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Jackie Chan: Caught between East and West

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

On a sultry afternoon, in his basement office lair tucked beneath a sportscar dealership and private jet showroom, Jackie Chan is flipping gleefully through photos on his MacBook. The martial arts master and multimillionaire is eager to show off not his latest stunts, exotic automobiles or private...

'Meru' tackles not just a summit, but deep bond between mountain climbers

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When asked why they are compelled to climb dangerous mountains such as Mt. Everest, neither Conrad Anker nor Jimmy Chin mentions fame or glory. They talk about the passion and friendship of the sport.

Theaters step up security for 'Straight Outta Compton'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Cinemas in major cities across the country are hiring additional security guards as a precaution for the screening of Universal's critically acclaimed movie "Straight Outta Compton," theater executives said.

'Straight Outta Compton' expected to be another win for Universal Pictures

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Universal Pictures is expected to score another hit at the box office this week with the release of its critically acclaimed musical biopic "Straight Outta Compton."

'Shaun the Sheep' absurdly amusing for all ages

"Shaun the Sheep" is the kind of movie in which lobsters exchange fist bumps and a goldfish plays Death Row jailhouse harmonica. Playful, absurd and endearingly inventive, this unstoppably amusing feature reminds us why Britain's Aardman Animations is a mainstay of the current cartooning golden...

'Vacation': Road trip comedy goes downhill, reviews say

Family road trips are fraught with peril, from outrageous gas prices to sketchy rest stops to endless choruses of "Are we there yet?" But for the new comedy "Vacation," a sorta-reboot of 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation," there are further bumps on the road to summer fun.

'Mission: Impossible,' 'Vacation' to kick off slower summer month at box office

Setting box office records this summer may end up becoming "Mission: Impossible."

'Monkey King' breaks 'Kung Fu Panda 2' record in China as 'Monster Hunt' surges

Box-office records continued to drop like flies last week in China as the homegrown "Monkey King: Hero Is Back" surpassed "Kung Fu Panda 2" to become the top-grossing animated film in Chinese history and the live-action/animatedĀ "Monster Hunt" became the top-grossing Chinese movie of all time.

Richard Linklater baseball movie on deck for April release

Richard Linklater's next film, a to-be-titled baseball comedy that has been described as a spiritual sequel to "Dazed and Confused," will hit theaters April 15, Paramount Pictures announced Monday.

Indie focus: Movies go to work, 'Paper Towns,' 'The Passenger' and our podcast

Subscribe to the newsletter Hello! I'mĀ Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Last week we had an Indie Focus Screening Series event with the pregnancy dramedy "Unexpected." Director Kris Swanberg couldn't attend -- in an ironic twist not lost on her...

Marlon Brando's private audiotapes tell his story in 'Listen to Me Marlon'

"Listen to me, Marlon... This is one part of yourself speaking to another part of yourself. Listen to the sound of my voice and trust me. You know I have your interests at heart."

Hollywood salute for production designer James Bissell

The American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild's Film Society celebrate the career of Oscar-nominated production designer James Bissell on Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Among the films Bissell designed are 1982's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck"...

Omar Sy, Hollywood-hot post-'Intouchables,' returns to France for 'Samba'

French actor Omar Sy decided to take a "step back" after the international success of the 2011 comedy-drama "The Intouchables."

Rachel McAdams does fame her way

There's a story that always comes up when people talk about Rachel McAdams, one that reveals her ambivalence about the machinery of Hollywood.

'Frank the Bastard' a complex, engrossing mystery

A complex, engrossing mystery that holds up in repeated viewings, "Frank the Bastard" premiered in 2013 under the less unfortunate title "East of Acadia." Revolving around a dark chapter in a quaint New England town's history, like writer-director Brad Coley's previous effort, "The Undeserved,"...

'American Heist' a tepid potboiler despite star power

Despite a few strong emotional beats, the crime drama "American Heist" proves as undistinguished as its generic title. This derivative story of hard-luck brothers drawn into an ill-fated robbery is notable for raising one pervasive question: What are Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and the underrated...

'10 Cent Pistol' wants to be pulp fiction but misfires

"10 Cent Pistol" serves as a perfect example of getting what you pay for.

'Dark Was the Night' gets lost chasing thrills

In "Dark Was the Night," an ancient two-legged creature has descended on and left three miles of what resemble hoof prints over the fictitious small town of Maiden Woods, apparently as the result of deforestation. Local animals have been either acting strangely or vanishing without a trace.

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