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  • Indie Focus: Oscars and onward with 'Get Out' and 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore'

    Indie Focus: Oscars and onward with 'Get Out' and 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This edition of our newsletter is being released mere hours before the 2017 Academy Awards. Which means that soon every wish, hope, hex, presumption and wild guess will be proved right,...

  • Meryl Streep ​is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

    Meryl Streep ​is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

    On the occasion of her record-breaking 20th Oscar nomination, Meryl Streep ​is over drama. Days after Karl Lagerfeld​ told Women's Wear Daily that Streep would wear only a dress made by a fashion line that paid her to do so, the actress has fired back at the Chanel designer in a ​impassioned​ statement....

  • 'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to “Moonlight,” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington ‎was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.‎ “Oh dear Lord, I love this movie,” she said. She wasn’t alone. Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young gay boy coming of age won six awards,...

  • 'When We Rise' makes the gay rights movement part of a universal struggle

    'When We Rise' makes the gay rights movement part of a universal struggle

    Gay storylines on network television aren’t always frivolous, but it’s rare when they embody themes that are universal to us all —  no matter if you identify as LGBTQ, SWM, SWF or  any other acronym.  ABC’s four-part miniseries, “When We Rise,” chronicles the gay rights movement as a shared part...

  • 'Taken' dives into the story of an action hero's past

    'Taken' dives into the story of an action hero's past

    Styled as a prequel to Luc Besson’s vigilante action trilogy of the same name, "Taken," which premieres in series form Monday on NBC, does share with the films a lead character named Bryan Mills, originally played by Liam Neeson, and instances in which a character is “taken.” Mainly, it shares...

  • Before the Oscars, Ruth Negga opens up about fashion and the future

    Before the Oscars, Ruth Negga opens up about fashion and the future

    In Los Angeles for the 89th Academy Awards, lead actress nominee Ruth Negga stepped into Bungalow 1 at Chateau Marmont on Friday night for a party hosted by Gemfields to celebrate a partnership with the actress and her stylist, Karla Welch. Through awards season, Negga has worn jewelry crafted...

  • No benefit of 'Doubt' as CBS pulls Katherine Heigl's new series

    No benefit of 'Doubt' as CBS pulls Katherine Heigl's new series

    After airing just two of its completed 13 episodes, CBS has pulled the low-rated legal drama “Doubt” from its schedule. The network didn’t call the move a “cancellation,” saying that the series, which starred Katherine Heigl, could return at some point in the future — probably during the summer,...

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  • August Wilson is in good company among posthumous Oscar nominees and winners

    August Wilson is in good company among posthumous Oscar nominees and winners

    If he wins the Oscar for adapted screenplay for “Fences,” the late playwright August Wilson will join an impressive group of posthumous winners and nominees. Wilson won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his 1983 play, which he later adapted into a screenplay. But it took more than 20 years...

  • Beyoncé joins outcry against Trump's move on transgender rights

    Beyoncé joins outcry against Trump's move on transgender rights

    In the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to roll back protections that allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity, artists across the continuum have taken to social media and the airwaves.  At the top of the list? Beyoncé, who posted on her Facebook page...

  • Ron Nagle's mind-bending art, like mini movies in sculpture form

    Ron Nagle's mind-bending art, like mini movies in sculpture form

    A lot has happened in the world since Ron Nagle’s last solo show in Los Angeles, which was in 2005. A lot more has happened in his work, which is still intimate, whimsical and sensual, yet now asks big existential questions without suggesting that the answers might be simple, direct or logical....

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