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More than 200 musicians rally behind appeal of 'Blurred Lines' verdict

More than 200 musicians have signed a legal brief supporting Pharrell Williams’ appeal of the $5.3-million judgment handed down against him and Robin Thicke in 2015 after a jury decided that their hit, “Blurred Lines,” was lifted from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”  That verdict stunned...

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    Gene Wilder and grieving in the digital age: Why we mourn the famous, and in such a public way

    On Monday, the news of Gene Wilder’s death provoked a swift-moving, digitally enhanced river of emotion.  Tweets of grief, admiration and gratitude rose like a cloud of sparrows startled from a field; media platforms of every sort were stacked with tributes. Facebook filled with video clips and...

  • 'The Defenders' finally gets justice with DVD release

    'The Defenders' finally gets justice with DVD release

    The CBS legal drama “The Defenders” debuted in 1961, when TV was being described as a “vast wasteland.” But it would be right at home in the era of peak TV. The series starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-and-son team of defense attorneys who tackled complex legal and social issues...

  • Raven Servellon's 'Velvet Sunflower' is a trippy art party

    Raven Servellon's 'Velvet Sunflower' is a trippy art party

    Raven Servellon wants to pummel you with color and detail. The L.A. artist’s psychedelic, fem-pop ink drawings are dense with swirly, girlie optical illusions – “optrickal delusions,” she calls them. Stare into a garden of flaming roses long enough and tall, willowy cats, standing upright as if...

  • They had the beat: The Go-Go's say goodbye at the Greek

    They had the beat: The Go-Go's say goodbye at the Greek

    “We wanted to end up where we started,” said Charlotte Caffey, and what she meant was Los Angeles. That’s the city in which Caffey and her bandmates formed the Go-Go’s in 1978, and it’s the place they returned Tuesday night for the final show of a month-long farewell tour. Yes, it’s true: Thirty-eight...

  • Innovative printmaker Mixografia to premiere new gallery space

    Innovative printmaker Mixografia to premiere new gallery space

    It was 1973 and Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo was wanting to go big. He’d grown bored with flat, two-dimensional lithography prints, which traditionally ran small because the stone surfaces they were printed on were limited in size. Tamayo brainstormed with printmaker and publisher Luis Remba of...

  • 'Alternative Dreams: 17th Century Chinese Paintings From the Tsao Collection' at LACMA

    'Alternative Dreams: 17th Century Chinese Paintings From the Tsao Collection' at LACMA

    “The way of painting belongs to the one who believes in having the universe in his own hands,” wrote Dong Qichang four centuries ago, “and that before his eyes there is nothing but life and the motivating forces for life.” Dong should know. The painter led what amounted to a lasting artistic revolution...

  • What makes for a No. 1 album in the on-demand age of streaming?

    What makes for a No. 1 album in the on-demand age of streaming?

    The Grammy-winning R&B singer Frank Ocean recently released two albums and a full-color, high-gloss magazine over the course of two days. In doing so, he injected enthusiasm, confusion and yet more chaos into an ever-evolving music business. The unveiling, the latest in a line of innovative, high-profile...

  • The Obamas' most notable pop culture appearances

    The Obamas' most notable pop culture appearances

    Inspired by the real first date between Barack Obama and Michelle (not-yet-Obama) Robinson, the movie “Southside With You” gives audiences a glimpse at the blossoming romance between the future president and first lady of the United States. While the love story of a sitting president may not seem...

  • 'Don't Breathe' likely to beat 'Light Between Oceans' and 'Morgan' in Labor Day box office

    'Don't Breathe' likely to beat 'Light Between Oceans' and 'Morgan' in Labor Day box office

    A pair of new movies shows little promise of unseating last weekend’s surprise horror hit “Don’t Breathe” from the top of the domestic box-office charts, as Hollywood’s rocky summer blockbuster season limps to its quiet close.  “Don't Breathe,” the $10-million home invasion thriller from Sony Pictures’...

  • Even with fewer games, 'Thursday Night Football' is still all right for CBS

    Even with fewer games, 'Thursday Night Football' is still all right for CBS

    For CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus, half of an “NFL Thursday Night Football” package is better than no package at all. “Would we have liked the whole package?” McManus said Tuesday at the network’s media briefing ahead of the NFL season. “I guess we would have.” CBS is getting the first five...

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