Fast-moving 'Hands of Stone' light on its feet

You can measure the progress of immigrants in American society by the names of boxing champions. The Irish ruled at the start of the 20th century: Sullivan, Corbett, Ryan, Jeffries. Then came the Jews: Rosenbloom, Leonard, Baer. They were followed by the Italians (Marciano, Graziano) and African-Americans (Joe Lewis and everyone after him).

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What's opening in theaters next week


Opening Friday:

"The Light Between Oceans" (PG-13): Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are a married couple living on a remote island in Australia after World War I in this adaptation of M. L. Stedman's best-selling novel.

"Morgan" (R): Luke Scott (son of Ridley) makes his directorial debut with this horror thriller about a ...Read more

As 'The Night Of' signs off, star Bill Camp reflects on the 'subtle beast' of his character

After watching HBO's eight-episode mystery "The Night Of," which wraps up with a 95-minute finale Sunday night, there's something you might not expect from Bill Camp, who portrays the laconic, thoughtfully intense NYPD Det. Dennis Box.

Though he speaks with a similarly thoughtful cadence as his character, Camp also has a tremendous laugh, which...Read more

Fede Alvarez and Sam Raimi plumb new depths of horror in 'Don't Breathe'

Two small objects were stacked on a worktable in the East Hollywood office of filmmaker Fede Alvarez on a recent morning, one prop each from his first two features. From his feature debut, 2013's "Evil Dead," was a midsized book, crafted and distressed to look like the mystical ancient tome known as the "Necronomicon." From his new film "Don't ...Read more

HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

The doctor is out at HLN.

CNN's sister cable channel is dropping addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky's nightly prime-time show, "Dr. Drew," on Sept. 22.

The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots. HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BAD MOMS. 2.5 stars. Mila Kunis stars as a stressed-out working mother who teams with two similarly overtaxed women (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn), rebelling against a hissy PTA prez (Christina Applegate) in a mildly amusing, moderately raunchy, mostly schematic comedy from the writers of "The Hangover" franchise. 1 hr. 41 R (profanity, sex, ...Read more

Paisley Park likely to open for public tours in October

It may not be like Elvis Presley's Graceland, but Prince's Paisley Park complex could open as a museum in partnership with the King's estate on Oct. 6, the trustees for Prince's estate announced Wednesday. The opening would be one week before a planned memorial concert at U.S. Bank Stadium.

"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always ...Read more

Jamila Woods is a genre-blurring multitasker

Jamila Woods has spent most of her life multitasking, so juggling writing, education, community work and an increasingly high-profile music career doesn't faze her.

"It's important to immerse myself in one thing at a time to do it well, but I could never do one thing only," Woods says. "I will always be a poet and a singer, because I'm ...Read more

'Southside With You' is a near-perfect love story, date movie

Movies about presidential history tend to be academic affairs, treating the great men with dramatic gravitas and decorum. What a special delight it is to follow one through a moment in his life when he is a sympathetic, relatable young civilian whose top diplomatic mission is winning over the great girl he just met.

That's the treat handed to ...Read more

What to expect on the third season of FX's 'The Strain'

LOS ANGELES -- The FX horror series "The Strain" has followed Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the former head of the Center for Disease Control, through two seasons as he's investigated a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. The third season opens with New York City being a battleground ...Read more

Sharon Jones bio hits right notes

She's 60 years old, under 5 feet tall, a bit rotund and a soul-singing sister through and through. When she first appeared onstage, music industry mavens told Sharon Jones, the voice of the funk/rhythm and blues supergroup Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, that she was "too short, too black, too fat and too old," to make it. They failed to see that ...Read more

'Don't Breathe' has a 2-to-1 ratio of frights to flaws

A philosophic question: When a filmmaker shows terrific skill for two thirds of a movie, then descends into silliness, what grade should he get? Does it matter more in a horror movie, where even one major break in tension makes the tale totter?

You can ask yourself these questions at "Don't Breathe," where director Fede Alvarez (who did the "...Read more

'Hands of Stone' review: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez do OK with bantamweight script

With "Hands of Stone," Robert De Niro officially enters his Burgess Meredith-in-"Rocky" phase, bringing the ringside grizzle and rumpled gravitas by the pound. In writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's peppy, none-too-probing biopic of Panamanian champion Roberto Duran, played by Edgar Ramirez, the "Raging Bull" Oscar winner (and let's not forget...Read more

Movie review: 'Southside with You' a perfect look at first date of future first couple

"Politics? Maybe," so shrugs a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) in Richard Tanne's "Southside with You." At the moment, he's got more important things to focus on -- namely, his companion, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and whether they're on a date or not. Tanne's film follows the first date of the future first couple, "Before Sunrise" ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Aug. 15:

1. The Angry Birds Movie -- Sony

2. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice -- Warner

3. Mother's Day (2016) -- Universal

4. Meet The Blacks -- Lionsgate

5. Demolition -- Fox

6. Criminal (2015) -- Lionsgate

7. Miracles From Heaven -- Sony

8. London Has Fallen -- Universal

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Diversity? Second City's not kidding

With the debate over diversity in Hollywood growing louder, the conversation will shift toward the world of comedy with the announcement of the Diversity in Comedy Festival by Hollywood's Second City comedy club.

The goal of the October event is to offer a stage for people of color, LGBT performers and other groups that may feel marginalized in...Read more

With a cloud over 'Birth of a Nation,' which awards contenders might avert #OscarsSoWhite3?

Nate Parker's blunt biographical drama "The Birth of a Nation" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 11 days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came under fire for nominating only white actors for a second straight year. Parker's movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, earned a rousing ...Read more

Italy's most popular TV show, 'Gomorrah,' gets imported courtesy of Sundance

Danish, French, German, Spanish and now Italian -- subtitled foreign dramas aren't just for art-house theaters anymore.

In the last few years, American television has taken on Rosetta Stone tendencies with multilingual originals (Netflix's "Narcos," USA's "Queen of the South") and artisanal imports (the Danish politicos of LinkTV's "Borgen," ...Read more

It's not the Asian American Comedy Festival — it's the Comedy Comedy Festival

LOS ANGELES -- The comedy festival running Thursday through Sunday in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood is an Asian American comedy festival, with a bill of more than 100 comics of Asian descent. But you wouldn't know it from the name of the event: the Comedy Comedy Festival.

Putting some element of racial identity in the title of the ...Read more

Jennifer Lawrence tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actresses for second year in row

Despite a drop in earnings this year, Jennifer Lawrence has been named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year in a row.

"The Hunger Games" headliner and "X-Men: Apocalypse" star brought in an estimated $46 million in the last 12 months, according to Forbes magazine, which compiles the annual list of moneymakers.

Those pretty ...Read more