Review: 'Scuse me while I 'Kiss the Ground': How soil might be Earth's climate change savior

With climate change back on the front burner so to speak, dirt is probably not the hero you were expecting. The documentary "Kiss the Ground" makes the case that by regenerating the Earth's soils, we can balance the climate, replenish the water supply, keep species off the extinction list and better feed the world. Not bad for less than 90 ...Read more

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When Prince got 'Black for real': The radical ambition of 'Sign O' the Times'

Prince needed only a few minutes to paint an indelible picture of the moment when he opened his landmark 1987 album, "Sign O' the Times," with a haunting title track about AIDS, crack and Ronald Reagan.

Put another way, the song takes up a deadly disease, a national drug addiction crisis and a president resented by many for prioritizing ...Read more

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Gabrielle Union, NBC reach 'amicable resolution' in 'America's Got Talent' dispute

After exiting "America's Got Talent" and filing a discrimination complaint against NBC, Gabrielle Union has come to an agreement with the network regarding her concerns about racism on the competition program.

On Tuesday, Union and NBC released a joint statement announcing they have come to an "amicable resolution" in the dispute, which dates ...Read more

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TV finally getting its due at Indie Spirit Awards with addition of 5 new prizes

Going into its 36th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is getting into the TV business - by finally honoring small-screen work.

The awards show, which celebrates the best in indie cinema just before the annual Academy Awards, will add television categories and prizes to its 2021 program, which is set to take place on April 24, the ...Read more

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Review: Offbeat biopic has four different actors portray feminist Steinem in 'The Glorias'

"The Glorias" is an offbeat biographical tribute that feels like it wants to be offbeater.

It's about Gloria Steinem and, as the title hints, we get multiple versions of her. One appears to be about 9. One is closer to 14. One is around 30 and played by Alicia Vikander, with a wobbly accent and aviator glasses that overwhelm her performance. ...Read more

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Bad Bunny drops glow-in-the-dark Crocs, featuring a 'zona de perreo' charm

Personally, Yo (Llevo) Lo Que Me Da La Gana.

Now, it looks like that might include ... glow-in-the-dark Crocs?

Puerto Rican reggaeton icon and international star Bad Bunny dropped his latest collaboration on Tuesday morning, this time with the foam clog shoes brand.

The rapper's signature, limited edition shoes feature Jibbitz charms inspired...Read more

The 14 most fascinating details in Mariah Carey's revealing new book

In Mariah Carey's new memoir, the Grammy-winning artist makes one thing clear: She sees "no benefit to protect people who didn't protect me."

Throughout "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," released Tuesday, Carey writes about the people in her life who have challenged her at best or traumatized her at worst. She also takes time to honor her great ...Read more

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J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Ozuna lead nominations for 2020 Latin Grammy Awards

J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna lead the nominations for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning by the Latin Recording Academy.

Colombian-born Balvin, with 13 nods, and Puerto Rico's Bad Bunny, with nine, are both nominated twice in the prestigious album of the year category - each for a solo LP in addition to their ...Read more

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Jesse Collins becomes the first Black producer of the Super Bowl halftime show

Finally, Jesse Collins is getting the spotlight he's worked so hard for.

From the Grammy Awards to the BET Awards to CBS' "John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero" special, Collins - alongside his Jesse Collins Entertainment production company - has seemingly produced it all.

Now the Emmy nominee is set to become the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show's ...Read more

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Why did Prince's 'Purple Rain' jump 68 spots to No. 8 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums list

Did Prince's 2016 death elevate experts' assessment of "Purple Rain"? That's a pertinent question because Rolling Stone published a reboot this weekend of its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Prince's classic soared to No. 8 from No. 76 in 2012's version of this list.

His "Sign o' the Times," the subject of a super-deluxe reissue last week,...Read more

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Review: The 'Boys' are back: Parsons, Quinto and Bomer bring the 'Band' party to Netflix

When Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band," the granddaddy of gay plays, first appeared off-Broadway, it offered an inside peek into what had been consigned to the shadows: gay male life as it is experienced outside the closet.

The characters in this 1968 drama, New York friends gathered for a birthday celebration, slurp cocktails, trade bitchy...Read more

Movie review: 'Save Yourselves!' follows familiar formula, but proves prescient

When co-writers/co-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson premiered their feature debut "Save Yourselves!" at the Sundance Film Festival early this year, they could not have known just how eerily and specifically prescient their film about hipsters at the end of the world would be. While extraterrestrials haven't shown up to kill us ...Read more

What to stream: Getting ready for spooky season

This may come as a shock, but it's October this week, which means for some, it's pumpkin spice season, while for others, it's the start of spooky season. Though Halloween just might not be the same this year, there are many ways to celebrate safely at home. So light that autumnal candle, grab that pumpkin spice latte and cue up some of these ...Read more

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He's making a musical comeback. But will Randy Travis ever fully recover from his stroke?

Partway through a Zoom call with Mary Travis and her famous husband, Randy Travis, they suddenly disappear from the screen.

When the couple pops back into view 20 seconds later, Mary is apologizing and Randy is laughing.

"Are we back?" asks Mary, who is squeezed next to Randy in the rustic family room of the house on their ranch in Tioga, ...Read more

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America's at a breaking point. So is YG

LOS ANGELES - In the early hours of Jan. 24, the rapper YG was at home with his family in Chatsworth when LA County sheriff's deputies banged on his door, guns out. The Compton-raised MC was scheduled to perform at the Grammys two days later for a tribute to his longtime friend, the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. The last thing he expected was ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Sept. 29 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


29: Alien Addiction

29: Charmed

29: Neon Days

29: Penny Dreadful: City of Angeles Season One

29: DC's Stargirl: Complete First Season

29: Welcome to Sudden Death


6: The Tax Collector

6: American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules

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New on DVD: Patrick Stewart goes boldly once again in 'Picard'

A familiar "Star Trek" hero leads the DVD releases for Oct. 6.

"Star Trek: Picard - Season One": Patrick Stewart picks up the role of Starfleet legend Jean-Luc Picard, 18 years after his previous "Star Trek" series – "Star Trek: The Next Generation" – signed off. This series was available only on the CBS All Access subscription service.

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TV shows to watch throughout the Halloween season

Do you want to get in the Halloween spirit? Many TV shows for all ages tell stories of vampires, ghosts, witches, zombies and more, offering the perfect outlet to dive into a visual spookfest. So turn off the lights, curl up under a blanket, grab some popcorn (or perhaps a pumpkin-spiced treat) and check out these TV series suggestions for your ...Read more

The do's and don'ts of quarantine auditions, according to casting directors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, actors have been forced to audition almost exclusively remotely via video chat and self-tapes, filmed from home and submitted online. The Los Angeles Times recently spoke with casting directors Zora DeHorter, Carla Hool and Julia Kim about the keys to a successful self-tape audition, as well as common mistakes to ...Read more

Zooming in: How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Hollywood's audition process

LOS ANGELES - While auditioning for a family Christmas commercial in Los Angeles, actors Elizabeth Bemis and Gabriel Villanueva made a bold choice.

After hitting their marks and delivering their lines as a married couple, the pair leaned in for a quick peck on the lips. The sweet, unscripted moment lasted less than a second, but elicited quite ...Read more