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As 'Crazy Rich Asians' soars, director Jon M. Chu sets his sights on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical and the Thai cave rescue

Two weeks ago, before his watershed romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” pushed beyond expectations to a $34-million, five-day opening, director Jon M. Chu was already feeling the electricity of what would become a historic moment in Hollywood.

“I want to say 50 theaters have been bought out already. People email me, ‘What can we do?’ Anyone can support in any way ... both Asian and not!”

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'Crazy Rich Asians' dominates the box office, makes history for representation

Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated "Crazy Rich Asians" dominated the box office this weekend, making history for Asian American representation and becoming the highest-opening romantic comedy since 2015's "Trainwreck."

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Indie Focus: Revelations and discoveries in 'Juliet, Naked,' 'Madeline's Madeline' and 'The Wife'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.

The late-summer crop of movies has been particularly bountiful this year.

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L.A. movie openings, Aug. 22-24

Aug. 22

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

Animated tale about teens experiencing an unusual night out in Kyoto. Written by Makoto Ueda, story by Tomihiko Morimi. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:32) PG-13.

Aug. 24


A young man bonds with an A.W.O.L. robotic dog created by the government, whose code name stands for attack, exploration and logistics.

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Director Boots Riley issues a sharp critique of Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

Boots Riley has some serious issues with Spike Lee’s new film, “BlacKkKlansman” — to put it lightly.

Taking a page from Lee, a fellow outspoken cultural critic, the “Sorry to Bother You” director offered up a sharp critique of the “content and timing of the film” in a statement he released Friday on Twitter.

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Stan Lee granted restraining order against former manager

A court has granted Stan Lee a three-year restraining order against a former business manager and caregiver who has been accused of filing a false police report and engaging in elder abuse against the 95-year-old comic book legend.

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