Malia Obama lands an internship with mega-producer Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES -- Having penned two books of his own, Barack Obama is no stranger to the arts, and it looks as if Malia Obama may be following in her father's footsteps. But while Obama plans to return to his writing desk since leaving the White House, his daughter is going into the movie business.

Page Six reported Thursday that after a family ...Read more

Dolores Huerta: 'I think most of us in the progressive world feel very threatened right now'

PARK CITY, Utah -- At 86, Dolores Huerta has been working as a civil rights activist for over six decades. But if you think she's ready to put down her bullhorn and hit the links, you've got it all wrong.

"All this work that has to be done," said Huerta, who co-founded what would go on to become the United Farm Workers, "as long as I have ...Read more

Judd Apatow: 'I have zero optimism' about Trump presidency

PARK CITY, Utah -- If you follow filmmaker Judd Apatow on Twitter, you know he's no fan of our new president.

After a restless night, Apatow made the rounds at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday morning just as the inauguration got underway, helping to promote a new movie he produced called "The Big Sick."

"I'm happy I have a full schedule,"...Read more

Column: Trump's pre-inaugural concert projected a troublingly narrow vision of America

For all the uncertainty that Donald Trump has sown in the run-up to his inauguration as president, there's at least one thing the new president can now be said to have clearly defined: The precise nature of "typically and traditionally American" entertainment.

That's the phrase Tom Barrack, chairman of Trump's inaugural committee, used on CNN ...Read more

Dwight Yoakam strums — and tells guitar tales — at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The annual NAMM Show, an extravaganza of musical products that opened its four-day 2017 edition on Thursday, serves up two primary draws for the thousands of industry insiders who flock to Anaheim from around the world: the newest and shiniest instruments and gear, and star power.

Cruising through close to 1 million square ...Read more

Unwanted by film and abandoned by TV, a once-loved orphan seeks a home at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah -- For most Sundance premieres, this hermetic gathering in the Utah mountains is a first stop, the beginning of what filmmakers hope will be a long journey to theaters, streaming services, video on-demand platforms and, if stars really align, awards podiums.

"When the Streetlights Go On" is not most Sundance premieres.

Written ...Read more

Will 'La La Land' tie an Oscar record for most nominations?

Oscar nominations are just a few days away. Will Damien Chazelle's musical "La La Land" tie the record for most nominations in Oscar history?

"All About Eve" and "Titanic" share the record for most Academy Award nominations, which is 14. "La La Land" could possibly join them. Let's count the ways: 1) picture, 2) director (Chazelle), 3) lead ...Read more

Unorthodox methods amid the orthodox: A director figures out how to shoot a scripted movie in the insulated world of New York's Hasidim

NEW YORK -- The secular filmmaker Joshua Weinstein stood on a helter-skelter corner in this ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood next to shops selling conservative fashions and Internet-disabled smartphones and pondered his recent guerrilla shoot.

"The strangest casting moment, let me think about that," the director said, tilting back his head. "...Read more

M. Night Shyamalan is in thriller mode in 'Split'

After directing 11 films with a combined global take of $2.4 billion, earning two Oscar nominations, "winning" four Golden Raspberry awards, scoring massive critical accolades, and surviving humbling big-budget disappointments, M. Night Shyamalan has learned to unplug over an opening weekend.

The director of "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" ...Read more

Why is 'This Is Us' so popular? The answer is simple

LOS ANGELES -- Compared to other TV shows, the grammatically challenged "This is Us" should not be a hit. In a landscape cluttered with network, cable and streaming series that feature flying dragons, killer zombies, graphic nudity, massively staged period pieces and glitzy gimmicks from time travel to super powers, the NBC series has captivated...Read more

Anxious flight of 'Icarus': A first-time filmmaker finds himself in the middle of Russia's doping scandal

When he went public with doping allegations last May, Russian whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov told a remarkable story.

A long-serving chief of the country's anti-doping program, Rodchenkov confessed that, out of the same lab designed to nab cheaters, he'd also secretly been running a state-sponsored doping program. During the 2014 Winter ...Read more

Television Q&A: 'Hot Bench,' 'Good Behavior'

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: On "Hot Bench" why did Judge Larry Bakman leave?

A: According to published reports, Bakman decided to focus on his law practice instead of appearing on the courtroom show. On Facebook he said not long ago that he is "incredibly busy with my practice. Some of the cases I'm involved with include ...Read more

Trump will be a cable news boon, challenge

NEW YORK -- Cable news networks had reason to feel bittersweet about the end of 2016 as Donald Trump's historic campaign for the White House drove their ratings to record levels. But in the days leading up to his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, Trump's continuing love-hate relationship with them provided a compelling ...Read more

Movie review: 'Alone in Berlin' never gets grip on its historical moment

LOS ANGELES -- In 1943, a German factory worker named Otto Hampel and his wife, Elise, were found guilty of treason and sedition after writing anti-Hitler slogans on postcards and secretly distributing them around Berlin. It was an ingenious campaign of silent revolt for which the Hampels were ultimately executed by guillotine, though their ...Read more

Movie review: Intriguing 'Staying Vertical' explores the soul by way of libido

LOS ANGELES -- The child is very much father to the man in "Staying Vertical," a serenely nutty cinematic pastoral that unfolds at the crossroads of life and death, freedom and responsibility, this world and the next. The film follows a screenwriter in his 30s named Leo (Damien Bonnard) into the open countryside, where he shacks up with a ...Read more

Movie review: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson lock horns in 'Trespass Against Us'

LOS ANGELES -- The title of "Trespass Against Us," Adam Smith's sloppily energetic debut feature, is both a reference to the Lord's Prayer and a warning to those who would dare cross the Cutlers, a makeshift family of Irish travelers.

The clan's grizzled old patriarch, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), is one of those crusty, crafty lowlifes who like to...Read more

Movie review: 'Saving Banksy' examines tension between ethos of his art and its preservation

LOS ANGELES -- The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with the best of intentions, and that is very much the case with the complex art world conundrum explored in the lively, involving documentary "Saving Banksy."

At first glance, Banksy would seem to be the last person who would need any kind of saving. The biggest name in the street-art ...Read more

Movie review: Vin Diesel returns in 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Film scholar Tom Gunning coined the phrase "cinema of attractions" to describe the earliest, exhibitionist impulses of filmmaking, bits of spectacle that called attention to their own visibility and technological craft. Pure spectacle has since been subsumed into narrative filmmaking, but the cinema of attractions is always present, especially ...Read more

Miguel Ferrer, star of 'RoboCop,' 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'Twin Peaks,' dies at 61

LOS ANGELES -- Miguel Ferrer, an actor with a long list of credits ranging from "Twin Peaks" to his current role on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," died of cancer Thursday. He was 61.

A fixture on TV and in movies since the 1980s, Ferrer's reputation as a scene-stealer began with 1987's "RoboCop," where he played Bob Morton, the conniving corporate ...Read more

Movie review: Shyamalan reclaims his conceptual daring with thriller 'Split'

LOS ANGELES -- Unlikely as it might seem at this point in his up-and-down career, M. Night Shyamalan proves he can still pull off a genuine surprise at the end of his unnervingly clever new thriller, "Split." The precise nature of that twist will not be revealed here, though given its mind-tickling narrative implications -- to say nothing of the...Read more

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