Entertainment

Making ‘Suicide Squad’ a Smash, Despite Withering Reviews

Photo A woman dressed as Harley Quinn at Anime Friends, an anime, gaming and comics event in Buenos Aires. Credit Agustin Marcarian/Associated Press Backed by a meticulously executed marketing campaign, “Suicide Squad” pushed through abysmal reviews to set box office records for Warner Bros. over the weekend. Ticket sales for that violent PG-13 film totaled about $135 million, the best ...

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David Huddleston, the Title Lebowski in ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Dies at 85

Photo David Huddleston, right, with Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Big Lebowski.” Credit Gramercy Pictures, via Everett Collection David Huddleston, a burly, cantankerous and prolific character actor who had the title role opposite Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 mistaken-identity noir comedy, died on Tuesday in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 85. His wife, Sarah ...

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Review: In ‘Nine Lives,’ a Man’s Life Is Like a Litter Box

Photo Jennifer Garner, left, and Malina Weissman in “Nine Lives.” Credit Takashi Seida/EuropaCorp Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken at least chose to be in “Nine Lives.” The cast member you really feel bad for is the cat. It presumably was forced into the job by its manager, or agent, or whatever. Its résumé may never recover. The film, ...

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Review: In ‘Little Men,’ Boys Develop a Bond That Is Threatened by Money

Photo Michael Barbieri, left, and Theo Taplitz in “Little Men.” Credit Magnolia Pictures There is hardly a shortage of buddy movies about mismatched men bonding under duress, but films that chart the emotional weather of everyday male friendship are rare. Literature has more to offer, at least as far as boys are concerned. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have a ...

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Kate McKinnon on ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘S.N.L.’ and Hillary Clinton

How so? In most combat scenarios, I find that I’m pretty steady. [laughs] No, seriously. “S.N.L.” can be a stressful environment, and I am panicking constantly, but I guess I keep it pretty internal. Because I’ve been told that I seem calm-ish. Did you consult with any real-life scientists? I’ve been a big astrophysics nut since I was 12. I ...

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Stephen Sondheim Hopes His Next Musical Will Be Produced in 2017

Photo Ofelia Montesco as Beatriz in “The Exterminating Angel” (1962). Credit Criterion Collection It’s looking like a Buñuel bonanza in New York: The American musical-theater composer Stephen Sondheim and the British opera composer Thomas Adès have both written adaptations of the Surrealist Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s 1962 dark comedy “The Exterminating Angel,” and both are hoping for productions in New ...

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Gloria DeHaven, Sweetheart in Many a Movie Musical, Dies at 91

Photo Gloria DeHaven and Frank Sinatra in the 1944 musical, “Step Lively.” Credit RKO Radio Pictures, via Photofest Gloria DeHaven, the perky daughter of vaudeville stars who grew up to sing, dance and play vulnerable, pouty-lipped ingénues in movie musicals of the 1940s and ’50s, died on Saturday in Las Vegas. She was 91. Her publicist, Scott Stander, confirmed her ...

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‘Jason Bourne’ Is the Top Movie in North America Over the Weekend

Photo Matt Damon in a scene from “Jason Bourne.” Credit Jasin Boland/Universal Pictures LOS ANGELES — “Jason Bourne” easily won the latest box office race, but the posse in “Bad Moms” more than held its own. It was the first Bourne movie in nine years to star Matt Damon, and his much-anticipated return helped “Jason Bourne” collect a stout $60 ...

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Navy Will Name Ship for Harvey Milk, Slain Gay Rights Leader

Photo Harvey Milk on Nov. 9, 1977, the day after he was elected as a San Francisco supervisor. Credit Associated Press In a sign of changing times for the American military, the Navy plans to name a ship for Harvey Milk, the gay rights leader and San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated in 1978. Ray Mabus, the secretary of the ...

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Sharon Jones, a Burst of Light, Even in Dark Times

Photo The soul singer Sharon Jones, here with her band the Dap-Kings, is the subject of Barbara Kopple’s new documentary, “Miss Sharon Jones!” Credit Jacob Blickenstaff/Starz Digital On her emphatic new single, “I’m Still Here,” the soul singer Sharon Jones presents her life as a series of high hurdles she has cleared with grit and grace. The lyrics detail her ...

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