'Warped is like the day that people who are dead inside get together': Who still goes to Warped Tour?

Last Friday morning, huge crowds of people descended on the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J., to bid goodbye to a beloved summer tradition: the Vans Warped Tour. On its last leg, the Warped Tour drew fans of all kinds. Some, who had faithfully attended year after year, were decked out in fishnets and 10-year-old band T-shirts soaked in nostalgia. ...Read more

Deafheaven review: A duel between catharsis and melodrama on 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love'

Deafheaven has never fit neatly into any one genre. While adopting some of the sonic signifiers of black metal -- ultra-harsh vocals, blistering tempos, progressive arrangements -- they also incorporate ballads, acoustic instruments and introspective lyrics. The California quintet is as comfortable submerging itself in cheesy beauty as it is in ...Read more

'UnREAL' moves to Hulu for fourth and final season

It's the kind of finale twist television thrives on: After a three-year relationship with Lifetime, "UnREAL" is hooking up with Hulu for its fourth and final season. And it's wasting little time flaunting the new union, with the full season now available to stream.

After weeks of speculation, the deal between Hulu and A+E Studios, which ...Read more

Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal offer ode to Oakland

LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes, it all comes down to a matter of trust.

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have known each other since they were in high school. That kind of longevity made a big difference when sitting down to write the script for "Blindspotting." They respected each other's talents so much that they were willing to experiment with their ...Read more

Ending a yearlong classic arena tour, Harry Styles proves he is the future of rock 'n' roll

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- What's a brash male rock star like Harry Styles up to when he covers a song like Little Big Town's "Girl Crush"?

The hit country song -- already a tangle of same-sex female attraction and jealousy -- was one of the unexpected centerpieces of Styles' tour-closing set at the Forum on Saturday.

When he brought his band to the...Read more

'Who Is America?' Sacha Baron Cohen goes undercover on the comedy warpath again

Sacha Baron Cohen, whom you may know better as Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Bruno Gehard and/or Admiral General Aladeen, returned to television Sunday night with the first in a seven-part Showtime series, "Who Is America?"

As in his previous works for the littler and bigger screens, Baron Cohen assumes a variety of disguises -- not that many people ...Read more

'Skyscraper' collapses as 'Hotel Transylvania 3' lures family audiences to summer box office

LOS ANGELES -- Dwayne Johnson's burly action hero was no match for a computer-animated Count Dracula at the box office this weekend.

Sony's "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" debuted in first place with $44.1 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

The latest in the animated "Hotel Transylvania" series, the cartoon ...Read more

'Come Inside My Mind' explores Robin Williams' genius

For nearly 40 years he kept us in stitches, but how Robin Williams created those deft sutures has remained a mystery. HBO hopes to shine some light on that puzzle with the documentary "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind."

Produced by Alex Gibney and Shirel Kozak, the show features the luminaries who knew and worked with him, including Billy ...Read more

Album reviews: SOPHIE, Dierks Bentley, R + R = Now



(Transgressive/Future Classic 1/2)

In 2015, mysterious producer-trickster Sophie released "Product," 25 nearly perfect minutes of uncanny-valley pop tunes grounded by bubble wrap and metallic clanks rather than kicks and snares. But her proper debut album is as imperfect and messy as its title, ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer denies producer told magazine he traded acting roles for sex

LOS ANGELES -- Beleaguered producer Harvey Weinstein's latest effort to undermine the piles of allegations of sexual violence against him backfired badly Friday when a supposedly friendly columnist quoted him as saying that he had traded acting jobs for sex.

Weinstein, facing a potential life sentence after being indicted in New York on ...Read more

GoFundMe for Kylie Jenner looks to boost her into billionaire status

This stunt will go a long way into further delegitimizing Kylie Jenner as a "self-made" billionaire.

Comedian Josh Ostrovsky has started a GoFundMe page to raise the remaining $100 million that will catapult the youngest of the Jenner/Kardashian siblings into the billionaire stratosphere.

Jenner appears on the current issue of Forbes, which ...Read more

Joe Arpaio the latest politician to admit falling for Sacha Baron Cohen's act

WASHINGTON -- Joe Arpaio, the former Phoenix-area sheriff who is running for Arizona's open Senate seat this fall, is the latest in a line of conservative American political figures to admit being duped by British entertainer Sacha Baron Cohen and agreeing to one of his famous interviews.

Cohen is well-known for conducting interviews with ...Read more

'I had convinced myself that it wasn't gonna happen': Judd Apatow on his Emmy nominations

Judd Apatow was in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, directing an episode of "Crashing" for HBO when he learned that his documentary, "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" had been nominated for an Emmy for outstanding documentary, and Apatow for best director in that category.

The film is an exhaustive look at the life and legacy of Shandling, with quite a...Read more

Benedict Cumberbatch had a very English reaction to news of his sixth Emmy nomination

Benedict Cumberbatch received his sixth Emmy nomination as actor in a limited series for his portrayal of the titular character in Showtime's pitch-black dramedy "Patrick Melrose." The show, about an Englishman struggling with rampant addiction rooted in memories of sexual abuse at the hands of his father, is based on a series of autobiographica...Read more

In 'Game of Thrones' and 'Handmaid's Tale,' the top Emmy nominees reflect a revolution at different points

Blessed be the fruit, or all men must die?

One of these television quotes is encoded with subservience, the other with retribution, but each comes from a powerful drama battling for prominence. The 2018 Emmys race will be about many things, but front and center is the smack-down between HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale." ...Read more

'Deep State' conspiracies thrive in our messy and divisive cultural wars

We are in a deep state time of conspiracies and invisible hands. Or so it seems.

President Trump tweets about vast plots against him. Fox News sees conniving spies and Washington bureaucrats hatching covert schemes to bring down America. Orwellian podcasts muse on the end of days and "Why Big Brother is smiling." And Steven Seagal, the martial ...Read more

'Sorry to Bother You': The funniest movie you'll ever see about labor organizing

The pun embedded in the title of rapper-activist Boots Riley's wacky new movie "Sorry to Bother You" is both a clue and a caution -- you're going to get a comedy about telemarketing, but also a movie with more on its agenda (labor organizing, for instance) than escapist summertime laughs.

Riley's main character, who goes by the Dickensian name ...Read more

The Rock's towering presence fails to elevate 'Skyscraper'

Ginger Rogers, they say, did everything Fred Astaire did, only backward and in heels. "Skyscraper" gives Dwayne Johnson a chance to do everything Bruce Willis did in "Die Hard," only on one leg.

Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a building security expert who has a prosthetic below one knee -- a remnant of his dangerous former career as a hostage-...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. 2.5 stars. So-so sequel to the funny original has Ant-Man helping Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) rescuing the latter's mother from a subatomic prison, with interference form a crook (Walter Goggins) and a mysterious woman known as Ghost (Hannah Kamen-Hones). Over-plotted, strains for laughs. ...Read more

HBO doc celebrates Robin Williams and his 'incredible talent,' says director

A bout with flu once cost Marina Zenovich the chance to meet the subject of her HBO film, "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," which makes its television debut Monday night after premiering at Sundance earlier this year.

"I was supposed to interview him for my 1/820133/8 documentary about Richard Pryor, and I was very excited that he even ...Read more