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  • CNN tops ratings on second night of Democratic convention

    CNN tops ratings on second night of Democratic convention

    CNN was the most-watched network for the second night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, which is pacing well-ahead of 2012 and last week’s gathering of the Republicans. An estimated 27 million viewers were tuned in to cable and broadcast coverage of the convention’s 10 p.m....

  • Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Rarely revived and not often remembered, 1966’s “The Group” was a big deal in its day, a prestige Hollywood picture directed by Sidney Lumet and featuring something that was as unusual then as it is now: a film that centered on the lives of women. Taken from a bestselling novel by Mary McCarthy...

  • Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    A sharp decline in box office revenue from Universal Pictures weighed on second quarterly earnings for parent company Comcast Corp. Revenue from Universal movies totaled $1.35 billion in the three months that ended June 30, down 40% from the same period last year when the Los Angeles studio released...

  • Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

    Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

    Considering the eerie tone of the new Netflix show “Stranger Things,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its musical score and opening theme were composed under curious circumstances by a pair of lesser known first-timers. The score to the Duffer Brothers-created series, about the odd disappearance and...

  • 'Riverdale' cast on turning 'Archie's' high school sweeties into a foggy, noir series

    'Riverdale' cast on turning 'Archie's' high school sweeties into a foggy, noir series

    “Archie,” the 77-year-old comic whose overriding plot line hinged on which milkshake-sipping Riverdale teen (Veronica or Betty) the titular character would take to prom, is being updated as a noir live-action series. Call it “Darchie,” jokes Cole Sprouse, who plays series narrator, budding journalist...

  • Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Veteran theater provocateur Erik Patterson stings once again in “One of the Nice Ones,” his new play presented by Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre. The title is a pointed misnomer. No one is remotely nice in this raucous comedy, which is set behind the scenes at a fly-by-night...

  • Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater....

  • Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    Watch every trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2016

    San Diego’s Comic-Con 2016 debuted trailers for several upcoming television series and movies. From DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman,” to Oliver Stone’s drama thriller “Snowden,” take a gander at a jam-packed list of trailers, teasers and sneak peeks below. Just in case you missed anything.  ‘Wonder Woman’...

  • China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

  • Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight: Adele adds two more nights to Staples Center gigs

    Make it eight. Pop singer Adele has booked two more shows to her extended series of concerts at Staples Center in August, adding to her already slotted six sold-out gigs. The new dates are on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.  The artist has been touring for much of the year in support of her 2015 album, “25,” after...

  • Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

    Drake, Britney Spears, U2 and more to play the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

    The lineup for the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced, and for the sixth year in a row it will feature some of the most heavily rotated musicians on the FM radio dial, including U2, Drake, Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and others.  The festival...

  • Screenwriting guru Robert McKee writes his story's next chapter

    Screenwriting guru Robert McKee writes his story's next chapter

    In the early 1990s, Robert McKee had a revelation that would change the course of his career and influence  the lives of tens of thousands of other writers. At the time, he’d written “Abraham,” a four-hour biblical miniseries, for TNT and had sold several unproduced screenplays. “I looked at ‘Abraham’...

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