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After 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' the franchise could help Disney battle Netflix for streaming viewers

Few would dare underestimate the cultural and commercial power of “Star Wars.” The latest movie in the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is sure to have one of the biggest opening weekends of the year, with an estimated $425…

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'Today' scores its second straight weekly ratings win without Matt Lauer

If “Today” show fans are missing Matt Lauer, it isn’t showing up in the Nielsen ratings.

Feminism is word of the year, Merriam-Webster announces

Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster has named “feminism” its word of the year for 2017, citing the Women's Marches in January and the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against celebrities as reasons for their choice.

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'The Last Jedi' brings emotion, exhilaration and surprise back to the 'Star Wars' saga

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There comes a moment in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — the most enjoyable dispatch in a long time from that galaxy far, far away — when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) lowers his lightsaber and declares, “It’s time to let old things die.”

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L.A. Chamber Orchestra carries on a different holiday tradition: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

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Complete cycles of Bach’s six wondrous Brandenburg Concertos would be a momentous — and rare — event in the lives of most ensembles and audiences. But this is Los Angeles, and for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the cycle is almost a…

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Bruce Brown, who turned surfing into a cultural phenomenon with 'The Endless Summer,' dies at 80

On a tight budget and with an armful of surfboards, Bruce Brown helped introduce America to surfing with a story of two friends trotting around the world, in chase of the perfect wave.

Tuesday, Dec 12

As Hollywood struggles with inclusion and sexism, the Golden Globes are being parsed with Oscar-like intensity

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There was a time when the Golden Globes nominations were taken seriously only as potential Oscar indicators.

Stevie Wonder opens up 'Talking Book' and 'Innervisions' at holiday benefit concert

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Stevie Wonder had some altruistic reasons for performing his albums “Talking Book” and “Innervisions” from beginning to end on Sunday night at Staples Center.

Monday, Dec 11

Golden Globe nominations pit pop stars against proven composers in music categories

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Say this for the Golden Globes: Nowhere else is Nick Jonas likely to be nominated for an award taken home in recent years by the likes of U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

2018 Golden Globes updates: Movies race remains wide open and women are front and center on TV

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A number of this year’s early Oscar front-runners, including “The Shape of Water,” “The Post,” “Lady Bird,” “Dunkirk” and “Call Me by Your Name,” made strong showings in this year’s Golden Globes nominations — while several potential…

Sunday, Dec 10

Golden Globes 2018: Complete list of nominees

The nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced this morning in Los Angeles, with Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone sharing the announcement duties.

Saturday, Dec 9

'I, Tonya' explores the humanity and hard landings of the former figure skater

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It is an event that lives on in tabloid infamy: the tale of figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan and their battle to make it to the 1994 Winter Olympics. The new film “I, Tonya” reframes that story to fully spotlight Harding,…

The moment N.W.A changed the music world

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Part of the ongoing L.A. Times series The age of hip-hop: From the streets to cultural dominance. In this exclusive excerpt from "Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap," Gerrick D. Kennedy details…

Friday, Dec 8

'mother!' may I?: Five story lines to watch for in this year's Golden Globe nominations

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Are you longing to see the “Big Little Lies” women reunite and don’t want to wait until the (now official) second season? Can you never have too much James Franco in your life? Are you one of the three people who actually enjoyed Jennifer…

Refusing to be 'shamed,' Terry Crews steps out at GQ Men of the Year party after filing sexual assault suit

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On Tuesday, Terry Crews sued one of Hollywood’s most powerful talent agents for sexual assault. Just two days later, he decided to step out at one of the flashiest parties of award season, where he knew he’d encounter plenty of people in…

The black-white drag divide: ‘White Famous,’ Chris Rock and Tyler Perry on saying yes to the dress

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Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, David Duchovny, John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman took different paths to stardom. But the actors’ journeys all have one article of clothing in common.

Director Bryan Singer faces lawsuit over alleged rape of teen in 2003

Bryan Singer, producer and director of the “X-Men” films, was accused in a lawsuit filed Thursday of raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in the Seattle area 14 years ago.