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2017-04-27
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Sure, “Hamilton” had its eyes on us last year. And “La La Land” started a fire this winter. But this Broadway season of new musicals, which crescendoed with a final crash of openin..
In the appealing new Netflix comedy "Dear White People," Justin Simien expands his 2014 movie about black life at a mostly white Ivy League college into a 10-part series. That this..
Justin Chon was 10. It was April 29, 1992. On television, the city was burning, and his father didn’t come home from his Paramount shoe store for a few nights. The boy put two and ..
2017-04-26
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The 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will close Thursday night with a celebration and a screening of “The Exception,” starring veteran actor Christopher Plummer. “The Except..
For good reason, several of pop music’s greatest visionaries — Neil Young, David Byrne, Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders — turned to filmmaker Jonathan Demme when they wanted to p..
ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant struggles to adjust to dramatic changes in how fans consume sports news an..
Presented with Thomas Harris’ bestselling novel “The Silence of the Lambs,” most Hollywood directors would have been primarily enticed by the lurid appeal of its serial killers, Ha..
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, whose creative restlessness and wide-ranging curiosity about all facets of the human condition animated such diverse films as “Something Wild..
ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant struggles to adjust to dramatic changes in how fans consume sports news an..
Miramax, the film company known for movies including “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has named veteran movie producer Bill Block as its new chief executive. The hire come..
Burbank on Parade has chosen a grand marshal who knows a thing or two about this year’s “Aloha” theme. Parade officials announced that veteran actor James Hong, who played eight di..
Hit maker Dr. Luke is no longer chief executive of the label he founded under Sony Music in 2011, but sources indicate his relationship with the label hasn’t been completely severe..
Jonathan Demme, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs,” died Wednesday at age 73. In 1988, Demme spoke to The Times about casting Dean Stockwell in “Marri..
ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant searches for more efficient ways to engage viewers. So far, several people..
Once again, Jeff Goldblum's world is about to get a little more Jurassic. He will be returning to the "Jurassic Park" franchise in the fifth film, currently untitled and sched..
Ready or not, Hollywood may be thrust into another writers’ strike in less than a week. A decade after the previous walkout that lasted 100 days, film and TV executives are once ag..
My mom’s father drowned when he was 29 and my mom was 3, so she knows that people you love can go away and never come back. Maybe that’s why she does not see her fears as irrationa..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 26, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The riots this time Nearly 6 ..
Riot, uprising, rebellion — by any name, what happened in Los Angeles 25 years ago scared and scarred the city. First, the acquittals of the LAPD officers in the beating of Rodney ..
Emcee Tom O’Key seemed giddy as dozens of guests filed into an outdoor theater in this Mojave Desert town Saturday night to learn about an icy moon of Jupiter and take a stab at co..
Just in time for “La La Land’s” DVD release, the film got a love letter of its own from Los Angeles in a ceremony Tuesday morning on the steps of City Hall. "It is my pleasure to d..
2017-04-25
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When the Walt Disney Co. wrote a check for more than $4 billion in 2009 to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc., Disney fans predicted a massive invasion of superheroes at the company..
Global streaming giant Netflix has finally found a doorway into the vast Chinese entertainment market, months after pulling back on efforts to launch its service there. The Los Gat..
In what has become a predictable pattern this month, the latest “Fast and the Furious” movie is about to overshadow another star-studded, smaller film at the box-office. Last weeke..
Global streaming giant Netflix has finally found a doorway into the vast Chinese entertainment market, months after pulling back on efforts to launch its service there. The Los Gat..
Just in time for “La La Land’s” DVD release, the film got a love letter of its own from Los Angeles in a ceremony Tuesday morning on the steps of City Hall. "It is my pleasure to d..
Universal Pictures' "The Fate of the Furious" continues to put up huge numbers at the Chinese box office, grossing $54.3 million last weekend after a strong opening run. After gros..
The border wall has some purse strings attached. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES ..
Why: Because H.L. Mencken wasn't entirely right when he called Los Angeles "19 suburbs in search of a metropolis." Because downtown Los Angeles gets more interesting by the day. Be..
The Flash Series costar Tom Cavanagh directed this new episode, which takes Barry (Grant Gustin) to the year 2024 in a bid to save Iris (Candice Patton). There he finds future vers..
2017-04-24
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In a sign of rising labor tensions in Hollywood, members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union’s contract i..
On Tuesday morning, downtown L.A. is going Hollywood. Mayor Eric Garcetti will formally declare April 25 "La La Land" Day with a celebration at City Hall. The date coincides with t..
Members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union’s contract is set to expire May 1. Although the vote is large..
Faye Dunaway thought Warren Beatty was simply being Warren Beatty when he hesitated before showing her the winner's card at the end of the Oscars in February.  "He took t..
For a handful of budding documentarians, the idea that you don’t have to be an adult to change the world became a little truer Sunday, when students enrolled in a Young Director’s ..
The last time Amber Heard made news out of Australia it was for smuggling two dogs. This time it's for mugging with some big dogs. Heard, whose acrimonious divorce from Johnny Depp..
Kuki Gallmann, the environmentalist and author of the bestselling autobiography “I Dreamed of Africa,” was shot and severely injured in an attack at the conservation park she owns ..
A sign posted on the fence greeted those who came to the Edison High turf soccer field on Saturday morning. “Some people are strong,” the sign read. “Very few are #MacStrong.” When..
If you love pedaling or walking, skateboarding or using a foot-powered scooter when you explore a destination, a new app rewards you for leaving the car behind and helping the envi..
I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. There’s a bit more sunshine in the Golden State now that w..
2017-04-23
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Annie Baker’s new play, “The Antipodes,” which is having its world premiere off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center, gathers professional storytellers around a generic..
The setting was a flagship venue at the Tribeca Film Festival. But the voices were pure sports radio. "Hi, it's Mark from Bellmore‎," said a man at the very back of the theater to ..
On the same Saturday when thousands of people participated in the March for Science in downtown Los Angeles and around the world, book lovers also communed nearby at..
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. The L.A. Times’ Summer Movie Sneaks published Sunday, and it is re..
I paced around Elvis Presley’s pink Cadillac, imagining him behind the wheel. It felt as though he was here almost, as though I could nearly glimpse the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. This..
Hollywood is holding its breath. Members of the Writers Guild of America on Monday are expected to give their leaders authority to call a strike against the major film and TV compa..
The gig: Kelly Holland is the chief executive and majority shareholder of Chatsworth-based Penthouse Global Media, the adult entertainment brand founded in 1965 by Bob Guccione. Sh..
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Berkeley protest: An article in the April 16 California section about a clash between supporters of President Trump and counter-protesters at UC Berkeley quoted Oath Keepers founde..
2017-04-22
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Now imagine what would happen when you tell her that your mom has the password to your email account. “She looked at me like I was crazy,” Tracey Wigfield says. “Literally, she loo..
A cable-news star crashed to Earth, a music festival flourished, a tent-pole franchise delivered the goods, new music went back into a vault unheard, and two princes and a pop star..
Mike Dirnt, bassist for the band Green Day, is ready to beat it out of two coastal California neighborhoods. He’s put homes in Newport Beach and Montecito on the market for $3.8 mi..
2017-04-21
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A carpenter’s hands, an electrician’s hands, a farmworker’s hands ... what do they all have in common? Calluses. None of these occupations generally allow one to take six months of..
Dr. Jeff: Extra Dose and Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Both series offer their season finales. 8 and 9 p.m. Animal Planet Training Day After a gang shooting leaves a beloved communi..
SUNDAY A prison employee (Penelope Ann Miller) helps two bad guys --- out in the new fact-based TV movie “New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell.” 8 p.m. Lifetime;..
For the last 15 years, the Tribeca Film Festival has trafficked in a certain kind of independent cinema. It’s a place where art house hits such as “Transamerica,” “City Island” and..
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Four Star Films, Box Office Hits, Indies and Imports, Movies A - Z FOUR STAR FILMS Top rated movies and made-for-TV films airing the week of the week of April 23 - 2..
Denise Di Novi has had one of the most eclectic producing careers in Hollywood, which is immediately apparent as you step into her Santa Monica office, tastefully adorned with memo..
Jason Diamond’s debut book wasn’t supposed to be a memoir. The writer and Rolling Stone sports and culture editor started out trying to write a biography of his childhood idol John..
From left: Will Packer, Steven Spielberg, Karen Irwin, Ron Meyer, Jason Blum and Jordan Peele attend the grand opening of Universal CityWalk’s Universal Cinema on April 20, 2017. (..
I have absolutely no rules when it comes to when I sleep with someone I’m dating. I go with my feelings. I have always said to my friends, it doesn’t matter when you sleep with a m..
The year was 1997. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls was about to rule the radio, Rei Kawakubo had just unveiled her “Adult Punk” show and Madonna was the proud recipient of a Golden Globe...
Lancôme hosted some 300 guests at a sit-down dinner on Wednesday in Monaco, which was infused with a “wonders and stars” theme. “What do you think makes life wonderful?” was what F..
The 2017 Summer Movie Preview is a snapshot of the films opening through early September. Release dates and other details are subject to change. April 28 A fashion editor finds her..
When Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs first started dating, neither thought the relationship had long-term potential. They were in their twenties, just out of college and met in an ..
The 2017 Summer Movie Preview is a snapshot of the films opening through early September. Release dates and other details are subject to change. Below Her Mouth A fashion editor fi..
Kurt Russell can sum up his 55-year acting career in one word: “Brandy.” Not the alcoholic beverage. Russell makes his own wine. He’s not going to betray his beloved Pinot with ano..
Sofia Coppola’s low-key personal style and soft-spoken demeanor can make it easy to overlook that she is among the world’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. Her movies float..
When he was 18, Kumail Nanjiani emigrated from Karachi, Pakistan, to Iowa to go to college. Four years later his parents came to the U.S., settling in New Jersey. Nanjiani welcomed..
Talking animals are nothing new to Steve Zahn. Over the years, in various kids’ movies, he’s played a wise-cracking circus bear, an alley cat and a couple of different pigs. He was..
For the last two years, movie audiences have been treated to scripts by former actor Taylor Sheridan. These are character-rich pieces that quietly subvert their genres’ predecessor..
To say that Jude Law is director Guy Ritchie's muse might be an overstatement, but the pair have worked together on three feature films (plus a Dior Homme ad campaign) in just the ..
There’s one thing “Spider-Man: Homecoming” can boast over previous Peter Parker films: a direct line to the Avengers. And when you’ve got Iron Man on speed dial, audiences can cert..
Tupac is polarizing. To some, the rapper-turned-actor was a mother-loving prophet and poet whose life was cut short. To others, he was a --- gangster whose chosen lifestyle, r..
A year and a half ago, Fionn Whitehead was an unknown aspiring actor working in a coffee shop in the Waterloo district of London. On his off hours, he’d go in for every audition he..
The mythical island of Themyscira ticks off just about every box in the quality utopia checklist: Cascading waterfalls. A lush, tropical landscape. Years of undisturbed peace. A go..
UNDERRATED Summer’s lack of escape: So how are all those “worst year ever” tweets from 2016 aging? With a new national crisis approaching almost every day, popcorn movie season cou..
Ryan Murphy’s FX series “Feud: Bette and Joan,” starring Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, ends Sunday. Far from being a camp romp about these grand..
This summer, women are shattering the glass ceiling … with their fists. The slate includes a number of high-profile releases with powerful female characters at their centers. These..
This summer, women are shattering the glass ceiling … with their fists. The slate includes a number of high-profile releases with powerful female characters at their centers. These..
Michael Fishman’s heart still sinks when he remembers the time his beloved bike, custom painted in Lakers purple and gold, was swiped while he watched a midday movie with his wife ..
2017-04-20
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“The Graduate” charmed most everyone when it arrived in theaters 50 years ago, topping the 1967 box office, winning Mike Nichols an Academy Award for best director, turning a littl..
In the Martin Scorsese-produced shoot ’em up “Free Fire,” South African actor Sharlto Copley plays Vern, a narcissistic gunrunner in a polyester suit who’s prone to a certain behav..
While shooting the 12-country-spanning environmental documentary "Tomorrow," French actress-director Mélanie Laurent ("Inglorious Basterds," “Now You See Me”) was wandering around ..
Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Frantz Beautifully shot in black and white with the occasional warm burst of color, French write..
Every August, a few weeks before the Venice and Toronto film festivals roll out their red carpets and awards contenders, audiences descend on the Swiss town of Locarno for an 11-da..
If vampires are defined as lethal beings who stalk the Earth feasting on human blood, Milo (Eric Ruffin), the isolated 14-year-old African American protagonist of Michael O’Shea’s ..
Set in late-’70s Boston, the ferocious, funny and relentless “Free Fire” places a group of shady characters in a deserted warehouse for the sale of a few cases of machine guns. A p..
Every once in a while, you need a good, juicy, --- thriller. In the ’90s, they were plentiful, but now they're rare (forget the dopey “50 Shades” movies), which makes savoring t..
Patagonian landscapes in 16 mm and Hollywood real estate shot in 35 mm provide a visually sleek backdrop for mighty uninteresting relationships in the pretentious indie “Somewhere ..
For a movie that begins with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “Nola Circus” is impressively tone deaf on race. Written and directed by French filmmaker Luc Annest, the comedy t..
How has there never been a comprehensive documentary about John Coltrane before now? One of the giants of jazz, the saxophonist collaborated with the best in the business — includi..
Today, April 20, is the most exalted day of the year for marijuana enthusiasts, but now that pot is legal in California aficionados predict that this 4/20 will likely be bigger and..
One enduring concept has famously remained at the core of the Vin Diesel-led “Fast and Furious” blockbusters since 2001, through quarter-mile races, torrid bromances, international..
If food is your passion, Jeremiah Tower is a name to conjure with. A venerated chef who writer and critic Ruth Reichl calls “a game changer who defined what a modern American resta..
Aretha Franklin was feeling unexpectedly apologetic. "I'm fighting an upper respiratory viral infection and shortness of breath, so forgive me if I miss a few notes," the soul diva..
This week: A new drama about life in war-torn Syria, a classic adventure tale co-written by the Bard, and a hit musical about a former G.I. living in the City of Light. King of the..
“A Quiet Passion,” Terence Davies’ masterful new movie, plays out in the sunny gardens and lamp-lighted drawing rooms of 19th-century Amherst, Mass., where Emily Dickinson spent mo..
“The Graduate” charmed most everyone when it arrived in theaters 50 years ago, topping the 1967 box office, winning Mike Nichols an Academy Award for best director, turning a littl..
One enduring concept has famously remained at the core of the Vin Diesel-led “Fast and Furious” blockbusters since 2001, through quarter-mile races, torrid bromances, international..
Seeing "The Graduate" again decades after an initial viewing is, appropriately enough, like attending a college reunion. Films are in a sense like old friends, and revisiting them ..
My mom’s father drowned when he was 29 and my mom was 3, so she knows that people you love can go away and never come back. Maybe that’s why she does not see her fears as irrationa..
One day, circa 2000, Rebecca Skloot was riding in a car with Deborah Lacks, whose late mother, Henrietta, had posthumously and unwittingly contributed to some of the most important..
A fast-fashion retailer is in hot water over a hate symbol. Zara, a Spanish clothing chain, pulled a skirt from its website after people pointed out that an applique cartoon charac..
2017-04-19
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Milton A. Gordon, the former Cal State Fullerton president who fought for equitable access to higher education and transformed the campus into one of the state’s most prominent and..
Bruce Langhorne, a 1960s-era folk musician and prolific session guitarist who Bob Dylan said inspired him to write “Mr. Tambourine Man,” has died at the age of 78 at his home in Ve..
Australian film company Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, known for co-financing and co-producing movies such as “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “American Sniper,” is looking to devel..
Filmmakers from as far away as Italy and Australia and as close as Fullerton and Orange will gather in Newport Beach over the next week for the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festi..
"Captain Marvel" has found not one but two directors to help shape the movie into the star it was always meant to be.  The Times has confirmed that "Mississippi Grind" directo..
Los Angeles Times entertainment, arts and culture critics choose the week’s most noteworthy openings, new releases, ongoing events and places to go in and around Southern Cali..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 19, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Shooting in Fresno Three peop..
"Fargo" returns Wednesday to FX for a third season as a television show, with its ice and snow and whimsical way of talking, playing variations on themes set down by Joel and Ethan..
For the last 15 years, the Tribeca Film Festival has trafficked in a certain kind of independent cinema. It’s a place where art house hits such as “Transamerica,” “City Island” and..
“There were many trees, mostly pine and birch, and there was the dock and the boathouse and a narrow dirt road that came through the forest and ended in polished gray rocks at the ..
After a record-breaking global opening for “The Fate of the Furious,” Hollywood is taking a spring break. The eighth movie in Universal Pictures’ blockbuster “The Fast and the Furi..
Four assailants tied up an 18-year-old mentally disabled man, taped his mouth and slashed at his scalp with a knife as he cowered in a corner. A group of men and boys dragged a 15-..