• ‘Worth’: Film Review
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    ‘Worth’: Film Review

    As a child, when future TV host Fred Rogers would see scary images on the news, his mother would tell him, "Look for the heroes." If Fred were a boy today, she'd add, "Look for Ken Feinberg." Feinberg, the lawyer at the center of Sara Colangelo's "Worth," specializes

  • ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Director Ron Howard About Why He’s Spoken Up About Climate Change (Video)
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    ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Director Ron Howard About Why He’s Spoken Up About Climate Change (Video)

    Ron Howard said that making his new documentary “Rebuilding Paradise,” about the aftermath of the devastating 2018 Camp Fire in southern California, had emboldened him to speak out about climate change — even at the risk of severe blowback like he experienced on Twitter earlier this month.“As a citizen

  • Iceland’s Baldvin Z Crime Series “Black Sands” Added to All3Media Slate (EXCLUSIVE)
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    Iceland’s Baldvin Z Crime Series “Black Sands” Added to All3Media Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

    GÖTEBORG, Sweden  All3Media is to handle international rights on Icelandic crime series “Black Sands” which, currently in development, is to be pitched at the Göteborg Festival’s TV Drama Vision confab on Thursday. “Black Sands” marks the first crime thriller to be created by Icelandic helmer Baldvin

  • ‘All the Sins’ Producers to Broaden Spanish-Language Ties (EXCLUSIVE)
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    ‘All the Sins’ Producers to Broaden Spanish-Language Ties (EXCLUSIVE)

    GÖTEBORG, Sweden: “All the Sins”’ Finnish co-writers and creators Mika Ronkainen and Merja Aakko, winners of last year’s Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for outstanding Nordic screenplay, are developing for MRK Matila Röhr Productions an adoption drama set between Finland and Guatemala. Based on a true

  • Hong Kong Declares Emergency in Coronavirus Response
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    Hong Kong Declares Emergency in Coronavirus Response

    Hong Kong’s government has put the territory on the highest state of emergency in response to the outbreak of coronavirus in mainland China. Schools will remain closed until Feb. 17, long after the Chinese New Year holidays, which begin today, should have finished. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative

  • ‘Vivos’: Film Review
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    ‘Vivos’: Film Review

    To the individual enduring it, sorrow seems a lonely, defenseless emotion, one from which others are too quick to look away. Shared and felt en masse, however, it can become something different: a galvanizing force, a wall, not diminished in pain but not diminished by it either. Ai Weiwei's stirring

  • Sundance: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton Movies Premiere Without Either Actor in Attendance
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    Sundance: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton Movies Premiere Without Either Actor in Attendance

    On the second night of this year's Sundance Film Festival, two high-profile dramas premiered to packed houses at the Eccles Theater -- but neither of them had a seat reserved for their lead actors. "Ironbark," a historical drama about a mild-mannered businessman turned spy for the British

  • ‘Jumbo’: Film Review
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    ‘Jumbo’: Film Review

    Tall, dark and handsome? The crush that Noémie Merlant’s character, Jeanne, explores in "Jumbo" is one out of three: a 25-foot-tall carnival ride who seduces the amusement park janitor as she spit-cleans his bulbs. During the night shift, Jumbo literally lights up Jeanne's life, and while

  • ‘Ironbark’: Film Review
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    ‘Ironbark’: Film Review

    Movie spies typically fall into one of two categories. There are the butterflies — flamboyant secret agents like James Bond or “Atomic Blonde” who behave as conspicuously as possible. And then there are the moth-like kind, who do their best to blend in. The character Benedict Cumberbatch plays in “Ironbark

  • ‘Ironbark': Benedict Cumberbatch’s Timely Cold War Drama Brings Thrills, Unexpected Laughs to Sundance
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    ‘Ironbark': Benedict Cumberbatch’s Timely Cold War Drama Brings Thrills, Unexpected Laughs to Sundance

    Introducing “Ironbark” on Friday night at Sundance 2020, festival President John Cooper said the Cold War drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch was a “unique” choice for the annual event, which has only rarely featured period dramas.Based on a true story most people have never heard of, the film from director

  • ‘Beast Beast’ Film Review: Empathetic Debut Feature Gets Up Close and Personal With Gen Z
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    ‘Beast Beast’ Film Review: Empathetic Debut Feature Gets Up Close and Personal With Gen Z

    There’s so much that scares me as a parent of a teenager, much of it coming from the knowledge that this generation of teens is unlike any other. Really, it’s uncharted ground in parenting. In his feature film debut, “Beast Beast,” writer-director Danny Madden captures Gen Z in a compelling, raw form

  • ‘The Go-Go’s’ Film Review: Transcendent Rock Doc Examines 1980s Glass-Ceiling Shatterers
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    ‘The Go-Go’s’ Film Review: Transcendent Rock Doc Examines 1980s Glass-Ceiling Shatterers

    The meteoric and ruinous rise to fame is more than a movie cliché; it’s a virtual guarantee for just about any artist without his or her head screwed on straight. But “The Go-Go’s” tackles the seminal all-female ’80s rock band with such honesty, openness and effervescence that it not only rises above

  • ‘Miss Juneteenth’: Film Review
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    ‘Miss Juneteenth’: Film Review

    “Miss Juneteenth” richly captures the slow pace of ebbing small-town Texas life, even if you might wish there were a bit more narrative momentum to pick up the slack in writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples' first feature. She’s got a very relatable heroine in Nicole Beharie’s Turquoise, an erstwhile

  • Rammstein Promotes North American Stadium Tour with a Blimp
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    Rammstein Promotes North American Stadium Tour with a Blimp

    German metal group Rammstein will be embarking on their first-ever North American stadium tour in August. It's the first time the band will tour the U.S. since 2011, and to promote what are sure to be a series of pyrotechnic-heavy events, they did it the most metal way possible: with a blimp flying

  • Sony Pushes ‘Uncharted’ Movie Back 3 Months, Takes ‘Masters of the Universe’ Off the Schedule
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    Sony Pushes ‘Uncharted’ Movie Back 3 Months, Takes ‘Masters of the Universe’ Off the Schedule

    Sony has pushed back the release date of its live-action adaptation of “Uncharted” from Dec 18, 2020 to March 5, 2021, the date originally set aside for the studio’s live-action adaptation of the “Masters of the Universe” cartoon series and toy line.“Masters of the Universe” has subsequently been removed

  • ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Film Review: Eliza Hittman’s Powerful Teen Abortion Drama Explores Access and Friendship
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    ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Film Review: Eliza Hittman’s Powerful Teen Abortion Drama Explores Access and Friendship

    Few indie directors today navigate private spaces and fraught environments as effectively as Eliza Hittman, whose first two features “It Felt Like Love” and “Beach Rats” heralded a singular chronicler of young people in the thick of complicated desire.With “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which premiered

  • ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’: Film Review
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    ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’: Film Review

    The basic plot of “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is easy enough to describe. A 17-year-old girl named Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) winds up pregnant in a small Pennsylvania town. Prevented from seeking an abortion by the state’s parental consent laws, she takes off for New York City with her cousin Skylar

  • Recording Academy’s Task Force for Diversity Was a ‘Disheartening,’ ‘Stifling’ Experience, Say Members
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    Recording Academy’s Task Force for Diversity Was a ‘Disheartening,’ ‘Stifling’ Experience, Say Members

    In the wake of the bombshell allegations included in the legal complaint from ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan — which includes allegations of sexual misconduct among many other improper practices — there’s more than a little sense of “Wasn’t all this supposed to be fixed two years ago?” After

  • The Go-Go’s on Sundance Doc: Neither ‘America’s Sweethearts’ Nor ‘Drug-Crazed Demons’
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    The Go-Go’s on Sundance Doc: Neither ‘America’s Sweethearts’ Nor ‘Drug-Crazed Demons’

    Some people might come to a Go-Go's documentary wanting a purely fun, bubbly experience, based on the effervescence the group projected at its breakthrough peak in the early '80s. Others might want a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll tell-all, if they're aware of the tensions and bad habits

  • Ad Time in Fox’s Super Bowl Was Sold Out. Until it Wasn’t
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    Ad Time in Fox’s Super Bowl Was Sold Out. Until it Wasn’t

    Fox declared in November that it had sold all the advertising time available in its looming February 2 broadcast of Super Bowl LIV. But just this week, it found a little more. After holding nearly two months' worth of discussions, Fox and the National Football League have devised a way to add commercial

  • Eddie Vedder Unveils Pearl Jam’s New Album, ‘Gigaton,’ at Intimate Listening Session
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    Eddie Vedder Unveils Pearl Jam’s New Album, ‘Gigaton,’ at Intimate Listening Session

    Pearl Jam unveiled its upcoming 11th studio album “Gigaton” today at NeueHouse in Los Angeles during an intimate playback in Dolby Atmos sound — complete with frontman Eddie Vedder pouring tequila shots for attendees while the music blared. As previously reported, “Gigaton” will be released March 27

  • ‘The Dissident’ Revives Jamal Khashoggi’s Brutal Murder: ‘Has the Sacrificial Victim Arrived?’
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    ‘The Dissident’ Revives Jamal Khashoggi’s Brutal Murder: ‘Has the Sacrificial Victim Arrived?’

    There are few international crimes more outrageous than the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, slaughtered by agents of his own government at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a year ago.Time has passed; the world has moved on. But a new documentary about exactly what happened to him is sure

  • ‘The Dissident’: Film Review
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    ‘The Dissident’: Film Review

    It’s become common, if not cliché, for a critic reviewing a documentary about a turbulent real-world event to write something like, "It exerts the power of a true-life thriller!" Well, make no mistake: "The Dissident" does. Directed by Bryan Fogel, who in 2017 made the Oscar-winning

  • ‘Jumbo’ Film Review: Offbeat Love Story Joins Woman and Park Attraction For an Unusual Ride
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    ‘Jumbo’ Film Review: Offbeat Love Story Joins Woman and Park Attraction For an Unusual Ride

    Do you love your car? Or do you, um, love your car? And what if it loved you back?“Jumbo,” a movie inspired by the real-life woman who married the Eiffel Tower, claiming she’d fallen passionately in love with it, is Belgian writer-director Zoé Wittock’s fractured fairy tale of a feature debut about a

  • Margot Robbie, ‘Birds of Prey’ Co-Stars Justify the Movie’s R-Rating, Violence and Cussing
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    Margot Robbie, ‘Birds of Prey’ Co-Stars Justify the Movie’s R-Rating, Violence and Cussing

    Following the success of “Joker” last year, DC Films is continuing its gritty streak with “Birds of Prey,” a slam-bang adventure about Harley Quinn. Though DC Film’s 2016 tentpole “Suicide Squad” took a critical bashing at the time, filmgoers quickly took a liking to Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley