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  • Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

    Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

    Exactly 50 years after he took the stage in Alberto Ginastera’s “Don Rodrigo,” Plácido Domingo celebrated the golden anniversary of his Los Angeles debut in a starry L.A. Opera gala Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Among those who turned out to honor Domingo were Mayor Eric Garcetti along...

  • Henry Cavill on the secrets of Superman's return in 'Justice League'

    Henry Cavill on the secrets of Superman's return in 'Justice League'

    By now it’s likely not a spoiler to reveal that “Justice League” includes the return of Superman, who sacrificed himself to save humanity at the end of 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” That film, which was generally regarded as overly dark and somewhat unwieldy, gave audiences a version...

  • Bernstein's spirit brought back to the stage, from 'Fancy Free' to '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

    Bernstein's spirit brought back to the stage, from 'Fancy Free' to '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

    While guest-conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein reportedly chided the musicians once for overly polished playing. He must have felt it somehow diminished the all-too-human spirit he was looking for in music. That certainly wasn’t a problem with the "Bernstein on Stage" program...

  • Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

    Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

    In a superhero showdown, the combined forces of Warner Bros.' "Justice League" was enough to topple "Thor: Ragnarok" from the top spot on the box office charts, despite a soft opening for the DC Comics team-up. "Justice League" grossed an estimated $96 million, according to figures from measurement...

  • Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies  at 85

    Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies  at 85

    Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. He...

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  • 'Marvel's the Punisher' packs a punch but still suffers from bad timing

    'Marvel's the Punisher' packs a punch but still suffers from bad timing

    Sledgehammer fights, machine gun massacres, bodies disposed of in cement mixers. “Marvel’s the Punisher” has it all in this New York City-based drama where sorta good meets super evil. The Netflix series, released in its entirety Friday, takes violence, torture and vengeance to skyscraper-dwarfing...

  • 'Lady Dynamite' returns with a bang for Season 2

    'Lady Dynamite' returns with a bang for Season 2

    One of the great advantages to living in the 21st century is that Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite,” a giddy comedy of mental challenges and spiritual optimism, is on TV. To remind you of this fact, a second season began streaming on Netflix last week. Given that her series, a fractured reflection...

  • Friday's TV highlights: 'Hell's Kitchen' on Fox

    Friday's TV highlights: 'Hell's Kitchen' on Fox

    SERIES MacGyver MacGyver and Jack (Lucas Till, George Eads) become thieves in order to expose a dealer in stolen artworks, then find themselves swindled out of the artwork they swiped. Billy Baldwin and Curtis Armstrong guest star. 8 p.m. CBS Crazy Ex-Girlfriend After Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) moves...

  • 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'The Breadwinner' and other movie picks for Nov. 17

    'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'The Breadwinner' and other movie picks for Nov. 17

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Battle of the Sexes This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, is most involving when it deals not with sports...

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