Movie review: 'The Prophet' soars on stunning visuals

Kahlil Gibran's 1923 book "The Prophet" is a collection of 26 poetic essays. It was almost impossible in the 1970s and 1980s to find a college student who didn't own a copy of the book, or who at least had read it.

The flowing words and imaginative tales made it a perfect selection for the theater of the mind. That means it's not the typical ...Read more

Jay Leno's back in the driver's seat in CNBC's new 'Jay Leno's Garage'

LOS ANGELES -- He may be old enough for Medicare, but Jay Leno is still capable of shocking the young generation.

Last week, the former "Tonight Show" host was tooling down a residential street near the Burbank airport, jingling the bell in his 1909 Baker Electric automobile. The Baker looks exactly like a horseless carriage, an elegant black ...Read more

Digital Savant: Wearables may be hot, but they've got a ways to go

"Wearables" over the last year or two has become one of those terms in technology that's such a catch-all it sometimes feels like it doesn't mean much of anything.

The simplest definition is technology that you wear on your body. That could mean a Fitbit activity tracker a jogger is wearing as they whoosh past you. If you've seen a commercial ...Read more

Album review: Janet Jackson makes low-key return on 'Unbreakable'


Janet Jackson

3 stars out of 4

When Janet Jackson last released a new studio album -- "Discipline," in 2008 -- she was trying to find her way back onto the pop charts that she dominated for so much of the '80s and '90s. She broke with her longtime production team, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, in favor of a batch of contemporary ...Read more

'Malala' director influenced by daughters to tell heroic story

LOS ANGELES -- There were many reasons director Davis Guggenheim wanted to make the documentary "He Named Me Malala." It's a moving and powerful story -- the tale of a young girl who survives death to become a voice for education that resonates deeply as a human rights issue. It, like "An Inconvenient Truth," gave him the opportunity to dig deep...Read more

Latest home video releases

Here's a look at the most interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week.


"Finders Keepers": Already a big hit at Sundance, this is now one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year. It's a film that introduces us to two men in ...Read more

Los Lobos keeps in touch with its roots

LOS ANGELES -- The site of Los Lobos' homecoming record release party last week seemed unsettling: the former Ramirez Mortuary in East Los Angeles, where a concert stage had been set up in what reportedly once was the embalming room.

But as the band has done throughout its 42-year run, Los Lobos found the silver lining in what others might ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

'Winter on Fire' documentary shows a visceral portrait of Ukraine's battle for its identity

Streets are scattered with stones and shell casings. Winter fog mixes with the last wisps of tear gas. The wounded and the dead have been carried away, and those who are left hunker at the barricades. Police advance. Snipers take to rooftops. Bodies fall and the Ukrainian revolution, as brutal as it is cinematic, enters a new day in the battered...Read more

Julianne Moore on woman she portrays in 'Freeheld': 'She wanted justice'

TORONTO -- "I wanted to bring Laurel back to life in the best way possible," says Julianne Moore, talking about Laurel Hester, the Ocean County, N.J., police detective the actress portrays in "Freeheld."

"Laurel was always really interested in the justice system. She was a good guy, she believed in the good guys and taking care of the underdog,...Read more

Run the Jewels are feline just fine with their purrfectly new 'Meow' all-cat rap remix album

In a world overwhelmed by one-trick feline Instagram sensations like Snoopy Cat and kitties that earned fame by the oddball luck of nature like Grumpy Cat or trend-chasing (Hamilton the Hipster Cat), the expert furries that purr and paw their way through Run the Jewels' new all-cat remix album "Meow the Jewels" deliver emotional depth befitting ...Read more

Model sues Cosby over alleged sex assault at Playboy Mansion in 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Cosby's troubles got worse Tuesday when a woman sued him in a Los Angeles federal court, alleging the legendary comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

The civil suit by Chloe Goins comes as L.A. County prosecutors are already reviewing a criminal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department ...Read more

Judge approves sale of Relativity TV business to lenders

NEW YORK -- A bankruptcy judge Tuesday approved a plan to sell the television assets of Relativity Media to a group of secured creditors, giving founder Ryan Kavanaugh a chance to reorganize the rest of the company.

Judge Michael E. Wiles, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, approved the deal. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 to decide ...Read more

Movie review: 'He Named Me Malala' teaches deep lessons

The story of Malala Yousafzai's heroism has been well-documented. The efforts by the Taliban to silence the teen because of how outspoken she was in regards to the importance of young girls being allowed to attend school turned her into a symbol of strength around the world.

Although it is a powerful story on political and historical levels, ...Read more

ABC Family network is changing its name to Freeform

It's the sort of reveal that might draw more bewildered reactions than finding out who "A" is on "Pretty Little Liars": ABC Family is changing its name.

Starting in January, the Disney-owned cable network will drop its current name and take on the moniker Freeform.

Network president Tom Ascheim said brand perception among its target audience -...Read more

Don't call it ABC Family anymore: Network is changing its name

It's the sort of reveal that might draw more bewildered reactions than finding out who "A" is on "Pretty Little Liars": ABC Family is changing its name.

Starting in January, the Disney-owned cable network will drop its current name and take on the moniker Freeform.

Network president Tom Ascheim said brand perception among its target audience -...Read more

Wall Street shows interest in possible Lionsgate, Starz merger

LOS ANGELES -- Lionsgate and Starz shares opened higher Tuesday as Wall Street expressed enthusiasm for a potential merger between the two companies.

Lionsgate topped $40 a share in morning trading -- near an all-time high. Its shares then settled in around $39 a share. Starz shares opened higher before erasing much of its gains. By mid-morning...Read more

Movie review: 'Labyrinth of Lies' gets at the truth

It seems almost impossible for a generation that grew up on Holocaust literature and films to realize that at one time, the entire world had no idea what the Nazis secretly did to millions of Jews and other groups deemed unworthy. Germany's Foreign language Academy Award submission, the legal drama "Labyrinth of Lies," seeks to explore the ...Read more

David Letterman, Al Franken to headline Senate candidate's fundraiser

WASHINGTON -- Two retired comedians will take the stage in New York later this month at a fundraiser to benefit Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the leading Democrat running to challenge Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall.

David Letterman, who retired this year after three decades hosting the "The Late Show" on CBS, and Sen. Al Franken, who ...Read more

'American Horror Story': Kathy Bates promises 'Hotel' cycle is scarier than bed bugs

In the last two years, Kathy Bates has lined up quite the list of credits by way of "American Horror Story."

She's played a 19th century slave killer made immortal through voodoo magic in "Coven." There was last year's bout in "Freak Show" as a bearded lady and mother to a son with lobster-like hands. This season, dubbed "Hotel," she plays Iris...Read more