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Weinstein Co. board fires president David Glasser 'for cause'

Weinstein Co.'s president and chief operating officer, David Glasser, has been fired "for cause," the New York entertainment company's board of directors said.

Glasser came under fire this week after the New York state attorney general's office sued the studio, alleging civil rights violations. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ...Read more

'Black Panther' roars to $25.2 million at Thursday box office

"Black Panther," the latest superhero blockbuster from Marvel Studios, grossed a massive $25.2 million in ticket sales from domestic Thursday preview shows in the U.S. and Canada to set a February record, according to studio estimates.

The Thursday night result for "Black Panther" nearly doubled the previous February box office preview record ...Read more

'Chicago P.D.' filming is insensitive? You're missing the point

CHICAGO -- The NBC police drama "Chicago P.D." was "slammed," the Tribune reported in a Wednesday headline, for filming too close to the Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop, where Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer had been fatally shot just one day before.

How close was too close for our sensibilities? Five hundred yards? Three blocks? Two miles?

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'Black Panther' claws out a new paradigm for superhero movies

A big and bold change of focus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Black Panther" pushes past many of the cliched plot devices, archetypes and formulas of standard comic book blockbusters. Calling a moratorium on planet-devastating villains, maverick heroes, romance-free story lines and people of color exclusively viewed as sidekicks, this well ...Read more

Kendrick Lamar's gripping 'Black Panther' soundtrack joins a tradition of black movie music

There's a scene in "Black Panther" -- director Ryan Coogler's breathlessly awaited Marvel Comics adaptation that promises to smash box-office records after opening this weekend -- in which a bad guy busy raining fire from the passenger seat of a getaway car commands his driver to turn on some music.

"It's not a funeral," the bad guy sneers, and...Read more

The gently amusing "Early Man" showcases Nick Park's offbeat humor

If just hearing animator Nick Park's name doesn't bring an anticipatory smile to your face, watching a few minutes of the thoroughly amusing "Early Man" will do the trick.

A kind of caliph of claymation best known as the creative force behind the comical cheese-loving duo of Wallace and Gromit, director Park has won four animation Oscars, ...Read more

Jeff Daniels to star in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway

Jeff Daniels will play the inimitable lawyer Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin's forthcoming Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," a spokesman for the production announced Thursday.

The show, which will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher ("The King and I," "South Pacific"), is being produced by Scott...Read more

Michael Phillips: I'm fed up with guns in the movies. Again.

In "Black Panther," the juiciest Marvel Studios movie in years, there's a moment when the spear-wielding Wakandan general played by "Walking Dead" alum Danai Gurira perches atop a car speeding through the streets of Seoul. She's in pursuit of Klaue (Andy Serkis) and his machine-gun-wielding henchmen.

Once the bullets start flying, the general ...Read more

Television Q&A: Is Scott Bakula really playing piano on 'NCIS: New Orleans'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Does Scott Bakula actually play piano on "NCIS: New Orleans"?

A: Yes. Bakula played piano before taking on the role of Dwayne Pride on the series. He told "CBS This Morning" in 2015 that the show then worked his piano playing into Pride's character.

Q: Is Garry Walberg from "Quincy, M.E.," any ...Read more

'Chicago P.D.' slammed for filming near site of fatal police shooting

CHICAGO -- "Chicago P.D." actors were spotted filming in the Loop on Wednesday not far from where Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot just a day earlier.

The NBC police drama had a permit to film Wednesday near 161 N. Clark St. Bauer, 53, was killed at the Thompson Center on Tuesday after chasing a man fleeing from tactical ...Read more

'Black Panther,' already a cultural moment, is about to shatter movie business assumptions

LOS ANGELES -- The fictional African land of Wakanda, which outsiders wrongly assume to be a Third World country, is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth in the Marvel comic book universe. This weekend, the new film about Wakanda's protector, Black Panther, is also poised to destroy long-held assumptions about the movie business.

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'Early Man': an enjoyable caveman tale from 'Wallace and Gromit' creators

Well, they can't all be "Shaun the Sheep Movie." Or "Chicken Run." Or "The Pirates! Band of Misfits." Or Wallace and Gromit, or ... well, you get my drift. Most of the movies from the British stop-motion wizards at Aardman Animations are pure delight, full of endlessly replayable moments and the kind of enchanting silliness that seems to ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BILAL: A NEW BREED OF HERO. 2 stars. Animated epic, imported form the United Arab Emirates, about historical figure Bilal ibn Rabah, who rose from slavery circa 630 AD to lead a revolt against corrupt aristocrats, and became an early follower of Muhammad. Uneven mix of beautiful vistas and awkwardly animated human figures, from a first-time ...Read more

'Black Panther' review: A sleek Marvel of a kingly superhero

"Just because something works does not mean it cannot be improved."

So says the tech-wizard sister of the title character in "Black Panther." It's an apt credo for this soulful, stirringly acted and pretty terrific movie's place in the Marvel Studios realm.

As a rule, these movies basically work, most of them, even if they sometimes feel more ...Read more

TV ratings for the Winter Olympic Games are down but ahead of NBC's projections

Television's age of lowered ratings expectations has come to the Winter Olympics.

Through the first five nights of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Pyeongchang, South Korea, prime-time coverage is being watched by an average of 23.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen data, down 6 percent from the same point in 2014 when the event was held ...Read more

Movie review: 'Early Man' mixes cavemen, soccer in fun claymation romp

It's almost impossible not to be charmed by the claymation creations of British animation studio Aardman Animations -- the creators of "Wallace and Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Shaun the Sheep." While traditional computer-generated animation keeps pushing the technology closer to photorealism, the stop-motion technique of Aardman isn't going for ...Read more

Movie review: Bleak 'Loveless' is call for empathy

Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest film, "Loveless," has been nominated for the best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It's interesting counterprogramming for the week of Valentine's Day. There is no love lost in "Loveless," because there was never any love to begin with in this tragic tale of a family's dissolution. It's an impeccably made ...Read more

Marvel's 'Black Panther' challenges Hollywood's racial status quo

While much of the film industry is still catching up to the call for more diversity, superhero-supersaturated comic book blockbusters are beginning to broaden their reach.

"Black Panther," Marvel Studio's first feature with a black hero in the lead, follows the adventures of the title character, an African king of a wealthy, futuristic nation ...Read more

Marvel's 'Black Panther' is a royal thrill

"You're a good man, with a good heart," a father tells his son, in a vision. "And it is hard for a good man to be king."

"Black Panther," the story of how that son enters his legacy as both king and superhero, unfolds like every other big-deal comic-book movie -- in the best of ways. Goodness prevails, evil is punished, zippy suits and gadgets ...Read more

Best friends in 'This Close' navigate LA life with an engaging rhythm all their own

"This Close," which premiered Wednesday over the premium streaming service Sundance Now, makes a little bit of history as the first television series created, written by and starring deaf artists. (Each one of those things may be historic on its own.)

Not surprisingly, the show, from and featuring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, first called...Read more

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