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  • A music-less ‘Mulan’? It’s far from written in stone

    A music-less ‘Mulan’? It’s far from written in stone

    For “Mulan” fans stressed out over rumors that next year’s live-action update won’t be a musical, director Niki Caro has a message: Don’t set off the fireworks just yet. Caro, the “Whale Rider” and “Zookeeper’s Wife” filmmaker who will be directing the new Disney production, says the outrage is...

  • Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global movie box office revenue growth slowed last year as international receipts declined for the first time in 12 years, reflecting a cooling in China’s once-red-hot film market, according to a new report. The total worldwide box office rose 1% to a record $38.6 billion in ticket sales last year,...

  • With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

    With 'More Life,' Drake continues to experiment with the streaming era

    Is it an album or a mixtape? Such was the question when Drake released “More Life,” a collection of new music billed as a “playlist,” last weekend. Presented by October Firm, the team of Drake and his co-manager Oliver El-Khatib, and released through Young Money/Cash Money, the 22-track offering...

  • Former Disney and Nickelodeon execs launch kids' media brand Pocketwatch

    Former Disney and Nickelodeon execs launch kids' media brand Pocketwatch

    Pocketwatch, a new entertainment company led by former Disney and Nickelodeon executives, aims to be the children’s media headquarters of the 21st century. The Culver City company, whose content will target 2- to 11-year-olds, debuted this month and announced Wednesday that it had raised $6 million...

  • L.A. Phil's revelatory pairing of Beckett and Schubert, 'Night and Dreams'

    L.A. Phil's revelatory pairing of Beckett and Schubert, 'Night and Dreams'

    For Samuel Beckett, it was never words and music, no matter that they were personified in his 1962 radio play, “Words and Music.” It was ever words are music. Reputed to have been a fine musician himself, Beckett directed his plays as though he were conducting an orchestra. His recently published...

  • Karaoke and laughs collide on new Comedy Central series 'The Comedy Jam'

    Karaoke and laughs collide on new Comedy Central series 'The Comedy Jam'

    If you’ve ever been torn between spending your Friday night at a comedy show or a concert, or if you’ve binge-watched Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync battle segments wishing the stars were actually singing, don’t fret: Comedy Central’s new show, “The Comedy Jam,” is about to fill that celebrity/comedy/karaoke-shaped...

  • 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

    17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

    An estimated 17,000 AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went on strike Wednesday, highlighting workplace tensions within the massive Dallas telecommunications giant. The strike follows a protracted dispute between AT&T and union members affiliated with the Communications Workers of America,...

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  • 'Power Rangers' won't topple 'Beauty and the Beast' at the box office

    'Power Rangers' won't topple 'Beauty and the Beast' at the box office

    In 1993, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” became an overnight television phenomenon. It spawned a seemingly endless string of toys, goofy follow-up seasons (“Power Rangers Jungle Fury”) and a generation of kids who imitated the show’s karate moves. Twenty-four years later, Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment...

  • Chuck Barris: The man with the dangerous mind returns

    Chuck Barris: The man with the dangerous mind returns

    Chuck Barris, creator of shows like “The Newlywed Game” and popular host of “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87. As the 2002 biographical film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was set to debut, The Times’ Roy Rivenburg sat down with Barris to talk. After two decades of self-imposed exile in southern...

  • Wit and wordplay abound in the comic collages of Allen Ruppersberg

    Wit and wordplay abound in the comic collages of Allen Ruppersberg

    “As the Planet Earth began to crumble in the early 21st century so followed what was known as the Art World,” reads the first panel in Allen Ruppersberg’s print “Sunday Funnies #3” (2017). “A vast global network comprising everyone and everything involved in the culture and concept of art and its...

  • With 'More Life,' Drake flexes a license to roam

    With 'More Life,' Drake flexes a license to roam

    An album. A mixtape. An audiobook in which he annotates his old scripts from “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” At this point, it doesn’t really matter what form a new Drake release takes. The Canadian rapper and singer — and former teen actor — is so popular that whatever he puts out is almost certain...

  • Wyclef Jean mistakenly detained in suspected robbery in Los Angeles

    Wyclef Jean mistakenly detained in suspected robbery in Los Angeles

    The musician Wyclef Jean says he was mistakenly detained by police as a robbery suspect in West Hollywood early Tuesday morning. According to reports from KTLA, the incident occurred around 1 a.m. near the Hustler Store on the Sunset Strip. Deputies from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department responded...

  • Bjork, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Missy Elliott and others will headline an expanded FYF Fest

    Bjork, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Missy Elliott and others will headline an expanded FYF Fest

    FYF fest will be a full day longer and significantly more diverse in 2017. The Goldenvoice-produced summertime staple, which has grown from a tiny punk gig into an international destination festival, will host Bjork, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails atop the bill this year. Missy Elliott, Solange...

  • The Blaze's Tomi Lahren is off the air after supporting abortion rights

    The Blaze's Tomi Lahren is off the air after supporting abortion rights

    Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren was absent from the air of Glenn Beck's The Blaze days after declaring her support for abortion rights. During an appearance on ABC's “The View” on Friday, Lahren explained that she supported abortion because as a proponent of limited government, it would be...

  • Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Cosplay Melee' on Syfy

    Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Cosplay Melee' on Syfy

    SERIES The Flash Continuing a crossover storyline that started on “Supergirl,” Barry (Grant Gustin) and his team are taken aback when Mon-El and Hank Henshaw (guest stars Chris Wood and David Harewood, respectively) appear on their Earth with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), who is comatose after...

  • Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

    Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

    Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama. Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status...

  • Chuck Berry's family says final album brought rock pioneer 'great sense of joy'

    Chuck Berry's family says final album brought rock pioneer 'great sense of joy'

    The family of rock pioneer Chuck Berry says it will soon announce details regarding the final album the guitarist was working on before his death. “Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction,”...

  • Close encounters with Chuck Berry, as a fan, musician and journalist

    Close encounters with Chuck Berry, as a fan, musician and journalist

    “Chuck Berry doesn’t give interviews.” My first encounter with Berry didn’t go so well. In four decades as a music journalist, I’ve seen Berry many times — concerts that ran the gamut from pedestrian to thrilling. Along the way, I also had three direct encounters with one of the original architects...

  • The Calder Quartet rolls along with Beethoven

    The Calder Quartet rolls along with Beethoven

    As Mikael Wood recently wrote in The Times, Chuck Berry all but invented rock ’n’ roll with songs such as “Roll Over Beethoven.” That is certainly noteworthy, but Berry was hardly the first to rock with, or roll all over, Beethoven. A reasonable way to ponder classical music (and beyond) of the...

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