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James Blake poses for a portrait Jan. 16 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles to promote his latest album, "Assume Form."<br>Rebecca Cabage, Invision/AP

James Blake, music's most requested collaborator, opens up

Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones. Key projects have helped Blake, a British singer-songwriter-producer with a distinct downbeat electronic sound, develop and expand as an artist — growth heard throughout his latest project, “Assume Form.”



Movie review: It's a struggle to find the bright side to 'The Upside'

Kevin Hart’s transition from brattily charming comic persona to serious dramatic cinematic presence isn’t going quite as planned. His extracurricular controversies notwithstanding, the comedian’s first turn in a more serious role in "The Upside" -- a remake of the award-winning French hit "The Intouchables," across from Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman -- should have been a slam dunk. And yet, "The Upside" is missing some critical elements, and it’s a struggle to find the bright side to this rather hackneyed film.


Movie review: 'A Dog's Way Home' is a sweet but outlandish tale

With the proliferation of dog movies in the past couple of years, it’s no surprise that the astonishing animal journey film would soon resurface. "The Adventures of Milo and Otis" and the "Homeward Bound" movies were wildly popular family movies in the 1980s and ’90s, and now joining the canon is "A Dog’s Way Home."


'Bohemian Rhapsody' upsets 'Star Is Born' at Golden Globes

Thunderbolt and lightning rocked the 76th Golden Globes where a string of upsets culminated with the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” winning best picture, drama, over another movie about musicians: Bradley Cooper’s much more heavily favored “A Star Is Born.”

The 'Bird Box' challenge prompts Netflix to warn fans not to 'end up in the hospital due to memes'

In "Bird Box," Sandra Bullock leads two children, all blindfolded because of a mysterious danger, on a journey to safety. The movie, which received mixed reviews, became an inexplicable well for memes over the holidays. Netflix announced that 45 million people had viewed it on the platform in the first seven days since its release. And then, just as Bullock became known as "the lady from 'Bird Box'" in a bunch of memes, doing things on camera while blindfolded for laughs has become the "Bird Box" challenge.


Adam McKay went from Ron Burgundy to Dick Cheney, and it actually makes perfect sense

"Will (Ferrell) and I joke that we single-handedly ruined Paul Thomas Anderson's producing career before it started," Adam McKay says, casually splaying his 6-foot-5 frame across the couch, as though in a weekly therapy session.


Meet Gang of Youths, the hell-raising rock band whose songs grapple with God

David Le’aupepe was looking for salvation. Instead, he found rock stardom. With his tight black jeans, black button-down, wild mane of curly black hair, unkempt beard, armful of tattoos and silver nose ring, the 26-year-old looked every bit the rock star during a recent interview. But his is a strange origin story.


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  • From Scientology to 'Second Act,' BFFs Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini stick together

    "I don’t think this lighting is going to work," Jennifer Lopez says. She has just turned up at a photo shoot, and she is dismayed. "Newspapers don’t do retouching," the actress points out, "and ugly don’t sell movies." Best friend Leah Remini stands by patiently. The two will be posing together in a photograph for a story about to their new film, "Second Act," but Remini seems less concerned about the images.


  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' wants to change the game for Hollywood's two biggest genres

    Peter Ramsey knows how closely the entertainment industry is following the movie he just co-directed. After all, that film, the animated "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse," is supposed to blow the doors off the end-of-year-box-office, save a major studio and also rocket mature animation and superhero film categories into a new future. You know, minor goals.


  • The eyes have it

    To director Thom Zimny, the key element in his filmed version of Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show was in the star’s eyes. The Netflix documentary makes its first appearance on the service early in the morning of Dec. 16, hours after the singer’s 236th and last performance of “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theater. A soundtrack is being released Dec. 14.


  • Shameik Moore slings webs as first biracial Spider-Man in film

    A journal entry penned when Shameik Moore was teenager laid out one of his dreams — to play Spider-Man on the big screen. That dream is now partially realized with Moore serving as the voice of the web-slinger in the new animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”


  • This year’s essential Christmas albums ranked, from ‘Shatner Claus’ to the irresistible JD McPherson

    The spirit of inspiration runs stronger than usual through this year’s batch of holiday music collections, with fresh melodies and lyrics in some of the best. Veteran country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, Oklahoma recent arrival JD McPherson, the long-running Nashville-based genre-defying band the Mavericks and Texas’ barnstorming Old 97’s each have delivered Christmas albums built around inviting new songs that make them worthy additions to the favorites you might turn to year in and year out.


  • Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Brandi Carlile lead as 2019 Grammy nominations expand, diversify

    Recording Academy voters were most impressed this year with the sound of Wakanda, the fictional African country from the film "Black Panther." The music Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar assembled to accompany the Marvel Studios blockbuster received a field-leading eight nominations for its album and singles, including the hat trick of recognition in the top three categories of record, album and song of the year.


  • Wounded warrior displays his sense of humor on new Netflix series

    Senior Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr., survivor of a 2005 roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan, appeared on an episode of "Bumping Mics With Jeff Ross & Dave Attell."


  • Mandel offers 26 cases for return of ‘Deal or No Deal’

    CNBC executives have said “deal” to bringing back the television game show “Deal or No Deal.” Almost 10 years since the competition program hosted by Howie Mandel went off the air, new episodes will air on the cable channel.


  • From transgressive to trope: 'Unlikable' women suddenly dominate films

    In "The Favourite," Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone play Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill and Abigail Hill, three women sparring, seducing and strategizing their way through the corridors of power in 17th-century England. It's just the latest sprout in a bumper crop of movies depicting women, if not at their best, then at least in some form of sisterly solidarity: From the depraved sisterhood of "Suspiria" to Viola Davis coolly leading a team of henchwomen in "Widows," 2018 is shaping up to be a year singularly devoted to the vicarious pleasures of feminist troublemaking.


  • How 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' spoofs the Disney Princess industrial complex

    Pamela Ribon was so anxious about her idea, she had to pause to ask herself: If I write this, will it get me fired? It was with a taste for the satiric that Ribon began to muse: What if, at one point in the film, I surrounded Vanellope Von Schweetz, the "Ralph" franchise’s endearingly daring video-game racer (voiced by Sarah Silverman), with enough Disney princesses that it resembled a sorority reunion -- and then teasingly lampooned their tropes?


  • Ali channels the pain of frustrated black artists in 'Green Book,' but sees Hollywood's changing attitude

    Roughly halfway through "Green Book," about one of the unlikeliest friendships of the pre-Civil Rights era, Jamaican piano prodigy Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), explains to his Italian American driver and companion, Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), that though he’s found success playing popular music, he was trained for the classical stage. "Trained?" says Vallelonga. "What are you, a seal? People love what you do. Anyone can sound like Beethoven or Joe Pan or them other guys you said. But your music, what you do, only you can do that." "Thank you, Tony," Shirley says patiently. "But not everyone can play Chopin, not like I can."


  • ‘Medal of Honor’ series is veteran-made, from lighting to action

    The producers of the Netflix series hope the eight stories will inspire new generations of Americans and that they’ll be able to continue telling stories of the more than 3,500 Americans who have received the country's highest military award.


  • Away from sitcoms, Chuck Lorre has something to say about old men and friendship

    Among the promises of Netflix’s streaming revolution is the notion that people who excel at creating one kind of TV (people such as Chuck Lorre, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy) might truly flourish when freed from the challenges of prime time. No more worries about overnight and time-shifted Nielsen ratings. No more structuring episodes around precisely measured commercial breaks. No restrictions on adult themes and language. But those are mostly technical matters. What about artistry? Can a producer who succeeds within network boundaries rise to the challenge of creating something surprising and authentic, while still retaining that broad sense of appeal?


  • How 'Bohemian Rhapsody' ended up in 'Wayne's World' and became a phenomenon again

    "Bohemian Rhapsody" was such an unlikely song that became an even more unlikely hit. The Queen biopic of the same name, now in theaters, depicts the original story of how the rock-operatic single came to be, with a cameo from none other than Mike Myers.


  • Timberlake wrote ‘Cry Me a River’ amid Spears breakup in just two hours

    Justin Timberlake only needed a couple hours to write one of the biggest — and most personal — songs of his career. The pop star revealed he churned out “Cry Me a River,” the breakup ballad widely believed to be about Britney Spears, extremely quickly.


  • Kali Uchis used to live out of her car. Now, she’s one of pop music’s rising stars

    Kali Uchis is highly particular. She likes the design of D.C.’s Line hotel but wishes the TV in her room could swing out from its wall mount. She enjoys Los Angeles, but the lack of seasonal weather makes her feel as though she’s caught in a "Groundhog Day" loop. She’s selective about whom she works with, she says, because she’s averse to other people telling her how she should sound.


  • Q&A

    Jonah Hill on toxic masculinity and skateboarding

    Jonah Hill has always wanted to direct. He worships filmmakers and has treated what he describes as an “accidental” but “wonderful” 15-year acting career as a partial film school, learning from people like Bennett Miller, who directed him in “Moneyball” and Martin Scorsese on “The Wolf of Wall Street.” But Hill didn’t just want to make any film, he wanted to have something to say, and the confidence and “emotional maturity” required to lead people.


  • Jennifer Garner was waiting to be asked back to TV

    It has been a dozen years since Jennifer Garner starred in the spy-vs.-spy television series “Alias.” Since then, she’s been working almost exclusively in film, with productions such as “Catch and Release,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Peppermint.”


  • Fillion ready to start over with 'The Rookie'

    Although he hit pay dirt with his successful series “Castle,” actor Nathan Fillion is starting all over again. In his new role on ABC’s “The Rookie,” he plays a rookie cop. And not just any novice. He’s the oldest recruit on the Los Angeles Police Department -- a 40-year-old who has decided to reinvent himself by taking on one of the toughest jobs in the city.


  • Writer-director on an endangered species: an original movie from a Hollywood studio

    As a screenwriter and director, Drew Goddard has racked up a virtually unbroken string of success, whether working on scripts for box-office hits like "Cloverfield," "The Martian" and "World War Z" or directing the critically acclaimed 2012 horror-satire "The Cabin in the Woods."


  • This season, 'Charmed,' 'Magnum P.I.' are riding a nostalgia wave. Here’s why.

    If there’s one truism in this era of too much TV, it’s this: Old shows never die -- they simply get rebooted (or revived).


  • From Venom to Bane, here is a ranking of Tom Hardy’s unusual movie accents

    When Sony Pictures released the first trailer for “Venom” almost six months ago, there was almost too much in it to fully process: Investigative reporter Tom Hardy is a regular Bob Woodward, which apparently means he needs to threaten Jenny Slate while standing near boxes of penne rigate! She definitely mispronounces “symbiote” while referring to evil geniusRiz Ahmed’s villainous experiments! Oh, and Venom is super, super ugly!


  • Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott play complicated characters in 'Venom'

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s norm is there’s no doubt about who’s good and who’s bad. Think of Thanos, the Vulture or Dr. Doom. There’s plenty of conflict in director Ruben Fleischer’s (“Zombieland”) action-filled “Venom,” but there’s a lot more gray area when it comes to the characters.


  • ’AFV’ hosting job is a natural fit for Alfonso Ribeiro

    Most of each episode of the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is scripted for host Alfonso Ribeiro. That includes the clever introductions to the video clips sent in by viewers in hopes of winning $10,000 and the commentary Ribeiro delivers during and after each funny on-screen moment. One thing not written ahead of time for the 47-year-old host is the final interview Ribeiro does with the family whose home video has been deemed funnier than the two other contenders by a vote of the studio audience.


  • Kevin Hart, Malcolm D. Lee and Will Packer on putting together a motley crew for 'Night School'

    When Kevin Hart came up with the idea for "Night School," he conceived of it as an adult version of John Hughes' classic "The Breakfast Club."


  • Keira Knightley looks to 'Colette' for courage in the battle against her own self-doubt

    At first, Keira Knightley thought everything was going to be fine.


  • Horror maven Eli Roth's unlikely pivot to family fare with 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'

    Eli Roth sat in an editing room on the Universal Pictures lot in September, eagerly preparing to show off a scene from his latest movie, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls." Given his filmography, which features such gory and gruesome low-budget horror movies as "Cabin Fever" and "Hostel," this would normally be the moment when you’d steel your stomach for an evisceration, a disemboweling or perhaps an impalement. But this is a different kind of Eli Roth movie altogether -- about an awkward, innocent young boy discovering the wonders of magic.


  • Josh Groban on his serious new album and his goofy new sitcom

    The last few years have been big ones for Josh Groban, Musical Theater Nut.


  • 'The Resident' takes a different look at the medical world

    Matt Czuchry is talking as loudly as he can to be heard over the din of music and people talking at a party being thrown by Fox to promote the 2018-2019 fall TV season. He’s part of that lineup through his medical drama, “The Resident,” that has been given a second season order.


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    Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s hotly anticipated 'A Star is Born' is here - and it is lavishly delightful

    The skeptics scoffed when they heard Bradley Cooper had decided to make his directorial debut with yet another remake of “A Star is Born.” What could this relative newcomer to the Hollywood hierarchy possibly bring to one of show business’s Ur-myths of ambition, self-destruction and the cruel vagaries of fame?


  • New 'Magnum' almost walked away from acting

    Two and a half years ago actor Jay Hernandez was about to quit. He’d been acting since he was 18 and while he could always wangle some sort of acting job, he wasn’t excited by the work.


  • Anna Kendrick flirts with dark comedy in Paul Feig's 'A Simple Favor'

    Paul Feig's latest film, "A Simple Favor," is hard to categorize.


  • Emmy Awards audience shrinks: Early TV ratings for NBC's telecast drop 10 percent from 2017

    The ratings slide for the Emmy Awards that has come with the rise of streaming TV shows continued with Monday's telecast, according to preliminary data from Nielsen


  • From 'The Breakfast Club' to book club

    It’s a little surreal to meet Emilio Estevez in a library. Movie fans of a certain age would be forgiven for expecting him to break out dancing atop the stacks, as he did 33 years ago in “The Breakfast Club.”


  • Comedy, horror and an unmasked Tom Hardy: How 'Venom's' director built a fresh 'Spider-Man' spinoff

    In an edit bay on the Sony Pictures lot, Ruben Fleischer looked outwardly calm but was clearly feeling some heat. At 43, the director was just weeks away from the release of the biggest film of his career: the dark comic-book movie “Venom,” which Sony is banking on to launch a series of interconnected films that will expand on the world of the studio’s marquee comic-book star, Spider-Man. “Every time, you’re nervous,” said Fleischer, who directed “Zombieland,” “30 Minutes or Less” and “Gangster Squad.” “But this is the most predominant film genre so you’re under a bigger magnifying glass. That’s a new experience for me.”


  • Quirky and unpredictable, actor Jeff Goldblum’s fame transcends his work

    What is it about this 65-year-old man that he, as time marches on, has inspired so much good will and an almost overwhelming fan base? For those who don’t know, Goldblum is one of the rare celebrities whose fame seems to transcend anything he’s actually done - and inexplicably grows with age. That isn’t to say he doesn’t boast an impressive r?sum?, but for legions of young fans he’s become what The Washington Post’s Elahe Izadi cleverly dubbed a "beloved living meme."


  • Get a preview of nearly 50 new flicks

    It's the season of dynamic duos: Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga, Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart, Jack Black & Cate Blanchett

    This fall at the multiplex, Bradley Cooper becomes a director, Jamie Lee Curtis revisits her slasher-movie past, Queen's Freddie Mercury gets the biopic treatment, Tiffany Haddish schools Kevin Hart and Neil Armstrong goes back to the moon.


  • In 'A Star is Born,' Lady Gaga lets go and shows a more real version of herself

    She walked downstairs and there he was, staring at her.


  • Eminem surprises fans by releasing 'Kamikaze,' his 10th album

    Eminem has a surprise for his fans. At midnight on Friday on the East Coast, the rapper announced on Twitter the release of a new album, "Kamikaze."


  • 'Black Panther' is on the hunt for a best picture Oscar, no matter what happens with the 'popular film' prize

    When the Academy Awards were held the first weekend of March, “Black Panther” was dominating both the box office and cultural conversation in its third week in theaters. The Marvel movie loomed large at the Oscars as well - cast members were greeted with cheers on the red carpet and host Jimmy Kimmel mentioned it twice during his opening monologue. (“Imagine a country with a black leader. Wouldn’t that be swell?”)


  • John Cho was 'Searching' for movie making answers

    There was a very big reason John Cho initially balked at the offer to star in “Searching,” the story of a father forced to dive deep into the online world to search for clues to the disappearance of his teenage daughter. He liked the story and even the fact that that first-time director, Aneesh Chaganty, shared a deep connection to the Bay area. The character was interesting and really touched him on a personal level.


  • 'Crazy Rich Asians' dominates the box office, makes history for representation

    Warner Bros.' highly anticipated "Crazy Rich Asians" dominated the box office this weekend, making history for Asian-American representation and becoming the highest-opening romantic comedy since 2015's "Trainwreck."


  • 'Crazy Rich Asians' breakout star Awkwafina is here to steal scenes and change the way you see Asian American women

    She was filming a scene with Rihanna for “Ocean’s 8” in the New York Times building, as one does, and when she walked outside, it was nighttime in the city where she grew up. It was beautiful and crisp and clear, and when she looked up, she saw it: The office where she used to work. The one she would take the subway to every morning, hating herself. The office where she got fired.


  • ANALYSIS

    The summer comedy is dead - long live the summer comedy

    It somehow seems very far away, but it was just seven years ago when “Bridesmaids” changed the face of the summer film comedy.


  • Facing declining Oscars ratings, motion picture academy announces creation of new 'popular film' category

    In a series of moves that could shake up the very nature of the Oscars, including the types of films nominated and the length of the telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday announced sweeping new changes that are among the most dramatic in the tradition-bound group's more than 90-year history.


  • The 12 best movies of the year (so far)

    Hollywood used to release its summer movies during the summer. But the race to be the first into the theaters has gradually changed the timing. Now the “summer” blockbusters start showing up in the spring.


  • Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play a more real female friendship for laughs in 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'

    Having a conversation with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon is a lot like sitting in on an improv session at the Upright Citizens Brigade (where "Saturday Night Live" star McKinnon earned her stripes).


  • Atwell, McGregor love sharing spotlight with Pooh in 'Christopher Robin'

    Director Marc Forster turned to some big acting names to tell his story of a bear not much bigger than a honey pot in "Christopher Robin." The film opens nationwide Friday.


  • Step aside, Arnold, and make way for the women of the new 'Terminator'

    Paramount Pictures on Wednesday released an official photo for the upcoming “Terminator” movie, and make no mistake: These women are a force to be reckoned with.


  • 'Eighth Grade' breakout talks channeling her awkwardness on-screen

    Elsie Fisher is just trying to enjoy her lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., but her waiter won’t stop telling jokes. And they’re really bad jokes. Painful, in fact.


  • From 'Black Panther' to 'Incredibles 2': Times film critics assess 2018, so far, at the movies

    With Hollywood's hot summer movie season soon giving way to the dog days of August, and a temporary lull before the annual awards season starts in earnest, Times film critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan take the opportunity to reflect on the year in cinema so far. From the cultural phenomenon that was "Black Panther" to a summer driven by high-profile sequels and a good deal of small gems in between, they assess where we're at before we see what's to come.


  • Rebecca Ferguson is back with 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout,' and, yes, she brought her motorcycle

    When Ethan Hunt and Ilsa Faust reunite in “Mission: Impossible - Fallout,” he’s surprised. He thought she had gotten out of the spy game.


  • Music helped 'Hot Summer Nights' actors find their characters

    “Hot Summer Nights” director/writer Elijah Bynum uses music to soothe the savage beast of acting. Before filming started on his feature, which looks at sex, drugs and a hurricane in the early ’90s, he gave his lead actors a list of songs to listen to while forming their characters.


  • 'Mamma Mia' maestro Judy Craymer hopes lightning strikes twice for feelgood franchise

    Judy Craymer still remembers the first time she heard ABBA. Although she professes to have been more of a fan of David Bowie and heavy rock as a teenager, the Swedish pop group’s melodies stuck with Craymer, and she sensed a visual connection in the music. "I always loved their videos -- because they were the first to do those videos -- and I always saw a sense of fun comedy and self-deprecation," the producer says, sitting in her office in London’s ritzy St. James district.


  • Trust was key for Antoine Fuqua while making 'Equalizer 2'

    Antoine Fuqua doesn’t think of "The Equalizer 2" as a follow-up film to his 2014 offering "The Equalizer." Yes, they both feature Denzel Washington taking on the role of Robert McCall. The two films are built around the idea -- first established in "The Equalizer" TV series in the ’80s - that McCall unselfishly helps the helpless.


  • Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal offer ode to Oakland

    Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have known each other since they were in high school. That kind of longevity made a big difference when sitting down to write the script for "Blindspotting." They respected each other’s talents so much that they were willing to experiment with their tale of two friends dealing with life in a rapidly changing Oakland.

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