The moon landing: the TV show of the (half) century

We went to the moon on television.

Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, as the climax to a long-running series that began with President Kennedy's famous 1962 called shot -- "We choose to go to the moon in this decade," a sound bite that seems to have found its way into nearly every related documentary since -- men walked on the moon. More than ...Read more

R. Kelly to be taken in custody to New York to face racketeering charges there

CHICAGO -- Indicted R&B singer R. Kelly has been ordered brought to New York in custody for his arraignment on sweeping racketeering charges alleging he systematically recruited young girls for sexual abuse at concerts across the country.

Kelly, who is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago's Loop, will be ...Read more

Trump weighs in on rapper ASAP Rocky: 'We hope to get him home soon'

President Donald Trump says he is trying to help free rapper ASAP Rocky, who's been jailed in Sweden since the beginning of the month without being charged.

"We are one," he told pool reporters in D.C. on Friday, noting that his African American friends had called on him to help. The president said First Lady Melania Trump initially brought the...Read more

US rapper ASAP Rocky to remain longer in custody in Sweden

STOCKHOLM -- U.S. rapper ASAP Rocky will remain in Swedish custody following a fight in the country, a district court in Stockholm said on Friday after negotiations behind closed doors.

The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has already spent two weeks in a Swedish jail, following a brawl.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the news, ...Read more

Rapper Tay-K found guilty of murder, faces 5 to 99 years or life

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rapper Tay-K was found guilty of murder Friday for his part in a home invasion robbery that left a 21-year-old father dead and another man wounded.

Jurors also found the 19-year-old guilty of aggravated robbery in connection with the robbery and shooting of Zachary Beloate, who was wounded but survived.

Tay-K, whose real ...Read more

Jussie Smollett's lawyers portray actor as a victim twice over — of attack and frame-up

CHICAGO -- Calling Jussie Smollett's prosecution a "travesty of justice," the actor's attorneys on Friday laid out arguments for his innocence in the case that made him an object of widespread derision and sparked the greatest crisis of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's career.

Far from being the architect of a hoax hate crime, Smollett's...Read more

Gary Thompson: In new James Bond, Lashana Lynch breaks the (martini) glass ceiling. Does it matter?

The other day, I tried an Impossible Burger, a plant-based concoction that's meant to taste like a hamburger and did, sort of.

Then I went online to read about it (note to self: next time try this first) and found that it's basically a way to deliver the same heart-stopping saturated fats we find in red meat, only through a plant pipeline.

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How a suburban dad from Pittsburgh became one of Comic-Con's cosplaying stars

SAN DIEGO -- By day, Cash Branson is a mild-mannered human resources worker from Pittsburgh. But this weekend, he will transform into Iron Man, Daredevil, Grandmaster and a handful of other superheroes at San Diego Comic-Con.

Branson, whose cosplay name is Capt Cash (he's @CaptCash on Instagram), is one of the thousands of Comic-Con attendees ...Read more

Hollywood's preferred 2020 Democrat? Many, for now

When former DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed to co-host a high-wattage Hollywood fundraiser this week for Joe Biden's presidential bid, people may have assumed the former vice president was his pick for 2020.

Hollywood's key fundraiser has donated the maximum allowed, $2,800, to Biden. But he's given the same to Kamala ...Read more

Review: 'Ray & Liz' is a bleak, beautiful memoir of an unhappy English childhood

"My father, Raymond, is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn't like going outside and mostly drinks homebrew." The lines come from the back cover of "Ray's a Laugh," a celebrated 1996 book of family photographs by the Turner Prize-nominated visual artist Richard Billingham. They are elaborated upon with vivid spareness in the opening scenes of "Ray & ...Read more

Review: Roddy Doyle's 'Rosie' is a heartbreaking tale of an Irish family's resilience

Other films have bigger budgets and more glamorous stars, some even take home more awards. But few if any can quietly move you as much as "Rosie."

A very fine socially conscious drama in the classic Irish tradition, "Rosie" tells a sobering tale that's "based on too many true stories," the narrative of a mutually supportive family made homeless...Read more

Universal Music Group, in initial count, cites only 22 masters lost in fire

LOS ANGELES -- Universal Music Group officials have initially identified only 22 original master recordings made by five artists that may have been destroyed in the 2008 vault fire, according to an internal memo issued Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by The Times.

Those were identified through UMG's efforts in recent weeks to inform ...Read more

With 'The Lion King' and 'The Mandalorian,' director Jon Favreau cements his status as a Disney MVP

Heading into this week's opening of his photorealistic CGI remake of "The Lion King," you might assume that director Jon Favreau would be coasting on a wave of pure "hakuna matata." After all, if you're following in the footsteps of one of the most successful and beloved films of the past quarter century, animated or otherwise, what could there ...Read more

Movie review: David Crosby hoping for a little more time in elegiac doc 'Remember My Name'

David Crosby, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member for his tenure with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has talked freely about his addictions and missteps over the years. He wrote about his lurid ad-ventures in his 489-page 1988 autobiography and then revisited the subject in a 2006 memoir that also detailed the health problems -- ...Read more

Review: Lynn Shelton's politically barbed 'Sword of Trust,' starring Marc Maron, takes on Civil War truthers

Weapons are brandished but rarely deployed in Lynn Shelton's "Sword of Trust," a smart, politically barbed comedy about truthiness and consequences. At various points the characters wave handguns, screwdrivers and, yes, the sword of the title, a Civil War relic that carries a dubious but potentially dangerous history. No one really gets hurt -- ...Read more

Deputies raid rapper YG's Hollywood Hills home after rolling gun battle that left 1 dead

LOS ANGELES -- Authorities executed a search warrant at the Hollywood Hills home of rapper YG on Thursday in connection with a police pursuit and shootout that left one man dead earlier this month.

Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department served the warrant at the home in the 1600 block of Blue Jay Way on Thursday ...Read more

'Surviving R. Kelly' executive producer dream hampton on the Emmy nod and justice

Few documentaries have had as tangible an impact in changing the narrative around accusations of sexual assault as "Surviving R. Kelly." The Lifetime docu-series from journalist and executive producer dream hampton, nominated for an Emmy on Tuesday for informational series or special, made a comprehensive and emotionally searing case against the...Read more

The cast and crew of 'It Chapter Two' share secrets from the set at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO -- Two years ago, director Andres Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's "It" became the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, scaring up a record $700.4 million in global ticket sales.

This September, the Losers Club returns to Derry for "It Chapter Two," with Muschietti returning to direct and a star-studded cast including ...Read more

As Comic-Con, the country's premier pop culture event turns 50, comics are overshadowed by movies based on them. It's a loss — and a win

With custom-built pop-ups that mirror scenes from movies and high-rise hotels transformed into giant billboards for upcoming TV shows, Hollywood looms large in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter during Comic-Con.

Officially referred to as Comic-Con International: San Diego, this year's event, which commemorates the convention's 50th year,...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALADDIN. 2.5 stars. Will Smith is a genie who grants wishes to a young man who's fallen in love with a princess in Disney's live-action "Aladdin." 2 hrs. 8 PG (thematic elements) -- Gary Thompson

AVENGERS: ENDGAME. 3 stars. In this sequel to "Avengers: Infinity War," the Avengers reunite in an attempt to restore order to the universe. Marvel ...Read more


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