In case you forgot to mark your calendar, Monday was World UFO Day – and to celebrate, Sony Pictures dropped a little treat for film buffs and flying-saucer buffs alike.
The studio uploaded a video entitled “This Means Something” to its YouTube page, interspersing imagery from Steven Spielberg's 1977 classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" with audio from an early scene in which air traffic controllers track a plane that suddenly vanishes. The video included a link to a website, www.WeAreStillNotAlone.com, with a sign-up form for "updates on UFO sightings."
What to watch this Fourth of July? There are, of course, those obvious holiday-title perennials, “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Independence Day” (the misbegotten “Independence Day: Resurgence,” not so much).
The five films I’m recommending here offer tougher, more conflicted visions, and some are patriotic precisely because they subject the very notion of patriotism to critical scrutiny.
“25th Hour.” A hilariously profane diatribe attacking every class and color in America’s melting pot is the scalding, ultimately bracing centerpiece of this wrenching New York elegy. It’s the most cathartic of post-9/11 movies, and an “Hour” that may well be Spike Lee’s finest.
Now my yardstick is: 'Would I be proud for my grandchildren to see this?' I'm serious. I guess I want to go down with respect. I don't have to make every dollar in the world. I don't have to live like a very rich person. I have all the things I need, starting with my beautiful family and my grandchildren.
Even if hindsight is 20/20, it's fair to say the Los Angeles Times was never too keen on the Doors, at least not during the band's explosive rise out of L.A. in the mid-1960s.
In honor of today's anniversary of frontman Jim Morrison's death in 1971, we revisited our archives to see how we reviewed the hometown heroes' local live performances in the '60s and '70s. It wasn't pretty.
"Perhaps Morrison should give up performing, which seems to be an effort for him, and concentrate on reciting and writing poetry," Donna Chick wrote in The Times in 1968.
Kanye West has reportedly cut ties with Jay-Z's Tidal over money matters and long-simmering unrest.
The "Famous" rapper, who was among the first artists to join Jay's streaming service when it launched in 2015, appears to be embroiled in a messy battle with Tidal, according to TMZ, which first reported the rift.
Mr. Kim Kardashian has reportedly been unhappy with the company for a while and says it owes him more than $3 million. He purports that Tidal breached his contract, and his legal team declared an end to their deal several times despite efforts to reconcile, TMZ said.
A five-year battle between the estate of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien and Warner Bros. over whether Frodo, Gandalf and their pals can be used to push online gambling, among other assorted digital products, has come to an end.
In 2012, the author's estate and publisher HarperCollins filed an $80 million lawsuit against Warner Bros., its New Line subsidiary and the Saul Zaentz Co., over merchandising rights granted in an initial 1969 agreement. Warner Bros. turned the "Lord of the Rings" books into a $5.8-billion global box-office giant.
The deal struck nearly 50 years ago gave its licensees rights to use details from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" novels to sell "articles of tangible personal property," excluding books and printed published material.
John Oliver and the folks at HBO's "Last Week Tonight" have some "horrifying new friends," and in the spirit of Hollywood nepotism, they've promptly cast one of said pals in a movie.
We're talking about President Warren G. Harding, whose wax-figure approximation was one of five "dubiously lifelike" former presidents the show — like a few other late-night programs — purchased at auction last January from the now-shuttered Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Gettysburg, Pa.
"We've talked a lot about Harding on this program before," Oliver said Sunday. "He was our nation's 29th president, and his administration was nearly brought down by the Teapot Dome scandal. But he's perhaps most famous for his sexual exploits."
Maria Menounos is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor the size of a golf ball from her brain. She's also stepping down from E! News, her TV home since 2014, while her mom fights Stage 4 brain cancer.
With her seven-hour surgery nearly a month in the rearview mirror, Menounos went public about her benign meningioma in an interview with People.
"I’d been getting lightheaded on set and having headaches," she told the magazine, which features her on its cover this week. "My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter."
The pop star arrived in Israel on Sunday and is scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on Monday night. But her first time in Israel led to a brouhaha as her pre-show tour of the city was met with overeager fans practically mobbing her.