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Josh Gad's 'Star Wars' interrogation of Daisy Ridley culminates in an epic celebrity-filled inquisition

"Frozen" actor Josh Gad's longtime trolling for "Star Wars" spoilers from Daisy Ridley has reached peak nerdiness with some surprising celebrity "Star Wars" fanatics.  Ridley, who plays main character Rey in the new episodic "Star Wars" franchise, has been hounded for weeks for "Star Wars" information by...

Josh Gad's 'Star Wars' interrogation of Daisy Ridley culminates in an epic celebrity-filled inquisition

“Frozen” actor Josh Gad’s longtime trolling for “Star Wars” spoilers from Daisy Ridley has reached peak nerdiness with some surprising celebrity “Star Wars” fanatics.  Ridley, who plays main character Rey in the new episodic “Star Wars” franchise, has been hounded for weeks for “Star Wars” information by...

Everything is awesome for 'Lego Batman' at the box office; at Universal's 'Great Wall,' it's not so great

A talking building-block toy proved tougher than Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” at the box office over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, as “The Lego Batman Movie”  from Warner Bros. finished first and raked in an estimated  $42.5 million in the U.S. and Canada. The animated “Batman” parody,...

'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' take top honors at the Writers Guild Awards, where political barbs abound

At its annual awards show – one of the final indicators of which way the winds of Oscar buzz may be blowing before the Academy Awards – the Writers Guild of America honored “Moonlight,” the poetic story of a gay black youth’s coming of age in Miami, and the cerebral sci-fi film “Arrival.” "Moonlight"...

Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monáe on the Oscars rarity of appearing together in two best-picture contenders

The most potent acting pair to grace the films nominated for this year's best picture Oscar  aren't Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, singing and dancing their way across "La La Land," or even Denzel Washington and Viola Davis powering through August Wilson's stage-to-screen prose in "Fences." That...

New video: 'Manchester by the Sea' is filled with the stuff of life

New on Blu-ray “Manchester by the Sea” (Lionsgate DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) Don’t be put off by all the descriptions of the multi-Oscar-nominated “Manchester by the Sea” as a melancholy tear-jerker. Yes, this picture is suffused with sadness; and yes, Casey Affleck gives...

Oscars: Samuel L. Jackson cheers Denzel's performance, challenges Viola's category and offers many other strong opinions about this year's nominees

The evening before he planned to cast his Oscar ballot, Samuel L. Jackson had no doubt as to who had his  lead actor vote. “I don’t think anyone did a better job than Denzel,” Jackson said of “Fences” star and friend Denzel Washington, who vies for the Academy Award on Feb. 24. “That’s a difficult...

Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard and Lake Bell are haunted by the laughable 'Ghost of New Orleans'

The type of vehicle that even Nicolas Cage likely would have passed on, “Ghost of New Orleans,” by Serbian director Peter (Predrag) Atonijevic, is a laughably pretentious crime caper-supernatural thriller hybrid that comes up woefully lacking on both fronts. Languishing on the shelf for the past...

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

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'

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...

Fox apologizes for 'A Cure for Wellness' ad campaign

In a rare mea culpa from a major Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox is apologizing for an unconventional online ad campaign that it recently launched for “A Cure for Wellness,” a psychological horror movie from New Regency set to open Friday. The digital campaign included several fake news sites...

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...

'A Cure for Wellness' won't do wonders for your moviegoing health

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...

'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

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,...

James Franco takes a page from Steinbeck in the laborious drama 'In Dubious Battle'

John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle” chronicles a brief, intense labor strike by migrant apple pickers in Depression-era California, at a time when agricultural workers across the state were getting hit hard by wage cuts. Published in 1936 under a title inspired by “Paradise Lost,” it was the first...

Charlie Day and Ice Cube tangle in overzealous comedy 'Fist Fight'

The high school-set comedy “Fist Fight” really revs up those three Rs: rowdy, raunchy and ridiculous. For much of its fast-paced running time, the film, which involves an after-school fight between two polar-opposite teachers, is just amusing enough to make up for its sheer preposterousness; it...

Filmmaker Anna Hamilton delivers an unsettling, if uneven, 'American Fable'

The images of a rural field that open “American Fable” could, for a brief instant, be something out of Andrew Wyeth, woozy with wonder. Soon, though, it’s clear that a nightmarish dread pulses beneath the dreamlike beauty. For her first feature, set during the Midwestern farm crisis of the 1980s,...

Horror anthology 'XX' features feminist perspective on genre

Women directors are largely underrepresented in the horror genre, despite the amount of women who appear in horror films. This is a wrong that the anthology “XX” takes a stab at correcting, featuring four short horror films written and directed by women. Despite the variations among the project,...

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