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New Music from Aretha Franklin; Jessie Ware; Flying Lotus; Little Big Town; Brad Colerick

A wide gamut of new music reviews this week include: Aretha Franklin takes on divas, comes out swinging; Jessie Ware cruises on sophomore album; Flying Lotus moves deeper into the unknown; Little Big Town top-notch on new album; Tuneful tunes with touch of twang from Brad Colerick ...  Read More...

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"It's a night to let loose and have fun and sing along and dance. It's all songs that you'll recognize. It's impossible not to have a good time." Erin Baltsar, one of the five performers in "Girls Night: The Musical" is enthusiastically explaining her show, which makes its California debut Saturday at James R. Armstrong Theater in Torrance.   Read More...
 
More than 100 free tickets to the downtown Made in America concert were given to Los Angeles city departments or city representatives by Mayor Eric Garcetti's staff, according to a state filing provided by his office.   Read More...
 
The 28th Israel Film Festival starts Thursday with an opening-night gala at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Screenings commence Friday at the Town Center in Encino and Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hill   Read More...
 
Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died.   Read More...
 
Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.   Read More...
 
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Here's our take on four new films released this week: 'Birdman' - one of the best pictures of the year; 'Fury' makes a fine B-movie vehicle for Wardaddy Brad Pitt; 'Housebound' a clever and claustrophobic thriller; 'Book of Life' offers up a Mexican tale told in animated Mexican colors ...   Read More...
 
Some of the loudest, fastest and darkest bands will gather at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore for Knotfest, a pre-Halloween heavy metal extravaganza for the not-so faint of heart.   Read More...
 
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former "Tonight Show" host Sunday when he received the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington.   Read More...
 
From the moment visitors enter the new samurai exhibition in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Resnick Pavilion, they're overwhelmed by fanciful armor-clad warlords on horseback.   Read More...
 
Friday is often a graveyard for network television, populated with low-rated news shows and reruns of series episodes from earlier in the week.   Read More...
 
Live Nation Proposal Comes with “Strings Attached”   Read More...
 
Barbara Walters will return to ABC primetime with her popular long-running special, "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014," a two hour ABC News special highlighting some of the year's most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture.   Read More...
 
At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.   Read More...
 
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Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, CA (Los Angeles) will present When Good Toons Go Bad: Villains of Animation on Saturday, November 15th, 6:00pm to 10:00pm at 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA 91423. The show will be a tribute to all the villains from animated films and cartoons. The show will feature original artwork by more than 100 artists, animators, illustrators and designers.   Read More...
 
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Celebrity Chef Adam Perry Lang's Serious Barbecue Backlot BBQ joint is back in Hollywood for a limited run, which ends October 24. So if you love good BBQ, it's your last chance this week to sample some of the finest beef brisket, beef ribs and NY strip steak BBQ you've ever tasted ...   Read More...
 
We all know that fish, an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, provides many important health benefits. The evidence consistently suggests that the benefits of eating seafood surpass the risks.   Read More...
 
On Friday, October 17th, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen's Hilarity For Charity┬« (HFC), a movement led by the couple to inspire change and heighten awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the millennial generation, raised more than $900,000 at its 3rd Annual Los Angeles HFC Variety Show, presented by Genworth.   Read More...
 
Movies about corruption, gang violence, honor killing and war took prizes Saturday as the London Film Festival recognized cinema that confronts the harsh realities of our world.   Read More...
 
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Grammy Award-winning musician Brian Setzer donated his signature orange Gretsch guitar to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History during a ceremony Oct. 17.   Read More...
 
The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend.   Read More...
 
 
 
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