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'Water & Power: A California Heist' probes issues older than the current drought

An end to California’s historic drought may finally be in sight, but it seems that the state’s water crisis is a mere drop in the bucket in relation to the decades of dirty dealings probed in the revealing National Geographic documentary, “Water & Power: A California Heist.” From the Monterey Amendments,...

A father has a personal encounter with God in the eccentric, kitschy 'The Shack'

There are few things more terrible than the death of a child, or more frequently exploited by fiction writers for the sake of a cheap cry. Some movies manage to address the trauma of the experience with tact, sensitivity and emotional integrity — among them a recent double Oscar winner, whose title,...

The Israeli hit 'The Women's Balcony' is a warm culture-clash comedy that makes sharp points

It sounds paradoxical, but it's often true that the more culturally precise a foreign language film is, the more universal its appeal becomes. This is very much the case with the charming but pointed "The Women's Balcony." A major box-office success in Israel, "The Women’s Balcony" is so seemingly...

'We have to keep rising up': Former NHL-er Anson Carter on Hollywood’s diversity hurdles

“Moonlight” is the first best-picture winner to deal heavily with LGBTQ issues — not to mention LGBTQ issues in a lower-income African American community — but for many in the industry, it’s only a drop in the bucket in the bid for more serious films about minorities. It’s also a view espoused...

Ten movies we could be talking about at the 2018 Oscars

Over a dinner interview in November, “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins had a question of his own for me. “How did you know?”  Jenkins wanted to learn why, back in March 2016,  I put “Moonlight” on my list of “10 movies we might be talking about at next year’s Oscars.”  I told him how much...

'Before I Fall' is a warm, empathetic mash-up of 'Groundhog Day' and 'Mean Girls'

“Before I Fall” tells the story of a teenager named Samantha who, like a younger female version of Phil Connors in “Groundhog Day,” is forced to relive the same 24-hour period over and over again. It begins with a rude awakening, proceeds through a gantlet of giggles, builds to a wild keg party...

In 'Logan,' an authentic drama between scenes of brutal violence to feed the comic-book beast

‘Logan" is as ambitious and aspirational as comic book movies get. Like Pinocchio, the toy that wanted to be real, “Logan” dreams of being something more than the latest notch on the Marvel belt; it wants its stand-alone story of Wolverine and Professor Xavier to be taken seriously as authentic...

Motion picture academy president confirms two accountants will not return to the Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that the two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for Sunday’s best picture fiasco won’t be handing out any more Oscar envelopes. The news came one day after Warren Beatty released a statement...

Jordan Peele explains ‘Get Out's' creepy milk scene and ponders the recent link between dairy and hate

Now that Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” is No. 1 at the box office, it’s time to talk about the most insidious moment in the movie: The milk scene. [Warning, spoilers for “Get Out” follow.] “Get Out,” the “Key & Peele” star’s directorial debut, scored a $30.5-million opening weekend and near-unanimous...

PwC's Oscars flop may not do long-term damage to its reputation

It’s a dream job for those who normally toil in obscurity poring over rows of dry financial statements and complex tax returns. But for giant accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, its handling of the balloting process for the Academy Awards suddenly turned into a public-relations nightmare. One...

Ava DuVernay to celebrate Women's History Month with 12-hour Twitter takeover by female filmmakers

Array, Ava DuVernay’s independent film distribution collective, is poised for its third Twitter takeover.  The 12-hour Rebel-a-Thon,  which takes place Wednesday on the social media platform, will bring together almost 30 female filmmakers in celebration of Women’s History Month to discuss their...

Hollywood studios help L.A. with 2024 Olympics bid

Four Hollywood studios are teaming up with the city of Los Angeles to promote its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. will bring their combined star power and media savvy to boost L.A.’s chances of bringing the Games back to the city for the first time in...

The best picture show at the Oscars: the flub, the reactions, the blame

The mood inside the Dolby Theatre was polite but distracted. “La La Land” was poised to take the best picture Oscar — after months of major awards, a coronation more than a piece of news. Nominees from the musical seated in the back of the theater swept to the front during a commercial break, poised...

The best picture mix-up made headlines, but the Oscar winners made history

At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, a last-minute fumble overshadowed a much larger, and more significant, correction. While everyone scrambled to absorb, and then deconstruct, the mistaken announcement of “La La Land” as best picture when “Moonlight” had actually won, a thousand conversations about...

How a piece of paper crushed the Oscars

In the middle of the selfies and the on-screen tweets to President Trump and a thousand and one other whiz-bang technological tools to make the Oscars seem relevant to an audience with an ever-shortening attention span, the Academy Awards were betrayed this year by the simplest item you can imagine....

On Oscars red carpet, Hollywood luminaries reflect on why film still matters

Hollywood can be a bubble, an insulated space where reality is scripted and sometimes even fantastical. Still, its cultural productions, especially film, can have an indelible impact on those who watch. As Lin-Manuel Miranda said on the Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday, film is important because...

A view from the wings: Oscar's big mistake belied months of planning and backstage precision

The mood backstage was high. Champagne had been poured and a long evening seemed destined for a suave and elegant ending. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway glided through the wings and onto the stage to announce the Oscar for best picture. But things went sideways inside the Dolby Theatre: “Oh my...

Movies like ‘Moonlight’ don’t win the Oscar for best picture — until they do

Movies like “Moonlight” don’t win the Oscar for best picture. Movies about the conflicted desires of young gay men, captured with quiet tenderness and exquisite intimacy, don’t win the Oscar for best picture. (Just ask “Brokeback Mountain.”) Movies that tell modest coming-of-age stories, light...

'La La Land' producer on handing over his best picture Oscar — 'I just righted a wrong'

“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz may not have the Oscar for best picture, but he does now possess a distinction uniquely his own. “I got to accept the Academy Award for best picture and then, within five minutes, I got to present the Academy Award for best picture,” Horowitz told The Times...

'What is happening???' Times photographer explains how he captured that viral Oscars moment

Veteran Los Angeles Times photographer Al Seib  was perched stage right at the Oscars on Sunday night when  “Moonlight” was revealed as the winner for best picture, not the previously announced “La La Land.” As jaws dropped,  Seib shot and  captured the photo that instantly became a viral hit. ...

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