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  • Bel Powley shines in the otherwise lackluster 'Carrie Pilby'

    Bel Powley shines in the otherwise lackluster 'Carrie Pilby'

    The bubbly Bel Powley stars as “Carrie Pilby” in an adaptation of Caren Lissner’s novel, written by Kara Holden, and directed by Susan Johnson in her feature directorial debut. This urban dramedy follows Carrie, a 19-year old Harvard graduate, who may be book smart but who is failing real life....

  • Proof of an afterlife is no stairway to heaven in 'The Discovery'

    Proof of an afterlife is no stairway to heaven in 'The Discovery'

    You can run on for a long time, as Johnny Cash once helpfully told us, but sooner or later God (or perhaps one too many bacon-wrapped hot dogs) is gonna cut you down. And then what? Angels? Gardens of perpetual bliss? Streets paved with gold? Or are we just adding more dirt to the ground? Even...

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  • Viacom's BET network shuffles top programming ranks

    Viacom's BET network shuffles top programming ranks

    The top two programming executives at television channel BET abruptly stepped down Wednesday, adding to the management turnover at struggling media company Viacom Inc. BET’s head of programming, Stephen Hill, said he would exit Friday after 22 years at Viacom and 18 years at BET. “It has been my...

  • Director Kasper Collin brings jazz great Lee Morgan's tragic love story to West Coast

    Director Kasper Collin brings jazz great Lee Morgan's tragic love story to West Coast

    On a snowy night in February 1972, Helen Morgan reached into her bag and pulled out the pistol her husband, Lee, had bought her. Lee, a 33-year-old jazz trumpeter who'd risen to fame as a teenager, was getting ready to perform at Slug's Saloon, a nightclub in New York City's East Village. His mistress...

  • Frank Gehry's archives are headed to the Getty

    Frank Gehry's archives are headed to the Getty

    The Getty Research Institute announced Wednesday that it has acquired a major portion of architect Frank Gehry’s archives — documents spanning from 1954, when Gehry studied architecture at USC, to 1988, when he submitted the winning design for Walt Disney Concert Hall. “This is the California time...

  • Women rule, and other lessons from Universal's CinemaCon presentation

    Women rule, and other lessons from Universal's CinemaCon presentation

    All signs are that Universal Pictures is poised for a massive year at the box office in 2017. That much was clear from the studio’s Wednesday presentation of upcoming movies at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners in Las Vegas. Even with a slate anchored by franchise bets including...

  • Two black employees sue Fox News, accusing their ex-boss of racist behavior

    Two black employees sue Fox News, accusing their ex-boss of racist behavior

    Two black employees of Fox News have filed a racial discrimination suit against the company and the recently fired executive they worked under. The suit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court is the latest legal action to hit the 21st Century Fox unit, which has either settled or litigated...

  • Muhammad Ali to be subject of new Ken Burns documentary

    Muhammad Ali to be subject of new Ken Burns documentary

    Filmmaker Ken Burns will be one of the producers and directors of a new documentary on legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, scheduled to air in 2021 on PBS. Burns, along with his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon, began production on the two-part, four-hour documentary for PBS and Florentine...

  • A 'Brand New Day' for the Mavericks with new album, new Mono Mundo label

    A 'Brand New Day' for the Mavericks with new album, new Mono Mundo label

    Raul Malo, the lead singer and songwriter for the genre-crossing roots band the Mavericks, sat on the balcony of the third-floor office of his group’s new record label, Mono Mundo, surveying the kingdom below: a parking lot and an alleyway extending into an open field. “Yeah,” he said in a tone...

  • Everybody loves a clown? Not in the creepy new trailer for Stephen King's 'It'

    Everybody loves a clown? Not in the creepy new trailer for Stephen King's 'It'

    In an odd bit of creative alchemy, the new teaser trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “It” combines the current wave of 1980s horror nostalgia with the recent spate of encounters with creepy clowns in public. Directed by Argentine filmmaker Andrés Muschietti, the film is...

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