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  • Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Rarely revived and not often remembered, 1966’s “The Group” was a big deal in its day, a prestige Hollywood picture directed by Sidney Lumet and featuring something that was as unusual then as it is now: a film that centered on the lives of women. Taken from a bestselling novel by Mary McCarthy...

  • Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    Lower Universal film revenue drags on Comcast earnings

    A sharp decline in box office revenue from Universal Pictures weighed on second quarterly earnings for parent company Comcast Corp. Revenue from Universal movies totaled $1.35 billion in the three months that ended June 30, down 40% from the same period last year when the Los Angeles studio released...

  • Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

    Behind the music of Netflix's 'Stranger Things': Members of the electronic group Survive discuss their eerie score

    Considering the eerie tone of the new Netflix show “Stranger Things,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its musical score and opening theme were composed under curious circumstances by a pair of lesser known first-timers. The score to the Duffer Brothers-created series, about the odd disappearance and...

  • 'Jason Bourne' expected to knock out the box office competition

    'Jason Bourne' expected to knock out the box office competition

    Matt Damon is preparing to punch his way to the top of the U.S. box office charts and revive a long-running franchise for Universal Pictures. “Jason Bourne,” the fifth film in the series of super-assassin action flicks, is expected to gross $60 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according...

  • Piracy sites tempt users with free movies as malware lies in wait, report says

    Piracy sites tempt users with free movies as malware lies in wait, report says

    Advocates have tried just about everything to protect Hollywood intellectual property. But attempts at legislation have floundered, and persuading people to give up illegal downloads has proved a Sisyphean task.  Now activists are trying a new tactic — appealing to people’s fears by pointing out...

  • Long-buried family truths emerge in the dark comedy 'Space'

    Long-buried family truths emerge in the dark comedy 'Space'

    “You are all amazing. You all have vast untapped potential. You all have a future.” With that mantra, so begins “Space” at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre. Stefan Marks’ promising look at a man returning home from 30 years in a mental institution is still forming, but then, so is its fascinating...

  • Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

    Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

    The Getty Foundation is scheduled to announce its 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees on Thursday -- and the projects chosen are slightly more gender balanced than in years past. The nine recipients in nine countries include, for the first time since the initiative’s 2014 launch, two projects designed...

  • Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Not-so-nice corporate shenanigans in Echo Theater's 'One of the Nice Ones'

    Veteran theater provocateur Erik Patterson stings once again in “One of the Nice Ones,” his new play presented by Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre. The title is a pointed misnomer. No one is remotely nice in this raucous comedy, which is set behind the scenes at a fly-by-night...

  • Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Tony Joe White brings Louisiana swamp rock to the Grammy Museum

    Singer, songwriter and mystical mood conjurer Tony Joe White brought his swamp-rooted music and mind-set to the Grammy Museum on Monday for a Q&A session and performance that ultimately turned into one of the rowdier events staged in the often sedate environs of the museum’s Clive Davis Theater....

  • Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

    Spirit musician's estate to appeal ruling in Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' case

    The estate of musician Randy California, of L.A. rock band Spirit, intends to appeal the jury verdict last month that found that Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for the group’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” from an earlier Spirit instrumental, “Taurus,” court documents show. The...

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