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  • Amber Heard alleges Johnny Depp physically abused her; judge grants her a restraining order

    Amber Heard alleges Johnny Depp physically abused her; judge grants her a restraining order

    Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against husband Johnny Depp on Friday after appearing at the courthouse with a bruised face and alleging that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor had physically abused her prior to her filing for divorce on Monday. Judge Carl H. Moor granted Heard a...

  • The cast of 'Outlander' brings added dimension to fantasy series

    The cast of 'Outlander' brings added dimension to fantasy series

    The first season of the Starz historical romance epic “Outlander,” based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, saw heroine Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) travel back 200 years to the 1740s where she soon fell in love with the equally heroic Scot Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). She also found a nemesis...

  • 'Outlander' recap: There's no place like Lallybroch

    'Outlander' recap: There's no place like Lallybroch

    The Frasers have returned to Scotland, and just like that a great weight has been lifted off the shoulders of “Outlander” Season 2.  They even redesigned the opening credits again, this time with imagery of a warring Scotland and WWII, coupled with a re-orchestrated theme song relying heavily on...

  • What would it take to put CBS and Viacom together again?

    What would it take to put CBS and Viacom together again?

    Sumner Redstone had his reasons when he split his media empire into two separate corporations a decade ago: He had two strong top executives whom he wanted to keep happy, and more than enough successful businesses to go around. Since then, network chief Leslie Moonves has been running the stalwart...

  • Anna and Elsa are unstoppable in Disney's 'Frozen Live' at California Adventure

    Anna and Elsa are unstoppable in Disney's 'Frozen Live' at California Adventure

    Even by the very high standards set by their Disney-princess peers, the Arendelle royal sisters are the hardest-working women in show business. Weeks before its late November 2013 debut, “Frozen” was already carrying (crystallized) water for the Disneyland resort; Elsa (Idina Menzel) debuted the...

  • With 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and 'Game of Thrones,' Sophie Turner is coming into her own

    With 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and 'Game of Thrones,' Sophie Turner is coming into her own

    Sophie Turner is due for some apocalyptic developments. At the tender age of 13, Turner booked her first big gig in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” She was cast as Sansa Stark, the oldest daughter of the noble Stark household; a red-headed beauty with wide-eyed plans for the future.  Sadly, her wide-eyed...

  • The Los Angeles seen in 'Transparent' is for locals only

    The Los Angeles seen in 'Transparent' is for locals only

    Yes, Randy Newman, from the South Bay to the Valley, from the West Side to the East Side, everybody loves Los Angeles these days. Television, especially. In this recurring feature, L.A. Stories, we look at what TV is saying about the City of Angels in 2016. "Transparent" follows the Pfeffermans,...

  • Sony and Rovio hope $400-million promotional blitz will help 'Angry Birds' soar

    Sony and Rovio hope $400-million promotional blitz will help 'Angry Birds' soar

    The "Angry Birds" video game has been an object of obsession for celebrities, public intellectuals and government officials.  And now Sony Pictures Entertainment and game developer Rovio Entertainment are hoping to turn the addictive mobile app into a much needed summer box-office hit. Sony, which...

  • AMC's faith in 'Preacher' largely pays off

    AMC's faith in 'Preacher' largely pays off

    "Preacher," a knockabout, comical creepshow based on the late-'90s Vertigo comic book of the same name, adds another genre series to the slate of AMC, already the home of "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Into the Badlands." It's too much to say that you can't go wrong with the fantastical...

  • Venice Architecture Biennale, Day 1: Govan and Zumthor make their LACMA pitch

    Venice Architecture Biennale, Day 1: Govan and Zumthor make their LACMA pitch

    Having won a measure of financial and political support at home for their plan to remake the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor have taken their show on the road — to Italy. Govan, LACMA's director and chief executive since 2006, and Zumthor, the Swiss architect who...

  • Drones are providing film and TV viewers a new perspective on the action

    Drones are providing film and TV viewers a new perspective on the action

    A dazed and bloodied student who had just been mugged stumbled down a darkened alleyway in a slum. He lifted his shirt, revealing a gaping wound, before collapsing on the ground as curious onlookers gathered around. Buzzing some 20 feet above the crowd of extras was a drone, its whirling blades...

  • Judge may toss Sumner Redstone lawsuit filed by ex-girlfriend

    Judge may toss Sumner Redstone lawsuit filed by ex-girlfriend

    Sumner Redstone became his own star witness Friday, appearing in Los Angeles Superior Court via a videotaped deposition to blast his former companion Manuela Herzer and her attempt to gain authority over his health care.  “I hate her,” the 92-year-old Redstone said, according to a transcript of...

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