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  • Meryl Streep ​is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

    Meryl Streep ​is over drama of her Oscar dress, addresses Karl Lagerfeld’s slam

    On the occasion of her record-breaking 20th Oscar nomination, Meryl Streep ​is over drama. Days after Karl Lagerfeld​ told Women's Wear Daily that Streep would wear only a dress made by a fashion line that paid her to do so, the actress has fired back at the Chanel designer in a ​impassioned​ statement....

  • 'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to “Moonlight,” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington ‎was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.‎ “Oh dear Lord, I love this movie,” she said. She wasn’t alone. Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young gay boy coming of age won six awards,...

  • '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...

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  • Beyoncé joins outcry against Trump's move on transgender rights

    Beyoncé joins outcry against Trump's move on transgender rights

    In the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to roll back protections that allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity, artists across the continuum have taken to social media and the airwaves.  At the top of the list? Beyoncé, who posted on her Facebook page...

  • Ron Nagle's mind-bending art, like mini movies in sculpture form

    Ron Nagle's mind-bending art, like mini movies in sculpture form

    A lot has happened in the world since Ron Nagle’s last solo show in Los Angeles, which was in 2005. A lot more has happened in his work, which is still intimate, whimsical and sensual, yet now asks big existential questions without suggesting that the answers might be simple, direct or logical....

  • 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...

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