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

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

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

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...

Comcast reportedly in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation

Media conglomerate Comcast Corp. is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation for more than $3 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. DreamWorks, run by Hollywood veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg, has produced films including "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "How to Train Your Dragon." Philadelphia-based...

How Key and Peele got Keanu Reeves to voice a cat in 'Keanu'

At first, he said no: No, Keanu Reeves did not want to partake in a movie about an adorable cat with his name. Or at least that’s what Reeves' representatives told the filmmakers behind “Keanu,” the action-comedy starring comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as buddies searching for a...

New releases: 'Son of Saul,' 'Phoenix,' the Kennedy films of Robert Drew & Associates and 'River of Grass'

Son of Saul Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD on Tuesday Given the Oscars' historical preference for Holocaust dramas, it wasn't exactly an upset when Lászlo Nemes' Auschwitz-set film won the foreign language prize this year. Still, this is a different kind of movie about a concentration...

Tribeca Film Festival's audience awards go to 'Here Alone' and 'The Return'

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of the coveted Audience Awards. The festival attendees selected "Here Alone," directed by Rod Blackhurst, as the narrative winner and "The Return," directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, as the documentary winner. “It's great...

Indie Focus: Strange and profound with 'Elvis and Nixon,' 'The Meddler' and 'Purple Rain'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. We’ve already talked some recently about the filmmaker Chantal Akerman in this space. The retrospective series that has been ongoing in Los Angeles has been a revelation for fans and newcomers alike, and...

Tribeca Fest: 'Betting on Zero' stirs Herbalife waters

Over a turbulent few years, the Herbalife controversy has transfixed the business community. The L.A.-based nutrition company has been at the center of a high-stakes play involving the hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman, who has alleged the company operates as a Ponzi scheme and staked a $1-billion...

Native girls find themselves through lacrosse in 'Keepers of the Game'

Teenage angst meets rigid cultural heritage in the engaging if too-neatly-packaged documentary "Keepers of the Game," about an all-Native girls' lacrosse team competing in the heart of the sport's origins: the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne straddling upstate New York and Canada. As depicted by...

'Elvis & Nixon' hits the wrong tonal notes in revisiting historical encounter

It's the stuff speculators and dramatists dream of: fleshing out what happened in the Oval Office on Dec. 21, 1970, between visiting pop idol Elvis Presley and President Richard M. Nixon. The photo commemorating this puzzled-over encounter between two major historical figures with decline in their...

'I Don't Belong Anywhere' is a moving portrait of the late filmmaker Chantal Akerman

Near the beginning of "I Don't Belong Anywhere," Marianne Lambert's astute and poetic portrait of filmmaker Chantal Akerman, its subject speaks of being afraid. That's a startling confession from an artist as daring and original as Akerman. But months earlier, with the death of her mother, her...

Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams and Nicole Beharie to lead 'Jacob's Ladder' reboot

Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams and Nicole Beharie will star in a reboot of the 1990 psychological thriller “Jacob’s Ladder.”  The Adrian Lyne-directed original starred Tim Robbins, Danny Aiello and the late Elizabeth Peña and told the story of a Vietnam veteran whose time in war sparks bizarre, nightmarish...

'Jurassic World' sequel finds a director in J.A. Bayona

Universal Pictures announced Monday that Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona will direct the sequel to last summer's box-office behemoth "Jurassic World." Bayona, whose credits include the 2007 supernatural horror film "The Orphanage" and the 2012 tsunami drama "The Impossible," will step into the franchise...

China box office: 'The Jungle Book' dominates with nearly $49-million opening weekend

“The Jungle Book” swung to a $48.8-million opening weekend in China as the Disney film enjoyed a day-and-date opening with the United States and many other markets. The live-action/CGI update of the 1967 animated classic accounted for about 49% of all tickets sold in China in the seven days ending...

Alibaba Pictures invests in Paramount's new 'Star Trek,' 'Ninja Turtles' films

After dipping its toe in Hollywood waters by putting money into “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” last year, China's Alibaba Pictures said Monday it is investing in two more Paramount Pictures films: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” and “Star Trek Beyond.” The companies did...

Indie Focus: A spectrum of emotions and music in 'Echo Park,' 'Green Room' and 'Sing Street'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week I reviewed the new comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” the latest in what has become a venerable franchise. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, “the new...

Oscar-winning 'Revenant' should stand test of time

The Revenant 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD April 19 "The Revenant" fell just short of winning best picture, but Alejandro G. Iñárritu's raw frontier adventure did take home the Oscars for director and lead actor — and it should stand the test of time. Leonardo DiCaprio...

Get your first look at 'The Birth of a Nation' -- and read how Nate Parker is handling expectations

After "The Birth of a Nation" premiered to multiple standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival in January, a handful of distributors were clamoring to purchase Nate Parker's directorial debut. Fox Searchlight ultimately won the bidding war, acquiring the movie for a reported $17.5 million...

'The First Monday in May' gets lost in the Met amid several story lines

A half-dozen fascinating stories intertwine in the documentary "The First Monday in May," a film that suffers from the diffusion — although director Andrew Rossi mostly stands accused of being overly attuned to his subject's rich possibilities. In a broad sense, "The First Monday in May" is about...

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