YouTube rapper arrested in human trafficking case as police seek more victims

LOS ANGELES -- Officials are seeking victims of human trafficking linked to a YouTube rapper from Los Angeles who was arrested last week on charges of pimping and pandering an Orange County woman.

Angel Ortiz Diamond, 31, was charged with one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering. Diamond, who goes by the name Benjiboy ...Read more

'Big Little Lies' is less white this season. That doesn't mean it's smart about race

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of "Big Little Lies."

No one knows what's troubling Bonnie Carlson. One of "Big Little Lies"' infamous "Monterey Five" -- a group of affluent women trying to cover up details of their involvement in the killing of one of their husbands at a gala school fundraiser -- the guilt-ridden ...Read more

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress and socialite, dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress and "poor little rich girl" in a sensational 1930s custody trial who survived a famously disjointed childhood to become an actress, artist, designer and author, has died. She was 95.

Her death was announced Monday via a CNN report voiced by anchor Anderson Cooper, her son. CNN reported that she died at her home ...Read more

John Legend covers Led Zeppelin, oh so smoothly, at Hollywood Bowl season opener

LOS ANGELES -- Dressed in a baby-blue tuxedo with tails -- and flanked by three backing vocalists wearing matching tulle gowns -- John Legend definitely looked like he was in the right place when he performed Saturday night to open the summer season at the Hollywood Bowl. And as he peppered his set with renditions of well-worn classics by Marvin...Read more

Album reviews: Jonas Brothers, Baroness and Jimmie Vaughan


"Gold & Grey"

(Abraxan Hymns )

Baroness may well be Philly's most beloved working band. Leader and in-demand visual artist John Baizley miraculously survived a tour bus crash so traumatic that his original rhythm section quit afterward. And five albums into a hot streak that's won him plaudits and converts who don't normally ...Read more

Eva Longoria's 'Grand Hotel' opens doors for diverse cast

PASADENA, Calif. -- Where can you plunder comedy and drama in the same place? Hospitals, workplaces and neighborhoods have all been tried in television, and so have hotels. TV has mined that ore hundreds of times, from the loony digs in "Fawlty Towers" to the ritzy clientele of "Hotel."

Bob Newhart hosted an inn in "Newhart." The mob explored ...Read more

'Men in Black: International' continues the summer box office's sequel slump

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood sequels have crashed and burned at the box office this summer, with just a handful of notable exceptions.

Sony's "Men in Black: International," a spinoff of the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones franchise, continued the trend, debuting in first place with a disappointing $28.5 million, according to estimates from ...Read more

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, acclaimed in film, theater and opera, dies at 96

Italian film, theater and opera director Franco Zeffirelli, known for his over-the-top productions, once described a scene of a father reacting to his son's desire to work in the theater.

"He just broke everything in sight. Having exhausted the china and glass, he opened a drawer and pulled out a revolver, which he started to wave about.

"'I ...Read more

'Neo Cab' is the most perfect demo game I played at E3 2019. Here's why

Games, multiple companies at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) have told us, are for everyone. Fine, but only because anyone who says they don't play games is lying. After all, game-like tricks are often required to simply get through the day. And technology is only making it worse.

Maybe you struck a pose for the sole purpose of ...Read more

As Tony Bennett approaches 93, let's hear it for the elders

CHICAGO -- It's a question I've been hearing for decades, applied to any number of seasoned performers I've covered:

Why are they still working?

I heard it plenty when Frank Sinatra was deep into his 70s, still selling out arenas around the world. Also when Cab Calloway was in his 80s, joyously strutting up and down the stage snarling "Minnie ...Read more

Miranda May's ready for more summer fun with 'Bunk'd'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Miranda May is excited about getting to spend another summer at camp. The 23-year-old Ohio native isn't going to be making a leather wallet or learning to identify trees by their leaves in some rural location. Her camp days unfold as the fourth season of "Bunk'd" begins June 20 on the Disney Channel.

"Bunk'd" is a spinoff of ...Read more

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s attorney says groping accuser was 'stalking' the actor

An attorney for Cuba Gooding Jr. is refuting conclusions some have drawn from a surveillance video showing the actor touching a woman who has accused him of groping her.

The snippet, obtained and published by TMZ on Thursday, appears to show the actor at Manhattan's Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge putting his hand on or near the woman's leg and...Read more

21 Savage donates $25K to Southern Poverty Law Center

ATLANTA -- Rapper 21 Savage has donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that helped him when he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this year.

The Grammy-nominated artist, whose real name is Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody in DeKalb County Feb. 3 on charges that he ...Read more

Video appears to show Cuba Gooding Jr. touching his accuser

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. could face a hurdle in his groping case now that surveillance video appears to show him touching his accuser.

The snippet, obtained and published by TMZ on Thursday, appears to show the actor at Manhattan's Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge putting his hand on or near the woman's leg and breast while they sat with ...Read more

From 'Aladdin' to Galaxy's Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture

The city walls are scarred with bullet holes and burn marks. Tattered camouflage netting hangs like moss over defunct fighter posts and the Moorish archways of the marketplace. The cries of hungry children fill the bazaar, where merchants in flowing robes and headscarves hawk scarce, overpriced goods to desperate parents.

It's a war zone I ...Read more

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston look for clues and laughs in a strained 'Murder Mystery'

It spoils nothing to point out that "Murder Mystery," a painless, mostly mirthless action-comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, ends with an explicit homage to Agatha Christie. It's not an especially obscure reference -- sorry, "Postern of Fate" fans -- which is only to be expected. Any movie with a title like "Murder Mystery" is ...Read more

Some celebrities are leery of being labeled anti-vaccine. Then Jessica Biel showed up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jessica Biel may have thought she could quietly slip into California's Capitol this week to lobby against a bill to tighten vaccine requirements, without damage to her brand or reputation. But the massive online response to her visit demonstrated how public opinion has shifted since celebrities last waded into the ...Read more

Review: An affair between a Palestinian man and Israeli woman ignites 'The Reports on Sarah and Saleem'

"The Reports on Sarah and Saleem" snaps, crackles and pops. A taut and compelling Jerusalem-set melodrama, it effectively intertwines the personal with the political in a way that is only enhanced by that city's fraught atmosphere and cultural dynamics.

The second feature for promising Palestinian director Muayad Alayan, "Sarah and Saleem" ...Read more

Those toys are back in town: Woody and Buzz join pals old and new for a fourth movie, dreamed up by two generations of Pixar talent

In 1995, a 15-year-old aspiring cartoonist named Josh Cooley walked into a movie theater in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., bought a ticket to a much-buzzed-about new animated film called "Toy Story" and had his mind forever blown to infinity and beyond.

"I had always wanted to be in animation for as long as I could remember," Cooley says. "...Read more

Review: Tessa Thompson aside, 'Men in Black: International' is a globe-trotting mediocrity

The "Men in Black" movies proceed from the notion that creatures from neighboring galaxies walk and slither among us, many of them disguised as human beings.

Like its three predecessors -- including the still-terrific 1997 original -- "Men in Black: International" features an amusing throwaway gag revealing that some of these aliens are, in ...Read more