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Today in Entertainment: Director Jonathan Demme dies at 73; Jeff Goldblum joins ‘Jurassic World’ sequel

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ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant searches for more efficient ways to engage viewers.

So far, several people have announced on Twitter that they have been laid off. The cuts include NFL reporter Ed Werder, who is losing his…

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ESPN lays off Ed Werder and about 100 other writers and on-air personalities

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Jonathan Demme, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs,” died Wednesday at age 73. In 1988, Demme spoke to The Times about casting Dean Stockwell in “Married to the Mob” as well as his willingness to make movies about unpredictable, independent women. This article was previously…

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Jonathan Demme on making ‘Married to the Mob’ and why he’s attracted to movies about independent women

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Jeff Goldblum primed for return in new ‘Jurassic’ movie

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Jonathan Demme, director of the Academy Award-winning film “The Silence of the Lambs,” died Wednesday in New York. He was 73.

Demme, who also directed the AIDS drama “Philadelphia” and the David Byrne documentary “Stop Making Sense,” died from complications of esophageal cancer, representatives…

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Hit maker Dr. Luke is no longer chief executive of the label he founded under Sony Music in 2011, but sources indicate his relationship with the label hasn’t been completely severed.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that Sony had distanced itself from the producer, born Lukasz Gottwald,…

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‘They are not cutting ties:’ Dr. Luke rep responds to report producer and Sony Music have split

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Here’s a primer on a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America: Who would go on strike, how we got here, what the sides disagree on and what the effects would be.

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A strike by TV and movie writers may be just days away. Here’s what you need to know

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Patterson + Reckinger established a name for themselves with their music video animations. Now they are now known for creating the wild animations that accompany philharmonic concerts.

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Patterson + Reckinger established a name for themselves with their music video animations. Now they are now known for creating the wild animations that accompany philharmonic concerts.

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Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger turn animation into a wild sensory art installation

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STX Entertainment’s new Tom Hanks-Emma Watson dystopia won’t slow ‘Fate’s’ charge

‘The Circle’ likely no match for ‘Fate’ at the box office

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Global streaming giant Netflix has finally found a doorway into the vast Chinese entertainment market, months after pulling back on efforts to launch its service there.

The Los Gatos, Calif., company has made a deal to license its original shows to online video platform IQiyi, owned by Chinese…

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Netflix finds a path into China through Baidu streaming service

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Recent L.A. hometown hit “La La Land” got its own local holiday Tuesday. Here are 15 other films set in L.A. worth celebrating.

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Move over, ‘La La Land’: Here are 15 other films worthy of their own official day

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Until this week, Georges Aperghis was a Greek composer never on Monday. At least never on the Monday Evening Concerts, which devoted its last concert of the season to him.

Born in Athens in 1945 and living in France since 1963, Aperghis has all the qualities of an aging European avant-gardist increasingly…

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Why a fashionable young audience flocked to hear an obscure Greek composer’s soundscape

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Universal Pictures’ “The Fate of the Furious” continues to put up huge numbers at the Chinese box office, grossing $54.3 million last weekend after a strong opening run.

After grossing $190 million in its mid-April opening weekend, F. Gary Gray’s film — the eighth in the “Fast and the Furious”…

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ dominates China’s box office for the second week

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Just in time for “La La Land’s” DVD release, the film got a love letter of its own from Los Angeles in a ceremony Tuesday morning on the steps of City Hall.

“It is my pleasure to declare today in the city of Los Angeles ‘La La Land’ Day,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said of Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning…

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How does L.A. celebrate ‘La La Land’ Day? With aerial dancers, a jazz band and Mayor Garcetti on the keys

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Margaret Atwood published “The Handmaid’s Tale,” her novel about a near-future, totalitarian patriarchal theocracy, in 1985. It was right in the middle of the Reagan years, and as a Canadian she was looking south across the border at a resurgent American Puritanism, exemplified by the so-called…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is told anew on Hulu and it feels disquietingly contemporary

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When the Walt Disney Co. wrote a check for more than $4 billion in 2009 to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc., Disney fans predicted a massive invasion of superheroes at the company’s Anaheim resort.

That seems to be coming true, with the opening next month of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout,…

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With ‘Star Wars’ land still two years away, Disney offers visitors a ‘Summer of Heroes’

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What was going through Shania Twain’s mind while serving recently as a guest vocal coach on NBC’s “The Voice”? Was she more concerned with technical expertise or emotional impact?

“It’s a combination of both,” the Canadian pop-country superstar told us last week while discussing that role as well…

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Shania Twain as coach on ‘The Voice’: ‘Some people can fall through the cracks’

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“So at Stagecoach, I’m going to be mostly surrounded by the guys?” Shania Twain asked a visitor about her upcoming headlining slot at the world’s biggest country music festival that opens April 28 in Indio.

The assumption was understandable.

In the 13 years since the Canadian singer, songwriter…

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Stagecoach fine-tunes the formula with Shania Twain, Jerry Lee Lewis and more

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Stephen Colbert thanks Donald Trump for boosting his ratings during first 100 days in office

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Scott Baio defends himself now that he knows how Erin Moran died

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With NEA funding, Piece by Piece provides educational art programs to those trying to get back on their feet after being homeless.

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On skid row, rebuilding a dream one mosaic at a time

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In “Great News,” premiering Tuesday on NBC, Briga Heelan plays Katie Wendelson, a producer at a New Jersey-based cable news show called “The Breakdown.” She has been there for a few years, not making the impression she would have hoped for, when one day her hovering, smothering mother Carol (Andrea…

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Amusing but conventional ‘Great News’ follows in the footsteps of ’30 Rock’

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Physics geeks rejoice. Albert Einstein has his own drama series.

Everyone else? Pay attention, because you may learn something.

Einstein gets the biopic treatment in “Genius,” National Geographic’s first scripted drama. In 10 hour-long episodes, the beautifully shot and written series goes beyond…

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Illuminating new series ‘Genius’ examines Albert Einstein’s beautiful mind and extracurricular love life

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