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  • The tailor-made terror of 'The Tension Experience: Ascension'

    The tailor-made terror of 'The Tension Experience: Ascension'

    The first thing that happens when you walk through the doors of “The Tension Experience: Ascension” is that you’re handed a recruitment document for a cult, masquerading as the O.O.A. Institute. Printed on top of the enrollment paper is your own face, smiling back at you.  A rosy-lipped receptionist...

  • Can new chief executive Thomas Dooley fix what's ailing Viacom?

    Can new chief executive Thomas Dooley fix what's ailing Viacom?

    For Thomas Dooley, securing the job as chief executive of Viacom Inc. might be the easy part. Fixing the struggling media company will take more work. Late last week, as part of a legal settlement to end a messy boardroom fight with Sumner Redstone and his family, Viacom’s board elevated Dooley,...

  • HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

    HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

    The doctor is out at HLN. CNN’s sister cable channel is dropping addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky’s nightly prime-time show, “Dr. Drew,” on Sept. 22. The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots....

  • Datebook: Towers of clay, the L.A. landscape reconsidered, dance at the Getty Villa

    Datebook: Towers of clay, the L.A. landscape reconsidered, dance at the Getty Villa

    Sculptural pieces that dwell on material and color. A performance inspired by the work of women sculptors. Paintings that draw from the unremarkable aspects of L.A.’s urban settings. And a daylong dance choreography that looks at identity in antiquity. Here are four openings and events to check...

  • FYF Fest: Tame Impala's Kevin Parker is making behind-the-scenes moves toward pop

    FYF Fest: Tame Impala's Kevin Parker is making behind-the-scenes moves toward pop

    Long-haired, guitar-clutching frontman is a job in which Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has excelled. Yet these days, the 30-year-old musician from Australia is spending more and more of his time in a different role: behind-the-scenes enabler for some of the world’s biggest pop stars. In May, Mark...

  • Stellan Skarsgård executes Norwegian vengeance in 'In Order of Disappearance'

    Stellan Skarsgård executes Norwegian vengeance in 'In Order of Disappearance'

    As a generally mild-mannered father undertaking a brutal course of revenge in “In Order of Disappearance,” Stellan Skarsgård might occasionally strike you as Scandinavia’s answer to Liam Neeson in the “Taken” movies. Then again, he might not. The comparison almost, but not quite, nails the quiet...

  • Plenty to recommend in ensemble indie 'The Intervention'

    Plenty to recommend in ensemble indie 'The Intervention'

    The weekend-away-with-friends indie has become a safe testing ground for first-time feature directors: one (typically pretty) location reduces certain production stresses, while a large cast allows plenty of room to discover what works and what doesn’t. In the case of actress Clea DuVall’s debut...

  • Director-star John Krasinski works hard at making 'The Hollars' likable

    Director-star John Krasinski works hard at making 'The Hollars' likable

    It’s tough to dislike “The Hollars,” which is something director-star John Krasinski and writer Jim Strouse work overtime to ensure. That’s hardly a bad thing, though, when a film is as warm, funny and truthful as this one. But it’s the movie’s endearingly wacky approach that most sets it apart...

  • Korean thriller 'Tunnel' may make you rethink your commute

    Korean thriller 'Tunnel' may make you rethink your commute

    What “Psycho” did for showers and “Jaws” did for the ocean, the Korean disaster flick “Tunnel” won’t likely do for, well, tunnels. But after watching this often gripping, humanistic thriller, you may just think twice before driving into one. On a typical day’s ride home from his job selling Kias,...

  • Animated sequel 'Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon' feels earthbound

    Animated sequel 'Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon' feels earthbound

    There’s so much quality children’s entertainment on TV and at the movies these days that there’s no real reason to take your kids to see a dog — or, more specifically, “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon.” The sequel to 2010’s “Space Dogs” follows the son of a canine cosmonaut as he stows away on...

  • Christian drama 'Natural Selection' is no subtle offering

    Christian drama 'Natural Selection' is no subtle offering

    There’s little that comes off as “natural” in “Natural Selection,” a stiffly heavy-handed, drawn-out, faith-based drama about a Christ-like teen struggling to find his true path. Arriving in a new town, soft-spoken Tyler (Mason Dye) and his alcoholic mother (“Bluebloods” regular Amy Carlson) have...

  • Cinecon brings dozens of classic gems back to Hollywood

    Cinecon brings dozens of classic gems back to Hollywood

    Los Angeles is rife with film festivals of all sorts, but if the city has an underappreciated gem, it’s the Cinecon Classic Film Festival, a beloved event whose 52nd edition runs Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-5, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Passionately dedicated to rarely screened films...

  • Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August

    Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium get spotlight in August

    August is a key month in the Beatles’ history as it relates to time the Fab Four spent in Southern California. The group played its first Los Angeles concert Aug. 23, 1964, at the Hollywood Bowl, which was recorded in hopes of being released as a live album. The Beatles returned a year later for...

  • FYF Fest: 10 acts that make it worth braving yet another music festival

    FYF Fest: 10 acts that make it worth braving yet another music festival

    Typically scheduled near the end of the long, hot summer festival season, FYF Fest can be a tough sell every year for music fans who’ve spent the previous several months watching bands while standing under a broiling sun. That said, the lineup for the latest edition — set for Saturday and Sunday...

  • Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex.  The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate,...

  • Watch me: 'Rings' trailer gives cursed video franchise a digital upgrade

    Watch me: 'Rings' trailer gives cursed video franchise a digital upgrade

    Death by viewership is back in the “Rings” trailer.  The long-awaited third installment of the “The Ring” franchise hit the Internet on Wednesday, bringing the haunted VHS tape into the digital age. See the most-read stories in Entertainment this hour » This time around, a young woman is sucked...

  • At the Hollywood Bowl, breathing life into the most famous symphony ever written

    At the Hollywood Bowl, breathing life into the most famous symphony ever written

    In his book “Conducting Business,” Leonard Slatkin, former principal conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, recalls a time when bowl audiences cheered after the first four notes (ta-ta-ta-TA) of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 were played. On Tuesday night, a large Bowl crowd...

  • Despite TV ratings drop, NBC says the Rio Games was still a financial success

    Despite TV ratings drop, NBC says the Rio Games was still a financial success

    An unexpected drop in the TV ratings for the Rio Games won’t keep the event from being the financial success that NBC predicted. NBCUniversal took in more than $1.2 billion in advertising sales for its 17 days of coverage across its broadcast network, cable channels and streaming video. Although...

  • France's Air revives its 'slow motion music' for a visit to FYF Fest

    France's Air revives its 'slow motion music' for a visit to FYF Fest

    “Slow motion music.” That’s how Jean-Benôit Dunckel characterizes what his band Air creates. And if you’ve heard anything by this crafty French duo, which also includes Nicolas Godin, you know what he means. In songs like “Cherry Blossom Girl” and “Playground Love” (from Air’s soundtrack for 1999’s...

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