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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

Dua Lipa is polished and proficient — and a bit of a bore — at the Hollywood Palladium

LOS ANGELES -- Dua Lipa has been amply rewarded for a job well done.

Last year, the British pop singer's self-titled debut -- a smart, cheeky collection of tunes about the promises and frustrations of modern romance -- became a smash on streaming services like Spotify and YouTube.

At next week's Grammy-equivalent Brit Awards in London, she's ...Read more

Oscar-nominated 'On Body and Soul' wonders if love in a dream can survive the real world

Ildiko Enyedi's inner voice had wavered. She had lost herself. After finding early success, the Hungarian director, a romantic with a sly streak, had not released a film in 18 years, a fallow stretch she once likened to a laid-off steelworker's having nothing to hammer or shape.

"Filmmaking is like a dance with the world," she said. "You have ...Read more

Nick Park's Jurassic moment big influence on 'Early Man'

Nick Park's life has come full circle with "Early Man," a comedy set at the cusp between the Stone and Bronze Ages. The man who has dominated the world of stop-motion animation says the person who influenced him from a young age was the man who dominated the art form for decades before him: Ray Harryhausen.

Here's where past and present come ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 5:

1. A Bad Moms Christmas -- Universal

2. Only the Brave -- Sony

3. Geostorm -- Warner

4. Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween -- Lionsgate

5. Blade Runner 2049 -- Warner

6. It (2017) -- Warner

7. 24 Hours to Live -- Lionsgate

8. Suburbicon -- Paramount

9. Jigsaw -- ...Read more

Gloria Allred will keep fighting to get her way, and 'Seeing Allred' argues that's a good thing

The Gloria Allred everyone knows would jump at the opportunity to be the subject of a film. This is the attorney, after all, who for decades has invited reporters to her law firm to publicize press conferences where she dutifully comforts clients in front of cameras for maximum impact. The woman who has been deemed an ambulance chaser by ...Read more

Four female filmmakers lay out a road map for working toward gender equality in Hollywood

PARK CITY, Utah -- As the "Me Too" movement intensifies its look at the oftentimes abominable treatment of women in Hollywood, female filmmakers are devising ways to make changes.

Last month at Sundance, 37 percent of the festival's 122 feature films were directed by women -- a stat amplified by an abundance of panels focused on women in film. ...Read more

Apple is developing a basketball drama based on Kevin Durant's childhood

Basketball superstar Kevin Durant is heading from shooting hoops at Oracle Arena to shooting a dramatic series with some big Hollywood and Silicon Valley names.

The Golden State Warriors star is teaming up with Apple to create a new scripted television show based on Durant's childhood in Washington, D.C. Titled "Swagger," the show explores the ...Read more

Chicago TV station blames graphics 'mix-up' for confusion between P.F. Chang's and Pyeongchang

CHICAGO -- Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

P.F. Chang's is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations.

PyeongChang and P.F. Chang's are not the same thing, and beyond the fact that they both begin with the letter P and end in "Chang," ...Read more

Martin Freeman leaned more on script than comics for 'Black Panther' role

LOS ANGELES -- If he's needed it, Martin Freeman could turn to a lot of source material while working on his most iconic film and TV roles. The English actor had the works of J.R.R. Tolkien to scan through when he played Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" film trilogy. There was even more material at his fingertips when he began ...Read more

Who The Hollywood Reporter thinks are producers worthy of notice — and why you should question that

Each year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter organizes a series of roundtable interviews -- two featuring actors (separated by gender), another with directors and yet another with producers -- and the conversations center on moviemaking broadly and their (maybe nominated) projects in particular. The interviews are filmed and in recent ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Feb. 13 and beyond

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

FEBRUARY

13: Wonder

13: Roman J Israel, Esq.

13: Blade of the Immortal

13: The Ballad of Lefty Brown

13: Animal Kingdom: The Complete Second Season

13: Broad City: Season Four

13: Hellraiser – Judgment

13: Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie

13: ...Read more

Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death suit against hospital, surgeon

The late actor Bill Paxton's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the surgeon who operated on Paxton, who died Feb. 25, 2017, at age 61.

According to a news release, Paxton's family contends that the surgeon, Ali Khoynezhad, performed an improper procedure that led to the death of the ...Read more

SAG-AFTRA establishes code of conduct to combat sexual harassment

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing about 160,000 actors and other performers, is trying a new approach to protect its members from sexual harassment amid a wider reckoning in Hollywood over misconduct.

The guild released a code of conduct on Saturday that outlines best practices for the handling of workplace sexual harassment. Its slogan: "STOP....Read more

Movie review: Forget 'Marvel' or 'superhero' qualifiers. 'Black Panther' is bound to be one of the best movies of 2018

Believe the hype: "Black Panther" is easily Marvel's best film to date. This exhilarating, beautiful and genuinely moving superhero film is firmly rooted in the point of view of director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, a tremendous example of the radical possibilities to be found in Afrofuturism. Coogler builds a thrilling, exciting world, and ...Read more

George and Amal Clooney sponsoring Iraqi refugee attending University of Chicago

CHICAGO -- University of Chicago computer science student Hazim Avdal was too busy with schoolwork to watch his interview with David Letterman when it premiered Friday morning. Avdal sat down with the veteran talk show host to explain how he left Iraq after ISIS targeted his hometown and received support from George and Amal Clooney to continue ...Read more

Jordan Peele, James Ivory win top prizes at Writers Guild of America Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Peele took home the top prize Sunday evening at the Writers Guild Awards for his racially conscious film "Get Out." He is the second consecutive black writer to win the prize for original screenplay.

The win marks Peele's latest award in a string of prizes, further cementing his place as a strong contender for next month's...Read more

NBC's Olympics coverage embraces the drama but offers something for all

There's nothing quite like the threat of mutually assured destruction to lend some drama to the Olympics, is there?

Every two years, the Olympic Games return to television, offering viewers a unique meta-narrative that unfolds over two weeks. The Sochi Games in 2014 were plagued by protests over LGBT rights in Russia, plumbing problems and -- ...Read more

'Fifty Shades Freed' dominates newcomers at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Following a lackluster Super Bowl weekend for theaters where films opening around Christmas dominated the box office, this past weekend's three new wide releases all debuted at the top of the chart, led by Universal Pictures' "Fifty Shades Freed."

The final installment in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy debuted in first place to the ...Read more