Latest Entertainment News

  • Harry Styles brought thousands of teens to the Greek Theatre. We sent two adults

    Harry Styles brought thousands of teens to the Greek Theatre. We sent two adults

    Harry Styles appeared to have lost control over the top end of his vocal range Wednesday at the Greek Theatre, where this 23-year-old heartthrob from the boy band One Direction played the second date of his first tour as a solo act. Had he gotten sick since launching the tour the night before in...

  • Thriller 'Happy Hunting' has a bloody good time taking aim at societal hypocrisy

    Thriller 'Happy Hunting' has a bloody good time taking aim at societal hypocrisy

    A mean little mash-up of “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Purge,” the bloody thriller “Happy Hunting” initially comes across as entertainingly simplistic, before gradually revealing its bigger picture. Writer-director team Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson (making their feature debut) inject a dose...

  • Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Overall revenue in the music industry rose noticeably in the first half of this year, led by increasing numbers of people using music streaming services, according to figures released Wednesday by the industry’s lobbying arm, the Recording Industry Assn. of America. The RIAA estimated retail revenue...

  • 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' is a few pieces short of the animated franchise's standard

    'The Lego Ninjago Movie' is a few pieces short of the animated franchise's standard

    If you're of a certain age and childless, it's entirely possible you haven't the foggiest idea what a “Ninjago” — of the latest Lego movie — might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that's as far as I got into the Wikipedia listing. With the wild success of both “The Lego Movie” and...

  • Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral

    Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral

    A woman’s grief and her access to psychotropics are the supposed catalysts in the pseudo-Bergmanesque “Woodshock.” Sibling directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Rodarte brand made them overnight couture stars; with their filmmaking debut, lightning has not struck twice. Kirsten Dunst, who has played...

  • For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

    For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

    Musical equipment of all kinds fills Raphael Saadiq’s sprawling, carefully appointed studio complex on a nondescript industrial street in North Hollywood. But in addition to the racks of keyboards and the leopard-print bass — just some of the gear this veteran R&B artist uses to create his music...

  • Jake Gyllenhaal's restrained performance gives the recovery drama 'Stronger' its strength

    Jake Gyllenhaal's restrained performance gives the recovery drama 'Stronger' its strength

    “Stronger” is the title of Jeff Bauman’s bestselling memoir about his experience as a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, and also of David Gordon Green’s fine new film adaptation. It is also a knowing riff on “Boston Strong,” a call for local unity and an assertion of hometown pride that...

  • Noah Wyle turns patient in the timely gun drama 'Shot'

    Noah Wyle turns patient in the timely gun drama 'Shot'

    A strong, empathetic turn by Noah Wyle as a chance shooting victim anchors the absorbing and authentic “Shot,” helmed by veteran film and TV director Jeremy Kagan from a script by Will Lamborn and Anneke Campbell (story by Kagan). This vital tale involves sound mixer Mark (Wyle), who’s hit in the...

  • Robert Patrick brings grit to crime drama 'Last Rampage'

    Robert Patrick brings grit to crime drama 'Last Rampage'

    A seasoned cast provides some added grist for “Last Rampage,” a solid, dramatized account of the flight of convicted murderer Gary Tison, who was sprung from an Arizona prison with the help of his three devoted teenage sons during summer 1978. Veteran TV director Dwight H. Little cuts immediately...

  • Mental illness treated sympathetically in romantic drama 'Elizabeth Blue'

    Mental illness treated sympathetically in romantic drama 'Elizabeth Blue'

    Writer-director Vincent Sabella drew from personal experience to craft the bleak mental illness romantic drama “Elizabeth Blue.” The film clearly comes from a place of deep knowledge about the intricacies of schizophrenia but has an unfortunate tendency to overexplain itself. Anna Schafer gives...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
68°