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  • TV This Week, Feb. 26-March 4: 'When We Rise,' 'Custody' and more

    TV This Week, Feb. 26-March 4: 'When We Rise,' 'Custody' and more

      SUNDAY The musical “La La Land” leads the field with 14 nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, a.k.a. “The Oscars.” Jimmy Kimmel serves as master of ceremonies at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 5:30 p.m. ABC Turn down for what?! Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne’s new “Neighbors” are a rowdy frat run...

  • Curator Paul Schimmel departs Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles

    Curator Paul Schimmel departs Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles

    Paul Schimmel, the longtime Los Angeles curator best known for his defining tenure as the former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, has departed Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the downtown gallery he helped establish in spring 2016. The gallery functioned as the Los Angeles...

  • '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,”...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Shark Tank' and '20/20' on ABC

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Shark Tank' and '20/20' on ABC

    SERIES VICE It’s the return of the weekly news magazine providing in-depth coverage of news that is often overlooked by mainstream media, returns. The season premiere profiles Bashar Assad, Syria’s president. 7:30 p.m. HBO MacGyver When an overseas assignment goes awry, Bozer and Mac (Justin...

  • Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct 'The Batman'

    Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct 'The Batman'

    Ending weeks of speculation and swirling rumors about the future of one of its most important comic book franchises, Warner Bros. announced that director Matt Reeves — whose films include “Cloverfield,” “Let Me In” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — will take the reins of the next solo Batman...

  • 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. So it’s time for some final predictions for Sunday’s ceremony. Ready? Somebody will mention Donald Trump. Somebody will cry. Somebody will cry while mentioning Donald Trump....

  • As Trump aims to build a wall, Los Angeles architecture school SCI-Arc builds bridges to Mexico

    As Trump aims to build a wall, Los Angeles architecture school SCI-Arc builds bridges to Mexico

    A young architecture student pulls up a rendering of a triangular city block on a projector in an unassuming office space at the edge of Mexico City’s Colonia Juárez district. “The best corner is occupied by a McDonald’s,” he says, gesturing at the schematic on the screen. “I would start by demolishing...

  • Beyoncé drops out of Coachella 2017, will headline in 2018 instead

    Beyoncé drops out of Coachella 2017, will headline in 2018 instead

    Beyoncé is sitting out Coachella — per doctor’s orders.  The pop diva, who announced earlier this month that she is pregnant, pulled out of her headlining gig at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which is slated for April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio. She will instead headline next...

  • Horror-thriller 'Drifter' is a semi-successful exercise in genre homage

    Horror-thriller 'Drifter' is a semi-successful exercise in genre homage

    Quentin Tarantino and Brian De Palma proved that there’s nothing wrong with filmmakers wearing influences on their sleeves, provided they also bring their own personality and gusto. Writer-director Chris von Hoffman’s debut feature, “Drifter,” hits its target about half the time. Sometimes it’s...

  • Amusing sequel 'Punching Henry' finds reality in comedy

    Amusing sequel 'Punching Henry' finds reality in comedy

    The knowing satire “Punching Henry” may not amount to a lot in the end, but getting there is lots of fun. This sequel to the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival hit “Punching the Clown” (both movies were directed by Gregori Viens, who co-wrote with star Henry Phillips) proves another enjoyable trip across...

  • Criterion brings 'Mildred Pierce' out of the noir shadows

    Criterion brings 'Mildred Pierce' out of the noir shadows

    It may not be as faithful or definitive an adaptation of the James M. Cain novel as Todd Haynes’ 2011 HBO miniseries, but Michael Curtiz’s “Mildred Pierce” (1945) remains a rip-roaring entertainment. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her performance as a single mother-turned-restaurateur,...

  • 'Expendables' producer Millennium Films sells majority stake to Chinese company for $100 million

    'Expendables' producer Millennium Films sells majority stake to Chinese company for $100 million

    Millennium Films, the producer of the “Expendables” movies and the most recent “Rambo” sequel, has agreed to sell a 51% stake to Chinese conglomerate Recon Group for $100 million. Recon, known for owning the Aston Villa Football Club in Britain, will acquire a majority ownership of Los Angeles-based...

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