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  • 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...

  • Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

    Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

    The idea of a polarized country watching the Oscars is not new‎. For nearly half a century, there have been regular occurrences of the show dropping into the middle of serious national strife. Every year, come hell or high water, the Oscars arrive at a late-winter-early-spring moment. And in some...

  • From 'Moonlight' to 'Manchester,' a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

    From 'Moonlight' to 'Manchester,' a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

    Who will win? Who should win? I feign no expertise when it comes to the former, but if I had a ballot in this year’s Oscar race, here’s how I would fill out the following categories. (There are 24 categories total, but interest and laziness compel me to focus on just 11.) BEST PICTURE: “Moonlight”...

  • Oscar noms show rise in indie movies as studios pull back on adult dramas

    Oscar noms show rise in indie movies as studios pull back on adult dramas

    Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman knew their movie “Lion” was a gamble when they took the script to Cannes in 2014. The first 30 minutes of dialogue was in Bengali and Hindi, the kind of thing that studios normally shy away from, and they had no cast attached.   “People were...

  • The red carpet isn't actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn't actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars By Daniel Miller Feb 24, 2017 Installers maneuver a carpet roll in front of the Dolby Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) In Aeschylus’ play “Agamemnon,” the titular king’s homecoming from the Trojan War is marked by...

  • High concept, uninspired execution plagues 'Rock Dog'

    High concept, uninspired execution plagues 'Rock Dog'

    The animated feature “Rock Dog” arrives one week after the release of another prominent Chinese-American co-production, the fantasy adventure “The Great Wall.” Director Ash Brannon brings Pixar and Sony bona fides (he co-directed “Toy Story 2” and directed “Surf’s Up”) to this adaptation of rocker...

  • Disney cuts about 80 jobs in digital media unit that includes Maker Studios

    Disney cuts about 80 jobs in digital media unit that includes Maker Studios

    Walt Disney Co. is laying off about 80 employees in its digital media unit that includes Maker Studios, according to a person at the company not authorized to comment publicly. The layoffs affect people in various roles at Maker, the Culver City-based digital studio, including some in support positions....

  • '24: Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video

    '24: Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video

    The executive producers of the new Fox television series "24: Legacy" apologized Thursday for using video of a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people. The video of the September 2013 attack on Westgate mall in Kenya's capital was used to depict a fictional terror attack in Egypt in...

  • Oscar-nominated shorts enter waters features won't dare

    Oscar-nominated shorts enter waters features won't dare

    When the year’s best films are name-checked at the ‎Oscars on Sunday night, the list will cover a broad range of topics, including family (“Manchester by the Sea”), communication (“Arrival”), ambition (“La La Land”) and race and sexuality (“Moonlight”). The most potent global issue of recent years...

  • What time are the Oscars? And other important questions answered

    What time are the Oscars? And other important questions answered

    Pop the Champagne, shimmy into that gown and call the limo — it’s time for the Oscars, darling. While the majority of us are more likely to call an Uber and cozy up on a friend’s couch in sweats to watch the ultra-glam event, that doesn’t change the fact that the 89th Academy Awards are Sunday....

  • How 'The Jungle Book' VFX team re-created a classic through cutting-edge technology

    How 'The Jungle Book' VFX team re-created a classic through cutting-edge technology

    Last year’s re-creation of Rudyard Kipling’s 19th century tale and 1967 Walt Disney classic animated film “The Jungle Book” required the services of more than 800 animators,  burned through hundreds of millions of render hours and honed the edge of cutting-edge technology. Or as Robert Legato,...

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