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  • 'Alien' haunts outer space thriller 'Life'

    'Alien' haunts outer space thriller 'Life'

    Say hello to Calvin. Or maybe not. Calvin is the resident alien on space station Plymouth Rock and really, he would as soon suck the life out of you as look at you. Calvin comes from Mars, if you must know, but in truth his talents for havoc and devastation were wasted on the cold, dead Red Planet...

  • 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...

  • Dodgers TV standoff lives on as AT&T, Justice settle lawsuit

    Dodgers TV standoff lives on as AT&T, Justice settle lawsuit

    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday settled its lawsuit with AT&T, resolving claims that a high-level DirecTV executive illegally colluded with other pay-TV companies in Southern California to block the rollout of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ cable sports channel in 2014. As part of the proposed...

  • In heightened climate of intolerance, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust names new leadership

    In heightened climate of intolerance, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust names new leadership

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust announced a new executive team with interim director Beth Kean promoted to executive director, and board member Paul Nussbaum bumped up to board president and CEO. Both are descendants of Holocaust survivors. Nussbaum says the team’s first order of business...

  • 'After the Storm,' 'Frantz' and more critics' picks, March 24-30

    'After the Storm,' 'Frantz' and more critics' picks, March 24-30

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. After the Storm A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker assured enough to hide his mastery in plain sight. Nothing is overemphasized, and nothing escapes...

  • A contemporary transformation of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' that is daring

    A contemporary transformation of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' that is daring

    Writer/director Christophe Honoré adapts Ovid’s epic poem “Metamorphoses” into a lyrical and philosophical film of the same title. Honoré sets the events in a contemporary environment, while maintaining the story details of the mythology, a choice that highlights the hedonistic, brutal, often misogynist...

  • This police video, 'Time Machine' and the scent of 'Apocalypse' will linger in your brain

    This police video, 'Time Machine' and the scent of 'Apocalypse' will linger in your brain

    "Trooper" (1998), a single-channel video by Thomson & Craighead, shows a police officer yanking a woman from her car at gunpoint, forcing her to the ground and cuffing her hands behind her back. The short scene, taken from a CNN webcast, repeats more than 20 times, speeding up with each replay...

  • How 'Deadpool's' writers found scary new 'Life' in a familiar space alien story

    How 'Deadpool's' writers found scary new 'Life' in a familiar space alien story

    With a resume that includes zombies, soldiers, a smart-mouthed superhero and now astronauts fighting a creature in space, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have become specialists in crafting genre hybrids and defying expectations. Their latest film, the sci-fi thriller “Life,” had its...

  • Unfunny comedy 'Walk of Fame' takes aim at everyone

    Unfunny comedy 'Walk of Fame' takes aim at everyone

    Aggressive and aggressively unfunny, Hollywood-set comedy “Walk of Fame” hates its characters and its audience — and the feeling is mutual. The debut of writer-director Jesse Thomas never elicits laughter, just questions: How did this get made? How much longer is it? How many times will I have...

  • AT&T workers end their strike in California and Nevada

    AT&T workers end their strike in California and Nevada

    Thousands of AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went back to work Thursday, ending a one-day strike after their union and the Dallas telecommunications giant reached a truce. An estimated 17,000 union members had gone on strike early Wednesday over a grievance about increased responsibilities...

  • The life of dance legend Martha Graham, step by step, falls and all

    The life of dance legend Martha Graham, step by step, falls and all

    Can anyone fill Martha Graham’s shoes? That’s a formidable challenge for the young performers who take on her roles, but it may be even more ambitious to embody the real-life grande dame of American modern dance. Actress and former professional dancer Christina Carlisi makes an admirable attempt...

  • Kazakh crime thriller 'Diamond Cartel' is a best-forgotten mess

    Kazakh crime thriller 'Diamond Cartel' is a best-forgotten mess

    Perhaps most disheartening about the disjointed mess “Diamond Cartel” is that it will go down as the late, great Peter O’Toole’s final screen appearance. What he was doing in this cheesy, Kazakhstan shot-and-set crime thriller is anyone’s guess; that he’s scarcely in it may be the saving grace....

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  • Thursday's TV highlights: 'Baskets' on FX

    Thursday's TV highlights: 'Baskets' on FX

    SERIES The History of Comedy This new episode explores the evolution of racial humor and how comedy can cross cultural barriers. 7 and 10 p.m. CNN Superstore Jonah and Cheyenne (Ben Feldman, Nichole Bloom) try to give Mateo (Nico Santos) legal advice when his hopes of transferring to one of the...

  • 'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' musical crossover kills with cuteness

    'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' musical crossover kills with cuteness

    If the first CW television crossover between “The Flash” and “Supergirl” back in March of 2016 sparked the superhero friendship, Tuesday night’s musical revue cemented it with tap shoes. Watching the jaunty episode titled “Duet” was like inhaling pure joy — a saccharine-saturated performance so...

  • A music-less ‘Mulan’? It’s far from written in stone

    A music-less ‘Mulan’? It’s far from written in stone

    For “Mulan” fans stressed out over rumors that next year’s live-action update won’t be a musical, director Niki Caro has a message: Don’t set off the fireworks just yet. Caro, the “Whale Rider” and “Zookeeper’s Wife” filmmaker who will be directing the new Disney production, says the outrage is...

  • Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global movie box office revenue growth slowed last year as international receipts declined for the first time in 12 years, reflecting a cooling in China’s once-red-hot film market, according to a new report. The total worldwide box office rose 1% to a record $38.6 billion in ticket sales last year,...

  • With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

    With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

    Is it an album or a mixtape? Such was the question when Drake released “More Life,” a collection of new music billed as a “playlist,” last weekend. Presented by October Firm, the team of Drake and his co-manager Oliver El-Khatib, and released through Young Money/Cash Money, the 22-track offering...

  • Former Disney and Nickelodeon execs launch kids' media brand Pocketwatch

    Former Disney and Nickelodeon execs launch kids' media brand Pocketwatch

    Pocketwatch, a new entertainment company led by former Disney and Nickelodeon executives, aims to be the children’s media headquarters of the 21st century. The Culver City company, whose content will target 2- to 11-year-olds, debuted this month and announced Wednesday that it had raised $6 million...

  • L.A. Phil's revelatory pairing of Beckett and Schubert, 'Night and Dreams'

    L.A. Phil's revelatory pairing of Beckett and Schubert, 'Night and Dreams'

    For Samuel Beckett, it was never words and music, no matter that they were personified in his 1962 radio play, “Words and Music.” It was ever words are music. Reputed to have been a fine musician himself, Beckett directed his plays as though he were conducting an orchestra. His recently published...

  • Karaoke and laughs collide on new Comedy Central series 'The Comedy Jam'

    Karaoke and laughs collide on new Comedy Central series 'The Comedy Jam'

    If you’ve ever been torn between spending your Friday night at a comedy show or a concert, or if you’ve binge-watched Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync battle segments wishing the stars were actually singing, don’t fret: Comedy Central’s new show, “The Comedy Jam,” is about to fill that celebrity/comedy/karaoke-shaped...

  • 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

    17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

    An estimated 17,000 AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went on strike Wednesday, highlighting workplace tensions within the massive Dallas telecommunications giant. UPDATE: AT&T strike ends; 17,000 technicians in California and Nevada return to work » The strike follows a protracted dispute...

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