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  • All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    All of Bob Dylan's 1966 live shows in 36-CD box set due Nov. 11

    A 36-CD box set featuring every known recording of Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 concert tour will be released Nov. 11, providing a companion piece to last year’s ambitious set documenting his studio recordings from 1965 and 1966. “Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings” will feature songs taken from...

  • Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    Why Disney is unlikely to buy Twitter

    One is an entertainment giant famous for exacting tight control over its content. The other is a tech firm whose commitment to free speech has earned it a reputation as a hub for news and a haven for online harassment.  Together, they make for a brow-raising pairing. But stranger things have happened...

  • China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    China's Dalian Wanda Group in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions

    Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy a controlling stake in the iconic Dick Clark Productions, a move that would further accelerate its rapid push into Hollywood. The deal would value the production firm at as much as $1 billion, according to one person familiar with the process...

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

    Not quite two weeks after turning 60, Jeffrey Kahane began his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra last weekend. He was buoyant, opening with one of Bach’s most overtly jubilant cantatas and ending with what the conductor described as the most joyous symphony...

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

    Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

    Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore,” has died. He was 87.  The director of such films as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs” died in his sleep early Monday, spokesman James Saito said.  Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the “splatter...

  • Drake releases 23-minute music video, and 'Views' returns to No. 1

    Drake releases 23-minute music video, and 'Views' returns to No. 1

    Drake may be seeking forgiveness with his new music video, but he’s likely not apologizing for “Views” returning to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s albums chart. On Monday the rapper released “Please Forgive Me,” a 23-minute video that’s part action, part thriller and all Drake exclusively on Apple...

  • Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

    Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

    Ty Dolla Sign was ready with an excuse in case he’d left an important name off the list of artists who’d joined him onstage at the Palladium. “If I didn’t say it,” the Los Angeles-based rapper and singer explained near the end of Sunday’s concert, “I was high.” Who could take offense after that?...

  • 'Birth of a Nation' stars Gabrielle Union and Nate Parker help voter registration drive in theaters

    'Birth of a Nation' stars Gabrielle Union and Nate Parker help voter registration drive in theaters

    Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced it will team up with various theater chains and voter organizations to launch a voter registration drive tied to the release of its upcoming slave-revolt drama “The Birth of a Nation.” The initiative will be launched at special advance screenings of the film...

  • Matt LeBlanc to return to British car series 'Top Gear'

    Matt LeBlanc to return to British car series 'Top Gear'

    Matt LeBlanc plans to be back in the driver’s seat on “Top Gear” when the long-running British car series returns in 2017.  BBC Two announced news of LeBlanc’s return Monday morning, saying that the actor had been signed to a two-series deal.  “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top...

  • Debate land mines that Trump and Clinton need to avoid in order to connect with voters

    Debate land mines that Trump and Clinton need to avoid in order to connect with voters

    Anticipation for Monday’s presidential debate, the first of three marquee match-ups between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is riding high. Many will be tuning in to find out how much more unhinged this election can get. As a theater critic, I’ll be keeping tabs not only on the war of words and...

  • In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    Over its short life, virtual-reality entertainment has often been spun out of traditional Hollywood productions, whether an episodic piece based on “The Martian” or a more participatory experience derived from “Ghostbusters.” But the transom has rarely if ever gone the other way--an original VR...

  • Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    About 24 hours before taking the stage at Long Beach’s first Music Tastes Good festival on Saturday evening, locals Warpaint had performed at a very different sort of celebration —  Symbiosis Gathering, a festival with a reputation for Burning Man-level debauchery.  Clothes, the band noted, were...

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