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  • Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard and Lake Bell are haunted by the laughable 'Ghost of New Orleans'

    Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard and Lake Bell are haunted by the laughable 'Ghost of New Orleans'

    The type of vehicle that even Nicolas Cage likely would have passed on, “Ghost of New Orleans,” by Serbian director Peter (Predrag) Atonijevic, is a laughably pretentious crime caper-supernatural thriller hybrid that comes up woefully lacking on both fronts. Languishing on the shelf for the past...

  • 'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

    'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

    "Looking down from two miles above the surface of the Earth, it's impossible not to be impressed by the sheer grandeur and splendor and power of the natural world," says David Attenborough at the beginning of "Planet Earth II," the sequel to his landmark 2006 "Planet Earth." That globally popular...

  • Environmental warning as art exhibition: The Harrisons at Various Small Fires

    Environmental warning as art exhibition: The Harrisons at Various Small Fires

    Long before sustainability became a buzzword, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison were delving into the human motivations and actions that run counter to the best interests of the planet. Their work has been featured in museums around the world and their voices heard at international conferences on...

  • New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    What if the most radical television show of 2017 turns out to be a series created in 1985? It’s hard to shake that feeling since “Golden Girls,” which twice won the Emmy for comedy series, began streaming on Hulu on Feb. 13. The series would stand out among today’s crop of comedies for plenty of...

  • TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

    TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

      SUNDAY The best of basketball’s best, including Steph Curry and LeBron James, will be in the Big Easy for the “2017 NBA All-Star Game.” 5:20 p.m. TBS, TNT “The Good Wife’s” Christine Baranski spins off into the new legal drama “The Good Fight,” which bows on broadcast and streaming, with subsequent...

  • 'Steven Universe' construction sets bring the Mr. Universe van to life

    'Steven Universe' construction sets bring the Mr. Universe van to life

    Will you let this van be driven into your heart? New “Steven Universe” toys are on the way and fans will soon be able to build some familiar sights straight out of the show, including dad Greg Universe’s ever-enduring van.  McFarlane Toys is partnering with Cartoon Network for a line of “Steven...

  • Last chance to see Daft Punk's West Hollywood pop-up shop

    Last chance to see Daft Punk's West Hollywood pop-up shop

    Dance music group Daft Punk, known for its creative collaborations with the Weeknd, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, ends its latest experiment this weekend: its first L.A.-area pop-up shop. With a nine-day run at Maxfield Gallery in West Hollywood, the shop has featured archival set pieces (such...

  • Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes get real about comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

    Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes get real about comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

    It’s a few weeks from the premiere of his new HBO series, and Pete Holmes has almost reached his limit for answering questions. “Not that I’m sick of it,” he clarified, leaning back into a sofa as he settled in for a chat inside Judd Apatow’s production offices in an aggressively nondescript stretch...

  • With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

    With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

    Can an album look inward and out at the same time? Dave Longstreth thinks so, and he’s just made one that proves it. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the core of Dirty Projectors, Longstreth is known to indie-rock fans for his knotty compositions and high-flown concepts. In 2009...

  • Richard Curtis' politics of faith, hope and 'Love, Actually'

    Richard Curtis' politics of faith, hope and 'Love, Actually'

    In  the most politically-tinged awards season in memory,  many winners and performers  have used their  platforms to  speak out about social and political issues — diversity, the travel ban, insulting perceptions of women and a sense we’re living on a harsher, less-tolerant planet. There have been...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Emerald City' on NBC

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Emerald City' on NBC

    SERIES MacGyver Mac and Jack (Lucas Till, George Eads) try to capture a fugitive (guest star Anthony DiRocco) but are challenged by the bounty-hunting Colton family (Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lance Gross, Javicia Leslie and Jermaine Rivers), characters from the original version of the show. 8 p.m. CBS...

  • Probe centers on whether Fox should have told investors about settlements involving ex-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

    Probe centers on whether Fox should have told investors about settlements involving ex-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

    Whether Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox lands in hot water with federal prosecutors over payments made to resolve sexual harassment claims at Fox News could boil down to a few key issues: Were Murdoch and other high-level corporate officers aware of the payments, and did they conspire to shield...

  • Charlie Day and Ice Cube tangle in overzealous comedy 'Fist Fight'

    Charlie Day and Ice Cube tangle in overzealous comedy 'Fist Fight'

    The high school-set comedy “Fist Fight” really revs up those three Rs: rowdy, raunchy and ridiculous. For much of its fast-paced running time, the film, which involves an after-school fight between two polar-opposite teachers, is just amusing enough to make up for its sheer preposterousness; it...

  • The surprising success of 'xXx' sequel in China offers marketing lessons for Hollywood

    The surprising success of 'xXx' sequel in China offers marketing lessons for Hollywood

    Paramount Pictures and its marketing partners wanted to make sure China’s young, digitally-inclined moviegoers were excited for the new action sequel “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” So the team made a music video for an original song by “xXx” star and Chinese heartthrob Kris Wu. The video, which...

  • Filmmaker Anne Hamilton delivers an unsettling, if uneven, 'American Fable'

    Filmmaker Anne Hamilton delivers an unsettling, if uneven, 'American Fable'

    The images of a rural field that open “American Fable” could, for a brief instant, be something out of Andrew Wyeth, woozy with wonder. Soon, though, it’s clear that a nightmarish dread pulses beneath the dreamlike beauty. For her first feature, set during the Midwestern farm crisis of the 1980s,...

  • Horror anthology 'XX' features feminist perspective on genre

    Horror anthology 'XX' features feminist perspective on genre

    Women directors are largely underrepresented in the horror genre, despite the amount of women who appear in horror films. This is a wrong that the anthology “XX” takes a stab at correcting, featuring four short horror films written and directed by women. Despite the variations among the project,...

  • Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...

  • Quirky indie drama 'The Great & the Small' delivers emotional depth

    Quirky indie drama 'The Great & the Small' delivers emotional depth

    Writer-director Dusty Bias takes a singular approach to telling an offbeat, oddly resonant tale of family, survival and redemption in “The Great & the Small.” Though it’s often too quirky for its own good and its bumpy narrative structure can be jarring, the film sneaks in quite a bit of depth...

  • Actors Co-op's fine revival of Moisés Kaufman’s '33 Variations'

    Actors Co-op's fine revival of Moisés Kaufman’s '33 Variations'

    Moisés Kaufman’s “33 Variations,” now playing at the Actors Co-op’s David Schall Theatre, glows with the kind of radiant intellectualism that might seem showy if not for its resonant humanity. The central character is a brilliant academic, Katherine Brandt (Nan McNamara), who is suffering from...

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