AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dies at 64

NEW YORK –– Malcolm Young, the AC/DC co-founder whose brash guitar riffs, tight songwriting and live-wire personality defined an era of rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 64.

AC/DC announced his death on its Facebook page Saturday. The time, location and cause of his death were not made public. Young had been diagnosed with dementia in 2014 ...Read more

For Laurie Metcalf in 'Lady Bird,' this is the moment for her kind of honesty

There's a scene in "Lady Bird," this fall's remarkable coming-of-age movie by Greta Gerwig, where the title character, a complicated Sacramento 17-year-old encapsulated by Saoirse Ronan, finds herself in the dressing room of an off-price clothing store with her mother, Marion McPherson, who happens to be played by Laurie Metcalf.

Christine "...Read more

Timing was right for Dan Gilroy's 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

LOS ANGELES -- If director/writer Dan Gilroy had been born only a few years later than 1959, odds are high he would have never come up with the idea for his latest film project, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." The film looks at a savant lawyer (Denzel Washington) stuck emotionally and socially in the 1960s who faces major changes after a tragic event.

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'Escape to Margaritaville' has the Buffett-brand attitude but takes too much latitude

"Work is a dirty word out here," says the charming, guitar-strumming, Jimmy Buffett-esque central figure of the new musical "Escape to Margaritaville," a "Mamma Mia!" for Parrotheads. This seductive but commitment-phobic dude is trying to instill some chill into an uptight environmental scientist who just arrived in the islands to collect ...Read more

Josh Gad sings praises of new 'Frozen' short

LOS ANGELES -- One thing is certain. When it comes to "Frozen," the Walt Disney Animation Studio is not going to let it go. The latest work to spring from the 2013 Oscar winner for Best Animated Film is a new 21-minute short, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure." It's being shown with the feature film "Coco," which opens Wednesday.

Because Anna (Kristen ...Read more

LA Phil finds its new CEO in Seattle

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Philharmonic's spring news earlier this year that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, was departing for New York sent the arts world spinning. Since then, one question has hung -- or rung, like a symphonic triangle -- in the air: Who would replace her?

The L.A. Phil answered that question Thursday by ...Read more

'Veep' production postponed during Julia Louis-Dreyfus' cancer treatment

LOS ANGELES -- Production on the seventh and final season of HBO's "Veep" has been postponed while its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, undergoes treatment for breast cancer.

"We're obviously postponing production of the show. We were supposed to have started now, while she's in treatment," journalist Frank Rich, who is an executive producer on the ...Read more

Facebook launches video app for content creators in challenge to YouTube

Facebook has launched a video app called Creators aimed at building a community of closely followed producers like YouTube's, the company announced Thursday.

The company opened a new office in Playa Vista last year in part to strengthen its relationship with the entertainment industry and video creators who have flocked to YouTube.

Video -- ...Read more

Lil Peep, hero to the emo and hip-hop scenes, dies of suspected overdose at 21

Lil Peep, the young rapper whose mix of intimate emo lyricism and foggy underground hip-hop resonated with a young crowd who loved both genres, has died at 21.

His death Wednesday while on tour in Tucson was confirmed to The Times by Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tuscon Police Department.

Dugan said the rapper, born Gustav Ahr in Long Island, N.Y., ...Read more

'Mudbound' review: Gripping tale of 2 families in WWII-era Mississippi

"Mudbound" compacts a lot of story, handed off between no fewer than six narrators, into a little over two hours. So much of it works, with an unusually deft balance between its African-American and white characters, that you wish co-writer and director Dee Rees could stretch it out to a full three- or four-hour adaptation of Hillary Jordan's ...Read more

'Female' songwriter Shane McAnally clarifies the intentions of the Keith Urban song

Nashville songwriter Shane McAnally believes music is open to interpretation.

But following the release of Keith Urban's "Female," co-written by McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman -- and performed by Urban on the CMA Awards last week -- the Texas native wanted to add some clarity to the conversation.

After all, McAnally has written ...Read more

SAG-AFTRA, Gloria Allred join forces to combat sexual harassment: 'We have reached the tipping point'

LOS ANGELES -- "We have reached the tipping point," Gloria Allred declared Tuesday night in Los Angeles, kicking off a post-Harvey Weinstein forum on sexual harassment and abuse at SAG-AFTRA's headquarters, where members of Hollywood's performers' union packed the first in a series of educational seminars for the guild. "Sexual harassers and ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Star' tells the Nativity story through the eyes of a donkey

Most of us are familiar with the Biblical story of Christmas -- the dramatic birth of Jesus, tucked away in a barn with Mary and Joseph, the three kings with their frankincense and myrrh. It's a tale we see displayed every Christmas season on lawns and mantels around the world in nativity scenes. But what if we saw that from another perspective?...Read more

Television Q&A: Freddie Highmore on 'The Good Doctor'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Is the actor who plays Dr. Shaun Murphy on "The Good Doctor" autistic? Or is he just pretending?

A: Freddie Highmore, who plays Shaun in "The Good Doctor," is not autistic; he is a very good actor. In the New York Post, he said he knows someone with autism but he also "did research and watched ...Read more

Bill Nye, from Science Guy to 'Science Statesman'

WASHINGTON -- In one corner is a roster of climate change deniers who now run key congressional committees and the Environmental Protection Agency. In the other corner is Bill Nye the Science Guy, arguably the scientific community's biggest advocate.

"I've got to fight this fight," Nye says in the forthcoming documentary "Bill Nye: Science Guy,...Read more

Denzel Washington overpowers 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

Writer/director Dan Gilroy had Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington in mind when he was creating the script for "Roman J. Israel, Esq." His instincts were right. Washington buries himself deep in the role of a savant lawyer who finds himself at a major junction in his life when his mentor dies. As Washington has done in every role he plays, it'...Read more

'Justice League' is a seriously satisfying superhero movie

They say there's strength in unity, but you wouldn't know it from the handful of heroes who make up "Justice League."

Yes, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, the Flash and maybe even Superman, we mean you.

These combatants know they have to join together if the world as we know it is to be saved from the depredations of yet another horde ...Read more

'Titanic' to sail (and sink) again, returning to theaters for 20th anniversary

It's been 20 years since Rose promised Jack that she'd never let go. It's also been 20 years since she broke that promise and left him to drown in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

What better way to commemorate such a momentous cinematic occasion than to sob into your popcorn all over again? You're in luck: "Titanic" is returning to ...Read more

Women allege sexual misconduct by FYF founder recently axed by Goldenvoice

LOS ANGELES -- Sean Carlson, founder of the popular Los Angeles music festival FYF, was investigated by Los Angeles police in 2013 for sexual assault after a woman alleged he attacked her.

She is one of several women who have come forward to accuse the well-known festival promoter of sexual misconduct, according to LAPD records and interviews ...Read more

Breaking it Down: 'The Mindy Project' showrunner talks about the show's 'compromised' happily ever after

In the series finale of Hulu's "The Mindy Project"-- the show led by a romantic comedy-obsessed, neurotic heroine -- things concluded with a happily ever after of the to-be-determined variety.

Ahead of the final season launch earlier this year, Mindy Kaling, who plays titular character Dr. Mindy Lahiri, said she thought fans would find the show...Read more