U2 stages high-tech ‘Innocence & Experience’ show

Written by SANDY COHEN,
AP Entertainment Writer
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:26

U2’s latest live show included a call to fight AIDS, condemnation of the 1974 car bombings in Ireland, the voice of Stephen Hawking, high-tech stage gimmicks and just over two hours of music, including most of its 2014 album, “Songs of Innocence.”

The Irish quartet brought its “Innocence & Experience” tour to the Forum on May 26, the first of five nights in the Los Angeles area.

The San Andreas Fault — fact and fiction

Written by ALICIA CHANG,
AP Science Writer
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:13

The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hollywood’s favorite geologic bad guy is back in “San Andreas” — a fantastical look at one of the world’s real seismic threats.

'Into the Woods' an enchanting conclusion to Skylight's season

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:10

Married bakers (Jonathan Altman and Karen Estrada) must fulfill the wishes of a witch (Susan Spencer) to have a child in 'Into the Woods.' Photo by Mark Frohna.

For its final show of the season, Into the Woods, Skylight has assembled a cast of mostly local actors and designers with practically no weak links. They serve as a guide into one of musical theater’s most enchanting plays, never letting the cynical realism the fractured fairy tale is known for overwhelm the warmth and emotion at its core.

Greet warm weather with a selection of summer sippers

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 12:42

Warm weather chases away the winter blues and so should summer cocktails, according to Mike McDonald, a mixologist with the Milwaukee firm Bittercube Bitters. He says there’s no time like the present to polish up the glassware, start grating citrus fruits and get down to some serious cocktailing.

Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin’s anti-gay policies.

Italy took third in Europe’s iconic songfest, which this year carried the extra attraction of an entry by Australia. Many were hoping its candidate, Guy Sebastian, would take home the trophy, giving it a place in next year’s contest. But Australia, given a wild-card entry this year due to its enthusiastic fan base, came fifth, not enough to secure a spot in 2016.

Tom Hardy, who's burning up the screen as Mad Max, says he's drawn to characters who frighten him

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:03

-PHOTO: Reuters

Mad Max is back. Three decades after the last installment in the post-apocalyptic film saga Max Max: Thunderdome hit the theatres, legendary director George Miller is resurrecting the cult franchise that turned Mel Gibson into a star and set the standard for all future visions of a dystopian earth: "A world without hope. Without law. Without mercy," intones a voice from the trailer to the film.

Fantastic fandoms get the museum treatment at RAM

Written by Larry Zamba,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:30


Most art exhibitions show works from a movement or artist of the past, or perhaps a contemporary portrait of what’s going on in the world of art today. In comparison, the Racine Art Museum’s new exhibit is literally out of this world.

David Duchovny talks new record, his feelings on 'X-Files' script

Written by By JOHN CARUCCI,
Associated Press
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:35

Whether you remember him as FBI agent Mulder from “The X-Files” or the womanizing novelist Hank Moody on “Californication,” David Duchovny wants you to know him as something else: The 54-year old actor recently released his first album, “Hell or Highwater.”

The actor-director claims he’s never set out to do pursue a career in music. He credits his children for sending him in a new direction.

Cannes finale: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or in upset

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:31

The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close with Jacques Audiard’s Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival’s coveted top honor, the Palme d’Or.

The choice of “Dheepan,” as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone,” some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard’s film. “Dheepan” is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris.

'Book of Mormon' is worthy of all its hype — and then some

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:51

Present Music lets its ‘Nation’ pick its latest program

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 19:26

Present Music Nation will conclude the company’s 33rd season.

This June, Present Music will end its season with a great evening of music. The twist? None of the audience members have any idea what they’ll be coming to see.

Q&A: Nick Jonas on hit singles, JoBros, Timberlake, acting

AP Music Writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:27

Nick Jonas may have become a sex symbol to female fans in the last year, but the singer says his new tour won’t cater just to the ladies. He’s thinking about his male fans, too.

“I don’t think I’ll cater physically to the women so that it’s not polarizing to my male fans,” Jonas said.