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This image released by Disney Enterprises, Inc., shows actress Angelina Jolie in the title role of "Maleficent," the villian from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty."  The film is expected for nationwide release on May 30. (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises, Inc., Greg Williams)

A Bipolar Doctor Probes The Brain on ‘Black Box’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — ABC’s brainy new medical drama Black Box does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black, known as “the Marco Polo of the Brain,” who helps patients navigate a range …

Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar Aims for a Global Stage

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel — Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. “Can I see more duck lips?” the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently. …

Around the Remote: More Suds on Soapy ‘Devious Maids’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Don’t Miss Devious Maids — Bring on the heavy-duty detergent. There’s lots of dirty laundry to deal with as this campy soap returns for a second season that promises even more twists and surprises. The story makes a three-month jump from the events of last year’s finale, when Flora’s murder case was solved and Marisol’s (Ana Ortiz) quest to clear her son’s name …

Sports a Good Fit for Kevin Costner

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in Draft Day, the latest entry in the actor’s long association with sports on film. Bull Durham was a benchmark for Costner as an actor who fits seamlessly into Hollywood’s musings on baseball. He cemented his role as baseball’s everyman …

‘Le Week-End’: Laughter Cuts the Middle-Age Angst

Saturday, April 12, 2014

One of the joys of attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the generous helping of adult-oriented romance on offer, from Nicole Holofcener’s funny and wise Enough Said to the ruefully triumphant Chilean drama Gloria. One of the sparkliest jewels in that crown was Le Week-End, an …

In ‘Rio 2,’ the Musical Numbers Shine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are …

Kevin Spacey of ‘House of Cards’ Honored at New York Museum

Friday, April 11, 2014

After playing Southern Democrat Frank Underwood for two seasons on House of Cards, Kevin Spacey addressed the realism of the Netflix series using his own true-to-life impression of Bill Clinton. “As Bill would say: 99 percent of what they do in House of Cards is accurate, and the …

It’s the ‘Mad Men’ End, Part 1

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMC’s Mad Men returns at 10 p.m. EDT Sunday for the beginning of its swan song: The first seven episodes of season seven start airing this month (AMC calls it “The Beginning”), and the final seven episodes (aka …

Oxygen Seeks To Breathe New Life Into Its Lineup

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Los Angeles Times Oxygen Media on Tuesday unveiled its 2014 programming slate in New York, which will include new reality series aimed at modern young women. The new lineup will include two competition series. In Nail’d It, hosted by Adrienne Bailon, top nail designers will vie against each …

Television Is Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due, in Style

Monday, April 7, 2014

The fast-forward button is right there. At multiple points during a hard-core TV binge-watch — at least the kind that involves a DVR or streaming video — the binger has the option to press those two rightward-pointing triangles, scoot past the opening titles and immediately continue consuming episodes. …

Around the Remote: ‘Game of Thrones’ Returns for Fourth Season

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Don’t Miss: Game Of Thrones — Let the Game begin. The horrific events of last year’s Red Wedding figure to cast an ominous shadow over Season 4 of the fantasy epic. Now Arya (Maisie Williams) and what’s left of the Stark family are vowing bloody revenge on the …

Movie Makes You Hunger For More

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen. It’s a captivating first feature from Indian writer/director Ritesh Batra. In her Mumbai apartment, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) spoons deep-fried chickpeas and succulent …

‘Winter Soldier’ Raises the Bar for Comics Movies

Saturday, April 5, 2014

You wouldn’t think that there was much more to do with movies set in the Marvel comics universe. You’d be wrong. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes a flying leap off the basic premise of superhero movies and …