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Inside the moment when Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It is one of the most unlikely images in existence. Two men of extreme power and influence, yet from completely different realms, one a politician and the other an entertainer. It is the kitschy incongruity of their appearance and body language, one stiff in a businessman's suit and the other relaxed...

Forgettable 'Term Life' doesn't pay off

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Early in the dramedy “Term Life,” Vince Vaughn’s character, Nick Barrow, explains that he has an odd job: “I plan heists.” Right from the jump, the film declares its allegiance to the universe of pulp paperbacks, B-movies, and trashy syndicated TV, where every hero is an antihero and every criminal...

'Hopelessly dated crapfest': Critics weigh in on 'Mother's Day'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When critics feel passionately about a movie, their writing sometimes seems elevated, as though the words come more easily and they're tapping into the pure critical center of their brain.  Unfortunately for "Mother's Day," it may not have solicited the type of critical passion it was looking for. ...

Peter Atencio, the silent partner behind 'Key & Peele,' makes his presence known throughout 'Keanu'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ads for the new film "Keanu," which combines kitten cuteness and gangster hardness, proclaim it as coming "from the visionary minds of Key and Peele." That would be Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's sketch television show "Key & Peele," which concluded its fifth and...

'Dough' is a bland mix of ingredients

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Attempting to give enhanced meaning to "high concept," the British export "Dough," about a kosher bakery that sees a boost in business after a little cannabis is added to the batter, is a stickily genteel, cross-cultural comedy-drama that comes up blandly lacking on all counts. When Nat Dayan (Jonathan...

Moody and in mourning, 'L'Attesa (The Wait)' explores depths of grief

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A psychological connection forms between two women around an unspoken secret in "L'Attesa (The Wait)," the feature debut of director Piero Messina. Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), on a trip to visit her estranged boyfriend, Giuseppe, at his home in Italy, unknowingly wanders into an oppressively stifling...

Dull 'Pali Road' captures Hawaii's beauty but not much else

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In the stately, stiff which-world-is-real drama "Pali Road," set in a Hawaii we know is actual and beautiful from director Jonathan Lim's many picturesque establishing shots, a woman suffers from consciousness problems tied to two men who love her. When young doctor Lily (Michelle Chen) and her...

'Keanu' will be catnip for 'Key & Peele' fans, but for the rest of the world... meh

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

We expect our comedies to be hit-and-miss. They're different from action movies, which in recent years have become numbingly relentless — hit-and-never-miss, unless you're third thug from the left and swarthy, and your job is to shoot and then die. Now we have the strange case of "Keanu," starring...

In the deft 'Viva,' a son's dream of being a drag performer is opposed by his surly father

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Emotional and effective, "Viva" is a torch song melodrama convincingly set in Havana even though it's written and directed by a pair of Irishmen. Nothing happens you won't see coming, but it's all so deftly done you're more than happy to wait for the inevitable to arrive. Shortlisted for the foreign...

Francis Ford Coppola to be honored with footprint ceremony and screening of 'The Conversation'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Is there any doubt that Francis Ford Coppola is the greatest American filmmaker of the 1970s? "The Godfather." "The Conversation." "The Godfather: Part II." "Apocalypse Now." Any two of those movies would put him in the running with Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, Martin...

'The Man Who Knew Infinity' is limited by formulaic treatment that adds up to a less-than-great film

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The story of self-taught mathematical wizard Srinavasa Ramanujan — who in 1913 traveled from colonial India to the halls of Cambridge in Britain, shattering stereotypes with his theoretical ingenuity before dying tragically young at 32 — has already inspired a number of books, plays and films....

'Mother's Day' is a monotonous and predictable group therapy session

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Much of the pre-release chatter around "Mother's Day," the latest holiday-themed group therapy session from director Garry Marshall ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve"), has focused on the subject of Julia Roberts' hair — specifically, the strawberry-blond Anna Wintour bob that her character wears...

'Sworn Virgin' is an absorbing glimpse at Balkan tradition

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"Sworn Virgin," Laura Bispuri's subdued and intimate debut feature, follows a young woman who has availed herself of a centuries-old Balkan tradition to live as a man. You could say the movie arrives at a fortuitous moment, given that transgender stories and experiences have never been more culturally...

'Vita Activa' raises provocative questions and insights into the life of philosopher Hannah Arendt

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Even decades after her death in 1975, political philosopher Hannah Arendt remains a figure of intense controversy, a situation the woman who said "there are no dangerous thoughts, thinking itself is dangerous" would doubtless approve of. As revealed in "Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt,"...

Alicia Vikander will step into Angelina Jolie's boots in the 'Tomb Raider' reboot

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ready your sidearms, Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander has been tapped to play Lara Croft in the upcoming "Tomb Raider" movie. This new "Tomb Raider," from MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films, will tell the story of a young Croft setting off on her first adventure. Yep, folks, it's another...

Actor Dev Patel has gone from 'Slumdog' to 'Infinity'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Actor Dev Patel has played many roles: a Slumdog Millionaire, a Marigold Hotel owner, a Network intern, an Airbender. Now he's grappling with impossible equations as Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in "The Man Who Knew Infinity." For the film, Londoner Patel had to master a Southern Indian...

Katzenberg may leave DreamWorks Animation if Comcast buys studio

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul whose name has been synonymous with DreamWorks Animation, is widely expected to step down as chief executive if his company is sold to Comcast Corp. The possible sale of DreamWorks Animation to Comcast for $3 billion would not only signal further consolidation...

TCM Classic Film Festival attracts thousands to Hollywood for a celebration of cinematic history

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Carl Reiner has a theory about why, amid a sea of new movies and TV shows, people still gravitate toward the old ones. "Reminiscing is one of the great pleasures of life," said the 94-year-old writer, director and comedian, who will be the subject of a tribute at the TCL Chinese Theater Saturday...

DreamWorks Animation shares soar on Comcast deal talks

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

DreamWorks Animation shares soared Wednesday after reports that the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" studio could be sold to Comcast Corp. for $3 billion.  The stock jumped 17% in midday trading on Wall Street to $31.70 a share, while Comcast rose 1% to $61.54. The potential bid would amount to a 38% premium...

'Doctor Strange' screenwriter defends 'cultural landmine' of controversial casting

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Since the recent release of a trailer for the upcoming film “Doctor Strange,” controversy has erupted over a character played by Tilda Swinton known as The Ancient One. Many have accused Marvel of whitewashing the character by casting the British-born Swinton as a character who is from Tibet in...

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