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    How Disney outsider David Lowery turned 'Pete's Dragon' into a hit

    At first glance, director David Lowery was an unlikely choice to revive Disney’s 1977 animated classic  “Pete’s Dragon” as a live-action movie. The oldest of nine brothers and sisters, the 35-year-old Lowery was raised by parents who didn’t buy into the world of Walt. He’d never even been to Disneyland...

  • Marvel's 'Luke Cage' trailer puts the new hero in his classic comic book tiara

    Marvel's 'Luke Cage' trailer puts the new hero in his classic comic book tiara

    Marvel fans got a bigger glimpse of “Luke Cage” than ever before on Tuesday, with the Netflix release of a full-length trailer for the upcoming superhero series.  Mike Colter (“The Good Wife”) plays the eponymous lead, an ex-con whose super-strength and bulletproof skin make him a formidable force...

  • How 'Suicide Squad' got that pricey, monster soundtrack

    How 'Suicide Squad' got that pricey, monster soundtrack

    It’s fairly uncommon these days for a movie soundtrack to generate massive excitement, let alone sales. With occasional exceptions like “Frozen” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the days of platinum-selling soundtrack albums like “Saturday Night Fever,” “Purple Rain” and “The Bodyguard” are largely...

  • Watch the tiny world of Laika come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood

    Watch the tiny world of Laika come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood

    One thing Laika films understands is how to pack a whole lot of substance into a teeny, tiny world. Each stop-motion, animated film from “Coraline” to “Boxtrolls” came with their own, hand-crafted universe. And now those small worlds are coming to California. Check out this exclusive preview of...

  • Get to know the faces of the 'Suicide Squad'

    Get to know the faces of the 'Suicide Squad'

    Who are the members of the “Suicide Squad”? Even those without encyclopedic knowledge of DC Comics characters are familiar with villains such as the Joker, but most of the new bad guy roster consists of characters who are not household names —at least not yet.  Directed by David Ayer, “Suicide...

  • Critics deem 'Suicide Squad' a 'disappointing disaster'

    Critics deem 'Suicide Squad' a 'disappointing disaster'

    Reviews for “Suicide Squad,” the latest Warner Bros. superhero offering, and would-be savior of the the summer, have started pouring in, and they are decidedly lackluster. The tepid reaction likely comes as a disappointment to DC fans hoping for redemption after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”...

  • Exclusive 'Con Man' Season 2 trailer debut channels 'The Right Stuff'

    Exclusive 'Con Man' Season 2 trailer debut channels 'The Right Stuff'

    “Con Man,” the adorably meta comedy web series about one actor’s struggle to get off of the convention circuit, and into mainstream Hollywood is coming back for a second season. And here’s the first sneak peek of Season 2 starring Alan Tudyk with all “the wrong stuff.”  “Con Man” director, writer...

  • 'The Tick' shows off his new look on Amazon's revival

    'The Tick' shows off his new look on Amazon's revival

    The giant blue superhero the Tick has been a comic, an animated series and even a live action television series. And now the comedy series will live on yet again, 15 years after the last iteration, because everything old is new again, thanks to the power of nostalgia.  Created by artist Ben Edlund,...

  • Watch out for dysentery: 'Oregon Trail' computer game returns as a card game

    Watch out for dysentery: 'Oregon Trail' computer game returns as a card game

    Eighties and '90s kids, “The Oregon Trail” is back — this time as a card game. The new version, created by Pressman Toy Co., is based on the classic video game designed to teach about the perils of 19th century pioneers' journeys West and is sold only at Target stores, the retailer said in a news...

  • Inside the ‘Suicide Squad’ star tour and why Warner Bros. needs the movie to work, and work big

    Inside the ‘Suicide Squad’ star tour and why Warner Bros. needs the movie to work, and work big

    Last Saturday, director David Ayer stood on the convention floor at Comic-Con, wearing a baseball hat that read “Make Mexico Great Again,” shaking his head in disbelief. All around him at an autograph signing event for his new supervillain mash-up movie, “Suicide Squad,” fans screamed and clamored...

  • '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...

  • Pop culture's burlesque Bosch: Mad magazine's Jack Davis set the bar high in comic art and movie posters

    Pop culture's burlesque Bosch: Mad magazine's Jack Davis set the bar high in comic art and movie posters

    Jack Davis put a funny face on the pop culture of the 20th century. A great caricaturist and comic-book artist in a great age of caricature and comic art, Davis, who died Wednesday at age 91, was a charter-class member of Mad magazine and created covers for TV Guide and Time, record album jackets...

  • 'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    'iZombie's' Rob Thomas explains how he got Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on the show

    Fact, the showrunner from “iZombie” (who previously found fame as the creator of “Veronica Mars”) is named Rob Thomas. This makes him name twins with lead singer from the ’90s rock band Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. So naturally the singer’s cameo on the series was bound to happen, we just didn’t...

  • 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...

  • First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    The second season of “Supergirl” is doubling down on the number of superheroes. And with the addition of Superman we now have twice the capes. Together, the CW show’s stars, Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin, revealed a first look at the Superman suit.  Superman, played by Hoechlin (“Road to Perdition,”...

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