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  • In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

    Over its short life, virtual-reality entertainment has often been spun out of traditional Hollywood productions, whether an episodic piece based on “The Martian” or a more participatory experience derived from “Ghostbusters.” But the transom has rarely if ever gone the other way--an original VR...

  • Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

    About 24 hours before taking the stage at Long Beach’s first Music Tastes Good festival on Saturday evening, locals Warpaint had performed at a very different sort of celebration —  Symbiosis Gathering, a festival with a reputation for Burning Man-level debauchery.  Clothes, the band noted, were...

  • Why TV news needs to pull itself together for the Trump-Clinton presidential debates

    Why TV news needs to pull itself together for the Trump-Clinton presidential debates

    Once more unto the breach, Lester Holt, once more. For the second time in less than two years, the eyes of the world are upon the former “Dateline” host. Tapped to step in for and then replace Brian Williams last year after the dethroned NBC news anchor was caught choosing self-promotion over the...

  • 'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

    'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

    Shooting past all competition, MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” took over the weekend box office, surpassing fellow new release “Storks,” from Warner Bros. “Magnificent Seven” pulled in an estimated $35 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, meeting analyst expectations of $30 million...

  • In 'Dirty 30,' Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart showcase their rapid-fire, quippy personalities

    In 'Dirty 30,' Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart showcase their rapid-fire, quippy personalities

    YouTube stars Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart stretch their talents to feature film length in “Dirty 30,” directed by Andrew Bush and written by Mamrie Hart and Molly Prather. This is the second feature film collaboration for the trio, after 2014’s “Camp Takota.” Each performer has individually...

  • 'Total Frat Movie' is a totally bad movie

    'Total Frat Movie' is a totally bad movie

    It’s a rare film that can dredge up nostalgic fondness for 2002’s awful “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” but “Total Frat Movie” manages to rise to the dubious occasion. The second of two releases this weekend concerned with white frat boys behaving badly (the other is the more serious-minded “Goat”),...

  • The exotic 'Tanna' tells a tale of forbidden love that's as old as time

    The exotic 'Tanna' tells a tale of forbidden love that's as old as time

    For time out of mind, or at least as far back as Robert Flaherty's 1926 "Moana" and F.W. Murnau's 1931 "Tabu," filmmakers have been going to the South Seas in search of exotic cultures and compelling stories. "Tanna" is the latest case in point, and one of the best. A prize winner in Venice and...

  • Music rises from the garbage heap in the stirring documentary 'Landfill Harmonic'

    Music rises from the garbage heap in the stirring documentary 'Landfill Harmonic'

    The irresistible story of the Recycled Orchestra has been told many times, on “60 Minutes” and in news reports around the world — its basics, anyway: On the impoverished edges of a landfill near Paraguay’s capital, a group of kids have been taught to play violins, cellos, flutes and drums, all...

  • Moody's downgrades Viacom credit

    Moody's downgrades Viacom credit

    Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Viacom’s credit following the  struggling media company’s disclosure that it would tap debt markets to maintain its liquidity. The ratings firm on Thursday lowered Viacom’s credit to one notch above junk status. The move came as Wall Street continued to digest...

  • Kim Jee-woon's 'The Age of Shadows' is a gripping 1920s spy thriller

    Kim Jee-woon's 'The Age of Shadows' is a gripping 1920s spy thriller

    In the first of many commanding set pieces in “The Age of Shadows,” a superb cloak-and-dagger entertainment that’s set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, one man follows another through a courtyard while a wave of officers swarm across the rooftops in hot pursuit. Leaping in loose, nimble...

  • Warm-hearted documentary 'Chicken People' looks at poultry breeders

    Warm-hearted documentary 'Chicken People' looks at poultry breeders

    The beguiling documentary “Chicken People” proves that truth is not only stranger than fiction, but often more poignant and illuminating as well. This real-life “Best in Show,” directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes, follows a trio of competitors in the National Poultry Show who are driven to breed and...

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