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Late night comics react to Trump's 'crazy' Thursday press conference

For all the talk of division in the land, Donald Trump, it turns out, is bringing the country together, or at least the portion of it that is employed in hosting late-night talk shows.

They all agreed Thursday night that the 45th president's first solo press conference that day was a spectacle worthy of much comment.

"Bat (stuff) crazy," said ...Read more

An order that lives in infamy: President Roosevelt's order incarcerating Japanese Americans goes on view in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- You are young, say, 10 years old, and you live in downtown Los Angeles near the intersection of East 1st and South San Pedro streets. You were born in this neighborhood, a three-mile radius that houses the largest Japanese American community in the U.S. You play stickball in the streets and walk your dog along the cracked, uneven ...Read more

Trying stand-up when you're falling down: Judd Apatow, Pete Holmes offer a raw look at comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

It's a few weeks from the premiere of his HBO series, and Pete Holmes has almost reached his limit for answering questions.

"Not that I'm sick of it," he clarified, leaning back into a sofa as he settled in for a chat inside Judd Apatow's production offices in an aggressively nondescript stretch of West L.A. "But I'm kind of like, 'I think I've...Read more

How 'Game of Thrones' led actor Pedro Pascal to 'The Great Wall'

Pedro Pascal had been working steadily for years -- guest spots on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "NYPD Blue" and "Nurse Jackie" and "CSI" -- before he landed the role that kick-started his career: Oberyn Martell, aka the swaggering Red Viper, during the fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

His traumatic showdown with Ser Gregor "The ...Read more

What's opening in theaters next week

MOVIES

Opening Friday:

"Get Out" (R): Comedian Jordan Peele ("Keanu") takes a break from the funny stuff by writing and directing this horror movie about a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who visits the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams).

"Collide" (PG-13): A thief (Nicholas Hoult) asks a drug smuggler (Ben Kingsley...Read more

Q&A: 'Designated Survivor,' Martha Plimpton vs. Jaime Pressly

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: I saw the first show of a man becoming president of U.S. after everyone got killed. I cannot find it now. What happened?

A: The show you are thinking of is the ABC drama "Designated Survivor," starring Kiefer Sutherland. It has been on a break but is set to return on March 8.

Q: Is the blonde woman ...Read more

Sheriff's Department investigates alleged head-butting incident involving Justin Bieber

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an alleged head-butting incident involving pop star Justin Bieber at a West Hollywood restaurant early Saturday.

Deputies responded to a battery report about 2 a.m. at Serafina Sunset restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, according to sheriff's officials.

When they arrived, ...Read more

Movie review: 'XX' is chilling horror anthology from 4 female directors

The wry horror anthology "XX," a recent Sundance Film Festival premiere, gathers together four compact films by female writers and directors. The results offer a collective shiver (not a lot of shrieks here) for those in the mood for sprightly, short-form misfortune.

"What's in the box?" asks the boy on the train, addressing his innocent but ...Read more

HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary "David Bowie: The Last Five Years."

The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, "The Next Day" and "Blackstar," and the stage musical "Lazarus."

"Blackstar," which was released two days before his death in ...Read more

Ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland 'invents' world premiere for Chicago Opera Theater

CHICAGO -- Stewart Copeland is in town, and he's got a brand-new bag.

Brand-new, at least, for Chicago.

The multifaceted American composer and instrumentalist, best known as co-founder and drummer of the English new-wave rock band the Police, is here taking part in rehearsals for his latest opera -- that's right, opera -- "The Invention of ...Read more

Movie review: Matt Damon's not-so-great 'Wall'

Director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most ravishingly beautiful films to come out of China, including "Raise the Red Lantern," "House of Flying Daggers," and "Hero," movies that are lavishly sensual in their use of color and light. His fans will have to cherish those memories though, as his first English-language film, "The Great Wall," ...Read more

'Big Little Lies' is an engrossing but glib tale of murder, marriage and motherhood

They're mostly rich. They're mostly white. They day drink, go to yoga and eye each other suspiciously each morning at school drop-off.

And, maybe, they kill people.

They're the women at the center of "Big Little Lies," an engrossing but glib murder mystery-cum-social satire set among the moneyed mommies of Monterey, Calif., debuting Sunday on ...Read more

Ryan Murphy says 'American Horror Story' will pull from the 2016 election

It's the news that some might think makes perfect sense: "American Horror Story" will tackle the 2016 presidential election.

During an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live!" Wednesday night, "AHS" co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that the next season of the popular FX horror anthology series would draw inspiration from the recent ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Great Wall' defies expectations

The buzz on "The Great Wall" has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy. What project required Matt Damon to rock that man bun for years? Why does the poster for a movie called "The Great Wall" (as in China) have a huge picture of a white guy on it? All is now revealed, and "The Great Wall" defies any expectations -- it's ...Read more

Women's prerogative: The issues are female-centric on HBO's 'Lies'

She had learned not to get excited. Australian author Liane Moriarty had gone through the process of having a book optioned for a movie or TV series before and had endured the realities of it getting lost in Hollywood development purgatory.

Moriarty, though, had never done business with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

"When I met with ...Read more

Former 'Runway' finalist Bradon McDonald's costumes create character for Jessica Lang Dance

Dress forms draped in soft white poly mesh material take up the floor in the center of designer Bradon McDonald's home studio, next to a vintage Juki sewing machine and another portable Kenmore in a plastic case tucked on a back shelf.

It was the latter machine -- given to McDonald by his husband in 1996, before McDonald became a dancer touring...Read more

Clayton Chitty channels Kevin Federline; 'The Good Fight' begins

Clayton Chitty takes on the task of playing Fresno's Kevin Federline in the upcoming Lifetime movie "Britney Ever After." The two-hour biopic looks at Spears' rise to fame, fall from grace and her return.

Spears is portrayed by Natasha Bassett, an Australian who appeared in "Camp," "Rake" and "Hail, Caesar!"

Chitty is a Canadian actor who has ...Read more

Nature roars back in timely fashion: 'Planet Earth II' builds on its predecessor's global footprint

A small, scaly baby iguana -- no bigger than a chocolate bar -- hunkers down on a beach as a snake glides alongside him. "A snake's eyes aren't very good," a raspy voice explains. The voice is British and immediately familiar. Comforting, somehow. "But if the hatchling keeps its nerve ... " A low hum of strings rises in the score, and in a ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE COMEDIAN. 2 stars. Robert De Niro hams it up as a self-hating has-been comic Jackie Burke in this sometimes droll misfire from Taylor Hackford. A rom-com of sorts, the film has some charm in its first act thanks to costar Leslie Mann, who plays a scatterbrained heiress with a father complex. The film becomes monotonous and unfunny when it ...Read more

There's a lot hiding below the surface in 'Big Little Lies' on HBO

"Big Little Lies," a star-studded and darkly comedic drama series premiering this weekend on HBO, is a murder-mystery with a killer hook.

In the early moments of Sunday's (Feb. 19) opener, viewers learn that a gruesome homicide has sent shockwaves through the tranquil coastal town of Monterey. But who is our victim? And who is the culprit? ...Read more