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‘Beauty’s’ in beast mode as it bests ‘Power Rangers’ at box office

‘Beauty’s’ in beast mode as it bests ‘Power Rangers’ at box office

March 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — In the battle of 1990s nostalgia, “Saban’s Power Rangers” was no match for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” while Dax Shepard’s “CHIPS” was out of the money in seventh place. “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action remake starring “Harry Potter’s” Emma Wats...

Looking beyond ‘Transformers’: With a ‘G.I. Joe’ reboot and ‘My Little Pony’ in the works, Hasbro aims to create its own Marvel-size movie universe

Looking beyond ‘Transformers’: With a ‘G.I. Joe’ reboot and ‘My Little Pony’ in the works, Hasbro aims to create its own Marvel-size movie universe

March 23, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Ten years ago, Hasbro dusted off its ‘80s action figure line Transformers and turned it into a blockbuster movie that was so successful it has spawned four sequels and counting. In the franchise, the shape-shifting Autobots and Decepticons are sentient machines who engage in extre...

Young cast morphs into on-screen ‘Power’ team

Young cast morphs into on-screen ‘Power’ team

March 23, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — The ‘90s TV show “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” has been adapted into a big screen version. This time the “Power Rangers” are more serious and the special effects a lot bigger and bolder. Just like the original TV series, the actors brought together to play the five heroes ...

John Goodman spills on ‘Kong,’ the Coen brothers and Bob Dylan

John Goodman spills on ‘Kong,’ the Coen brothers and Bob Dylan

March 14, 2017


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He’s gifted whether he’s doing smarty-pants wit for the Coen brothers, playing a paranoid survivalist in “10 Cloverfield Lane” or being funny, charming and deep without uttering a word in the silent-screen comedy “The Artist.” During a recent phone conversation about his latest film, J...

‘Kong’ conquers ‘Logan’ at the box office

‘Kong’ conquers ‘Logan’ at the box office

March 14, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — In the box office war among beasts, Wolverine was no match for the return of King Kong. “Kong: Skull Island,” from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, pulled in an estimated $61 million in the U.S. and Canada, performing well above expectations of $45 million to $50 million. It...

Tough ‘Lego Batman’ kicks through ‘Wall’ at box office

Tough ‘Lego Batman’ kicks through ‘Wall’ at box office

February 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — A talking building-block toy proved tougher than Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” at the box office over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, as “The Lego Batman Movie” from Warner Bros. finished first, raking in an estimated $42.5 million in the U.S. and Canada. The animated...

Best picture-lead actress split highlights lag over female-centric films

Best picture-lead actress split highlights lag over female-centric films

February 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — No one who has paid any attention to the Academy Awards over the past 89 years has ever seen anything like “Moonlight’s” shocking, exhilarating, stomach-churning come-from-behind Oscar win on Sunday night — a victory that stunned the Dolby Theatre audience and viewers watching a...

Academy offers a whodunit of epic proportions

Academy offers a whodunit of epic proportions

February 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Not since a Chicago newspaper headlined “Dewey Defeats Truman” has there been a massive public screw-up on the order of what happened at the Oscars on Sunday night. But it’s an ill wind that blows nobody some good, and the huge embarrassment for Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and the a...

Mothers, ACLU ribbons and ‘Hidden Fences’ all make the red carpet memorable

Mothers, ACLU ribbons and ‘Hidden Fences’ all make the red carpet memorable

February 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Before the Academy Awards were handed out Sunday, the red carpet reflected everything from politics to diversity to who makes the perfect awards show date: 4:15 p.m.: Academy Award attendees on Sunday made activism a must-have red-carpet accessory. Blue ribbons affixed to formal attire worn by mo...

A retro rewind and glamorous gowns for the ages at the Oscars

A retro rewind and glamorous gowns for the ages at the Oscars

February 28, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — The red carpet style at the 89th Academy Awards was a total retro rewind Sunday that even the boldest of the bunch (Janelle Monae, we’re talking to you and your Elie Saab Haute Couture gown) wouldn’t have looked out of place at the 19th Academy Awards, thanks to m...

‘Get Out’ tops box office with huge $30.5 million in ticket sales

‘Get Out’ tops box office with huge $30.5 million in ticket sales

February 28, 2017


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LES — Boosted by strong reviews and a genre-bending story, Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror movie, “Get Out,” got a big, neighborly welcome at the box office over the weekend. The movie from the comedian-turned-director obliterated industry expectations with a studio-estimated $30.5 mi...

He’s arrived: Rowdy astrophysicists and Elvish helped ‘Arrival’ screenwriter with a nomination

He’s arrived: Rowdy astrophysicists and Elvish helped ‘Arrival’ screenwriter with a nomination

February 28, 2017


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As far as hit Hollywood movies go, this one couldn’t be more unlikely: A linguist and a physicist are charged with deciphering alien communication while ruminating on the relativity of language and the nature of time. Yet “Arrival,” the sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as scientists ...

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