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2017-06-22
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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 22, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Travel, love, create, yearn Kam..
Bong Joon-ho isn’t eating too much meat these days. The South Korean writer-director known for intense, genre-bending thrillers like “The Host,” “Memories of Murder” and “Snowpierc..
Ewan McGregor is no stranger to dual roles. He played both Jesus and the Devil in 2015’s “Last Days in the Desert” and a decade earlier portrayed his own clone in “The Island.” But..
In each of the last two years, a standout limited series — HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” in 2015, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” last September — have steamrolled th..
Samira Wiley still tears up a bit talking about Poussey Washington, the character she played on “Orange Is the New Black” for four seasons. “She gave me my life,” Wiley says. “She ..
Today: No Drama Obama
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I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES No Drama Obama By August, the FBI had evidence th..
2017-06-21
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After years of doing voice work (she brought Bobby Hill to life for 13 seasons on “King of the Hill”) and writing, producing and acting on Louis C.K.’s series “Louie” and raising h..
Walt Disney Co. is being sued by a child development expert who alleges that the 2015 Pixar movie “Inside Out” used her original idea for an animated program that would have explor..
Though he's arguably Britain's biggest Muslim entertainer, Zayn Malik has been profiled at airports, he says. But he makes it sound like no big deal.  "I understand the l..
Walt Disney Co. is being sued by a child development expert who alleges that the 2015 Pixar movie “Inside Out” used her original idea for an animated program that would have explor..
The news was stunning. Four months into production — and less than a year before it's due in theaters — the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff was losing its directors. Phil Lord and Chr..
20th Century Fox already has a strong foothold in the comics world with its ever-expanding “X-Men” movie universe, but the studio is building up its arsenal of fictional characters..
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Are you feeling extra anxious lately? Do you have that vaguely unt..
If you’re going to call someone out, it helps to do a little homework. Actress-director Elizabeth Banks was reminded of this after commenting on Steven Spielberg’s record when it c..
There’s been little debate over the moral arguments behind increasing diversity on- and off-screen in Hollywood, but the economic arguments haven’t always been so clear. While wome..
For fans eager to return to Downton Abbey, the wait might be shorter than expected. Rumors of a movie version have existed since the sweeping series about the Crawley fam..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, June 21, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Holy cow! That heat! Records w..
What to do with dying malls? Teresa Price votes for turning them into parks, but if that doesn’t work, she’s got a Plan B. “They could be remodeled as live/work spaces. It seems th..
I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. The most expensive congressional race in American history cam..
Polo Lounge
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Why: If celebrity had its own planet, it would look like the Beverly Hills Hotel. There is enough showbiz lore here – trysts, honeymoons and --- sunbathing – to be a movie i..
There’s been little debate over the moral arguments behind increasing diversity on- and off-screen in Hollywood, but the economic arguments haven’t always been so clear. While wome..
One of Warner Center’s one-story rambling office parks is poised to go vertical as a new era of urbanization unfolds in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. The proposed $1-billion dev..
In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to..
2017-06-20
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It seems everything is not quite awesome on the upcoming "Star Wars" Han Solo spinoff. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have left the project. "Phil Lord and Ch..
As the first heat wave of summer reached its anticipated peak Tuesday afternoon, Southern California residents employed a variety of methods to keep cool amid the swelter. From the..
Michael Bay’s previous film was a cranked-up, little-seen dramatization of the 2012 Benghazi tragedy called “13 Hours.” By sheer coincidence — or, for all I know, by diabolical des..
Action-adventure film “The Mummy” topped China’s box office for the second week in a row, although it nearly lost out to more futuristic creatures. The Universal Pictures reboot, s..
Paramount Pictures has retooled its decade-old “Transformers” franchise with a new mythology that ties the giant alien robots to the legend of King Arthur, Stonehenge and World War..
I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Russia. The United States. Iran. Nations of the Middle East. ..
2017-06-19
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A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound ..
A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound ..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 19, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The problem with everyone loving ..
I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES Vehicle Runs Down Pedestrians Near London Mosque ..
I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Good news out of the Golden State: California added 17,600..
2017-06-18
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After spending a little too much time in Calabasas making her last film “The Bling Ring,” Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola needed a change of scenery. “I knew after I did that..
Veteran German driver Timo Bernhard led Porsche to a dramatic third straight win at the 24 Hours Le Mans race to prevent a huge upset win for the lesser category Oreca team on Sund..
After spending the weekend at Camp David, President Trump had only good things to say about the government-owned retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. Nearly five months into h..
Racing to the top, Walt Disney Co.’s “Cars 3” unseated Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” after a two-week box-office reign. The Pixar picture grossed an estimated $53.5 million in the U..
After spending a little too much time in Calabasas making her last film “The Bling Ring,” Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola needed a change of scenery. “I knew after I did that..
The J. Paul Getty Museum’s robust photography collection is growing even larger: A gift of 186 works by 26 artists is coming from film executive Bruce Berman. Berman, a founding me..
In David Michôd’s lacerating new movie “War Machine,” Brad Pitt plays Gen. Glen McMahon, the latest in a long line of generals to preside over America’s war in Afghanistan. As he p..
Movie openings: June 21-23
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Mark Walhberg returns in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” his second outing and the fifth film in the live-action series. Sofia Coppola’s remake of “The Beguiled” and the Sundance ..
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Are you feeling extra anxious lately? Do you have that vaguely unt..
2017-06-17
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A New York production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," with a President Trump-like character who is assassinated, had a boisterous new scene this weekend: an activist who stormed ..
It’s been noted that the director who gave us two of the most cherished underdog sagas in American movies remained, to the end, something of an underdog himself. John G. Avildsen m..
A superhero was honored, a reality show was shut down, a president honored a rapper, a pop star seemed to be everywhere and a music legend got busted. Here’s all that news and more..
New on Blu-ray “Wilson” (20th Century Fox DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) Director Craig Johnson’s movie version of Dan Clowes’ outstanding graphic novel “Wils..
Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has purchased the Cecil B. DeMille estate, a Los Feliz mansion once owned by the early filmmaker, for $24.5 million. Found behind gates in t..
2017-06-16
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The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Friday listed the cause of death for “Star Wars” star Carrie Fisher as “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors.” The coroner’s office..
The new EDM documentary “What We Started” begins with an ending. Some of the first shots in the film follow DJ Carl Cox as he walks around the empty cavern of Space in Ibiza, the n..
Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen, whose “Rocky” sent a shot of adrenaline through movie theaters and turned Sylvester Stallone into one of cinema’s most unforgettable boxers..
Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of one of the world’s biggest and, arguably, best, rappers of all time. A leader of the New York chapter of the Black Panthers, she was p..
When Kelly Wong was a young boy and shopping with his mother in Hong Kong, he asked her for a toy. She was a single mom, and money was tight. She reached into her pocket and showed..
Apple Inc. has lured two Sony television studio veterans to lead its push into original programming, the clearest sign yet of the tech giant’s ambitions to become a force in televi..
Another day, another Jo Malone London event, or so it would seem in Los Angeles, where the fragrance brand teamed with model-actresses Poppy Delevingne yet again in her adopted hom..
On what would have been rap legend Tupac Shakur's 46th birthday, childhood friend Jada Pinkett Smith is setting the record straight on her relationship with the late artist, partic..
“Fake news” is old news — people have been showering contempt on journalists long before the last presidential election. Nonfiction books like “All the President’s Men” might honor..
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 June 18 - 24..
Over the course of his venerable career King Kong has battled mythological creatures, scaled skyscrapers and once had a soft spot for a blond. Now his outsized contribution to cine..
Rapper Tupac Shakur was a revolutionary; a controversial, brilliant artist cut down in his prime who grew even more iconic after his death. The son of a Black Panther, a high schoo..
Since the plagues of the Old Testament, we have contemplated the Apocalypse, the world rising in vengeance as men, women and children scurry across the brutal landscape of a lost p..
As she walked down the red carpet at the premiere of her new film, “Rough Night,” Ilana Glazer was inundated by those eager to express their appreciative astonishment over the movi..
Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Steve James’ compelling documentary on how a small bank in New York..
A couple years ago, Benjamin Weissman had a disturbing --- dream about a gorilla. He’s been exploring it ever since in a series of drawings, 39 of which, along with a site-specific..
The city of Alhambra can rightly boast of its beautiful neighborhoods, with its troves of historic homes in virtually every style popular over the last 100 years. It can also boast..
In Hollywood, as it is everywhere, no one escapes from the ravages of time. Not the beautiful people who walk the red carpets. Not the power players who pull the strings in the exe..
Holy heartfelt tribute, Batman. The citizens of Los Angeles gathered outside of a makeshift Gotham to pay their respects to Adam West, aka Batman.  The TV superhero died ..
The L.A. Film Festival opened on Wednesday night with the world premiere of “The Book of Henry,” directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Gregg Hurwitz. Trevorrow first broke out..
2017-06-15
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20th Century Fox already has a strong foothold in the comics world with its ever-expanding “X-Men” movie universe, but the studio is building up its arsenal of fictional characters..
Federal prosecutors hope to seize rights to comedy films “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Daddy’s Home,” as well as stock in a high-powered Silicon Valley data-analytics company, alleging..
If you’re going to call someone out, it helps to do a little homework. Actress-director Elizabeth Banks was reminded of this after commenting on Steven Spielberg’s record when it c..
It’s been 16 years since Naomi Watts first knocked our socks off in David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.,” the kind of dream showcase that an actor can count herself lucky to encounter on..
Sally Hawkins turns a crumpled misfit into an affecting figure of fortitude and optimism in “Maudie,” a portrait of the artist as a hermit wife that overcomes some clunky early bru..
Intellectually involving and strikingly made, "Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe" is a drama based on the last six years in the life of its protagonist, a celebrated writer whose pe..
Part psychological thriller and part mood-piece, writer-director Dax Phelan’s “Jasmine” doesn’t offer much in the way of white-knuckle action, but viewers who remain patient throug..
Famed Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic takes a long strange trip across Brazil in search of spiritual and physical healing and creative inspiration in the intriguing, we..
For best enjoyment — or at least basic comprehension — of the 4K restoration of writer-director Toshio Matsumoto’s outré 1969 melodrama “Funeral Parade of Roses,” the film must be ..
If you ever doubted that dying is easy and comedy is hard, then the five-gals-and-a-dead---- romp “Rough Night” is here to clear up any confusion. You would be wise not to mis..
Bruce Willis’ latest effort to dislodge his film career from a stubborn rut goes unrewarded with “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” a wincingly unfunny comedy caper set along L.A.’s fun..
Irish filmmaker Johnny O’Reilly has spent years living and working in Russia, and pours his thoughts and impressions of his adopted home into the ensemble drama “Moscow Never Sleep..
Imagining the imminent end of the world has been boring for years now in movies, and the low-budget sci-fi thriller “Kill Switch” is no exception. The near-future set-up is the imp..
In his brilliant new essay collection, “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ’70s” (Bloomsbury, 208 pp.), the film critic Charles ..
In the month of May, the most expensive homes sold in Los Angeles County included record-setting deals on the Westside and South Bay. Here’s a larger look: $85 million — Malibu Mus..
Oprah Winfrey guides you into her office and, after a welcoming hug (Winfrey’s a hugger, but you probably already knew that), she immediately anticipates where your eye is going to..
The last time “Saturday Night Live” won a series Emmy, Al Franken was a producer, not a politician, and Sinead O’Connor destroyed a photo of the pope (and her career) with one bold..
Americans have called for unity, and pointed fingers, after a congressman and three other people were shot in Virginia. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times...
If a remote Hawaii beach is your idea of the perfect wedding location, this low-key resort on Kauai might top the list. We’re talking very remote, near the end of the road on Kauai..
2017-06-14
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He looks around and sees a racing family and not a vagabond cluster of people who, despite the best intentions, could never make things work. Bowyer did an apprenticeship of sorts ..
The district attorney of Contra Costa County was criminally charged Wednesday with using more than $66,000 in campaign funds to pay personal bills and buy jewelry and other items. ..
Ready for a daylong trip to Duckburg? Disney has announced the premiere date for “DuckTales” and it’s a 24-hour event. The new “DuckTales” will debut with an hour-long TV movie tha..
It’s a recurring theme that sends partisans to their respective corners after every high-profile shooting. Democrats call for stricter gun-control reforms, while Republicans call s..
Viewers of cable news network MSNBC frequently see host Chris Hayes in a promotional spot where he stands outside the Watergate complex in Washington, the site of the 1972 Democrat..
The social media backlash against Megyn Kelly’s NBC News interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is showing how the transition from cable to broadcast news can be a..
“The Mummy” leapt to life this week at the Chinese box office despite its dismal debut in the U.S. The action-adventure film, starring Tom Cruise, landed on top of China’s box offi..
Fake news. Conspiracies. Old-fashioned propaganda. Whatever label you choose, it’s had a gangbusters week — and it’s only Tuesday. Making tsunami-sized waves across the media is Me..
The latest congressional hearing into Russia’s election meddling and the Trump administration’s handling of the subsequent FBI probe may not have changed many minds. But the noneth..
Posters have long been a way to awaken the sleeping masses about society’s ills. But the exhibition “Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! Posters on Affordable Housing, Gentrification & R..
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, June 14, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Uber founder takes leave Travi..
Little Big Shots This unique talent show ends its season. 8 p.m. NBC MasterChef The mystery-box ingredients turn out to be very common items found in many kitchens, as the top 20 c..