Movie review: 'Harry Benson: Shoot First' is terrific portrait of witness to history

The charming documentary "Harry Benson: Shoot First" introduces us to its subject -- the photographer Harry Benson -- first through his work, and then winds its way back to the beginning. It's a structure that echoes Harry's personal ethos: The work comes first. It's through Harry's photos, and through his friendships and interactions with his ...Read more

Movie review: 'La La Land' is perfect marriage of style, story

In relationships, and in music, it's all about the timing. So Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" is the perfect marriage of style and story -- a good old fashioned musical about the ups and downs of one love story that struggles to stay in tempo. It's also a sealed-with-a-kiss love letter to the city where it's set, and the unabashed dreamers who ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Dec. 6 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


6: The Secret Life of Pets

6: Jason Bourne

6: Don't Think Twice

6: The Hollars

6: Kicks

6: Beauty & the Beast: The Final Season

6: Dead Rising: Endgame

6: Family Guy Season 14

6: For the Love of Spock

6: Greenleaf Season 1

6: Jack ...Read more

The snubs, surprises and oddities among this year's Grammy nominations

Anyone who follows contemporary music might have predicted that superstars Beyonce, Adele, Kanye West and Drake would earn a lot of Grammy nominations.

And they did -- to the tune of 30 of them.

But as with every year, the rest of the field is pretty much wide open. In some places, maybe some works were nominated that shouldn't have been. ...Read more

Mavis Staples, James Taylor, The Eagles, Al Pacino at a bittersweet Kennedy Center Honors 2016

WASHINGTON -- Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration.

Actor-director Al Pacino, singer-songwriter James Taylor, singer Mavis Staples and ...Read more

'Hairspray' comes to life on TV with tweaks — and drones

LOS ANGELES -- A calorie-rich serving of bright colors and a motley crew of star power is making for a hallucinogenic visual on a soundstage here in Universal City. Kristin Chenoweth skedaddles across the floor. Harvey Fierstein and Martin Short bow in front of a swarm of adoring dancers. All the while pop powerhouses Ariana Grande and Jennifer ...Read more

Beyonce tops Grammy nominations with nine, Chance the Rapper makes history with streaming-only nods

Lightning-rod pop-R&B superstar Beyonce has scored a field-leading nine Grammy Award nominations for her provocative "Formation" single and "Lemonade" album, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning. R&B and hip-hop artists Kanye West, Drake and Rihanna are hot on her heels, with eight apiece. And Chance the Rapper is right behind them, ...Read more

Column: 'Last Tango's' rape scene passed off as artistic authenticity: When will it stop?

"Last Tango in Paris" director Bernardo Bertolucci referred to it as "that detail" with the butter, conveniently dehumanizing the human being at the center of a story like so many others of male privilege, artistic license and female exploitation.

This story's recirculating with a vengeance this week. It involves a scandalous 1972 film; ...Read more

Networks keep trying to give viewers dance fever

LOS ANGELES -- You can't stop the beat of network television as they continue to produce musicals. The latest is an NBC offering of "Hairspray Live!," the story of Baltimore native Tracy Turnblad whose dream is to dance on a local TV show.

This follows NBC productions of "The Sound of Music," "The Wiz" and "Peter Pan," while Fox has broadcast ...Read more

New albums: Tribute to Emmylou Harris, The Weeknd, Kate Bush

"The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris"

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Notice how the title refers to the "songs of Emmylou Harris." Though the silver-haired songbird developed into a fine writer, she wrote only three of the 19 selections on the CD version of this all-star tribute concert (seven of 25 on the DVD that's part of a two-disc package). It's a ...Read more

'I Love the '90s' is the most bizarre concert I've seen since … the '90s

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It all began with so much promise.

Rapper Tone Loc – wearing an LA Dodgers cap, dark shades, baggy jeans and a T-shirt bearing the likenesses of Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama – strode onto the stage at Charlotte's Spectrum Center Sunday night and used his more-gravelly-than-ever voice to serviceably re-create ...Read more

Nurturing is in the nature of record producer Malay

Record producers use various metaphors to explain what they do. Some compare the job to being an interpreter, others to directing traffic. Malay, who was closely involved with the creation of two of 2016's most talked-about albums, thinks of himself as a babysitter.

"When I'm making a record with someone, the record is basically their child," ...Read more

Grammys preview: These awards that mark achievement also incite protest

The 59th Grammy Awards will kick off the major entertainment awards season when they unveil their nominations Tuesday morning.

And with them will likely come dissent.

The Grammy Awards enjoy a sometimes complicated relationship with the constituency they represent -- so much so that raising objections is not only expected, it's something of a ...Read more

Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel has been selected as host of the 2017 Academy Awards, according to reports. His selection comes just four months after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its contract with ABC to air the ceremony through 2028. (ABC has been the exclusive home of the Oscars since 1976.)

The star of "Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel,...Read more

Shakespeare 'soap operas' on PBS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Americans can be a little squirrelly when it comes to Shakespeare's plays. We needn't be. The director of two "king" plays coming to PBS describes them as our first soap operas.

"They were the most successful plays that Shakespeare had ever written up to that point," says British director Dominic Cooke, "hugely ...Read more

'Moonlight' beats 'La La Land' in LA Film Critics awards

LOS ANGELES -- "Moonlight" won best picture honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday, one of four awards -- including one for director for Barry Jenkins -- that give the independent film some unexpected momentum as awards season kicks into high gear.

The Los Angeles critics also gave first-place or runner-up honors in ...Read more

A sterling Kennedy Center Class of 2016 takes its bows

WASHINGTON -- Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration.

Actor Al Pacino, singer-songwriter James Taylor, singer Mavis Staples and pianist Martha ...Read more

'Moana' retains its charms, leads box office again

LOS ANGELES -- Following a massive box-office performance over the Thanksgiving holiday, Disney's "Moana" and Warner Bros.' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" continued to be the top performers on a weekend that was as sleepy as expected.

In its second weekend, "Moana" pulled in an additional $28.4 million in the U.S. and Canada, ...Read more

'SNL' skit continues pounding Trump with comedy

Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise his role as Donald Trump, mocking the president-elect's prolific Twitter habits in the show's opening skit.

It took just 45 minutes for Trump, on Twitter, to respond.

"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live -- unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just ...Read more

Review: A weathered vibe runs through new Rolling Stones album

The Rolling Stones claim they made their new blues album in three days -- which is remarkable since it sounds like they couldn't have spent more than two.

Easily their rawest recording in decades, "Blue & Lonesome" finds the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers happily reconnecting with the unvarnished Chicago blues that inspired the late Brian Jones ...Read more