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Harley Quinn vs. Holtzmann? The Ghostbuster emerges with smarts, grace

Harley Quinn vs. Holtzmann? The Ghostbuster emerges with smarts, grace

August 23, 2016


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) If the summer 2016 movie season entered an Olympics sprint against previous summer movie seasons, it’d be struggling for bronze. And we’d cut to a commercial before the end of the race, going by the NBC playbook. This nervous, tired summer movie season...

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a must-see to be believed

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a must-see to be believed

August 23, 2016


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By Katie Walsh Tribune News Service (TNS) 2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year — shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a ha...

The first rule of HBO’s late-night comic host Bill Maher — there are no rules

The first rule of HBO’s late-night comic host Bill Maher — there are no rules

June 3, 2016


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On a recent Friday afternoon in a bungalow on the CBS Television City lot, Bill Maher was leading a crowded meeting of writers and producers. In a few hours his late-night show “Real Time” would go live, and the cramped room — wall decorations included an ironically displayed Southern-pride fla...

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Debuts With $181.8 Million

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Debuts With $181.8 Million

May 10, 2016


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By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” may have pitted two of Marvel’s most popular characters against each other, but coming out on top is the Burbank studio whose latest blockbuster had a stellar debut this week. The film, directed by ...

Anthony Mackie Flying High As Falcon In ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Anthony Mackie Flying High As Falcon In ‘Captain America: Civil War’

May 5, 2016


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By Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald (TNS) In “Captain America: Civil War,” Anthony Mackie reprises the role of Sam Wilson, aka the winged superhero Falcon, for the third time. The actor would like you to know that the big scene everyone will be talking about — a massive superhero brawl on the ta...

Um, Alicia Keys Just Released A New Single — And It’s Kind Of Great

Um, Alicia Keys Just Released A New Single — And It’s Kind Of Great

May 5, 2016


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Oh, this is a welcome return. After a few years away from the spotlight, Alicia Keys released a new single, “In Common,” late Tuesday, and so far it’s feeling like a low-key delight — certainly an improvement over the ponderous do-gooder vibe that per...

Beyonce Takes A Fierce Stance On ‘Lemonade’

Beyonce Takes A Fierce Stance On ‘Lemonade’

April 26, 2016


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Leave it to Beyonce to surprise us even when we suspected she was coming. Two and a half years ago, no one outside the singer’s trusted circle knew what she had in store with “Beyonce,” the sprawling self-titled album that appeared without warning one night ...

The Fresh Lens Of ‘The People v.s. O.J. Simpson’ Exposes The Same Societal Ills

The Fresh Lens Of ‘The People v.s. O.J. Simpson’ Exposes The Same Societal Ills

April 5, 2016


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(PHOTOS) By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” should have been an unmitigated disaster. Let’s start with the fact that the 10-episode FX series practically ignores the horrific crime at the heart of the so-called trial of the century. It...

‘Batman v Superman’ expected to dominate at box office again

‘Batman v Superman’ expected to dominate at box office again

March 30, 2016


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) Warner Bros. Entertainment’s DC Comics film strategy faces another important test as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” enters its second weekend at the box office. The Zack Snyder-directed action movie, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is expecte...

Oscars Have An ‘Old-Fashioned Idea’ Of A Score, And Other Thoughts By ‘The Revenant’ composers

Oscars Have An ‘Old-Fashioned Idea’ Of A Score, And Other Thoughts By ‘The Revenant’ composers

February 25, 2016


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(PHOTO) By David Ng Los Angeles Times (TNS) The urgent request arrived in May at a difficult personal time for composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Could he fly to Los Angeles — tomorrow, if possible — to meet with Alejandro G. Inarritu? The director wanted Sakamoto to create the score for “The Revenant,”...

‘Deadpool’ Kills All Rivals At The Box Office

‘Deadpool’ Kills All Rivals At The Box Office

February 16, 2016


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By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Deadpool,” Marvel’s R-rated twist on superhero movies, grossed an estimated $135 million in the U.S. and Canada in its first three days, all but ensuring that the film will more than double analysts’ estimates of $70 million...

American Idol’ Making Its Final Countdown

American Idol’ Making Its Final Countdown

February 9, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The countdown to selecting the final “American Idol” has started. Over the next few weeks, final eliminations will be held and the 15th winner will join the list that includes Nick Fradiani, Phillip Phillips, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood and...

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