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Dee Rees on her Sundance return, adapting Joan Didion's 'The Last Thing He Wanted'

PARK CITY, Utah -- Dee Rees is easily one of the most exciting and noteworthy filmmakers to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival in the last decade. Her latest film, "The Last Thing He Wanted," an adaptation of the 1996 novel by Joan Didion and starring Anne Hathaway, premiered Monday night.

Rees' debut feature "Pariah" premiered at Sundance ...Read more

'City So Real' review: At Sundance, Chicago politics and Chicago tribalism comes under Steve James' microscope

Chicago: "never a lovely so real," as Nelson Algren wrote, and "never a city so real," as author Alex Kotlowicz revised Algren's sentiment about the beautiful woman with a broken nose.

In a further revision of the phrase, this week "City So Real," the new limited series documentary from "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James, made its world ...Read more

Tessa Thompson wants to ask the 'big questions' at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah -- Labeled as a conversation on "The Transcendence of Narrative," Sunday afternoon's Los Angeles Times panel at the Audible Speakeasy at the Sundance Film Festival took on a more open, freeflowing feel, while covering all the new platforms and modes of storytelling available to creators.

The panel included Justin Simien, writer ...Read more

Oprah Winfrey promises a 'deeper' discussion of 'American Dirt' amid controversy

Nearly a week after she announced Jeanine Cummins' buzzy novel "American Dirt" as her latest book club pick, Oprah Winfrey has broken her silence on the mounting backlash the title has sparked.

In a video shared to her book club Instagram on Sunday, Winfrey commented on the brewing controversy surrounding Cummins' migrant tale and acknowledged ...Read more

Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch release Nipsey Hussle tribute song, 'Letter to Nipsey'

A day after Meek Mill and Compton's Roddy Ricch performed a tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the Grammys, the two released a new collaborative single that continues to pay homage to the late rapper and offers a compelling personal portrait of Nipsey's impact on their lives.

"Letter to Nipsey," debuted live in part at the Grammy ceremony, starts with...Read more

Kobe Bryant's studio makes Oscar-winning short 'Dear Basketball' available for free

After Kobe Bryant's death Sunday, finding his animated short "Dear Basketball" to watch online was a difficult task -- until now.

Granity Studios, the NBA star's multimedia production company, made the Academy Award-winning film available for free Monday afternoon on the dearbasketball.com website and on Vimeo.

"Dear Basketball" is based on a ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Assistant' masterfully shows abuse, complicity in Weinstein-inspired power structure

It's the specificity that devastates in Kitty Green's starkly damning quotidian drama "The Assistant." It's in the quiet efficiency with which our unnamed protagonist (credited as "Jane," played by Julia Garner) speaks and moves as she performs her menial yet seemingly crucial duties in a job we will come to discover is both harrowing and highly...Read more

New on DVD: 'Doctor Sleep,' 'The Good Liar' pack emotional punches

"The Shining" returns (kind of) and two new costars meet their matches in this week's top DVD picks.

"Doctor Sleep": Years after the "redrum" in "The Shining," a traumatized adult Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) meets a teenage girl (Kyliegh Curran) who shares his gift, and together they must stop a group of vampires called the True Knot that ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Jan. 28 and beyond

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

JANUARY

28: Terminator: Dark Fate

28: Harriet

28: Parasite

28: Motherless Brooklyn

28: Ballers: The Complete Fifth and Final Season

28: My Life is Murder Series 1

28: Roswell, New Mexico: The Complete First Season

FEBRUARY

4: Playing with Fire...Read more

Mary McNamara: Laura Dern has always been worthy of celebrating. Hollywood is just catching up

Laura Dern is everywhere these days, and that alone is proof that no matter what hill you occupy in the current culture wars, all is not lost. Emmys, Golden Globes, Oscars -- for the last few years, virtually every project she touches turns to gold -- "Twin Peaks," "Big Little Lies" Seasons 1 and 2, "The Tale," and this year, "Little Women" and ...Read more

Inside the Oscar nominees luncheon, where Hollywood's elite paid tribute to Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES -- Quentin Tarantino breezed through the star-packed crowd, taking daytime formal into uncharted territory in a black-and-orange bowling shirt. Greta Gerwig chatted with Cynthia Erivo. Charlize Theron sat between her proudly beaming mother on one side and Taika Waititi on the other.

In all, 162 of this year's Oscar contenders ...Read more

Longtime Lakers fan Jack Nicholson mourns Kobe Bryant: 'It kills you'

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood veteran Jack Nicholson is a three-time Oscar winner and 12-time nominee, with more than 70 credits to his name. But on Sunday, he was simply a heartbroken Los Angeles Lakers fan.

Following the sudden death of local hero Kobe Bryant, Nicholson reflected on his relationship with the basketball icon and his home team ...Read more

Amid Kobe Bryant tributes, Grammys watched by 18.7 million viewers, the fewest since 2008

The 62nd Grammy Awards turned into a tribute to late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, but that wasn't enough to keep the audience from slipping 6% compared with last year.

The Sunday telecast on CBS scored 18.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. It was the smallest audience for the annual ceremony celebrating the music industry ...Read more

Selena Gomez says she fell victim to 'certain abuse' while dating Justin Bieber

While promoting her latest album, "Rare," Selena Gomez opened up about her past relationship with Justin Bieber, during which the singer and actress said she suffered emotional abuse.

Speaking with NPR on Sunday, Gomez explained how her new single, "Lose You to Love Me," helped her process and move on from the "difficult" experience she had ...Read more

Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle weren't perfect angels. That's why L.A. loved them

LOS ANGELES -- There's this thing that happens when a person dies, especially when that person is famous and the death is unexpected.

Those who are left behind to mourn tend to gloss over the bad decisions and focus on the good deeds, the heroic traits and the uncommonly charitable gestures.

This was very much the case Sunday. Hours after a ...Read more

Netflix turns to first-time filmmakers for an edge in streaming wars

Stefon Bristol had a clear vision of his first feature project. As a graduate film student at NYU, he had already shot a short version of a movie called "See You Yesterday," a story about a science-obsessed New York City teen who masters time travel to save her loved ones.

Bristol knew a film with a young black heroine, an unknown cast and a ...Read more

The 6 must-see Grammy moments, from Lizzo to Demi Lovato

LOS ANGELES -- Lizzo, Demi Lovato and Tyler, the Creator were among the powerhouse musicians who gave us something to talk about at the 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The telecast, hosted by Grammy winner Alicia Keys, was packed with musical moments from veterans and first-time performers. Here are some of the highlights.

Lizzo's 'razzle-...Read more

At 2020 Grammy Awards, bright new stars bail out the old-boys-club Recording Academy

LOS ANGELES -- Outside, fans mourned the passing of a sports legend -- while inside the music industry anointed a new superstar.

That was the scene Sunday night at Staples Center, where the Recording Academy presented the 62nd Grammy Awards just hours after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash that sent fans flocking to the ...Read more

'Parasite' is going to win (at least) one Oscar. But is it the right one?

Nearly two decades ago, DreamWorks was on a roll at the Oscars, winning two best picture trophies in a row -- "American Beauty" and "Gladiator" -- and believing it had another surefire nominee with the computer-animated hit "Shrek," a film that studio co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg loved so much that he premiered it in competition at Cannes, the ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein trial: Mimi Haleyi expected to testify about alleged 2006 rape at NY apartment

NEW YORK -- The second of six alleged sexual assault survivors is expected to testify at Harvey Weinstein's New York trial Monday.

Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant at the Weinstein Co. who worked on shows such as "Project Runway," is expected to tell jurors about an attack she says Weinstein carried out inside his Manhattan apartment ...Read more