The wife of Robin Williams and his children have agreed to meet next week to discuss how they can resolve disagreements over the late actor's estate.
At a hearing Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, attorneys for both sides argued for resolution of the case after months of dispute. If both sides can't agree on their own, lawyers will return...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When an actress and her boyfriend pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an arrest last September, there was a catch: They had to apologize to the Los Angeles police officers they accused of mistreating the actress because of her race.
Three months later, Daniele Watts -- best known for her appearance in "Django Unchained" -...Read more
Ian Rogers, a key figure in Apple's new streaming music service, is leaving the company.
Rogers was the chief executive of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats Music. He joined Apple last year when the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant bought Beats Music and headphone maker Beats Electronics for $3 billion.
An Apple representative confirmed Rogers' ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Amy Schumer was reunited with Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" on Thursday at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Schumer and pal Jennifer Lawrence danced on Joel's piano during his concert, according to video from the show, as he performed his classic song, which is featured prominently in Schumer's film "Trainwreck."
"Inside Amy Schumer" writer ...Read more
Nicki Minaj will open the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced late Thursday.
Minaj joins a lineup that includes Justin Bieber, the Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, ASAP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots.
The pop-rap star helped kick off last year's ceremony with a medley alongside Ariana ...Read more
Spike Lee's relationship with the Oscars was defined nearly 25 years ago when the Motion Picture Academy gave its best picture award to "Driving Miss Daisy," a musty, modest movie about the relationship between a cranky Georgia widow and her black chauffeur while largely ignoring Lee's beautiful, uncompromising look at American race relations, "...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "Rosenwald" used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about.
In the early years of the 20th century, Julius Rosenwald was a philanthropist on a colossal scale, giving away what has been estimated as close to a billion dollars in today's money.
LOS ANGELES -- Into a cultural moment already roiling with political theater, border issues and gun violence drops "Narcos," a new series from Netflix that chronicles the rise of Pablo Escobar, whose ruthless monomania was matched only by his enduring antihero popularity.
Two decades after being shot by the Colombian National Police, the man ...Read more
Chainsaw JaneMarie-Jo Fortis
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Jane Dzhugashvili, aka Chainsaw Jane, is addicted to cigarettes, vodka, and curse words, but when it comes to solving tough murder cases, she’s the best psychic ...
Afro-Peruvian music was born of slavery and, over the centuries, has been on the verge of slipping into obscurity on many occasions -- overlooked by record labels, shrugged off as marginal. Yet it has always somehow managed to stage unlikely resurgences.
It's the sound of the African experience in Peru, with lyrics often emerging out of tragedy...Read more
"With some judicious alterations, it might make a decent porn picture, as the gals do seem kinda hot, at least on the page."
That was a script note offered by an anonymous reader working for an annual screenwriting contest run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that awards the Oscars each year. Known as ...Read more
The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie "We Are Your Friends," which stars Zac Efron as an aspiring...Read more
In the months before N.W.A's album "Straight Outta Compton" was released in the summer of 1988, a team of teenage female rappers from the Inland Empire called J.J. Fad helped upend West Coast hip-hop by putting the fledgling enterprise Ruthless Records on the map.
The success of J.J. Fad's infectious single, "Supersonic," and its Dr. Dre co-...Read more
Take the myth of Robin Hood, add a cyber-punk look and mix in some hacker sensibility. Welcome to "Volume," which just so happens to be one of the most subversive video games released this year.
On the surface, "Volume" is a game of stealth and thieving. Yet these are clandestine operations that reflect a YouTube generation and an economically ...Read more
A film about lessons big and small, in "Learning to Drive," New York literary critic Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) decides she must finally learn to drive after a divorce. Her instructor, Darwan Singh Tur (Ben Kingsley) is himself undergoing a transition as he prepares for his impending arranged marriage. In their time together both in and ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "The Second Mother" is a satisfying contradiction. It's a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility.
Written and directed by Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert, "Second Mother" succeeds as well as it does because it's ...Read more
"A Walk in the Woods" (R): After spending two decades overseas, an American (Robert Redford) returns to the U.S. and asks one of his oldest friends (Nick Nolte) to hike the Appalachian Trail with him as a way of reconnecting with his homeland.
"Mistress America" (R): Greta Gerwig reunites with her ...Read more
Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), Julius Rosenwald partnered with African-American communities to fund some 5,300 schools for African American children in the Jim Crow-era South.
The Rosenwald Fund also gave fellowships during the Depression to such noted African-American artists as ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Movie audiences love to laugh at Owen Wilson -- as the excitement about the "Zoolander" sequel in which he'll once again play obnoxious supermodel Hansel can attest.
The droll, laid-back Wilson is also known for the comedies he's made with his former University of Texas roommate Wes Anderson -- including earning an Oscar ...Read more
There are so many movies and TV series about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world that, at first glance, "Z For Zachariah" seems more of the same. In fact, the story -- two men and one woman who somehow live through the cataclysm that has killed everyone else -- is reminiscent of the 1985 cult film "The Quiet Earth."
But director Craig Zobel, ...Read more
"Learning to Drive," not to be confused with the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle "License to Drive," comes from an autobiographical 2002 New Yorker article by essayist Katha Pollitt. In the magazine piece, later published in a Pollitt collection of stories, the longtime non-driving Manhattan resident bounces back from a breakup with a ...Read more
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