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With Critic-Driven Film Festivals In Spotlight, Let’s Pause To Focus On Big Picture

With Critic-Driven Film Festivals In Spotlight, Let’s Pause To Focus On Big Picture

April 23, 2015


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) Should film critics run their own film festivals? I’m conflicted on this one. The practicalities feel a little gummy, a little sticky, but many say the results are worth it. It’s the right time to ask the question, whichever side of the rapidly deter...

L.A. Museums Sign On To ‘China Ready’ Program In Bid To Draw Tourists

L.A. Museums Sign On To ‘China Ready’ Program In Bid To Draw Tourists

April 23, 2015


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By Mike Boehm Los Angeles Times (TNS) Milly Wu marched through the J. Paul Getty Museum’s galleries of 19th century European paintings, stopping just long enough to frame Monets, Manets and, of course, Vincent Van Gogh’s “Irises” with her smartphone camera. With a series of clicks, masterp...

New Survey Finds America Really Is Becoming A Binge-Watch Nation

New Survey Finds America Really Is Becoming A Binge-Watch Nation

April 23, 2015


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By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (TNS) Binge watching is definitely a buzzword in the media, but according to a new survey, it really has become the dominant mode of TV consumption in the U.S. Deloitte LLP’s Digital Democracy Survey of more than 2,000 content consumers age 14 and older, ...

‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong Seeks Laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong Seeks Laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

April 23, 2015


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By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) When “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong was invited to perform at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner she was both honored and terrified. “My thinking was I was hoping we had a live show that weekend so tha...

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

April 7, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) When Jay Z described his goals for Tidal, he stressed that “as we grow along to become a bigger company ... by time the size of the pizza is growing ... everybody’s sharing in that upside.” Now Jay Z is taking one very significant slice of that pie away f...

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

April 2, 2015


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By August Brown and Devon Maloney Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES—Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell fainted Tuesday and is still hospitalized, but she is “doing fine,” her spokeswoman said. A 911 call was made after Mitchell lost consciousness, her representative told the Los Angeles Times on ...

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

March 19, 2015


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) So soon after its unexpected issue late Sunday, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” the new record by Compton-raised rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, is still settling in, less a voluminous whole than a germinal swirl of phrases, grooves, bass lines and themes bot...

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

March 17, 2015


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By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) The problem with “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1” (20th Century Fox/ Columbia) is one most soundtracks have: The focus isn’t on the music. These songs generally have to drive story lines, not album sales, so they may be great in the show, but not as...

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

March 5, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Producer Pharrell Williams testified Wednesday that he may have been channeling the “feel” of Marvin Gaye and the late 70s, but he did not specifically discuss or have the late musician in mind when he wrote the hit 2013 song “Blurred L...

Will Smith Taking New Direction With Career

Will Smith Taking New Direction With Career

March 3, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The failure of “After Earth” taught Will Smith a valuable lesson: One bad summer movie doesn’t mean the end of a career. Before “After Earth,” Smith was king of the summer movie blockbusters with mega hits in “Wild Wild Wes...

Oscars: Why Neil Patrick Harris (And Everyone Else) Is Wrong For The Job

Oscars: Why Neil Patrick Harris (And Everyone Else) Is Wrong For The Job

February 26, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Neil Patrick Harris’ uneven performance at the Oscars on Sunday (“bombing … atrophied ... airless,” and those were some of the kinder assessments) raised the question that comes up nearly every late winter, as the endless circuit of...

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

February 26, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The stage was a witness box barely 3 feet wide, but Robin Thicke sang, played the piano and even danced a little in his seat during his testimony Wednesday for his copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s children. Thicke took the stand in a...

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