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  • Relive the horrors of adolescence with Wendy Graf's new play 'Please Don't Ask About Becket'

    Relive the horrors of adolescence with Wendy Graf's new play 'Please Don't Ask About Becket'

    The raging hormones of adolescence can be a destructive force that leaves stunned parents sifting through the wreckage, looking for clues about what went wrong. Playwright Wendy Graf dramatizes that poignant scenario to frequently ravaging effect in “Please Don’t Ask About Becket,” her new play...

  • Can 'Don't Breathe' or 'Mechanic' sequel take down 'Suicide Squad'?

    Can 'Don't Breathe' or 'Mechanic' sequel take down 'Suicide Squad'?

    Low-budget horror movie “Don't Breathe” and action sequel “Mechanic: Resurrection” will clash with “Suicide Squad” in this weekend’s box-office matchup as Hollywood crawls to the end of a mixed summer film season.   Warner Bros.' DC antihero mash-up “Suicide Squad” has held the top spot at the...

  • 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...

  • Actor Steven Hill, the original D.A. on 'Law & Order,' dies at 94

    Actor Steven Hill, the original D.A. on 'Law & Order,' dies at 94

    Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy Dist. Atty. Adam Schiff on TV's long-running “Law & Order,” died Tuesday. He was 94. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said his wife, Rachel. The cause of...

  • 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...

  • Kelly Osbourne, Zackary Drucker unite for transgender film festival

    Kelly Osbourne, Zackary Drucker unite for transgender film festival

    As the transgender community experiences increased visibility, its members and supporters continue to fight for trans rights. One such way is through the celebration of transgender artistic and cultural achievements at a new transgender film festival in Los Angeles. Dubbed the TransNation Festival...

  • NBCUniversal completes purchase of DreamWorks Animation; Katzenberg payday tops $390 million

    NBCUniversal completes purchase of DreamWorks Animation; Katzenberg payday tops $390 million

    NBCUniversal has completed its $3.8-billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, a blockbuster deal that alters the face of Hollywood and accelerates the pace of consolidation in the media industry. Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of the boutique studio behind such animated hits as “Kung Fu...

  • Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

    Demi Lovato hit with copyright lawsuit by Sleigh Bells

    Demi Lovato is the latest artist to be slapped with accusations of lifting from someone else’s work -- and to get sued for it.  More than nine months after indie noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells publicly called out the pop singer over alleged similarities between a track from her latest album and one...

  • Rio Games score smallest TV audience since 2004 as streaming hits record high

    Rio Games score smallest TV audience since 2004 as streaming hits record high

    Video streaming every competitive event at the Olympics may have been too much of a good thing for NBC. The prime-time TV audience over 17 nights for the Rio Games averaged 25.4 million viewers, the lowest since the 2004 Games in Athens, which averaged 24.9 million viewers. Nielsen data showed...

  • Frank Ocean's minimalism sets 'Blonde' apart from recent releases by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West

    Frank Ocean's minimalism sets 'Blonde' apart from recent releases by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West

    So much about Frank Ocean’s gripping new album, “Blonde,” seems to put it in line with recent high-profile records by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West, from its short-notice release to its limited availability to its expansive roster of collaborators. Push beyond the branding strategy, though, and...

  • 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,”...

  • 1970s gay street fashions and other vintage discoveries in 'Photography and Language'

    1970s gay street fashions and other vintage discoveries in 'Photography and Language'

    Cherry & Martin has admirably brought underappreciated artists like Lew Thomas to light in recent years. Now, in “Photography and Language: Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, Peter d’Agostino, Hal Fischer,” the gallery widens the lens to encompass more of Thomas’ San Francisco milieu in the 1970s....

  • Stockhausen's 'Carré' revives the genius of the '60s

    Stockhausen's 'Carré' revives the genius of the '60s

    As a phenomenon, the 1960s, argues British critic D.J. Taylor in a recent issue of the Times Literary Supplement, have had “more significance extracted from them than they can decently stand.” That depends on how you define significance and, for that matter, decency. A revelatory performance of...

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