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  • Stars to accept tributes at TCM Classic Film Festival panels and screenings

    Stars to accept tributes at TCM Classic Film Festival panels and screenings

    As we enter the final two days of the TCM Classic Film Festival, our attention turns to tributes. Attention must be paid, as it were, and the lineup is an eclectic one with some potentially fascinating subjects taking the stage for extended conversations. "An Afternoon With Carl Reiner" is exactly...

  • Will Ferrell drops out of 'Reagan' after backlash

    Will Ferrell drops out of 'Reagan' after backlash

    Will Ferrell is skipping out on the Gipper. The 48-year-old actor was set to play the lead role in "Reagan," a satirical comedy about the former president, but on Friday a rep said he's no longer attached to the project. "The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to...

  • Elisabeth Moss to star in TV adaptation of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

    Elisabeth Moss to star in TV adaptation of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

    Elisabeth Moss is leaving the swinging 1960s behind as she moves on from the world of "Mad Men" into the not-so-distant future where women are even more oppressed than they were at Sterling Cooper. Hulu announced Friday a straight-to-series order for an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian...

  • Stagecoach 2016: We're off with Leroy Powell, Tigerman WOAH! and the first Prince tribute

    Stagecoach 2016: We're off with Leroy Powell, Tigerman WOAH! and the first Prince tribute

    The first lesson from the 2016 edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, which has been underway for barely an hour?  Arrive late at your own peril. The first notes sounded for Day 1 of the weekend-long gathering came early Friday afternoon from country rocker Leroy Powell and...

  • Forgettable 'Term Life' doesn't pay off

    Forgettable 'Term Life' doesn't pay off

    Early in the dramedy “Term Life,” Vince Vaughn’s character, Nick Barrow, explains that he has an odd job: “I plan heists.” Right from the jump, the film declares its allegiance to the universe of pulp paperbacks, B-movies, and trashy syndicated TV, where every hero is an antihero and every criminal...

  • Iggy Pop was a man with a plan (but no shirt) at the Greek Theatre

    Iggy Pop was a man with a plan (but no shirt) at the Greek Theatre

    People didn’t want to just see or hear Iggy Pop when he played the Greek Theatre on Thursday night. They wanted to touch him too — to put their hands on this proto-punk icon as though they could borrow some of the life force that continues to make him, at age 69, one of music’s most thrilling performers....

  • Should grown-ups care about the Radio Disney Music Awards? These guys say yes

    Should grown-ups care about the Radio Disney Music Awards? These guys say yes

    One way to think about the Radio Disney Music Awards over the last few years has been — wink, wink — as a small world. After all, the event, which began airing on the Disney Channel in 2013, has historically catered to a younger, more targeted audience than other music awards shows, such as the...

  • How did Kevin Hart get so ripped? With workouts that are no joke

    How did Kevin Hart get so ripped? With workouts that are no joke

    Kevin Hart was breathing hard. "I feel like I'm having a Hart attack!" he joked to a crowd of about 1,000 doing body weight exercises and running along with him at Grand Park, across from Los Angeles City Hall, this month. Most people know the pint-sized, fast-talking comedian as one of the funniest,...

  • The Punisher is getting his own TV show

    The Punisher is getting his own TV show

    The Punisher is getting his own series. Marvel and Netflix have announced that Jon Bernthal, who debuted as Frank Castle in Season 2 of "Daredevil," will reprise his role in "Marvel's The Punisher."  The Punisher, of course, is the violent vigilante who is willing to employ whatever means necessary...

  • Moody and in mourning, 'L'Attesa (The Wait)' explores depths of grief

    Moody and in mourning, 'L'Attesa (The Wait)' explores depths of grief

    A psychological connection forms between two women around an unspoken secret in "L'Attesa (The Wait)," the feature debut of director Piero Messina. Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), on a trip to visit her estranged boyfriend, Giuseppe, at his home in Italy, unknowingly wanders into an oppressively stifling...

  • 'Keanu' will be catnip for 'Key & Peele' fans, but for the rest of the world... meh

    'Keanu' will be catnip for 'Key & Peele' fans, but for the rest of the world... meh

    We expect our comedies to be hit-and-miss. They're different from action movies, which in recent years have become numbingly relentless — hit-and-never-miss, unless you're third thug from the left and swarthy, and your job is to shoot and then die. Now we have the strange case of "Keanu," starring...

  • 'Dough' is a bland mix of ingredients

    'Dough' is a bland mix of ingredients

    Attempting to give enhanced meaning to "high concept," the British export "Dough," about a kosher bakery that sees a boost in business after a little cannabis is added to the batter, is a stickily genteel, cross-cultural comedy-drama that comes up blandly lacking on all counts. When Nat Dayan (Jonathan...

  • 'Papa: Hemingway in Cuba' manages to turn a colorful, true tale into a boring biopic

    'Papa: Hemingway in Cuba' manages to turn a colorful, true tale into a boring biopic

    The biopic "Papa: Hemingway in Cuba" has some real bona fides behind it. With an autobiographical script written by journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, the film depicts the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and a young Miami Herald reporter in the late 1950s, here named Ed Myers (Giovanni Ribisi)....

  • Dull 'Pali Road' captures Hawaii's beauty but not much else

    Dull 'Pali Road' captures Hawaii's beauty but not much else

    In the stately, stiff which-world-is-real drama "Pali Road," set in a Hawaii we know is actual and beautiful from director Jonathan Lim's many picturesque establishing shots, a woman suffers from consciousness problems tied to two men who love her. When young doctor Lily (Michelle Chen) and her...

  • 'We the People: The Market Basket Effect' is too short, too slanted

    'We the People: The Market Basket Effect' is too short, too slanted

    Business news devotees may recall the Massachusetts-based supermarket chain Market Basket being hit by a devastating employee strike and customer boycott in 2014, after beloved CEO Arthur T. Demoulas was effectively fired by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas. Tommy Reid's documentary "We the People:...

  • Emotional investment in 'Rio, I Love You' should be avoided

    Emotional investment in 'Rio, I Love You' should be avoided

    Even viewers who were transported by the considerable charm of 2006's "Paris, je t'aime" will be hard-pressed to show any love for the latest entry in the travelog/anthology. Despite its connotation of sun-drenched sensuality, "Rio, I Love You" is a dispiritingly dull affair, haphazardly joining...

  • 'Shuffle On' delivers a powerful kick from Broadway's musical past

    'Shuffle On' delivers a powerful kick from Broadway's musical past

    A Broadway history lesson is being delivered these days at the Music Box Theatre, and never has anything this educational been so sensationally staged. All credit to Professor George C. Wolfe, holder of a PhD in theatrical pizazz, for adapting and directing this homage to "Shuffle Along," the 1921...

  • In the deft 'Viva,' a son's dream of being a drag performer is opposed by his surly father

    In the deft 'Viva,' a son's dream of being a drag performer is opposed by his surly father

    Emotional and effective, "Viva" is a torch song melodrama convincingly set in Havana even though it's written and directed by a pair of Irishmen. Nothing happens you won't see coming, but it's all so deftly done you're more than happy to wait for the inevitable to arrive. Shortlisted for the foreign...

  • 'Ratchet & Clank' is a weak space-wars saga

    'Ratchet & Clank' is a weak space-wars saga

    Based on a popular PlayStation game, the sci-fi animated feature "Ratchet & Clank" seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience this weekend as well as the gamer crowd, which has a familiarity with the space-based game characters. The film is a basic hero story about Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor,...

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