DC FanDome virtual celebration splits into separate events

Tracy Brown 2020-08-19 21:00:38 Good news for DC fans: DC’s virtual fan event will now take place over two separate weekends.On Wednesday, DC announced that DC FanDome has been expanded into two separate events — DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes and DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse.Originally scheduled as a single, 24-hour celebration of everything DC this weekend, the new format...

How ‘Mandalorian’ re-created ‘Star Wars’ origins, cantina and all

Emily Zemler 2020-08-19 19:00:07 To reimagine the world of “Star Wars” for Jon Favreau’s Disney+ series “The Mandalorian,” production designer Andrew L. Jones had to build sets that could exist both in the physical world and a virtual one. The series was partially filmed in Industrial Light & Magic’s new 270-degree “Volume” soundstage, where digital environments — a desert planet,...

DNC 2020: Convention to Donald Trump: ‘You’re fired’

Lorraine Ali 2020-08-19 09:48:03 The second night of the Democratic National Convention took a favorite catchphrase of reality TV star Donald Trump and turned it against President Trump.You’re fired.“You have to decide whether to renew his contract or hire someone else,” said former President (and Republican nemesis) Bill Clinton. “If you want a president who defines the job as spending...

Review: ‘La Llorona’ smartly turns legend into political horror

Carolina A. Miranda 2020-08-19 07:33:55 A woman is spurned by a lover. She goes mad, drags her children to the river and drowns them. In the afterlife, she is condemned to search for them always, haunting riverbanks, dressed in white, crying for the children who died by her hand.The legend of La Llorona, the wailing woman of Mexican and Central...

Susan B. Anthony pardon: Give her a Hollywood biopic instead

Mary McNamara 2020-08-19 06:04:51 I learned about the suffragist movement from television. This is very strange, considering that, as my colleague Lorraine Ali recently pointed out, the long, difficult, maddening, inspiring and often violent road to universal suffrage is a story that film and television do not like to tell. At all. But when I was a child, “Masterpiece Theater”...

What’s on TV Wednesday: The Democratic National Convention

Ed Stockly 2020-08-19 05:30:30 During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.SERIES Blue’s Clues & You! The live-action/animated series for preschoolers returns...

Britney Spears wants to oust her father as sole conservator

Nardine Saad 2020-08-19 03:23:42 Britney Spears is asking a California court to remove her father, Jamie Spears — who has long handled the decision-making in both her personal and professional life — as her sole court-appointed conservator.The pop star’s attorney requested that Jodi Montgomery, the temporary, licensed professional conservator overseeing her protracted case since September, be named permanent conservator of...

Entertainment professionals with disabilities fight for inclusion

Laura Zornosa 2020-08-19 02:49:47 An L.A. lab building a pipeline for talent with disabilities went virtual this year — one of the few experiences that COVID-19 made more accessible.In its second year, RespectAbility’s Summer Lab for Entertainment Professionals With Disabilities connects people interested in — and with experience in — development, production and postproduction (think: writers, directors, producers, cinematographersand animators)...

NBCUniversal ousts Ron Meyer, alleged victim of extortion

Meg James, Ryan Faughnder 2020-08-19 02:18:27 NBCUniversal ousted longtime Universal studio executive Ron Meyer on Tuesday after learning he made hush-money payments to a woman to cover up an old affair — a secret that Meyer said snowballed into an extortion plot.“I recently disclosed to my family and the company that I made a settlement, under threat, with a woman...

DNC 2020 Tuesday speakers: AOC, John Legend, Bill Clinton

Christi Carras 2020-08-19 02:14:48 The 2020 Democratic National Convention is officially underway, with one night of virtual speeches and performances down and three more to go.Hosted by “black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Tuesday night’s festivities will feature Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton, former Second Lady Jill Biden and more speakers as well as a finale performance from...