With "Hands of Stone," Robert De Niro officially enters his Burgess Meredith-in-"Rocky" phase, bringing the ringside grizzle and rumpled gravitas by the pound. In writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's peppy, none-too-probing biopic of Panamanian champion Roberto Duran, played by Edgar Ramirez, the "Raging Bull" Oscar winner (and let's not forget...Read more
"Politics? Maybe," so shrugs a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) in Richard Tanne's "Southside with You." At the moment, he's got more important things to focus on -- namely, his companion, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and whether they're on a date or not. Tanne's film follows the first date of the future first couple, "Before Sunrise" ...Read more
The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Aug. 15:
1. The Angry Birds Movie -- Sony
2. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice -- Warner
3. Mother's Day (2016) -- Universal
4. Meet The Blacks -- Lionsgate
5. Demolition -- Fox
6. Criminal (2015) -- Lionsgate
7. Miracles From Heaven -- Sony
8. London Has Fallen -- Universal
9. ...Read more
Despite a drop in earnings this year, Jennifer Lawrence has been named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year in a row.
"The Hunger Games" headliner and "X-Men: Apocalypse" star brought in an estimated $46 million in the last 12 months, according to Forbes magazine, which compiles the annual list of moneymakers.
Those pretty ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has solidified the leadership structure for DreamWorks Animation, a day after NBCUniversal completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles-area studio.
DreamWorks Animation's film group, known for movie franchises like "Kung Fu Panda" and "Shrek," will continue to be run by feature ...Read more
Cable news host Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, its ousted leader Roger Ailes and its top executives, claiming she was removed from her on-air role in retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint.
Tantaros, a former co-host of the Fox News daytime program "Outnumbered," has been off the air since April 25. The ...Read more
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
23: The Huntsman Winter's War
23: The Nice Guys
23: Ratchet and Clank
23: The Man Who Knew Infinity
23: Maggie's Plan
23: As Vs Evil Season 1
23: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Three
23: Castle: Season 8
23: ...Read more
2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year -- shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, there's catharsis to be found in a horror film where the final girl fights ...Read more
The Brotherhood of Merlin: Book OneRory D Nelson
Five hundred years after the death of King Arthur, the sadistic King of Visi-Galia leads his force of 9000 on a rampage, pillaging and enslaving numerous townships in Gilleon.
He sadistically holds two girls in particular captive. The older one, Adele, ...
Crises of masculinity abound in John Krasinski's second directorial effort "The Hollars." He also stars in the film, a story of a man coming to grips with his past, present and future family. Krasinski's debut was "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," and "The Hollars" might as well be titled "Mundane Interactions with Mediocre Men (and the Women...Read more
Director Ira Sachs is a master at showing the ins and outs of interpersonal conflict. In his previous two films -- "Keep the Lights On" and "Love Is Strange" -- the stories revolved around gay men. In "Little Men," he broadens his universe with a textured portrait of two families reluctantly at war in which the fallout poisons the friendship of ...Read more
Mainstream South Korean cinema contributed the summer's best action film with "Train to Busan," a kinetic kick of a zombie thriller that brought new life to the form. "Tunnel," also a huge hit in South Korea, doesn't quite do the same for the disaster genre, but it's a well-made, suspenseful and surprisingly moving twist on a formula everyone ...Read more
HENGDIAN, China -- For American film and TV show creators and distributors, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing in China recently.
Online video portals have been ordered to limit foreign films and TV shows to 30 percent of their offerings, driving down licensing fees. Authorities are discouraging broadcasters from using imported TV formats to...Read more
Video streaming every competitive event at the Olympics may have been too much of a good thing for NBC.
The prime-time TV audience over 17 nights for the Rio Games averaged 25.4 million viewers, the lowest since the 2004 Games in Athens, which averaged 24.9 million viewers. Nielsen data showed an 18 percent decline from the 31.1 million who ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Sumner Redstone's granddaughter Keryn Redstone did not participate in Viacom's boardroom settlement, and would like an opportunity to weigh in, according to court papers filed Monday morning.
Late last week, Viacom's board approved an agreement with National Amusements Inc., the investment firm that holds Sumner Redstone's and ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Kanye West has a complicated relationship with McDonald's french fries.
As part of last week's release of Frank Ocean's new album "Blond" and visual album "Endless," West penned a poem titled "McDonald's Man" for the accompanying "Boys Don't Cry" magazine. The zines were only available at four pop-up shops, one each in the Chicago ...Read more
Toots Thielemans, a jazz harmonica player, guitarist and whistler whose 1961 composition "Bluesette" became a jazz standard, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 94.
Belgian broadcaster RTL reported that his manager, Veerle Van de Poel, said that "there were no complications. He died of old age, his body was simply worn out." ...Read more
So much about Frank Ocean's gripping new album, "Blonde," seems to put it in line with recent high-profile records by Beyonce, Rihanna and Kanye West, from its short-notice release to its limited availability to its expansive roster of collaborators.
Push beyond the branding strategy, though, and actually listen to "Blonde" -- which appeared in...Read more
There's an official letter on the desk of the character Jeff Bridges plays in Hell or High Water. His name is Marcus Hamilton, he's a Texas Ranger, he's looking at a mandatory-retirement notice.
A storied career -- chasing down thieves and killers, fugitives and scam artists -- and now he's counting down his last days.
"He's reaching the end ...Read more
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (...Read more
You have questions. I have some answers.
Q: I am wondering if you have any info regarding "Vicious," the British comedy with Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen? We have found nothing one way or the other. We so enjoyed watching these two -- a bit campy, but fun.
A: The series with Jacobi and McKellen as a longtime couple is done. A special finale ...Read more