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  • 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...

  • Grieving those we did not know but loved

    Grieving those we did not know but loved

    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...

  • '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...

  • 'Doctor Strange' video explains what 'Doctor Strange' is actually about

    'Doctor Strange' video explains what 'Doctor Strange' is actually about

    Marvel has released a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette explaining “Doctor Strange,” because let’s be real — nobody really knows exactly what this movie is going to be about. The brief clip includes Chiwetel Ejiofor talking Karl Mordo and Tilda Swinton explaining how the Ancient One deals...

  • From the pulpit: The unfolding story of the 'Captain of the Bible Quiz Team'

    From the pulpit: The unfolding story of the 'Captain of the Bible Quiz Team'

    A church is a community — a family, even. When a member is in crisis, others step forward with prayers, words of encouragement, helping hands and Jell-O salads. Prolific Los Angeles playwright Tom Jacobson marvelously assembles such a family in the course of his new play “Captain of the Bible Quiz...

  • Read or watch? 8 movies based on books are coming in September

    Read or watch? 8 movies based on books are coming in September

    As summer sunsets into fall, the changing of the seasons means would-be blockbusters are beginning to give way to prestige films (or "Oscar bait," if you're not feeling charitable). Some of those movies got their start on bookshelves. Here are eight movies based on books that are coming in September;...

  • AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

    AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

    The 30th edition of AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of “Rules Don’t Apply” on Nov. 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written, directed and produced by and starring Warren Beatty — recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award and an Academy Award winner...

  • Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades

    Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades

    As it turns out, “The Two Kids That Blow ... Up” at the Lounge Theatre isn’t nearly as explosive as its expletive-laden title might suggest. Tracing three decades in the complicated relationship between two Asian American urbanites struggling to find their place in the world, Carla Ching’s play...

  • Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage

    Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage

    Frida Kahlo and John Coltrane are an unlikely pair, but at the Ford amphitheater in Hollywood, they proved an exhilarating match. The Los Angeles-based Latin dance theater troupe Contra-Tiempo opened the Ford show Saturday night with a new homage to Mexican painter Kahlo choreographed by Marjani...

  • 812,000 pay-TV subscribers cut the cord in the second quarter of 2016

    812,000 pay-TV subscribers cut the cord in the second quarter of 2016

    The U.S. television industry continues to grapple with the flight of  customers who are ditching their pay-TV service at a rapid clip. In a grim reminder of the challenges facing media companies, an estimated 812,000 subscribers pulled the plug on their pay-television service in the second quarter,...

  • Gene Wilder dies at 83; 'Willy Wonka' star and Mel Brooks collaborator

    Gene Wilder dies at 83; 'Willy Wonka' star and Mel Brooks collaborator

    In 1963, Gene Wilder was starring alongside Anne Bancroft in one of his first major stage roles, a Broadway production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” when he met a man who would forever change the course of his career: Bancroft’s future husband, Mel Brooks. Five years later, Brooks cast...

  • Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot.  Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday...

  • FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history.  “If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set at Exposition Park. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the...

  • Michael Phelps' OMG moment at the VMAs? Jimmy Fallon as Ryan Lochte

    Michael Phelps' OMG moment at the VMAs? Jimmy Fallon as Ryan Lochte

    MTV VMAs: Beyonce wins the VMAs, Rihanna and Drake melt our hearts, Britney Spears fizzles Aug. 28, 2016, 9:20 p.m. It's fair to say Beyonce stole the MTV VMAs with an extended performance inspired by "Lemonade." It was also a special evening for Rihanna, who performed throughout the night before...

  • 'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    Charles Osgood, long-time anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” announced today that he plans to retire after 22 years leading the broadcast. His career spanning 45 years at CBS News will be celebrated during his final show on Sept. 25. “For years now, people — even friends and family — have been asking...

  • Rihanna's career highlights include huge hits, big collaborations and a gaggle of Grammys

    Rihanna's career highlights include huge hits, big collaborations and a gaggle of Grammys

    With over 200 million records sold worldwide and eight Grammy Awards, Rihanna has become one of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century. On the eve of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’ll receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, we take a look back at her career. Early stardom Rihanna was...

  • Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Good night to a good show My favorite show canceled? [“Nightly Show’ Host to Bid Farewell,” Aug. 18] I knew it was too truthful to be on TV. Catalina Garcia Van Nuys :: Larry Wilmore’s commentary was spot on, and the round-table had articulate discussions even when you were laughing at what was...

  • New on video: Disney's entertaining 'Jungle Book' remake

    New on Blu-ray “The Jungle Book” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99; also available on VOD) This year’s slate of Hollywood remakes and sequels has mostly drawn mixed responses from critics and audiences, yet just about everybody has liked Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.”...

  • The indie summer provided a cure for the blockbuster blues

    The indie summer provided a cure for the blockbuster blues

    Ask most filmgoers about the summer movie season and the consensus would be that it was a disappointment. Films made from the seemingly surefire formula of sequels and reboots with built-in audiences nevertheless seemed to let down critics and audiences alike week after week. From “X-Men: Apocalypse”...

  • What time are the VMAs? Everything you need to know about MTV's biggest night

    What time are the VMAs? Everything you need to know about MTV's biggest night

    The MTV Video Music Awards have provided some of pop culture's most-discussed moments in recent years, from Kanye West crashing the stage during Taylor Swift’s speech to Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus for talking trash. It’s too early to know who will make headlines at this year’s VMAs, but...

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