Movie review: Tyler Perry's 'Madea Halloween' is all about the laughs

Fans of Mabel "Madea" Simmons' longtime foil Joe will be happy to see the wisecracking character let loose -- even looser than usual -- in Tyler Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween."

Joe goes above and beyond in his lewd quips. And he gets to bind and gag a trespassing clown.

Perry designed this ninth movie in the Madea franchise as a growth ...Read more

New details on Prince's remastered 'Purple Rain' and album of unreleased material

After Prince's death, the memorializing of the artist is now turning to reissuing and repackaging his trove of classic and unreleased material.

Warner Bros./NPG announced a 2017 release for a remastered, repackaged edition of "Purple Rain," perhaps Prince's most beloved album.

The LP is being released according to arrangements "agreed with ...Read more

Carol Burnett returning to TV? New project in the works with Amy Poehler

Fans grateful that they've had this time together with Carol Burnett may be overjoyed to learn of another chance to laugh at the legendary actress' antics.

Burnett could return to television via a multi-camera sitcom at ABC, The Times confirmed Friday, although the project remains in the production stages.

Comedic genius will be behind the ...Read more

'Walking Dead' fans' wait is almost over, but can they take what's to come?

It's the episode that Walking Dead Heads have been eagerly dreading for months.

"The Walking Dead's" Season 6 cliffhanger left viewers dying to know which of their beloved characters is about to die.

Will it be Rick, who leads a group of scrappy survivors across a zombie-infested landscape? Will it be Daryl, the fan favorite? Will it be Glenn,...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Friday:

"Inferno" (PG-13): Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard reunite for their third adaptation of a Dan Brown novel about the trouble-magnet symbologist Robert Langdon.

"Moonlight" (R): Writer-director Barry Jenkins' made-in-Miami drama tells three chapters in the life of a young man growing up and struggling with his ...Read more

Flying high: After a Grammy wish comes true, Lori McKenna watches her album 'The Bird & the Rifle' take off

NASHVILLE -- In April 2015, veteran singer-songwriter Lori McKenna signed with a new management company. They asked her to do something she hadn't done before: put her goals on paper.

At the top of the list? "I wrote down 'I want to win a Grammy,'" she says.

"Not even a year goes by and I won a Grammy," she adds, amazement still in her voice. ...Read more

El Sistema's ardent defender: Turmoil in Venezuela has the program under fire, but Gustavo Dudamel remains a staunch believer in it

LOS ANGELES -- Easter Day 2007, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that Gustavo Dudamel would become the music director in 2009. But he didn't wait that long to start Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

By fall 2007, children from South L.A., most Latino or African American, were gathering at Exposition Park to learn instruments and play in a ...Read more

Q&A: Muppets Christmas special, 'Bones'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: With Christmas rapidly approaching, I was wondering if there was a DVD for the "John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together" special. The music is on CD.

A: I do not know of an authorized release on DVD or any home-video format of the 1979 special, which suggests there is a problem clearing ...Read more

Think Ink: Chicago's Field Museum puts its 'Tattoo' on full display

CHICAGO -- Think ink. That's the message that Chicago's Field Museum conveys with its new exhibition, a compendium of tattoo art, tattooed bodies and tattoo history titled, unsurprisingly, "Tattoo."

But while the title may be a no-brainer, the presentation is plenty thoughtful. It begins with an exploration of body art in ancient times, and ...Read more

Review: Norah Jones masterful in concert

SEATTLE -- Norah Jones has always mixed jazz, country, folk and rock, but her concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall on Wednesday demonstrated that she has become a master of them all.

Despite suffering from what she said was "a little cold" -- nursing it with something from a red cup (not whiskey, she said) -- Jones ranged with relaxed abandon ...Read more

Movie review: 'Salesman' shows how far people can bend before they break

"The Salesman" opens like a disaster movie: In Tehran, the residents of an apartment building evacuate as the walls shake and the world seems to be caving in over their heads. Among them are Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a married couple who are part of a troupe of amateur actors in the midst of rehearsals of a production ...Read more

Movie review: 'Christine' is empathetic look at suicidal reporter

This much we know is true: On the morning of July 15, 1974, Christine Chubbuck, a TV reporter who hosted a community affairs show on the Sarasota, Fla., station WXLT, shot herself in the head nine minutes into a live broadcast.

The rest of "Christine," a drama that recounts the weeks leading up to her suicide, incorporates elements of Chubbuck'...Read more

Presidential debate a history maker for Fox News … and moderator Chris Wallace

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace landed a permanent place on the presidential debate highlight reel when Republican nominee Donald Trump said he would not commit to accepting the results of the election.

Wallace told the Los Angeles Times in an interview that he wasn't shocked by the answer when he queried Trump during Wednesday's event at the ...Read more

Final Trump-Clinton face-off draws 71 million viewers

NEW YORK -- The third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had an average audience of about 71.4 million viewers on Wednesday, making it the third-most-watched candidate showdown in history.

The TV audience for the event held at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ranks behind the ...Read more

How the Adlers transformed the movie's music

Lou Adler didn't need his memory jogged to recall a disastrous test screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in Santa Barbara in 1975.

"I'll tell you exactly what happened," said the 82-year-old rock 'n' roll impresario, whose long resume includes, among other things, producing that film, organizing the Monterey Pop Festival and overseeing ...Read more

'Rocky Horror' remake lacks the magic and edge of the original

The basic mission of every remake is justifying its own existence. For "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again," a two-hour special airing Thursday on Fox and starring Laverne Cox, that burden is even heavier -- and not just because of that cumbersome subtitle.

The original "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is the very definition...Read more

Can 'Manchester by the Sea' Gotham nominations lead to awards season glory?

Kenneth Lonergan's acclaimed drama "Manchester by the Sea" was the leader Thursday morning in the 26th annual Gotham Awards nominations.

The film earned four mentions, for feature, screenplay, actor (Casey Affleck) and breakthrough actor (Lucas Hedges).

Kelly Reichardt's "Certain Women," Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight," Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson" ...Read more

Theater review: 'Hamilton' makes the most of its Chicago shot

CHICAGO -- On a night when the Chicago Cubs shook off their doubts and oppressors and hit their way back into contention, the most profound theatrical experience in a generation -- a vibrant celebration of a country founded on the fervor of freedom and built with the mental and physical sweat of cursed outsiders and their children -- landed in ...Read more

Movie review: 'American Pastoral' fails to connect

Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "American Pastoral" has been brought to the screen unsuccessfully by its star, Ewan McGregor, in his directing debut. It gears up to go important places but never arrives.

Roth is a grandmaster of intellectually dense fiction. His works, full of emotionally complex relationships, often have been ...Read more

Movie review: 'Certain Women' finds poetry in everyday life

It's easy to see that Kelly Reichart's "Certain Women" is based on a trio of stories. It's not so much a single narrative feature as three gently overlapping short subjects set in or near Livingston, Mont., each with an introspective woman at its center. A lawyer (Laura Dern) tries to help an unstable client (Jared Harris); a wife and mother (...Read more