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The Grammy-winning R&B singer Frank Ocean recently released two albums and a full-color, high-gloss magazine over the course of two days. In doing so, he injected enthusiasm, confusion and yet more chaos into an ever-evolving music business. The unveiling, the latest in a line of innovative, high-profile...

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  • Read or watch? 8 movies based on books are coming in September

    Read or watch? 8 movies based on books are coming in September

    As summer sunsets into fall, the changing of the seasons means would-be blockbusters are beginning to give way to prestige films (or "Oscar bait," if you're not feeling charitable). Some of those movies got their start on bookshelves. Here are eight movies based on books that are coming in September;...

  • AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

    AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

    The 30th edition of AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of “Rules Don’t Apply” on Nov. 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written, directed and produced by and starring Warren Beatty — recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award and an Academy Award winner...

  • Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades

    Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades

    As it turns out, “The Two Kids That Blow ... Up” at the Lounge Theatre isn’t nearly as explosive as its expletive-laden title might suggest. Tracing three decades in the complicated relationship between two Asian American urbanites struggling to find their place in the world, Carla Ching’s play...

  • Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage

    Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage

    Frida Kahlo and John Coltrane are an unlikely pair, but at the Ford amphitheater in Hollywood, they proved an exhilarating match. The Los Angeles-based Latin dance theater troupe Contra-Tiempo opened the Ford show Saturday night with a new homage to Mexican painter Kahlo choreographed by Marjani...

  • 812,000 pay-TV subscribers cut the cord in the second quarter of 2016

    812,000 pay-TV subscribers cut the cord in the second quarter of 2016

    The U.S. television industry continues to grapple with the flight of  customers who are ditching their pay-TV service at a rapid clip. In a grim reminder of the challenges facing media companies, an estimated 812,000 subscribers pulled the plug on their pay-television service in the second quarter,...

  • Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Hollywood mourns the loss of comedy legend Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder, best known for his turn as Willy Wonka in the 1971 cult classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as his comedic collaborations with the likes of Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks, has died at age 83, his family announced Monday.  The loss of the actor caused an outpouring...

  • Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer to have rare club appearance at the El Rey for a cause

    Weezer fans will be afforded the rare opportunity to see the arena-playing band in a little club -- and write off the ticket at the end of the year, to boot.  Monday morning, Santa Monica's best rock band announced that on Nov. 3 the band will perform at the El Rey. Tickets went on sale Monday...

  • 'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    'CBS Sunday Morning' anchor Charles Osgood is saying goodbye

    Charles Osgood, long-time anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” announced today that he plans to retire after 22 years leading the broadcast. His career spanning 45 years at CBS News will be celebrated during his final show on Sept. 25. “For years now, people — even friends and family — have been asking...

  • 'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    'Don't Breathe' breathes life into slow end to summer box office

    Breathing life into what was expected to be a slow end to the summer box office season, Sony Pictures’ “Don’t Breathe” over-performed, leaving three-time box office champ, Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” in the dust. The low-budget horror movie raked in a surprising estimated $26.1 million in the...

  • How HBO's 'The Night Of' has humanized American Muslim families

    How HBO's 'The Night Of' has humanized American Muslim families

    The crime and justice drama “The Night Of” that’s become HBO’s newest addictive thriller features an American Muslim character so complex that it’s still anyone’s guess as to whether he’s innocent or guilty of a crime that kicked off the series eight episodes ago The miniseries, which concludes...

  • Indie Focus: Late-summer delights with 'The Intervention,' 'Don't Breathe' and 'Southside With You'

    Indie Focus: Late-summer delights with 'The Intervention,' 'Don't Breathe' and 'Southside With You'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. The drumbeat of fall movies, and awards season behind it, is upon us. As my colleagues and I prepare to head north for the Toronto International Film Festival in early September, with festivals in Venice...

  • FYF Fest: Grimes brings an aggressive edge to dance-pop

    FYF Fest: Grimes brings an aggressive edge to dance-pop

    More than hot new bands or beloved old songs, what the modern music festival promises is an opportunity for escapism -- a chance for attendees to imagine themselves, for an evening or a weekend, in circumstances softer or easier than their real lives. That's why Todd Terje & the Olsens, from Norway,...

  • FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    FYF Fest: Vince Staples and Head Wound City keep the fest's rep for harshness alive

    The consensus so far in the first hours of FYF 2016? The music is great, if you can find it. The festival underwent yet another significant layout change this year, where the main thoroughfare around the Coliseum was augmented by spidery routes in-between and behind the stages. We understand the...

  • 700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    700 women artists to gather at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for group photo

    When Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened its sprawling gallery compound in the downtown Los Angeles arts district earlier this year, its inaugural exhibition,“Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016,” generated a ton of buzz. The show closes over Labor Day weekend — but it won’t...

  • 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,' a French turn on teenage superheroes

    Here is – "voici," I should say — the Parisian high school superhero cartoon series you have been looking for. "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" premiered domestically on Nickelodeon last December, just two months after its French premiere. A second American DVD collection, "Spots On,"...

  • Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

    That airy, wooshing sound? It’s a deep sigh of relief from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films. Their low-budget horror movie, “Don't Breathe,” surpassed “Suicide Squad” and pulled into the top spot at the box office on Saturday. It grossed about $10 million on Friday, and is expected...

  • The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

    Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Walter Lang’s 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” returns to the big screen next week in its opulent Cinemascope majesty. The lavish and boisterous 20th Century Fox musical will screen in theaters nationwide for two days as part of...

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