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Brad Paisley joins senators, governor in helping West Virginia after deadly flooding

Country music star Brad Paisley joined fellow West Virginia natives to lend a hand after the state's recent deadly flooding.

On Thursday, Paisley joined West Virginia Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin III and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in visiting the hardest hit areas and assisting with flood recovery.

The four visited high schools, ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Friday:

"The Secret Life of Pets" (PG): Louis CK, Kevin Hart and Albert Brooks provide the voices for this animated comedy about the trouble cats and dogs get into when their owners aren't home.

"Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" (R): Two party-happy brothers (Zac Efron and Adam Devine) trying to find respectable dates to take ...Read more

'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel from Disney set for 2018

LOS ANGELES -- On Thursday, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced it is making a sequel to "Wreck-It Ralph" -- and the news wrecked Facebook.

In an attempt to stay up to date in the world of social media, Disney took to Facebook Live to reveal that a second "Wreck-It Ralph" film is slated to open on March 9, 2018 (pushing Disney's Jack and ...Read more

AMC considers abandoning Carmike deal; Carmike delays shareholder vote

LOS ANGELES -- AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is considering abandoning its attempt to buy Carmike Cinemas Inc. and become the nation's largest movie theater chain, pushing the smaller company to postpone its shareholder vote on the deal.

The potential transaction "is now at considerable risk," AMC Chief Executive Adam Aron said in a statement...Read more

Judge asks for more information in lawsuit challenging Sumner Redstone's mental capacity

CANTON, Mass. -- A Massachusetts judge on Thursday put off a decision on whether to toss out a lawsuit that challenges the mental competency of mogul Sumner Redstone, keeping alive a contentious fight over the future of media company Viacom Inc.

Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman brought the lawsuit late last month after he and another ...Read more

Movie review: 'BFG' is a magical take on Roald Dahl's classic tall tale

Roald Dahl's "The BFG" begins in the middle of the night; that magic hour of 3 a.m. when everything's hushed and, in the book's words, "all the dark things come out from hiding and (have) the world to themselves." Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), an insomniac girl living in a London orphanage, goes to the window to look out onto the quiet, wet street and...Read more

5 'Star Trek' series to run back to back on Heroes & Icons network

CHICAGO -- Heroes & Icons is boldly going where no television network has gone before -- airing all five "Star Trek" series back to back.

Beginning July 24, Trekkies can binge on the original "Star Trek" and its spinoffs "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager" and "Enterprise" six nights a week on the digital TV network, which is ...Read more

Lionsgate buys premium channel Starz for $4.4 billion

LOS ANGELES -- After months of on-again, off-again talks, movie studio Lionsgate has clinched a deal to buy premium cable network Starz for $4.4 billion.

Lionsgate, the Santa Monica, Calif., entertainment company behind the "Hunger Games" movies and the Netflix TV series "Orange Is the New Black," said it would pay a significant premium to buy ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ANGRY BIRDS. 2 stars. Well-made, funny, fast and furious and featuring a strong celebrity voice cast (Sean Penn, Maya Rudolph, Blake Shelton, Jason Sudekis), this computer animated 3-D adventure is nothing less or more than a 97-minute ad for the Angry Birds gaming franchise. An island of flightless birds is hoodwinked and almost decimated ...Read more

Movie review: This 'Tarzan' is dull, out-of-touch

The vine-swinging character of Tarzan first appeared on the silver screen nearly 100 years ago, in 1918. Which is perhaps why this 2016 reboot, "The Legend of Tarzan," feels woefully out of touch. There's only so much updating that can be done to an Edgar Rice Burroughs tale about an Englishman raised in the African jungles by gorillas, a wild ...Read more

Alice Bag, in the vanguard of '70s L.A. punk rock, lets loose on her solo debut

Alice Bag, who was in the vanguard of the Los Angeles punk rock scene, had stepped back from music for much of the last decade and a half. New songs would occasionally appear online, but it wasn't until recently that Bag reemerged to release a proper solo debut.

The absence wasn't for a lack of things to say.

Bag, who stood as the all-too-rare...Read more

Q&A: Roseanne's real race to be the president: Documentary follows comedian's 2012 campaign, which looks more serious now

LOS ANGELES -- When documentary filmmaker Eric Weinrib set out to follow comedian, actress and self-proclaimed "domestic goddess" Roseanne Barr on her 2012 campaign for president, he figured the whole thing would probably be a goof. So, for that matter, did most people.

"I expected it to be a more satirical campaign -- after all, she is a ...Read more

Movie review: 'Swiss Army Man' looks at life, death, flatulence

"Swiss Army Man" is either an intriguing looking into the deteriorating mind of a man driven to madness by loneliness or a sophomoric attempt at delivering a deep message on a constant wave of farts. An argument can be made for both.

The film opens with Hank (Paul Dano) at the end of his rope -- literally. He's been on a small deserted island ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Legend of Tarzan' falls flat

Stop me if you've seen this one before.

After umpteen onscreen appearances, Tarzan is back. Disappointing but ambitious, "The Legend of Tarzan" uses Edgar Rice Burroughs' source material selectively rather than slavishly. Director David Yates, who gave us four workmanlike chapters in the "Harry Potter" cycle, reboots the iconic king of the ...Read more

Movie review: Flawed 'Tarzan' still the best one in years

One of the exciting things about seeing trailers for "The Legend of Tarzan" was how much of an update it looked like compared to past efforts over the last 40 years. No mostly naked Bo Derek sitting around with chimpanzees, telling Tarzan she's a virgin while eating a banana. No Andie MacDowell having her voice dubbed because it sounded too ...Read more

Movie review: Not much new in 'The Purge: Election Year'

"The Purge" franchise began in 2013 with an intimate story of a family fighting for survival in a world where the government has declared nothing is illegal for one night. One man's act of compassion puts his family in danger.

The story got bigger with "Purge: Anarchy" where the focus shifted to the city streets. Social issues were pushed to ...Read more

A 'Home' defense: Just behind the homespun glow of Keillor's show lurked a devilishness

LOS ANGELES -- Garrison Keillor means it this time. On Friday at the Hollywood Bowl, he will tape his last show as host of "A Prairie Home Companion," the public-radio institution he created and has led, with relatively brief interruptions since 1974; the next day, Saturday, it will be broadcast to the rest of the listening land.

Keillor, 73, ...Read more

Appreciation: Scotty Moore, who propelled Elvis Presley's great Sun Sessions, was present at the creation

If the history of rock 'n' roll is a series of Big Bangs that pop at random intervals, the explosion that occurred on July 5, 1954, at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., when Elvis Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore and upright bassist Bill Black tore into "That's All Right" was a particularly cosmic occurrence.

As the electric guitarist steering the ...Read more

Idris Elba, Emma Watson, Ice Cube among 683 invited to join the movie academy — the largest, most diverse class ever

LOS ANGELES -- Brie Larson, John Boyega, America Ferrera, Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman were among 683 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Wednesday in what the nearly 90-year-old organization touted as its largest and most diverse new class ever.

The group represents the latest and most dramatic sign of the...Read more

Movie review: Oscar-winner Rylance delightful to watch in Spielberg's 'The BFG'

There's a lot not quite right and even flat-out wrong with "The BFG," and we'll get to that. There's also a lot that's very, very right, starting with Mark Rylance's astonishing performance-capture portrayal of the Big Friendly Giant created by author Roald Dahl. The right stuff makes it worth seeing.

Like millions of other kids, I cherished ...Read more