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Q: We just saw "I, Tonya," and I was wondering how much of the skating Margot Robbie actually did.
A: Robbie, of course, played the notorious skater Tonya Harding in the comedy-drama based on Harding's life. And she spent months training for the film, Emmy-winning skating choreographer Sarah Kawahara ...Read more
"Grey's Anatomy," which was born way back in the first term of the Bush (II) administration, has had a baby, which it has named "Station 19."
The new offspring was to be introduced to the world Thursday on ABC, in that programming playground called Shondaland, though with executive producer Shonda Rhimes taking future business to Netflix, it ...Read more
There was his size: a substantial 6 feet, 225 pounds, according to his FBI file.
There was his style: a Chicano attorney who materialized in Los Angeles courtrooms in loud ties, bearing business cards embossed with the Aztec god of war and, on at least one occasion, a gun.
Then there was his death, which was not so much a death as a ...Read more
Of all the things I get asked as a film critic, I'm always tickled, though no longer surprised, by one of the most frequent questions: "How do you decide what you're reviewing?"
Buried within that question is really another. It's not just a matter of "What do you like and dislike?" but also "How much control do you exercise over what you get ...Read more
ANNIHILATION 3 stars. A group of scientists (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson) enters a mysterious zone of new life comprised of mutating alien DNA. Trippy, downbeat sci-fi from director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) mixes old and new special effects, old and new sci-fi ideas. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary ...Read more
Well-known in the U.K., British actor Jason Isaacs is probably best recognized in the U.S. as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, or more recently as "Star Trek: Discovery's" Captain Gabriel Lorca. He's also currently filming the second season of Netflix's "The OA."
But his role as a puffed-up army general in the new 1953-set comedy "The ...Read more
"Pacific Rim: Uprising" may be not be much, but in the spirit of the film itself, let's be realistic. It's better than any of the "Transformers" movies, and shorter.
The sequel to the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Pacific Rim" (2013) plows through its battle sequences and utterly mechanical "humanizing" moments until the last 20 minutes or so. ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, the National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza will headline Lollapalooza.
The lineup, announced Wednesday for the festival Aug. 2-5 in Grant Park, brings a strong hip-hop presence that includes Logic, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler the Creator, Lizzo and Brockhampton.
Matt Danner has been working in animation for more than two decades, starting while he was still in high school. Over the years, he's worked on a variety of programs, including "Gravity Falls," "The Looney Tunes Show," "Dan. Vs.," "Wander Over Yonder" and "WWE Slam City." None of those projects has excited him as much as being named the ...Read more
The "Pacific Rim" action franchise has a relatively simple premise -- giant robots and alien monsters clobber each other to smithereens -- but surprisingly, it's driven by a supremely radical embrace of collectivism, teamwork and empathy. This isn't necessarily a surprise, because it comes from the big, beating heart of Guillermo del Toro, who ...Read more
Oscar-nominated Wes Anderson has always shown what can happen when an unbridled mind meets a creative heart. Whether it be the unique examination of family in "The Royal Tenenbaums" to the redefining of animated storytelling with "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson has taken what in the hands of a lesser creative soul would be merely a passable story ...Read more
Women swept the National Book Critics Circle awards, announced Thursday night in Manhattan. Women prevailed in all of the six competitive categories.
Joan Silber took the fiction prize for her novel "Improvement," published by independent press Counterpoint. The story of a single mother in Harlem who becomes involved in criminal schemes with ...Read more
The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of March 12:
1. Thor: Ragnarok -- Disney
2. I, Tonya -- Universal
3. Coco -- Disney
4. Daddy's Home 2 -- Paramount
5. Murder on the Orient Express -- Fox
6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri -- Fox
7. Wonder -- Lionsgate
8. The Disaster Artist -- Lionsgate
9. Lady Bird -- ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a longtime analyst for Fox News, told colleagues he is done with the network he says has become "a propaganda machine" for President Donald Trump.
Peters said in an email first reported Tuesday by BuzzFeed that he chose not to renew his contract as a paid contributor with Fox News on March 1 because he...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- After months of investigating, a handful of criminal cases involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein are now in the hands of two veteran but cautious prosecutors: Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
In Los Angeles, the investigation is focused on an Italian actress...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Hilary Swank apologizes for being late for the interview as she and the publicist for the FX series "Trust" took a wrong turn down a hotel corridor. It's an understandable mistake, especially when you factor in that it has been a few years since the Oscar-winning actress has been part of any kind of promotional press for a project...Read more
WAUCONDA, Ill. -- When we last left the kingdom of Wauconda, its doors were opening to the world, and its rulers were explaining, to anyone who listened, that they no longer stood in the shadows.
Disguised for too long as a modest village hidden by forest preserves, tall grasses and lakes, with seemingly little to offer, Wauconda, its king and ...Read more
PASADENA, Calif. -- British actor Jared Harris wasn't sure what he wanted to be when he hauled off for college in America. "I was very argumentative so they thought I could be a lawyer or something like that," he says.
"I didn't really like the things. You know, families discuss the careers of their children, and I was never that excited about ...Read more
In "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," the upcoming sixth installment of Paramount's action franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) travels to Paris where he engages in vehicular mayhem on the city's narrow streets, dangles from the ceiling of the Grand Palais and guns his motorcycle around the Arc de Triomphe.
Hollywood loves a working European ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The weekend was not entirely sweet at the Gentile Arena for Loyola University Chicago students. Hannibal Buress' Saturday night show at Loyola, a Jesuit Catholic university, was almost cut short after the 35-year-old Chicago comedian made a joke referencing sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, attendees confirmed to the ...Read more
- My worst moment: 'Death of Stalin's' Jason Isaacs and the missing co-star
- Lollapalooza 2018 lineup: The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White among headliners
- Lt. Col. Ralph Peters says he's 'ashamed' of Fox News and leaves his role as analyst
- In 'Journey's End,' soldiers reminisce and wait to die in the muddy trenches of World War I
- Movie review: 'Pacific Rim Uprising' manages to outpace its predecessor