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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 ...

Controversy may bite into ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

Controversy may bite into ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

January 26, 2017


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — A movie about man’s best friend discovering the meaning of life would seem like a no-brainer for a studio looking to appeal to pet-lovers. So what could go wrong? A lot, in the case of Universal Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s ...

Will How Paramount’s ‘Monster Trucks’ went awry

Will How Paramount’s ‘Monster Trucks’ went awry

January 17, 2017


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) Paramount Pictures originally conceived its new movie “Monster Trucks” as fuel for its upstart animation business. But instead, the long-delayed big-budget picture is poised to become the first major box-office wreck of 2017. The live action-computer an...

An encore for ‘Allegiance’: George Takei’s Broadway musical about internment will return to film theaters

An encore for ‘Allegiance’: George Takei’s Broadway musical about internment will return to film theaters

January 17, 2017


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By Deborah Vankin Los Angeles Times (TNS) If you missed George Takei’s Broadway musical, “Allegiance” — or the subsequent one-night-only screening of the live production in movie theaters nationwide — then fear not. It’s coming back by popular demand. The Dec. 13 movie-theater present...

He’s in tune with the Day of the Dead: Director Lee Unkrich wanted an authentic take on the celebration

He’s in tune with the Day of the Dead: Director Lee Unkrich wanted an authentic take on the celebration

January 17, 2017


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By Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times (TNS) Since we were formally introduced to Pixar via a hopping desk lamp and a rubber ball in the animated short “Luxo Jr.” three decades ago, the studio has brought to life toys, insects, monsters, fish, cars, rodents, robots and increasingly, as the technology ca...

The 10 films we’ve gotta see

The 10 films we’ve gotta see

January 17, 2017


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By Los Angeles Times Film Staff Los Angeles Times (TNS) From the first flurries of franchises in January through the last gasp at Oscar-qualifying runs in December, there will be, conservatively, around 300 films released in 2017. For the purposes of this preview, The Times’ film writers and repor...

‘Silence’ timed for Oscar surprise

‘Silence’ timed for Oscar surprise

December 6, 2016


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By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) A film 26 years in the making, Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” may be settling in to play spoiler at the Oscars. Scorsese’s passion project had been in development since 1990 before premiering on Tuesday at the Vatican. An adaptation of a 1966 novel of the s...

Plumbing depths of sorrow in ‘Manchester by the Sea’

Plumbing depths of sorrow in ‘Manchester by the Sea’

December 6, 2016


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By Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (TNS) Casey Affleck has questions. Kenneth Lonergan also has questions. Together, they found more questions that, in the asking, came to feel something like answers. Affleck is the lead actor and Lonergan the writer and director of “Manchester by the Sea,” a d...

‘La La Land’ captures love of music, movies

‘La La Land’ captures love of music, movies

December 6, 2016


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By John Anderson Newsday (TNS) “That car alarm is bananas!” says Emma Stone, giving voice to the general exasperation over a relentless honking outside Manhattan’s Metrograph theater. The actress and her “La La Land” director, Damien Chazelle, have come to introduce their movie “La La Land...

China-owned AMC seals deal to buy Carmike Cinemas, becomes largest theater chain in US

November 15, 2016


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Carmike Cinemas shareholders on Tuesday approved a plan to sell the company to AMC Entertainment for $1.2 billion, including debt, making the Chinese-owned theater chain the largest in the country. Leawood, Kan.-based AMC will pay $33.06 a share for Carmike of Columbus, Ga., meaning the combined company...

Nicolas Cage’s proudly gonzo career: His steady stream of quirky movie choices raises eyebrows, but he likes to stay busy

Nicolas Cage’s proudly gonzo career: His steady stream of quirky movie choices raises eyebrows, but he likes to stay busy

November 11, 2016


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Nicolas Cage has three movies hitting theaters in the next two weeks — and if that seems surprising or odd to you, it’s probably just because you haven’t been paying close attention lately to Cage’s always surprising and not infrequently odd caree...

Vince Vaughn on his early career, the Cubs and Mel Gibson

Vince Vaughn on his early career, the Cubs and Mel Gibson

November 11, 2016


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By Nina Metz Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — When I sat down with Vince Vaughn, who was in Chicago to talk about his new film “Hacksaw Ridge,” it was the early afternoon before Game 4 of the World Series. Wonder what brings you to town, I joked. “Gosh, I don’t know!” he laughed. Undern...

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