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2017-08-19
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The leader of the free world set off a late-night firestorm, a superstar got hurt, a singer scored a symbolic victory, a Broadway star became a Hollywood hype man and a stuntwoman ..
The gilded flourishes at this newly built estate begin at the street, where a pair of golden gates mark the entrance to the 20,500-square-foot mansion. Set on “Billionaires Row” in..
Walking through a driving blizzard last January, the actress Lois Smith took the arm of an agent and posed a directional question. “So is this where I should step?” Smith asked as ..
New on Blu-ray “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD, $26.99; Blu-ray, $39.99; 4K, $44.98; also available on VOD) The interstellar superheroics of the original “..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Aug. 19. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Mixed record for Trump on th..
2017-08-18
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It was a dramatic moment in Roman Polanski’s four-decade-long legal battle: Samantha Geimer, the victim in the filmmaker’s 1977 statutory rape case, appeared in a Los Angeles Count..
When Richard Saukko galloped his chalk-white Arabian horse named Traveler around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum almost 56 years ago, it was supposed to be a one-time stunt. Inst..
The livelihoods of Hollywood musicians have long been under siege as major movie and TV productions continue to outsource scoring to other states as well as abroad. Local instrumen..
When the women of Fifth Harmony are asked to describe their new album, they offer words such as “authentic,” “truth” and “passion.” “I genuinely listen to every single song, which ..
Few recent films have elicited the wild rotisserie of responses of confusion, delight, anxiety and introspection as “Lemon.” How to most succinctly describe the singular film can e..
SUNDAY DC Morse (Shaun Evans) tracks a serial killer on the fourth-season premiere of the mystery drama “Endeavour” on “Masterpiece.” 9 p.m. KOCE Meals on wheels: “The Great Food T..
In our interview, Julie Klam speaks of her history of celebrity fixation. She tosses around a few names, admits to a few self-inflicted indignities. In truth, though, the motivatio..
Feature and TV films
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Four Star Films, Box Office Hits, Indies and Imports, Movies A - Z FOUR STAR FILMS Top rated movies and made-for-TV films airing the week of the week of Aug. 20 - 26..
Cathy Moriarty owes her acting career to a bathing beauty contest. A photo posted at a Bronx nightclub where she had won the competition — all in pursuit of a pair of black heels w..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Aug. 18, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Why the extreme right loves Calif..
It was the ’80s, so the films of 1987 naturally had big stars, big hair and big soundtracks. The year’s most popular movie, however improbably, was a remake of a French comedy, “Th..
It remains unclear what has prevented the production from shooting at Oxford. “The people in Oxford were getting a bit cross,” Winchester said. “You can’t have a movie about the Ox..
Starting at the age of 8, Liam Douglass began a nine-year lobbying campaign to persuade his parents to let him play football. At 10, Douglass went on YouTube to learn how to do a P..
The Moviegoer, Aug. 20-26
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Japanese Arthouse Classics The series begins with the Los Angeles premiere of the 4K restoration of Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1953 cautionary period drama Ugetsu, in which a married peasan..
Budding filmmaker Landon Stahmer’s creepy three-minute film “The Look-See,” about a woman terrorized by a monster in a bathroom stall, has amassed 5.5 million views since it premie..
Masters of Illusion Xavier Mortimer, Scott Pepper, Chris Randall, Joshua Jay, Murray SawChuck, Billy Kidd and Greg Gleason are the featured magicians in this new episode hosted by ..
Chef Mark McDonald grew up in Huntington Beach, but the heart of his cooking — accessible tasting menus and bistro breakfasts are the backbone of his Costa Mesa restaurant, Old Vin..
Mythical wildlife may not exist, but because of Todd Calgi Gallicano’s book, they will be alive in the imaginations of children and adults. Gallicano, an author who spent part of h..
2017-08-17
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Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Baby Driver Edgar Wright’s exuberant, one-of-a-kind vehicular-action-thriller-musical-romance st..
Facing increasing backlash from Glendale’s Armenian community, the Americana at Brand will now allow an advertisement for a documentary about the Armenian Genocide to be displayed ..
In the grand tradition of sports manga and anime including “Haikyū!!,” “Kuroko No Basket,” “Slam Dunk” and “Yuri on Ice” comes “Fence” by author C.S. Pacat and artist Johanna the M..
By turns sedate and breathless, the pitch-perfect 1950s newsreel footage that opens Fernando Trueba’s new comedy promises an intriguing mix of fiction and history. But though “The ..
Anyone who already misses the clone-tastic science-fiction series “Orphan Black” may ease their suffering a bit with “What Happened to Monday,” a two-fisted futuristic thriller wit..
Turner is kicking off a new sports streaming video service next year that will carry its coverage of UEFA Champions League soccer. The service announced Thursday is Turner’s first ..
As its wounded, defiant provocation of a title suggests, “Gook” looks head-on at racial animosity, American-style. Set on the first day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Justin Chon’s..
After stumbling out of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an insanely violent live-action cartoon starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, I found myself asking the kind of question th..
The life and too-early death of singer Whitney Houston was a train wreck lots of people say they saw coming but no one was able to stop. Dead at age 48 in her Beverly Hilton hotel ..
The arty slasher picture “The Ice Cream Truck” proceeds from the oft-deployed premise that the suburbs are inherently creepy. While writer-director Megan Freels Johnston makes some..
An indistinct muddle of werewolf mythology, slasher formula and “teenagers in the woods” clichés, the horror pastiche “Lycan” might’ve been a passable picture if writer-director Be..
Patricia Dombrowski, a twentysomething New Jersey bartender and aspiring rap star played by the terrific Australian actress Danielle Macdonald, goes by many aliases. To her best fr..
“It’s always nice to be lied to.” Those words are tossed off with a chuckle early on in “Marjorie Prime,” but by the end they have acquired an almost prophetic significance. Beauti..
“Criticism is parasitic literature,” writes Michael Robbins, the poet and critic, in his new book, “Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music,” a collection of his recent criti..
“Criticism is parasitic literature,” writes Michael Robbins, the poet and critic, in his new book, “Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music,” a collection of his recent criti..
Slick, smart, impeccably executed, "Logan Lucky" is a highbrow heist movie involving some lowbrow folks. If it verges on being a little too pleased with itself for its own good, th..
The debut novel from British model and actress Cara Delevingne will hit shelves on Oct. 3, Entertainment Weekly reports. "Mirror, Mirror," which the "Suicide Squad" actress co-wrot..
Remember the title of that last episode of “Feud: Bette and Joan” — “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?” It served as rueful comment on how the two titular Hollywoo..
After a prolific career directing films including “---, lies and videotape,” “Traffic” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” series, Steven Soderbergh said he was quitting the feature film busi..
“My career is like a pinball machine,” Jamie Bell reflects. “There’s really very little that is consistent about it. There are some very bizarre contrasts. But I like that I’m in a..
What do you do when the television series you’ve created becomes synonymous with the bleak, dystopian elements of technology? If you’re “Black Mirror” mastermind Charlie Brooker, y..
Carlsbad struck it rich with, of all things, water. The city got a boost when pioneer John Frazier tapped a mineral spring in the 1880s and its “miraculous curative powers” were a ..
2017-08-16
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For years, the victim at the center of Roman Polanski’s --- assault case has urged Los Angeles authorities to end the drawn-out legal saga, for her sake and for the sake of the ..
What if Hollywood threw a provocation and nobody came? There will almost certainly be larger financial failures than “Detroit” this moviegoing year. And there will doubtless be big..
MoviePass, a subscription ticket reselling start-up, is trying to become the Netflix of movie theaters by offering virtually unlimited movies for less than $10 a month. But that pl..
MoviePass, a subscription ticket reselling start-up, is trying to become the Netflix of movie theaters by offering virtually unlimited movies for less than $10 a month. But that pl..
The subject of film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s new 6½-minute movie is trauma — the trauma experienced by refugees and immigrants crossing the treacherous deserts of the Ameri..
South African world-music star Johnny Clegg will undertake what he’s describing as his final round of concerts in North America as he contends with the aftermath of treatment for p..
There’s a scene in the 1995 movie “The American President” when a man in a green blazer buttonholes the president and asks whether he’s aware that down in Atlanta, women want parit..
President Trump has caused a new furor by giving the foes of white supremacists equal blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los A..
For years, the victim at the center of Roman Polanski’s --- assault case has urged Los Angeles authorities to end the drawn-out legal saga, for her sake and for the sake of the ..
2017-08-15
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MoviePass, a subscription ticket reselling start-up, is trying to become the Netflix of movie theaters by offering virtually unlimited movies for less than $10 a month. But that pl..
Chilesaurus, a two-legged dinosaur with a Frankenstein-like mix of features, could be the “missing link” that fills a mysterious gap in the dinosaur family tree, a new analysis sho..
The Chinese patriotic action blockbuster “Wolf Warrior 2” has become the highest-grossing film ever in China’s box office, rising last week to $608.6 million in ticket sales. Much ..
The expanding enormousness of television and the pots of money being poured into it have created a new climate of possibility: The defining feature of the medium today is perhaps n..
For much of his career, Louis C.K. has gone his own way, creating idiosyncratic material and controlling nearly every aspect of the process. He’s at it again. C.K. has quietly shot..
The woman who died Monday during a motorcycle stunt on the set of "Deadpool 2" was Joi "SJ" Harris, a groundbreaking black road racer who, according to her website, got her Cl..
For much of his career, Louis C.K. has gone his own way, creating idiosyncratic material and controlling nearly every aspect of the process. He’s at it again. C.K. has quietly shot..
Two days after he became president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey celebrated his 75th birthday. He and his wife of 45 years, Oscar-nominated film e..
2017-08-14
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Netflix’s aggressive strike to lure one of television’s most prolific producers from ABC Studios sent shock waves throughout the industry on Monday and ratcheted up television’s ar..
“Nocturama,” Bertrand Bonello’s hypnotically unsettling new movie, has the artful, suggestive symmetry of a Rorschach blot. In the first half, several young Parisians coordinate an..
At Hauser & Wirth in downtown Los Angeles, Paul McCarthy puts the original kick of Surrealism back into action. Started a century ago, Surrealism was a movement whose works sta..
A stuntwoman was killed while riding a motorcycle on the set of the Ryan Reynolds movie "Deadpool 2" in Vancouver, Canada, police confirmed Monday.  WorkSafeBC, Brit..
The Hugo Awards, widely considered the most prestigious science fiction and fantasy prizes, were announced Friday, with female authors dominating and N.K. Jemisin winning the award..
Miley Cyrus is blaming her "unrealistic schedule" for bailing on Sunday's Teen Choice Awards, and she spun her truancy into an announcement about her upcoming single, "Younger Now...
It's all fun and games until someone slams into a building, as Tom Cruise appears to have learned Sunday in London.  The movie star, known for doing his own stunts, was attemp..
With the release of “The Lost City of Z” and “Good Time,” 2017 may well be remembered as the year Robert Pattinson officially became a critics’ darling. Some might claim the shift ..
2017-08-13
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Despite a frightfully dry August at the box office, Warner Bros. managed to come out on top with two films leading the weekend numbers. Horror flick “Annabelle: Creation,” which co..
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” has been a flashpoint of controvers..
In 2010, actor Ted Danson, filming ”The Big Miracle” in Alaska, set off a local ruckus when he urged federal regulators to block oil drilling off the state’s shores. The source of ..
Dear President Trump: It’s time you took a real vacation. You’re at a golf course; go out and play a round or two. We’ll forgive you. Have the grandkids over. Invite some friends f..
Most cruise ship dining is done indoors, but you’ll find some wonderful opportunities for dining outdoors. Watching the sun set over the water and admiring the moon and stars are e..
This city is home to an astonishing array of food trucks and carts, indie coffee shops, brewpubs and world-class chefs. So when our son, Greg, a longtime resident, proposed a June ..
2017-08-12
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Everywhere in Blue Lake, a tiny Humboldt County town nestled between redwood ridges on the Mad River, people had the same reaction when told theirs is the only all-female city coun..
Heard of this little show called “Hamilton”? Oh, that’s just a little arts editor humor now that the most anticipated musical to hit Hollywood has rolled into town. I’m Craig Nakan..
New on Blu-ray “Alien: Covenant” (20th Century Fox DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99; 4K, $39.99; also available on VOD) With “Alien: Covenant,” director Ridley Scott follows up his dis..
2017-08-11
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Doubt In the first of two back-to-back episodes that end the drama’s run, Sadie (Katherine Heigl) makes her closing argument on Billy’s (Steven Pasquale) behalf. Then in the finale..
In the ’80s and ’90s in L.A., if you were a teenager, World on Wheels was the hottest club in town. The Mid-City roller rink was famous for its “7 to 7” lock-in parties, where pare..
There is a moment about halfway through the 10-episode run of "Get Shorty," a new series premiering Sunday on Epix, when a guard wishes good morning to a "Mr. Palmer" as he drives ..
SUNDAY Pop music’s Miley Cyrus is singled out a very special award at “Teen Choice 2017.” Performers include Rita Ora, Rae Sremmurd and French Montana. 8 p.m. Fox From Henry Ford t..
Feature and TV films
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Four Star Films, Box Office Hits, Indies and Imports, Movies A - Z FOUR STAR FILMS Top rated movies and made-for-TV films airing the week of the week of Aug. 13 - 19..
Kristen Bell  — whose charming marriage to Dax Shepard went on social media's protect-this-couple-at-all-costs list Monday after Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced thei..
Jennifer Jason Leigh, as she tells it, isn’t much of a planner when it comes to her career — adhering to the practice of taking each role as it comes. But she had been looking for ..
In May 2011, Anita Narre, a woman in a remote village in central India, abandoned her husband because he didn’t have a toilet in his house. Now her move has inspired a Bollywood fi..
Transcripts of recorded conversations suggest former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight and his defense attorney discussed bribing witnesses to fabricate testimony in Knight’s upc..
The country was two years out of Vietnam and still bruised by Watergate when a wise guy in a Pontiac Trans Am roared through a movie that celebrated and poked fun at Southern cultu..
Cinematic universes are all the rage these days, thanks to the billion-dollar bounties of Marvel’s Avengers-verse and the competing DC squad led by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woma..