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  • 'Star Trek Beyond' on track for $60-million opening at box office

    'Star Trek Beyond' on track for $60-million opening at box office

    The “Star Trek” franchise has already lived long, but just how prosperous will it be for Paramount Pictures? The third entry in the J.J. Abrams series debuted at the box office on Friday, collecting $22.5 million, according to the studio. That means “Star Trek Beyond” is on track to collect roughly...

  • The 'Game of Thrones' panel at SDCC had tons of love for Hodor, but no real surprises

    The 'Game of Thrones' panel at SDCC had tons of love for Hodor, but no real surprises

    “Probably the best thing about that panel was Hodor.” So said one of the 6,000 fans streaming out of the packed Hall H panel for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” one of the hottest tickets at the San Diego Comic-Con. But what can you expect from a “Game of Thrones” panel that is a full 18 months from the...

  • 'Harry Potter' director (and Comic-Con newbie) David Yates talks 'Fantastic Beasts'

    'Harry Potter' director (and Comic-Con newbie) David Yates talks 'Fantastic Beasts'

    Every year at Comic-Con, fans dressed as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger can be seen walking the convention floor in their wizard robes. But surprisingly, the man who directed the last four movies in the “Harry Potter” franchise has never actually been to the convention. This year, though, David...

  • Comic-Con 2016: Seth Rogen on staging an animated food orgy in 'Sausage Party'

    Comic-Con 2016: Seth Rogen on staging an animated food orgy in 'Sausage Party'

    Someone could probably make an adorable, family-friendly animated movie about talking food in a grocery store. But Seth Rogen is clearly not that someone. At an early screening for the upcoming “Sausage Party” at Comic-Con on Thursday night, Rogen and his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg told...

  • Women let their fists do the talking in amateurish 'Fight Valley'

    Women let their fists do the talking in amateurish 'Fight Valley'

    Written and directed by Rob Hawk, “Fight Valley” starts with a premise that isn’t half bad, considering the inroads into Hollywood blockbusters made by popular female mixed-martial artists Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey. With their high-profile success, it makes sense to capitalize on the popularity...

  • Hand-drawn 'Phantom Boy' is a welcome break from CG animation

    Hand-drawn 'Phantom Boy' is a welcome break from CG animation

    Like their Oscar-nominated “A Cat in Paris” (2010), “Phantom Boy” by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gangol is a modest, engaging film that reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters. While in the hospital, 11-year-old Leo (Gaspard Gagnol) discovers...

  • Rebellious teen looking for answers in sad/funny 'Quitters'

    Rebellious teen looking for answers in sad/funny 'Quitters'

    A disaffected teen’s dad isn’t too far off the mark when he calls him “a mean-spirited little …” in “Quitters,” an unapologetically candid, melancholic coming-of-age comedy from first-time filmmaker Noah Pritzker. When his emotionally brittle, prescription drug-dependent mom (an effective Mira...

  • DreamWorks Animation makes a splash with its first Comic-Con panel, featuring Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Alec Baldwin

    DreamWorks Animation makes a splash with its first Comic-Con panel, featuring Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Alec Baldwin

    DreamWorks Animation had plenty of star power on hand for its first presentation at Comic-Con as Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and surprise guest Alec Baldwin appeared to spotlight "Trolls" and "The Boss Baby." After a quick introduction by Chris Hardwick,  the audience was treated to about...

  • In polemical 'Hillary's America,' D'Souza rakes Clinton over long-cooled coals

    In polemical 'Hillary's America,' D'Souza rakes Clinton over long-cooled coals

    Considering it’s from the same individual responsible for “2016: Obama’s America,” it should come as no surprise that Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America” is another shrewdly timed, heavy-handed agenda in the guise of a truth-seeking, nonfiction film. But just like the avidly right-wing filmmaker’s...

  • 'Don't Worry Baby' takes high road in father-son paternity sweepstakes

    'Don't Worry Baby' takes high road in father-son paternity sweepstakes

    The terrific young actor John Magaro, so good in David Chase’s little-seen “Not Fade Away,” again brings his A-game to “Don’t Worry Baby,” a bittersweet indie comedy that marks an impressive feature writing-directing debut for Julian Branciforte.  The film’s high-concept story, one that in past...

  • The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable? Yes, 2012's “Ice Age: Continental Drift” was the highest-grossing animated film that year. Is it necessary? Absolutely not....

  • 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie': Bloody good summer fun

    'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie': Bloody good summer fun

    In “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” a sensible young woman asks her hard-partying grandmother to explain the endurance of a decades-long friendship, a seemingly unbreakable bond forged on champagne and mischief. “Because it’s bloody good fun,” her grandmother answers, matter-of-factly. That’s as...

  • Garry Marshall's movie heyday: What stands out?

    Garry Marshall's movie heyday: What stands out?

    Sure, he was known for some pretty trifling romcoms in recent years. But Garry Marshall, who died Tuesday at the age of 81, had a very strong bigscreen career in addition to all his great TV work. This was back, of course, when the studio system had room for the kind of human-scaled dramedy that's...

  • Hollywood remembers Garry Marshall: 'He had a heart of the purest gold'

    Hollywood remembers Garry Marshall: 'He had a heart of the purest gold'

    Garry Marshall was a writer-director who specialized in delivering upbeat fare with a smile. It was a trait that defined his East Coast wit as he put a distinctive stamp on the TV landscape with landmark comedies such as “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy.”   His special brand...

  • Garry Marshall, director of 'Pretty Woman' and creator of 'Happy Days,' is dead at 81

    Garry Marshall, director of 'Pretty Woman' and creator of 'Happy Days,' is dead at 81

    Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the box-office successes “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride,” has died. He was 81.  Marshall died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank of complications...

  • Leslie Jones says she's in 'personal hell' after barrage of racist, abusive tweets

    Leslie Jones says she's in 'personal hell' after barrage of racist, abusive tweets

    In the months leading up to the release of the “Ghostbusters” reboot, the film’s female stars have been the targets of criticism from online trolls who feel immense loyalty to the 1984 original.  Now that the movie has hit theaters — debuting with over $46 million in box-office receipts last weekend...

  • How misogyny impacted 'Ghostbusters' opening weekend — and its future

    How misogyny impacted 'Ghostbusters' opening weekend — and its future

    On the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard as the smell of free Papa John’s pizza wafted through the air and a giant, inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man hovered nearby, 14-year-old Blake Rossen was ebullient  Friday night. “I feel like I just went back to my childhood,” said Rossen as he left a showing...

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