Movie review: It's bulldozers vs. neighborhoods in 'Citizen Jane,' about activist Jane Jacobs

Anyone seeking a demonstration of how completely orthodoxy and heresy can change places need look no further than the brisk documentary "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City."

That Jane is Jane Jacobs -- journalist, activist, author of the landmark 1961 book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" -- whose pro-neighborhood, pro-street life ...Read more

'Life's About to Get Good' for Shania Twain with new album, Stagecoach appearance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The name Vincent Van Gogh probably isn't one that springs to mind in connection with pop-country superstar Shania Twain.

But the Canadian singer and songwriter feels a special connection with the 19th century post-Impressionist painter, especially in terms of how she's gone about writing the songs for her first new ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Circle' is all buzzwords, no substance

Dystopian tech drama "The Circle" capitalizes on the exploding role of technology in our lives, seeking to capture the zeitgeist while grappling with the heavy duty issues of the day. It's a noble, if failed effort, because ultimately, the film is all buzzwords and no substance.

It's based on Dave Eggers' novel, and Eggers himself adapted the ...Read more

Stagecoach fine-tunes the formula with Shania Twain, Jerry Lee Lewis and more

LOS ANGELES -- "So at Stagecoach I'm going to be mostly surrounded by the guys?" Shania Twain asked a visitor about her upcoming headlining slot at the world's biggest country music festival.

The assumption was understandable.

In the 13 years since the Canadian singer, songwriter and cross-genre pop superstar released her last album, the ...Read more

Showrunners behind 'Better Call Saul,' 'Veep' and more talk possible writers' strike

LOS ANGELES -- In less than a week, writers' rooms across Hollywood will go dark if the Writers Guild of America goes on strike.

For showrunners on some of TV's most talked-about series, the focus is on crafting stories while they can.

"We're just keeping our heads down and working until they tell us we can't," said Gloria Calderon Kellett, co...Read more

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke says he's optimistic a writers' strike can be averted

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke waded into the delicate topic of a looming writers' strike Thursday.

The Writers Guild of America has received a strike authorization vote from members who are just days from a possible walkout that would disrupt TV and film productions nationwide. That prospect has raised concern on Wall Street about ...Read more

Fox News' Jesse Watters announces vacation following controversial Ivanka Trump comment

Fox News' Jesse Watters announced a two-day vacation from the network on Wednesday night, just a day after coming under fire for a controversial remark that "The Five" co-host made about Ivanka Trump.

Watters told viewers of "The Five" that he would be back on the show on Monday, CNNMoney reports. He joined "The Five" for the show's new 9 p.m. ...Read more

Movie review: 'My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea' swims in snark-infested waters

The title "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" is its own spoiler, so don't blame me.

In making his animated feature debut, Dash Shaw adapts his own graphic novel about a group of high school sophomores scrambling to survive two catastrophes – their high school literally submerging, and just plain high school.

It's hard to say which ...Read more

Life can mirror art for Rob Delaney, father of 3 and 'Catastrophe' co-creator and costar

There's a strange sort of symmetry at work when, midway through speaking with "Catastrophe" star and co-creator Rob Delaney on a transatlantic phone call, the comic abruptly asks to cut an interview short.

"Listen, I apologize, but I have to get my other children from school," says Delaney, who had said he spent part of the interview from his ...Read more

Sharlto Copley just lets it rip: The actor has built a career by holding nothing back

In the Martin Scorsese-produced shoot 'em up "Free Fire," South African actor Sharlto Copley plays Vern, a narcissistic gunrunner in a polyester suit who's prone to a certain behavioral grandiloquence.

He describes himself as a "rare and mysterious pearl" but can't shoot a gun to save his life; he's revealed to be a "misdiagnosed child genius" ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. 3 stars. Live-action version of the 1991 animated classic, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles. Competently staged by Bill Condon, but does not improve on the 2D Disney original. With Luke Evans and Josh Gad. 2 hrs. 9 PG (action violence, peril) -- Gary Thompson

BEFORE I FALL. 3 stars. Surprisingly dark...Read more

Appreciation: Demme's work defied categories

LOS ANGELES--The death of Jonathan Demme comes as a shock because his films felt so alive. Seemingly guided by the spirited convictions of his creative generosity, emotional openness and observant, exploratory curiosity, Demme was an exemplar of an artist who refused to be defined as any one thing.

He made fiction features, documentaries and ...Read more

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme possessed a rock 'n' roll spirit

For good reason, several of pop music's greatest visionaries -- Neil Young, David Byrne, Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders -- turned to filmmaker Jonathan Demme when they wanted to put their work on a big screen.

It wasn't simply because of Demme's estimable film resume, which includes "Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia" and "The Manchurian ...Read more

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, whose creative restlessness and wide-ranging curiosity about all facets of the human condition animated such diverse films as "Something Wild," "Stop Making Sense," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," died Wednesday.

Demme died of complications from esophageal cancer in his Manhattan apartment ...Read more

Appreciation: Jonathan Demme captured true spirit of the American renegade

Crushing news: One of the warmest, brightest American filmmakers to come of age in the 1970s, Jonathan Demme, has died at age 73.

The online film site Indiewire reported Wednesday that the Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) died of complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. Demme, who worked as a rock ...Read more

'They are not cutting ties:' Dr. Luke rep responds to report producer and Sony Music have split

Hit maker Dr. Luke is no longer chief executive of the label he founded under Sony Music in 2011, but sources indicate his relationship with the label hasn't been completely severed.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that Sony had distanced itself from the producer, born Lukasz Gottwald, amid a long-simmering legal battle between ...Read more

Jeff Goldblum primed for return in new 'Jurassic' movie

Once again, Jeff Goldblum's world is about to get a little more Jurassic.

He will be returning to the "Jurassic Park" franchise in the fifth film, currently untitled and scheduled for release on June 22, 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Goldblum starred in 1993's "Jurassic Park" and 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" as cocky ...Read more

A strike by TV and movie writers may be just days away. Here's what you need to know

LOS ANGELES -- Ready or not, Hollywood may be thrust into another writers' strike in less than a week.

A decade after the previous walkout that lasted 100 days, film and TV executives are once again bracing for a strike that could roil the business and Los Angeles' bedrock entertainment industry. The ripple effect of a walkout is expected to ...Read more

Director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, 73, died Wednesday morning in New York City. Family sources say the cause of death was esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

Demme started out making B-movies ("Handle With Care" in 1978) for producer Roger Corman in the 1970s, and displayed a talent that enabled him to graduate quickly ...Read more

'Three's Company' parody '3C' ends up more than a bit uncomfortable

CHICAGO -- The rights holders of the sitcom "Three's Company," which aired on ABC from 1977 through 1984 and starred the late John Ritter as a man who lived with two single women and pretended to be gay to appease their itchy landlord, were so pleased to see David Adjmi's "3C," a satiric takedown of their lucrative syndicated enterprise, that ...Read more

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