Entertainment

Emmys 2017: ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ wins big |Sep 17, 2017

Sunday night’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards reflected the diversity of the television landscape as well as the current political climate. Hosted by Stephen Colbert from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the TV awards show also highlighted the work of women in the medium.

Fall Films 2017: Can Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker and Thor save the movies’ most serious season? |Sep 15, 2017

It’s fall, the time when people who think about movies usually get excited about thoughtful films. Maybe not so much this year, though. Following a disastrous summer at the box office, cinephiles of all stripes are most concerned about the health of the theatrical industry.

This is why ‘It’ director says Stephen King’s killer clown horror movie was so hard to film |Sep 6, 2017

Making “It,” Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel about an alien killer clown who feasts on the fears of children in Derry, Maine, every 27 years, into a feature film was itself a frightening proposition.

Here’s what you can expect from ‘You’re the Worst’ this season |Sep 4, 2017

Everything is turned upside down at the beginning of season four of FXX’s “You’re the Worst,” except, of course, how screwed up Jimmy and Gretchen are. At the end of last season, novelist Jimmy (Chris Geere) proposed to music publicist Gretchen (Aya Cash) on a hilltop overlooking Los Angeles and then immediately abandoned her.

Harvard senior Brynn Elliott is taking time off from school to go on tour, will open for Lifehouse, Switchfoot at the Greek |Sep 3, 2017

Brynn Elliott’s college experience has really been anything but typical. The 22-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native, who is currently enrolled in her senior year at Harvard University has been juggling her rising career in music while attempting to maintain a stellar GPA.

Queens of the Stone Age try hotshot producer, new sounds on ‘Villains’ |Sep 2, 2017

@samgnerre on Twitter Queens of the Stone Age prides itself on never sounding the same way twice. The loose aggregation of musicians, founded by Josh Homme in Palm Desert in 1996 after he left his former stoner metal band Kyuss, presents one of its most confounding works yet with “Villains,” its seventh album.

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MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 3. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5.

Steve Smith: Bryan Ferry at the Hollywood Bowl, Todd Rundgren at the Microsoft Theater, more |Sep 1, 2017

Singer Bryan Ferry and his London-based band of art rockers, Roxy Music, first played Los Angeles in December 1972, with shows at the Hollywood Palladium and, a week later, at a more intimate Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is coming to L.A.’s Ace Hotel, and he may bring Hot Pockets |Sep 1, 2017

Jim Gaffigan rarely does a stand-up comedy performance where he isn’t riffing on Hot Pockets. Joking about these savory microwavable turnovers has been shtick for him going back to his first Comedy Central special, “

Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more |Sep 1, 2017

If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.

NFL football, ‘Psycho Wedding Crasher’ and Notorious B.I.G. are on this week’s what to watch |Sep 1, 2017

Catch up on Deutschland 83: (Available on Hulu) Set in 1983, the eight-part series follows Martin Rauch, (Jonas Nay), a soldier who is sent by the East German Intelligence Service to discover NATO’s military intentions.

‘All Eyez on Me’ offers an uneven look at the life of Tupac Shakur |Sep 1, 2017

Your reaction to the biopic “All Eyez on Me” may depend on how much you know about its subject, Tupac Shakur. The film from director Benny Boom is careful in its telling of the rapper’s life, which ended in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

See rare photos of James Cameron directing late actor Bill Paxton and an Oscar winner in an ‘80s rock video |Aug 31, 2017

Chris Cuffaro has made a career out of photographing important entertainers. However, before he became known for shooting images of George Michael on the set of his music video for “Faith,” Pearl Jam standing in Seattle’s Discovery Field as a promo for the album “Ten,” or INXS frontman Michael Hutchence for Detour magazine, Cuffaro took actor Bill Paxton up on an invitation.

Throwing punches and breaking bones, Noomi Rapace brings the pain in ‘Unlocked’ |Aug 30, 2017

Noomi Rapace is a vision in pink. Bubblegum nails and coral, pixie-cut hair. Elaborately ruffled, rosy blouse under a white, charcoal-striped pantsuit. Pink ribbon tie. Don’t call her girly, though.

Drug drama ‘Narcos’ returns with a new set of villains in the Cali Cartel |Aug 30, 2017

The third season of the Netflix cocaine drama “Narcos” moves into a new chapter of America’s long-running war on drugs in the 1980s and ’90s. The end of last season brought the death of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord, in a rooftop shootout in 1993.

Wagoner on Radio: When Jay Thomas had the power at Power 106 |Aug 30, 2017

Most know Jay Thomas as an accomplished actor, with roles on such shows as “Mork and Mindy,” “Cheers,” “Murphy Brown” and more. But I know him as the second morning man on Power 106 (KPWR 105.

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ co-headlining Staples Center shows with Tears for Fears promises all the hits, a few surprises |Aug 30, 2017

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears were practically neighbors living in upstate New York back in the ‘80s. And though, Hall said, the two had hung out countless times, they never really thought of, let alone discussed, touring together.

Cinecon 53 Classic Film Festival among movie screening events in the Los Angeles area |Aug 30, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area Cinecon 53 Classic Film Festival: Screenings of forgotten or unusual films from the silent and early talking eras plus a movie collectibles show.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights adds ‘Sinister,’ ‘The Purge’ to Horrors of Blumhouse attraction |Aug 29, 2017

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights has announced its collaboration with producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to bring franchise films like “The Purge” and “Sinister,” as well as the forthcoming “Happy Death Day,” which hits theaters Friday, Oct.

What to watch: ‘Little Evil’ a comedy of horrors, plus ‘Comrade Detective’ finds the funny |Aug 28, 2017

rlowman@scng.com @RobLowman1 on Twitter Catch up on Comrade Detective: (Available on Amazon) The end of summer demands something goofy and undemanding, and this Cold War-set spy spoof fills the bill.

The Sherlocks breathe new life into guitar rock on ‘Live for the Moment’ |Aug 28, 2017

The Sherlocks’ debut, “Live for the Moment,” excels not by breaking new ground, but by breathing life into familiar territory. The British quartet, which consists of brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook (vocals/rhythm guitar, drums) and Andy and Josh Davidson (bass lead guitar), scarcely could be more traditional in its guitars-and-drums approach.

‘Baywatch’ offers last look at swimsuits of summer in DVDs this week |Aug 28, 2017

If you saw the poster for “Baywatch” — the feature film that reimagines the swimsuit-friendly TV show of the 1990s — then you know all you need to. It obviously stars Dwayne Johnson — he’s the big guy on the poster — who takes over the adult-on-the-beach duties from David Hasselhoff, who originated the role.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights explores the latest chapter of ‘Insidious’ in an all-new attraction |Aug 28, 2017

Though Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights has produced dozens of attractions based on some of the biggest feature films and TV shows within the horror genre, producer and creative director John Murdy said that the walk-thru mazes based on Blumhouse Productions’ “Insidious” films remain a top fan favorite.

What’s streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix in September: ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld,’ ‘Transparent’ and Paul Hollywood hits the road, more |Aug 28, 2017

With all the television shows and movies streaming in September, there’s plenty to choose from. Like Jerry Seinfeld, for instance. Named the highest paid comedian of 2017 by Forbes, he’s obviously still doing something right.

Here’s what we know about ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ |Aug 28, 2017

A few weeks ago, a number of the female stars and producers of FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult” — including Emmy winner Sarah Paulson, Alison Pill and Billie Lourd — took questions from TV critics about the show.

Weekend events: Big Bear Air Fair among things to do in the Inland Valley |Aug 24, 2017

Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk: Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California.

Cary Elwes appearance at Aero among LA area movie screening events |Aug 23, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area Movie at Burbank Central Library: “Going in Style” (2017), 2 p.m. Aug. 25. 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

Buy a Six Flags Magic Mountain ticket or season pass and get into Fright Fest |Aug 21, 2017

Want to scare up some screams at Fright Fest? Admission to the annual Halloween invasion for all ages is included with any Six Flags Magic Mountain ticket and season pass.

Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha bring true injustice drama ‘Crown Heights’ to the screen |Aug 21, 2017

In 1980, a young immigrant from Trinidad, Colin Warner, was wrongly accused of being party to a murder in Brooklyn. He was convicted of the crime two years later. Warner was finally released from incarceration in 2001, due primarily to the unwavering efforts of his childhood friend, Carl “KC” King, to get the state of New York to acknowledge Warner’s innocence.

Pennywise Partners with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery |Aug 21, 2017

Punk rock music, beer and good times are all pretty much synonymous, which is why it made perfect sense for Pennywise to release its own craft beer. The quartet from Hermosa Beach partnered with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery for the release of Pennywiser, a Session IPA that will be available in limited release in Southern California starting Wednesday, Sept.

Tropicalia Festival in Long Beach will let you eat tacos and get all the music you will ever need |Aug 21, 2017

What do you get when you mix Brazilian Tropicalia and ’70s psychedelic with Norteno music, cumbia and salsa -- and then throw in rap, experimental hip-hop with Colombian R&B, the queen of rockabilly and Mexico’s greatest food? A deliciously schizophrenic lineup and all you can eat tacos at the upcoming

Jerry Lewis, comedian and telethon host, dies at 91 |Aug 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died.

Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis and more pay tribute to Jerry Lewis |Aug 20, 2017

Late Sunday morning after news broke that actor, comedian and philanthropist Jerry Lewis died at the age of 91, celebrities took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the comedic legend.

Meet the man behind USAF photography at Norton Air Force Base Museum |Aug 19, 2017

He’s known as the “Godfather of military visual information,” a distinguished title he earned by founding the Air Force Photojournalism Program in 1971. A country boy from Lancaster, Pa.

Blind Boys of Alabama sound as vibrant as ever on ‘Almost Home” |Aug 19, 2017

The Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing at an institute for the blind in Talladega, Alabama, in 1939, in the school’s chorus. Almost eight decades later, the five-time Grammy winning gospel quintet has released “Almost Home,” which features two founding members, Clarence Fountain (87) and Jimmy Carter (85).

Successful Aging: How to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day |Aug 19, 2017

August is a month with several days designated for celebration. Aug. 11 is National Raspberry Tart Day; the 13th is International Left-Handers Day; the 15th is National Relaxation Day; and Aug. 19 is National Potato Day.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ now on DVD, lacks charm of original |Aug 19, 2017

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” brings back almost everything that made the first film a hit — except some of the charm. From writer-director James Gunn, the story revisits the motley space crew led by the carefree Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who calls himself a Star-Lord.

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies |Aug 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Steve Smith: Former Paul Revere and The Raiders frontman Lindsay in Pasadena and a crocodile named Lemmy |Aug 18, 2017

Mark Lindsay, former lead singer with hugely popular ‘60s rock hitmakers Paul Revere and The Raiders, delivered a marvelous showcase of his bands major rock classics and delightful minor hits during a free picnic concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Old Town Pasadena’s Memorial Park on Sunday evening.

There’s an O.J. Simpson museum in LA - catch it before it’s gone |Aug 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A pop-up museum dedicated to examining the legacy of former USC and NFL star O.J. Simpson will open in Chinatown today. Displays in The O.J. Museum include sports memorabilia, a 1994 Ford Bronco, board games, a collection of 60 bootleg trial T-shirts and interactive exhibits.

‘Endeavor’ returns to PBS with new case, new tensions for the serious, swinging ‘60s detective |Aug 18, 2017

After an exciting finish to the third season, “Endeavour” throws its young detective hero Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) into a rather ordinary British whodunit episode at the beginning of Season 4 that hints at the end of something.

Solar eclipse, more Princess Diana and Whitney Houston shows are what to watch this week |Aug 18, 2017

Catch up on Ozark: (Available on Netflix) The dark thriller follows financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Laura Linney) who suddenly relocate their family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks after his partner double-crosses a Mexican drug lord in a money-laundering scheme.

This is how Voyager went ‘The Farthest’ exploring the solar system and beyond |Aug 18, 2017

Forty years ago this Sunday, Voyager 2 took off from Cape Canaveral, beginning the astounding story of the first exploration of our solar system and beyond — one that continues today. “It’s the fact there are still discoveries that keep me interested, not the fact it’s 40 years old,” says 81-year-old Ed Stone, Voyager’s chief scientist for 45 years.

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest expands for 2017 |Aug 18, 2017

Like a bat out of hell, Fright Fest comes screaming back to Six Flags Magic Mountain with a 21 days of sensory overload in September.

How to see State Street Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ at Redlands Bowl Aug. 18 and 19 |Aug 17, 2017

State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara will present “Cinderella,” an original production in two acts, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Redlands Bowl. The performances are part of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival’s 94th season.

Photographer’s portraits help Redlands shelter animals find new homes |Aug 17, 2017

REDLANDS >> Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. But for pets at the Redlands Animal Shelter, the click of Alex Woodcock’s camera puts them one step closer to finding their forever homes.

Meet 3 daredevils racing in the Red Bull Soapbox Race |Aug 17, 2017

More than 100 gutsy racers will fly down the twists and turns of Angels Point Road in Elysian Park in hopes of winning, or surviving, the Red Bull Soapbox Race.

Here’s what female-powered rap story ‘Patti Cake$’ is all about |Aug 17, 2017

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Young person from wrong side of the tracks has showbiz aspirations. Economic obstacles, crappy home life and public embarrassments stand, seemingly insurmountably, in the way of realizing them.

Dial-up era dilemmas and more as ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ captures the dawn of the Internet |Aug 17, 2017

Remember the dark ages — before search engines and the World Wide Web? In 1993, the first real open source Web browser — Mosaic — was released thanks to funding from a Congressional bill with Al Gore’s name on that passed the year before.

‘Hamilton’ brings the revolution to LA: Here’s our review |Aug 17, 2017

Anyone in the vicinity of the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday afternoon got the message, big time: the “Hamilton” juggernaut has hit Southern California. Hours before the monster-hit musical’s official local debut, its creator and Broadway leading man, Lin-Manuel Miranda, sang for a huge, excited crowd in front of the venue in what’s called #Ham4Ham, a ticket lottery and impromptu performance that’s been a regular feature of the show.