Entertainment

Matthew Sweet at the top of his musical game on ‘Tomorrow Forever’ |Jun 25, 2017

Matthew Sweet recently moved from Los Angeles back to Nebraska, his home state, where he recorded “Tomorrow Forever.” Sweet turned to Kickstarter to help fund his first album since 2011, and in the process, has come up with his best solo effort since before the turn of the century.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ debuts to a franchise low |Jun 25, 2017

NEW YORK >> The hulking machines of “Transformers” are no longer box-office behemoths in North America. But they’re still big in China. Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in the Hasbro series, scored a franchise-low domestic debut with an estimated $43.

George Lucas’s LA museum set to blast off with big council vote Tuesday |Jun 25, 2017

Filmmaker George Lucas’s proposed $1.5 billion museum to showcase his art collection is headed closer toward reality, with the project expected to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers deliver the hits to a packed crowd at Arroyo Seco Weekend |Jun 25, 2017

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have 40 years on the books now -- that’s the point of the band’s current tour -- so it almost seems unfair to only get 19 songs in a headlining set on the first day of the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena on Saturday, June 24.

This is why all of those people have flowers on their heads at Arroyo Seco Weekend |Jun 25, 2017

You might have seen the image on Instagram -- the one of a friend or acquaintance wearing an ornate bouquet of flowers on their head while, curiously, not smiling. What’s the deal? Look no further than Mud Baron and the viral floral sensation #FlowersOnYourHead.

Arroyo Seco Weekend wasn’t the nightmare festival neighbors feared |Jun 25, 2017

Two years ago, neighbors expected nothing but headaches when they learned of Pasadena’s new music festival Arroyo Seco Weekend. Their fears grew from experiences with disruptive concerts in

Musical highlights from Sunday at Arroyo Seco Weekend |Jun 25, 2017

Half the musicians in Con Brio had already sweated through their shirts before the seven-piece funk band took the stage at Arroyo Seco Weekend on Sunday. But regardless of the temperatures outside, the Willow tent in the second day of this new fest in Pasadena -- at least 102 degrees at mid-afternoon -- things immediately got hotter when the Bay Area band started to play.

See all the red carpet fashions at the BET Awards 2017 |Jun 25, 2017

As the stars braved the heat on Sunday to attend the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Leslie Jones hosted awards show, which already has gotten fans pumped up with the

2017 BET Awards: Here’s what happened at the show |Jun 25, 2017

Did you see all the action at the BET Awards tonight? Following the red carpet fashion show, the

There’s little lust for life in ‘T2 Trainspotting’ out on DVD |Jun 24, 2017

Reunions are not always a good idea, especially when you’re the quartet of Scottish scoundrels from 1996’s “Trainspotting,” that rollicking drug-centered film by Danny Boyle.

What to know about ‘Broadchurch’ season 3 on BBC America |Jun 24, 2017

It’s always a welcome sight to see David Tennant’s DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman’s DS Ellie Miller. The two British police detectives are both grumpy in their own ways, but their crankiness complements each other and helps them solve crimes.

Headed to the Tool concert at Glen Helen Amphitheater? Be prepared for some traffic |Jun 24, 2017

If you’re headed to the Tool concert at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore Saturday, you may want to give yourself a little extra time to get there as traffic through the area is going to be extremely heavy.

Get this free stuff at Arroyo Seco Weekend |Jun 24, 2017

Patrons checking out the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend not only got a chance to check out plenty of tunes and eats in Pasadena, but they could also score some free swag. Lucky for you, we scoped out some of the best spots to grab some of that free stuff, so you can have eternal bragging rights with your friends.

Alabama Shakes, Jeff Goldblum among musical highlights from Arroyo Seco Weekend’s opening day |Jun 24, 2017

Sunset is for soul at the Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena as a handful of artists, mostly older, some young, took to the three different stages in the grounds in Pasadena to sing their hearts and heartaches out.

Arroyo Seco Weekend is the hometown festival you actually want to go to |Jun 24, 2017

If the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a party in the desert, Arroyo Seco Weekend is a hometown street fair that just happens to be the same size as a small city.

Arroyo Seco Weekend’s art lets you create smells and stare at a strange red tube |Jun 24, 2017

An inflatable red tube snakes through a concrete channel, an artist teaches people to create new smells and an audience sips beer while watching the recording of an architecture podcast. This is art at Arroyo Seco Weekend.

Glen Helen increasingly luring daylong shows like Tool’s Saturday concert |Jun 24, 2017

DEVORE >> Steve Kalogiros said he drove 37 hours — from the city of London in the province of Ontario, Canada, to San Bernardino — to catch progressive heavy metal band Tool headline Saturday’s concert at the Glen Helen Amphitheater.

Steve Smith: A review of the Moody Blues at the Hollywood Bowl, a look back at the Monterey Pop Fest 50 years later, and more |Jun 23, 2017

Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter-guitarist Justin Hayward, singer-songwriter-bassist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge and their fellow members of England’s Moody Blues, keyboardist Mike Pinder and singer-songwriter-flutist Ray Thomas, recorded their “Days of Future Passed” album that time has shown to be a pioneering classic of classical rock music.

How to catch a ‘dive-in’ movie in Fontana |Jun 23, 2017

Some call them “dive-in movies.” Others say “flick and float.” Either way, it’s a very Southern California way to catch a film — not just poolside but from in the pool.

Johnny Depp alludes to presidential assassination, sparking Secret Service’s awareness |Jun 23, 2017

NEW YORK — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.

Live coverage from the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival at the Rose Bowl |Jun 23, 2017

Follow reporters, photographers and editors reporting live from Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and the first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend. We’ll be covering the music, food and spectacle from the moment they open the gates to Mumford & Sons final bow.

Why a prickly president under pressure is What to Watch before the Fourth of July |Jun 23, 2017

Catch up on John Adams: (HBO On Demand, Amazon Prime) With the Fourth of July around the corner, this beautifully mounted, seven-part miniseries based on the David McCullough biography recounts the life of one of the men most responsible for us being able to celebrate Independence Day.

Without Helen Mirren, ‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ reboot takes on ’70s era sexism |Jun 23, 2017

When you run out of ways to tell stories that move forward, go back. That’s the trend anyway with things like the “Star Wars” Han Solo project, which is chronicling the space buccaneer’s younger days.

Here’s what happened to the cast of ‘Preacher’ before its second season |Jun 23, 2017

At the beginning of the second episode of this season’s AMC’s “Preacher,” there is an extended montage of an angel repeatedly attempting suicide. Actor-writer Seth Rogen, one of the producers of the series, thinks that in today’s crowded television marketplace it’s not a bad idea “to play to our instincts and indulge what we feel the show can do.

Those ‘Baby Driver’ car chases took Edgar Wright 20 years to bring to movie screens |Jun 23, 2017

No one handles a car like Baby, the title character in Edgar Wright’s sixth feature film, “Baby Driver,” opening Friday. He can stop on a dime, glide through traffic and put the pedal to the metal when necessary, which is often since he’s a getaway driver.

6 beach restaurants just steps away from the sand |Jun 23, 2017

Summer officially starts this week, and the hot weather will drive thousands to the beach. And while many come with coolers full of food and drinks, others will get hungry and need places to grub.

In LA return, French electronic rock duo Air celebrate 20 years at the Greek |Jun 23, 2017

Nicolas Godin, one half of the French electronic rock duo Air, lives the definition of laissez-faire, a phrase in his native tongue for the attitude that life and all the rest will find its own course in time.

What Netflix’s meaty ‘Okja’ says about turning animals into food according to director Bong Joon Ho |Jun 23, 2017

Bong Joon Ho has learned to take the good with the bad. The master South Korean filmmaker — his crime mystery “Memories of Murder,” goofball monster movie “The Host” and Hitchcockian thriller “Mother” are all rightly considered classics — has enjoyed ambition-fueling resources as well as some release-related heartbreaks with his two most recent, mostly English-language productions, “Snowpiercer” and the new “Okja.

What’s new for summer at Knott’s: A ‘Ghost Town Alive!’ revival |Jun 23, 2017

Last year, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park launched “Ghost Town Alive!” — an immersive and interactive experience that visitors raved about.

LA Film Festival ends on a high note with Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Ingrid Goes West’ performance |Jun 23, 2017

The 2017 LA Film Festival ended as Southern California as it could Thursday with “Ingrid Goes West,” a deceptively superficial comedy with unusual emotional depth. In her richest performance to date, bad girl comedian Aubrey Plaza takes on the tricky title role of a social media obsessive who is genuinely disturbed.

Ron Howard is new director of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film |Jun 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences.

How should you get to Arroyo Seco Weekend? Here’s a few options to avoid traffic |Jun 22, 2017

With music and arts festival Arroyo Seco Weekend coming up in less than five days, the city of Pasadena is preparing itself for huge crowds and a potential traffic mess. Here are some ways to stay safe and navigate through any possible transportation fiascos.

How cannibalism and brutality fuel ‘Bad Batch’ director Ana Lily Amirpour’s ‘love letter to America’ |Jun 22, 2017

Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” was an art house sensation in 2014. The black-and-white mood fest was an unclassifiable take on feminine fears, addictions and desires, set in an industrial burg near the filmmaker’s hometown Bakersfield.

The wrestling women of Netflix’s ‘GLOW’ grapple with stereotypes, take hold of your imagination |Jun 22, 2017

The new Netflix dramedy “GLOW” wrestles with female stereotypes and comes up an amusing winner. The series has almost too ripe a setting: an all-female pro-wrestling show in the 1980s, an era of spandex, heavy-duty hair spray, Madonna-inspired fashion, glitzy videos and awful rock anthems.

See scary ‘American Horror Story’ costumes and artifacts up close at the Paley |Jun 22, 2017

In May, FX’s “American Horror Story” producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy teased that season seven will be about the recent presidential election, as well as include deeper looks into some of the “Freak Show” characters.

Everything you need to know about Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk |Jun 22, 2017

Get ready to down a few at the eighth annual Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk. Visitors can take their time wandering the friendly streets of the downtown Claremont Village enjoying brews they love and ones they may want to try.

Turning a coma into comedy worked for ‘Big Sick’s’ Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon |Jun 22, 2017

It’s been an unconventional journey for comedian Kumail Nanjiani, one that’s taken him from Karachi, Pakistan to a small college in Iowa and then on to life as a struggling stand-up before finding success on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley.

Comedian Jo Koy talks Netflix special ahead of upcoming performances |Jun 22, 2017

Nearly two decades ago, comedian Jo Koy took a photo of the $1,000 check he was given for his first paid gig as a way to commemorate he had arrived. “I remember thinking I was done and had made it,” Koy said during a recent telephone interview.

It’s as funny as a coma-based relationship can get with ‘The Big Sick’ |Jun 22, 2017

Rom com. Sitcom. Disease of the week. Stand-up comedy backstage drama. My wacky immigrant parents. “The Big Sick” lives in all of these benighted genres and grows out of them. Thankfully, the often slick, just occasionally slack “Sick” is first and foremost an autobiography, and while it’s been designed to deliver maximum laughs and emotion, a quirky authenticity hovers over even its most manipulative moments.

Mexico’s Wonder Woman: Long Beach Opera tells the tale of Frida Kahlo |Jun 22, 2017

Ever since her death in 1954, flamboyant Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who was as notorious for her politics and sexual liaisons as she was for her paintings, has risen to the level of a cultural icon.

Listen to these Alabama Shakes, Mumford and Sons and ZZ Ward songs before Arroyo Seco Weekend |Jun 22, 2017

Heading to Arroyo Seco Weekend? You are going to need the perfect playlist to pump you up for the musical performances you are about to witness. Whether you are coming from Orange County or even Los Angeles (because, we all know there is always traffic), a playlist is necessary to get you through the ride.

No one loves rock music quite like Southern California and these 7 concerts prove it |Jun 22, 2017

From the Ontario Motor Speedway to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the announcement of Cal Jam 17 — featuring the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and on the grounds of Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore on Oct.

Weekend events: Car shows, Chino summer concerts among Inland Valley things to do |Jun 22, 2017

Cruisin’ Brothers Car Show: Car enthusiasts are invited to a free car show, hosted by The Cruisin’ Brothers from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday by the gazebo near Ninth and Second avenues in downtown Upland.

Early female ULV art professor Joella Jean Mahoney dies |Jun 22, 2017

Joella Jean Mahoney’s works have been enjoyed by people around the world. Some of her paintings transport audiences to the vast desert of the American Southwest with its enormous canyons and majestic sunsets.

Insomniac announces three more electronic music events in San Bernardino |Jun 22, 2017

The NOS Events Center, 689 S. E St. San Bernardino, is going to be a busy place in the next few months with a bass bumping duo and their friends, a Thanksgiving weekend trance dance party and a “Psycho Circus” for Halloween.

There’s much to be proud of in ‘The Pride’ at the Wallis in Beverly Hills |Jun 22, 2017

Whether or not you’re struggling with the current political configuration, one thing is clear: Most homosexuals are more widely accepted today than in the 1950s. The secrecy and repression of previous centuries, the unhappy marriages for “show,” the lives lived less than truthfully are no longer a universal way of life — at least for now.

3–D Theatricals brings electrifying new life to ‘Oklahoma!’ |Jun 22, 2017

Will the farmer and the cowman ever be friends? Maybe only in the theater. The South Bay’s eminent musical theater production company 3–D Theatricals has been promising a “re-imagined” version of “Oklahoma!” First produced on Broadway in 1943, with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the work long ago upended theater with its groundbreaking storytelling.

Autry Museum’s ‘Play’ puts fun at the forefront |Jun 21, 2017

Inside the Autry Museum’s new exhibition, “Play,” curator Carolyn Brucken is calling attention to a Rube Goldberg-style contraption mounted to the wall. “You can turn the handle,” she says.

What to see at the LA Film Festival today, June 21, 2017: ‘The Night Guard’ |Jun 21, 2017

Winner of several awards at other film festivals, Diego Ros’ “The Night Guard” (7 p.m., ArcLight Culver City) sounds like the kind of dark comic hoot we’ve come to expect from Mexican cinema.

Dawes is the most Arroyo Seco Weekend band, but don’t typecast them |Jun 21, 2017

Over the course of four previous albums, Dawes has often been typecast as a folk-rock band in the Laurel Canyon tradition of the Eagles or Jackson Browne. Dawes guitarist/singer Taylor Goldsmith sees some validity in those comparisons, but has always felt they sold his band short when it came to the range of its music.