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Investor Group Has Deal To Buy Weinstein Co., Start New Movie Studio

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 9:21pm

The group says the new company will be led by a majority-female board of directors. The firm had been in turmoil over allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein.

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In 'Oh Lucy!,' A Woman Leaps, Wig-First, Across A Cultural Divide

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:01pm

In writer-director Atsuko Hirayanagi's movie, a depressed Tokyo office drone discovers an impulsive American persona when she takes an ESL course. The result is "quiet, and a little devastating."

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In The Caustic 'Submission,' Stanley Tucci Is Small-Man-On-Campus

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Based on the Francine Prose novel Blue Angel, this tale of a writing professor's affair with a precocious student is bound to "usefully ruffle feathers" by refusing to take sides.

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Ballerina Gets Brutalized, Goes Ballistic In Nasty 'Red Sparrow'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Based on a 2013 novel, Red Sparrow makes us watch America's Sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence put through sadistic torture before it unleashes her into a world of espionage.

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In 'Foxtrot,' Grief And Fate Come Together In A Brutal, Beautiful Dance

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:00pm

An Israeli soldier is killed, and his parents attempts to uncover what happened, in filmmaker Samuel Maoz's searing study in loss — and its aftermath.

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Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' Returns With 'Robbin' Season'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

Donald Glover's award-winning show returns to FX with a title that hints at its story — 'Atlanta Robbin' Season'. Because, as a character notes "everybody's gotta eat" and based on the trailer it looks like some robbing will go on.

Barry Crimmins, A Mainstay Of Boston's Comedy Scene, Dies At 64

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:21pm

A month after announcing he was diagnosed with cancer, comedian Barry Crimmins has died. A mainstay of Boston's comedy scene, Crimmins was one of its early champions who founded two clubs in the '80s where new talent could try their acts.

Dolly Parton Gives The Gift Of Literacy: A Library Of 100 Million Books

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:22pm

In 1995, the entertainer and philanthropist started the Imagination Library, inspired by her father, who couldn't read and write. Now, it mails free books to more than a million kids each month.

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Spy Thriller 'Red Sparrow' Is A Long Slog With Minimal Suspense

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:09pm

Jennifer Lawrence is unconvincing as the star of the Bolshoi Ballet in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. Critic David Edelstein says the film features "one bad note after another."

Nick Kroll And John Mulaney Relive Raging Hormones And First Kisses In 'Big Mouth'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:06pm

The comic actors channel the indignities of puberty in their animated Netflix comedy series. Looking back on his own adolescence, Mulaney says: "I was always mystified."

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Siblings On A Strange Journey In 'Monster Portraits'

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 6:00am

Sofia Samatar teams up with her brother Del, a tattoo artist, to create a new take on the fantastic bestiary. The result is a prose poem with jolts of autobiography, spiced with intricate drawings.

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The Oscar Elders: 3 Octogenarians Make Academy Award History

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 5:01am

For James Ivory, Christopher Plummer and Agnes Varda, their late 80s are proving fruitful. They're now the three oldest people ever nominated for an Oscar.

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'I Can't Believe I Am The First,' Says Oscar-Nominated Female Cinematographer

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:09pm

You may know her from such films as Black Panther, where she was director of photography. Now, Rachel Morrison is the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography, for her work on Mudbound,

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Trans Woman Reflects On Love, Loss And The Fight For Equality

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:32pm

Sarah McBride was the first transgender person to speak at the political convention of a major party. Now she's the spokesperson for the LGBTQ rights organization the Human Rights Campaign.

Comedy Is Drenched With Foreboding On Season 2 Of 'Atlanta'

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:32pm

Donald Glover's Emmy-winning FX series returns for its second season on Thursday. Critic John Powers says Atlanta is simultaneously "strange and angry and hysterically funny."

2 Decades In The Making, 'Green Sun' Is Worth The Wait

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:14pm

Kent Anderson's new novel is a sequel to 1997's Night Dogs, and it picks up with antihero Hanson, once an English teacher, now working as a police officer in Oakland — bad attitude entirely intact.

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