SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes … more ...
Remote controls, designed to make life easier and more convenient, have become so numerous in many homes that keeping track of them is a challenge all its own. There are often separate remotes for the TV, DVD player, cable box … more ...
LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, … more ...
LOS ANGELES — Guillermo del Toro is helping to open the “Book of Life.” The Oscar winner is producing the animated feature by first-time director Jorge Gutierrez, and joined him at Fox Studios on Monday to unveil footage from the … more ...
NEW YORK — With Ariana Grande hitting it big in the music world this summer, her time as a star on children’s television is about to become history. Nickelodeon announced Monday that “Sam & Cat,” which at times was the … more ...
A summer without swagger for Hollywood   Published Jul 12, 2014
NEW YORK — Hollywood’s summer at the box office isn’t just missing nearly 20 percent of last summer’s revenue. It’s lacking swagger. Summer is the season for mega-budget, chest-thumping, globe-trotting monstrosities — films so big they lure droves of Americans … more ...
NEW YORK — Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” shot over 12 years, has already been hailed as a landmark without parallel in movie history. It took a rare feat of commitment from Linklater and his actors, including star Ellar Coltrane, who was … more ...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says the industry is thriving in the state, and he hopes to expand the momentum by luring gaming and app developers. Maniatis discussed his efforts Wednesday at an Albuquerque hearing … more ...
PIERRE, S.D. — Residents of central South Dakota are preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the start of filming for the Academy Award-winning movie “Dances with Wolves.” Kevin Costner filmed much of the movie in central and western South … more ...
Review: ‘Evil’ mostly delivers   Published Jul 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES — A serial-killer mystery in which the culprit turns out to be one of Satan’s minions, Scott Derrickson’s “Deliver Us From Evil” adapts the detective genre to an exorcism tale that is very serious about the prospect of … more ...
If Roger Ebert had never written a film review or dramatically articulated his thumb, he would have still been a man to admire. Steve James’ new documentary on the late critic has plenty on Ebert’s Chicago rise to Pulitzer-winning reporter, … more ...

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Digital characters have by now long populated our movies like unwanted house guests. Some of these CGI inventions, like Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings,” have been pleasant, even precious company. But most have disrupted our movie worlds — … more ...
LOS ANGELES — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees … more ...
LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five … more ...
ATLANTA (AP) — A nonprofit organization founded by singer Usher will celebrate its 15th anniversary in Atlanta this month. The Grammy Award-winning singer said in a statement Wednesday his New Look Foundation will hold its President’s Circle Awards luncheon July … more ...
Trey Songz complacent on 6th album   Published Jul 8, 2014
Trey Songz, “Trigga” (Atlantic Records) Six albums in and making R&B hits almost seems too easy for Trey Songz. He’s got the vocals of a crooner with the swagger of a rapper, and on his latest release, “Trigga,” the heartthrob … more ...
Remedy: 7-part harmony and more   Published Jul 8, 2014
Old Crow Medicine Show, “Remedy” (ATO) “We’re talking happiness here,” banjo wiz Critter Fuqua says as an aside a few minutes into “Remedy,” which neatly sums up the latest album from Old Crow Medicine Show. Lickety-split tempos and kitchen-sink arrangements … more ...
NEW YORK — Singer Jewel and her husband are divorcing after a 16-year relationship. The 40-year-old writes in a letter posted on her website that she and Ty Murray want their separation “to be nothing less loving than the way … more ...
CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel went from hanging out with the Browns to hanging with the Biebs. Cleveland’s rookie quarterback, whose social life has overshadowed his NFL arrival, posted photographs on Twitter of him and Justin Bieber. Manziel promised last week … more ...
Maybe Thicke will win wife back   Published Jul 1, 2014
Robin Thicke, “Paula” (Interscope) It’s easy to fall in line with the crowd that believes Robin Thicke’s attempt to win back his wife by calling his new album “Paula” is desperate and ridiculous. In some ways it is. But if … more ...
Colt Ford brings the party   Published Jul 1, 2014
Colt Ford, “Thanks For Listening” (Average Joe’s) Country music’s pre-eminent singer/rapper Colt Ford is out with his fifth studio album, “Thanks For Listening,” a release thick with featured vocals from other artists and a keen ear toward the caricature of … more ...
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