Friday, Mar. 5, 2021

Imagine being trapped in the confines of your own neighborhood, losing a sense of the outside world — and of yourself — with each passing day.

Things are seeming kind of flat lately, and sometimes downright colorless. Everything looks reasonably placid, but something's not quite right...

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

The Walt Disney Co.'s streaming plans shifted into hyper speed Thursday with the unveiling of a galaxy's worth of new streaming offerings, including plans for 10 "Star Wars" series spinoffs and 10 Marvel series that will debut on Disney+. 

In a virtual presentation for investors, Disney...

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

"No New 'Movies' Till Influenza Ends" blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.

A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are again facing a critical juncture. But it's not...

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

When Hollywood does biopics on musicians, we're used to lots of saucy tales of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Not so much when it comes to astronauts.

That changes with "The Right Stuff," an eight-part National Geographic scripted series that shows the often ugly birth of American space...

Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2020

The third night (9/16) of the Creative Arts Emmys saw The Mandalorian (Disney+) lead the way with five wins, followed closely by Watchmen (HBO), which scored four.

The fab five honors for The Mandalorian came for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera...

Friday, Jul. 31, 2020

King Beyoncé's new film takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by "The Lion King."

The voyage feels even more...

Thursday, Jul. 9, 2020

Disney+'s streaming of "Hamilton" was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend.

Just how big, however, remains a mystery.

Disney knows, but it's not telling. Data is coming in to the Nielsen company, too, but won't be released until Disney gives the...

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda likes to picture the millionaire, Mr. Howell, from "Gilligan's Island," saying the brag. You know the one. "Well, I saw it with the original cast." 

On Friday, Miranda will steal that boast from anyone who ever saw "Hamilton" in its blistering first year and a half on...

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

The revolution is finally being televised, thank goodness.

The long-awaited live-capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda's shake-the-rafters musical "Hamilton" comes out Friday on Disney+, a chance to celebrate America's independence with some of its Founding Fathers.

The timing seems ideal...

Friday, May. 29, 2020

In Steven Clay Hunter's 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, "Out." 

Hunter wrote and directed the nine-minute Pixar...

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