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'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

9. ...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

Universal sets DreamWorks Animation leadership team

LOS ANGELES -- Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has solidified the leadership structure for DreamWorks Animation, a day after NBCUniversal completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles-area studio.

DreamWorks Animation's film group, known for movie franchises like "Kung Fu Panda" and "Shrek," will continue to be run by feature ...Read more

Andrea Tantaros calls Fox News a 'sex-fueled Playboy Mansion-like cult' in lawsuit

Cable news host Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, its ousted leader Roger Ailes and its top executives, claiming she was removed from her on-air role in retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint.

Tantaros, a former co-host of the Fox News daytime program "Outnumbered," has been off the air since April 25. The ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Aug. 23 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:

AUGUST

23: The Huntsman Winter's War

23: The Nice Guys

23: Ratchet and Clank

23: The Man Who Knew Infinity

23: Maggie's Plan

23: Wiener-Dog

23: Clown

23: As Vs Evil Season 1

23: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Three

23: Castle: Season 8

23: ...Read more

Movie review: 'Don't Breathe' is a must-see to be believed

2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year -- shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, there's catharsis to be found in a horror film where the final girl fights ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Hollars' isn't much of a hoot

Crises of masculinity abound in John Krasinski's second directorial effort "The Hollars." He also stars in the film, a story of a man coming to grips with his past, present and future family. Krasinski's debut was "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," and "The Hollars" might as well be titled "Mundane Interactions with Mediocre Men (and the Women...Read more

Nike empire's scion followed his dad's advice and carved his own path, making movies including 'Kubo'

In 2004, when he was 29, Travis Knight learned in a phone call that his brother, Matthew, who was four years older, had died in a scuba diving accident in El Salvador. It was Travis' responsibility to find his parents -- Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny Knight, who were out at a movie -- and tell them.

"That was maybe the worst day ...Read more

'Better Late Than Never' sends elderly celebs on trip through Asia and tired tropes

Old people! So funny, and without even trying!

As a culture more invested in the inchoate ramblings of teenage pop stars than in the earned wisdom of the early-bird-special class, we find anything outside the imagined norm of the elderly -- bad words, motorcycles, sex, shenani-gans, high jinks -- improbable, unallowable and automatically comedy...Read more

CNBC series from LeBron James looks to give financial bounce to Cleveland

LOS ANGELES -- If the new CNBC series "Cleveland Hustles" had been about the ups and downs of basketball, then LeBron James would have been the perfect host. The NBA superstar and his business partner, Maverick Carter, are behind the new reality TV series.

Because the show is about entrepreneurs trying to find local, national and international ...Read more

Two families battle in 'Little Men'

Director Ira Sachs is a master at showing the ins and outs of interpersonal conflict. In his previous two films -- "Keep the Lights On" and "Love Is Strange" -- the stories revolved around gay men. In "Little Men," he broadens his universe with a textured portrait of two families reluctantly at war in which the fallout poisons the friendship of ...Read more

'Tunnel' keeps things moving

Mainstream South Korean cinema contributed the summer's best action film with "Train to Busan," a kinetic kick of a zombie thriller that brought new life to the form. "Tunnel," also a huge hit in South Korea, doesn't quite do the same for the disaster genre, but it's a well-made, suspenseful and surprisingly moving twist on a formula everyone ...Read more

HBO goes into action in China

HENGDIAN, China -- For American film and TV show creators and distributors, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing in China recently.

Online video portals have been ordered to limit foreign films and TV shows to 30 percent of their offerings, driving down licensing fees. Authorities are discouraging broadcasters from using imported TV formats to...Read more

Rio Games score smallest TV audience since 2004 as streaming hits record high

Video streaming every competitive event at the Olympics may have been too much of a good thing for NBC.

The prime-time TV audience over 17 nights for the Rio Games averaged 25.4 million viewers, the lowest since the 2004 Games in Athens, which averaged 24.9 million viewers. Nielsen data showed an 18 percent decline from the 31.1 million who ...Read more

Sumner Redstone saga continues as granddaughter challenges Viacom settlement

LOS ANGELES -- Sumner Redstone's granddaughter Keryn Redstone did not participate in Viacom's boardroom settlement, and would like an opportunity to weigh in, according to court papers filed Monday morning.

Late last week, Viacom's board approved an agreement with National Amusements Inc., the investment firm that holds Sumner Redstone's and ...Read more