Charlie Quintana, drummer for the Plugz and Social Distortion, dies at 56

Charlie "Chalo" Quintana, a fixture on the Southern California punk and roots music scene for decades, has died after fighting emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, his sister Elizabeth Montoya confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 56.

Quintana, who died last Monday at his home in Cancun, Mexico, is probably best ...Read more

Motion picture academy president John Bailey faces accusations of sexual harassment

John Bailey, who was elected in August as the 34th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is being investigated by the organization following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.

On Wednesday, three harassment claims were reportedly brought against the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include such ...Read more

Former attorneys for 'Suge' Knight plead not guilty to witness tampering

LOS ANGELES -- Two attorneys who formerly represented Marion "Suge" Knight after he was charged with murder pleaded not guilty to witness tampering charges in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Friday.

Thaddeus Culpepper and Matthew Fletcher were indicted earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit ...Read more

'Love, Simon' is a sweet, disarming first: a gay teen romantic comedy from a major studio

Sweet, funny and disarming, "Love, Simon" features not one but two daringly public declarations of love. I won't say too much about either, except that in both cases the stakes are high and the consequences potentially disastrous. The first one involves a boy trying to woo his dream girl at a high school football game, a spectacle that is ...Read more

Neil Young on tech giants ('jerks'), audio quality ('bad') and his new movie with Daryl Hannah

AUSTIN, Texas -- "The man in the black hat, steer clear of him," says one of the crusty characters in a new movie, "Paradox," directed and scripted by actress Daryl Hannah.

He's talking about Neil Young, who happens to be Hannah's life partner and also the movie's ostensible "star."

"The characters we play, they're our alter egos in a way," ...Read more

Alicia Vikander makes a persuasive Lara Croft in the new-and-somewhat-improved 'Tomb Raider'

The Oscar-winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has a talent for liberating her characters from states of confinement, emotionally if not physically. Those who noticed her before her big Hollywood breakthrough might recall the vividness of her performance as an uncomfortably corseted Danish queen in "A Royal Affair" (2012). Even more ...Read more

Wanda Sykes to host 29th GLAAD Media Awards next month

LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Wanda Sykes will host the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles next month.

The "black-ish" actress was the 2010 recipient of GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award for an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting acceptance.

"Wanda Sykes' humor, wit and status as one of the most visible out ...Read more

Elton John and Bernie Taupin saluted with two new tribute albums

A bevy of pop, R&B, rock, country and Americana artists are paying homage to the 50-year collaboration between Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin with not one, but two separate collections of new interpretations of more than two dozen of the team's biggest hits and many less-familiar selections.

"Revamp" and "Restoration" -- curated by John ...Read more

Stephen Hawking wasn't just a renowned physicist. He was also a pop-culture favorite

Pop culture loved Stephen Hawking, and Stephen Hawking loved pop culture back.

In fact, entertainment fed most of the world's knowledge of the acclaimed physicist, whose brain and brilliance remained unmarred as Lou Gehrig's disease ravaged his body. He died at 76 on Wednesday morning in his native England.

We learned through movies and ...Read more

Messing with the original 'Tomb Raider' or 'Wrinkle in Time' is punishable by death! Or so the trolls say

Vader: Hi, could the Ghostbusters please settle down? Members of the "Black Panther" disinformation league? Please? Thank you. Welcome to the International Delegation of the Independent Order of Trolls, or IDIOTs. And yes, we're aware of the controversy surrounding that acronym.

As you know, resistance to change is our mission. And denial of ...Read more

Television Q&A: Will 'Code Black' return?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Is "Code Black" coming back?

A: As I have said before, yes, it is. But CBS recently changed the date for the season premiere. It was previously set for May 2 in the "Criminal Minds" time slot, following that series' season finale on April 25. CBS has now moved the "Criminal Minds" season finale to ...Read more

No longer a novelty, the faith-based film business is trying new ways to attract audiences

In late February, actor Dennis Quaid joined religious rock group MercyMe at a Dallas concert to sing -- and promote his new movie. The band has toured for much of the last year in support of the new film "I Can Only Imagine," which tells the story of how lead singer Bart Millard wrote the bestselling Christian single ever after the death of his ...Read more

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' incredible journey to sophomore album

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' "Hey Mama," a song on the band's compelling sophomore album, "Tearing at the Seams," gets at the idea of never giving up -- physically, emotionally or spiritually -- before putting everything you've got into the goal at hand.

That appears to be a cornerstone principle for the Denver-based musician and his ...Read more

Andrew Bujalski's SXSW premiere 'Support the Girls' gives the spotlight to Regina Hall

AUSTIN, Texas -- The South by Southwest Film Festival still defines itself as a scrappy outsider in the festival world, even as alumni have gone on to mainstream awards, box office success and everything from television to tentpoles.

Writer-director Andrew Bujalski, a festival regular and Austin, Texas, local, embodies a different route, one ...Read more

'On My Block': New kids on the Netflix block

Imagine if "Sixteen Candles" got a modern-day 'hood makeover. New wave has given way to hip-hop, bullies are gang members, not jocks, and geeks aren't just great at science -- they can determine a weapon's caliber, sight unseen.

"That was a .38," one yells to another as they run from the sound of random gunfire at a party.

"No, it sounded like...Read more

Dark comedy 'Flower' is a coming-of-age story ripe for the Time's Up era

When director Max Winkler first encountered the script for "Flower," a comedy-drama about a teenage girl with unorthodox sexual proclivities, it arrived with a warning.

"The script had come to me with a disclaimer," said Winkler. "It basically said, 'This is a writing sample. It's amazing, but it's an impossible movie to make.'"

When he asked ...Read more

'Tomb Raider' review: Alicia Vikander is a craftier Croft but vanishes in second half of movie

The Lara Croft reboot "Tomb Raider" isn't half bad for an hour. Then there's another hour. That hour is quite bad. It's no fun watching your action heroine get shoved, punched and kicked to the sidelines of her own movie, while the menfolk take over and take turns overacting before expiring.

Alicia Vikander is the star, which helps. The Oscar ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Greenleaf' star Merle Dandridge on the orchestra that played in the wrong key

CHICAGO -- When Merle Dandridge studied acting as an undergrad at Roosevelt University, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped in Chicago just a few miles to the west. Fast-forward and now Dandridge stars on the family drama "Greenleaf," which airs on Winfrey's OWN cable network, alongside Winfrey herself, who plays a recurring character on the show.

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'7 Days in Entebbe' review: Negotiating a hijacking thriller, timidly

Unless it's complicated by something like human feeling, and a recognition of the human beings on both sides of any bloody ideological conflict, true-life heroism has a tendency to look a little synthetic on screen. It's what sells, of course. And it's an easy emotional sale if The Other in the story -- the Viet Cong in "The Green Berets"; ...Read more

As TV networks promise to reduce ads, an unexpected nostalgia for commercials of old

Our relationship to television commercials is one of avoidance. We fast-forward our DVRs or sidestep ads altogether with streaming services like Netflix or Amazon. TV networks are looking for ways to claw back (or simply retain) audiences. Which brings us to a recently stated goal from Fox's ad chief: The network that airs "The Simpsons" and "...Read more