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Black Lives Matter: Tessa Thompson, Black stars show support

Tessa Thompson shouted for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to defund the police in front of the Getty House, the official mayoral residence. “605 South Irving,” an organizer yelled. “Tell people to pull up.” “Care, not cops!” the crowd clamored. “Where you at, Eric?” they asked. Thompson turned out to a Pan Pacific Park protest […]

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Italian composer Ennio Morricone elevated music and movies

It’s hard for me to recall the most vivid moments in “Mission to Mars,” Brian De Palma’s outer-space drama from 2000, without hearing the great music of Ennio Morricone. That probably isn’t how you expected this to begin, but then, Morricone had a thing for unusual overtures, so bear with me. At one point in […]

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‘Hamilton’ connects a little girl to Phillipa Soo: ‘It’s me’

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive at a time when theater-loving kids can see themselves in “Hamilton.” Actress Phillipa Soo, who is Chinese American, recently shared a heartwarming video of a young Asian girl declaring, “It’s me!” while watching Soo perform as Eliza Schuyler in Disney+’s movie adaptation of […]

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‘Greyhound’ review: Tom Hanks returns to World War II

Labeling someone as capable may seem like faint praise, but in the case of many of the characters in the Tom Hanks pantheon you could say it is a requisite trait. Astronaut, Army Ranger, Cold War attorney, airline pilot, even Mister Rogers — all exhibit degrees of discipline and attention to detail that beget results. […]

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Ennio Morricone 10 best film scores

Ennio Morricone wasn’t just the most important film composer of the 20th century, he was also the busiest. Morricone, who died Monday in Rome at age 91, is best known for his early work with Italian “spaghetti western” director Sergio Leone on movies including “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad and the […]

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How Black Hollywood is fighting for Black Lives Matter

Tessa Thompson shouted for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to defund the police in front of the Getty House, the official mayoral residence. “605 South Irving,” an organizer yelled. “Tell people to pull up.” “Care, not cops!” the crowd clamored. “Where you at, Eric?” they asked. Thompson turned out to a Pan Pacific Park protest […]

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‘Tropic Thunder’ producer Stuart Cornfeld dies at 67

Stuart Cornfeld, who produced “Zoolander,” “Dodgeball” and “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller, died on June 26 of cancer. He was 67. The news was confirmed by his friend, actress Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, and others on social media. “He was the funniest person on the planet,” she wrote. “I will miss him terribly.” Very sad to let […]

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How ‘Athlete A’ could change Olympic gymnastics

Last summer, one of the biggest USA Gymnastics meets took place just a few miles from Rachael Denhollander’s home in Louisville, Ky. She badly wanted to take her daughters to the competition, especially because it was rumored that Olympian Simone Biles would unveil a triple-twisting double tuck — something no female gymnast had ever performed. […]

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How ‘Hamilton’ star Renée Elise Goldsberry nailed ‘Satisfied’

“Rewind, rewind, rewind,” interrupts the ensemble. The lights warp, the tables turn, the dancers seem to go backwards. Didn’t we just see these moves in the previous song “Helpless,” about how Eliza Schuyler fell in love with Alexander Hamilton? Yes, you did. And now you’re watching it all over again — this time, from the […]