Like so much else in 2020 that doesn't involve a couch and a remote, American moviegoing has become a hotly debated matter of risk and reward in a seriously flattened segment of the escapism economy.
The time-inversion Christopher Nolan thriller "Tenet," which opened in the U.S. Sept. 3, was supposed to be the cavalry riding, in reverse, to the...Read more
Showtime's two-part drama "The Comey Rule" follows former FBI director James Comey (Jeff Daniels) through the chaos and disruption of the 2016 election and the early days of Donald Trump's presidency.
I know, an inside-the-Beltway miniseries is just what you want to see while you're hunkered down at home waiting out the pandemic with less than ...Read more
Bryan Callen is suing the husband of a woman who claims that the comedian raped her, arguing her spouse is out to ruin his career.
On Wednesday, Callen filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that Gabriel Tigerman has launched an "ongoing campaign to destroy (the comic's) livelihood" via "threats, harassment and intimidation of...Read more
You have questions. I have some answers.
Q: I am guessing "Grand Hotel" isn't coming back even though they left us hanging! I miss that show! Also, is "A Million Little Things" coming back?
A: One of the drawbacks to the serialization of so many TV shows is that cancellation may leave cliffhangers unresolved. That's the case with "Grand Hotel,...Read more
Zoom theater is an oxymoron, but substitutes for live performance will have to do until we can safely gather again as an audience.
The Old Vic's In Camera program demonstrates what can be done with an actor on stage alone or physically distanced from a scene partner. The offerings, scratch productions with topnotch performers, recall Peter ...Read more
Henry Cavill uncovered a different side of detective Sherlock Holmes.
The British actor plays the iconic sleuth in "Enola Holmes," a film about Sherlock's younger sister working to solve a mystery of her own.
But in this movie, Sherlock is portrayed as never before, with Cavill drawing out the steely detective's empathy through his ...Read more
Here are three recent albums that are definitely worth spinning:
"Work Hard and Be Nice," Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Bay Area act, which draws from folk, hip-hop, reggae, pop, jam rock and other musical styles, serves up another big dish of positive vibes with its 11th studio album. So consider putting on "Work Hard and Be Nice" the next ...Read more
CHICAGO - At a time when COVID-19 is isolating, young artists of Emcee Skool are using their skills to bring communities together. Emcee Skool is a grassroots community organization created by hip-hop artist Teh'Ray Hale (aka "Phenom") in 2018 to train the next generation of artists to become community leaders and peace ambassadors.
On March 9,...Read more
When Harry Shearer is not busy working on "The Simpsons," where he is the voice of characters including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Waylon Smithers, he's often making music for his radio show, "Le Show."
"The writing part came out of necessity and habit," Shearer said. "I pay attention to the news because that's what I make ...Read more
LOS ANGELES - It was just another Saturday for a pair of working mothers when Sofia Coppola and Rashida Jones got together on a recent conference call. Jones had been dealing with a flat tire as she was driving from Ojai to Los Angeles. Coppola was in Northern California, concerned about nearby fires as the clatter and chatter of life with a ...Read more
The Los Angeles Times is committed to reviewing new theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries inherent risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC and local health officials. We will continue to note the various ways readers can see each new film,...Read more
Amid ongoing scrutiny of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, AGC Studios has tapped Ron Howard to direct a film about Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang.
Many, including "The Farewell" director Lulu Wang, questioned the project Tuesday on Twitter after the Hollywood Reporter released details about the biopic, which will be produced by Brian ...Read more
LOS ANGELES - In another setback for theaters, Walt Disney Co. has delayed the release of its highly anticipated Marvel Studios film "Black Widow" until next year, amid concerns about the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on moviegoing.
Burbank-based Disney on Wednesday said the Scarlett Johansson superhero blockbuster is now set to hit ...Read more
CHICAGO - Sometimes it seemed as if Ira Sullivan could play anything that had a mouthpiece.
Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, fluegelhorn, flute, alto flute - the man applied his comprehensive virtuosity and pervasive musicianship to all of them, switching from one to the next with seeming effortlessness, often during a single set.
Sophia Loren might have a new man in her life soon - and his name is Oscar.
The 86-year-old, silver-screen legend is generating serious awards buzz for her performance in "The Life Ahead," her first major film role in 11 years.
The Netflix feature, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, has Loren playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who ...Read more
Like thousands of artists, Nashville singer and songwriter Emma Swift faced a reckoning in March after all of her gigs were scrapped.
"When the pandemic hit, I lost my job as a touring musician. And in losing that job, I lost my primary income stream," she said during a recent phone call. Pondering the prospect of releasing "Blonde on the ...Read more
The charismatic singer, songwriter and guitarist Shamir has had a busy 2020 despite the circumstances. In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic tore through America, the 25-year-old released the distorted rock album "Cataclysm." He followed that up with a series of singles - "On My Own" to celebrate Pride Month in June, the exuberant synth-rock anthem...Read more
Two children sit alone, facing a judge in an immigration court set in Litchfield, New York.
"Ms. Casillas, do you and your brother have a lawyer?" the judge asks.
The little girl shakes her head.
"Do you know what a lawyer is?" the judge replies.
"No," the little girl whispers.
"Well, do you understand that we are here to determine whether ...Read more
Landing a one-on-one interview with President Trump would put the startup "NewsNation" "in the big time," an executive for the network crowed before the interview aired in Tuesday's first hour of the WGN America national cable newscast.
After seeing the questions anchor Joe Donlon lobbed at the president and the unchallenged assertions and ...Read more
Q. I just read your column about automatic backup generators in my local newspaper. Thank you for that very useful and intelligent summary of the issue. It would be extremely useful to have a detailed comparison of backup generators to solar panels and battery installations in homes. It is hard to find independent analyses such as you could ...Read more
- Sophia Loren's first film in 11 years generating serious Oscar buzz
- Chicago jazz great Ira Sullivan dies at 89
- Disney moves 'Black Widow' and more big titles to 2021 amid coronavirus concerns
- Director Lulu Wang criticizes Ron Howard's film about Chinese pianist Lang Lang
- The anti-Spotify: How online music company Bandcamp became the toast of the COVID age