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  • Charles Manson's life as a failed musician, Beach Boys hanger-on and mediocre songwriter

    Charles Manson's life as a failed musician, Beach Boys hanger-on and mediocre songwriter

    Starting in the 1970s, not long after Charles Manson directed his followers to murder seven people over two bloody nights in Los Angeles, the convicted killer’s music and notoriety fueled a small underground industry. The allure was centered on Manson’s only album, recorded in Los Angeles in 1967...

  • Harrison Ford helps rescue woman after car crash

    Harrison Ford helps rescue woman after car crash

    Harrison Ford came to the real-life rescue of a woman who was involved in a car accident north of Los Angeles. Santa Paula police tell the Ventura County Star that the actor and a friend were in the area when a car rolled off a highway in the small town Sunday around noon. Senior Officer Matt Alonzo...

  • Second accuser backs actor Anthony Edwards' molestation allegation against producer Gary Goddard

    Second accuser backs actor Anthony Edwards' molestation allegation against producer Gary Goddard

    After actor Anthony Edwards publicly accused producer Gary Goddard of molesting him as a child four decades ago, a second accuser has come forward to corroborate Edwards’ claim and allege that Goddard also attempted to molest him on multiple occasions. Edwards, now 55 and whose television credits...

  • How the American Music Awards tried to combat toxic masculinity

    How the American Music Awards tried to combat toxic masculinity

    At least this thing had its heart in the right place. In an age of widespread awards-show overload, nobody looks to the annual American Music Awards — broadcast live Sunday night on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles — for an authoritative diagnosis of what matters in pop music,...

  • When refusing the hour saves the day

    When refusing the hour saves the day

    When the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge created his installation “The Refusal of Time” for Documenta 13, the international exhibition in Kassel, Germany, five years ago, it proved such a draw that you had to refuse an hour or more to wait in line to see it. Through films, various...

  • Monday's TV highlights: 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on PBS

    Monday's TV highlights: 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on PBS

    SERIES The Halcyon As the Halcyon celebrates its 50th anniversary, Lucian (Charles Edwards) struggles to keep order while Garland and Lady Hamilton (Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams) find a mutual cause in the season finale. 7 p.m. OVA Kevin Can Wait Kevin (Kevin James) promises to prepare a...

  • 'Cosby Show' actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

    'Cosby Show' actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

    Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," has died. Jordan Strohl, a representative for the Actors Fund, said Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. He was 91. A North Carolina native, Hyman...

  • 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...

  • Indie Focus: Studying character with 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman' and 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

    Indie Focus: Studying character with 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman' and 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. It’s easy to get cynical about awards season. Last weekend’s Governors Awards ceremony set in motion what soon will be a conveyor belt of accolades, as the machinery of the season grinds...

  • The week ahead in L.A. theater, Nov. 19-26: 'Resolving Hedda' and more

    The week ahead in L.A. theater, Nov. 19-26: 'Resolving Hedda' and more

    Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.), Charles McNulty (C.M.), Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.) and David C. Nichols (D.C.N.). Openings Encuentro de las Américas The festival concludes; schedules at www.thelatc.org. The Los Angeles Theatre Center,...

  • L.A. movie openings, Nov. 22-24

    L.A. movie openings, Nov. 22-24

    Nov. 22 Coco A young boy with musical aspirations visits the Land of the Dead. Voices of Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Co-directed by Adrian Molina. The Crime of Monsieur Lange Restored version of director Jean Renoir’s 1936 French...

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