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  • 'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    Fact, the showrunner from “iZombie” (who previously found fame as the creator of “Veronica Mars”) is named Rob Thomas. This makes him name twins with lead singer from the ’90s rock band Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. So naturally the singer’s cameo on the series was bound to happen, we just didn’t...

  • Whit Stillman/Jane Austen pairing among this week's film picks, July 29-Aug. 4

    Whit Stillman/Jane Austen pairing among this week's film picks, July 29-Aug. 4

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Café Society Woody Allen’s new film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, is of course funny but it also ends up, almost without our realizing it, trafficking in memory, regret and the fate...

  • The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists

    The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists

    Eli Broad has been a busy man this year overseeing his Broad museum, which is approaching its one-year-anniversary in September — but not too busy to buy new art. The Broad has added 29 new works to its permanent collection, it announced on Friday, all acquired since the museum’s opening. A third...

  • What's next for the stars of 'Hamilton'?

    What's next for the stars of 'Hamilton'?

    There’s little doubt that the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” has been a game changer on Broadway.  Last month it won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s a box-office phenomenon and something of an obsession among its legion of fans whether they go to the theater or listen to the soundtrack....

  • The complicated, controversial history of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

    The complicated, controversial history of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

    On July 25 and 26, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Batman: The Killing Joke” — based on the 1988 graphic novel written by “Watchmen’s” Alan Moore with career-defining artwork by Brian Bolland — played in 1,325 theaters across the country, grossing $3.7 million. The $3.1 million it made on its first day...

  • 'Batman: The Killing Joke' stuns with $3.8 million in two-day-only theater run

    'Batman: The Killing Joke' stuns with $3.8 million in two-day-only theater run

    “Batman: The Killing Joke,” the animated picture from Warner Bros. and Fathom Events, was produced to be a home-video production. But after the decision to release the picture in a little more than 1,300 theaters for two days only, it made an impressive estimated $3.8 million. “We’re thrilled and...

  • Danish horror film 'Shelley' unleashes the terrors of pregnancy

    Danish horror film 'Shelley' unleashes the terrors of pregnancy

    It’s no “Rosemary’s Baby” — or even “It’s Alive” — but the Danish supernatural thriller “Shelley” is a fair addition to the “natal horror” genre. Writer-director Ali Abbasi’s debut feature takes too long to intensify, but down the stretch it’s as disturbing as the scariest chapters of “What to...

  • Crime drama depicts Cleveland as 'The Land' without hope

    Crime drama depicts Cleveland as 'The Land' without hope

    Some sports fans call Cleveland “Believeland” because of the city’s devotion to teams that never win (the recent Cavaliers championship aside). Writer-director Steven Caple Jr.’s indie crime drama “The Land” drops the “believe,” which fits his take on inner-city Cleveland as a community without...

  • 'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    “The Childhood of a Leader” is a chilly — and chilling — political thriller by way of a provocative domestic chamber piece. Strikingly mounted, lighted, shot and scored, this tense, decidedly arty film marks a bravura feature directing debut for young American actor Brady Corbet (“Melancholia,”...

  • Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Considering all that’s been going on in the world lately, it’s probably not the most opportune moment for the arrival of a documentary about stand-up comedians struggling against the constraints of political correctness. Taking aim against that seemingly growing faction of society it calls “the...

  • Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    It’s a little hard to describe the appeal of vaporwave as a music genre. Endlessly looped bits of Diana Ross and slowed-down Japanese commercial muzak isn’t exactly Top 40 material. But visually, vaporwave aesthetics — like VHS filters, random ’80s objects and psychedelic colors — have been sneaking...

  • Bad decisions lead to female connections in 'Tallulah'

    Bad decisions lead to female connections in 'Tallulah'

    Themes of motherhood, abandonment, loss, family and female identity are plumbed to their depths in Sian Heder’s feature directorial debut, “Tallulah.” Heder, a writer for “Orange Is the New Black,” reached into her own life experiences to write and direct the film, starring Ellen Page in the titular...

  • Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest” walks a blade’s edge between terrifying and uplifting, taking place during an apocalypse that’s all too plausible. Adapted from Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel, the film stars Ellen Page, who shepherded the book to the screen, alongside Evan Rachel Wood, as sisters...

  • Documentary tells story of Chinese women's rights activist 'Hooligan Sparrow' by any means necessary

    Documentary tells story of Chinese women's rights activist 'Hooligan Sparrow' by any means necessary

    Budding filmmakers can take away a valuable lesson from the documentary “Hooligan Sparrow”: You don’t need fancy camera equipment (or in some instances, even a camera) if you’re passionate enough about the story you want to tell. Nanfu Wang’s urgent, compelling portrait of a group of Chinese women’s...

  • Mike Birbiglia and friends tackle ups and downs of the improv life in 'Don't Think Twice'

    Mike Birbiglia and friends tackle ups and downs of the improv life in 'Don't Think Twice'

    “Don’t Think Twice” is actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia’s funny and endearing love letter to the world of improvisational comedy and the spontaneous performers who keep it bubbling. It’s an ensemble film in the truest sense, one that gives each of its well-drawn, interdependent characters their due....

  • First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    The second season of “Supergirl” is doubling down on the number of superheroes. And with the addition of Superman we now have twice the capes. Together, the CW show’s stars, Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin, revealed a first look at the Superman suit.  Superman, played by Hoechlin (“Road to Perdition,”...

  • 'Sesame Street' says goodbye to Bob, Luis and Gordon as cast members are let go

    'Sesame Street' says goodbye to Bob, Luis and Gordon as cast members are let go

    There will soon be three fewer familiar faces in the “Sesame Street” neighborhood.  During a panel at Florida Supercon on July 2, 84-year-old original “Sesame Street” cast member Bob McGrath, said that he, along with longtime costars Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Roscoe Orman (Gordon) had been let...

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