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  • Second City Hollywood to launch Diversity in Comedy Festival

    Second City Hollywood to launch Diversity in Comedy Festival

    With the debate over diversity in Hollywood growing louder, the conversation will shift toward the world of comedy with the announcement of the Diversity in Comedy Festival by Hollywood’s Second City comedy club.  The goal of the October event is to offer a stage for people of color, LGBT performers...

  • What's behind those peepholes at Union Station?

    What's behind those peepholes at Union Station?

    Who can resist a peephole, visual entry to some sort of private delight? Especially one — make that a dozen — making their mysterious appeal in a highly public setting? The large wooden shipping crate parked at a jaunty angle to the foot traffic flowing through Union Station's grand waiting room...

  • Universal sets DreamWorks Animation leadership team

    Universal sets DreamWorks Animation leadership team

    Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has solidified the leadership structure for DreamWorks Animation, a day after NBCUniversal completed its $3.8-billion acquisition of the Glendale studio. DreamWorks Animation’s film group, known for movie franchises like “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek,” will continue...

  • Roundup: SFMOMA's big donor agreement, housing and density in NorCal and SoCal, Peter Doig's strange trial

    Roundup: SFMOMA's big donor agreement, housing and density in NorCal and SoCal, Peter Doig's strange trial

    Teasing apart an agreement between a San Francisco museum and a major donor. Why the naked Trump statue is a pile of clichés. And the surreal case of a painter getting sued over a painting he states (quite firmly) he didn’t paint. Plus: The issue of housing heats up in Palo Alto and Sunnyvale,...

  • Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

    Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

    After a whirlwind, unconventional release, Frank Ocean’s new album is coasting toward the top of the charts. “Blonde,” the follow-up to the enigmatic singer’s critically acclaimed and Grammy-winning major label debut, “Channel Orange,” is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — a first...

  • Review: Coldplay goes big — well, bigger — at the Rose Bowl

    Review: Coldplay goes big — well, bigger — at the Rose Bowl

    “The world is more friendly than you think.” That was one of the feel-good aphorisms Chris Martin dispensed Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, just before he led his band Coldplay in “Everglow,” a gently rolling piano ballad about the connection that can link two people even after a breakup. The...

  • Fans rush to West Hollywood pop-up shop for Frank Ocean's new album, 'Blonde'

    Fans rush to West Hollywood pop-up shop for Frank Ocean's new album, 'Blonde'

    When Frank Ocean fan Cornelius Wells heard news of a surprise, promotional pop-up shop opened by the R&B singer on Saturday afternoon, Wells was in the midst of driving to the Inland Empire to drop off a friend.  Wells saw that Ocean,  who hadn’t released a new record since the Grammy-winning album...

  • Better than a new selfie filter? 'The Voice' gets remixed for Snapchat

    Better than a new selfie filter? 'The Voice' gets remixed for Snapchat

    Beginning Monday, it’s a battle for swipes with NBC’s “The Voice.” Two weeks after NBCUniversal announced a multi-year television partnership with Snapchat to produce shows based on its TV properties and designed for the photo-messaging app’s audience, the media company is rolling out its first...

  • Rio Olympics broadcast and cable TV listings

    Rio Olympics broadcast and cable TV listings

    Here is the full cable and TV schedule of the first Olympic Games held in South America. Read more about when and where to watch the Rio Olympics here. Sunday, August 21, 2016 Men's Basketball: Bronze Medal Game (Live) 7:30 a.m. NBCSP Men's Handball: Bronze Medal Match (Live) 7:30 a.m. USA Rhythmic...

  • 'Ben-Hur' is one of the biggest flops of the summer

    'Ben-Hur' is one of the biggest flops of the summer

    During a weekend with three major new releases, holdovers “Suicide Squad,” from Warner Bros., and “Sausage Party,” from Sony, maintained their top spots at the box office. This means the big-budget reimagining of “Ben-Hur,” from Paramount Pictures and MGM, is one of the biggest flops of the summer....

  • TV This Week, Aug. 21-27: 'Creed' and more

    TV This Week, Aug. 21-27: 'Creed' and more

      SUNDAY The “2016 Rio Olympics” in Rio de Janeiro wrap up with a “Rio Gold” recap followed by the closing ceremony. 7 and 8 p.m. NBC Michael B. Jordan is “Creed,” son of the late boxer Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa for the umpteenth time in director Ryan Coogler’s inspirational...

  • Indie Focus: Coming of age with 'Morris From America,' Frederick Wiseman and Jerry Lewis

    Indie Focus: Coming of age with 'Morris From America,' Frederick Wiseman and Jerry Lewis

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Last week we mentioned the movie “Hell or High Water,” and since then I published a piece looking at the film as a modern-day Western and how it fits within the context of the career of actor Jeff Bridges....

  • The Redstones' war with Viacom ends: Philippe Dauman resigns, Tom Dooley elected new CEO

    The Redstones' war with Viacom ends: Philippe Dauman resigns, Tom Dooley elected new CEO

    The boardroom war for control of Viacom Inc. ended in victory for Sumner Redstone and his family with the resignation of Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and the installation of new members to the company’s board. Viacom’s board late Thursday approved a settlement agreement and elected Thomas Dooley...

  • Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, disgraced Backstreet Boys and NSync impresario, dies at 62

    Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who launched the Backstreet Boys, NSync and other boy bands in the 1990s before being convicted in a Ponzi scheme, has died at 62, according to the prison where Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence.  The former producer and manager died Friday at...

  • Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean has released “Blonde,” his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner’s comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released “Blonde,” the official follow-up to his heralded,...

  • 'Ben-Hur' losing box office chariot race to 'Suicide Squad'

    'Ben-Hur' losing box office chariot race to 'Suicide Squad'

    The new big-budget reimagining of Lew Wallace’s 19th century novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” isn’t exactly enchanting moviegoers.  The Oscar-winning 1959 film starring Charlton Heston may be regarded as a cinema classic, but the Paramount and MGM “Ben-Hur” update released this weekend pulled...

  • Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    Frank Ocean releases visually arresting 'Nikes' ahead of new album

    The return of Frank Ocean continues: A day after the surprise release of his visual album “Endless,” the enigmatic singer dropped a new single, “Nikes,” early Saturday morning while fans wait for the expected release of yet another album, the official follow-up to 2012’s “Channel Orange.” “Nikes,”...

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