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  • Concert Review: Panic! at the Disco Brings Theatrical Flair to Forum February 16, 2019
    At one particularly crowd-pleasing point during Panic! at the Disco’s show Friday at the Forum, Brendon Urie played the group’s cover of one of the “Greatest Showman” songs, from the recent tribute album devoted to that film, and it’s not hard to see why he would gravitate to the musical. Urie’s so much of a […]
    Alex Stedman
  • Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Lego Movie 2’ to Lead President’s Day Weekend February 16, 2019
    “Alita: Battle Angel” is holding a slim lead ahead of “Lego Movie 2’s” second frame with an estimated four-day take of $29.1 million from 3,790 North American locations. “Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” meanwhile, is heading for about $25 million for a domestic tally of around $66 million. The two films lead the pack […]
    Erin Nyren
  • Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Teams Talks about ‘Fast and Furious’ Filming February 16, 2019
    Thursday night’s New York premiere of the Matt Smith-led biopic “Mapplethorpe” took place at Cinépolis Chelsea, just steps from the Chelsea Hotel where the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe once lived — but director Ondi Timoner had no sense of that legacy when she first encountered him in a very different context. “When I was ten […]
  • Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF February 16, 2019
    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is […]
    John Hopewell
  • Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77 February 16, 2019
    Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler’s final days in 2004’s “Downfall,” has died. He was 77. Ganz died at his home in Zurich on Friday, his representatives told media outlets. The cause of death was reportedly colon cancer. In addition to delivering one of the definitive cinematic portrayals of Hitler, […]
    Henry Chu
  • Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese Video Platform Bilibili February 16, 2019
    Alibaba has purchased an 8% stake in the Chinese online video platform Bilibili, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Bilibili is one of China’s top video streaming and entertainment platforms, with about 92 million monthly active users and 450 million page-views per day. Founded in 2009, it was listed on the NASDAQ last March. Alibaba’s […]
    Rebecca Davis
  • Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in ‘The Brink’ February 16, 2019
    Stephen K. Bannon drinks Kombucha (who knew?), the fermented tea beverage for health fanatics that tastes like…well, if they ever invented a soft drink called Germs, that’s what Kombucha tastes like. In “The Brink,” Alison Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall, rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-a-white-nationalist documentary, Bannon explains that he likes Kombucha because it g […]
    Owen Gleiberman
  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78 February 16, 2019
    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the […]
    Cynthia Littleton
  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91 February 16, 2019
    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished […]
    Dave McNary
  • Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges February 16, 2019
    After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information in the case. Police no longer consider the men to be suspects. “Due to new evidence as a […]

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  • Son accused of killing parents, housekeeper in Newport Beach gated community
    A 27-year-old man was charged Friday in the killings of his parents and their housekeeper in a Newport Beach home. Richard Nicholson, 64, and Kim Nicholson, 61, both of Newport Beach, and Maria Morse, 57, of Anaheim were found dead Wednesday night in a home at 36 Palazzo, according to the Orange...
  • Essential California: See you in court, Trump
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Feb. 16. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that California was planning to sue the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency on the...
  • Nearly 50 inmates riot at Donovan state prison in Otay Mesa
    Ten inmates were injured — at least one seriously — when nearly 50 inmates rioted Friday morning at a state prison in Otay Mesa, state prison officials said. Shortly before 9 a.m., several fights broke out in the Facility A yard at Robert J. Donovan Correctional Facility, California Department...
  • LAPD officer is severely beaten on skid row and left in critical condition
    An off-duty 20-year veteran Los Angeles police officer was in critical condition Friday after a fight with another man in downtown’s skid row ended with the officer shooting the suspected assailant, police said. The narcotics detective, whose name was not released, was “severely injured” during...
  • Man said to be the son of two victims is arrested in triple slaying in Newport Beach
    A 27-year-old man was charged with murder Friday in the slayings of three people whose bodies were found in a Newport Beach home this week. Orange County prosecutors allege that Camden Nicholson killed Richard Nicholson, 64, and Kim Nicholson, 61, both of Newport Beach, and Maria Morse, 57, of...
  • Gang member charged in triple slaying at Torrance bowling alley
    A 47-year-old Los Angeles gang member was charged Friday with killing three men at a Torrance bowling alley last month, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced. Reginald Leander Wallace of Los Angeles faces three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count...
  • YouTube personality 'Furry Potato' shot and wounded outside L.A. synagogue
    A YouTube personality was shot during an argument with a security guard while filming outside a Los Angeles synagogue and Jewish high school Thursday afternoon, according to police and footage posted to social media. Police were responding to reports of a disturbance outside the Etz Jacob Congregation/Ohel...
  • LAPD commander under investigation was allowed to join controversial retirement plan
    A Los Angeles police commander assigned to home duty after his unmarked car was found crashed and abandoned enrolled days later in a controversial retirement program that allows him to collect essentially twice his usual pay. By joining the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, the commander will begin...
  • Triple killing in Newport Beach gated community leaves neighbors stunned
    Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with a triple slaying in a private community in Newport Beach.​​​​​​ ​​​​​​The Newport Beach Police Department received a call from Irvine police shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, requesting a welfare check at a home on Palazzo, in a private community,...
  • L.A. sheriff wants to put tighter limits on ICE. Here are his plans to do it
    Alex Villanueva’s upset victory in last fall’s L.A. County sheriff’s race hinged on the overwhelming support he got from immigrant rights advocates and Latino voters. By vowing to strictly limit his department’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and keep the county jails...
  • Sheriff Villanueva is using faulty data to claim jail violence is rising
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the jails he now supervises are a dangerous mess: Inmates increasingly are assaulting one another, staff members are suffering more attacks and use of force has gone way up. He also says that his immediate predecessor, Jim McDonnell, covered up data...
  • Essential California: The long fall for California's bullet train
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Feb. 14, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES It was billed as the most ambitious public works project since the transcontinental railroad opened up the West. But bite by bite, huge cost overruns,...
  • More than 80 gang members and associates indicted in joint LAPD-FBI takedown
    Dozens of suspected gang members and associates were charged with federal racketeering, gun and drug violations Wednesday, marking the end of long-running investigations targeting street gangs in South L.A. and the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. Twenty-five members of the Vineland Boys...
  • Human remains found in Palmdale
    Homicide detectives are investigating after human remains of an unknown person were discovered in Palmdale on Wednesday. The remains were discovered at 235th Street East and Avenue T about 1:15 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone...
  • Lyndon LaRouche Jr., conspiracy theorist who ran for president again and again, dies at 96
    Often described as an extremist crank and fringe figure, Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. cut a shadowy and alarming path through American politics for a half-century. He built a political organization often likened to a cult and ran for president eight times, once while in prison for mail fraud. In recent...
  • Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas is charged with drug trafficking in Las Vegas
    Billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III was charged Wednesday in Las Vegas with multiple charges of narcotics trafficking six months after police discovered heroin and meth in the Broadcom co-founder’s massive suite at the Encore hotel. Based on the quantities of the narcotics found inside the suite...
  • Man arrested in connection with freeway shooting of 10-year-old boy
    Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a car-to-car shooting on the 15 Freeway south of Hesperia that left a 10-year-old boy with a serious head injury, the California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday. CHP officers arrested Jose Luis Chavez, 48, of Phelan on suspicion of attempted...
  • In landmark move, L.A. County will replace Men’s Central Jail with mental health hospital for inmates
    Los Angeles County supervisors narrowly approved a plan Tuesday to tear down the dungeon-like Men’s Central Jail downtown and build at least one mental health treatment facility in its place. The new plan modifies a $2.2-billion proposal that would have created the Consolidated Correctional Treatment...
  • Stockton teacher sentenced to life in prison for incest, longtime sex abuse
    A Stockton special education teacher has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing minors, including his own children, for nearly 20 years. Rodney Flucas, 50, was given a life sentence Tuesday for transporting minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Flucas also...
  • Man unloads ‘hail of gunfire’ into San Diego bistro: ‘Amazing that nobody was hurt’
    A man armed with a high-powered rifle unleashed a “hail of gunfire” into a Hillcrest restaurant Tuesday night, but nobody was injured, police said. Officers detained a possible suspect about 20 minutes later and found the discarded gun somewhere in the four blocks between where the gunfire erupted...
  • Gunshots reported after robbery near WeHo recording studio
    Authorities are investigating a robbery outside Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood that ended with shots fired, officials said. The shooting occurred after 3 p.m. in the 7200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Three suspects confronted...
  • LGBTQ alumni at USC allege men’s doctor sexually abused them
    In another blow to USC’s student health clinic, six male graduates filed a lawsuit this week accusing a men’s health doctor of sexual battery and harassment during appointments. The suit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that Dr. Dennis Kelly made demeaning remarks to defendants, all recent...
  • San Diego birdman beaten, beloved cockatoo killed after unprovoked attack
    The bruises on his face soon may heal, but the broken heart of Victor Vasquez — the Birdman of San Diego’s East Village — may take a while longer. “Sydney, the day before he died, I told him, ‘You’re the reason I wake up in the morning,” Vasquez said recently of his 31-year-old medium sulphur-crested...
  • Screaming man, shot by police with sponge gun and Tasers, dies after scuffle in Fullerton
    A 22-year-old man died Monday after a fight with officers who tried to detain him after he was reported to be acting erratically and yelling at people as they walked down the street, Fullerton police said. Police said the man, who has not been identified, rushed officers when they arrived in the...
  • Essential California: Big news by the beach
    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Feb. 12, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES In a major victory for coastal advocates, a Santa Barbara judge refused to approve a deal that would have allowed access to Hollister Ranch’s coastline...

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