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'Suge' Knight hires his 4th lawyer, who once defended Michael Jackson

LOS ANGELES -- Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has hired a new attorney, his fourth since he was taken into custody in January, court officials said Friday.

Thomas Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges, replaced attorney Matthew Fletcher.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen ...Read more

'Hot Wet American Summer' returns

Fans knew something special was in the offing when director David Wain ("Wanderlust," "They Came Together") announced the cast of his 2001 comedy, "Wet Hot American Summer." It was a veritable Who's Who of comedy: Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Michael Ian Black, Amy Poehler, Judah Friedlander, and David Hyde Pierce. What's more, they were ...Read more

Movie review: In 'Dark Star,' indelible designs are dully presented

Ridley Scott's "Alien" would not be Ridley Scott's "Alien" without H.R. Giger. The Swiss artist's Oscar-winning designs for the morphing mother of a monster who stalks Sigourney Weaver and her Nostromo crew in the 1979 sci-fi masterwork are indelible: an oozing, predatory nightmare, made of skeleton and sinew, all teeth and vertebrae, with ...Read more

Grenier didn't just star in 'Entourage,' he lived it — sort of

When last we left Vincent Chase, he and his "Entourage" were moving on. Ari the angry agent was leaving the biz, Eric the manager was moving from LA to NYC, and Vince? He was jetting off to Paris. Of all the cast members of this series about the childhood pals of a rising star, the "star" was the one we least worried about.

"He's going to be ...Read more

Brian Wilson biopic 'Love & Mercy' a complex venture for Cusack, Giamatti

NEW YORK -- Wouldn't it be nice, Beach Boys fans have thought for years, if they could wake up to find music legend Brian Wilson on the big screen? And to do so while he tangles with ghosts and a deliciously malevolent doctor -- God only knows what we'd be with such a film.

Actors John Cusack and Paul Giamatti make just that kind of music in "...Read more

'Barely Lethal' kicks teen angst over the head with weak spy tale

LOS ANGELES -- At one point in "Barely Lethal," a perky teenage special ops agent played by "True Grit's" Hailee Steinfeld binge-watches "Mean Girls," "Clueless," some John Hughes movies and other titles from the teen canon in a kind of anthropological study of high school. Yearning for a normal adolescence, she tries to construct one, Margaret ...Read more

TV review: David Oyelowo lifts 'Nightingale' on HBO

LOS ANGELES -- David Oyelowo's performance in "Nightingale" is the reason the film is debuting on HBO on Friday night, or, indeed, at all. Premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival, this intentionally claustrophobic look at one man's surrender to insanity made its way to Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, and thence to HBO.

From the ...Read more

The '50s-set lesbian romance 'Carol' is of the moment, yet contemporary too

CANNES, France -- As a lesbian romance set just before the dawn of the Eisenhower era, the new film "Carol" would seem to have little light to throw on modern relationships. In the year the film takes place (1952), at least 28 states still had some form of law forbidding interracial marriage. Gay unions, needless to say, were a galaxy away.

But...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

Opening Wednesday:

"Entourage" (R): Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his Hollywood posse, including the talent agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), return for more misadventures in Tinseltown in this big-screen spinoff of the popular HBO series.

Opening Friday:

"Spy" (R): Melissa McCarthy gets out from behind her desk at her CIA ...Read more

A lost Sherlock Holmes film from 1916, found

MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX, France -- Here is the story of how a 1916 silent film made in Chicago starring William Gillette, the most renowned Sherlock Holmes interpreter of his day, came to be lost for nearly a century. And then, miraculously, found.

But we'll get to that.

Meantime: If anyone ever writes a mystery about a detective searching for ...Read more

Movie review: 'Aloha' feels like 'goodbye' in this Cameron Crowe calamity

Cameron Crowe fans -- and that includes most movie critics -- have cut him a lot of slack over the years.

Our love for "Say Anything," "Almost Famous" and "Jerry Maguire" made us embrace the big romantic gestures and little traces of heart in "Elizabethtown," "Vanilla Sky" and "We Bought a Zoo."

But "Aloha" is a breaking point, a movie that ...Read more

'San Andreas' is expected to top box office

LOS ANGELES -- After a slower Memorial Day weekend at the box office, Warner Bros.' "San Andreas" is expected to shake things up.

The film, co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, will likely open with an estimated $40 million, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys. Meanwhile, newcomer "Aloha," the latest from ...Read more

Lindsay Lohan completes community service: 'Hard work pays off'

LOS ANGELES -- Actress Lindsay Lohan completed more than 100 hours of community service and is off probation in connection with a reckless driving conviction two years ago.

Just weeks ago the judge said Lohan had fulfilled only nine hours stemming from a 2012 car wreck. She took to social media Wednesday to celebrate the completion of her hours...Read more

Divine time for Midler: Singer keeps the quips coming as she takes on her first road show in a decade

LOS ANGELES -- Bette Midler knows what's expected of her onstage in 2015.

"I have to sing well, and I have to have a great band," she said recently. "But my audience, they've known me at this point for 50 years. Whether I show up in a fishtail or not, I don't think it matters to them."

The fishtail, of course, is a reference to her character ...Read more

Hulu pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid Duggar scandal

LOS ANGELES -- Streaming giant Hulu has severed ties with TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" amid controversy over one of the reality show's stars.

The website, which is co-owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal, Disney's ABC Television Group and 21st Century Fox's Fox Broadcasting Co., confirmed Thursday that the reality show is no longer available on its ...Read more

Say hello, goodbye to overstuffed but charming 'Aloha'

LOS ANGELES -- It's difficult to engage with writer-director Cameron Crowe's new film, "Aloha," without also acknowledging the bummer buzz that has preceded it.

The release date was delayed, the film was the subject of some inter-office trash-talking in the hacked Sony emails and more recently was attacked for its depiction (or lack thereof) of...Read more

'Serial' to launch new season of hit podcast in the fall

Great news for fans of "Serial": The hit podcast will launch a second season in the fall, and a third season should arrive next spring.

"We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new series," the podcast's producers wrote in a newsletter emailed to fans of the podcast.

The new stories are "very different from Season One, but no ...Read more

Dennis Sheehan, tour manager for Irish supergroup U2, dies at 68

LOS ANGELES -- Nearly half a century ago, an Irish teenager with a love of rock music decided it was time to trade in his own dreams of playing in a band for something a bit more solid.

So Dennis Sheehan decided to work behind the scenes instead, first helping little-known groups such as Jimmy James & the Vagabonds on their nascent concert ...Read more

TV review: 'Aquarius' shows Summer of Love's darker side

Here come the 1960s again. Yes, you're tired of hearing about them, just like I'm tired of hearing about the 1820s. Now that "Mad Men" has ended, having tired of the '60s itself, you might have thought you were getting a break from them. You might have thought wrong.

In mid-June ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" will take viewers back to the ...Read more

Duchovny is on the case in 'Aquarius'

NBC's "Aquarius" transports hippies, flower power, free love and a budding psychopath named Charles Manson to prime time.

More significant for network TV watchers, "Aquarius" marks the dawning of the new age of David Duchovny.

The drama is a return to broadcast for the actor who first shot to stardom on Fox with the iconic sci-fi series "The X...Read more