B.B. King's daughters say guitarist was poisoned; investigation under way

On May 14, the music world shook with news of the death of storied blues guitarist B.B. King. Now, two of his daughters are claiming the 89-year-old died as a result of poisoning.

In two separate affadavits filed in Clark County, Nevada, this weekend, Karen Williams and Patty King named King's longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, and his ...Read more

U2 aims for intimacy, presence in latest tour

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For U2, the lightbulb moment came in the form of an actual lightbulb.

Brainstorming two years ago for a newly launched arena tour that stopped at the SAP Center here last week and moved onto the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for five nights starting Tuesday, the members of this venerable Irish band hit upon the idea of a stage...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Doc Martin,' 'Longmire,' 'Downton' and more

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: My friends and myself looked forward to "Longmire" every week. Why was it canceled? It seems that shows that are good for the older generation don't make it. Is there a chance of it coming back on?

A: Judging from my mail, you are not alone in wishing to see more of the contemporary western. And it ...Read more

Ray Liotta hops a horse to join 'Texas Rising'

If you happen to run into Ray Liotta while you're out and about, there's no need to worry. He's not going to hurt you.

Sure, a few nervous shudders might be understandable for those who recall Liotta's menacing screen personas. From his roles as the charming but terrifying nut job in "Something Wild" to the wise guy in "GoodFellas," it seems ...Read more

'Hitchcock/Truffaut' looks at great directors' careers

CANNES, France -- It is, film people agree, one of the few indispensable books on the movies.

It's the printed record of an unprecedented conversation, a tape-recorded colloquy between two exceptional directors, Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, talking candidly about the philosophy as well as the mechanics of their craft.

Yet even ...Read more

Connelly a crooner with a wild streak

'Decibels from Heart'

Chris Connelly

3 stars

Chris Connelly is perhaps best known as one of industrial rock's most distinctive voices, with Fini Tribe in his native Scotland and then in Chicago in the Wax Trax stable with Al Jourgensen. His trademark was that he could actually sing, though you sometimes wouldn't know it amid all the machine ...Read more

Eric Caidin, beloved Hollywood memorabilia maven and guru of grindhouse, dies at 62

Eric Caidin, an impresario of pulp and collector of film memorabilia whose Hollywood Book and Poster Co. was a mecca for movie fans for nearly 40 years, has died. He was 62.

Caidin died May 18 in Palm Springs, where he had been attending a film noir convention. The cause was an aneurysm, said John Kantas, manager at Hollywood Book and Poster ...Read more

'Remembering Mountains' pays tribute to the late folk singer Karen Dalton

"Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton"

(Tompkins Square)

3.5 stars out of four

Folk singer Karen Dalton released only two studio albums in her time before descending into lifelong addiction and dying homeless in New York City, but those recordings proved enough to nurture an obsessive fan base and bowl over a generation of ...Read more

Album review: 'Touch Down 2 Cause Hell' by Boosie Badazz features Southern rap and harrowing lyrics

"Touch Down 2 Cause Hell"


Three stars

In just three years, Boosie Badazz has gone from facing the death penalty at Louisiana's notorious Angola State Penitentiary (he was found not guilty on murder charges) to releasing a major-label LP with Young Thug, T.I. and Rick Ross. In the interim, his music became an ad hoc soundtrack to the ...Read more

New on DVD: 'Saint,' silliness top picks for new DVDs May 26

Boxed sets of TV series dominate the May 26 DVD releases.

"Major Crimes," 3 stars : The cable drama hasn't missed a beat since Kyra Sedgwick moved on and the show became a morphed version of "The Closer." That's because the ensemble cast is good enough to make any show look good.

The support team includes Lt. Provenza (G.W. Bailey), Lt. Andy ...Read more

Star in the making? Not if 'Tomorrowland's' Britt Robertson has her way

LOS ANGELES -- Britt Robertson does not want to hear that she's the Next Big Thing.

"Do you know how many times people have said that about me?" the actress said one afternoon last month near her home in Los Angeles. She let the question hang in the air a moment, then answered, deadpan, "Like, four."

That may well be, but a decade after she ...Read more

New albums: Madisen Ward & Mama Bear; Jamie Foxx; Vaccines

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

"Skeleton Crew"

(Glass Note )

For heartwarming appeal, it's hard to top Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, the son and mother duo who were playing Kansas City coffeehouses a year ago and who have since performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and become the darlings of the NPR set. Son Madisen has a joyous...Read more

Animation: At CalArts and elsewhere, more women are entering the picture — but not always getting work

Maija Burnett scanned her California Institute of the Arts classroom as nearly 60 new students filtered in, empty notebooks in hand. It was the start of the 2014-15 school year, and Burnett, director of CalArts' character animation program, was meeting this crop of freshmen for the first time in her largest classroom, nicknamed "the palace."

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List of DVD release dates for May 26 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


26: Seventh Son

26: The Loft

26: Ballet 422

26: Assassin's Game

26: Cut Bank

26: Heartland: Complete Fifth Season

26: Hello Ladies: Season 1

26: Major Crimes: Season 3

26: Ray Donovan: Season 2

26: Sons of Liberty (DVD and Digital ...Read more

Oyelowo on his new role on HBO: It's a 'very scary thing'

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- When he decided to become an actor, David Oyelowo enlisted two co-conspirators. The man who played Martin Luther King in "Selma," and costarred in "The Help," "The Butler" and TV's "MI-5," sneaked into drama school with the help of his teacher.

"I had a great teacher who just said, 'I wouldn't say this to everyone ...Read more

For 'Mediterranea,' director Jonas Carpignano draws on real-life events in Africa

CANNES, France -- To prepare for "Mediterranea," his new scripted film about boat refugees to Europe, first-time feature director Jonas Carpignano thought about simply interviewing the people who made the treacherous journey of hundreds of miles across Africa to ports in countries such as Morocco and Algeria.

Instead he decided on another ...Read more

'In the Name of My Daughter' is for Francophiles only

Agnes Le Roux (Adele Haenel) is a young divorcee who has a strained relationship with her mother Renee (Catherine Deneuve). Renee runs a casino, and Agnes wants to sell her shares and settle into the bourgeois life of a shopkeeper. But Renee balks at handing over the money.

The casino has seen better days, and its future is in doubt. Mobsters ...Read more

Anne Meara, who rose to comic stardom with husband Jerry Stiller, dies at 85

Anne Meara, who rose to stardom with her husband, Jerry Stiller, portraying what People magazine called "anxiety comedy's top couple," died Saturday in New York City. She was 85.

Her death was confirmed by publicist Kelly Bush, who represents actor Ben Stiller, one of Meara's two children. No further details were provided.

The stand-up act ...Read more

Comedy no longer central to TV networks' prime-time programming

Comedy may still be a desired staple of prime-time TV, but broadcasters haven't found much to laugh about for the upcoming season.

The TV networks unleashed their 2015-16 evening lineups in New York last week, leaving industry insiders buzzing about the Great Comedy Rollback. Burned by a high number of sitcom flops in recent years, programmers ...Read more

Pulitzer-winning theater director dies at 40

PJ Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, a highly respected and nationally accomplished director of new plays, the co-author of such potent works of documentary theater as "Columbinus" and "The Project(s)," and one of the Chicago theater's most formidable and complicated talents, died Thursday while on vacation in ...Read more