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Critics review the latest film releases: “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” “Taking Venice,” “Hit Man,” and “Queen of the Deuce.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As Disney plans to pour $1.9 billion into upgrading its Anaheim resort, workers say the company needs to look out for them too.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A frighteningly lackluster summer box office, human ScarJo dukes it out with OpenAI’s ‘definitely-not-supposed-to-sound-like-ScarJo’ ScarJo, and the movies making noise at this year’s…

Spring Megabanter: Cannes flops, Scarlett Johansson vs. OpenAI, underwhelming box offices

A frighteningly lackluster summer box office, human ScarJo dukes it out with OpenAI’s ‘definitely-not-supposed-to-sound-like-ScarJo’ ScarJo, and the movies making noise at this year’s…

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Academy Award-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland reveals why ‘Cool Hand Luke’ is one of those films he can't resist watching whenever it crosses his path.

Brian Helgeland on the power of one in ‘Cool Hand Luke’

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland reveals why ‘Cool Hand Luke’ is one of those films he can't resist watching whenever it crosses his path.

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Director Ned Benson joins to talk about exploring music-as-time-travel (literally) via his new film “The Greatest Hits.”

Filmmaker Ned Benson plays with the ‘hits’

Director Ned Benson joins to talk about exploring music-as-time-travel (literally) via his new film “The Greatest Hits.”

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Director Pamela Adlon breaks down the good, bad, and messy dynamics of female friendships and parenthood that make up her debut feature, “Babes.”

Pamela Adlon’s new film ‘Babes’ keeps it messy

Director Pamela Adlon breaks down the good, bad, and messy dynamics of female friendships and parenthood that make up her debut feature, “Babes.”

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In “Possible Selves,” Shaun Kadlec captures the inspiring stories of LA foster teens as they navigate their dreams of graduating college.

‘I don't call anybody mom or dad’: LA foster teens reveal their stories

In “Possible Selves,” Shaun Kadlec captures the inspiring stories of LA foster teens as they navigate their dreams of graduating college.

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The latest film releases are Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Taking Venice, Hit Man, and Queen of the Deuce.

Weekend film reviews: ‘Furiosa,’ ‘Taking Venice,’ ‘Hit Man’

The latest film releases are Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Taking Venice, Hit Man, and Queen of the Deuce.

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Film critic Tim Grierson reviews what’s new at Cannes, including works from Francis Ford Coppola and Yorgos Lanthimos. A Donald Trump biopic is also in the lineup.

What to check out at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

Film critic Tim Grierson reviews what’s new at Cannes, including works from Francis Ford Coppola and Yorgos Lanthimos. A Donald Trump biopic is also in the lineup.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Emmy winning actor Jeff Daniels takes on the prose of Tom Wolfe and the direction of Regina King in his new Netflix series “A Man in Full.”

Jeff Daniels on 'A Man in Full' and life lessons from James Gandolfini

Emmy winning actor Jeff Daniels takes on the prose of Tom Wolfe and the direction of Regina King in his new Netflix series “A Man in Full.”

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Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali breaks down his new Netflix series “Heeramandi,” about a house of courtesans during the Indian independence movement.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali will find the humor in any situation

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali breaks down his new Netflix series “Heeramandi,” about a house of courtesans during the Indian independence movement.

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Director Ava DuVernay discusses the impact of Haile Gerima’s film “Sankofa” on her work, praising its depictions of resistance and empowerment.

Ava DuVernay on the resonance of Haile Gerima’s film ‘Sankofa’

Director Ava DuVernay discusses the impact of Haile Gerima’s film “Sankofa” on her work, praising its depictions of resistance and empowerment.

from The Treatment

Amazon and Netflix boasted subscription numbers during their in-person debuts at the 2024 Upfronts, and Jimmy Kimmel roasted Disney CEO Bob Iger at the company’s presentation.

2024 Upfronts takeaways; Netflix, Apple TV+, Peacock announce streaming bundle

Amazon and Netflix boasted subscription numbers during their in-person debuts at the 2024 Upfronts, and Jimmy Kimmel roasted Disney CEO Bob Iger at the company’s presentation.

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The filmmaker shares why the nuances of gender and identity play a major role in their work, and a critical revelation gleaned from a mushroom trip with friends.

‘I Saw the TV Glow’ director Jane Schoenbrun on suburban alienation, identity, and A24

The filmmaker shares why the nuances of gender and identity play a major role in their work, and a critical revelation gleaned from a mushroom trip with friends.

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The latest film releases include Back to Black, IF, Gasoline Rainbow, and Babes.

Weekend film reviews: ‘Back to Black,’ ‘IF,’ ‘Gasoline Rainbow’

The latest film releases include Back to Black, IF, Gasoline Rainbow, and Babes.

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Critics review the latest film releases: “Back to Black,” “IF,” “Gasoline Rainbow,” and “Babes.”

Weekend film reviews: ‘Back to Black,’ ‘IF,’ ‘Gasoline Rainbow’

Critics review the latest film releases: “Back to Black,” “IF,” “Gasoline Rainbow,” and “Babes.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Comedian Richard Gadd says “Baby Reindeer” is a true story of his stalker. That woman says Gadd exaggerated greatly and is threatening to sue.

Netflix in legal trouble over hit series ‘Baby Reindeer’

Comedian Richard Gadd says “Baby Reindeer” is a true story of his stalker. That woman says Gadd exaggerated greatly and is threatening to sue.

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Before a note is sung, artists at the LA Opera Costume Shop put in hundreds of hours of work creating outfits that bring each show to life.

‘Every detail is essential’: Costuming LA Opera's ‘Turandot’

Before a note is sung, artists at the LA Opera Costume Shop put in hundreds of hours of work creating outfits that bring each show to life.

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Roger Corman, who died last Thursday, helped launch the careers of directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and James Cameron.

Roger Corman ‘never lost a dime’: Remembering the indie film pioneer

Roger Corman, who died last Thursday, helped launch the careers of directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and James Cameron.

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LA Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel talks about conducting Beethoven's only opera, plus his choice to start leading the New York Philharmonic in 2026.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is soon off to NYC but says LA is home

LA Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel talks about conducting Beethoven's only opera, plus his choice to start leading the New York Philharmonic in 2026.

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