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  • Sundance: ‘Mudbound’ and ‘The Yellow Birds’ examine the toll of war

    Sundance: ‘Mudbound’ and ‘The Yellow Birds’ examine the toll of war

    What does it take to create a Sundance Film Festival sensation? The alchemy depends on such a specific and unpredictable combination of factors — the buzz, the talent, the mood of the industry and, yes, the quality of the movie — that it’s a fool’s errand to try to replicate them. That hasn’t stopped...

  • Kristen Stewart directed a film about her past breakups (and maybe Robert Pattinson)

    Kristen Stewart directed a film about her past breakups (and maybe Robert Pattinson)

    Kristen Stewart knows the kind of thoughts people are going to have about her directorial debut. And she’s not especially concerned with them. “I wasn’t fearful in confronting what this was about,” the star said of her new work, a short film titled “Come Swim.” “I mean, I put a relationship right...

  • Oscar Watch: Final predictions, forecasting a record-tying bounty for 'La La Land'

    Oscar Watch: Final predictions, forecasting a record-tying bounty for 'La La Land'

    Oscar nominations are scheduled to arrive Tuesday morning at 5:18 a.m. PST. Will “La La Land” pull down a record-tying number? Will the makers of “Deadpool” give voters a middle-finger salute? Join us for live coverage of the Oscar nominations tomorrow. The announcements will take place shortly...

  • 'Split' shocks the box office — and Vin Diesel's 'xXx' sequel — with a $40-million debut

    'Split' shocks the box office — and Vin Diesel's 'xXx' sequel — with a $40-million debut

    Competing with a presidential inauguration, multi-city marches and big-budget Hollywood productions, M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy psychological thriller “Split” pulled off a surprising victory its opening weekend, pulling $14.6 million Friday for an estimated weekend gross of $40.2 million. The...

  • Sundance: Revisiting the Smiths of Montana

    Sundance: Revisiting the Smiths of Montana

    On one level, the outstanding Sundance drama “Walking Out” tells a very simple father-son wilderness survival tale. But just below the surface, roiling emotional complications add meaning and difficulty at every turn. Similarly, the story of how this film, which premiered Saturday night in Sundance’s...

  • Indie Focus: Sundance Film Festival 2017 continues to combine movies and politics

    Indie Focus: Sundance Film Festival 2017 continues to combine movies and politics

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another Sundance edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. For all of the LA Times Sundance coverage, go to latimes.com/sundance. Sporting their finest winter looks are Justin Chang, Amy Kaufman, Kenneth Turan, Jen Yamato and Steve...

  • At Sundance, Hollywood stars rally against Trump: 'This is a new America'

    At Sundance, Hollywood stars rally against Trump: 'This is a new America'

    While Donald Trump spent his first full day as the president warring with journalists over anemic inauguration attendance numbers, pro-female power united at the Sundance Film Festival as Hollywood stars added their voices to the global women’s movement. Led by comedian Chelsea Handler, an estimated...

  • Former AFTRA Retirement Fund executive charged in $3.4-million fraud case

    Former AFTRA Retirement Fund executive charged in $3.4-million fraud case

    A former executive at the AFTRA Retirement Fund has been arrested, along with a business vendor, and charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with an alleged false invoicing scheme that cost the health and retirement fund millions of dollars. Enrico Rubano worked...

  • 'Split' scares up a hefty box office lead over 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

    'Split' scares up a hefty box office lead over 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

    M. Night Shyamalan’s low-budget psychological horror film “Split” defied expectations Friday, raking in an estimated $14.6 million and prompting industry estimates of between $36 million and $38 million for inauguration weekend. The Universal/Blumhouse film trounced the other major studio release,...

  • Sundance filmmakers and local businesses steel for women's march

    Sundance filmmakers and local businesses steel for women's march

    “Eight years ago was an amazing day,” said Emmy-winning film producer Julie Goldman (“Life, Animated,” “Weiner”) on a palpably subdued inauguration morning at the Sundance Film Festival. “Today is the opposite.” Sundance veterans can vividly recall Inauguration Day 2009, when attendees of the prestigious...

  • Sundance: ‘Landline’ doesn’t connect, but ‘Novitiate’ is worthy of praise

    Sundance: ‘Landline’ doesn’t connect, but ‘Novitiate’ is worthy of praise

    “The inauguration is over, so you can turn off your cellphones!” That was the Sundance Film Festival’s director, John Cooper, introducing the Friday afternoon screening of Gillian Robespierre’s new comedy, “Landline.” For those of us who chose to bury ourselves in movies rather than pay attention...

  • 'Founder' director John Lee Hancock sees parallels between its subject Ray Kroc and Donald Trump

    'Founder' director John Lee Hancock sees parallels between its subject Ray Kroc and Donald Trump

    There’s a scene in new movie “The Founder” in which its subject, Ray Kroc, the failed salesman turned visionary of the McDonald’s fast-food empire, is recruiting new franchise owners by speaking to church and civic groups, at synagogues and to Boy Scout leaders, among others.  Director John Lee...

  • Emojis are everywhere — including in their own Hollywood movie

    Emojis are everywhere — including in their own Hollywood movie

    Over the last few years, emojis have become a ubiquitous form of communication. The tiny digital icons, found on your smartphone keyboard and elsewhere, connect users and have become their own language. The original emojis, designed by Japanese mobile provider NTT DoCoMo and released in 1999, were...

  • New video: 'The Light Between Oceans' gets lost at sea

    New video: 'The Light Between Oceans' gets lost at sea

    New on Blu-ray “The Light Between Oceans” (Touchstone/DreamWorks DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) There’s an outstanding movie stuck inside the meandering melodrama “The Light Between Oceans.” Writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s novel isn’t as lean...

  • Marcel Pagnol's classic French films from the '30s get a long-overdue revival

    Marcel Pagnol's classic French films from the '30s get a long-overdue revival

    Behold the multiple paradoxes of Marcel Pagnol.  Once upon a time he was France's most celebrated filmmaker, the first of his craft to be selected to the lofty Academie Francaise. His best-known works from the 1930s, the warm and richly emotional trilogy of "Marius," "Fanny" and "Cesar," were once...

  • 'L.A. Times' is a spiky portrait of romance in contemporary Los Angeles (and not the L.A. Times)

    'L.A. Times' is a spiky portrait of romance in contemporary Los Angeles (and not the L.A. Times)

    First things first. Yes, there is a movie at Sundance called “L.A. Times.” No, it does not have anything to do with this here media organization of the Los Angeles Times. (Trust me, when the festival’s program announcement came out, there were some very quizzical looks around the newsroom, as if...

  • 'A Dog's Purpose' premiere canceled amid video controversy

    'A Dog's Purpose' premiere canceled amid video controversy

    The premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose,” planned for this weekend, has been canceled amid controversy over a video that appears to show a German shepherd struggling against a trainer during filming of the movie. Citing its ongoing review, Amblin Entertainment said in a joint statement Thursday that distributor...

  • Will 'La La Land' tie an Oscar record for most nominations?

    Will 'La La Land' tie an Oscar record for most nominations?

    Oscar nominations are just a few days away. Will Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” tie the record for most nominations in Oscar history? Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season leading up to...

  • Unwanted by film and abandoned by TV, a once-loved orphan seeks a home at Sundance

    Unwanted by film and abandoned by TV, a once-loved orphan seeks a home at Sundance

    For most Sundance premieres, this hermetic gathering in the Utah mountains is a first stop, the beginning of what filmmakers hope will be a long journey to theaters, streaming services, video on-demand platforms and, if stars really align, awards podiums. “When the Streetlights Go On” is not most...

  • Sundance: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' marks a welcome return to the spotlight for Al Gore

    Sundance: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' marks a welcome return to the spotlight for Al Gore

    Amid all its grim revelations of melting ice caps and depleted permafrost, the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” provided at least one genuinely thrilling revelation: Al Gore was a movie star. Long derided for his stiffness and lack of charisma as a politician, the former vice president...

  • 'Finding Dory' is the top movie of the 2017 People's Choice Awards

    'Finding Dory' is the top movie of the 2017 People's Choice Awards

    “Finding Dory” found its way to the stage multiple times as it garnered wins for favorite movie and family movie, along with Ellen DeGeneres for favorite animated movie actress at the People’s Choice Awards. The win also made DeGeneres the most decorated winner in the awards’ history. Caitriona...

  • As the struggle continues, 'The Murder of Fred Hampton' remains relevant

    As the struggle continues, 'The Murder of Fred Hampton' remains relevant

    It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary “The Murder of Fred Hampton” is such a film. Directed in 1971 by Howard Alk and Michael Gray, “Murder” contends officials conspired to cause the assassination of Fred Hampton, the charismatic...

  • 'The Founder,' 'The Red Turtle' and more critics' picks, Jan. 20-26

    'The Founder,' 'The Red Turtle' and more critics' picks, Jan. 20-26

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,...

  • Netflix sees dramatic subscriber growth in fourth quarter, lifted by overseas expansion

    Netflix sees dramatic subscriber growth in fourth quarter, lifted by overseas expansion

    Netflix Inc. surged past expectations for the fourth quarter, announcing on Wednesday that it had added nearly 7.1 million subscribers worldwide, well above its forecast additions of 5.2 million for the quarter.  The news sent shares of Netflix soaring in after-hours trading Wednesday, with the...

  • Jay Roth retiring as Directors Guild of America national executive director after 22 years

    Jay Roth retiring as Directors Guild of America national executive director after 22 years

    Jay D. Roth, who has led the Directors Guild of America for  22 years, will step down from his role as national executive director this spring, the union announced on Wednesday. During his tenure, Roth led the DGA through several rounds of negotiations as the entertainment industry grappled with...

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