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  • '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,...

  • An MMA Oscars party where Putin pal Steven Seagal, not Meryl Streep, is the guest of honor

    An MMA Oscars party where Putin pal Steven Seagal, not Meryl Streep, is the guest of honor

    In an Oscar season saturated with repetitive red carpet affairs, one black-tie event stood out from the rest in the lead-up to Sunday’s ceremony — the only awards party where Steven Seagal was the guest of honor and mixed martial arts fighters brawled in the center of a ballroom between courses...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Oscars 2017 have never mattered less yet continue to stand for more

    Overrated/Underrated: Oscars 2017 have never mattered less yet continue to stand for more

    If the annual Oscar campaigns are convinced of nothing else — other than the greatness of whatever film they represent —  it’s their own importance. The message of this elongated award season is: “See this movie or be left adrift in the cultural conversation motion pictures gratefully provide.”...

  • New video: Special Oscars edition

    New video: Special Oscars edition

    One of this year’s Academy Awards favorites is “Moonlight,” an intimate and poetic portrayal of growing up gay in a gang-ravaged Miami neighborhood. Mahershala Ali stands a good chance to win the supporting actor Oscar for his performance as a surprisingly sensitive drug-dealing mentor, and Barry...

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  • Oscars red carpet:`The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

    Oscars red carpet:`The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

    A spot on the Oscars’ red carpet now comes with a price. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is charging a license fee to TV stations and networks that broadcast live shows with interviews of movie stars on the red carpet before Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards telecast....

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Ransom' on CBS

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Ransom' on CBS

    SERIES Ransom When a U.S. senator’s (Tzi Ma) daughter is kidnapped, Eric (Luke Roberts) and the team’s investigation leads back to the politician, who has dark secrets. 8 p.m. CBS Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Two sisters rush their tiny dog to the clinic after the pup sustains a life-threatening...

  • Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang discuss the Oscars

    Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang discuss the Oscars

    The Times’ film critics, Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang, sat down to discuss their picks, preferences and plans for the 89th Academy Awards. KENNETH TURAN: Oscars are upon us, and that has been a big deal in my life for as long as I can remember. Did you watch as a kid, were your parents fans as...

  • Prove humans are worth salvation? In 'Liana and Ben,' that's not so easy

    Prove humans are worth salvation? In 'Liana and Ben,' that's not so easy

    Imagine coming of age in a time of political activism and fervent idealism, only to see your dreams of building a better world betrayed again and again by the basest human impulses. Now picture that disappointment spread over the last 200 years and you have the quandary facing the heroine of “Liana...

  • 'Kiki' is no 'Paris Is Burning' — and that's a good thing

    'Kiki' is no 'Paris Is Burning' — and that's a good thing

    “Kiki,” a new documentary in the spirit of the seminal 1990 film “Paris Is Burning,” takes its audience into New York City’s underground ballroom scene.  But your granny’s waltz or cousin’s Argentine tango won’t be found here. This is a space for “butch queens,” “femme queens” and “sex sirens,”...

  • Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    After six months of campaigning and cajoling and trying to get “City of Stars” out of our heads, the Oscars are finally here. You ready for Sunday’s ceremony? Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season leading...

  • Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar

    Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar

    When Marlee Matlin was a teenager, she didn’t care about the Academy Awards. She never watched the ceremony, opting for Miss America or reading Tiger Beat magazine.  But after being cast in a stage production of “Children of a Lesser God” at 19 and winning the lead actress Oscar for that same...

  • Long-delayed action film 'Collide' is one dopey ride

    Long-delayed action film 'Collide' is one dopey ride

    Four of cinema’s best faces share the screen in the international action picture “Collide.” Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones star as Americans enjoying a torrid love affair in Germany, while Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley play rival European crime bosses. That’s a lot of acting talent — all...

  • California Sounds: New electronic tones from Tokimonsta's Young Art Sound and Kingdom — and a new Hil Jaeger video

    California Sounds: New electronic tones from Tokimonsta's Young Art Sound and Kingdom — and a new Hil Jaeger video

    It’s hard to overstate the quantity of hot beat-based music bumping out of Los Angeles, and the new year has already produced some keepers. In fact, Los Angeles is riding another crest in a wave of synthesized sounds that over the last decade has made the region a hub.  Below, a few highlights...

  • 11 of the most political moments in Oscar history

    11 of the most political moments in Oscar history

    January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards turned out to be one of the most politically charged in memory, with multiple winners taking the opportunity to challenge President Trump’s policies. Since then, the atmosphere has become even more politically charged, and Hollywood is unlikely to stay out of...

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