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What we learned from Beyoncé’s surprise ‘Making the Gift’ documentary

What we learned from Beyoncé’s surprise ‘Making the Gift’ documentary

MCT Campus

September 17, 2019

Beyoncé’s penchant for surprises spilled onto network television Monday night when the pop superstar aired “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift” on ABC. The documentary special — a behind-the-scenes look at her musical ode to this summer’s “The Lion King” — dropped Monday with little ad...

‘Jersey Shore’ house available for rentals

‘Jersey Shore’ house available for rentals

MCT Campus

September 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Now you too can GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) like the stars of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” If you’ve got a few spare thousand dollars a night, that is. The Seaside Heights house where the network’s beloved reality series filmed can now be rented via Booking.com, reports indicate. The ...

These were the best and worst movies of summer 2019

These were the best and worst movies of summer 2019

MCT Campus

September 3, 2019

Now ends the summer movie season of our discontent — and the quality of the content was the problem. We won’t know how the 2019 summer box office fared until after Labor Day, generally considered the season’s end. There have been some major hits, including Sony-Marvel’s crowd-pleasing “Spider-...

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ had a historic run, but now Billie Eilish is No. 1

MCT Campus

August 20, 2019

Step aside, Lil Nas X. There’s a new sheriff in town, and her name is Billie Eilish. Billboard announced on Monday that the rising pop star’s summer smash “Bad Guy” has hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, ending “Old Town Road’s” unprecedented 19-week ride at the top. After lurking consistent...

‘Tootsie’ turns 1982 gender politics into a post-MeToo musical with 11 Tony nominations

‘Tootsie’ turns 1982 gender politics into a post-MeToo musical with 11 Tony nominations

Josh Getlin

June 7, 2019

Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — There’s a game-changing moment early in “Tootsie,” the new Broadway musical based on the 1982 film, when an iconic but dated comedy suddenly gets new life — and cultural relevance — in 2019. In a first-act scene, lead producer Rita Marshall is meeting...

Rediscovering South African heritage decades after apartheid

Rediscovering South African heritage decades after apartheid

BookTrib

June 7, 2019

BookTrib (TNS) Ask South African author, businesswoman, and entrepreneur Jesmane Boggenpoel about living under apartheid, and she’ll tell you it wasn’t just political systemic racial segregation. At its core, it was a period during which as a South African woman of color she felt countless intern...

With new versions of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King,’ Disney straddles nostalgia and novelty

With new versions of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King,’ Disney straddles nostalgia and novelty

Josh Rottenberg

April 30, 2019

Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s Hollywood’s version of the circle of life: Take an old movie that’s hardwired into one generation’s childhood memory banks, give it a fresh coat of cinematic paint and send a new iteration into theaters for the next generation to hopefully fall in love with just as ...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ marks Stan Lee’s final cameo: ‘It was like Santa came to set’

‘Avengers: Endgame’ marks Stan Lee’s final cameo: ‘It was like Santa came to set’

Christina Schoellkopf

April 23, 2019

Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” actress Karen Gillan was in her trailer on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy” when she heard a knock at the door. Someone was eager to see her intricate makeup as Nebula, an adopted daughter of the intergalactic warlord Thanos. A mus...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaked footage prompts Marvel fans to leave social media

‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaked footage prompts Marvel fans to leave social media

 Nardine Saad

April 16, 2019

Los Angeles Times (TNS) Leaked footage of Marvel’s highly guarded “Avengers: Endgame” has prompted spoiler-averse fans to retreat from social media. The long-awaited superhero film is due in theaters April 26 and has already been breaking box-office presale records. Disney has made painstaking ef...

‘Pet Sematary’ directors on rebooting the horror classic: How do you scare Stephen King?

‘Pet Sematary’ directors on rebooting the horror classic: How do you scare Stephen King?

Jen Yamato

April 9, 2019

Los Angeles Times (TNS) First published in 1983, Stephen King’s supernatural chamber tragedy “Pet Sematary” was a dark tale of terror that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch both devoured growing up separately as budding filmmakers and horror fans in Long Island, N.Y. Like scores of King devotee...

Movie review: Stretched thin, live-action ‘Dumbo’ doesn’t achieve liftoff

Movie review: Stretched thin, live-action ‘Dumbo’ doesn’t achieve liftoff

Katie Walsh

March 26, 2019

(TNS) Disney’s 1941 animated feature “Dumbo,” about the little circus elephant who could fly, left some deep emotional wounds. It’s one of Disney’s most devastating films. But it was also aesthetically daring, almost avant-garde, and ahead of its time, rich with intense pathos and visual in...

Brie Larson looked super at ‘Captain Marvel’ premieres

Brie Larson looked super at ‘Captain Marvel’ premieres

Moira Macdonald

March 19, 2019

The Seattle Times (TNS) So, what do you wear to your big premiere(s) when you’re the newest Marvel superhero? Brie Larson, who stars in “Captain Marvel,” went two different routes. For the London premiere, Larson looked dramatic in a royal-blue, off-the-shoulder Valentino; voluminous, sure, but noth...

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