

    “Don’t Think Twice” is actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia’s funny and endearing love letter to the world of improvisational comedy and the spontaneous performers who keep it bubbling. It’s an ensemble film in the truest sense, one that gives each of its well-drawn, interdependent characters their due....

  • 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,”...

  • 'Sesame Street' says goodbye to Bob, Luis and Gordon as cast members are let go

    'Sesame Street' says goodbye to Bob, Luis and Gordon as cast members are let go

    There will soon be three fewer familiar faces in the “Sesame Street” neighborhood.  During a panel at Florida Supercon on July 2, 84-year-old original “Sesame Street” cast member Bob McGrath, said that he, along with longtime costars Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Roscoe Orman (Gordon) had been let...

  • 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....

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