Parolee wounded in Nipsey Hussle shooting released from jail

LOS ANGELES -- A parolee who was shot along with Nipsey Hussle on March 31 outside the rapper's clothing shop was released from Men's Central Jail early Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Kerry Lathan, 56, who suffered a gunshot wound to the back, was transported to the jail last week after his arrest for a ...Read more

Review: Lizzo squeezes some personality into over-the-top 'Cuz I Love You'

For Lizzo's major-label debut album, "Cuz I Love You" (Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic), the Minneapolis rapper/singer/body-positive advocate is in full cry from the get-go. Over 11 songs in 33 minutes, Lizzo rarely lets up, a relentless assault that favors excess verging on camp over subtlety.

In shouting for attention, Lizzo and her ...Read more

Lil Dicky enlists Justin Bieber and lots of pop stars for NSFW 'Earth' music video

Ahead of Earth Day 2019, which is Monday, rapper and comedian Lil Dicky has assembled dozens of stars for an anthemic and bawdy "Earth" music video, ripping names from the pop charts and beyond to sing about climate change.

"Why did it take me so long to get wind of this?," Lil Dicky said in a release. "I feel like everybody on the planet ...Read more

'My Mom's Letter from Heaven' next family project for Barry Watson

Barry Watson stresses while it might look like the only acting projects he's attracted to have to do with family, he has done a variety of roles over the years. It's just that the decade he spent on the family-oriented "7th Heaven" along with the series "Date My Dad" plus heartfelt films like "My Future Boyfriend," "An Hour Behind" and "Far From...Read more

Prince's greatest talent? Self-confidence, says the manager who landed 'Purple Rain'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bob Cavallo was starting to panic.

Three weeks behind schedule, the movie producer had only one week to shoot all of the concert scenes for "Purple Rain." If he didn't meet the deadline, his insurance company would bring in a new producer and director to finish the movie.

The first-time producer was working with a first-time ...Read more

'Hillary and Clinton' is a clever, complex black comedy on the unique dynamic between former first couple

NEW YORK -- "Can I touch you?" John Lithgow's Bill asks Laurie Metcalf's Hillary.

If looks could kill, the audience for Lucas Hnath's "Hillary and Clinton" at Broadway's Golden Theatre would be watching Lithgow vaporize, right there in front of their eyes.

What greater enigma -- what more compelling paradox -- in the dying years of the 20th ...Read more

Did Beyoncé just surprise-drop the best live album of all time?

If you were there -- or if you just watched it on YouTube -- then you know that Beyonce's performance at the 2018 Coachella festival may have been the greatest concert of our time.

A loving and deeply thought-through re-creation of a halftime show at a historically black college, Beychella (as it quickly became known) blew minds with the scale ...Read more

Why Chrissy Metz prayed so hard in new miracle movie 'Breakthrough'

When Chrissy Metz was filming her first scenes for "Breakthrough," she prayed like she had never prayed before. She cried, she wailed, she pleaded with God. She wept over her onscreen son's unresponsive body 10 times in a row, and brought tears to the eyes of her fellow cast and crew members.

"It's such a pivotal part of the story, so I wanted ...Read more

Review: 'Fast Color' is a nifty little superhero movie done a little differently

"Fast Color" is a nifty little film, a smart, adventurous and surprising production made with visible care and considerable love. It's also a superhero movie with strong science fiction elements, but nothing like the way we're used to seeing them.

While movies of the Marvel and DC variety are today's movie establishment, the genre's origins are...Read more

At Chella fest, Indio locals enjoy Coachella's Latin lineup closer to home

INDIO, Calif. -- Julie Herrera has been to the vast Coachella festival a few times before. But on Wednesday night, on a bench outside Indio's Riverside County Fairgrounds, the 29-year-old from Coachella felt a little more at home.

"My mom used to play Los Tucanes de Tijuana when we were growing up," she said, just before the legendary Norteno ...Read more

Review: 'Red Joan' presents Judi Dench in a morally complex role

"Red Joan" is a traditional production, polished as brass and as old-school diverting as a film starring Judi Dench and directed by Trevor Nunn would have to be.

But there is also a kind of hollowness at its center, a tone that is more conventional than compelling. "Red Joan's" time frame and its loosely based-on-fact story line have intrinsic ...Read more

Your guide to 'Hamilton: The Exhibition' in Chicago: Will this big risk by the creators of the musical succeed?

CHICAGO -- Can the famously smart and creative minds at Hamilton Inc. pull off their biggest gamble yet?

With the acclaimed visual designer David Korins spinning the artistic roulette wheel, the brain trust of the most successful Broadway musical in modern history have picked Chicago for their huge new wager on brand extension and title ...Read more

Review: Elisabeth Moss galvanizes in the brilliant punk psychodrama 'Her Smell'

You may not see a better movie with a worse title this year than "Her Smell."

Scratch that, actually; the title's perfect. It's the name of the rock club where we meet the pop supernova that is Becky Something (a mesmerizing Elisabeth Moss), who fronts an all-female punk band called Something She. But it also captures something of the acrid ...Read more

Rapper Kodak Black arrested at US border after guns and weed found, police say

Rapper Kodak Black was arrested Wednesday night near Niagara Falls, N.Y., after he and friends were trying to cross the border from Canada and admitted they had marijuana and firearms in their two vehicles, police said.

The 21-year-old, whose real name is Bill K. Kapri, was driving two friends in a Cadillac Escalade across the Lewiston-...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington:Why it's worth checking out Beyoncé's documentary about her Coachella experience on Netflix, even if you saw the bootleg version already

We can always count on Beyonce for a pop-culture kapow.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Netflix dropped "Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce," a two-hour-and-17-minute performance and behind-the-scenes documentary about Queen Bey's fantastical, unforgettable nod to black colleges, black womanhood and overall blackness from the 2018 Coachella ...Read more

'Veep' actor Kevin Dunn on the final season of the comedy, and how he got his sister that 'SNL' audition

CHICAGO -- A few years ago I asked "Veep" showrunner David Mandel why he thought the cast of the long-running HBO comedy (now in its final season) was stacked so deeply with performers from Chicago. He told me it's because the show is "so much about reality -- and there's so much reality at the basis of Chicago improv and Chicago theater."

Matt...Read more

Merce Cunningham 'Night of 100 Solos': How L.A. organizers pulled off a dance coup

LOS ANGELES -- "Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event" was a celebration of Merce Cunningham on what would have been the 100th birthday of one the most pioneering and influential choreographers in contemporary dance.

Billed as the largest Cunningham event ever, "Night of 100 Solos" took the form of three performances Tuesday, one at the ...Read more

Review: For Merce Cunningham's 100th birthday, an exceptional 'Night of 100 Solos'

LOS ANGELES -- Merce Cunningham died 10 years ago at 90. He was easily the greatest choreographer of the second half of the 20th century and a teeny bit into the 21st. He left behind an enormous body of work. He passed on new techniques of movement to generations of dancers, while his profound ways of thinking about the meaning of movement have ...Read more

Review: 'The Curse of La Llorona' schlocky add to Conjuring Universe

What we call The Conjuring Universe has become a sprawling franchise of big-budget horror-lite spookfests that pull from every urban legend, folk tale and ghost story one can think of, usually involving vengeful feminine spirits and the women with whom they do battle. We've got hauntings, possessions ("The Conjuring" and "The Conjuring 2"), ...Read more

Review: Andrew Garfield gets lost in the L.A. noir puzzles of 'Under the Silver Lake'

In the cheerfully muddled L.A. noir "Under the Silver Lake," Sam (Andrew Garfield), a young slacker-sleuth trying to find a missing woman, gets sprayed in the face by a skunk. It's a rare act of animal self-defense in this sprawling detective fiction, whose critter casualties include a fallen squirrel and several murdered dogs. But Sam doesn't ...Read more