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Britney can't come close to matching Beyoncé’s fire at MTV VMAs

They were perhaps the saddest words ever glimpsed on MTV: “Britney Spears returns to the VMA stage in 10 minutes.” Rendered as an on-screen caption in the wake of Beyoncé’s epic throwdown on Sunday’s Video Music Awards, the sentence wasn’t supposed to trigger pity. After all, this year’s edition...

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  • 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.”...

  • 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...

  • The indie summer provided a cure for for blockbuster blues

    The indie summer provided a cure for for blockbuster blues

    The aggregate opinion on this summer movie season seems to be that it was full of disappointments. Films made from the seemingly critic-proof 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...

  • For photographer Gil Mares, the Port of L.A. is his supermodel

    For photographer Gil Mares, the Port of L.A. is his supermodel

    Gil Mares’ striking photographs may appear at first glance as abstract expressionist paintings of the 1940s and ’50s, but upon closer inspection, the saturated hues and sleek, minimalist lines are the steel sides of cargo ships and freighters. His compositions of hulls, anchors and bows form the...

  • At Sandy Hook Elementary, a new campus and a new start at site of horror

    At Sandy Hook Elementary, a new campus and a new start at site of horror

    The Bataclan in Paris. The Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colo. The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The campus of Garissa University College in eastern Kenya. A summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utoya. And maybe most harrowing of all, given the ages of the victims, Sandy Hook Elementary...

  • Telemundo refuses to air ad from SAG-AFTRA calling for pay uniformity

    Telemundo refuses to air ad from SAG-AFTRA calling for pay uniformity

    The months-long campaign by SAG-AFTRA against NBCUniversal to unionize Spanish-language performers on Telemundo is heating up on the TV screen.  In its latest push, the labor union aired a 30-second commercial on Thursday that called for parity in pay between English-language and Spanish-language...

  • Viacom's Tom Dooley and Shari Redstone voice confidence in Paramount CEO Brad Grey

    Viacom's Tom Dooley and Shari Redstone voice confidence in Paramount CEO Brad Grey

    Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Brad Grey has been widely criticized for his stewardship of the storied but struggling movie studio.  But the leadership at Paramount’s parent company, Viacom Inc., including new interim CEO Tom Dooley and board member Shari Redstone, are voicing...

  • Britney Spears is back in control on her sexy new album 'Glory'

    Britney Spears is back in control on her sexy new album 'Glory'

    “Here’s my invitation, baby / Come feel my energy,” Britney Spears purrs to open her new album, “Glory,” and what a welcome offer that is. Throughout the 2000s, no one made better — or weirder — pop records than Spears, who achieved instant superstardom in 1999 with “…Baby One More Time,” then...

  • FYF Fest: Five questions for Victoria Legrand of Beach House

    FYF Fest: Five questions for Victoria Legrand of Beach House

    This weekend, the Baltimore duo Beach House arrives in Los Angeles for two performances in support of its most recent work. The pair, which features keyboardist and vocalist Victoria Legrand and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally, has over the past decade composed a luxurious brand of guitar pop...

  • In this 'Next to Normal,' the message is loud but not clear

    In this 'Next to Normal,' the message is loud but not clear

    "Next to Normal," the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a suburban mom's struggle with bipolar disorder, first arrived in Los Angeles in 2010, on its national tour. I remember feeling electrified — at once thrilled and unnerved — by the bracing honesty of Brian Yorkey's book and lyrics, the...

  • TV This Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3: 'You're the Worst' and more

    TV This Week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3: 'You're the Worst' and more

      SUNDAY  Empowering young people is what it’s all about on a new edition of the star-studded special “WE Day.” With Paula Abdul, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Natalie Portman, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, et al. 7 p.m. ABC “I Miss Downton Abbey!” — perhaps...

  • Oops! Britney Spears does 'Carpool Karaoke' with James Corden

    Oops! Britney Spears does 'Carpool Karaoke' with James Corden

    Britney Spears has no flippin’ idea what “Oops! … I Did It Again” is about.  “I don’t know,” she told James Corden, failing to reveal a secret for the ages in the episode of “Carpool Karaoke” that aired Thursday night on “The Late Late Show.” “I really don’t know. I think it’s just a song.” Oh,...

  • Pop Obscure offers a new old-fashioned record store feeling in downtown L.A.

    Pop Obscure offers a new old-fashioned record store feeling in downtown L.A.

    By day, Sherry Lee works for the photography supply store Freestyle Photo in Hollywood. So when she opened her new downtown Los Angeles vinyl-only record store, Pop Obscure Records, with husband and partner Dustin Lane in July, she was well acquainted with the trials of running a retail outlet...

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