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Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio surprise CinemaCon to tease ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio surprise CinemaCon to tease ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

July 19, 2018


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Just a couple of months ago, it seemed as if Quentin Tarantino’s Hollywood future could be in question. But at a major movie industry event here Monday night, the head of Sony Pictures feted the director as Hollywood royalty, declaring the filmmaker’s new screenplay the best thing he’d read in 30 ...

Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs educated by ‘Life of the Party’

Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs educated by ‘Life of the Party’

July 16, 2018


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“Life of the Party”’s Debby Ryan only managed to find time to take a few college classes over the years because she’s been so busy working on TV and film projects since she was 13. Her co-star in the new comedy film, Gillian Jacobs, not only graduated from Julliard, but a major hunk of her acting...

The Academy votes to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

The Academy votes to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

July 9, 2018


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Say goodbye to Hollywood, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski. The Academy announced Thursday that both the disgraced comedian and the scandal-plagued director have been expelled from the prestigious organization. “The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night and...

The ‘Infinity War’ question: Is alluding to a new movie’s controversial end over the spoiler line?

The ‘Infinity War’ question: Is alluding to a new movie’s controversial end over the spoiler line?

July 6, 2018


Filed under Activities, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, Television

Can we please talk about film review spoilers without spoiling anything for anybody? Can we respect even the most spoiler-sensitive wishes on this one? We can do that. Can’t we? I’m bad. Already I’m having a hard time playing this one straight. It’s all I can do to ROSEBUD IS THE SLED refrain...

Cast, crew reveal ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ tidbits

July 4, 2018


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LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Infinity War” has the potential to be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has so many heroes a scorecard may be necessary to keep track of all the players. Just for the press conference the weekend before the movie hits theaters, 24 cast and crew members t...

The Simpsons’ response to Apu criticism sparks backlash

The Simpsons’ response to Apu criticism sparks backlash

July 3, 2018


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It’s been five months since a documentary sparked a national conversation on the polarizing “Simpsons” character Apu, and the long-running Fox sitcom has finally addressed the controversy — though not all are impressed. Comedian Hari Kondabolu premiered in November “The Problem with Apu,” a...

Capsule reviews of feature films

Capsule reviews of feature films

June 17, 2018


Filed under Books, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, On Netflix, Television

BEIRUT. 3 stars. Well-acted, well written thriller about a bitter, failed diplomat (Jon Hamm) recalled to Lebanon during its civil war to negotiate a hostage exchange, a dangerous and complex affair involving competing factions within the U.S. contingent (Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris), mili...

‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant blows chance at $7,100 by mispronouncing ‘Flamenco’ as ‘Flamingo’

‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant blows chance at $7,100 by mispronouncing ‘Flamenco’ as ‘Flamingo’

June 16, 2018


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An ill-fated “Wheel of Fortune” contestant learned the hard way that there’s a big difference between a flamingo and the flamenco. The contestant, Jonny, butchered his chance at a $7,100 prize on Monday’s episode when he mispronounced the phrase “Flamenco Dance Lessons” by saying the name of th...

John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is almost up — but return to Pixar not likely

John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is almost up — but return to Pixar not likely

June 10, 2018


Filed under Activities, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, Television, Top Stories

Pixar and Disney animation head John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is coming to end as more allegations about inappropriate behavior — including his treatment of women and credit-hogging — have come to light. Longtime colleagues claim in a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter Wedne...

Rachel McAdams says ‘Disobedience’ sex scene with Rachel Weisz was better than with any male actor

Rachel McAdams says ‘Disobedience’ sex scene with Rachel Weisz was better than with any male actor

May 26, 2018


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Rachel McAdams’ sex scene in her new movie was unlike any she’d shot before — and not just because it was a woman. In “Disobedience,” McAdams plays Esti Kuperman, the married Orthodox Jewish woman who falls in love with Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz). The movie, based on the novel of the same...

Four indie debuts worth watching out for

May 24, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, National

The Sundance Film Festival has been a launching pad for countless filmmakers over the years, from Steven Soderbergh and Nicole Holofcener to Ryan Coogler and Quentin Tarantino. Similarly bright futures may await four first-time filmmakers from the 2018 edition, whose notable debuts will make their way...

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

May 16, 2018


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It's always surprising when you hear people behind successful TV shows confess they're out of ideas. I was thinking about this when the creators of HBO's "Silicon Valley" sheepishly admitted that issues of sexism and harassment in the tech world won't be incorporated into the show this season. "We ...

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