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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • 'Night Cap': Claude Chabrol in his element with a pitch-dark story of intricate relationships

    'Night Cap': Claude Chabrol in his element with a pitch-dark story of intricate relationships

    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. 16,...

  • 'Pop should be weird': Shura channels a gentle outsider spirit on 'Nothing's Real'

    'Pop should be weird': Shura channels a gentle outsider spirit on 'Nothing's Real'

    At first, Shura figured, the spilled drink didn’t seem like cause for alarm. “I saw a bit of residue on the keyboard, but I thought it’d be fine,” the English pop singer said of a moment not long into her show Monday night at West Hollywood’s Roxy when Prosecco came splashing down on her instrument....

  • '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...

  • 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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