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  • 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...

  • At the Oscars Governors Ball, the truffle popcorn will be dusted with gold and the corn dogs made of lobster

    At the Oscars Governors Ball, the truffle popcorn will be dusted with gold and the corn dogs made of lobster

    After months of SoulCycle classes, trips to the sweat lodge and scant carbohydrates, most of the stars who walk into the Governors Ball after the Academy Awards are ready to indulge. And if Emma Stone, Viola Davis or Ryan Gosling want to pig out post-Oscars, Wolfgang Puck will be prepared. The...

  • The mad puzzle of Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness'

    The mad puzzle of Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness'

    At some point during “A Cure for Wellness,” a lavish and interminable new thriller from writer-director Gore Verbinski, I found myself wondering which movie it would pair best with on a double bill. Maybe “Crimson Peak” or “Shutter Island,” two similarly gorgeous-looking auteur forays into the...

  • Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' crumbles in epic fashion

    Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' crumbles in epic fashion

    "The Great Wall" is poised to take a great fall, creating the kind of mess not seen since Humpty Dumpty sat on a similar structure. All the king's horses and all the king's men (and there are a lot of them here) won't be able to put this snore of a movie together again. Starring Matt Damon, the...

  • In 'Fabricated City,' it's not clear where the game ends and the movie begins

    In 'Fabricated City,' it's not clear where the game ends and the movie begins

    True to its English-language title, the South Korean action film “Fabricated City” is an amped-up video game vision of a revenge fantasy that’s so preoccupied with switching gears that it neglects to provide viewers with any place to park their battered attention spans. Unemployed and unmotivated,...

  • Screening Room: 'Dream Big's' engineer heroes in IMAX; Chinese Theatre looks toward 90; and 'O.J.' all day

    Screening Room: 'Dream Big's' engineer heroes in IMAX; Chinese Theatre looks toward 90; and 'O.J.' all day

    Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray majestically engaged the great outdoors in such documentaries as “Everest,” “The Living Sea,” “Dolphins” and “National Parks Adventure.” Now, he goes inside the human mind to explore how we make the seemingly impossible possible in “Dream Big:...

  • The Envy Awards: The otherwise unrecognized great moments in film

    The Envy Awards: The otherwise unrecognized great moments in film

    Awards are flying off the shelves left and right these days -- nods for expensive special effects and heartfelt performances, confident helming and clever producing. But even so, we here at The Envelope feel there are plenty of trophy-worthy moments in films going unrecognized. So let’s remedy...

  • 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:...

  • Two Oscar-nominated foreign-language films examine cruel times in young lives

    Two Oscar-nominated foreign-language films examine cruel times in young lives

    Cruel stories of youth tie together a pair of movies nominated for the foreign language Academy Award. The Australian “Tanna,” directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, re-creates the legend of two star-crossed lovers who run afoul of tribal custom on a remote South Pacific island. Denmark’s...

  • Oscar nominee Ruth Negga's red carpet style blends demure and bold

    Oscar nominee Ruth Negga's red carpet style blends demure and bold

    Ruth Negga’s starring role as Mildred Loving in “Loving” earned the film its only Oscar nomination, launching the Ethiopian-Irish actress on an intercontinental jet stream of red carpet appearances. At each, Negga has arrived fully in character — as Ruth Negga, force of nature. Though she’s a petite...

  • The bonds of friendship are tight between 'Moonlight' director and cinematographer

    The bonds of friendship are tight between 'Moonlight' director and cinematographer

    The movie business can often be cutthroat. But this Oscar season may be most distinct for the number of loyal friendships that have imprinted on the nominated works. Whether it’s the longstanding collaboration between “La La Land’s” director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz or Denzel...

  • Motion capture and visual effects bring back Tarkin for 'Rogue One'

    Motion capture and visual effects bring back Tarkin for 'Rogue One'

    One of the best-kept secrets of 2016 was the fact that a major character in Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” would be appearing on screen for the first time since the actor who portrayed him passed away over 20 years ago. Through visual effects wizardry and a live-action performance...

  • Octavia Spencer proud to show that everyone has something to contribute with 'Hidden Figures'

    Octavia Spencer proud to show that everyone has something to contribute with 'Hidden Figures'

    Octavia Spencer’s penchant for playing strong, charismatic women has blessed her with numerous awards — and her second Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as mathematician and spunky NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan in the feel-good historical drama “Hidden Figures.” (She won the...

  • 'Moonlight,' 'The Night Manager' and 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' earn USC Scripter Awards

    'Moonlight,' 'The Night Manager' and 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' earn USC Scripter Awards

    The writers behind “Moonlight,” “The Night Manager” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” earned top honors at the 29th USC Libraries Scripter Awards.  The Scripter Award, established in 1988, recognizes adapted screenplays and their original source material. The award is given...

  • Paramount, Amazon productions qualify for California tax incentive

    Paramount, Amazon productions qualify for California tax incentive

    Movies from Paramount Pictures and Amazon Studios are among the 22 feature film projects that have qualified for $100 million in state-funded incentives that will shoot primarily in California. The unnamed Paramount project is expected to receive $22.4 million in tax credits, the largest award...

  • '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...

  • Box office: 'Fifty Shades Darker' triumphs on Friday; 'The Lego Batman Movie' set to win weekend

    Box office: 'Fifty Shades Darker' triumphs on Friday; 'The Lego Batman Movie' set to win weekend

    Three much anticipated and very different sequels landed in theaters this weekend, with “The Lego Batman Movie,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “John Wick: Chapter 2” in a three-way race for audience attention. Though the family-friendly “Lego Batman” is still on track to win the weekend, on Friday...

  • New video: 'Arrival' is brainy sci-fi at its best

    New on Blu-ray “Arrival” (Paramount DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99; 4K, $48.99; also available on VOD) The multi-Oscar-nominated “Arrival” is the best kind of brainy science fiction: entertaining enough to engage a general audience, and deep enough to give them something to talk about after the closing...

  • Even Sharon Stone and horses can't save 'Running Wild's' shoddy storytelling

    Even Sharon Stone and horses can't save 'Running Wild's' shoddy storytelling

    As an advocacy piece for the protection of America’s overpopulation of wild horses, “Running Wild” makes a few meaningful points. But as a dramatic telling of one woman’s fight against equine politics, misguided self-interests and federal bureaucracy, the film, directed by Alex Ranarivelo (“The...

  • Is ‘Thoroughbred’ the nastiest pleasure of the young film year?

    Is ‘Thoroughbred’ the nastiest pleasure of the young film year?

    The "Thoroughbred" filmmaker Cory Finley realizes some people may come away with a certain impression of him after seeing his movie. "I appreciate people's concern," Finley said wryly when asked how he feels when moviegoers approach him post-screening with a worried look in their eyes. Then, turning...

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda talks 'Mary Poppins,' Bob Dylan and a mother's love

    Lin-Manuel Miranda talks 'Mary Poppins,' Bob Dylan and a mother's love

    He’s mastering Spotify. He’s humbled by all the “Hamilton” shout-outs. And he’s hoping his mom doesn’t pick out an Oscar dress with a train. Heading home to an Epsom salts bath after another grueling day dancing and making merry opposite Emily Blunt on the London film set of “Mary Poppins Returns”...

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