"Papa: Hemingway in Cuba," directed by Bob Yari, trumpets itself as the first Hollywood movie to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution. It is not, however, the first good Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba since the 1959 revolution; apparently we'll have to wait for that.
Based on true events, "Papa" unspools from the point of view ...Read more
Here, kitty kitty kitty ...
OK, why don't more movies have kittens in them? I can think of a dozen recent ones off the top of my head (most egregiously, this week's "Mother's Day") that would have been vastly improved by an adorable miniature cat. That's the hook of the uneven but thoroughly enjoyable "Keanu," in which a couple of regular guys ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Viacom Inc. continues to suffer from Paramount Pictures' box-office blues.
The media company's fiscal-second-quarter earnings were marred by more missteps from the Melrose Avenue movie studio.
Paramount released two films that underwhelmed audiences: "Zoolander 2," with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul whose name has been synonymous with DreamWorks Animation, will step down as chief executive after his company is sold to Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal.
After the deal closes, Katzenberg will become chairman of DreamWorks New Media, made up of the company's stakes in Awesomeness TV and NOVA, ...Read more
Two filmmakers have announced plans to make documentaries about Whitney Houston, but the legendary singer's estate is saving all its love for only one of them.
On Thursday, Altitude Film Entertainment -- the production company that released last year's popular Amy Winehouse doc -- announced that it is making a film about Houston with director ...Read more
Prince was in possession of prescription painkillers at the time of his death, and local officials have sought the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the investigation, according to published reports.
NBC Nightly News cited unnamed law enforcement officials on Wednesday saying that prescription painkillers were in the pop ...Read more
What is "Watership Down" if it's not traumatizing small children? Fans of the vocal stylings of Ben Kingsley and, also, bunnies have reason to rejoice as BBC One and Netflix announced Thursday a four-part computer-generated animated miniseries adapting Richard Adams' classic adventure novel "Watership Down." However, some might find elements of ...Read more
The smooth, cozy charm of writer-director Lorene Scafaria's "The Meddler" offers considerable seriocomic satisfaction in its story of a mother and a daughter, the meddler and the meddled with, respectively. I don't get the high-end praise for this medium entity. But as a performance vehicle it's nice and spacious.
Susan Sarandon is Marnie ...Read more
Carson Chance, P. I.N. E. Brown
Set against the rock and roll era of the early 1960’s, when casual sex and recreational drugs were the norm, a chance meeting on a road trip finds twenty-five year old Carson Chance smitten with a young female hitchhiker he picks up on the highway. Sparks fly as the two loners reach out to ...
NBCUniversal on Thursday said it has acquired DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.8 billion.
Under the deal, DreamWorks shareholders will receive $41 in cash for each share of DreamWorks stock.
The deal came together with breathtaking speed. The animation studio will be folded into the Universal Filmed Entertainment group, run by Jeff ...Read more
When Eric Church headlines the first night of this weekend's Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif., on Friday, he's likely to showcase the songs that have made him Nashville's foremost rabble-rouser.
He'll sing "These Boots," about all the trouble he's gotten into while wearing his favorite pair. He'll do "Drink in My Hand," in ...Read more
Thrillingly suspenseful and laced with gut-busting macabre laughs, "Green Room" provides everything a fan would want in a survival drama. It's a Panzer tank of a movie, solid iron and well-nigh unstoppable.
An East Coast punk group touring the Pacific Northwest picks up a lunch gig at a sleazy backwoods bar crammed with skinhead white ...Read more
A well-written song can resonate several pitches in a fast row, much like movies by Irish director John Carney. His Oscar-winning debut hit "Once" gave us a pair of songwriting collaborators on the Emerald Isle making sweet music together, having some good laughs and falling sort of in love -- the imaginative holy trinity of Carney's creative ...Read more
"Viva" is Rocky in drag and sequins, transplanted to Havana. The movie is pure formula, but it's surprisingly effective anyway, because director Paddy Breathnach and screenwriter Mark O'Halloran don't sugarcoat the reality of life on the island. Instead, they incorporate the hardscrabble nature of their characters' existence into the story: The ...Read more
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD. 3.5 stars. Adapted from the steampunk graphic novel by Tardi ("The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec"), this astonishing, imaginative animated epic set in an alternative version of Paris will delight kids and fascinate adults. 1 hr. 45 PG (action/peril including gunplay, some thematic elements and ...Read more
Netflix announced Wednesday a return to Camp Firewood and a new original series based on the 2001 film "Wet Hot American Summer."
Inspired by the final scene from the film, set in 1981, in which the counselors of a fictional summer camp gather together and vow to meet up again in 10 years, "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" will make ...Read more
Similar to its primetime pickup of 11 veteran shows in March, CBS renewed its entire daytime lineup for the 2016-17 season.
The network previously renewed "The Price is Right," hosted by Drew Carey, and the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" through the 2017 season. Both shows serve as staples for CBS, with the former debuting in 1972 and ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Chyna's manager said he knows how the wrestling star died last week.
Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, died of a combination of the sleeping pill Ambien and a form of Valium, her manager, Anthony Anzaldo, said Wednesday.
Chyna had been taking the legally prescribed pills over the course of three weeks, but wasn't ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on Wednesday morning had no comment on speculation that the cable giant was talking about acquiring DreamWorks Animation, the creator of the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" movie franchises.
Roberts and other executives declined to talk about any potential acquisition deals during a regularly scheduled ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- DreamWorks Animation shares soared Wednesday after reports that the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" studio could be sold to Comcast Corp. for $3 billion.
The stock jumped 17 percent in midday trading on Wall Street to $31.70 a share, while Comcast rose 1 percent to $61.54.
The potential bid would amount to a 38 percent premium to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the 1970s, Jack Shaheen, the son of Lebanese Christian immigrants, began his groundbreaking research into how Arabs and Muslims are demonized in American pop culture and, from the start, it was an unwelcome pursuit.
The first academic paper Shaheen wrote on the subject languished, unpublished, for three years. His first book ...Read more