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‘Star Trek’ actors share favorite moments

‘Star Trek’ actors share favorite moments

September 8, 2016

By Jack Millrod Newsday (TNS) NEW YORK — The future began 50 years ago Thursday for “Star Trek” fans. When NBC aired the show’s first episode on Sept. 8, 1966, Capt. James T. Kirk and the 23rd century crew of the starship Enterprise began a journey that would include an animated series, ...

Summer 2016 in review: Blockbuster sequel to 2015 was a fail for movie industry

Summer 2016 in review: Blockbuster sequel to 2015 was a fail for movie industry

September 1, 2016

Los Angeles Times (TNS) At one point in “Suicide Squad,” one of the most commercially successful and culturally worthless movies of 2016, the Joker whispers his idea of a sweet nothing to his deranged moll, Harley Quinn: “Oh, I’m not gonna kill you. I’m just gonna hurt you really, really...

Movie review: ‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ is more sinister than it first seems

Movie review: ‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ is more sinister than it first seems

September 1, 2016

By Cary Darling Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” begins as if it’s going to be a sweet children’s film about the goofy life of an accident-prone 9-year-old boy. Events that should have killed him don’t, and he seems untroubled by all of his near-death experienc...

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

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

August 23, 2016

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...

‘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 ...

A look at the short films up for Oscars

February 4, 2016

By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) War and conflict (ethnic, religious, domestic) dominate the field in the live-action short-films competition for the 2016 Academy Awards. Although “Ave Maria,” from Arab Israeli filmmaker Basil Khalil, is comedic in tone, its depiction of the war...

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

November 17, 2015

By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) In some movies — a lot of movies, actually — if you see a character eating ice cream, the actor is really licking mashed potatoes. And that great-looking cake? It may be frosting spread over Styrofoam. But in “Love the Coopers,” which opens this w...

Films jockeying for standout position

Films jockeying for standout position

September 17, 2015

By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with a highly anticipated movie — “Demolition,” the new drama from “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a semi-unhinged Wall Street trader. I...

Hollywood posts second-strongest summer ever at domestic box office

Hollywood posts second-strongest summer ever at domestic box office

September 9, 2015

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — It’s official: 2015 is now the second-strongest summer ever at the domestic box office. Summer movies, which kicked off May 1 and wrapped up on Labor Day, ended up grossing $4.48 billion in the United States and Canada this year. That haul is...

Remembering Orson Welles At 100

Remembering Orson Welles At 100

July 15, 2015

By Bob Hoover Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago May 6 in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to become one of the best-known showmen in Ame...

‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ No. 1 Again; ‘Hot Pursuit’ Has Soft Debut

‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ No. 1 Again; ‘Hot Pursuit’ Has Soft Debut

May 11, 2015

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — It was a cold weekend for the comedy “Hot Pursuit” as the superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” maintained its mighty grip on the box office, adding an estimated $77.2 million in the U.S. and Canada for one of the highest second-wee...

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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