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  • '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...

  • 'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    Breathing life into what was expected to be a slow end to the summer box office season, Sony Pictures’ “Don’t Breathe” over-performed, leaving three-time box office champ, Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” in the dust. The low-budget horror movie raked in a surprising estimated $26.1 million in the...

  • How HBO's 'The Night Of' has humanized American Muslim families

    How HBO's 'The Night Of' has humanized American Muslim families

    The crime and justice drama “The Night Of” that’s become HBO’s newest addictive thriller features an American Muslim character so complex that it’s still anyone’s guess as to whether he’s innocent or guilty of a crime that kicked off the series eight episodes ago The miniseries, which concludes...

  • Indie Focus: Late-summer delights with 'The Intervention,' 'Don't Breathe' and 'Southside With You'

    Indie Focus: Late-summer delights with 'The Intervention,' 'Don't Breathe' and 'Southside With You'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. The drumbeat of fall movies, and awards season behind it, is upon us. As my colleagues and I prepare to head north for the Toronto International Film Festival in early September, with festivals in Venice...

  • Kamaiyah delivers on rap buzz on FYF's opening day

    Kamaiyah delivers on rap buzz on FYF's opening day

    Kamaiyah was among the early standouts of day one of FYF Fest on Saturday.  The rising Oakland rapper, during a tight, bounce-heavy 30-minute set, controlled FYF’s so-called “club” stage.  Flanked by towering banana plants, hanging foliage and disco balls (the decor offered an appropriately beachy...

  • FYF Fest: Grimes brings an aggressive edge to dance-pop

    FYF Fest: Grimes brings an aggressive edge to dance-pop

    More than hot new bands or beloved old songs, what the modern music festival promises is an opportunity for escapism -- a chance for attendees to imagine themselves, for an evening or a weekend, in circumstances softer or easier than their real lives. That's why Todd Terje & the Olsens, from Norway,...

  • FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    The consensus so far in the first hours of FYF 2016? The music is great, if you can find it. The festival underwent yet another significant layout change this year, where the main thoroughfare around the Coliseum was augmented by spidery routes in-between and behind the stages. We understand the...

  • 700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    When Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened its sprawling gallery compound in the downtown Los Angeles arts district earlier this year, its inaugural exhibition,“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016,” generated a ton of buzz. The show closes over Labor Day weekend — but it won’t...

  • 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    Here is – "voici," I should say — the Parisian high school superhero cartoon series you have been looking for. "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" premiered domestically on Nickelodeon last December, just two months after its French premiere. A second American DVD collection, "Spots On,"...

  • Classic Hollywood: Raquel Welch reflects on her life as a sex symbol and movie star

    Classic Hollywood: Raquel Welch reflects on her life as a sex symbol and movie star

    At the beginning of “Fantastic Voyage,” star Stephen Boyd can be forgiven for being momentarily distracted by the comely technical assistant for “the top brain man in the country.” He’s about to operate on a comatose Russian scientist who has defected to the West, but what he really wants to know...

  • Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    That airy, wooshing sound? It’s a deep sigh of relief from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films. Their low-budget horror movie, “Don't Breathe,” surpassed “Suicide Squad” and pulled into the top spot at the box office on Saturday. It grossed about $10 million on Friday, and is expected...

  • The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Walter Lang’s 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” returns to the big screen next week in its opulent Cinemascope majesty. The lavish and boisterous 20th Century Fox musical will screen in theaters nationwide for two days as part of...

  • 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”...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 'Mechanic: Resurrection's' action scenes click, but fast-forward the rest (when it hits video)

    'Mechanic: Resurrection's' action scenes click, but fast-forward the rest (when it hits video)

    Just like the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle “The Mechanic” and the 2011 Jason Statham-starring remake, the best scenes in “Mechanic: Resurrection” contain almost no dialogue. When the sequel is really clicking, it becomes action cinema in its purest visual form: just one buff, taciturn dude doing...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Do we still need Britney Spears?

    Overrated/Underrated: Do we still need Britney Spears?

    UNDERRATED The Tragically Hip: If you’ve heard of this band, chances are it was from a Canadian friend who asked — probably rather politely — that you give one of their albums a listen. On the heels of leader Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis, the Tragically Hip embarked on one last tour...

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