After two weeks of contract talks, leaders of the Writers Guild of America are asking union members to give them the authority to call a strike.

The union called for the strike authorization vote — a tactic that unions use to gain leverage in negotiations — after talks broke down with the Alliance…

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The acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau met her future husband, French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a Munich church 13 years ago while performing Jean Francaix’s oratorio, “L’Apocalypse Selon.”

“It was a heaven-and-hell orchestra, a heaven-and-hell chorus, and Nicolas sang Christ,” Damrau…

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Villain and heroine: The real-life husband and wife onstage in ‘Tales of Hoffmann’

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It was a tale as old as time at Friday’s box office, as Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” once again climbed into the top spot.

The live-action remake of the animated classic starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens grossed $23.9 million, bringing its cumulative box office to over $300 million and putting…

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Call it a joyous homecoming. The national tour of Broadway’s “An American in Paris” has opened at the Hollywood Pantages, returning the story, characters and George Gershwin music to the theater where the 1951 film version won the Oscar for best picture. The stage show runs for three weeks here…

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Ghouls, headless horsemen, werewolves and monsters in all stages of reanimation recently lost a key patron. On March 19, Liz Wrightson confirmed that her husband, Bernie, beloved artist and creator of many things that go bump in the night, had died at 68 after a long battle with brain cancer. “Creepy…

How Bernie Wrightson uncovered the soul of the monster in his work

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Can new jokes and three new DC superheroes make audiences fall in love with the new “Justice League” movie? Warner Bros. certainly hopes so. Check out the brand new hyper-styled and action-packed new trailer for the all-star superhero team-up.

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Brendan Pattengale started out wanting to be a commercial fashion photographer, but the draw of nature was too powerful to resist. Every summer he’d join his parents, avid backpackers, in the Eastern Sierra backcountry, and he has hiked with a brother from Bishop to Mt. Whitney. But it was a trip…

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A deeper look at what cutting the National Endowment for the Arts means to U.S. culture. The exhilarating paintings of Kerry James Marshall. And the latest building by Herzog & de Meuron. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s most essential arts stories…

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A deeper look at what cutting the National Endowment for the Arts means to U.S. culture. The exhilarating paintings of Kerry James Marshall. And the latest building by Herzog & de Meuron. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s most essential arts stories…

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Frank Ocean, “Blonded 02” radio show. (Beats 1/Apple Music). The Los Angeles-based R&B superstar recently issued the second installment of his Beats 1 show, and it feels like a shuffle-play peek at Ocean’s musical psyche.

In opening with a breathtaking chorale spiritual from jazz pianist Mary Lou…

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A deeper look at what cutting the National Endowment for the Arts means to U.S. culture. The exhilarating paintings of Kerry James Marshall. And the latest building by Herzog & de Meuron. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s most essential arts stories…

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A deeper look at what cutting the National Endowment for the Arts means to U.S. culture. The exhilarating paintings of Kerry James Marshall. And the latest building by Herzog & de Meuron. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s most essential arts stories…

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Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” which continues to rule the box office, pulls off a number of feats of movie-making wizardry. Perhaps none is greater than the act of transforming a man into a creature. How, for instance, did the studio turn a furry, animated monster into a life-like…

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Dan Stevens channels his beastly side in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ prologue dance

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New on Blu-ray

“Silence” (Paramount DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

Every decade or so, Martin Scorsese directs a movie that challenges viewers to contemplate the divine and to confront the contradictions of religious faith. Just like “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Kundun,” Scorsese and co-screenwriter…

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“A classic is a survivor. A classic transcends the winds of change. We see its genius in the timelessness of its appeal. … There is a measure of comfort in our belief that a classic will resist its age. A classic has nothing to do with truth, but it has something to do with wisdom.”

These words…

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What makes Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ an American dance classic?

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Showtime’s “American Jihad” looks at the roots of homegrown terrorism through the stories of the young American citizens behind such deadly attacks as the Boston Marathon bombing and the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting.

The 90-minute documentary, narrated by Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), goes…

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After two weeks of negotiations, the Writers Guild of America, West is asking its members to authorize a strike.

The union called for the strike authorization vote — a tactic that unions use to gain leverage in contract negotiations — after talks broke down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and…

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Ever suddenly get the feeling that the world you thought you knew isn’t the one you’re actually living in? Linking that sense of existential vertigo with times of violent social upheaval, Independent Shakespeare Co. presents the West Coast premiere of Sharr White’s “The Snow Geese” in its intimate…

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The Oscar-winning co-writer of the film “Birdman,” Alexander Dinelaris, toys with themes of human mortality and the after-effects of pathological parenting in his frustratingly uneven play “Still Life,” now at Rogue Machine Theatre.

The action centers on Carrie Ann (Laurie Okin), a successful professional…

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Rogue Machine’s surprisingly sentimental drama from the co-writer of ‘Birdman’

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Ransom Five teenagers playing a smartphone game are lured into a deadly trap in an abandoned building in France. Luke Roberts, Sarah Green and Brandon Jay McLaren star in this new episode, and Camille Langer, Boyd Ferguson, Britta Meier, Simon Holman and Logan Smythe guest star. 8 p.m….

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Saturday’s TV highlights and weekend talk: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ on HBO

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The graphic novelist Daniel Clowes was in the landmark Strand bookstore on a recent weekday, browsing the section of his chosen profession.

“Let me see if my signature is in here,” he said, flipping open a hardback copy of his time-travel romance “Patience.” “Oh, good,” he said upon seeing a clean…

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‘Wilson’s’ Daniel Clowes, patron saint of misfits and curmudgeons

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Guitar hero Eric Clapton has postponed two concerts scheduled for this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood. Citing “severe bronchitis,” the artist, who first achieved fame for his work with Cream and Derek & the Dominoes before going solo, will reschedule the concerts for the fall.

Clapton, 71, has…

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One of the many powers held by a historic music venue like the Forum in Inglewood — which has seen celebrated concerts by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Prince — is that of a time machine.

Capable of transporting an audience back to a summer when it first heard a favorite song…

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‘Game of Thrones’ live experience transforms Forum into Westeros for the night

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In early January, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ close friends and family mourned the day-apart December deaths of the mother and daughter at a private funeral. On Saturday, the public will finally get its chance to say goodbye to Princess Leia and the woman who helped us sing in the rain.

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Frank Gatson Jr. is Beyoncé’s creative director, and he danced in Michael Jackson’s video for “Smooth Criminal.” He knows what era-shaking stage moves look like.

But even he marvels at the wild, sexy and ingenious “duck walk” that helped make Chuck Berry a superstar.

“Any time anybody acts like…

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