Music festival deaths trigger call for increased safety, ban on raves

LOS ANGELES -- Two deaths on the opening night of the Hard Summer music festival in Pomona this weekend have triggered calls for authorities to increase safety measures to prevent such tragedies, especially amid the rapid growth in dance music-oriented festivals.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis called Monday for a temporary ban of ...Read more

Where would Jon Stewart be without Fox News?

Late last week, comedian Wyatt Cenac, a writer and correspondent for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" for nearly five years, appeared on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast. There, he claimed that he left the show because of an argument he had with host Jon Stewart. It has been reported that the fight was because Stewart had been using a voice ...Read more

New albums: Ghostface Killah/Adrian Younge; Lianne La Havas; Future


"Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die II featuring Ghostface Killah"

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"No more DeLucas, the rise of the new day," Ghostface Killah raps on "Life's a Rebirth," relishing the idea of wiping the earth clean of the fictional 1970s crime family who square off with New York gangster Lester ...Read more

A pop music milestone: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

On a hot and muggy evening 50 years ago this month, four mop-haired young men walked across the top of New York City's Pan Am Building and boarded a waiting helicopter. A few minutes later, the aircraft carrying the Beatles--John, Paul, George and Ringo--approached Shea Stadium at Flushing Meadows, Queens. There, 55,600 screaming fans, the ...Read more

'Monster Hunt,' a monster hit in China, was a scary journey for director Raman Hui

BEIJING -- "Monster Hunt," a new Chinese family film that features real-life actors interacting with computer-animated monsters, has shattered box-office records on the mainland, earning more than $250 million and becoming the top-grossing Chinese movie of all time.

But about nine months ago, director Raman Hui was literally in tears, unsure ...Read more

Investigation Discovery is the scene of the crime

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Crime pays for cable's Investigation Discovery.

The true crime network continues to develop a following among crime story fans, who will get a batch of new and returning series premieres in August.

"Deadly Devotion" (9 p.m. Monday), "Deadly Women" (10 p.m. Aug. 7), "Swamp Murders" (10 p.m. Aug. 12), "Homicide Hunter: ...Read more

A pop music milestone: The Beatles meet Elvis

Six days after the Beatles' landmark concert at New York's Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965, the band and the traveling entourage embarked aboard their chartered aircraft for a flight to Portland, Ore. As the aircraft, a four-engine turboprop, neared Portland, fear gripped the passengers.

"Oi, look!" George Harrison shouted and pointed at the ...Read more

Greg Louganis, Olympic champ and gay pioneer, recounts highs and plunges

He was perhaps the greatest diver in history but never made the cover of a Wheaties box. He was once one of the biggest names in sports, shaking hands with presidents, hanging out with Brooke Shields, co-writing a No. 1 bestselling memoir, posing nude for Playgirl.

But Greg Louganis says that these days he can't even get a chance to strut his ...Read more

Showrunners reveal their secrets to success

What is it about television that keeps us coming back for more? While ways of viewing our favorite shows have changed, so have the shows. The people most responsible for that are what the industry calls the "showrunners." Those are the people who start as writers, are crowned executive producers, and actually reign over the show like benevolent ...Read more

The man who made music his 'Mission'

It started with a fuse, and nothing else.

When Buenos Aires-born composer Lalo Schifrin was hired to write the music for a new spy series called "Mission: Impossible," debuting in the fall of 1966, creator Bruce Geller had no opening credits to show him. He told Schifrin the intro would likely begin with a fuse, a match and then, boom: The ...Read more

'Wet Hot American Summer' cast and crew reflect on path from failure to cult classic

When "Wet Hot American Summer" was released in theaters in July of 2001, the oddball comedy brought in just $295,000 at the box office -- barely enough to buy a house in the suburbs, much less recoup its meager $1.8 million budget.

Not that anyone expected the oddball indie, set on a single day at a Jewish summer camp in 1981 and featuring a ...Read more

Pop singer Bea Miller packs a lot of punch

Looks are deceiving. Bea Miller can't be many inches over 5 feet tall, but boy, can this teenager belt out the tunes.

The 16-year-old "X Factor" alum showed off a ripe set of pipes as one of the acts on Fifth Harmony's Reflection: The Summer Tour recently at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, Fla.

What's her secret?

"I try to just chill out and ...Read more

Sofia Carson: Fast track to fame

Did you know Disney's top villains had kids? We didn't either. But that's the topic explored in "The Descendants," a Disney Channel original movie. We talked to one of the costars, Sofia Carson, who was born in Fort Lauderdale.

Q: Can you talk about your character?

A: I play the daughter of the Evil Queen from "Snow White." Evie was raised to ...Read more

'Rogue Nation' walks away with top spot

LOS ANGELES -- "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" headed into the weekend with expectations of a $40 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, but Paramount Pictures on Sunday reported that its Tom Cruise film did even better, bringing in an estimated $56 million.

The film racked up $20.3 million in ticket sales Friday, and positive word of ...Read more

TV picks for the week of Aug. 2

There's lots of stuff on television this week, some of it is good (except for Friday; go out and see a movie on Friday). Here's what caught my eye:

Sunday: "Bachelor in Paradise," 7 p.m., ABC: And so it begins.

"Welcome to Sweden," 7 p.m., NBC: In back-to-back episodes, Paul Simon, Jack Black and Neve Campbell guest star.

"Last Tango in ...Read more

'End of the Tour' could be a big turning point for Jason Segel

It can be a stellar moment when an admired comedic actor chooses to play powerful drama totally straight.

"Splash" and "Big" made Tom Hanks widely famous, but as an AIDS victim in "Philadelphia," he conveyed deep vulnerability with Oscar-winning effect. As a lovelorn romantic in "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Jim Carrey delivered ...Read more

Jon Stewart started small, became voice of a generation

It's not easy to startle Jon Stewart, but it happened one evening shortly after he had finished taping his program in front of a New York audience.

"Are you serious with all these questions about talk shows?" said Stewart while tossing a baseball in the air and chain-smoking Camels in an office whose decor appeared to be inspired by Frat Boy ...Read more

Around the Remote: Jon Stewart's Finale, 'Poldark', more

DON'T MISS: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" -- This certainly doesn't feel like a Moment of Zen. After 16 years, 19 Emmy Awards and more blistering one-liners than we can count, Stewart bids farewell to the fake newscast that gleefully skewered blowhards in the media and politics, and made an indelible mark on late-night television. Memo to ...Read more

Judge dismisses suit seeking Kurt Cobain death-scene photos

SEATTLE -- A King County judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who had sued for the release of graphic photos and other police records from the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain.

Richard Lee, who runs a public-access show called "Now See It Person To Person: Kurt Cobain Was Murdered," had sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the release...Read more

Movie review: Revelatory 'Listen to Me Marlon' makes excellent use of previously unheard tapes of actor speaking candidly

Even in a summer that's focused on creativity, with the exceptional documentaries "Amy" on Amy Winehouse and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" on Nina Simone, "Listen to Me Marlon" stands out. Autobiographical in nature, unconventional in structure, this is the story of Marlon Brando not as the world saw him but as he saw himself.

Written, directed...Read more