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Apple plants a flag in Culver City as expands foray into Hollywood

As it moves full-steam ahead with original programming, Apple Inc. will elevate its physical presence in Hollywood in a significant way by planting a flag in Culver City. The Cupertino-based tech giant will lease an entire building located at 8777 Washington Boulevard, near Culver City’s fashionable...

With Sundance 2018, a festival reaches to meet the moment

Yes, there are still movies at the Sundance Film Festival. But the 2018 edition of the preeminent indie film showcase, which kicks off Thursday night in Park City, Utah, also will be dealing with a moment of tumultuous upheaval and uncertainty in the culture. Multiple moments, to be more exact....

Sundance film festival: Unleashed, indeed. This year's lineup looks to be the strongest in years.

"Obsession. Unfetter. Unravel. Unleash. Fantasy. Nightmare." What does it all add up to? Would you believe Sundance 2018? Though already first among leaders in the domestic film festival universe, Sundance has seen fit to rebrand itself with an enigmatic ad campaign featuring all those words and...

Despite controversy, Netflix comedy 'Step Sisters' is more than it appears

Two weeks ago, when the trailer for Netflix’s “Step Sisters” debuted, the minute-long trailer set (Black) Twitter ablaze. The film, which premieres on the streaming platform Friday, follows the president of a black sorority (Megalyn Echikunwoke) who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white...

Guillermo del Toro meets the Black Lagoon in creature double feature

Seeing Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” shape up as one of this year’s Oscar heavyweights has been a pleasure, and that pleasure gets amplified Friday in a double bill that’s part of American Cinematheque’s “Fairy Tales for Troubled Times" series. Screening first is “Shape.” Magical, thrilling...

'I am ashamed I did this': Stars reflect on working with Woody Allen

While some have defended him, a growing list of actors and actresses who have worked with director Woody Allen are reconsidering their participation in his films. Some even say they'll never work with him again.

Hollywood is adding jobs as TV and digital content surges, MPAA report says

Hollywood is adding jobs and giving a boost to small businesses around the country as studios continue to ramp up production of TV series and digital content, according to a new report that is expected to be published Monday by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. The MPAA ?said that jobs directly...

‘LBJ’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ show how democracy in action can sometimes be a beautiful thing to behold

Most movies about politicians depict either slippery narcissists — "Nixon," "The Deal" (about Tony Blair), "Game Change" (Sarah Palin), this spring’s "Chappaquiddick" (Ted Kennedy) — or complicated personalities driven to achieve the greater good, as in "Lincoln" and the Franklin Roosevelt love...

This year brings the possibility of two actors tying Katharine Hepburn's Oscar record

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for most acting Academy Awards, but for how long? Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the actors primed to break her run: 4: Number of acting Academy Awards won by Katharine Hepburn (for “Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion in Winter,” “On Golden...

Mary J. Blige finds the love through the hard times depicted in 'Mudbound' and the darkness of today's world

During a post-“Mudbound” screening Q&A, director Dee Rees was asked a question that her star, Mary J. Blige, didn’t know the answer to: What inspired Rees to cast Blige — the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” and the seller of over 50 million confession-heavy albums — in her Netflix period drama? “She said...

Need to figure skate? Sew a gown? When actors need a skill for a film, they call in the pros

Acting isn't just about reading lines and hitting your marks: Performers have to become instant experts in whatever their characters do best, and those specialized talents shift with every film. So, in order for the actors to become proficient in a new skill, studios call in outside help. Here...

With 'The Post,' 'Darkest Hour' and more, filmmakers show that they often mine the past for stories to enlighten the present

It’s often said that history repeats itself. But when it comes to the Oscars, history, or more specifically, the feting of real-life historical characters, has been a recurring rite since 1931, when George Arliss collected the third-ever lead actor award for his portrayal of British Prime Minister...

Daniel Kaluuya beats Denzel, Maxine Waters says we'll 'impeach Trump' and more from the 2018 NAACP Image Awards

In the wake of the overtly political Golden Globes, ongoing allegations of sexual impropriety in Hollywood and just days after the president's infamous "shithole" comment, the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards focused instead on black pride and empowerment. Host Anthony Anderson opened the show with...

'Mary and the Witch's Flower' shows where Japanese animation can go after Studio Ghibli

It’s hard work, building a dream world of magic. That’s especially true when emerging from the shadow of some of the world’s most renowned cinema architects — the legendary Studio Ghibli. After all, Ghibli was led creatively by the two most revered figures in Japanese animation: Hayao Miyazaki...

'Jumanji' holds off 'The Post' to stay on top as newcomers fail to ignite holiday weekend box office

A comedic adventure flick about being teleported into a video game outplayed a political drama over the four-day MLK weekend as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” landed at the top of the domestic box office. The Sony movie outpaced “The Post,” about the Washington Post’s 1971 decision to publish...

Michelle Williams responds to Mark Wahlberg offer to donate $1.5 million after pay-discrepancy revealed

In the wake of a controversy sparked by reports that Mark Wahlberg earned roughly $1.5 million for reshoots on the set of “All the Money in the World” while costar Michelle Williams was paid only a fraction of that amount, Wahlberg and the agency that represents him, William Morris Endeavor, announced...

Disney CEO Robert Iger sees compensation decline to $36.3 million in 2017

Robert Iger, the chief executive of Walt Disney Co., saw his total compensation decline 17% in the recently concluded fiscal year to $36.3 million, according to the company’s latest proxy statement filed Friday to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The drop from last year’s $43.9 million was...

Some Oscar voters are having a case of James Franco remorse

“Can I change my vote?” That was the question several motion picture academy members were asking after five women accused actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior in a Times investigation published Thursday. The allegations — two of which showed up on Twitter Sunday,...

Penthouse magazine parent files for bankruptcy protection

Penthouse Global Media, the company behind the legendary adult magazine created five decades ago by Bob Guccione, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to court documents filed Thursday in a California federal court. The filing represents the latest setback for the publisher,...

Mired in melodrama, this 'Proud Mary' fails to keep rollin'

When Screen Gems debuted the trailer for “Proud Mary” last July (a full six months before release) the Taraji P. Henson-starring blaxploitation riff seemed like an easy hit — a female “John Wick” or an African-American “Atomic Blonde.” But this week, the distributor has seemingly dumped the film...

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