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Comcast reportedly in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

“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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

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...

'The Syndrome' takes a one-sided view of the controversy about shaken baby syndrome

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"The Syndrome" by Meryl Goldsmith pursues a subject that proves to be urgent, fascinating and high stakes — the controversy surrounding shaken baby syndrome. It's unfortunate then, that the documentary itself isn't executed with more finesse and a broader perspective. SIGN UP for the free Indie...

With Spielberg, Penn, Foster and Jarmusch (twice), Americans will help storm the beaches at Cannes

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Last year’s Cannes Film Festival was notable for its English-language movies made by directors from non-English-speaking places, with selections such as “The Lobster,” “Sicario,” “Louder than Bombs,” “Tale of Tales” and “Youth” dotting the selection.This year’s festival maintains half that bargain....

5 highlights from Sony's CinemaCon presentation, from 'Passengers' to 'Spider-Man'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” That was the approach Sony Pictures’ chairman Tom Rothman said the studio took this year at CinemaCon, where the company teased well over a dozen films from its upcoming slate. Sony showed off everything from low-budget horror (“Don’t Breathe,” “When The Bough Breaks”)...

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