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How, exactly, did Dave Franco become our favorite Franco?

For a long time, Dave Franco didn’t want to have anything to do with his brother. James Franco, who is so artistically prolific it’s literally a joke, would always ask his younger sibling to work on films with him. But Dave always shut the idea down. “As much as I do love him and respect him, I’ve...

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  • 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....

  • Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    San Diego’s Comic-Con 2016 debuted trailers for several upcoming television series and movies. From DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman,” to Oliver Stone’s drama thriller “Snowden,” take a gander at a jam-packed list of trailers, teasers and sneak peeks below. Just in case you missed anything.  ‘Wonder Woman’...

  • China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

  • Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight. Pop singer Adele has booked two more shows to her extended series of concerts at Staples Center in August, adding to her already slotted six sold-out gigs. The new dates are on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.  The artist has been touring for much of the year in support of her 2015 album, “25,” after...

  • Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

    Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

    The lineup for the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced, and for the sixth year in a row it will feature some of the most heavily rotated musicians on the FM radio dial, including U2, Drake, Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and others.  The festival...

  • Screenwriting guru Robert McKee writes his story's next chapter

    Screenwriting guru Robert McKee writes his story's next chapter

    In the early 1990s, Robert McKee had a revelation that would change the course of his career and influence  the lives of tens of thousands of other writers. At the time, he’d written “Abraham,” a four-hour biblical miniseries, for TNT and had sold several unproduced screenplays. “I looked at ‘Abraham’...

  • John Oliver: The Republican convention was a 'four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over fact'

    John Oliver: The Republican convention was a 'four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over fact'

    After several weeks off the air, John Oliver delivered a withering critique of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.”  He described the event, marred by Melania Trump’s plagiarism scandal, Sen. Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement and no-shows of prominent Republicans...

  • At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 arrested at Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey

    At least 30 people have been arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert in New Jersey, including a woman accused of assaulting police, according to officials.  The arrests occurred at Saturday night's show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, officials said. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman...

  • AMC makes final $1.2 billion bid for Carmike Cinemas

    AMC makes final $1.2 billion bid for Carmike Cinemas

    Chinese-owned theater chain AMC Entertainment has boosted its offer to buy rival Carmike Cinemas, in a move to keep the closely watched deal from falling apart.  Leawood, Kan.-based AMC agreed on Monday to pay $33.06 a share for Columbus, Ga.-headquartered Carmike, a 10% increase from what the...

  • With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

    With new music festival Panorama, Goldenvoice pushes east

    Several times during his politically charged set at the Panorama music festival Saturday night, Kendrick Lamar referred favorably to the host city. “New York started some of my most dedicated fans,” he said at one point, to raucous cheers. “Do you agree?"‎ The Compton  rapper, who once controversially...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT

    SERIES The Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher is down to her last three choices among the men who have tried to win her heart. 8 p.m. ABC So You Think You Can Dance The unscripted competition continues as the top nine dancers perform before judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, Nigel Lythgoe and Maddie Ziegler....

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