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Comic-Con 2016: Seth Rogen on staging an animated food orgy in 'Sausage Party'

Someone could probably make an adorable, family-friendly animated movie about talking food in a grocery store. But Seth Rogen is clearly not that someone. At an early screening for the upcoming “Sausage Party” at Comic-Con on Thursday night, Rogen and his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg told...

Hand-drawn 'Phantom Boy' is a welcome break from CG animation

Like their Oscar-nominated “A Cat in Paris” (2010), “Phantom Boy” by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gangol is a modest, engaging film that reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters. While in the hospital, 11-year-old Leo (Gaspard Gagnol) discovers...

'Don't Worry Baby' takes high road in father-son paternity sweepstakes

The terrific young actor John Magaro, so good in David Chase’s little-seen “Not Fade Away,” again brings his A-game to “Don’t Worry Baby,” a bittersweet indie comedy that marks an impressive feature writing-directing debut for Julian Branciforte.  The film’s high-concept story, one that in past...

'Indian Point' sagely examines the nuclear power debate from all sides

In a world where unabashed advocacy documentaries are thick on the land, Ivy Meeropol's expert "Indian Point," an evenhanded look at the issues surrounding nuclear power, is a welcome exception. With no end in sight to global energy demands, questions about nuclear's place as a possible solution...

Television, film and even plays: A look at Garry Marshall's work

Garry Marshall, who died at age 81, has worn many hats during his career: actor, writer, producer, director and even playwright. Here are some highlights from Marshall's various stints. 'The Odd Couple' | 1970 - 1975 Marshall and his TV writing partner Jerry Belson developed Neil Simon's play "The...

'I became addicted to all of it': Baseball great Darryl Strawberry on his glory years and getting sober

If Darryl Strawberry didn't exist, a screenwriter would need to invent him. Enduring a hardscrabble childhood in South Los Angeles with an absentee alcoholic father, Strawberry found escape — and greatness — on the baseball field, thanks to a slinky swing that could quickly dispatch balls to the...

Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern among those joining motion picture academy's Board of Governors

Weeks after opening its doors to the largest, most diverse class of new members ever, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the results of its Board of Governors elections Monday, with director Steven Spielberg and actress Laura Dern among those winning seats on the board of...

'Spa Night,' 'Kiki' and 'Major!' win top awards at Outfest Los Angeles

Outfest Los Angeles awarded nearly 20 honors Sunday to films that screened at theaters throughout the city during the 11-day film festival. Major awards went to “Spa Night,” “Major!” and “Kiki.” “Spa Night,” from director Andrew Ahn, was awarded with a special mention for outstanding performance...

Study shows lack of opportunity for disabled actors

When Hollywood discusses diversity, one community is often left out of the conversation: people with disabilities. Even in its most recent iterations, prompted by #OscarsSoWhite, differently abled people in the industry seem unable to find a seat at the table. A recent study by the Ruderman Family...

Sometimes I wish he would go away: The uncomfortable evolution of being a Woody Allen fan

Sometimes lately I wish Woody Allen would just go away. And other times I can’t imagine the world without him. Every new film from him forces audiences to confront again their feelings about Allen as both artist and person, and to reexamine the evolution of those responses over time. He has gone...

When Hollywood unexpectedly expressed its outrage and social consciousness

"12 Angry Men”  "The Angry Hills." "Anger Management." "The Last Angry Man." "Angry Birds." Throughout its history, the only reliable place anger can be found in Hollywood films has been in their titles. With one unexpected exception. On one level, this absence is perfectly understandable. Film...

For the Mexican wrestlers of 'Lucha Mexico,' the mask rarely comes off

There’s a great moment near the end of “Lucha Mexico,” an insightful and wildly entertaining look at the wrestlers who ply their trade south of the border, where we see a child approach the legendary Shocker for an autograph. In the middle of a match. Just as he’s about to reenter the ring and...

'Under the Sun' goes inside North Korea to expose its carefully managed public face

As previous documentaries ranging from the serious ("Kimjongilia") to the frivolous ("Dennis Rodman's Big Bang In Pyongyang") demonstrate, North Korea is one strange place, a truly foreign country where they do things differently. The nation is so strange and different, in fact, that each new glimpse...

Norman Lear documentary celebrates the good times of the TV legend's '70s heyday

For a movie about the creator of some of the most pointed, controversial comedies in television history, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has a curious habit of sidestepping some of the thornier and more interesting aspects of its subject’s life. The brisk documentary, co-directed by...

Moody dystopian romance 'Equals' doesn't measure up

“Equals” unfolds in a post-apocalyptic future in which a human remnant lives on as a rigidly controlled society called the Collective. The men and women here speak in flat, hushed voices, their faces blank and immune to the animating forces of anger, delight or surprise. The uniforms they wear...

Woody Allen finds himself at ease in his lush Hollywood story 'Cafe Society'

With white on black titles on the screen and vintage jazz on the soundtrack, “Cafe Society” opens the way Woody Allen films have opened for time out of mind. But this one, this one does things a little differently. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and the protean Steve Carell, “Cafe Society” is...

'Our Little Sister,' 'Neon Demon' and other critical faves

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Eye in the Sky Superbly acted, this nail-biter starring Helen Mirren, the late Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul is a fully involving war drama about the new rules of engagement. (Sheri Linden) R. Hunt for the Wilderpeople...

'La La Land' teaser trailer has Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone falling in love yet again

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are at it again: falling in love onscreen, this time in a teaser trailer for “La La Land” that was released Wednesday. And this time, Gosling sings. As the lead actor serenades his girl with the original song “City of Stars,” hints of “Moulin Rouge” and “(500) Days of...

New releases: Patrick Stewart's 'Green Room' and Starz's 'The Dresser' hit DVD and Blu-ray

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

New on Blu-ray “Green Room” (Lionsgate DVD 19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99) Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier follows up his excellent 2013 crime thriller “Blue Ruin” with another twisty, violent original. In “Green Room,” Alia Shawkat and the late Anton Yelchin play members of a struggling hardcore band...

Still waters don't always run deep in dreamy romantic drama 'How He Fell in Love'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

“How He Fell in Love” is a far more pensive, less sentimental romantic drama than its moony title might imply. To that end, writer-director Marc Meyers takes an effectively naturalistic, quasi-European approach to telling this Gotham-set tale of a misjudged affair, allowing scenes to breathe when...

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