An 'Easy A' spinoff is in the works, with new students

When "Easy A" debuted in 2010, it spoke frankly about teenagers' sex lives, captured the zeitgeist pastime of vlogging and solidified Emma Stone as a movie star.

Nearly a decade after the release of that romantic comedy, a spinoff movie is in the works, The Times has confirmed. Bert Royal, who wrote the original movie's script, is writing and ...Read more

Freddie Mercury soars on new unearthed song, 'Time Waits for No One'

A stripped-down version of "Time" by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has resurfaced more than 30 years after it was recorded.

Mercury's friend Dave Clark produced and released the track and music video on Thursday under the title "Time Waits for No One." It's a bare-bones rendition of the ballad showcasing the late singer's powerful voice, ...Read more

Lil Nas X is a meme star, sure, but his debut EP reveals a star, period

Six months after he posted the song on the internet, three months after Billboard said it wasn't a country song and two months after it went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 -- where it's stayed put ever since, fending off would-be chart-toppers from superstars like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran -- Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" has finally been embraced by ...Read more

Here's why Carrie Fisher won't get Trump's star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES -- "Star Wars" icon Mark Hamill has renewed interest in a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his late costar Carrie Fisher. And he has an idea for whose star she should take.

On Wednesday, the actor tweeted an old news story calling for the removal of President Trump's star on the famed sidewalk.

"Good riddance!" Hamill tweeted, ...Read more

How 'Toy Story 4' and Pixar keep Don Rickles' legacy alive two years after his death

The toys in "Toy Story 4" are freaking out in Bonnie's family RV when Rex spirals into his typical hysterics.

Panicked, the dinosaur swings his oversize green tail and whacks fellow franchise veteran Mr. Potato Head in the process.

"Hey, watch it, buddy!" the spud cries out, as his detachable pieces fall to his feet.

The scene features Don ...Read more

Review: Jessie Buckley soars as a Scots country singer in the crowd-pleaser 'Wild Rose'

Rose-Lynn Harlan, the fiery-haired heroine of the hugely satisfying kitchen-sink fairy tale "Wild Rose," isn't the kind of gal who whistles while she works. She sings while she vacuums, running the cleaner across the carpet and crooning her favorite country tunes, her voice a startling distillation of raw talent and emotion. She closes her eyes ...Read more

Movie review: 'Child's Play' isn't scary, but may inspire existential tech detox

Move over, Annabelle, the original scary doll is back. Flame-haired talking toddler Chucky returns to the big screen in a reboot of "Child's Play," helmed by Norwegian horror director Lars Klevberg, and starring Gabriel Bateman as Andy, Chucky's new best friend (ironically, Bateman's sister Talitha starred in "Annabelle: Creation"). This is a ...Read more

Will the Democratic presidential primary debates be a boom or bust for TV news?

The start of the 2020 race for the White House means the return of one of TV's biggest and unlikely hits of recent years -- the presidential primary debates.

Once appointment viewing for political junkies and C-SPAN addicts, the face-off between contenders for their parties' nominations became an unexpected ratings bonanza four years ago.

The ...Read more

Bill Murray, Adam Driver and more on Jim Jarmusch and zom-com 'The Dead Don't Die'

In a remarkably singular and widely influential career, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has never stopped exploring and evolving. Each new film contains his trademark droll humor, observant visual style and purposefully underplayed performances. From frequent road trips to a period western, a contemporary samurai film, an espionage thriller or a vampire ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALADDIN. 2.5 stars. Will Smith is a genie who grants wishes to a young man who's fallen in love with a princess in Disney's live-action "Aladdin." 2 hrs. 8 PG (thematic elements) -- Gary Thompson

ALL IS TRUE. 3 stars. In his final days, Will Shakespeare returns to the town of his birth to reconcile with his family in "All Is True," starring ...Read more

Ringo Starr's 800-pound 'Peace and Love' sculpture finally finds a home in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES -- When Ringo Starr decided to live full time in Beverly Hills, he planned to honor his adoptive hometown with an extravagant gift -- an 800-pound polished steel monument of his hand making a peace sign.

The city politely declined.

"The commission thanks Mr. Starr for his generous offer but unfortunately the donation did not meet ...Read more

Keanu Reeves, Time's Person of the Year? Fans are lobbying for it

Keanu Reeves, the internet's latest boyfriend and "the most wholesome person alive," is being championed for Time Magazine's Person of the Year honorific, according to a fan petition.

It's the latest in the "John Wick 3" star's auspicious summer run, which includes a breakout cameo as a heightened version of himself in the Netflix comedy "...Read more

YouTuber's claim to 'Gay Hell,' Mich. to last 3 days — but still has big impact

DETROIT -- Tourists and reporters descended on Hell, Michigan, on Tuesday, one day after rapper and comedian Elijah Daniel tweeted that he purchased it -- and changed the name to "Gay Hell."

John Colone, a business owner and Hell's unofficial mayor, heard the same question over and over: Is this for real?

"It's just a joke, the whole thing," ...Read more

Grief and questions linger after producer DJ Official is shot and killed in South L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Lee Carter was mowing the lawn of the beige stucco Los Angeles home he's lived in for more than three decades Friday when he heard pops.

His grandson, who had been moving his car out of the driveway and onto the street, had been shot multiple times. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he later died.

Now his family and the ...Read more

Ava DuVernay responds to Trump's latest Central Park Five comments: 'There's no truth to it'

Ava DuVernay is not the least bit surprised that President Trump has doubled down on his stance regarding the men collectively labeled the Central Park Five, whose wrongful conviction in the 1989 rape and assault of Trisha Meili, and later exoneration, are recounted in the Netflix docudrama "When They See Us."

"It's expected," she said with a ...Read more

Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge promises 'transparency' over 2008 fire damage

The chairman of the world's largest music conglomerate on Tuesday instructed all who work for him to be transparent with musicians who contact the company to find out whether their recordings were among those destroyed in a 2008 fire reported to have consumed as many as 500,000 recordings.

"Let me be clear: we owe our artists transparency," ...Read more

Review: Scottish love letter to American country music 'Wild Rose' hits all the right notes

"Three chords and the truth." It's the tattoo that adorns spitfire Rose-Lynn Harlan's (Jessie Buckley) forearm. And it's the reason the Glaswegian lass proclaims she loves good-old American country music. But although she walks the walk, talks the talk and belts the tunes with an astonishing sense of soul and clarity, it's the truth part that ...Read more

Television Q&A: Why was 'The Red Line' canceled?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: "The Red Line" was so good. Why was it canceled?

A: CBS apparently lost faith in the much-praised series even before it went on the air as was indicated in the various descriptions of the show. It was initially announced simply as a drama when CBS unveiled its programming plans a year ago, suggesting...Read more

'Toy Story 4' is expected to bring the summer box office to life with a franchise record

After a three-week slump for Hollywood, it looks like theater owners have a friend in Pixar.

"Toy Story 4," the Walt Disney Co.-owned computer animation pioneer's latest sequel, is expected to open with $140 million to $150 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, according to people who have seen prerelease audience surveys...Read more

Review: 'The Edge of Democracy' is an edge-of-your-seat dive into Brazilian politics

With our own round-the-clock political circus to contend with, Americans may be forgiven for thinking we have a lock on dramatic, disturbing political theater. Not so, "The Edge of Democracy" insists. Not so at all.

Directed by Petra Costa, this completely fascinating documentary provides an unexpectedly compelling inside look at the political ...Read more