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  • Into the inferno with the gripping 'Deepwater Horizon'

    Into the inferno with the gripping 'Deepwater Horizon'

    “Deepwater Horizon,” a mighty cinematic conflagration from the director Peter Berg, revisits the tragic events of April 20, 2010, when a Transocean-owned, British Petroleum-leased oil drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 crew members and precipitating one of the worst environmental...

  • New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

    New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

    The theme of enlightenment has seldom come across as leaden as it is in “Milton’s Secret,” a dull drama based on the children’s novel of the same name by spiritual author Eckhart Tolle. Set in some sort of parallel universe where virtually all of the characters speak in politely hushed tones usually...

  • Swedish crank is surprised by life in tragicomic 'A Man Called Ove'

    Swedish crank is surprised by life in tragicomic 'A Man Called Ove'

    Like Bill Murray in “St. Vincent” and Jack Nicholson in “About Schmidt,” Rolf Lassgård’s title character in “A Man Called Ove” is a curmudgeonly retiree whose lonely life takes an unexpected turn. It’s a time-honored template, but one that nevertheless still works magic with the right actor and...

  • Connor Jessup seals the deal in fantastical gay drama 'Closet Monster'

    Connor Jessup seals the deal in fantastical gay drama 'Closet Monster'

    There have been no shortage of gay coming-of-age films, but few have been as singular and dazzling as “Closet Monster,” Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s semi-autobiographical fever dream of a feature debut. It’s nothing less than an emotional exorcism. The movie opens as 9-year-old Oscar...

  • Slacker Spaniard takes on the Catholic Church in 'The Apostate'

    Slacker Spaniard takes on the Catholic Church in 'The Apostate'

    Watchful, serious and failing university student Gonzalo (Álvaro Ogalla) has just the solution to his crisis of expectations: get his name stricken from the baptismal records of the Catholic Church. How can he be his secular, conscientious self and attack life on his terms if some controlling religious...

  • Agnes Nixon dies at 93; creator of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'

    Agnes Nixon dies at 93; creator of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'

    The grand dame of daytime television drama, Agnes Nixon liked to say that “everyone's life is a soap opera.” For proof, she offered up her own.  She had an “abandonment complex” because her parents divorced soon after she was born. Growing up in an Irish-Catholic enclave in Nashville in the 1930s...

  • 'The Amazing Agnes is gone': Daytime-drama community remembers Agnes Nixon with love and thanks

    'The Amazing Agnes is gone': Daytime-drama community remembers Agnes Nixon with love and thanks

    “I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes,” said Susan Lucci, veteran of 1,000-plus episodes of  “All My Children,” in the wake of daytime drama pioneer Agnes Nixon’s passing Wednesday at age 93.  Posting a picture on Instagram of herself with Nixon, the actress best known as Erica Kane continued: “I...

  • 'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg has died

    'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg has died

    Gary Glasberg, executive producer and show runner of  CBS’ hit “NCIS” and the creator and executive producer of its spinoff, “NCIS: New Orleans,” has died. He was 50. A statement from the network said that Glasberg, who was born in New York City, had died in his sleep. No other information was...

  • Chabrol's seductive 'Swindle' delivers right on the mark

    Chabrol's seductive 'Swindle' delivers right on the mark

    Note: Five of French director Claude Chabrol’s later films — “Betty” (1992), “Color of Lies” (1999), “Night Cap” (2000), “The Swindle” (1997) and “Torment” (1994), all featuring some of France’s biggest stars of the era — screen as part of the “Chabrol 5 X 5” series. Below is The Times’ April 23,...

  • Chabrol's 'Betty' serves up a slice of dark, obsessive life

    Chabrol's 'Betty' serves up a slice of dark, obsessive life

    Note: Five of French director Claude Chabrol’s later films — “Betty” (1992), “Color of Lies” (1999), “Night Cap” (2000), “The Swindle” (1997) and “Torment” (1994), all featuring some of France’s biggest stars of the era — screen as part of the “Chabrol 5 X 5” series. Below is The Times’ Aug. 27,...

  • French film noir series screens in Santa Monica

    French film noir series screens in Santa Monica

    The French not only named film noir but it turns out they also had a gift for working in this dark and twisty genre. The American Cinematheque offers a chance to experience eight of these bleak gems in “The French Had a Name for It 2,” the sequel to last year’s groundbreaking series. Opening things...

  • CBS-Viacom merger may be closer to reality, thanks to Redstones and National Amusements

    CBS-Viacom merger may be closer to reality, thanks to Redstones and National Amusements

    The oft-foretold reunification of CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. may be moving closer to reality.  National Amusements Inc., the theater chain operator and investment vehicle of media mogul Sumner Redstone, is poised to call on the two companies to consider merging, two people close to the matter said...

  • Stan Lee, 93, shot 4 Marvel cameos in one day, and made it look easy

    Stan Lee, 93, shot 4 Marvel cameos in one day, and made it look easy

    Comic book legend and Marvel mastermind Stan Lee recently took time out of his schedule to travel to Georgia to film four cameos in a single day for upcoming Marvel films.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the filming at a Q&A session that followed a Friday screening of “Captain America:...

  • At Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man loopiness meets cutting-edge dance music

    At Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man loopiness meets cutting-edge dance music

    The admissions officer at the so-called Symbiosis University had an elective quiz for new students. Sitting behind her desk in a pink wig, a low-cut unitard and a maybe-fake German accent, the woman grilled applicants on their intentions. What was their planned course of study here, at this loopy...

  • Runnin' down a dream: Tom Petty to be celebrated as 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

    Runnin' down a dream: Tom Petty to be celebrated as 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

    Whether moving west down Ventura Boulevard, gliding down over Mulholland or living in Reseda with a freeway running through the yard, Tom Petty has soundtracked Southern California life for more than 40 years. Those classic songs, including “American Girl,” “The Waiting,” “Wildflowers,” “Free Fallin’”...

  • Review: Stars swap songs in L.A. at Country Hall of Fame benefit

    Review: Stars swap songs in L.A. at Country Hall of Fame benefit

    Education is a key mission at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  That made the 11th edition of the organization’s annual All for the Hall benefit concert and fundraiser an ideal companion piece. Emcee and 20-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill and guest participants James Taylor,...

  • 'The Lion King' is getting a 'live-action' remake, with Jon Favreau to direct

    'The Lion King' is getting a 'live-action' remake, with Jon Favreau to direct

    It’s the circle of life in Hollywood: “The Lion King” is being remade, and Jon Favreau’s in charge.  The Oscar-winning 1994 animated film, which raked in $968.8 million worldwide, including $422.8 million domestically, is being fast-tracked for a “reimagining,” the Walt Disney Studios announced...

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