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The Long Beach Muni Band is back: here’s the 2017 schedule of concerts

By Emily Thornton Special to the Press-Telegram|

Here’s what ‘Despicable Me 3’s’ Steve Carell really thinks about doing voices for Gru and twin Dru

Gru meets Dru in “Despicable Me 3,” the second sequel in the outrageously popular animated movie series. And for voice actor Steve Carell, it was double the fun to play both the warmhearted master villain of the last two films and ...

By Bob Strauss|


  • Local governments

    George Lucas’s LA museum set to blast off with big council vote Tuesday

    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. The vote on the project will be more elaborate then usual, with a strong likelihood of Lucas showing up at City Hall. His wife, Mellody Hobson, who will serve as chair of the museum, will also be there, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and school children. •...

    By Elizabeth Chou @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Movies & TV

    ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ debuts to a franchise low

    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 $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend and a five-day total of $69.1 million since opening Wednesday. All previous “Transformers” sequels...

    By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer|

  • BET Awards

    See all the red carpet fashions at the BET Awards 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 BET Experience event and

    Erik Pedersen

  • Entertainment

    This is why all of those people have flowers on their heads at Arroyo Seco Weekend

    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. •Related: These photos show you what it’s like to be at...

    By Shannon O’Connor @shannonoconnor0 on Twitter|

  • Entertainment

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers deliver the hits to a packed crowd at Arroyo Seco Weekend

    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. But that ended up making for two hours of music, and in the end the fans who packed the festival grounds in front of the Oaks Stage -- and we really mean packed; more on that in a bit -- probably...

    Peter Larsen

  • Entertainment

    Matthew Sweet at the top of his musical game on ‘Tomorrow Forever’

    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. Determined to give his supporters a quality return on investment, he enlisted top-flight indie players, including Gary Louris (Jayhawks), John Moremen (Orange Peels), Ric Menck and Paul...

    By Sam Gnerre @samgnerre on Twitter|

  • Entertainment

    Arroyo Seco Weekend’s art lets you create smells and stare at a strange red tube

    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. And it is gloriously weird. “Yup, that’s art,” says a 30-something with cut off sleeves as he crosses a bridge overlooking the “Red Line.” Created by Doron Gazit, the inflatable red tube is meant to symbolize the...

    Jason Henry

  • Entertainment

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

    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. Alabama Shakes is the younger, newer band in the genre on the bill, but we’ll come back to them in a bit. Instead, let’s give the older guys their due first. Roy Ayers is the 76-year-old vibraphonist who more or less turned jazz fusion in a new direction in...

    Peter Larsen

  • Entertainment

    Get this free stuff at Arroyo Seco Weekend

    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. So here are some spots to go to get your free swag on. Bai tent What they offer: Free T-shirts that you can customize, free drinks,...

    By Shannon O’Connor @ShannonOConnor0 on Twitter|

  • Entertainment

    What to know about ‘Broadchurch’ season 3 on BBC America

    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. Series three of the BBC America mystery “Broadchurch” finds the pair investigating a puzzling rape case. The victim, Trish Winterman (Julie Hesmondhalgh in an intense performance), is a middle-aged woman in such...

    Rob Lowman

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