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Updated: January 28, 2015 11:14:00 AM PST
Strange whimsy, odd coincidence, suicide, death, stories out of the news, poverty and longing - what do they have in common? It sounds like one of those cryptic introductions at the Academy Awards ceremony for one of the nominated films.   Read More...
 
Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, does all he can to be anonymous when eating out   Read More...
 
It's been less than two decades since Octavia Spencer left Montgomery, Ala., for Hollywood, and in that time she's racked up more than 100 movie and television acting credits.   Read More...
 
In order to find empowered women in the entertainment industry, the Sundance Film Festival had to turn to TV - and not just because, as festival director John Cooper said, festival programmers "watch a lot of television."   Read More...
 
The weekend brought some big deals at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Here's a round-up:   Read More...
 
Long before the Tea Act of 1773, which would result in the famed Tea Party, the clampdown by the British on smuggling - much of it of rum and wine - fired up the Sons of Liberty, who are the subject of an engaging three-night miniseries.   Read More...
 
"Birdman" is proving to be the film to beat this awards season, winning best ensemble cast in a motion picture at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The film has already won Golden Globes for best screenplay and best actor (Michael Keaton) as well as best picture at the Producers Guild Awards.   Read More...
 
One thing is for certain: old Hollywood never gets, well, old.   Read More...
 
Xavier Dolan has written and directed five critically acclaimed feature films in the last five years - and the French Canadian wunderkind doesn't even turn 26 until March.   Read More...
 
"Song One" is a sweet, modest entry in the New York indie music scene subgenre. Think something like last year's "Begin Again," only more authentic and melancholy.   Read More...
 
Toby Stephens didn't think the pirate life was for him. When he heard about the script for "Black Sails," his first instinct was that it was going to be one of those "Pirates of the Caribbean" things "encrusted with cliches," but he found the Starz series - now entering its second season - more like a "gritty Western" on the seas.   Read More...
 
Could Hollywood possibly need another awards show? Darren D. Dickerson believes so. For seven years, the veteran entertainment industry publicist and event planner has been developing an idea for the Myriad Honors, a new awards program that would focus on minority and foreign talent often overlooked by Hollywood's statuette-distributing establishment.   Read More...
 
The legendary actor's son, Chris Lemmon, does an enchanting job of channeling his dad in "Jack Lemmon Returns," which runs through Feb. 1 at the Broad Stage's black-box Edye theater in Santa Monica. For 90 minutes rich with memories, music and film clips projected above a black piano, Lemmon does more than just act like his father; he seems to be possessed by him.   Read More...
 
Fox's newest entry in the weird-but-brilliant detective category, "Backstrom," is a bright spot, even while set in rainy Portland   Read More...
 
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You know it's a big-time awards show when the biggest stars on the planet all show up to the Hollywood Palladium - think Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Chris Hemsworth, Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Stewart, for starters, then add in Jennifer Aniston, Tyler Perry, Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne, Amy Adams, Jared Leto, Chris Evans and many more.   Read More...
 
I've seen "Still Alice" twice now and cried both times. Julianne Moore apologizes for that, but really doesn't have any regrets.   Read More...
 
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This use of the word "snub" when it comes to stuff like Academy Award nominations really needs to stop.   Read More...
 
"Frontera" is a mystery with a social conscience. Set along the Arizona-Mexico border, the film examines immigration issues, racism and the law while its principals seek the truth about the death of a beloved American.   Read More...
 
What's better than good movies and delicious food for a date night?   Read More...
 
Despite its flawless superhero pedigree, there's always been apprehension about "Guardians of the Galaxy."   Read More...
 
 
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