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  • New video: 'Blade Runner 2049' demands a lot from audiences, but the rewards are rich

    New video: 'Blade Runner 2049' demands a lot from audiences, but the rewards are rich

    New on Blu-ray “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros. DVD/Blu-ray combo, $35.99; 4K, $44.95; also available on VOD) It’s apt in a way that this movie never became a runaway hit last year, because like the original 1982 film, director Denis Villeneuve’s sequel is built to appeal to connoisseurs of science-fiction...

  • Disney CEO Robert Iger sees compensation decline to $36.3 million in 2017

    Disney CEO Robert Iger sees compensation decline to $36.3 million in 2017

    Robert Iger, the chief executive of Walt Disney Co., saw his total compensation decline 17% in the recently concluded fiscal year to $36.3 million, according to the company’s latest proxy statement filed Friday to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The drop from last year’s $43.9 million was...

  • Some Oscar voters are having a case of James Franco remorse

    Some Oscar voters are having a case of James Franco remorse

    “Can I change my vote?” That was the question several motion picture academy members were asking after five women accused actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior in a Times investigation published Thursday. The allegations — two of which showed up on Twitter Sunday,...

  • Penthouse magazine parent files for bankruptcy protection

    Penthouse magazine parent files for bankruptcy protection

    Penthouse Global Media, the company behind the legendary adult magazine created five decades ago by Bob Guccione, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to court documents filed Thursday in federal court in California. The filing represents the latest setback for the publisher,...

  • Mired in melodrama, this 'Proud Mary' fails to keep rollin'

    Mired in melodrama, this 'Proud Mary' fails to keep rollin'

    When Screen Gems debuted the trailer for “Proud Mary” last July (a full six months before release) the Taraji P. Henson-starring blaxploitation riff seemed like an easy hit — a female “John Wick” or an African-American “Atomic Blonde.” But this week, the distributor has seemingly dumped the film...

  • Ziad Doueiri's latest controversial film, 'The Insult,' is on Oscar's shortlist

    Ziad Doueiri's latest controversial film, 'The Insult,' is on Oscar's shortlist

    Ziad Doueiri has no problem with controversy. The Lebanese-born American citizen — a former camera assistant for Quentin Tarantino — has directed a number of films telling fraught stories set in the Middle East. His award-winning, semi-autobiographical “West Beirut” depicted the partitioning of...

  • Indie drama 'Blur Circle' burdened by tragedy and poor choices

    Indie drama 'Blur Circle' burdened by tragedy and poor choices

    “Blur Circle” centers on a pair of broken people whose lives orbit individual tragedies, but the indie drama fails to connect with its audience. Its story of redemption means well, but its good intentions can’t compensate for characters that are often unlikable and unbelievable. After the disappearance...

  • In politicized awards season, the DGA offers a notably diverse list of nominees

    In politicized awards season, the DGA offers a notably diverse list of nominees

    With the five nominees unveiled on Thursday, the Directors Guild of America Awards offered a slate that countered both the “all-male” set that Natalie Portman savaged from the podium at the Golden Globes last weekend and the racial homogeneity that sparked two years of #Oscarssowhite. The group...

  • Willem Dafoe emerges from the shadows with 'Florida Project,' 'Vampire'

    Willem Dafoe emerges from the shadows with 'Florida Project,' 'Vampire'

    “The Florida Project” may not be getting the love it deserves in the various year-end awards derbies, but the one field where Sean Baker’s masterful drama has rightly dominated has been the supporting actor race, where most of the prizes have gone to Willem Dafoe for his wonderfully lived-in performance...

  • Ben Whishaw on whether 'Paddington 2' sends a message about immigration and Brexit

    Ben Whishaw on whether 'Paddington 2' sends a message about immigration and Brexit

    It may seem surprising now, but Ben Whishaw wasn’t supposed to play Paddington. The adorably furry bear, who returns to his good-natured hijinks in this weekend’s “Paddington 2,” was actually first voiced by Colin Firth. In fact, Whishaw didn’t come onboard the 2014 “Paddington” movie until filming...

  • Kenneth Turan's DVD picks of the week: Spencer Tracy in the courtroom

    Kenneth Turan's DVD picks of the week: Spencer Tracy in the courtroom

    Spencer Tracy had a very long career, and though he often played a tough when he was young, his old age, as two new discs from Kino Lorber demonstrate, saw him as a venerable man of the courts. "Inherit the Wind," directed by Stanley Kramer, saw him as attorney Clarence Darrow facing off against...

  • What Hollywood can learn from a trip to 'Saturday Church'

    What Hollywood can learn from a trip to 'Saturday Church'

    If Hollywood’s 2017 revealed anything, it’s that queer cinema is on the rise. From the historic Academy Award win for “Moonlight” early in the year to the releases of “Battle of the Sexes” and “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” from major studios — not to mention this year’s Oscar contenders...

  • At the pouring of SAG's 'The Actor' statuettes, Ann Dowd and Clea DuVall geek out over the process

    At the pouring of SAG's 'The Actor' statuettes, Ann Dowd and Clea DuVall geek out over the process

    On a cold, rainy Tuesday morning, inside a foundry in Burbank, four craftspeople in metallic silver fireproof suits looked like something out of a vintage sci-fi film as they prepared a vat of molten bronze. With huge gray oven mitts protecting their hands, they retrieved porcelain molds from what...

  • 'The Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards' and 'Darkest Hour' lead BAFTA nominations

    'The Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards' and 'Darkest Hour' lead BAFTA nominations

    With Sunday’s Golden Globes behind us and eight weeks to go in one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in years, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominations for its annual film awards, giving another boost to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” After leading...

  • Endeavor acquiring brand marketing firm 160over90

    Endeavor acquiring brand marketing firm 160over90

    Endeavor — the Hollywood talent agency formerly known as WME | IMG — is bulking up its marketing division with the acquisition of the Philadelphia-based brand marketing firm 160over90, which was owned by the private equity firm Searchlight Capital Partners. The deal, which was announced Tuesday...

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