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  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Versailles' on Ovation

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Versailles' on Ovation

    SERIES This Old House Renovations begin on an Arlington, Mass., Arts & Crafts style home as the original home improvement series returns for another season with Tom Silva, Norm Abram, Richard Trethewey and Roger Cook. Kevin O'Connor hosts, 10:30 a.m. KLCS; noon KPBS; 3 p.m. KVCR. Sister series “Ask...

  • Josh Fischel, founder of Music Tastes Good, dies at 47

    Josh Fischel, founder of Music Tastes Good, dies at 47

    Josh Fischel, the founder of last weekend’s inaugural Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, died Thursday afternoon of liver disease, according to festival organizers. He was 47. The news came as a shock to the Long Beach and Southern California music communities, who just days ago saw Fischel...

  • Lady Gaga to headline 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

    Lady Gaga to headline 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

    It’s official: Lady Gaga is playing the Super Bowl. The pop star will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 51 early next year, NFL and halftime sponsor Pepsi announced on Thursday ahead of a game between the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. The reveal comes weeks after reports surfaced...

  • The many faces of Donald Trump (on 'Saturday Night Live')

    The many faces of Donald Trump (on 'Saturday Night Live')

    NBC and “Saturday Night Live” announced Wednesday that they would be turning to a new talent, albeit a familiar face, to play Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the upcoming 42nd season of the show, which premieres Saturday.  That face? Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, who has hosted the late-night...

  • 'Designated Survivor' and 'Speechless' win full-season orders

    'Designated Survivor' and 'Speechless' win full-season orders

    “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless,” two of ABC’s new series, have been given full-season pickups, ABC has announced. The two shows, which have won praise from critics and have attracted large audiences, are the second and third new network series to be picked up for a full season. NBC earlier...

  • 'Long Way North' is a gorgeously animated tale of a young woman's quest for lost family

    'Long Way North' is a gorgeously animated tale of a young woman's quest for lost family

    “Long Way North” is a complete pleasure, a gorgeous piece of wide-screen animation that is as delightful as it is unexpected. Unexpected because it is the feature debut for French animator  Remi Chaye, though the fact that it won the audience award at the prestigious Annecy International Animation...

  • Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq joins feminist performance series at the Broad on Saturday

    Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq joins feminist performance series at the Broad on Saturday

    Tanya Tagaq looks as if she’s having an out-of-body experience onstage. Her voice flickers like a sonic candle, rising and fading with the music. It becomes guttural as Tagaq drops to her knees, and she chitters high and desperate as she flutters her hands about her face. She sings no discernible...

  • Music producer returns home in indie drama 'Mommy's Box'

    Music producer returns home in indie drama 'Mommy's Box'

    Writer-director-producer-actor Johnny Greenlaw fills his shaggy homecoming melodrama, “Mommy’s Box,” with minor characters and subplots, as though unsure where his story really lies. Though it’s mildly enjoyable throughout, the movie is ultimately just a loose collection of nice little scenes,...

  • Niall Horan is the next member of One Direction to go solo with release of 'This Town'

    Niall Horan is the next member of One Direction to go solo with release of 'This Town'

    And the next member of One Direction to go solo is Niall Horan.  Horan surprised fans Thursday morning by releasing his debut single, “This Town,” to streaming platforms and confirming a solo deal with Capitol Records.   Produced by hit-maker Greg Kurstin, the guitar ballad is a tender, swoon-worthy...

  • 'Loserville' is an unsatisfying blend of teen comedy and bullying drama

    'Loserville' is an unsatisfying blend of teen comedy and bullying drama

    The teen comedy “Loserville” from freshman filmmaker Lovell Holder offers its audience a SparkNotes version of high school: It skims over relevant details and lacks deep insight when it comes to plot and character. Though there are a few genuine LOL moments, there’s little specificity in the world...

  • Matthew Rhys provides only real glimmer in WWII drama 'Come What May'

    Matthew Rhys provides only real glimmer in WWII drama 'Come What May'

    In “Come What May,” director Christian Carion dramatizes the other side of the World War II front line — the civilians fleeing invading troops. The images of uprooted, desperate travelers can’t help but remind one of contemporary refugee crises. Yet with its old-fashioned gloss, the incident-packed...

  • 'The Last Film Festival' is not a fitting tribute to Dennis Hopper

    'The Last Film Festival' is not a fitting tribute to Dennis Hopper

    The late Dennis Hopper’s IMDB acting credits are 200-strong, but any qualitative ranking of those titles would put his last completed movie, “The Last Film Festival,” somewhere at the bottom. A thoroughly amateurish un-comedy about show business, it was filmed in 2009, but its notions of Hollywood...

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