Film industry biased against original effort | Culture & Leisure

Hollywood has a problem with creativity. When a film studio is a multi-million dollar capitalist enterprise, each film is less a work of art than a business investment. This naturally introduces Hollywood to an environment where return on investment is the paramount concern. Why risk a $100 million investment in an art project without knowing … Read more

Chris Pratt teases unique voice acting in Super Mario Bros | Culture & Leisure

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‘Elvis’ and Austin Butler feel the heat rise | Culture & Leisure

On the day of Austin Butler’s final screen test for “Elvis,” director Baz Luhrmann threw everything at him. Butler had spent five months preparing for this moment, working on the role with Luhrmann, doing hair and makeup tests, rehearsing the songs. Against all odds, Butler had become the unlikely favorite to land the role over … Read more

‘Lightyear’ stays down to earth, ‘Jurassic World’ holds No. 1 | Culture & Leisure

‘Lightyear’ didn’t go to infinity (or beyond) in its first weekend in theaters: Pixar’s first major theatrical release since March 2020 took off with $51 million in its premiere weekend in North America, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Not only did it open lower than expected, but it also failed to conquer “Jurassic World: … Read more

Dinosaur romp has fun scenes and nostalgia | Culture & Leisure

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think whether they should.” This quote from the first film “Jurassic Park”, interpreted wonderfully by Jeff Goldblum, perfectly sums up the existence of “Jurassic World: Dominion”. While the narrative feels like a natural continuation of the aftermath of “Fallen Kingdom,” … Read more

Jennifer Lopez claims to have been beaten by her mother | arts and entertainment

Jennifer Lopez has claimed her mother “beat her to death” before she left home at 18. The ‘Second Act’ star has sensationally alleged that Guadalupe Rodriguez will get into physical fights with her and her sisters Leslie and Lynda. In her ‘Halftime’ documentary, Jennifer said, “She did what she had to do to survive, and … Read more

The “emotional” reunion of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer | Culture & Leisure

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‘Watcher’ has a good subject but a bad story | Culture & Leisure

Are cinema spectators premonitory voyeurs who plunge into the fantastic life of fictional characters through the prism of a cinema screen? This is the question Chloe Okuno’s first feature film, Watcher, attempts to answer. How far does the audience have to go to identify with a protagonist is another supposed dilemma. “Watcher” is a slow-burn … Read more

Review: ‘Anastasia’ takes audiences on a music-filled journey | Arts and Theater

The first thing you should know about the musical “Anastasia,” currently on stage at the Orpheum Theater, is that it’s not exactly like the 1997 animated film. It’s not uncommon. Most movie-based musicals — animated or live-action — take some liberties with scripts, songs, and character arcs. The plot of the film and the musical … Read more

“Men” lets visual metaphors overshadow its plot | Culture & Leisure

Alex Garland is a director who is not afraid of the abstract. Metaphors permeate his films; from the 2014 sci-fi classic “Ex Machina” to Natalie Portman-directed “Annihilation,” Garland is a director with a keen sense of visual allegory. Garland’s latest effort is simply titled “Men” and it’s perhaps the most fitting title for a misandrist-fueled … Read more