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  • How Bernie Wrightson uncovered the soul of the monster in his work

    How Bernie Wrightson uncovered the soul of the monster in his work

    Ghouls, headless horsemen, werewolves and monsters in all stages of reanimation recently lost a key patron. On March 19, Liz Wrightson confirmed that her husband, Bernie, beloved artist and creator of many things that go bump in the night, had died at 68 after a long battle with brain cancer. "Creepy...

  • New 'Justice League' trailer brings Batman a bit of self-awareness

    New 'Justice League' trailer brings Batman a bit of self-awareness

    Can new jokes and three new DC superheroes make audiences fall in love with the new “Justice League” movie? Warner Bros. certainly hopes so. Check out the brand new hyper-styled and action-packed new trailer for the all-star superhero team-up. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck), Aquaman...

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  • Sharr White's 'Snow Geese' gets an assured West Coast premiere

    Sharr White's 'Snow Geese' gets an assured West Coast premiere

    Ever suddenly get the feeling that the world you thought you knew isn’t the one you’re actually living in? Linking that sense of existential vertigo with times of violent social upheaval, Independent Shakespeare Co. presents the West Coast premiere of Sharr White’s “The Snow Geese” in its intimate...

  • Rogue Machine's surprisingly sentimental drama from the co-writer of 'Birdman'

    Rogue Machine's surprisingly sentimental drama from the co-writer of 'Birdman'

    The Oscar-winning co-writer of the film “Birdman,” Alexander Dinelaris, toys with themes of human mortality and the after-effects of pathological parenting in his frustratingly uneven play “Still Life,” now at Rogue Machine Theatre. The action centers on Carrie Ann (Laurie Okin), a successful professional...

  • Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' on HBO

    Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' on HBO

    SERIES Ransom Five teenagers playing a smartphone game are lured into a deadly trap in an abandoned building in France. Luke Roberts, Sarah Green and Brandon Jay McLaren star in this new episode, and Camille Langer, Boyd Ferguson, Britta Meier, Simon Holman and Logan Smythe guest star. 8 p.m....

  • 'Wilson's' Daniel Clowes, patron saint of misfits and curmudgeons

    'Wilson's' Daniel Clowes, patron saint of misfits and curmudgeons

    The graphic novelist Daniel Clowes was in the landmark Strand bookstore on a recent weekday, browsing the section of his chosen profession. “Let me see if my signature is in here,” he said, flipping open a hardback copy of his time-travel romance “Patience.” “Oh, good,” he said upon seeing a clean...

  • Citing bronchitis, Eric Clapton postpones weekend Forum concerts

    Citing bronchitis, Eric Clapton postpones weekend Forum concerts

    Guitar hero Eric Clapton has postponed two concerts scheduled for this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood. Citing “severe bronchitis,” the artist, who first achieved fame for his work with Cream and Derek & the Dominoes before going solo, will reschedule the concerts for the fall. Clapton, 71, has...

  • 'Love Actually' mini-sequel keeps it written in the cards

    'Love Actually' mini-sequel keeps it written in the cards

    Sure, rom-com enthusiasts might be having all the feels now that the “sequel” to 2003’s “Love Actually” has been unveiled (for some of us, at least), but Andrew Lincoln has a bone to pick. “I don't say anything!” Lincoln playfully cracked during a recent sit-down to discuss “The Walking Dead.”...

  • 'It’s like "ratchet" dancing today': Famed choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. on Chuck Berry's moves

    'It’s like "ratchet" dancing today': Famed choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. on Chuck Berry's moves

    Frank Gatson Jr. is Beyoncé’s creative director, and he danced in Michael Jackson’s video for “Smooth Criminal.” He knows what era-shaking stage moves look like. But even he marvels at the wild, sexy and ingenious “duck walk” that helped make Chuck Berry a superstar. “Any time anybody acts like...

  • Chuck Berry wasn't just a god onstage — he was one onscreen too

    Chuck Berry wasn't just a god onstage — he was one onscreen too

    When Chuck Berry died on March 18, plenty was written about the rock ’n’ roll icon’s musical achievements. But as profound an impact as Berry had on the music world — indeed, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and pretty much every other rock musician credits him as an influence — it’s easy to overlook...

  • Netflix will produce four more feature films with Adam Sandler

    Netflix will produce four more feature films with Adam Sandler

    His lowbrow comedies have earned him few fans among connoisseurs of serious cinema, but Adam Sandler has found a steadfast supporter in Netflix, which has partnered with the actor on three movies since they teamed up in 2015 on “The Ridiculous 6.” Ahead of April’s release of “Sandy Wexler,” Netflix...

  • Kendrick Lamar takes aim on new song: 'Donald Trump is a chump'

    Kendrick Lamar takes aim on new song: 'Donald Trump is a chump'

    Kendrick Lamar’s warning is clear on the new single “The Heart Part 4.” “Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all [stuff] together,” he raps. What happens then? A new record? An anti-Trumpist insurrection? Whatever it is, after Lamar released the scalding single on Thursday night, the big takeaway is...

  • Disproving the 'black films don't travel' Hollywood myth

    Disproving the 'black films don't travel' Hollywood myth

    On his way to winning a best picture Oscar for “Moonlight,” a film made for a minuscule $1.5 million, writer-director Barry Jenkins took time between awards-season red carpet appearances for a six-city European promotion tour. It was time well spent. “Moonlight,” about a poor black boy living in...

  • Friday's TV highlights: 'Crossroads' on CMT

    Friday's TV highlights: 'Crossroads' on CMT

    SERIES Tangled: The Series Rapunzel and Cassandra go to a wizard’s cottage to learn what has happened to Rapunzel’s hair in the premiere of this animated series. 7:30 p.m. Disney Grimm The dark prophecy appears to be nearing fulfillment when a sinister force arrives in Portland with its eyes...

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