The proposed Trump administration budget announced Wednesday would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 as part of his Great Society agenda. But it had its roots in the attention given to the arts by John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. In this essay from Nov. 21, 2013, Times music critic Mark Swed writes about the Kennedy legacy in which one of the roles he saw as a duty of his presidency was to be the arts patron in chief.
THREE DAYS AFTER Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet inconsolably blackened the mood of America, Leonard Bernstein tried to lift the nation's spirits by focusing on a special legacy — one that is getting too little attention in the commentary around Friday's 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Alex Rodriguez didn't come out and say Jennifer Lopez's name Friday on "The View," but he didn't really have to.
"It's obvious," he told the panel after they began quizzing him about his love life. "We've been having a great time."
The retired Major League Baseball great, who played for the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2016, rattled off some things he likes about Lopez, whom he's reportedly been dating for a month or so: She's a New Yorker. From the Bronx. A great athlete. An incredible mother, sister and daughter. And -- this never hurts -- a big Yankees fan.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was honored with the Pioneer of the Year award Wednesday night at CinemaCon's Will Rogers Motion Picture Foundation Dinner.
After Steven Spielberg's pre-taped message touting Boone Isaacs' accomplishments, and an onstage tribute from "Selma" actor David Oyelowo, Boone Isaacs accepted her award by stressing the importance of ongoing diversity and inclusion within Hollywood.
"We're all stronger, our art is more alive, our industry more innovative when we are awakened to fresh perspective," Boone Isaacs said. "I believe we all have a responsibility to open our industry to reflect the complete mosaic and diversity of our country and the world."
Ken Burns announced Tuesday that he has a new documentary underway on late sports legend Muhammad Ali.
The creator of landmark documentaries including "Baseball" and "The Civil War," Burns will serve as director and producer on the project, along with daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon.
Production on the project began in early 2016, months before Ali's death in June.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton might finally be close to a custody settlement, according to a report Thursday.
Patton has agreed to give Thicke significant time with their 6-year-old son, Julian, TMZ said, citing sources "familiar with the situation." The deal is expected to be inked in about a week, the website said.
The family's post-split relationships blew up in January, weeks after the death of Alan Thicke, Robin's father. It was reported that Julian accused his dad of spanking him excessively, and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services opened an investigation.
Two years ago, Vin Diesel took to the stage in front of thousands of movie theater owners and made a vow: “‘The Fate of the Furious’ will be the best movie you have ever seen.”
The actor set out to make good on that promise Wednesday at CinemaCon, surprising the crowd by debuting the eighth installment in the Universal Pictures franchise.
We’re not sure you’ll agree with Diesel’s assessment about the film’s place in cinematic history, but the movie does deliver on what you’d expect from a “Fast” movie: Fast cars, globetrotting and plenty of “family” mentions.
The first image from The CW's new superhero pilot "Black Lightning" has been released, and it shows a super slick version of the updated '70s vigilante.
Played by "Hart of Dixie" actor Cress Williams, Jefferson Pierce or Black Lightning was the first African American DC superhero to have his own stand-alone comic title. The character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977.
But here's the update: Jefferson Pierce stopped being that hero years ago. Now two daughters in danger have pulled him back into the crime-fighting life, and into an new suit harnessing his electrical powers.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially spoken.
In a letter sent to members on Wednesday, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced that the organization will continue to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for the now-infamous envelope mishap at this year's Oscars, which resulted in "La La Land" being incorrectly named as best picture, an honor that went to "Moonlight."
"After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, the Board has decided to continue working with PwC," the letter reads.