Philadelphia Orchestra goes on strike; gala concert canceled

PHILADELPHIA -- The Fabulous Philadelphians are on strike.

At 7:10 p.m. on Friday, 10 minutes after the scheduled start of the Opening Night Gala, a crowd estimated at about 1,000 sat in the Kimmel Center hall with no Philadelphia Orchestra on stage, not knowing whether the traditional gala concert would even take place.

But only hours before ...Read more

William H. Macy: Frank's shenanigans persist in 'Shameless' Season 7

CHICAGO -- Last we saw Frank Gallagher, the derelict patriarch on Showtime's "Shameless" was being dumped off a bridge into the Chicago River -- in the winter -- by his fed-up children in an act of good riddance.

I mentioned this scene to William H. Macy recently when he and fellow "Shameless" cast members were in town filming scenes for Season...Read more

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie strike temporary child-custody deal

LOS ANGELES -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have come to a temporary, three-week agreement on custody of their six children, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

The deal was voluntary and doesn't reflect any ruling from the court regarding permanent custody, legal or physical, the source said.

Both Pitt and Jolie agreed to get...Read more

'Westworld': Where the women aren't disposable, just recycled

It's a challenging time to be a woman watching television.

(I say challenging because to say infuriating might make me seem -- not nice. So I hope challenging's OK. Maybe interesting's better? You choose.)

On Monday, I saw Hillary Clinton smiling through her debate with Donald Trump. It was hard not to think of Republican National Committee ...Read more

HBO's 'Ballers' leaving Miami over subsidies and Zika?

MIAMI -- Over the summer, HBO announced that "Ballers," a Miami-based football comedy centered around Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, would return in 2017 for a third season.

Whether the show will continue to be shot in Miami, however, remains unclear.

Mayors and film czars have been scrambling in recent weeks amid rumblings that the network may ...Read more

Mike Watt to release album of 1995 live gig featuring a backing band of Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and others

Columbia-Legacy has announced the release of a crucial Southland document that captures a snapshot moment when bassist Mike Watt, co-founder of influential San Pedro band Minutemen, went on the road with members of Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, the Germs and others in support of Watt's first solo album, "Ball Hog or Tugboat?"

Called "ring spiel tour...Read more

'Daily Show' spoofs HB2 with anti-gay food truck in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" came to Raleigh recently to poke fun at House Bill 2 by operating a food truck that refused to serve gay people.

The show parked a fake barbecue business called Bone Bros. Flamin' BBQ outside Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue and the Ruby Deluxe bar on Salisbury Street earlier this month.

"I ...Read more

New York City launches $5 million fund for women in film and theater, a first in the U.S.

New York City has created a $5 million fund for women working in the fields of film and theater, becoming the first municipality in the U.S. to finance such an initiative.

The fund, announced Thursday by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, will provide grants to support film and theater projects by and about women. New York also will...Read more

Nate Parker addresses sexual assault charges on '60 Minutes': 'I don't feel guilty'

Nate Parker has broken his silence over a 2001 sexual-assault trial, saying he does not feel remorse about the events in question.

"I don't feel guilty," the filmmaker and star of "The Birth of a Nation" told Anderson Cooper in a "60 Minutes" interview scheduled to air Sunday.

Parker was accused and acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman in ...Read more

Steve Gunn brings a cosmic spirit to guitar-based rock in his latest release

In this always-on, phone-obsessed era, Steve Gunn's "Eyes on the Lines" is a rarity. It's a plugged-in guitar-focused rock record about unplugging and tuning out. It sounds relaxed.

Released this year via respected New York indie Matador, it's an album about getting lost in the little details -- taking the time to enjoy the music of a busker, ...Read more

Solange chooses a subtle approach: Singer-songwriter releases 'Seat at the Table' in a surprising and intimate way

In an era of flashy album drops and steaming music exclusives, Solange Knowles, who performs simply as Solange, opted for intimacy when it came to rolling out her highly anticipated third full-length effort, "A Seat at the Table."

It started a week ago, when the singer-songwriter quietly launched a new website with an invitation for fans to ...Read more

'Miss Peregrine' screenwriter shares director's outsider outlook

Perhaps it was the time her father brought a VHS tape of David Lynch's surrealist cult film "Eraserhead" to watch at her 10th birthday party. Or maybe it was when she accosted a magazine editor as a teen, trying to get a job -- and succeeded, opting to become a reporter instead of going to college. As a young person, Jane Goldman always knew she...Read more

Tom Jones: 'Singing is saving my life now' since wife's death

In 1964, Tom Jones was just about broke, forcing his wife Linda to work at a factory, when he released a rock 'n' roll song called "Chills and Fever." The Rolling Stones-like single is full of bluesy guitar solos and snappy drum fills -- and it flopped. He was on the brink of depression when his manager, Gordon Mills, asked him to work up a song...Read more

Television Q&A: Saturday nights, 'Grimm,' 'The Fugitive'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Why are there no decent programs (in my opinion) scheduled for Saturday nights? The networks put all the weekly continuing programs on during the week, competing with each other for ratings and we don't know what to watch first. Then Saturday night it's mostly reruns or some other junk.

A: On the ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Friday:

"The Girl on the Train" (R): Emily Blunt is the woman fascinated by the happy couple who live in a house her train passes every day. Then she sees something awful happen. Tate Taylor ("The Help") directs this adaptation of Paula Hawkins' mammoth best-seller.

"The Birth of a Nation" (R): Nate Parker directs and stars in ...Read more

Movie review: Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg reteam for gripping oil rig tragedy 'Deepwater Horizon'

Certain ingredients help a disaster movie qualify as "fun." These include, but are not limited to, asteroids; Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario outrunning an earthquake-created tsunami; global warming, or icing, on a Roland Emmerich "Day After Tomorrow" scale; and, from the genre's '70s heyday, the "all-star cast" inclusion of ...Read more

Melissa Joan Hart teases the possible return of 'Clarissa Explains it All'

Clarissa may have been the one to explain it all back in the 1990s but actress Melissa Joan Hart has been explaining plenty herself during a recent string of interviews.

Hart, who played a precocious teen girl in Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains it All" and a precocious teen witch in ABC and the WB's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," made headlines...Read more

Redstones officially urge Viacom-CBS merger talks

LOS ANGELES -- Sumner Redstone and his daughter, Shari, have officially taken a key step toward putting Viacom and CBS back together again.

National Amusements Inc., the Redstone-controlled movie theater chain and investment vehicle, on Thursday sent a letter to the boards of directors at both companies urging them to consider merging.

The ...Read more

'Marvel's Luke Cage' shows power in diversity

LOS ANGELES -- There wasn't a lot of diversity through the early decades of comic books. There were more Martians fighting criminals than there were representatives of most Earth races.

That began to change in 1972 when the Marvel trio of Archie Goodwin, George Tuska and John Romita Sr. came along and created Luke Cage, a black hero who would ...Read more

Randy Newman on stripping down his complicated music for his 'Songbook' series

Randy Newman knows what it's like to be confused.

"Sometimes at the movies I've gotta ask my kids what the hell's going on," said the veteran songwriter and Oscar-winning film composer. "I'm real loud in the theater: 'Wait, who's that guy?'"

So although he has always delighted in using his records to set up trap doors of intent -- as in his ...Read more