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  • Could 'Lights Out' jolt Hollywood's YouTube strategy?

    Could 'Lights Out' jolt Hollywood's YouTube strategy?

    What if Hollywood’s most profitable summer movie came not from a comic book, a bestselling novel or a video game, but from a viral video on YouTube? After the success of the tiny-budget horror film “Lights Out,” about a threatening creature that only appears in the dark, that scenario doesn’t seem...

  • 'Westworld' creators on love, violence and human nature

    'Westworld' creators on love, violence and human nature

    HBO’s “Westworld,” a sci-fi/western based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, made a buzzy debut at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour Saturday in Beverly Hills. For months the premium cable network has kept information about “Westworld” a closely-guarded secret. But this week the details...

  • With 'Divorce,' Sarah Jessica Parker makes a break from Carrie Bradshaw

    With 'Divorce,' Sarah Jessica Parker makes a break from Carrie Bradshaw

    Twelve years after Carrie and the girls shared their last brunch on HBO on “Sex and The City,” Sarah Jessica Parker will make her return to television in another series that examines the perils of modern romance. As the title suggests, “Divorce” follows the dissolution of the decades-long marriage...

  • Issa Rae takes HBO from white 'Girls' to black women with 'Insecure'

    Issa Rae takes HBO from white 'Girls' to black women with 'Insecure'

    For years HBO has been criticized for its pattern of featuring shows spotlighting the stories of white women while ignoring the creative voices of women of color. While “Sex and the City,” “Girls” and “Veep” have been solid hits, they have also been blasted for sidelining ethnic characters. “Girls,”...

  • TV Picks: 'Future-Worm!' with guest Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ashley Jensen in 'Agatha Raisin'

    TV Picks: 'Future-Worm!' with guest Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ashley Jensen in 'Agatha Raisin'

    "Future-Worm!" (Disney XD, Mondays). Ryan Quincy, who created IFC's 2013 "Out There," a lovely small-town coming-of-age cartoon in which he did not bother to make his characters look consistently human, is back in a noisier way with this Disney XD slapstick sci-fi series about a boy and his best...

  • The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium film due in theaters in September

    The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium film due in theaters in September

    A half-century after the Beatles called it quits as a touring band, 2016 is rapidly becoming the year of the Beatles Live-Revisited. There’s the forthcoming Ron Howard-directed documentary “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years,” which premieres in theaters nationwide in mid-September. And now a...

  • Vin Scully's secret desire? 'I wish I could sing with Fleetwood Mac'

    Vin Scully's secret desire? 'I wish I could sing with Fleetwood Mac'

    Fleetwood Mac is nobody’s idea of a party band — except for the people who keep hiring the group to be one. Twenty-three years ago, this famously fractious rock outfit reunited to play “Don’t Stop” at President Clinton’s inauguration. And Thursday night — right around the time that Clinton’s wife,...

  • What's next for the stars of 'Hamilton'?

    What's next for the stars of 'Hamilton'?

    There’s little doubt that the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” has been a game changer on Broadway.  Last month it won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s a box-office phenomenon and something of an obsession among its legion of fans whether they go to the theater or listen to the soundtrack....

  • The complicated, controversial history of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

    The complicated, controversial history of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

    On July 25 and 26, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Batman: The Killing Joke” — based on the 1988 graphic novel written by “Watchmen’s” Alan Moore with career-defining artwork by Brian Bolland — played in 1,325 theaters across the country, grossing $3.7 million. The $3.1 million it made on its first day...

  • 'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    'Childhood of a Leader' spins wintry tale around the formation of a fascist mind

    “The Childhood of a Leader” is a chilly — and chilling — political thriller by way of a provocative domestic chamber piece. Strikingly mounted, lighted, shot and scored, this tense, decidedly arty film marks a bravura feature directing debut for young American actor Brady Corbet (“Melancholia,”...

  • Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Comedians ask 'Can We Take a Joke?' in a documentary on political correctness

    Considering all that’s been going on in the world lately, it’s probably not the most opportune moment for the arrival of a documentary about stand-up comedians struggling against the constraints of political correctness. Taking aim against that seemingly growing faction of society it calls “the...

  • Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    Snack Trax: Music acts Warhol.ss, Abra and Keith Ape embrace psychedelic music genre

    It’s a little hard to describe the appeal of vaporwave as a music genre. Endlessly looped bits of Diana Ross and slowed-down Japanese commercial muzak isn’t exactly Top 40 material. But visually, vaporwave aesthetics — like VHS filters, random ’80s objects and psychedelic colors — have been sneaking...

  • Bad decisions lead to female connections in 'Tallulah'

    Bad decisions lead to female connections in 'Tallulah'

    Themes of motherhood, abandonment, loss, family and female identity are plumbed to their depths in Sian Heder’s feature directorial debut, “Tallulah.” Heder, a writer for “Orange Is the New Black,” reached into her own life experiences to write and direct the film, starring Ellen Page in the titular...

  • Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest” walks a blade’s edge between terrifying and uplifting, taking place during an apocalypse that’s all too plausible. Adapted from Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel, the film stars Ellen Page, who shepherded the book to the screen, alongside Evan Rachel Wood, as sisters...

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