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Charles Manson's life as a failed musician, Beach Boys hanger-on and mediocre songwriter

LOS ANGELES -- Starting in the 1970s, not long after Charles Manson directed his followers to murder seven people over two bloody nights in Los Angeles, the convicted killer's music and notoriety fueled a small underground industry.

The allure was centered on Manson's only album, recorded in Los Angeles in 1967 and '68 and issued a year after ...Read more

Lena Dunham accused of 'hipster racism' after she initially defended 'Girls' writer

Zinzi Clemmons, a writer for Lena Dunham and Jenny Konner's Lenny Letter, announced her resignation on Sunday in the wake of the women's statement in defense of "Girls" writer-producer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau has accused of rape.

"For all you writers who are outraged about what she did, I encourage you to do the same," ...Read more

Movie review: 'Coco' is another home run for Pixar/Disney

One thing's for certain -- you're going to want to call your grandparents after seeing Pixar's latest masterpiece "Coco." Centered around the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), "Coco" uses the vibrant colors and style of the holiday to spin an imaginative tale rich in tradition and culture, while beautifully celebrating ...Read more

Album reviews: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Yung Lean, and Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

"Soul of a Woman"

(DapTone )

Sharon Jones was a 5-foot-tall, bighearted, soul-singing life force, and she displayed an indomitable spirit throughout the long battle with pancreatic cancer that she finally succumbed to a year ago. Though the Augusta, Ga., native took sick time off in the last years of her life, ...Read more

Second accuser backs actor Anthony Edwards' molestation allegation against producer Gary Goddard

After actor Anthony Edwards publicly accused producer Gary Goddard of molesting him as a child four decades ago, a second accuser has come forward to corroborate Edwards' claim and allege that Goddard also attempted to molest him on multiple occasions.

Edwards, now 55 and whose many film and television credits include 14 years on "ER", claimed ...Read more

Surprise Weinstein Co. bidder — a former Obama official — proposes female-majority board

A former Obama administration official has submitted a bid to buy the Weinstein Co. and install a majority-female board of directors, in a surprising twist for the beleaguered film and television studio that has been trying to avoid bankruptcy.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2014 to 2017, sent a ...Read more

American Music Awards: Female singers stride to front against toxic masculinity

LOS ANGELES -- At least this thing had its heart in the right place.

In an age of widespread awards-show overload, nobody looks to the annual American Music Awards -- broadcast live Sunday night on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles -- for an authoritative diagnosis of what matters in pop music, never mind the larger culture...Read more

Diana Ross marks lifetime achievement honor at American Music Awards with retrospective medley

LOS ANGELES -- Diana Ross celebrated her lifetime achievement award Sunady at the 2017 American Music Awards with a jubilant, career-spanning medley.

In what's become her signature grand entrance, the pop diva arrived to the tune of her 1980 Nile Rodgers-produced anthem, "I'm Coming Out."

With a career that spans nearly 60 years, Ross had a ...Read more

New on DVD: 'I Do,' 'Gilmore Girls' looks at love, family

Love is in the air with new DVD releases scheduled to hit stores on Nov. 28.

"I Do Until I Don't"; 2.5 stars: At its gooey center, "I Do ... Until I Don't" is like vanilla cake. It is sweet and will fill a hunger for something light, but generally there's nothing that memorable about it. Writer/director Lake Bell's examination of marriage as a ...Read more

Actress admits she exemplifies the myth

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Actress Sara Botsford admits she harbors all the qualities attributed to redheads. "The cliche is that redheads are trouble anyway," she grins. "You're told that as a 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old. So it gives you a bit of license to think you can get away with stuff. I had a pretty strong temper. I have all those ...Read more

PBS cuts Al Franken tribute from upcoming special honoring David Letterman

Sen. Al Franken has been edited out of an upcoming PBS special honoring David Letterman following allegations of sexual harassment.

"PBS will air an updated 'David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize' on Monday," the network said in a statement. "Sen. Al Franken participated in the event, but will not appear substantially in the PBS program.

"PBS ...Read more

'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

LOS ANGELES -- In a superhero showdown, the combined forces of Warner Bros.' "Justice League" was enough to topple "Thor: Ragnarok" from the top spot at the box office, despite a soft opening for the DC Comics mash-up.

"Justice League" grossed an estimated $96 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to ComScore, below predictions of $110 ...Read more

Russell Simmons responds to assault allegations: 'Everything that happened … was completely consensual'

LOS ANGELES -- Embattled music mogul Russell Simmons took to Twitter on Sunday to respond to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old model in 1991.

"I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being," he said in the statement.

Simmons, 60, has been accused ...Read more

Jeffrey Tambor may leave 'Transparent' following allegations of sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES -- After being accused of sexual harassment by two women on the set of "Transparent," Jeffrey Tambor may not return to the Amazon series.

"Playing Maura Pfefferman on 'Transparent' has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," Tambor said in a statement released Sunday. "What has become clear over the...Read more

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

'Punisher' the wrong show at wrong time

Sledgehammer fights, machine gun massacres, bodies disposed of in cement mixers. "Marvel's the Punisher" has it all in this New York City-based drama where sorta good meets super evil.

The Netflix series, released in its entirety Friday, takes violence, torture and vengeance to skyscraper-dwarfing heights -- no easy task given that it follows ...Read more

Olivia Munn doesn't understand why anyone is still working with Brett Ratner

It should have been a proud moment. After enduring what she described as sexual harassment by Brett Ratner, Olivia Munn felt she had finally shared her story, on the record and in the proper context.

Munn was one of six women who told The Times in a Nov. 1 report that they had been the victims of Ratner's alleged sexual misconduct. The 37-year-...Read more

Bratt, Bernal faced new challenges with 'Coco'

LOS ANGELES -- Benjamin Bratt and Gael Garcia Bernal provide the voices for two male adult characters in "Coco" who prove to be the most instrumental in the efforts by a young boy to find his way back to the land of the living. In keeping with the main theme of the new Pixar film, both actors "seized the moment" to do something very different.

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'Darkest Hour' gives Oldman, Mendelsohn big chance to work together

Gary Oldman and Ben Mendelsohn had only one scene together when they worked on "The Dark Knight Rises." That was all they needed as the pair struck up an immediate friendship. They exchanged contact information and parted with the hope that they would work together again.

That finally happened with "Darkest Hour." Oldman plays Winston Churchill...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