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When former head of Pixar and Disney Animation John Lasseter was forced to leave following allegations of inappropriate behavior, and was then hired by Skydance to run its animation…

from Hollywood Breakdown

The annual UCLA study tallies box office numbers and ratings alongside diversity both on and off screen. Today's "increasingly diverse audiences prefer diverse film and television content," it finds.

from NPR

You is a Lifetime production that first aired in September. It became popular after Netflix picked it up.

Why the stalker boyfriend in the TV show ‘You’ is appealing to women

You is a Lifetime production that first aired in September. It became popular after Netflix picked it up.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki is Syrian, but several years ago, he fled that country and now lives in Berlin. But he wanted to know why his country had descended into chaos.

In ‘Of Fathers and Sons,’ what it’s like living among terrorists

Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki is Syrian, but several years ago, he fled that country and now lives in Berlin. But he wanted to know why his country had descended into chaos.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Would Christian Bale be nominated for his portrayal of Dick Cheney without help from prosthetics? Will 3D printed crowns beat out bejeweled crowns?

The costume, hair and makeup artists that make Hollywood sparkle

Would Christian Bale be nominated for his portrayal of Dick Cheney without help from prosthetics? Will 3D printed crowns beat out bejeweled crowns?

from Design and Architecture

Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari are back on tour after taking months off after accusations of sexual misconduct. Their shows are selling out all over the country.

What’s changed in the comedy industry after #MeToo?

Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari are back on tour after taking months off after accusations of sexual misconduct. Their shows are selling out all over the country.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Actors’ Gang has two things that run through their productions: style and politics.   The style is a distant relative of Commedia Dell’Arte, the Italian comic tradition built…

A method to the political madness

The Actors’ Gang has two things that run through their productions: style and politics.  The style is a distant relative of Commedia Dell’Arte, the Italian comic tradition built…

from Opening the Curtain

The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez, who did “From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Sin City," and it comes by its visual elegance honestly, since the technology derives from James Cameron's…

Alita: Battle Angel

The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez, who did “From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Sin City," and it comes by its visual elegance honestly, since the technology derives from James Cameron's…

from Film Reviews

Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson talks Grammy wins with "Black Panther" and Childish Gambino.

Ludwig Göransson: "Black Panther’’

Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson talks Grammy wins with "Black Panther" and Childish Gambino.

from The Treatment

Director Adam McKay on the history and heart of former Vice President Dick Cheney in "Vice".

Adam McKay: "Vice’’

Director Adam McKay on the history and heart of former Vice President Dick Cheney in "Vice".

from The Treatment

Our critics review “Alita: Battle Angel,” the big-budget film about a woman cyborg; “Happy Death Day 2U,” about a masked killer who targets college students; “Isn’t it Romantic,”…

James Cameron’s ‘Alita:’ Great visuals but no payoff

Our critics review “Alita: Battle Angel,” the big-budget film about a woman cyborg; “Happy Death Day 2U,” about a masked killer who targets college students; “Isn’t it Romantic,”…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The New York Times published an investigation this week detailing singer Ryan Adams’ history of alleged sexual misconduct and emotional abuse.

What does Ryan Adams scandal say about abuse of power in the music industry?

The New York Times published an investigation this week detailing singer Ryan Adams’ history of alleged sexual misconduct and emotional abuse.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The story of Tom Catena, a doctor who risks his life daily to proffer medical care in an African war zone, is as remarkable as it is inspiring.

The Power of Living in Service to the Oppressed

The story of Tom Catena, a doctor who risks his life daily to proffer medical care in an African war zone, is as remarkable as it is inspiring.

from Scheer Intelligence

From the highly unpopular popular film category idea to the hosting debacle to the Academy's latest decision to relegate the presentation of four awards to commercial breaks, the…

The Oscar for biggest controversy goes to...

From the highly unpopular popular film category idea to the hosting debacle to the Academy's latest decision to relegate the presentation of four awards to commercial breaks, the…

from Hollywood Breakdown

“Birds of Passage” is set at the birth of the Colombian drug trade in the late 1960s.

‘Birds of Passage’ focuses on the drug trade, but it’s not your ‘Narcos’ or ‘Godfather’

“Birds of Passage” is set at the birth of the Colombian drug trade in the late 1960s.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I appear on an obscure talk show on CSPAN one time, get recognized the next day by one person, and think I’m now a famous person who will…

Never heard of it

This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I appear on an obscure talk show on CSPAN one time, get recognized the next day by one person, and think I’m now a famous person who will…

from Martini Shot

Lorena Bobbitt captured the nation’s attention 25 years ago by cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it out of her car window.

Lorena Bobbitt: Behind the punchlines, a story of domestic violence

Lorena Bobbitt captured the nation’s attention 25 years ago by cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it out of her car window.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The consensus on this year's Grammys seems to be--it was a good one! But were speeches cut off too soon?

How to build a better awards telecast

The consensus on this year's Grammys seems to be--it was a good one! But were speeches cut off too soon?

from Screengrab

Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” at the Ahmanson is fascinating as much for what it isn’t as for what it is.

Questioning a fairy tale

Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” at the Ahmanson is fascinating as much for what it isn’t as for what it is.

from Opening the Curtain

"Cold Pursuit” finds Liam Neeson once again in avenger mode—it’s a given that he’s recapitulating the spirit of “Taken.”

Cold Pursuit

"Cold Pursuit” finds Liam Neeson once again in avenger mode—it’s a given that he’s recapitulating the spirit of “Taken.”

from Film Reviews