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Around the remote: Chuck Barney's picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

DON'T MISS: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards -- Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she's back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself -- or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads everyone with nine, including Video of the Year. Somewhere, Kanye West is ...Read more

TV picks for the week of Aug. 30

She twerks hard for the money, that Miley Cyrus. Watch her bust her rump busting a move while hosting the "MTV Video Music Awards" on television this week. Also, they're going to have to figure out what's beyond "Beyond Scared Straight," because that series' viewers are finally paroled. Here's what caught my eye, TV-wise:

Sunday: "Sunday Best,"...Read more

Melody Patterson dies at 66; played Wrangler Jane in 'F Troop'

Actress Melody Patterson, who played the feisty cowgirl Wrangler Jane in the comic western sitcom "F Troop" in the mid-1960s, has died at a nursing home in Hollister, Mo. She was 66.

Patterson had multiple medical problems and died of natural causes Aug. 21, said Jason Bradley, owner of Cremations of the Ozarks in Hollister, a small town near ...Read more

Robin Williams' children and widow agree to meet over actor's estate

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

'Django' actress gets community service after judge calls apology to LAPD 'insincere'

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

Key Apple Music executive Ian Rogers is leaving the company

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

VIDEO: Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence join Billy Joel on stage at Wrigley Field

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

MTV Video Music Awards: Nicki Minaj to open the show — so all is forgiven?

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

The Oscars and Spike Lee: History has always been on his side

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

Movie review: 'Rosenwald' reveals a philanthropist with a mission

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.

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TV review: Netflix's 'Narcos' plays up Pablo Escobar's menace, magnetism

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

How Novalima modernizes and revives Peru's African roots music

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

Sexist note surfaces in screenwriting contest

"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

Movie review: 'We Are Your Friends' gets lost amid a sensitive sensibility and party hearty

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

J.J. Fad left out of 'Straight Outta Compton' despite a 'Supersonic' success

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

'Volume' turns class warfare up a notch

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

Grown-up humor, sensitive story, costar chemistry fuel 'Learning to Drive'

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

Movie review: 'The Second Mother' raises class issues with an engaging spirit

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

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Wednesday:

"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.

Opening Friday:

"Mistress America" (R): Greta Gerwig reunites with her ...Read more

'Rosenwald' documentary looks at Jewish philanthropist who helped black schools

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