Movies / TV

‘Star Wars’ Episode Trailer to Debut Over Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Los Angeles — The longest lines outside theaters this Thanksgiving weekend may be for the new Star Wars trailer that exhibitors will show in some locations. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the Nov. 28 release plans on Twitter Monday. Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Carmike Cinemas Inc. are among the chains that will run a clip of Walt Disney Co.’s Stars Wars: The Force Awakens …

Documentary Explores Life of Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York — Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. It will be released in theaters next year and air exclusively on HBO, the network said Tuesday. Co-produced by HBO Documentary Films, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is the first …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 23-29

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don’t Miss The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are way more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as the three-headed Today show crew — Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie — usher us through the celebration. 9 a.m. Thursday, NBC. Other Bets Sunday …

‘Book of Life’ Survives On Valley’s Movie Screens

Friday, November 21, 2014

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 …

Master of All Mediums Mike Nichols Is Dead at 83

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several …

Hollywood Film Awards, Dubious History Land in Prime Time

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western Django Unchained. The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more weeks. “It’s strange to get an award while I’m …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 16-22

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Don’t Miss How to Get Away With Murder — Fall’s most tantalizing new drama finally gets to the heart of its central mystery by showing us who killed psychology professor Sam Keating (Tom Verica). This week’s intense winter finale — ominously titled “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me” …

‘Rosewater’ Writers Share a Sense of the Absurdity of Authoritarianism

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Telluride, Colo. — It was easy for Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart to laugh now. They were sharing a table in the shade of oak trees at the annual film festival here, where their movie, Rosewater, had just …

‘Birdman’ Is a Fierce, Fiery Artistic Statement

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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 …

Around the Remote: Television picks for Nov. 9-15

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Don’t Miss NBC’s three-way crossover: It’s November sweeps, and that means it’s time for some wild TV tricks. Get ready to witness the harmonic convergence of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The shows, all produced by Dick Wolf, will share a story line about …

Dark Movies Linger Like a Halloween Hangover

Saturday, November 8, 2014

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 …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ Is a Formulaic Thriller, With Stars

Monday, November 3, 2014

R atings 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 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 2-8

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Don’t Miss Olive Kitteridge — The stern, judgmental title character at the heart of this two-night miniseries isn’t the most likable woman you’ll ever meet. But as played by Oscar winner Frances McDormand, she makes for a compelling character study. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive …