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Horror music maven ‘grew up in a haunted house’

Horror music maven ‘grew up in a haunted house’

October 31, 2017


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Aliens, witches, demons and ghouls: Tyler Bates has written music for the best (and worst) of them. If you shuddered during “Dawn of the Dead” or “Halloween II,” felt a chill watching the TV series “Salem” or listened to anything from the last two Marilyn Manson records, Bates is partly to bl...

Gunman changed life of ‘Flint’ star Jill Scott

Gunman changed life of ‘Flint’ star Jill Scott

October 17, 2017


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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Singer-actress Jill Scott didn’t start out to be a singer OR an actress. She was a poet. She actually earned some acclaim as a poet and even traveled with her verses tucked neatly under her arm. But a gunman changed all that. “I was across the street from my house. My fri...

‘Ghosted’ stars Robinson, Scott look to scare up some big laughs

‘Ghosted’ stars Robinson, Scott look to scare up some big laughs

October 3, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — There’s something strange in the Fox TV neighborhood. Who are you going to call? Well don’t put a shout out to either of the versions of “Ghostbusters” because while the network’s new Sunday comedy, “Ghosted,” features a team who track and stop the paranormal, those behind...

End of the line for ‘The Middle’

End of the line for ‘The Middle’

October 3, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — “The Middle” has reached the end. The ninth season of the ABC comedy about a middle class family living in the Middle America city of Orson, Ind. will be the last. Coming to such a decision was not easy for the cast and executive producers but they all finally agreed the time was ...

ABC’s ‘Inhumans’ is uncertain of itself, but Fox’s ‘The Gifted’ is more convincing

ABC’s ‘Inhumans’ is uncertain of itself, but Fox’s ‘The Gifted’ is more convincing

September 28, 2017


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Mutants have come up in the world. Once, they were monsters fumbling at the door, former humans warped and usually diminished by scientific overreach or accident _ cousins to zombies, something to avoid. Marvel's "X-Men," a comic book since 1963 and a movie franchise since 2000, made them superheroes...

6 key questions about fall TV season

6 key questions about fall TV season

September 19, 2017


Filed under Movies, Television

The idea of an actual “fall TV season” now almost feels like something you might find in a thrift shop. It’s a little bit dowdy, and threadworn. It’s something everyone once got excited about. Now it’s something everyone tolerates. Barely. Yes, your favorite shows will all soon be back. ...

Top 10 TV shows of the fall

Top 10 TV shows of the fall

September 19, 2017


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From ‘Star Trek’ to ‘Young Sheldon,’ the top 10 TV shows of fall: ‘The Vietnam War’ Ken Burns, America’s history professor, leads his most daunting class to date with this 18-hour documentary that’s sure to enlighten a younger generation and dredge up nightmares for others. (Through...

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed’s and Aziz Ansari’s awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes (PHOTO)

Among all the Emmy breakthrough moments, add Riz Ahmed’s and Aziz Ansari’s awards for shows that destroy Muslim stereotypes  (PHOTO)

September 19, 2017


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LOS ANGELES _ Two Muslim men, on prime-time TV, clutching shiny metal objects close to their black garments amid an unsuspecting crowd. No, this wasn't "Homeland," and those weren't weapons. It was the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where actor Riz Ahmed and actor-writer Aziz An-sari won top categories...

Seth MacFarlane plots a new course with ‘The Orville’

Seth MacFarlane plots a new course with ‘The Orville’

September 5, 2017


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By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Space: the final frontier for Emmy-winning Seth MacFarlane. His are the new voyages of “The Orville.” Its 13-episode mission is to explore the ratings possibilities for a Fox sci-fi show, to seek out new viewers, to boldly go where it looks like...

‘Star Trek’ actors share favorite moments

‘Star Trek’ actors share favorite moments

September 8, 2016


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By Jack Millrod Newsday (TNS) NEW YORK — The future began 50 years ago Thursday for “Star Trek” fans. When NBC aired the show’s first episode on Sept. 8, 1966, Capt. James T. Kirk and the 23rd century crew of the starship Enterprise began a journey that would include an animated series, ...

The Fresh Lens Of ‘The People v.s. O.J. Simpson’ Exposes The Same Societal Ills

The Fresh Lens Of ‘The People v.s. O.J. Simpson’ Exposes The Same Societal Ills

April 5, 2016


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(PHOTOS) By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” should have been an unmitigated disaster. Let’s start with the fact that the 10-episode FX series practically ignores the horrific crime at the heart of the so-called trial of the century. It...

Oscars Have An ‘Old-Fashioned Idea’ Of A Score, And Other Thoughts By ‘The Revenant’ composers

Oscars Have An ‘Old-Fashioned Idea’ Of A Score, And Other Thoughts By ‘The Revenant’ composers

February 25, 2016


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(PHOTO) By David Ng Los Angeles Times (TNS) The urgent request arrived in May at a difficult personal time for composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Could he fly to Los Angeles — tomorrow, if possible — to meet with Alejandro G. Inarritu? The director wanted Sakamoto to create the score for “The Revenant,”...

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