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'Sharknado 2: The Second One' director Anthony C. Ferrante hopes to take another big ratings bite

Can a phenomenon be repeated? "Sharknado" director Anthony C. Ferrante is about to find out. No, we're not talking about tornadoes filled with man-eating fish. Ferrante has finished "Sharknado 2: The Second One," and he's hoping to surprise critics again with his ridiculous sequel, which debuts on the Syfy network at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Read More...

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Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend.   Read More...
 
There is a key moment in the complex thriller "The Honorable Woman" where Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn't quite sure what her character was thinking.   Read More...
 
A$AP Ferg has had a year filled with standout guest appearances on songs with artists ranging from Haim to Young Thug, memorable performances at this year'sCoachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio and more with his nonstop drive.   Read More...
 
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"Orange Is the New Black" actress Uzo Aduba is flooded with marriage proposals these days. "People on the street, people on Twitter ask, 'Can I be your prison wife?' I'm like you know, 'Name the day and the time,'" Aduba joked. Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix Inc. original series about a women's prison.   Read More...
 
A group of rampaging burlesque-inspired Godzilla monsters walked away with the top prize at Saturday's Masquarade at Comic-Con International.   Read More...
 
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Guitarist Gary Pihl spent the late 1970s playing with Sammy Hagar before he joined the classic rock band Boston, and has appreciated both experiences. "What you see is what you get. He's a fun-loving guy. He's always in a great mood. And a great singer," Pihl said of working with Hagar.   Read More...
 
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So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it? Well, wow. It would be sort of like ... nothing new. Because, it turns out, in real life, humans pretty much DO use their whole brains.   Read More...
 
"Lucy" may look like a hard-driving action film or yet another one of Scarlett Johansson's super-powered heroine movies. It is those things. But it is so much more. Luc Besson's production takes on big questions about the brain, what it means to be human and the nature of the universe - paired with automatic weapons and scary driving.   Read More...
 
Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in "And So It Goes," a love-the-last-time-around romp that'll give its target audience the warm fuzzies. Diane Keaton dons one stylishly kicky outfit after another, where the perfectly-coiffed Michael Douglas plays her permanently grumpy Realtor neighbor.   Read More...
 
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Those of us waiting for Woody Allen's return to nostalgia after "Midnight in Paris," fans who figure his love of 1920s "Hot Jazz" and theatrical, dated dialogue make him most at home with period pieces, are in for something of a letdown with "Magic in the Moonlight."   Read More...
 
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Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo."   Read More...
 
"Happy Christmas" is a petite, lived-in character comedy of the Mumblecore school - just a group of chatty twentysomethings, drinking, growing beards and having the occasional bathroom hook-up as they think about growing up. t's the latest from writer-director-co-star Joe Swanberg ("Drinking Buddies," "Hannah Takes the Stairs").   Read More...
 
If we didn't have to save the designation for the upcoming James Brown biopic, we could easily call Joe Swanberg the hardest-working man in show business. The Chicago-based indie filmmaker has not only been writing, directing, producing and often appearing in his own features at an average of three per year for nearly a decade ...   Read More...
 
Twelve years in the making, filming a few scenes each year to capture kids as they progress through life, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is an amazing achievement in telling an unremarkably remarkable life story. It's a film of cultural touchstones and life's mileposts, striking in their familiarity, narrow in execution.   Read More...
 
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"Sex Tape" is not quite the train wreck its TV ads make it out to be. Which turns out to be the good news as far as this last and least of the big R-rated comedies of summer goes. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel slimmed down and earned the most flattering lighting manageable for the nudity, which is plentiful.   Read More...
 
"A Most Wanted Man" is not a guns-and-motorcycles spy story but a shadowy walk down a dark alley. It's a John Le CarrĂ© espionage procedural set in a world of cynical realism and moral ambiguity. The locale is not a glittering world capital but Hamburg, Germany. The port city's Islamic community is home to both oppressed victims and violent extremists.   Read More...
 
In support of her 14th studio recording, Unrepentant Geraldines, Tori Amos performed at The Greek Theatre, LA on July 23. Photos by Tony Medina/LA.COM   Read More...
 
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There are six chances this coming week to be happy. "Despicable Me 2," the sequel nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and for Best Original Song "Happy" (written and sung by Pharrell Williams), is coming to a park near you.   Read More...
 
Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and many others familiar characters from the classic tale "Alice in Wonderland" are coming to Hollywood - but they've never been seen like this.   Read More...
 
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They're a young local band with a blues and rock soul and a relentless touring schedule that brings them to Long Beach on Saturday for a show and record release party that could signify the next step in their musical journey. The Voodoo Fix will hand out copies of "Step Right Up," its new EP, at at Harvelle's ...   Read More...
 
 
 
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