AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

LOS ANGELES -- The 30th edition of AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of "Rules Don't Apply" on Nov. 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written, directed and produced by and starring Warren Beatty -- recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award and an Academy Award winner -- the film then opens on Nov. 23.

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LAPD and Chris Brown locked in legal standoff over alleged weapon

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police are seeking a search warrant for singer Chris Brown's Tarzana home to look for a weapon he allegedly used to threaten a woman early Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement sources.

Officers responded to a woman's call for help at the residence on Corbin Avenue about 3 a.m. Tuesday, said LAPD Officer ...Read more

Inside the Hollywood past of Trump's campaign chief

LOS ANGELES -- "The Indian Runner" was a Sean Penn-directed drama about the troubled relationship of two brothers, one a small-town sheriff, the other a Vietnam vet turned criminal.

Released in 1991, the film, which cost an estimated $7 million to produce, was a flop, grossing $191,125 in the U.S. and Canada.

That made for an unremarkable ...Read more

Ryan Lochte, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others join 'Dancing With the Stars'

Ryan Lochte will be putting on his dancing shoes for the next leg of his apology tour, joining the upcoming season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." But the formerly blue-haired merman isn't the only standout this season: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has also joined the Season 23 cast.

So that's two Olympians, an ex-Texas governor, Marcia ...Read more

Review: Bruce Springsteen at United Center mixes surprises in with 'River' songs

CHICAGO -- Seven months ago, Bruce Springsteen made Chicago's United Center the second stop on his tour commemorating the re-release of his 1980 double LP "The River." Only one show was offered, though, unusual for an artist of Springsteen's ticket-selling power playing an indoor arena in a city the size of Chicago.

Sunday night, again at the ...Read more

Movie review: 'Morgan' goes from great to grisly in second half

It wouldn't be fair to compare father and son, but Ridley Scott's progeny, Luke Scott, takes on some similar themes to his father's work in his feature directorial debut, "Morgan." In a story that contemplates the emotional boundaries and consequences of artificial intelligence, Seth W. Owen's script landed on the 2014 Black List of Best ...Read more

Gene Wilder was at his funniest making his audiences wait

When Gene Wilder was considering taking the role of the delightfully demented title character in 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," legend has it that his sticking point was the manner of Willy Wonka's first appearance in the film.

Wilder demanded that the quizzical confectioner first be seen hobbling, with a cane, like some ...Read more

Singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel rose to stardom with music always from the heart

It's a song that begins as a whisper before turning into a wail.

"Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You"), first performed by the Mexican singer Juan Gabriel in the mid-1980s, begins with a quiet moment of reflection -- a person, unnamed, taking account of his romantic past as a lone guitar plucks along in accompaniment: "I lived so ...Read more

812,000 pay-TV subscribers cut the cord in the second quarter of 2016

The flight of pay-TV customers continues.

In a grim reminder of the challenges facing media companies, an estimated 812,000 subscribers pulled the plug on their pay-television service in the second quarter, according to a study by consulting firm SNL Kagan.

The number represents a decline in the number of homes that received a bundle of video ...Read more

Flawed finales don't have to spoil TV series

Approaching the end of "The Night Of" felt akin to watching Olympic gymnastics. There were lots of twists and risky maneuvers, but could they stick the landing?

(If you haven't watched the conclusion of the HBO drama -- or "Stranger Things" on Netflix -- proceed with caution. Spoilers ahead.)

Given the grim tonal palette of "The Night Of" and ...Read more

The unique bond between Juan Gabriel and his fans helped melt a macho culture

LOS ANGELES -- Nancy Cortes learned two things growing up: Respect your mother. And respect your mother's love for Juan Gabriel.

Her family woke up to the Mexican singer's smooth, raspy voice every morning, his love ballads playing on a loop. To badmouth Juan Gabriel was to risk punishment by shoe.

"Nobody could mess with his name or image ...Read more

Mexico mourns Juan Gabriel, the singer known as 'El Divo de Juarez'

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Popular Mexican singer Juan Gabriel was known as "El Divo de Juarez," and as news of his death spread Monday, more than 100 people gathered to mourn outside the block-long mansion that was his home in this border town -- one of several he purchased in a city where his mother had once worked as a housekeeper.

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Gene Wilder, 'Willy Wonka' star and Mel Brooks collaborator, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, a two-time Oscar nominee and comedy star, has died at age 83. Wilder appeared in some of the most enduring comedies of the modern era. He had an ability to capture a frazzled persona on the brink of meltdown, bringing audiences ongoing delight. His collaborations with Mel Brooks on the films "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "...Read more

New recordings: Hurry; Dolly Parton; De La Soul


"Guided Meditation"

(Lame-O 1/2)

Summer isn't here for long, and the third album by Philadelphia trio Hurry, which has been out since April, wistfully captures the sun-kissed sadness of the season slipping away. Front man Matthew Scottoline -- who played bass in Philly emo band Everyone Everywhere -- steadfastly moves Hurry into classic...Read more

'Southside' taps special relationships: Film about Barack and Michelle's first date reflects their link with black Americans

When Barack Obama was first elected president on the night of Nov. 4, 2008, and took the stage in Grant Park in his hometown of Chicago, black people saw what all of America and the world saw. But what many of them felt was very different. Though the words "pride" and "respect" may come to mind, ultimately, what landed the first black First ...Read more

Britney can't come close to matching Beyonce's fire at MTV VMAs

They were perhaps the saddest words ever glimpsed on MTV: "Britney Spears returns to the VMA stage in 10 minutes."

Rendered as an on-screen caption in the wake of Beyonce's epic throwdown on Sunday's Video Music Awards, the sentence wasn't supposed to trigger pity. After all, this year's edition of MTV's annual bash, broadcast live from New ...Read more

Miniseries explores origin of Harley-Davidson

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- While the Wright brothers were plotting to make man fly, two other brothers and a pal were scheming to make man soar -- on two wheels. That trio was Arthur and Walter Davidson and their partner, William S. Harley.

Their dream was to create a motorized bicycle that could speed up to 100 mph while managing to remain ...Read more

Juan Gabriel, superstar Mexican singer and songwriter, dies at 66

MEXICO CITY -- Juan Gabriel, the beloved top-selling Mexican singer who wooed crowds on both sides of the border with ballads of love and heartbreak for more than four decades, died Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif..

Gabriel, who had suffered health problems in recent years, died of natural causes, according to the Los Angeles County ...Read more

'Don't Breathe' resuscitates the end-of-summer box office

LOS ANGELES -- Breathing life into what was expected to be a slow end-to-the-summer box-office season, Sony Pictures' "Don't Breathe" overperformed, leaving three-time box-office champ, Warner Bros.' "Suicide Squad," in the dust.

The low-budget horror movie raked in a surprising estimated $26.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, well surpassing ...Read more

Venezuela plans Chavez film, TV series to go up against Sony show

BOGOTA, Colombia -- It's socialism vs. capitalism, north vs. south, Hugo Chavez vs. Hugo Chavez -- at least on the small screen.

Cash-strapped Venezuela announced this past week that it's making a movie and a television series based on the life of the late president Chavez to compete against commercial projects in the works.

In May, California...Read more