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The gladiators of ‘Scandal’ leave the arena

“Scandal” features a mix of dark comedy, over-the-top melodrama, hot-button social issues —and passionate sex scenes — that transfixed audiences on ABC. It became a ratings hit, appointment viewing and a hashtag-spawning social media sensation — and wraps things up for good this week. Read More

Coachella using army of drones, police to boost security in wake of Vegas massacre

With 125,000 people expected daily and an increased camping area and footprint, the Coachella Valley Muisc and Arts Festival dwarfs its host city, Indio. In the wake of the killing of 58 at a Las Vegas music festival, Indio police and 14 other local and federal agencies will have more eyes than ever on the crowd thanks to aerial surveillance. Read More

Khloe Kardashian gives birth to a girl


Updated on  April 12, 2018 at 10:18 am
Khloe Kardashian is finally a mother after giving birth to a daughter with Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson. Read More

Spotify to bundle Premium service with Hulu

Spotify said that subscribers to its Premium music-streaming service will be able to bundle it with Hulu’s limited-commercial TV plan for $12.99 a month. The deal is similar to an offering Spotify made to students beginning last fall. Read More

‘Star Wars’ creator’s museum buys Rockwell masterpiece

The museum that won a legal battle over its plan to sell dozens of works of art has sold a Norman Rockwell masterpiece to a Los Angeles museum founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, officials said. Read More
 

Wyatt Cenac’s comedy series aims to inform, entertain

Wyatt Cenac, the latest entrant in late-night television comedy with a series that debuts Friday on HBO, took inspiration from John Oliver in his desire to inform along with being entertaining. Read More

Netflix pulls out of Cannes Film Festival in growing dispute

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world’s most prestigious film festival. Read More
 

LGBTQ couples shake up gender norms in wedding industry

Traditional weddings are deeply rooted in gender-based rituals, but the growing LGBTQ wedding industry is reimagining that. Many couples are engaging with centuries of tradition but crafting their own way to the altar. Read More

DNA testing promises better wine selection for the masses


Updated on  April 10, 2018 at 11:35 am
Can genetic screening tell if you’re predisposed to cabernet? A group of doctors-turned-entrepreneurs started a company called Vinome to answer this question, applying DNA analysis to discover what you’ll like and dislike in food and drink. Read More

Los Angeles prosecutors reject 5 cases against James Toback


Updated on  April 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm
Los Angeles prosecutors are declining to bring criminal charges against writer and director James Toback in five investigations they have reviewed. The Oscar-nominated writer-director has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. Read More

Comedian calls ‘Simpsons’ reference to Apu criticism ‘sad’

“The Simpsons” briefly addressed Sunday criticism of its portrayal of its Indian shop owner, Apu. But a comedian who helped spark a conversation about the character calls the show’s response “sad” and attacked the show on Twitter for reducing a discussion about racism to political correctness. Read More

Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube

In a formal complaint filed today, child advocates and consumer groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and impose potentially billions of dollars of penalties on Google for allegedly violating children’s online privacy and allowing ads to target them. Read More

Katie Couric’s Nat Geo series turned newsier than anticipated

There’s a danger in planning a news-oriented television series a year in advance. But circumstances smiled on Katie Couric and her six-part National Geographic channel series, “America Inside Out,” which premieres this week. Some of the topics she chose to explore, like gender inequality and racial attitudes as reflected in the debate over Confederate statues, became more prominent after she started working on the series. Read More

Carrie Underwood to perform for first time since 2017 accident

Carrie Underwood — who’s kept a low profile since suffering a serious facial injury late last year — will take the stage this weekend at the Academy of Country Music Awards in what will be her first performance since the accident. Read More

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