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New Movie Reviews: Birdman; Fury; Housebound; Book of Life

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...

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Dave Grohl doesn't think small. What began as an idea to challenge his band, Foo Fighters, turned into an HBO television series that celebrates the musical heritage of eight American cities and the idea of music as a community. "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" debuts Friday at 11 p.m.   Read More...
 

While candy is a popular choice come October, many smart snackers know that it also happen s to be National Popcorn Month, timed perfectly to coincide with all all of the much-anticipated fall TV shows. In celebration, Smartfood Popcorn partnered with film critic, Ben Lyons, and Wakefield Research to conduct a study on American at-home movie and TV-watching habits.

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DON'T MISS: "Private Violence" -- This timely, highly important 90-minute documentary examines the horrors of domestic abuse through the eyes of two female survivors.   Read More...
 
The most memorable animated films devote equal energies to storytelling ingenuity and eye-popping visuals. Jorge R. Gutierrez's "The Book of Life" balances both, creating glorious new worlds through words and imagery. The result is an enchanting 3-D family film timed for upcoming Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities.   Read More...
 
Two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin is in the bedroom of her suite at Loews Santa Monica trying on various outfits for a photo shoot.   Read More...
 
Quick, name your favorite tank movie. Not that easy, huh? Unless you've caught the World War II-era Humphrey Bogart vehicle "Sahara" on a classic film channel, there aren't that many to choose from.   Read More...
 
Obit of the Day
The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California.   Read More...
 
Growing up in Minneapolis and Chicago, writer J. Ryan Stradal remembers literary events as "bland."   Read More...
 
Brian Setzer will receive an honor today few rockers have received. In an announcement on his website, one of Setzer's guitars will go to the Smithsonian Institution Museum in Washington, D.C.   Read More...
 
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The heirs of Jimi Hendrix and a music producer had a deal for a proposed film and soundtrack drawn from European concerts in 1969, but the producer had unrealistic expectations, an attorney for the rock icon's estate told a judge today.   Read More...
 
Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of the new ABC fall comedy series black-ish, appears on the cover of award-winning emmy┬« magazine,   Read More...
 
Italian pop singer Laura Pausini, who's sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, said her awards are kept in a special place - her childhood home in Solarolo, Italy.   Read More...
 
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Concert review: Gerard Way at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood   Read More...
 
From film student to rock star, A/J Jackson's dream has come full circle. Or is it that his passions have simply merged? As the frontman for Los Angeles-based Saint Motel, the Chapman University film grad and pianist has helped the nu-disco dream pop band soar to popularity in Europe and back home in Southern California with singles like "Puzzle Pieces," "Benny Goodman" and its latest release "My Type" all while directing most of the band's retro music videos.   Read More...
 
Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters.   Read More...
 
Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.   Read More...
 
The International Myeloma Foundation's 8th Annual Comedy Celebration will present smash hit stage show celebrity Autobiography on Saturday,November 8 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. Hosted by Ray Romano, The Star studded cast includes Danny Devito,Lucy Devito, Patricia Heaton,Howard Hesseman,Laraine Newman, Lesly Nicol, Rhea Perlaman, Doris Roberts & Rita Wilson.   Read More...
 
Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.   Read More...
 
After months of special training by director Robert Beltran, a troupe of 18 mostly Latino actors will come together this week to present Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" in a production at the CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights that has long been a goal of theater founder and artistic director Josefina Lopez.   Read More...
 
You eat in enough Thai restaurants, you come to expect certain dishes, done in a certain way - not all of which are good. You expect chicken satay to be a bit stringy, a bit dry, with a peanut sauce that's separated into oil and solids.   Read More...
 
 
 
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