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Captain America 3:’ What Robert Downey Jr. Says About His Plans

Captain America 3:’ What Robert Downey Jr. Says About His Plans

October 15, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) On Monday night, Variety broke the news that Robert Downey Jr. was on the verge of signing on to “Captain America 3.” If it comes to fruition, the move would be significant for a number of reasons: In addition to broadening Downey’s crossover abili...

Robert Downey Jr. Drops Superhero Mask, Has New Mission In ‘The Judge’

Robert Downey Jr. Drops Superhero Mask, Has New Mission In ‘The Judge’

October 10, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) There are worse descriptions, as actor typecasting goes, than “wisecracking superhero.” Then again, if you’re Robert Downey Jr. and colorful descriptions are what you trade in, it could start to feel a little bit limiting. The wheel turns quickly in Hollywood. What ...

‘Gone Girl’ Likely To Top Box Office For Second Weekend

‘Gone Girl’ Likely To Top Box Office For Second Weekend

October 10, 2014


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Looks like David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” won’t disappear from the box office just yet. Despite four new releases this weekend, the R-rated thriller will likely add $25 million to its domestic gross, according to people who have seen pr...

‘The Equalizer’ Takes Out Rivals At Box Office

‘The Equalizer’ Takes Out Rivals At Box Office

October 1, 2014


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Denzel Washington brought his might to the box office yet again with his latest action film, “The Equalizer.” The R-rated movie, based on the gritty 1985-89 CBS series starring Edward Woodward, topped all other films with an estimated wee...

Whimsical ‘Boxtrolls’ Is Full Of Fun

Whimsical ‘Boxtrolls’ Is Full Of Fun

September 30, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) “The Boxtrolls” is an outlandishly funny tale brought to life through beautiful stop-animation photography. The film combines Monty Python-style humor with the sense and sensibilities of Oliver Twist and is presented in a wonderfully creepy animated style...

‘Fishing Without Nets’ Takes An Authentic Look At Somali Pirates’ Life

‘Fishing Without Nets’ Takes An Authentic Look At Somali Pirates’ Life

September 27, 2014


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By Jeffrey Fleishman Los Angeles Times (MCT) The pirates gather on a ragged beach and sail toward shipping lanes, scanning for freighters, the prey of their craft. Rifles drawn, scarves blowing, they troll East African waters, where the deeds of desperate men collide with the precarious rhythms o...

Family Guide To New Movie Releases

Family Guide To New Movie Releases

September 25, 2014


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By Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) “The Boxtrolls” Rating: PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor What it’s about: Whimsical trolls who wear cardboard boxes are hunted by a grasping, venal villain supported by the townspeople who hired him. The kid attractor factor: Vivid, comical ...

‘Gone With the Wind’ Back On The Big Screen

‘Gone With the Wind’ Back On The Big Screen

September 25, 2014


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By Stacey Altherr Newsday (MCT) Frankly, Scarlett, it seems we do give a damn. The 1939 epic Civil War film “Gone With the Wind” celebrates its 75th anniversary with special showings around the nation on Sept. 28 and Oct. 1. The film will be seen in its original Technicolor glory, with the m...

Ira Sachs Talks About His New Movie ‘Love Is Strange’

Ira Sachs Talks About His New Movie ‘Love Is Strange’

September 5, 2014


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By Colin Covert and Claude Peck Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) For someone who never attended film school, Ira Sachs has had a pretty good go of it as a writer and director. His features include “Married Life,” “Keep the Lights On,” “Forty Shades of Blue” and “The Delta.” When on a ...

‘Holy Ghost’ To Open With Free Digital Viewings

‘Holy Ghost’ To Open With Free Digital Viewings

September 4, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) Brian “Head” Welch was living the rock ‘n’ roll dream—or nightmare, depending on your perspective—as the guitarists and co-founder of the metal band Korn. It was a world of countless addictions that had him on a deadly path. Then he found God. This...

Fall Movie Season Is Here

Fall Movie Season Is Here

September 4, 2014


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By Barbara Vancheri Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) As far as Hollywood is concerned, summer is in the rearview mirror. Fall movie season arrived Tuesday and will stretch into November when it gives way to holiday films including “Into the Woods” from director Rob Marshall. As always, dates are sub...

‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ documentary looks at L.A. slaying suspect

‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ documentary looks at L.A. slaying suspect

August 28, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) For nearly a quarter-century, police said, Lonnie Franklin Jr. terrified people of South Los Angeles, luring women to his backyard camper with money and drugs and then brutally murdering them. Franklin was arrested in 2010, and accusations that he committed s...

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