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UC Irvine concert canceled after rapper Famous Dex jumped into the audience and students rushed the stage

LOS ANGELES--The annual Shocktoberfest concert held at the University of California, Irvine's Bren Event Center to kick off the basketball season was abruptly canceled Friday night after rapper Famous Dex leaped into the audience and students stormed the stage, officials said.

"University police on site declared it was a dangerous situation," ...Read more

'The Haunting of Hill House' proves that family is the scariest thing of all

Family is terrifying.

There, I said it.

Netflix's new horror series, "The Haunting of Hill House" (no relation), is garnering praise for its moody -- if slow-moving -- cinematic scares. But for as much as the eponymous home dishes out psychological damage on its occupants, it's nothing compared to the emotional trauma they inflict on one ...Read more

USC proposes $215 million settlement over ex-doctor accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of students

LOS ANGELES -- USC said Friday it has reached an "agreement in principal" to pay $215 million to patients treated by Dr. George Tyndall, the longtime campus gynecologist accused of abusing and sexually harassing scores of young patients.

The proposal would provide $2,500 to every student who ever saw Tyndall at the campus health clinic and up ...Read more

Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter website shut down Friday

Lenny Letter, the feminist content site founded by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is shutting down.

Subscribers were notified Friday that the site, which began as a newsletter in 2015, will close that day, confirming reports that emerged Thursday from Digiday and the New York Post. Staff and contributors were informed days before. Dunham, Konner...Read more

Kanye West eats tacos, plays pool at a Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in suburban Chicago

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Rapper Kanye West visited Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Naperville on Thursday and after dining played pool at the restaurant's bar, known as "The Can."

West came in to the 1272 E. Chicago Ave. restaurant with eight bodyguards and three other people about 2:30 p.m., said Sandy Rocush, owner of the franchised restaurant and a ...Read more

'Halloween' producer Jason Blum apologizes for dismissing female horror directors

"Halloween" producer Jason Blum is apologizing for off-target comments he made about his company's failure to hire female directors for its signature horror genre -- and his perception of their unavailability -- in a recent magazine interview.

Blum seemed "jolted" when asked about Blumhouse Productions' failure to hire any female directors ...Read more

Review: Melissa McCarthy turns a malcontent into fascinating company in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

There is something of a charade going on in the title of "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" It's not that the protagonist of this smart, bleakly comedic film hasn't done things that need forgiving, it's that indications are she's serenely indifferent as to whether you forgive her. This is who I am, she insists to the world, and if you can't stand the ...Read more

The journey to re-'Imagine' John Lennon's iconic 1971 solo album

LONDON -- In the control room of Abbey Road Studios, chief archive engineer Matthew Cocker digitally queued up a plethora of new mixes of John Lennon's 1971 solo album "Imagine."

Among the choices at his fingertips were new stereo and multi-channel mixes of the album's 10 songs, each seeking to bring new vibrancy to the original recordings, ...Read more

Review: Jonah Hill's directing debut, 'Mid90s,' is a sweet but fuzzy-headed skater nostalgia trip

"Mid90s," the first feature written and directed by Jonah Hill, is set in Los Angeles sometime during -- well, take a wild guess.

One of the first things we see is a bed covered with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sheets, followed by shelves neatly lined with CDs and cassette tapes. The sheets belong to a skinny 13-year-old kid named Stevie (...Read more

Jamie Lee Curtis returns in best 'Halloween' film since the original

It's the season for tricks and treats and masks and blood and gore and bizarre, probably psychotic fixations, and few film franchises inspire twisted obsessions quite like the "Halloween" collection. John Carpenter's trendsetting 1978 horror-thriller spawned an entire tradition of slasher shockers. Few of them have exerted an influence as ...Read more

Steve Carell's 'Beautiful Boy' is powerful but not pretty

In "Beautiful Boy," the national epidemic of substance abuse is told in intimate personal terms. An unembellished portrait of present-day addict life, it explores the chilling real-life struggles of journalist David Sheff and his teaenage junkie son Nic. Adapted from their joint memoirs, it offers a stomach-churning primer of addiction's ...Read more

Gotham Awards nominations recognize 'The Favourite,' 'First Reformed,' 'If Beale Street Could Talk' and more

In the first key nominations announcement of the film awards season, the Independent Filmmaker Project's 28th Gotham Awards have given a boost to Yorgos Lanthimos' yet-to-open festival sensation "The Favourite" and Paul Schrader's acclaimed summer release "First Reformed."

Both films picked up three mentions Thursday, including in the top ...Read more

Tony Awards set date and venue for next year's ceremony

The Tony Awards are getting ready for their 2019 ceremony.

Announced Thursday, the 73rd annual awards show, celebrating the best of the Broadway season, will take place on June 9, 2019. It will again be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 2019 edition of the telecast should be a star-studded one, as the ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BLACKKKLANSMAN. 3 stars. Spike Lee brings the amazing true story to the big screen of Ron Stallworth, a black man who integrated the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s and while doing so infiltrated and disrupted a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a fellow officer. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, and ...Read more

What 'A Star is Born' says about love, addiction and the insidious power of music

Twelve days after opening in the U.S., director Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star is Born" already has grossed $100 million. The people, collectively, have spoken, and they love it. (I liked it.) They're crying on the way into the theaters.

The soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That's the fifth Billboard chart ...Read more

Television Q&A: Is there any possibility ABC will bring back Roseanne Conner?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: In the first episode of "The Conners," the show killed off the Roseanne character by an opioid overdose. In the original "Roseanne" series, John Goodman's character (Dan) was killed off by a heart attack but came back to life in the new show as if everything that happened was a bad dream. Is there any...Read more

Baltimore Police union writes letter to 'SNL' expressing 'great disappointment' in recent sketch

The president of the Baltimore police union called a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch portraying city officers a "grossly inapt portrayal," in a letter addressed to the show's executive producer.

"As you are most likely aware, the Baltimore Police department is currently a very beleaguered agency in the throes of massive amounts of criticism...Read more

Vow to skip Ike Barinholtz's misguided 'The Oath'

It's one of the tribal rites of American family life: the holiday tradition of turning Thanksgiving week into a blood feud of fighting over politics. The dinner conversation unleashes everyone's closet bully and triggers the kind of ideological thuggery broadcast on AM talk radio: no rules, no controls, no filters.

That's the kind of ...Read more

Rupert Everett's moving 'Happy Prince' stages Oscar Wilde's tragic final act

Directed, written by and starring Rupert Everett, "The Happy Prince" is a genuine passion project, a creative act existing completely in its own space and on its own terms. Both in his disciplined filmmaking, with each scene choreographed as carefully as a dance, and his portrayal of playwright and author Oscar Wilde in decay far past his prime,...Read more

My worst moment: Vicki Lawrence on why you shouldn't put on pantyhose facing away from the door

After first breaking out as one of the featured players on "The Carol Burnett Show" in the 1960s and '70s, and later starring as the titular character on the sitcom "Mama's Family," which ran from 1983 to 1990, Vicki Lawrence is back on TV every week starring in the new Fox sitcom "The Cool Kids" alongside David Alan Grier, Martin Mull and ...Read more

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