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Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy

At Golden Globes after-parties, several women involved in Time’s Up said that while their activist work would carry on strong, they didn’t know (or perhaps weren’t willing to say) what may be in store for the Oscars. There is no doubt that the punch they packed at the Globes benefited from timing, and the elements of freshness and surprise. The ...

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Rex Reed Bangs a Gong on the Mediocrity of Modern Life

He eventually landing a job in the publicity department of 20th Century Fox, where he had to go into the steam room — ”in my starched shirt” — and read gossip items to the studio head, Spyros Skouras, emerging soaking wet and disillusioned. The studio “was spending millions of dollars to sink Elizabeth Taylor in the Nile in ‘Cleopatra,’ but ...

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New Teaser: ‘Black Panther,’ Starring Chadwick Boseman

Photo A scene from the new spot for “Black Pather.” “You’re telling me that the king of a Third World country runs around in a bulletproof catsuit?” a C.I.A. agent (played by Martin Freeman) asks a black-market gun runner (Andy Serkis) in a TV spot for Marvel’s “Black Panther” that was broadcast during the college football national championship on Monday ...

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New Trailer: ‘Red Sparrow,’ With Jennifer Lawrence

Photo Jennifer Lawrence in the trailer for “Red Sparrow.” Credit 20th Century Fox After taking a creative flying leap with the director Darren Aronofsky’s divisive “Mother!,” Jennifer Lawrence looks likely to land on safer commercial ground with “Red Sparrow.” The spy thriller reunites the star with Francis Lawrence, who directed the final three installments of her hugely successful “Hunger Games” ...

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‘Jumanji’ Charges Forth, ‘The Last Jedi’ Fizzles in China

Photo Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan, the stars of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” promoted their film in Beijing. Credit Jason Lee/Reuters LOS ANGELES — There is no generational nostalgia for the characters. The January release date allowed piracy to flourish online, cutting into ticket sales. Hollywood imports are losing their luster as local studios become more skilled at making ...

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Peggy Cummins, Seductive Star of a Cult Film, Dies at 92

“This spurious concoction is basically on a par with the most humdrum pulp fiction,” Howard Thompson, reviewing the film for The New York Times, wrote in 1950. He said the fresh-faced leads worked hard but were miscast. “Just why two such clean-cut youngsters as Miss Cummins and Mr. Dall should be so cast is something for the Sphinx, but they ...

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Here Are the Producers Guild Contenders, Led by ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Get Out’

Photo The nominees for the Producers Guild’s top prize include “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot. Credit Clay Enos/Warner Bros., via Associated Press “Wonder Woman,” “Get Out” and “Lady Bird” are among the nominees for the Producers Guild of America’s top award, an insider Hollywood prize that often holds clues to the eventual winner of best picture at the Oscars. The ...

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Daniel Kaluuya Isn’t Waiting for Your Approval

The play won a local competition and was performed at the well-known Hampstead Theater, where Mr. Kaluuya would later write and perform as a teenager. But after that triumph at age 9, he dropped theater for soccer, later finding his way back through improvisation classes at the Anna Scher Theater, a neighborhood institution that offered inexpensive drop-in sessions. “Being young, ...

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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks on Power and the #MeToo Moment

HANKS There was a reference to her. (To Mr. Hanks) Especially you stepping into a role that was iconically done. How do you go about that differently? HANKS I viewed this as the story of the week that Katharine Graham became Katharine Graham. In which case I had the juicy aspect of playing the only ally she had. You know, ...

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‘Downsizing’ Actress Breaks Through, for Better and Worse

But like that lean year after “Inherent Vice,” the controversy surrounding her latest role points out the obstacles Asian performers face in Hollywood, where the opportunities are few and the pitfalls are abundant. After early screenings of “Downsizing,” some reviewers and audience members criticized the role as a caricature, with her thickly accented broken English played for laughs. “It’s a ...

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