FROM Kristian Harloff
Friday Film: “Fifty Shades” Drops It’s Friday, and the day before Valentine’s Day, so we can all admit what news story is on our minds today: Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters this weekend. The movie already took in nearly $9 million from midnight showings last night, and it’s expected to hit the $70 million mark by Sunday. When it comes to pre-sale tickets, Fifty Shades has already been crowned the biggest Valentine’s release of all time. So, is it any good? We talk about that and more in our regular Friday film segment.
Halloween at the Theater There’s not a lot candy at the box office. But if you’re headed to the theater this weekend - presumably to avoid all of the people in sexy carrot or zombie Waldo costumes - we’ve got your weekend movie guide.
Movie Roundup: Biopics and Superheros Marvel’s pretty much printing money these days with all of their movie efforts. Will “Guardians of the Galaxy follow suit? And a James Brown biopic hits theaters this weekend. What’s the secret to making a great biopic? All the new releases, and some casting news as well in this week’s Movie Roundup.
Film Roundup This week’s film segment takes a look at new releases and the latest biz stories out of Hollywood. On the docket: Palo Alto, Chef, Neighbors, and God’s Pocket. And why on earth do we need a movie version of 90’s kid show Power Rangers?
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
LA cleantech's future, music photographer Mick Rock As President Trump embraces dirty fuels, what happens to LA's burgeoning cleantech industry? Start-up companies are planning for an uncertain future but staying optimistic. Veteran photographer Mick Rock defined a musical era. Now the camera has been turned on him. Mick Rock and Barnaby Clay talk about capturing glam and its legacy in Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.