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  • Getty Museum aims to acquire 16th century Parmigianino painting

    Getty Museum aims to acquire 16th century Parmigianino painting

    A valuable 16th century painting by the Renaissance artist known as Parmigianino could soon find a home in Los Angeles, but the work of art is still subject to an export license from Britain. The J. Paul Getty Museum said that it hopes to acquire the biblically themed painting, titled “Virgin With...

  • '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...

  • A portrait project draws L.A. female artists to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for a joyous flash mob

    A portrait project draws L.A. female artists to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for a joyous flash mob

    For artist Kim Schoenstadt, it began as a simple idea: Bring together a group of female artists from around Los Angeles for a group portrait — a way of recognizing the presence of women in a field that remains dominated by men.  Little did she know that hundreds of female artists from around the...

  • A dance 'Tour de Force,' minus the force, at Segerstrom Center

    A dance 'Tour de Force,' minus the force, at Segerstrom Center

    The gala-style ballet program is an audience favorite, its international cast packed with principal dancers who normally don’t perform together. You might get stars from the Mariinsky, the Bolshoi, England’s Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, all in one night. Segerstrom Center for the Arts...

  • 'Fear the Walking Dead' recap: Respect for zombies going too far?

    'Fear the Walking Dead' recap: Respect for zombies going too far?

    Even though Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) holds a morbid fascination for “the infected,” he’s shocked at how they’re catered to at a Tijuana colonia on AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” In “Los Muertos” (Episode 209), Nick awakens to the sound of chanting as a man sacrifices himself to ravenous zombies....

  • The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

    The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

    The arrivals at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night seemed to have something for everybody — except the dress-shirt industry. There were over-the-top fantastical ensembles like the ones worn by early arrivals Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy, the former as an angel-winged ice queen in...

  • Michael Phelps' OMG moment at the VMAs? Jimmy Fallon as Ryan Lochte

    Michael Phelps' OMG moment at the VMAs? Jimmy Fallon as Ryan Lochte

    MTV VMAs: Beyonce wins the VMAs, Rihanna and Drake melt our hearts, Britney Spears fizzles Aug. 28, 2016, 9:20 p.m. It's fair to say Beyonce stole the MTV VMAs with an extended performance inspired by "Lemonade." It was also a special evening for Rihanna, who performed throughout the night before...

  • 'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    Charles Osgood, long-time anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” announced today that he plans to retire after 22 years leading the broadcast. His career spanning 45 years at CBS News will be celebrated during his final show on Sept. 25. “For years now, people — even friends and family — have been asking...

  • 'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    Breathing life into what was expected to be a slow end to the summer box office season, Sony Pictures’ “Don’t Breathe” over-performed, leaving three-time box office champ, Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” in the dust. The low-budget horror movie raked in a surprising estimated $26.1 million in the...

  • How HBO's 'The Night Of' has humanized American Muslim families

    How HBO's 'The Night Of' has humanized American Muslim families

    The crime and justice drama “The Night Of” that’s become HBO’s newest addictive thriller features an American Muslim character so complex that it’s still anyone’s guess as to whether he’s innocent or guilty of a crime that kicked off the series eight episodes ago The miniseries, which concludes...

  • FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    The consensus so far in the first hours of FYF 2016? The music is great, if you can find it. The festival underwent yet another significant layout change this year, where the main thoroughfare around the Coliseum was augmented by spidery routes in-between and behind the stages. We understand the...

  • 700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    When Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened its sprawling gallery compound in the downtown Los Angeles arts district earlier this year, its inaugural exhibition,“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016,” generated a ton of buzz. The show closes over Labor Day weekend — but it won’t...

  • 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    Here is – "voici," I should say — the Parisian high school superhero cartoon series you have been looking for. "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" premiered domestically on Nickelodeon last December, just two months after its French premiere. A second American DVD collection, "Spots On,"...

  • Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    That airy, wooshing sound? It’s a deep sigh of relief from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films. Their low-budget horror movie, “Don't Breathe,” surpassed “Suicide Squad” and pulled into the top spot at the box office on Saturday. It grossed about $10 million on Friday, and is expected...

  • The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Walter Lang’s 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” returns to the big screen next week in its opulent Cinemascope majesty. The lavish and boisterous 20th Century Fox musical will screen in theaters nationwide for two days as part of...

  • New on video: Disney's entertaining 'Jungle Book' remake

    New on Blu-ray “The Jungle Book” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99; also available on VOD) This year’s slate of Hollywood remakes and sequels has mostly drawn mixed responses from critics and audiences, yet just about everybody has liked Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.”...

  • Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Readers react: A bittersweet farewell to Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show'

    Good night to a good show My favorite show canceled? [“Nightly Show’ Host to Bid Farewell,” Aug. 18] I knew it was too truthful to be on TV. Catalina Garcia Van Nuys :: Larry Wilmore’s commentary was spot on, and the round-table had articulate discussions even when you were laughing at what was...

  • The indie summer provided a cure for the blockbuster blues

    The indie summer provided a cure for the blockbuster blues

    Ask most filmgoers about the summer movie season and the consensus would be that it was a disappointment. Films made from the seemingly surefire formula of sequels and reboots with built-in audiences nevertheless seemed to let down critics and audiences alike week after week. From “X-Men: Apocalypse”...

  • What time are the VMAs? Everything you need to know about MTV's biggest night

    What time are the VMAs? Everything you need to know about MTV's biggest night

    The MTV Video Music Awards have provided some of pop culture's most-discussed moments in recent years, from Kanye West crashing the stage during Taylor Swift’s speech to Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus for talking trash. It’s too early to know who will make headlines at this year’s VMAs, but...

  • For photographer Gil Mares, the Port of L.A. is his supermodel

    For photographer Gil Mares, the Port of L.A. is his supermodel

    Gil Mares’ striking photographs may appear at first glance as abstract expressionist paintings of the 1940s and ’50s, but upon closer inspection, the saturated hues and sleek, minimalist lines are the steel sides of cargo ships and freighters. His compositions of hulls, anchors and bows form the...

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