'The Martian' may lose top spot in crowded weekend at box office

LOS ANGELES -- "Goosebumps" may outspook "The Martian" at the box office this weekend.

Ridley Scott's "The Martian" will likely add $24 million to $26 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys. That could earn it the No. 1 spot for the third weekend in a row.

However, some ...Read more

Jennifer Lawrence: Hollywood's gender gap on pay has her 'over' trying to be 'likable'

Sounds like the Sony hack that revealed a major gender gap in "American Hustle" paychecks changed Jennifer Lawrence's life more than the naked-picture hack that saw her personal pictures for Nicholas Hoult go public back in 2014.

The latter simply made her angry. The former has her angry and resolved to do things differently moving forward, ...Read more

Billy Joe Royal, who sang 'Down in the Boondocks, dies at 73

Singer Billy Joe Royal, who scored a memorable top 10 pop hit in 1965 with "Down in the Boondocks" and later became a country star, died Oct. 6 at his home in Morehead City, N.C. He was 73.

He died in his sleep, said his stepson Trey Rivenbark.

Born in Valdosta, Ga., on April 3, 1942, Royal was exposed to country music at a young age, singing ...Read more

Taylor Swift leads 2015 AMA nominees

The nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards have been announced, and a talented upstart from Reading, Pa., named Taylor Swift leads the pack with six nominations.

Honored for music from her smash album "1989," the multiplatinum pop queen snagged nods for artist of the year, song of the year ("Blank Space"), collaboration of the year (for "...Read more

Suge Knight, Katt Williams ordered to stand trial in photographer robbery

LOS ANGELES -- Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams were ordered Tuesday to stand trial in connection with charges they stole a photographer's camera outside a Beverly Hills film and TV studio.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge heard testimony during the roughly one-hour preliminary hearing and determined ...Read more

Trump to host 'Saturday Night Live' in return to NBC

LOS ANGELES -- Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7, months after the network dropped the billionaire businessman for remarks he made about Mexican immigrants.

It's the second time he's hosted the program, the network said Tuesday in a statement. Trump previously anchored NBC's live comedy...Read more

Gail Zappa, widow of iconoclastic musician and advocate for artists' rights, dies at 70

LOS ANGELES -- Gail Zappa, widow of the iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa and a zealous advocate for artists' ownership rights over their work, has died. She was 70.

Zappa's death Oct. 7 at her home in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon was announced by family members, who described her in a statement as "a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer."

"Her ...Read more

TV review: 'Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration' offers a shallow look at a world-changer

There are many things to say about Mary Tyler Moore and her influence on television, the culture and the actual lives of at least a couple generations of women. And a few of them do get said in the course of "Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration," a new documentary made from old parts that premieres Tuesday on PBS.

The subtitle is key: This is an ...Read more

No nudes allowed: Playboy decides to put it all back on

Where once Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson and Naomi Campbell lolled in the nude, future centerfolds will be bikini-clad, and more, Playboy has announced. The magazine that got famous for showcasing naked women is giving up nudity.

What's to blame, of course, is the Internet.

"You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," ...Read more

Protomartyr finds hope amid the human rubble

'The Agent Intellect'


4 stars out of 4

Protomartyr kicks off its third studio album, "The Agent Intellect" (Hardly Art), by inviting the baddest of the bad to speak. The narrator in "The Devil in his Youth" lurks on the fringes of many of these songs, Beelzebub re-emerges again a few songs later in "Uncle Mother's" as a sinister ...Read more

Album review: Selena Gomez appears firmly in control in new album 'Revival'

Selena Gomez hit all the usual notes in the run-up to "Revival," the first album that this former Disney Channel star has made outside the House of Mouse.

There was a sexed-up lead single, "Good for You," with a roguish guest verse from rapper ASAP Rocky. There was the song's music video, in which Gomez writhes on a sofa before jumping in the ...Read more

'Beatles 1/1+' deserving of an ovation

More Beatles?

That's the question a skeptic might reasonably ask at the recent announcement of a new version of the group's 2000 "1" hits compilation that became the biggest-selling album of the decade, the new edition being packaged with performance footage and films for each of the Fab Four's 27 No. 1 hits on the album.

In fact, one of the ...Read more

Familiar faces join 'Star Wars Rebels'

LOS ANGELES -- The first time Ashley Eckstein saw "Star Wars," she knew exactly which character she wanted to be.

"I would play 'Star Wars' with my siblings. I didn't want to be Princess Leia. I told my mom that I wanted to be R2-D2," Eckstein says.

The actress has found a place in the "Star Wars" universe, but not as the robot. She's the ...Read more

Ellen Page grows up as an actress and producer with 'Freeheld'

The last time I interviewed Ellen Page at the Toronto International Film Festival was in 2009, for the roller-derby movie, "Whip It." She was 22, dressed in a hoodie, shy, uncomfortable.

In September of this year, approximately 18 months after she came out as a gay woman, Page is stylishly dressed up, confident, fangirling about Emily Blunt (...Read more

Lady Gaga is a costumer's dream in 'Horror'

From her infamous meat dress to the shiny red gloves she sported at the 2015 Oscars, Lady Gaga has always known how to make a fashion statement.

But on "American Horror Story: Hotel," award-winning costume designer Lou Eyrich called the shots on Gaga's garb.

The singer plays the well-dressed bloodsucking Countess who owns the hotel on the ...Read more

Steven Spielberg drew on his childhood memories for 'Bridge of Spies'

NEW YORK -- "Bridge of Spies," Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama, opening Friday, comes with the tag "Inspired by true events." Most of those events concern a New York lawyer, James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, his defense of a captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, and the subsequent negotiations to facilitate the release ...Read more

Don't touch that dial: Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Judy Garland are back on TV

Legendary TV sitcoms, such as "I Love Lucy," "MASH" and "Friends," will likely run as long as there are screens.

But thousands of hours of variety and talk shows enjoyed by millions of viewers over the first 40 years of TV history have been rarely seen since they originally aired. But now, thanks to the emergence of classic diginets, that's ...Read more

New on DVD Oct. 13: 'The Gallows,' plus 'Dope,' 'Mad Men' and TMNT Christmas special

Leading the way among new DVD offerings out Tuesday, Oct. 13, is a creepy tale in time for Halloween.

"The Gallows," (2.5 stars): The film, a very low-budget movie made by Travis Cluff and Chris Loring, manages to score enough points on the creativity side to balance out the negatives of the recycled format. The novice filmmakers have created a...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Aquarius,' 'Zoo,' 'Unforgettable' all will return

Q: Will the TV show "Aquarius" be back? I really like it and it hasn't been on for a few weeks now.

A: The first season of the period drama starring David Duchovny consisted of 12 episodes that aired from May to August; it was also released digitally in its entirety shortly after its premiere. The network was especially happy with the show's ...Read more

'Steve Jobs' is a new kind of biopic — and not entirely true

Early in the new movie "Steve Jobs," the title character absorbs a verbal sting from fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who accuses Jobs of being a glorified marketer.

"I read 'Steve Jobs is a genius.' What do you do?" Wozniak says to him angrily. The sight of one of the world's most famous men taking a hit from his longtime partner is ...Read more