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  • Writers Guild of America moves another step closer to possible strike

    Writers Guild of America moves another step closer to possible strike

    Leaders at the Writers Guild of America are moving a step closer toward a showdown with the major studios. The East and West Coast boards of the WGA have, as expected, cleared the way for the union to hold a strike authorization vote, with both boards voting unanimously to send the strike authorization...

  • Veteran CBS 2 anchor Paul Magers to announce retirement

    Veteran CBS 2 anchor Paul Magers to announce retirement

    Veteran KCBS news anchor Paul Magers, regarded as one of the top newscasters in Los Angeles, will retire after 13 years at the station. Magers, who will be 63 next month, intended to announce his plans in a recorded segment with co-anchor Pat Harvey during the early evening and late-night newscasts...

  • Where confusion is the goal: Tony Oursler's first solo L.A. show in 10 years

    Where confusion is the goal: Tony Oursler's first solo L.A. show in 10 years

    Tony Oursler’s first solo show in Los Angeles in 10 years leaves a lot to be desired — and that’s precisely the point of “Unidentified.” At Redling Fine Art, the New York artist has installed disparate multimedia works that do not form a coherent whole so much as they make incoherence palpable....

  • Viacom's BET network shuffles top programming ranks

    Viacom's BET network shuffles top programming ranks

    The top two programming executives at television channel BET abruptly stepped down Wednesday, adding to the management turnover at struggling media company Viacom Inc. BET’s head of programming, Stephen Hill, said he would exit Friday after 22 years at Viacom and 18 years at BET. “It has been my...

  • Director Kasper Collin brings jazz great Lee Morgan's tragic love story to West Coast

    Director Kasper Collin brings jazz great Lee Morgan's tragic love story to West Coast

    On a snowy night in February 1972, Helen Morgan reached into her bag and pulled out the pistol her husband, Lee, had bought her. Lee, a 33-year-old jazz trumpeter who'd risen to fame as a teenager, was getting ready to perform at Slug's Saloon, a nightclub in New York City's East Village. His mistress...

  • Frank Gehry's archives are headed to the Getty

    Frank Gehry's archives are headed to the Getty

    The Getty Research Institute announced Wednesday that it has acquired a major portion of architect Frank Gehry’s archives — documents spanning from 1954, when Gehry studied architecture at USC, to 1988, when he submitted the winning design for Walt Disney Concert Hall. “This is the California time...

  • Two black employees sue Fox News, accusing their ex-boss of racist behavior

    Two black employees sue Fox News, accusing their ex-boss of racist behavior

    Two black employees of Fox News have filed a racial discrimination suit against the company and the recently fired executive they worked under. The suit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court is the latest legal action to hit the 21st Century Fox unit, which has either settled or litigated...

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  • 'Kong: Skull Island' conquers China's box office

    'Kong: Skull Island' conquers China's box office

    The U.S.-Sino co-production “Kong: Skull Island” ruled China’s box office last week, followed by Disney’s live-action remake “Beauty and the Beast.” The monster-themed epic topped the weekly chart by taking in a massive $72.2 million over the weekend, according to film industry consulting firm...

  • Theater owner group CEO: Blaming theatrical windows for piracy is 'completely crazy'

    Theater owner group CEO: Blaming theatrical windows for piracy is 'completely crazy'

    The head of the group representing the nation’s cinema operators voiced support Tuesday for potentially groundbreaking talks between theater owners and studios to deliver movies sooner to the home. “Let’s stop fighting publicly about the future of our release dates. This is about growing the pie...

  • L.A. Phil names Gail Samuel as acting president

    L.A. Phil names Gail Samuel as acting president

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic shocked the arts world with the news this month that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, would be departing for the New York Philharmonic. On Tuesday, the L.A. Phil announced that its executive director, Gail Samuel, will assume the role of acting president...

  • STX will adapt 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' with Elton John

    STX will adapt 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' with Elton John

    Caesar’s Palace Colosseum -- the sizable auditorium that has been home to Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart -- is the place where major film studios come every spring to unveil their splashiest titles to movie theater owners. Last year, STX Entertainment, then a 2-year-old upstart, infiltrated...

  • Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, who died Friday at age 100, was well acquainted with how the blacklist era divided Hollywood. An actress-turned-screenwriter, she and her screenwriter husband, Hugo Butler, were targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee and went into exile with their children for 13...

  • Disney film executive delivers sobering message on changing cinema business

    Disney film executive delivers sobering message on changing cinema business

    Hollywood’s annual gathering of movie studios and theater owners in Las Vegas, known at CinemaCon, normally opens with a cheerleading speech for the movie business dominated by talk of box office records and global growth. But the event’s opening remarks by Disney’s film distribution head, Dave...

  • Gaslamp Killer, Mr. Carmack headline Coachella's Do LaB stage

    Gaslamp Killer, Mr. Carmack headline Coachella's Do LaB stage

    The Do LaB — the outsider dance music stage at the edge of the Coachella grounds — has announced its lineup for the 2017 festival, and it looks prepared to compete with the rest of the forward-thinking club music bills at the fest. Mr. Carmack, L.A. beat-scene favorite Gaslamp Killer, Justin Martin...

  • Hulu's 'Harlots' gets down to business in 18th century London

    Hulu's 'Harlots' gets down to business in 18th century London

    In "Harlots," an engaging new period melodrama that debuts Wednesday on Hulu, two whorehouses, unalike in dignity, go to war in 1763 London, ancient grudge breaking to new mutiny. Samantha Morton plays Margaret Wells, a madam attempting to move up in her world, out of her low-rent Covent Garden...

  • Light on laughs, TV Land comedy 'Nobodies' offers up familiar show-biz premise

    Light on laughs, TV Land comedy 'Nobodies' offers up familiar show-biz premise

    “Nobodies,” which premieres Wednesday on TV Land, is a comedy about being less successful than the friends you started out with. Like a lot of contemporary series that have to do with the entertainment business — or with sports, which is also the entertainment business — it features characters...

  • 'More Life' gives Drake more dominance on the charts

    'More Life' gives Drake more dominance on the charts

    Sick of Drake yet? Better not be, because the ubiquitous rapper not only isn’t going anywhere, his new album, “More Life,” has been on a record-breaking chart tear since its release on March 18. The artist’s fifth album tallied 385 million streams, according to Nielsen Music. That volume shattered...

  • Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Bones' on Fox

    Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Bones' on Fox

    SERIES NCIS Bruce McGill guest-stars as a surly Vietnam War veteran who may help Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team solve a Marine’s murder. Pauley Perrette, Wilmer Valderrama, Jennifer Esposito and Sean Murray also star. 8 p.m. CBS The Flash David Dastmalchian guest-stars as DC Comics villain Abra...

  • Studios want to get you rental movies much quicker — for a price

    Studios want to get you rental movies much quicker — for a price

    Confronted with dwindling home entertainment profits, major Hollywood studios are pressuring theater chains to let people watch new movies much earlier than usual. Though details have yet to be finalized, most of the studios agree that they must come up with new ways to shorten the gap between...

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