Latest home video releases

Here's a look at the most interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week.


"Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine": Not to be confused with Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic with Michael Fassbinder, this is Alex Gibney's third documentary to be ...Read more

Did the Chicago mob kill JFK? 'Assassination Theater' says yes

CHICAGO -- In some two hours of gripping political theater in downtown Chicago, the investigative journalist Hillel Levin, once the editor of Chicago magazine, lays out his potent dramatic case that President John F. Kennedy was killed not by a lone shooter named Lee Harvey Oswald but by Tony Accardo, Sam Giancana, Johnny Roselli, Chuck ...Read more

Movie review: 'Walk in the Woods' is never quite believable

"Can't you just do this in the Volvo?" asks Bill Bryson's concerned wife (Emma Thompson) in "A Walk in the Woods," upon hearing that her husband (Robert Redford) intends to hike the Appalachian Trail. She's right to be worried: Bryson, in this uneven screen adaptation of the real-life Bryson's memoir, is an inexperienced hiker presumably in his ...Read more

Review: Miley Cyrus' surprise album 'Dead Petz' is self-indulgent, boring

Here, in a nutshell, is the implicit marketing push behind "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz": With 23 songs full of F-bombs, strange sounds and enthusiastic references to weed, this album is totally crazy -- and what makes it even crazier is that it's by Miley Cyrus, the former Disney Channel star.

Here, in a nutshell, is the truth about "Miley ...Read more

Movie review: 'A Walk in the Woods' takes a not-so-interesting path

As "A Walk in the Woods" opens, Robert Redford, playing author Bill Bryson, suffers through a morning talk-show appearance. He smiles and nods and vaguely agrees with the clueless host without saying much as he is told various things about himself and his work. It is a moment of small comedy played with a broad edge and is the funniest, most ...Read more

Cinematic 'Until Dawn' sets its sights higher than typical horror fare

"Until Dawn" appears to be the horror genre at its most recognizable. There's a cabin in the woods, of course, and a cast of good-looking actors playing a type rather than a character -- the jock, the blond, the class goof. The bulk of them are really quite horrible people, in fact.

There are scary movie tropes aplenty. Yes, there's a clown ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Aug. 24:

1. Home -- Fox

2. Aloha -- Sony

3. Hot Pursuit -- Warner

4. Lila & Eve -- Phase 4 Films

5. Get Hard -- Warner

6. The Longest Ride -- Fox

7. The Divergent Series: Insurgent -- Summit

8. The Water Diviner -- Warner

9. Big Game -- Anchor Bay

10. The Runner -- Alchemy

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Review: The new Broad museum, though efficiently designed, really only comes alive on the periphery

LOS ANGELES -- It's a depressingly reliable fact of Los Angeles architecture: Nothing comes easily on Bunker Hill.

In the five decades since city planners radically remade Grand Avenue in a burst of urban-renewal ambition, demolishing its Victorian-era houses and apartment buildings and carving the hilltop into vast super-blocks, architects ...Read more

Hollywood's new high-stakes negotiating tool: Twitter

Twitter has long been part of the Hollywood swirl. Celebrities routinely use the messaging service as a marketing device. Then there are the VIPs who sometimes make news by tweeting out a random thought that proves offensive -- Ashton Kutcher, we're looking at you.

But now Hollywood talent is finding an innovative new use for Twitter: as a tool...Read more

Composer Max Richter's project designed to lull listeners to 'Sleep'

LOS ANGELES -- Like many European composers before him who have made the pilgrimage across the Atlantic to offer their talents on the altar of Hollywood, Max Richter has learned to become proficient in the rituals of studio networking.

"Today is a meeting day. I'll sort of have the same conversation 11 times," said the Berlin-based English ...Read more

Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more

Movie review: It's nature vs. Nolte in 'A Walk in the Woods'

In the wake of "Wild," in which Reese Witherspoon's version of Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and reckoned with her demons, we now have "Mild," better known as "A Walk in the Woods." It stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as travel writer Bill Bryson and his buddy, fictionalized by Bryson as "Stephen Katz," having a go at the ...Read more

Oscars signal program change with new producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill

LOS ANGELES -- The film academy cannot control minority representation in the movies that Hollywood makes. Nor can it influence the way its 7,000-plus members vote come awards season. But in the hiring of industry veteran Reginald Hudlin to produce next year's Oscars telecast with longtime Fox television executive David Hill, academy leaders are...Read more

Summer box office expected to have slow finish over Labor Day weekend

LOS ANGELES -- The box office is typically slow over Labor Day weekend and early tracking suggests this year will be no different.

New offerings "The Transporter Refueled" and "A Walk in the Woods" are expected to pull in less than $20 million combined, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys. That means there's a good ...Read more

CBS cancels 'Under the Dome'

Good news for the people of fictional Chester's Mill is bad news for fans of "Under the Dome."

CBS announced Tuesday it is bringing an end to the summer series after three seasons.

The science-fiction drama, based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, will conclude in a finale Sept. 10 finale, in which the impenetrable bubble that suddenly fell on the...Read more

Latest James Bond scribe says Idris Elba 'too street' to play 007

First of all, Anthony Horowitz may be a bestselling author in England, but he's not Ian Fleming.

Fleming created James Bond, who made his first appearance in the 1953 novel "Casino Royale" and immediately became a hit. Fleming had served in British naval intelligence during World War II and began his career as a novelist while living in Jamaica...Read more

Amazon lets Prime members download videos to watch offline

Amazon is upping the competition in video streaming by offering downloadable videos.

The e-commerce giant announced Tuesday it will let members of its $99 annual Prime loyalty program download some shows and movies to watch offline. Previously, members could only stream programs, a process which required a constant Internet connection.

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Hollywood on track for one of strongest summers ever at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Becca Green, 22, and Aaron Rosenberg, 23, have plenty they could be doing on a hot summer weekend in Los Angeles.

But for their Saturday afternoon date, they decided to catch "Straight Outta Compton" at the Grove in West Los Angeles, followed by dinner.

"For certain movies I feel like a cinematic experience really helps relay ...Read more

Album review: The Weeknd's pop can't shake the darkness

'Beauty Behind the Madness'

The Weeknd

3.5 stars (out of 4)

In the video for the song that dominated the summer, The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face," Abel Tesfaye goes up in flames. And he does it while busting dance moves that belie the singer-songwriter-producer's reputation for moody introspection. As he dances, a club full of celebrants ...Read more

'The Cove' activist arrested in Japan as dolphin hunt resumes

TOKYO -- Ric O'Barry, the 75-year-old activist featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove," was arrested near the site of the dolphin hunt featured in the film, Kyodo News reports, citing local police.

Kyodo said the American was taken into custody Monday in the southwestern prefecture of Wakayama near the town of Taiji, after ...Read more