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  • Friday's TV highlights: 'Room 104' on HBO and more

    Friday's TV highlights: 'Room 104' on HBO and more

    SERIES Killjoys Determined to clean house, the team resorts to drastic measures on a new episode of the space-set action drama. With Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane and Hannah John-Kamen. 8 p.m. Syfy The Great British Baking Show The five bakers are tasked with re-creating Tudor-era favorites,...

  • Wanda sell-off of massive Chinese movie studio is latest retreat from Hollywood

    Wanda sell-off of massive Chinese movie studio is latest retreat from Hollywood

    In 2013, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin unveiled plans for a moviemaking metropolis in the coastal city of Qingdao, with state-of-the-art film and TV soundstages and a massive water tank to draw big Hollywood productions. Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman flew out to witness...

  • 'The Conway Curve' is too bland to sustain its kooky characters' high jinks

    'The Conway Curve' is too bland to sustain its kooky characters' high jinks

    The middling family comedy “The Conway Curve” leans on quirk, but it is woefully lacking in the humor and energy necessary to get the wheels turning on this bus. Writer-director Marian Yeager makes her feature debut with the film, starring a winsome Veronica Wylie as Natalie Conway. Our leading...

  • Powerful '500 Years' doc concludes trilogy on Guatemalan resistance

    Powerful '500 Years' doc concludes trilogy on Guatemalan resistance

    Serving as the final chapter in her Resistance Saga trilogy of documentaries chronicling Guatemala’s human rights struggles, filmmaker Pamela Yates’ “500 Years” is a palpably passionate if somewhat less contained effort than the two films preceding it. As in 1982’s “When the Mountains Tremble”...

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  • Chinese patriotism on display in generic action of 'Wolf Warrior 2'

    Chinese patriotism on display in generic action of 'Wolf Warrior 2'

    Despite some spectacular fight scenes, writer-director-star Wu Jing’s explosive military adventure “Wolf Warrior 2” will likely interest American audiences more for cultural reasons than as entertainment. If nothing else, it’s fascinating to see a film so closely mimic big-budget Hollywood war...

  • The Mexican erotic horror of 'The Untamed' is unnerving

    The Mexican erotic horror of 'The Untamed' is unnerving

    Amat Escalante’s unusual erotic horror film “The Untamed” doesn’t intend to spook or scare its audience but rather unsettle, provoke and possibly titillate viewers. This is a task it easily achieves, balancing outré material with a supremely controlled style. Verónica (Simone Bucio) is both femme...

  • Thursday's TV highlights: 'Hollywood Game Night' and more

    Thursday's TV highlights: 'Hollywood Game Night' and more

    SERIES Hollywood Game Night Celebrity contestants include singer Michael Bolton, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, and “SNL’s” Chris Parnell. 8 p.m. NBC Penn & Teller: Fool Us Veteran comic Louie Anderson puts in an appearance on the reality series. 8 p.m. KTLA Boy Band The 13 remaining hopefuls sing...

  • Viacom is out of the running for deal to buy Scripps Networks

    Viacom is out of the running for deal to buy Scripps Networks

    Viacom Inc. is out of the running to buy cable television programmer Scripps Networks Interactive, according to people briefed on the matter. That leaves rival Discovery Communications as the lone bidder for Scripps, which owns such cable channels such as HGTV, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and...

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