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More than 200 musicians rally behind appeal of 'Blurred Lines' verdict

More than 200 musicians have signed a legal brief supporting Pharrell Williams’ appeal of the $5.3-million judgment handed down against him and Robin Thicke in 2015 after a jury decided that their hit, “Blurred Lines,” was lifted from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”  That verdict stunned...

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  • With horror flick 'Tell Me How I Die,' it will likely be from boredom

    With horror flick 'Tell Me How I Die,' it will likely be from boredom

    Loosely combining “Final Destination” and a drawing-room mystery, the thriller “Tell Me How I Die” is a movie that plays better in the imagination than it does on the screen. Dull and drab, the film squanders an attractive young cast and a killer title. Set almost entirely at a snowbound scientific...

  • Jackie Chan’s teaming with Johnny Knoxville in ‘Skiptrace’ lacks ‘Rush Hour,’ ‘'Shanghai Noon' spark

    Jackie Chan’s teaming with Johnny Knoxville in ‘Skiptrace’ lacks ‘Rush Hour,’ ‘'Shanghai Noon' spark

    Jackie Chan tries recapturing his “Shanghai Noon” and “Rush Hour” magic with “Skiptrace,” which sees the sexagenarian kung-fu king teaming up with vulgar American comedian Johnny Knoxville on a globe-hopping, crime-stopping adventure. All the principals are plenty capable, but this is hardly any...

  • WWI flier drama 'Game of Aces' looks good, lacks romance

    WWI flier drama 'Game of Aces' looks good, lacks romance

    In many ways, writer-director Damien Lay’s World War I caper “Game of Aces” is a pretty cool achievement for a film that reportedly cost just $500,000. It’s handsomely shot, feels authentic in time and place and has a credibly old-fashioned vibe that evokes a classic Hollywood tale of war and deceit....

  • AMC adds reserved seating to all Manhattan locations

    AMC adds reserved seating to all Manhattan locations

    AMC Theatres is bringing reserved seating to all its Manhattan locations in time for Labor Day weekend, marking a major step in the Leawood, Kan.-based chain’s efforts to upgrade its services, the company said Wednesday. The company’s New York theaters will allow customers to book and select their...

  • Prospects for sale of stake in Paramount wither

    Prospects for sale of stake in Paramount wither

    Former Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman’s controversial plan to bolster Viacom’s finances by selling a 49% interest in Paramount Pictures appears doomed. As part of a settlement agreement that paved the way for Dauman’s departure from Viacom, the former chief retained the ability to present...

  • Sting unveils new album during intimate KCSN radio session

    Sting unveils new album during intimate KCSN radio session

    Sting in Northridge? Although the music business continues to be a puzzle for many in terms of how to make a living these days, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hold its share of intriguing surprises. Thus, one of the biggest rock stars in the annals of rock — Sting — materialized Wednesday at...

  • 'Eve of Destruction' singer Barry McGuire to headline Sept. 1 benefit

    'Eve of Destruction' singer Barry McGuire to headline Sept. 1 benefit

    The most iconic protest song of the volatile 1960s? Any single answer is going to generate major debate, but many ’60s aficionados would likely agree that the list should include Barry McGuire’s 1965 apocalyptic take on “Eve of Destruction.” It packed just about every hot button issue of the time...

  • 'The Defenders' finally gets justice with DVD release

    'The Defenders' finally gets justice with DVD release

    The CBS legal drama “The Defenders” debuted in 1961, when TV was being described as a “vast wasteland.” But it would be right at home in the era of peak TV. The series starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-and-son team of defense attorneys who tackled complex legal and social issues...

  • Raven Servellon's 'Velvet Sunflower' is a trippy art party

    Raven Servellon's 'Velvet Sunflower' is a trippy art party

    Raven Servellon wants to pummel you with color and detail. The L.A. artist’s psychedelic, fem-pop ink drawings are dense with swirly, girlie optical illusions – “optrickal delusions,” she calls them. Stare into a garden of flaming roses long enough and tall, willowy cats, standing upright as if...

  • They had the beat: The Go-Go's say goodbye at the Greek

    They had the beat: The Go-Go's say goodbye at the Greek

    “We wanted to end up where we started,” said Charlotte Caffey, and what she meant was Los Angeles. That’s the city in which Caffey and her bandmates formed the Go-Go’s in 1978, and it’s the place they returned Tuesday night for the final show of a month-long farewell tour. Yes, it’s true: Thirty-eight...

  • Innovative printmaker Mixografia to premiere new gallery space

    Innovative printmaker Mixografia to premiere new gallery space

    It was 1973 and Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo was wanting to go big. He’d grown bored with flat, two-dimensional lithography prints, which traditionally ran small because the stone surfaces they were printed on were limited in size. Tamayo brainstormed with printmaker and publisher Luis Remba of...

  • Motion Picture Academy renews TV rights deal, keeping Oscars on Disney's ABC through 2028

    Motion Picture Academy renews TV rights deal, keeping Oscars on Disney's ABC through 2028

    The ABC television network is extending its glittery Oscar run through 2028. The Walt Disney Co. broadcast network and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that they had renewed their domestic TV rights deal for an additional eight years, keeping the Oscar telecast firmly...

  • 'Becoming the Beach Boys' 2-CD set explores the group's earliest efforts

    'Becoming the Beach Boys' 2-CD set explores the group's earliest efforts

    Putting a fledgling band under the microscope by examining every moment of its earliest work generally falls under the same bit of wisdom often applied to brain surgery, sausage-making and journalism: important activities in the grand scheme of things, but not processes you typically want to zero...

  • Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder, best known for his turn as Willy Wonka in the 1971 cult classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as his comedic collaborations with the likes of Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks, has died at age 83, his family announced Monday.  The loss of the actor caused an outpouring...

  • Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot.  Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday...

  • FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages

    James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history.  “If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set at Exposition Park. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the...

  • The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences

    The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences

    A cadre of young and rising Hollywood talent responsible for scoring such films and TV series as “Foxcatcher,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Looper” and “Billions” has had its work heard by millions around the globe. Yet here at home these composers felt like they weren’t being heard. “We had gone...

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