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  • Rascal Flatts to get into the holiday spirit with first-ever Christmas LP

    Rascal Flatts to get into the holiday spirit with first-ever Christmas LP

    It’s not too early to shower the Rascal Flatts with praise for deciding to keep a time-honored tradition of releasing an LP dedicated to Christmas. Once upon a time, musicians from all stripes of life would release an album that celebrated the spirit of the season, with some of the best cuts in...
  • My Chemical Romance confirm 'The Black Parade' reissue

    My Chemical Romance confirm 'The Black Parade' reissue

    Emo rock band My Chemical Romance made fans go crazy when they posted a cryptic video on their Facebook page yesterday (July 20). The clip featured the piano intro to "Welcome to the Black Parade" and ended with a title card displaying the date "9/23/16." The band's Twitter, Facebook, and website...
  • Fireworks - taken in Toluca Lake, CA

    Fun things to do this 4th of July weekend in Southern California

    With the long 4th of July weekend approaching folks in SoCal have many options for things to do. Here’s a list of some of the summer activities you can check out during your long weekend. A Prairie Home Companion comes to the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, July 1. Garrison Keillor’s long-running radio...
  • Movie review:  'Swiss Army Man' dead on arrival

    Movie review: 'Swiss Army Man' dead on arrival

    It's hard to fathom that a movie about a farting corpse with magical powers could not be amazing, but Swiss Army Man (opening today) shows that anything is possible. Hank (Paul Dano) is alone and starving on a deserted island when we meet him, despite having access to bags of chips and soda bottles...
  • Movie review:  'The BFG' a giant letdown

    Movie review: 'The BFG' a giant letdown

    Roald Dahl's classic children's book "The BFG" comes to life in Steven Spielberg's latest film, The BFG (opening today). It's a fairly faithful adaptation ("BFG" stands for "Big Friendly Giant"), but on film, there is very little magic that translates to the big screen. If The BFG were a vegetable...
  • Ralph Stanley, bluegrass pioneer, dies at 89

    Ralph Stanley, bluegrass pioneer, dies at 89

    The music world is mourning the passing of one of the legends of bluegrass music. Ralph Stanley, a singer and banjo player whose career with the Stanley Brothers and Clinch Mountain Boys spanned more than seven decades, died June 23 after a battle with skin cancer. He was 89. Stanley’s grandson and...
  • "The Duel," "The Phenom" and "The Shallows"

    ‘Duel’ is dull, ‘Phenom’ is lifeless and ‘Shallows’ has bite

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, June 24 are a western starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, a sports drama starring Johnny Simmons, Paul Giamatti and Ethan Hawke and a single-setting thriller starring Blake Lively. ‘The Duel’ Liam Hemsworth plays a Texas Ranger who...
  • "Central Intelligence," "Clown" and "Finding Dory"

    ‘Central Intelligence’ is dumb, ‘Clown’ is creepy and ‘Dory’ is memorable

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, June 17 are a comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, a horror flick feeding off coulrophobia and a sequel to one of the most beloved animated adventures of this generation. ‘Central Intelligence’ Dwayne Johnson plays a one-time bullied geek who...
  • "The Conjuring 2," "Traded" and "Warcraft"

    ‘Conjuring 2’ is hogwash, ‘Traded’ is middling and ‘Warcraft’ is torturous

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, June 10 are a scary sequel starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, a western starring Michael Paré and a fantasy actioner based on a video game franchise. ‘The Conjuring 2’ Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as Lorraine and Ed Warren...
  • "Me Before You," "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"

    ‘Me Before You’ breaks hearts, ‘Popstar’ annoys and ‘Turtles’ boggles brain

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, June 3 are a romantic drama starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, a comedic mockumentary starring Andy Samberg and an actioner sequel starring four computer-generated turtles. ‘Me Before You’ Emilia Clarke plays a contented small town Englishwoman...
  • 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' looks to be better than first movie

    'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' looks to be better than first movie

    Tom Cruise has enjoyed lots of success with his "Mission: Impossible" franchise. It is already five movies deep and a sixth installment is in the works. However, it now appears he is developing another franchise, Jack Reacher based on the successful novels by Lee Child. The second movie in that...
  • Deftones frontman Chino Moreno to perform inside Icelandic volcano

    Deftones frontman Chino Moreno to perform inside Icelandic volcano

    After releasing the latest Deftones studio album Gore earlier this year and launching a worldwide 2016 tour with the band, frontman Chino Moreno is determined to keep the momentum going while breaking new ground. On June 18, Moreno and 20 audience members will be lowered 400 ft into the magma...
  •  Disney debuts new trailer for Pete’s Dragon

    Disney debuts new trailer for Pete’s Dragon

    Disney has been on a role as of late taking some of their popular animated features and bringing them into the real world with live action versions. Now one of the most beloved and inventive features that blended live action and animation is getting the new treatment with Pete’s Dragon starring...
  • Close-up of the Death Star from the standalone 'Star Wars: Rogue One' film

    'Star Wars: Rogue One:' 5 things we can expect

    With the rumor mill working overtime thanks to the re-shooting of the much-anticipated "Star Wars: Rogue One" film, we've come up with this list of the top 5 things you can expect from the "anthology" film (what Disney is calling a "stand-alone" film, as opposed to a film that's part of the...
  • These movies go to 11: The 11 best music comedies

    These movies go to 11: The 11 best music comedies

    The world of musicians is a strange, beautiful, and sometimes turbulent place; and as is such, that world is ripe for parody. It is also common for superstar artists to make the crossover from music to film. Most musicians by nature are very funny people making comedy a natural first step. If you...
  • Watch: Andy Samberg’s Conner4Real makes self-deprecation an art form

    Watch: Andy Samberg’s Conner4Real makes self-deprecation an art form

    Fear of failure can either bring movement to a complete halt, or it can turn into something completely different. “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” a satire film about the music industry, hits the theaters on June 3 and it details the journey of a failed boy band. The Lonely Island, a comedy...
  • "The Do Over" and "X-Men: Apocalypse"

    ‘Do Over’ offends while ‘Apocalypse’ decreases ‘X-Men’s’ value

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, May 27 are a comedy starring Adam Sandler and David Spade and a superhero sequel starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. ‘The Do Over’ Adam Sandler and David Spade play down-on-their-luck guys who decide to fake their own...
  • Review: 'The Lobster' a tale worth biting into, despite being a bit under-cooked

    Review: 'The Lobster' a tale worth biting into, despite being a bit under-cooked

    You simply won't find another film quite like The Lobster (opening today). It's one of the strangest, most eccentric films of this or any year, and its first-half is deliciously entrancing. But the more tale that is served, the less satiating it becomes. Colin Farrell plays David, an odd, quiet...
  • "The Lobster" and "Manhattan Night"

    ‘Lobster’ is laugh-out-loudly outlandish and ‘Manhattan Night’ is thrill-less

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, May 20 are an odd dramedy starring Colin Farrell and an old-fashioned noir starring Adrien Brody. ‘The Lobster’ Colin Farrell plays a single man who, in a dystopian near future, is taken to a hotel where he is obliged to find a romantic partner in 4...
  • "Money Monster," "Search Party" and "Sundown"

    ‘Money Monster’ is verbose, ‘Search Party’ is silly and ‘Sundown’ is insane

    Among the new movies that were released Friday, May 13 are a hostage thriller starring George Clooney and a pair of action-packed comedies set on the other side of the border. ‘Being Charlie’ Nick Robinson plays a young man whose father, a former film star currently running for Governor of...
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