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‘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...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ glosses over Freddie Mercury’s roots and religion — just like he did

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ glosses over Freddie Mercury’s roots and religion — just like he did

November 6, 2018

In an early scene of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” we see Freddie Mercury celebrating his birthday. Rami Malek, who portrays the late Queen frontman, sits at his parents’ dining-room table as his then-serious girlfriend hears Freddie’s birth name for the first time. And his bandmates are informed that ...

Clint Eastwood’s ‘15:17 to Paris’ stars real-life heroes playing themselves

Clint Eastwood’s ‘15:17 to Paris’ stars real-life heroes playing themselves

February 6, 2018

In the summer of 2015, three American tourists on a train from Amsterdam to Paris helped take down a lone gunman armed with more than 300 rounds of ammunition. The story of these real-life heroes seemed a natural fit for director Clint Eastwood, coming off the successes of “American Sniper,” starrin...

Movies to see this holiday season: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Coco’ and more

Movies to see this holiday season: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Coco’ and more

November 21, 2017

It’s hard to say what the biggest news of this holiday movie-season will be. The final performance of Daniel Day-Lewis? Disney-Pixar’s first Hispanic-themed feature? The Oscar trifecta of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg with the journalism drama “The Post”? At the moment, the movie ...

‘Orient Express’ is a train in vain

‘Orient Express’ is a train in vain

November 14, 2017

Here’s proof that a total train wreck can be boring. “Murder on the Orient Express” breaks apart almost from the first chug chugs as it lugs viewers into its story of death in a luxury railroad car at much less than locomotive speed. Agatha Christie’s whodunit novels featuring the intelligent...

Q&A with Usher, on how he became Sugar Ray Leonard in boxing movie ‘Hands of Stone’

Q&A with Usher, on how he became Sugar Ray Leonard in boxing movie ‘Hands of Stone’

September 1, 2016

By Tirdad Derakhshani The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard? Has Hollywood gone mad? It seems impossible to imagine the R&B singer with his smooth rhymes and silky falsetto portraying a brawler — a world-class one at that. Usher will surprise and shock many a fan as Leonard in ...

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

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

May 10, 2016

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

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...

‘Jungle Book’ adds to box-office streak

May 3, 2016

By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — For the third straight week, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” bested all others at the box office, pushing its worldwide gross to almost $700 million and continuing a hot streak for the Burbank entertainment giant. The studio’s retell...

‘Deadpool’ Kills All Rivals At The Box Office

‘Deadpool’ Kills All Rivals At The Box Office

February 16, 2016

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...

New Challenge For Actor In ‘Madding Crowd’ Role

New Challenge For Actor In ‘Madding Crowd’ Role

May 19, 2015

By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) In “Far From the Madding Crowd,” the versatile Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts takes a difficult part and makes it soar. Schoenaerts, who has starred as thugs, crooks, murder suspects, cokeheads and war criminals, understands hard roles. But her...

Furious 7′ Breaks Box-Office Records With $143.6 Million Opening

Furious 7′ Breaks Box-Office Records With $143.6 Million Opening

May 7, 2015

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Furious 7” set box-office records and raced to No. 1 with a massive, $143.6 million domestic opening. If early estimates hold, the film will mark the biggest debut for the Universal franchise, which has so far racked up more than $2 billion...

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