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VR pioneers Felix & Paul raise nearly $7 million as Comcast jumps into virtual-reality game

Felix & Paul Studios, the upstart Montreal company that is establishing itself as a major virtual-reality player, has raised $6.8 million, a large portion of it from Comcast. The Quebec-based firm announced the funding Wednesday morning, saying that in exchange for its lead investment, the Universal...

Outfest announces festival lineup featuring 'Ghostbusters,' 'Kiki' and more

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In a year of #OscarsSoWhite, diversity is the name of the game in Hollywood. But Outfest, Los Angeles’ LGBT film festival, has been leading the conversation for years. This year is no different, as its slate of films, announced Thursday for the festival taking place July 7-17, features Paul Feig’s...

'Conjuring 2' wins the weekend, but all eyes are on China box office returns for 'Warcraft'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Though Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s ’“The Conjuring 2” ghosted all of its competition at the weekend box office, all eyes are on the performance of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Warcraft.” Though the video game adaptation grossed only a modest sum in the U.S and Canada, given...

Stars go through the motions in the lethargic 'Blackway'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Gray and listless, the Anthony Hopkins/Ray Liotta-starrer “Blackway” is a vengeance tale set in a cold, foggy Pacific Northwest logging town where clichés are as prevalent as trees. Hopkins plays Lester, an old, stoic logger who accepts Julia Stiles’ request for help deterring an abusive stalker...

Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' draped in dazzling red

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In the latest Joel and Ethan Coen movie, “Hail, Caesar!,” a comedic ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood filmmaking, hundreds of extras dressed as Roman soldiers led by George Clooney (playing a movie star playing a general) march across the screen, their presence marked with a striking shade of...

Bulgarian 'Viktoria' marks bracing debut for filmmaker

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The first glimpse of the title character in the history-probing drama “Viktoria” finds her in utero, a fetus suspended in a warm red glow. It’s 1980, and the infant girl will be hailed as “Socialist Bulgaria’s Baby of the Decade” upon her birth, her puzzling lack of a bellybutton interpreted by...

'Ali' is coming back to movie theaters this weekend

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In honor of Muhammad Ali, who died June 3, “Ali,” a biopic about the boxing icon and activist,   will return to theaters this weekend. The move by Sony Pictures follows a similar one with Prince's 1984 movie, "Purple Rain," after the musician's death in April. “With the passing of Muhammad Ali,...

John Boyega set to battle giant monsters in 'Pacific Rim' sequel

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

John Boyega is going from droids to giant robots. The breakout star of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be canceling the apocalypse in the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi action film “Pacific Rim.” Boyega will have a lead role in the film playing the son of character Stacker Pentecost, played in the...

How we came up with our Diverse 100 list, and why white people (and Tina Fey) are on it

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When April Reign first tweeted and launched #OsarsSoWhite in 2015, she outlined the problems facing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: that people of diverse background were not being seen in front of and behind the camera, they weren’t being recognized and it was representative of...

Andy Samberg goes back to the Lonely Island for 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Andy Samberg was sitting in a Sunset Strip hotel restaurant on a recent afternoon, talking about his latest comedy, when he suddenly paused. His ears pricked up as he noticed that the piped-in background music that had been playing for the past hour had been replaced by a live guitarist strumming...

'Kaili Blues,' an innovative work from China, makes its L.A. premiere

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more formally innovative film screening in a Los Angeles theater this weekend than “Kaili Blues,” a melancholy tale of loss and regret that marks a singular feature debut for the Chinese director Bi Gan. Ostensibly the story of a middle-aged doctor and ex-con searching...

Duff McKagan doc 'It's So Easy' talks the talk more than it rocks the rock

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Nearly 30 years after its debut album “Appetite for Destruction,” L.A. rock group Guns N’ Roses is top of mind after a much-touted reunion tour has taken it from its old stamping grounds at the Troubadour to the Coachella main stage. The band is due to hit Dodger Stadium this summer, perfect timing...

'Me Before You' puts emoting before acting

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In many cases there's no sound defense for works of fiction that make millions weep. If there were, "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Miss Saigon" would be, in some way, defensible. This brings us to "Me Before You," written by ex-journalist Jojo Moyes. Moyes came to her 2012 romance between...

Andy Samberg is perfectly dim in the pop pastiche 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The high notes arrive early on in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” a far-from-subtle but frequently inspired sendup of celebrity self-absorption from the Lonely Island trio — those whip-smart boys-to-men who gave us “Like a Boss,” “I’m on a Boat” and other viral master classes in musical satire...

'Last Remaining Seats' zooms back to the '80s with 'Top Gun'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When the Los Angeles Conservancy’s “Last Remaining Seats” film series debuted on July 15, 1987, at the Orpheum with Buster Keaton’s silent movie “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” who knew it would still be going strong all these years later? The now venerable series opens its 30th season of bringing classic...

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky, in his ninth decade, keeps seizing the crown

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

At 87, Alejandro Jodorowsky might be expected to take it easy. Having essentially created the midnight movie with "El Topo," launched a quasi-religion known as psychomagic, worked on a variety of intriguing aborted projects and even made a triumphant return with 2013's "The Dance of Reality," the...

L.A. Film Festival: The diversity dilemma, plus nine movies to see

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Many film festival programmers will tell you that their primary goal is to find the best films they can, and all other considerations are of secondary importance. On at least one front, however, the Los Angeles Film Festival has become a notable exception to the rule. Since it came under the direction...

First Belle, now Alice: How screenwriter and headbanger Linda Woolverton is remaking Disney heroines for a feminist age

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When Linda Woolverton was writing the screenplay for 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast,” she developed a reputation for banging her head on the table in meetings. Together with lyricist Howard Ashman, Woolverton was determined to update the fairy tale’s heroine for a modern, feminist age, an approach...

Jesse Owens and Hitler are featured in week's new home videos

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

New on Blu-ray “Race” (Universal DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98; also available on VOD) Journeyman director Stephen Hopkins doesn’t try to pep up the bland biopic formula with his Jesse Owens drama “Race,” but he does deliver a reasonably stirring version of a story that bears retelling. Stephan...

With 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and 'Game of Thrones,' Sophie Turner is coming into her own

Sophie Turner is due for some apocalyptic developments. At the tender age of 13, Turner booked her first big gig in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” She was cast as Sansa Stark, the oldest daughter of the noble Stark household; a red-headed beauty with wide-eyed plans for the future.  Sadly, her wide-eyed...

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