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Apr 23, 2017 4:00 AM

'Vampire Bat' flies again

Even millennials are fans of some of the schlocky horror films of the '30s and '40s, classics like "Dracula," "Frankenstein" and "The Black Cat." Now thanks to UCLA's Film and Television Archive and The Film Detective, an evergreen has been revived for Blu-ray and DVD.

Actor cultivates art by forgetting
Apr 23, 2017 4:00 AM

Actor cultivates art by forgetting

PASADENA, Calif. -- Performer John Michael Higgins harbors a secret acting technique. He perfects his skill by ignoring it.

By Luaine Lee Tribune News Service
Apr 23, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 87. Actor David Birney is 78. Actor Lee Majors is 78. Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito is 74. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 70. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 63. Actress Judy Davis is 62. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 57.

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has skewer skills
Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has skewer skills

NEW YORK -- As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she's still pretty handy with a good stick -- only this time it's in the kitchen.

By Mark Kennedy Associated Press
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Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM

New Prince music may be on the way

New Prince music is on the way -- unless his family can stop it. "Deliverance," a six-song EP of previously unreleased songs by the late pop star, is scheduled for release Friday, exactly one year after his death from a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (tns)
People names Roberts 'World's Most Beautiful'
Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM

People names Roberts 'World's Most Beautiful'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Julia Roberts is more than just a "Pretty Woman." People magazine has named her the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" for a record fifth time. The magazine announced Roberts' selection on Wednesday.

Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Baldwin on impersonating the president

Alec Baldwin -- whose career and credibility owe much to NBC, producer Lorne Michaels and "Saturday Night Live," a show he has hosted 17 times -- wandered over to CBS' "Late Show" on Tuesday night to promote his new memoir, "Nevertheless.

By Robert Loyd Los Angeles Times (tns)
Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Nine Inch Nails among Riot Fest 2017 headliners

CHICAGO (TNS) -- Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and punk veterans Jawbreaker will headline Riot Fest when it returns Sept. 15-17 to Chicago's Douglas Park.

Apatow has new book of interviews with comedians
Apr 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Apatow has new book of interviews with comedians

NEW YORK (AP) -- Judd Apatow likes nothing more than topping his own joke. The filmmaker is putting together a sequel to his best-selling "Sick in the Head," which featured conversations with Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians.

Apr 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is 90. Actor Peter Mark Richman is 90. Singer Bobby Vinton is 82. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is 77. Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 70. Former Massachusetts first lady Ann Romney is 68. NFL coach Bill Belichick is 65.

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'Black-ish' star working hard
Apr 16, 2017 4:00 AM

'Black-ish' star working hard

When I caught up with comedian and "Black-ish" co-star Deon Cole recently, he was in Arlington, Texas, for a stand-up gig. I couldn't hear him clearly at first. "Oh, I'm sorry," he explained, "I got you on speaker because I'm trying to iron my clothes.

By Nina Metz Chicago Tribune
Apr 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Atwood adds a new ending to 'A Handmaid's Tale'

(TNS) -- Like George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "1984," Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" -- a chilling novel about a society called Gilead that takes repression of women to new and terrifying levels -- has found new life.

Apr 9, 2017 4:00 AM

birthdays

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is 91. Satirical songwriter and mathematician Tom Lehrer is 89. Naturalist Jim Fowler is 87. Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is 84. Actress Michael Learned is 78. Country singer Margo Smith is 75. Country singer Hal Ketchum is 64. Actor Dennis Quaid is 63.

Apr 9, 2017 4:00 AM

TV special will honor golfer Jack Nicklaus

(TNS) -- Jack Nicklaus will be the subject of a three-night series called simply "Jack" on the Golf Channel starting today. And while people know of his golfing triumphs, few know about his travails.

Mar 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 87. Actor Alan Arkin is 83. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is 82. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is 77. Journalist Bob Woodward is 74. Singer Diana Ross is 73. Actor Johnny Crawford is 71. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 69.

'Sesame Street' addresses autism
Mar 26, 2017 4:00 AM

'Sesame Street' addresses autism

NEW YORK -- Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes -- and autism.

By Frazier Moore Associated Press
Mar 26, 2017 4:00 AM

'Dancing With the Stars' back with a record

Mr. T will be pitying the fool, Charo will cuchi-cuchi her way through the waltz and baseballer David Ross hopes to throw a curve ball as ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" returns Monday with a whole new cast and the record 400th episode. Along with Mr.

The Purrfect mix of kittens and basketball
Mar 19, 2017 4:00 AM

The Purrfect mix of kittens and basketball

NEW YORK (AP) -- Watch out Villanova and Kentucky (and Arizona and Northwestern), there's a new set of cats going wild for March Madness. Time for Meow Madness, coming in April.

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Mar 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Birthdays

Theologian Hans Kung is 89. Author Philip Roth is 84. Actress Renee Taylor is 84. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is 84. Actress Ursula Andress is 81. Singer Clarence "Frogman" Henry is 80. Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) is 71. Actress Glenn Close is 70.

CMT aims to reinvent itself
Mar 19, 2017 4:00 AM

CMT aims to reinvent itself

NASHVILLE -- Outside the CMT building, Nashville is booming. Cranes dot the skyline downtown, and thousands of tourists flood the neon-lighted clutch of clubs on Lower Broadway.

By Sarah Rodman Los Angeles Times