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  • Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

    Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

    It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat. Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in print, on screens...

  • Joe Mantegna on directing theater and the importance of Lenny Bruce

    Joe Mantegna on directing theater and the importance of Lenny Bruce

    Joe Mantegna may be best known as an actor, most recently starring as FBI special agent David Rossi on the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds.” But he’s no stranger to the stage, having won a Tony Award in 1984 for David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Now, he’s taking on the role of director with...

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  • Ana Lily Amirpour shoots from the gut with dystopian cannibal love story 'The Bad Batch'

    Ana Lily Amirpour shoots from the gut with dystopian cannibal love story 'The Bad Batch'

    People have been asking Ana Lily Amirpour to explain herself a lot lately with the release of “The Bad Batch,” a psychedelic cannibal Western in which society’s undesirables are kicked out through a Texas border wall and left to wander the unforgiving wasteland. But answers don’t come easily with...

  • The week ahead in L.A. dance, June 25-July 2

    The week ahead in L.A. dance, June 25-July 2

    Forever Flamenco With dancers Mizuho Sato, Daniela Zermeño and Spain’s Lola Mayo. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $30-$50. (323) 663-1525. After the Curtain Emmy winner Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound dance company performs in this new show. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce...

  • The week ahead in L.A. classical music, June 25-July 2: California Philharmonic and more

    The week ahead in L.A. classical music, June 25-July 2: California Philharmonic and more

    Frida Laura Virella sings the title role in Long Beach Opera’s staging of Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s opera about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; in Spanish and English with projected subtitles. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Ends Sun., 8 p.m. $49-$150. (562) 470-7464. ...

  • Movie openings: June 28-30

    Movie openings: June 28-30

    Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” roars into theaters, while Bong Jong-ho’s “Okja” arrives on Netflix and in selected theaters a month after its debut at Cannes. The animated sequel “Despicable Me 3” and the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy “The House” are in wide release. ------------- Jun 28 Baby Driver...

  • Indie Focus: The A-list of B-titled movies with 'The Big Sick,' 'The Beguiled' and 'The Bad Batch'

    Indie Focus: The A-list of B-titled movies with 'The Big Sick,' 'The Beguiled' and 'The Bad Batch'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Some of the most exciting movies so far this year have opened this weekend, and oddly enough they have titles all starting with the letter “B” – “The Big Sick,” “The Beguiled” and “The...

  • Ruth Negga stands tall in the year of 'Preacher,' 'Loving' and an Oscar nom

    Ruth Negga stands tall in the year of 'Preacher,' 'Loving' and an Oscar nom

    Ruth Negga sits cross-legged on a plush chair on the balcony of a West Los Angeles hotel, trying to define the whirlwind journey last year that took her from shooting in dusty, barren New Mexico landscapes to hobnobbing with A-listers in Beverly Hills. The words are not coming easily. “It’s really...

  • The Moviegoer: June 25-July 1

    The Moviegoer: June 25-July 1

    Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films In the first half of the 20th century, hundreds of movies coined “race films” were created by black writers and directors, mostly outside of the Hollywood system. These films starred all black casts in stories that eschewed the negative...

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