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New Movie Reviews: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies'; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'; 'Annie'; 'Into the Woods'; 'Wild'; 'Foxcatcher'

In this week's new releases 'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' wraps with a Middle-earth melee; 'Night at the Museum' bids farewell to Robin Williams; 'Annie' is a hard knock, no fun adaptation; 'Into the Woods' impressive, but a bit too tame; Witherspoon steps up her game for captivating 'Wild'; 'Foxcatcher' misses by more than a nose Read More...

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"Unbroken" is an extraordinarily handsome World War II movie made for people who are really into pain. Beatings, starvation, backbreaking toil, punch-ups, more beatings - it's all here, ceaselessly. Of course, this is what our late local hero, "Torrance Tornado" Louis Zamperini, suffered after the bomber he was on ditched into the Pacific Ocean.   Read More...
 
"Unbroken" is many things to many people. For the movie's director Angelina Jolie, it was a tribute to Louis Zamperini, the story's subject and - in the final years of his eventful life - her dear friend. It was also a chance for the superstar actress, world-renowned humanitarian and walking definition of modern celebrity to really test her mettle behind the camera.   Read More...
 
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Inglewood -- The legendary Stevie Wonder knocked fans off their feet during a sold-out performance at The Forum on Saturday that reminded the crowd of the meaning of the holiday season. The packed arena of more than 17,000 people sang and danced nearly nonstop at Wonder's 19th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert.   Read More...
 
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LONDON (AP) - British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends."   Read More...
 
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Since I didn't do a column last Sunday, I've included some releases from the past week. The best of the lot is Season 2 of "The Americans," which made my list of top shows of 2014. It's compelling television. The FX series returns for its third season in January.   Read More...
 
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While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell. Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday.   Read More...
 
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In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services. The songs were released because several in-progress demos were leaked earlier this week, publicist Liz Rosenberg said. Madonna said in a statement that she had wanted to wait until a different holiday season.   Read More...
 
Los Angeles Chefs Rory Herrmann, Timothy Hollingsworth, Jason Neroni, David Nayfeld, and Ivan Marquez will create their iconic signature dishes along with Specialty Cocktails by Julian Cox at Santa Anita Park's Chandelier Room.   Read More...
 
Enter below for your chance to win Calibash tickets to see Pitbull, Don Omar, Carlos Vives, Wisin, Tego Calderon & more   Read More...
 
Sponsored by Nestlé USA. Hundreds of volunteers, celebrities, and local leaders, led by The Midnight Mission President and CEO Larry Adamson, Entertainer Dick Van Dyke, KLOS Radio Personality Gary Moore, and many others will be on hand to serve as elves/helpers demonstrating how Los Angeles cares about its most needy citizens. Volunteers from corporate sponsor, Nestlé USA, will distribute food bags, while thousands are served a traditional holiday meal.   Read More...
 
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That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce. As of Thursday morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its planned release due to terrorist threats by hackers said to be connected to North Korea.   Read More...
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.   Read More...
 
Court records show Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalized their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March.   Read More...
 
Everyone loves a parade, as the saying goes, and if your New Year's Day plans include going to the 126th annual Tournament of Roses Parade, here's information that will help you get the most out of the experience.   Read More...
 
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The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year's honorees are: the Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, Louvin Brothers, and Wayne Shorter as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Richard Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and George Wein as Trustees Award honorees; and Ray Kurzweil as the Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient.   Read More...
 
Nearly 2.97 million passengers will pass through LAX during the 14-day holiday travel period that starts Friday and ends. Jan. 2, a 4.1 percent increase over last year, airport officials said today.   Read More...
 

Sony cancels Christmas release of 'The Interview' Social media react to Sony Picture's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview," starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which was set for Dec. 25, 2014:

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Black Market Liquor Bar - which sits on what's becoming Studio City's Gastropub Alley - is not a place to go for a quiet conversation. It can be fairly argued that it's not a place to go for any conversation at all, for the noise level is akin to standing on a subway platform as a train pulls into a station. (Of course, the irony is that much of the noise comes from people trying to have conversations.)   Read More...
 
"THE WHO HITS 50!" tour explosively kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland (11-30) to rave reviews and a set list that featured a wide range of songs from one of rock's most legendary and defining bands.   Read More...
 
When the L.A. residents whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the 405 Freeway, the busiest urban freeway in America, began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.   Read More...
 
 
 
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