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  • New video: 'Manchester by the Sea' is filled with the stuff of life

    New video: 'Manchester by the Sea' is filled with the stuff of life

    New on Blu-ray “Manchester by the Sea” (Lionsgate DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) Don’t be put off by all the descriptions of the multi-Oscar-nominated “Manchester by the Sea” as a melancholy tear-jerker. Yes, this picture is suffused with sadness; and yes, Casey Affleck gives...

  • Samuel L. Jackson on Denzel, Viola, this year's Oscar race and his own 'Pulp Fiction' fight

    Samuel L. Jackson on Denzel, Viola, this year's Oscar race and his own 'Pulp Fiction' fight

    The evening before he planned to cast his Oscar ballot, Samuel L. Jackson had no doubt as to who had his  lead actor vote. “I don’t think anyone did a better job than Denzel,” Jackson said of “Fences” star and friend Denzel Washington, who vies for the Academy Award on Feb. 26. “That’s a difficult...

  • Fox apologizes for use of fake news sites in 'A Cure for Wellness' ad campaign

    Fox apologizes for use of fake news sites in 'A Cure for Wellness' ad campaign

    In a rare mea culpa from a major Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox is apologizing for an unconventional online ad campaign that it recently launched for “A Cure for Wellness,” a psychological horror movie from New Regency that opened Friday. The digital campaign included several fake news sites...

  • 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...

  • Why 'Moonlight' deserves to win the best picture Oscar

    Why 'Moonlight' deserves to win the best picture Oscar

    “Moonlight” deserves to win the Oscar for best picture. That may be a crass, clunky thing to say about one of the least self-important American films in recent memory, but then not all truths can be conveyed as gracefully and eloquently as they are in director Barry Jenkins’ beautiful movie. So...

  • Oscars aim to bring 'overarching joy' into our living rooms

    Oscars aim to bring 'overarching joy' into our living rooms

    Could you use a little overarching joy in your life? Well, that’s just what the producers of this year’s Oscars are hoping to bring into your living room next Sunday night. Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the...

  • How Allison Williams mined the horrors of white privilege for 'Get Out'

    How Allison Williams mined the horrors of white privilege for 'Get Out'

    It’s been three days since Allison Williams dyed her hair blond. Before then, she’d spent the entirety of her 28 years as a brunet.  Sitting at a booth encased by mirrored walls, she’s still startled when she catches a glimpse of her reflection. She made the change after a fashion magazine posed...

  • Matt Damon's 'Great Wall' poised for soft U.S. opening against 'Lego Batman' and 'Fifty Shades'

    Matt Damon's 'Great Wall' poised for soft U.S. opening against 'Lego Batman' and 'Fifty Shades'

    They’re both box-office successes, they’re both sequels, and they both feature reclusive billionaires with outsized egos. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end between “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker,” which are poised for a box-office rematch during the upcoming Presidents...

  • Thor is still the worst roommate in new 'Team Thor' short

    Thor is still the worst roommate in new 'Team Thor' short

    Thor may have what it takes to wield Mjolnir, but he definitely is not worthy enough to be anybody’s roommate.  Marvel has released a teaser for the next installment of “Team Thor” and with it fans get another glimpse inside roommate Darryl’s woes: trying to get an Asgardian god of thunder to pay...

  • How will the SAG Awards influence the Oscars?

    How will the SAG Awards influence the Oscars?

    The Screen Actors Guild Awards has become such a strong indicator of the Oscars that it has created its own cottage industry of reasoning that publicists use to explain why their clients, the ones who lost at the SAGs, could still prevail with the film academy. The most common explanation offered:...

  • Some tips for getting that Oscar speech just right — first, start writing it now

    Some tips for getting that Oscar speech just right — first, start writing it now

    Barring something spectacular happening at the Oscars on Feb. 26, we know who’s a shoo-in to win the imaginary best Speech of the Season statuette this year: Meryl Streep. The Oscar-winning actress’ use of her lifetime achievement award acceptance at the Golden Globes in January to focus on political...

  • Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

    Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

    Some award acceptance speeches are models of grace and class. Others are … well, a little out there. Here’s a look at some of each. Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia” (1994) Here's a measure of how popular Hanks was and is: He won his first lead actor Academy Award (of two in a row) for a groundbreaking...

  • 'In the Heat of the Night' and Sidney Poitier to open TCM Film Festival

    'In the Heat of the Night' and Sidney Poitier to open TCM Film Festival

    Once again finding timely subject matter in the celluloid past, the TCM Classic Film Festival opens April 6 with the 1967 crime drama “In the Heat of the Night.” Directed by Norman Jewison, the film won Oscars for best picture, Stirling Silliphant’s screenplay, Hal Ashby’s film editing, sound and...

  • To Adele or Bruno, is the awards-show question

    To Adele or Bruno, is the awards-show question

    There are, broadly speaking, two ways to posthumously honor legends at an award show (and without award shows, as Tina Fey reminded us, how would we know which dead people to care about?) There’s a way to evoke the late star themselves. Or there’s a way to honor the personality by giving them the...

  • 'La La Land' has much to sing about at the BAFTA Awards

    'La La Land' has much to sing about at the BAFTA Awards

    “La La Land” shined brightly at the 70th BAFTA Awards, winning in five categories at the biggest film awards show outside the U.S. a couple of weeks before the Academy Awards. “La La Land” went into the BAFTAs with the most nominations (11) and ended the night with wins for best film, director...

  • The jokes, the scene (oh, and the winners) at the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards

    The jokes, the scene (oh, and the winners) at the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards

    The beautiful people hog most of the headlines during Oscars season, but on Saturday evening it was the geeks who inherited the Earth, as the motion picture academy handed out its annual Scientific and Technical Awards. The Sci-Tech Awards ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire hotel was, as always,...

  • 'Lego Batman Movie' tops 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office as 'John Wick 2' kills

    'Lego Batman Movie' tops 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office as 'John Wick 2' kills

    Goofy superhero kids’ toys beat kinky whips and bondage at movie theaters this weekend as “The Lego Batman Movie” topped “Fifty Shades Darker” for the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office. Warner Bros.’ new “Lego Movie” spinoff grossed $55.6 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday,...

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