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  • 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...

  • Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    A sharp decline in box office revenue from Universal Pictures weighed on second quarterly earnings for parent company Comcast Corp. Revenue from Universal movies totaled $1.35 billion in the three months that ended June 30, down 40% from the same period last year when the Los Angeles studio released...

  • Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

    Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

    Considering the eerie tone of the new Netflix show “Stranger Things,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its musical score and opening theme were composed under curious circumstances by a pair of lesser known first-timers. The score to the Duffer Brothers-created series, about the odd disappearance and...

  • 'Jason Bourne' expected to knock out the box office competition

    'Jason Bourne' expected to knock out the box office competition

    Matt Damon is preparing to punch his way to the top of the U.S. box office charts and revive a long-running franchise for Universal Pictures. “Jason Bourne,” the fifth film in the series of super-assassin action flicks, is expected to gross $60 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according...

  • Piracy sites tempt users with free movies as malware lies in wait, report says

    Piracy sites tempt users with free movies as malware lies in wait, report says

    Advocates have tried just about everything to protect Hollywood intellectual property. But attempts at legislation have floundered, and persuading people to give up illegal downloads has proved a Sisyphean task.  Now activists are trying a new tactic — appealing to people’s fears by pointing out...

  • 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...

  • Future Pokemon Go features include more Pokemon, customizable PokeStops and trading

    Future Pokemon Go features include more Pokemon, customizable PokeStops and trading

    Don’t worry. You did not miss a chance to capture any special or legendary Pokemon by not attending the Pokemon Go presentation on Sunday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Turns out not even the top executive of the company that developed the game has that power.  “If I could summon a Pokemon...

  • Queens of Comic-Con: Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and other ladies who ruled the Con

    Queens of Comic-Con: Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and other ladies who ruled the Con

    It only took 75 years, but Wonder Woman is finally getting her moment in the spotlight. And as far as Comic-Con 2016 was concerned, she wasn’t the only one.  The original warrior princess got a lot of love at this year’s festivities, buoyed by excitement for 2017’s “Wonder Woman” film, which revealed...

  • 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...

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