Criterion Collection will launch its own streaming service next spring, following FilmStruck's closure

LOS ANGELES -- The Criterion Collection's treasure trove of classic movies will have its own streaming home after the closure of FilmStruck, WarnerMedia said Friday.

New York-based Criterion Collection, which distributes classic movies such as Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows," will launch a free-standing ...Read more

ABC shakeup: Channing Dungey departs; Karey Burke becomes entertainment president

LOS ANGELES -- ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey has stepped down, becoming the second high-profile network executive to leave as Walt Disney Co. prepares to bring in new management from Fox.

Longtime programmer Karey Burke, who has been developing original programs for Walt Disney Co.'s Freeform channel, on Friday was named as Dungey...Read more

Review: The cinematic pleasures of Showtime's new Ben Stiller-directed series 'Escape at Dannemora'

Ben Stiller, director and star of "Zoolander," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Tropic Thunder," has turned to directing series television with a smart, watchable, elegantly made fact-based drama, "Escape at Dannemora," beginning Sunday on Showtime. In eight hours it recreates the 2015 incident in which two convicts broke out of an upstate...Read more

William Goldman: the wit and wisdom ('Follow the money') of a legendary Chicago-born screenwriter

In his adventures in the screen trade, which inspired his zingy 1983 Hollywood memoir of the same name, Chicago-born, Highland Park-raised William Goldman won two screenwriting Academy Awards and the hearts of millions who liked the way his wiseacres talked.

Goldman was the Ben Hecht of the New Hollywood era, a wag with highly commercial Old ...Read more

William Goldman, Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'Butch Cassidy' and 'All the President's Men,' dies at 87

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman, who penned the scripts for the seminal Robert Redford films "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men," as well as the beloved comedy "The Princess Bride," has died. He was 87.

Goldman died in New York on Friday due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia, his daughter...Read more

Here are the nine movies that will be nominated for best picture, including a first for Netflix with 'Roma'

Netflix broke through at the Emmy Awards five years ago when Television Academy voters gave "House of Cards" nine nominations, making it the first streaming program to earn a series nod. Since then, Netflix has racked up 225 Emmy nominations and 43 Emmys and, with its monolithic for-your-consideration promotional spaces, practically redefined ...Read more

The Beatles 'white album' at 50: A classic or an overindulgence?

When it comes to Beatles nostalgia, the band's self-titled 1968 "White Album" has a king-size reputation -- the biggest album (30 songs!) by the biggest band in the world at the time. But, to paraphrase a Beatles song, it was all too much, and its producer, George Martin, and at least a couple of its participants, George Harrison and John Lennon...Read more

Sarah Silverman has deep connection to her 'Ralph' character

LOS ANGELES -- Sarah Silverman has loved the opportunities her unique voice has given her to work on animated projects such as "The Simpsons," "Drawn Together," "American Dad!" and "Futurama."

Nothing compared to the chance to step behind the microphone for the 2012 Disney animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph" to speak for the spunky arcade game ...Read more

Review: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali's chemistry puts the crowd-pleasing 'Green Book' in overdrive

Consider this a warning. You may be tempted to push back against "Green Book," may be itching to proclaim it too pat, too obvious, too much of a setup job, but resistance, as they say, is futile. It's deeply embedded in this film's DNA to make us feel good, and, really, what could be wrong with that?

Co-written and directed by Peter Farrelly, ...Read more

Kim Porter, former model and Diddy's ex and mother of their three kids, has died at 47

Kim Porter, the actress-model who was Diddy's partner off and on for 13 years and mother to three of his children, has died at age 47, The Times confirmed Thursday.

"Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter," a rep for Diddy said in a statement. "I ask that you give the families privacy at this time."

There has been no further reaction ...Read more

HFPA donates $300,000 to fire and other relief efforts in California

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is contributing to relief efforts following last week's Thousand Oaks shooting and while the deadly wildfires scorching swaths of California still burn.

The HFPA, which hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards, will donate $300,000 to organizations helping those affected by the tragedies, organizers announced ...Read more

It matters when celebs like Lady Gaga step up in times of tragedy

LOS ANGELES -- Lady Gaga decided to carry the pizzas herself as she made her way around Los Angeles-area wildfire evacuation centers earlier this week, delivering food, coffee and compassion to those displaced from their homes.

The show of support Tuesday came the same day the pop star and actress celebrated World Kindness Day, her favorite day...Read more

The CMA Awards offered a vivid demonstration of Nashville's gender problem

You know a problem has gotten bad when Carrie Underwood is willing to joke about it.

The Jay Leno of country stars, Underwood generally steers clear of anything approaching controversy, which is why her latest album contains a song about gun violence that portrays that scourge as an act of God rather than a man-made calamity.

Yet there was ...Read more

Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba, chosen as 2019 Golden Globe ambassador

Isan Elba, daughter of actor Idris Elba and makeup artist and businesswoman Kim Elba, has been named the Golden Globe ambassador heading into the awards ceremony's 76th year.

Elba is just the second ambassador in the organization's history, after the role once known as Miss Golden Globe was updated and rechristened last year.

"Last year, the ...Read more

'Instant Family' director: How real life helped foster his new movie

Art really imitates life for writer-director Sean Anders, who became a foster parent to three kids and made a movie of it.

"Instant Family" stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, characters loosely modeled on Anders and his wife, Beth. Anders describes himself as a guy who was so busy working in Hollywood ("Hot Tub Time Machine," the "Daddy's Home...Read more

Television Q&A: Where to watch 'The Good Wife' reruns

You have questions. I have some answers, including about searching for old TV shows.

Q: Why has "The Good Wife" never been shown in reruns? Is there any hope of it showing up on one of the other channels?

A: As television shows and movies have spread across ever more broadcast, cable, digital and streaming services, it has become ever more ...Read more

Benicio del Toro dug deep for 'Escape at Dannemora'

LOS ANGELES -- "Escape at Dannemora," a seven-part drama based on a true story that's scheduled to air on Showtime, features Benicio del Toro as swaggering career criminal Richard Matt, who is serving time in a New York prison. Matt, along with young grifter David Sweat (Paul Dano), escape in a story that seems too strange to be based in fact.

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Viola Davis and a team of 'Widows' pull off an entertaining caper

Viola Davis and Viola Davis' snot team up again for "Widows," in which -- as always seems to happen to this gifted actor/sobber -- her character has a tough time.

Two huge tragedies and several lesser ones lead to waterworks from Davis' Veronica in the Chicago-based thriller. One occurs before the start of the movie (I won't spoil it, since it'...Read more

New 'Fantastic Beasts' film establishes closer collection to Potterverse

Beasts? Yes, lots of 'em. Fantastic? Some of the time.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is much better than its predecessor in this Harry Potter-adjacent franchise, if only because it's a whole movie.

Yes, it ends with a cliffhanger that presages the next movie's big conflict. But, whereas "Fantastic Beasts" felt like we'd been ...Read more

Review: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' is one great big Dumble-snore

An excruciating bore just barely enlivened by stray glimpses of Hogwarts, a flicker of gay romance and a menagerie of computer-generated creepy-crawlies, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is enough to make J.K. Rowling fans weep in frustration, provided they can even keep their eyes open.

Presumably Rowling, her fellow producers and...Read more