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Craven, 76, director of horror films, dies

Subscriber onlyWes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyMiley Cyrus hosted the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — two years after she stole the show with a risque but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for “Wrecking Ball.” Continue reading...

Disney plans all-out 'Star Wars' toys push

Subscriber onlyFor "Star Wars" fans, Christmas is coming early this year: on Friday, when the toys tied to Walt Disney Co.'s first film in the space-adventure series go on sale. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyThe wife and children of Robin Williams have agreed to meet this week to discuss how they can resolve disagreements over the late actor's estate. Continue reading...

Judging books ...

… or movies by their ‘covers’ is a disservice to filmmakers and film audiences

Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" was precisely the kind of release big studios dread the most: Expensive ($120 million, reportedly, and that's before marketing costs), dreadful, and worst of all, subject to a never-ending cascade of bad press. Continue reading...

No Escape

In the past few years, a curious Internet phenomenon has emerged: the 10-hour video. Continue reading...

Best of Enemies

We were different people not so long ago. Our attention spans could accommodate in our popular culture the likes of John Cheever, Norman Mailer and Dick Cavett. Continue reading...

We Are Your Friends

With the notable exception of "Pitch Perfect" and its sequel, there haven't been a lot of movies where the main character is a laptop DJ. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

No Escape: An American family living in Southeast Asia gets caught in the middle of a violent revolution and are being hunted by a murderous rebel leader. Continue reading...

Home movies

Would you sell out a co-worker for a 1,000-euro bonus? That's the dilemma facing workers at a small solar panel company in "Two Days, One Night." Continue reading...

"Compton" hangs on to No. 1 spot

"Straight Outta Compton" topped the box office for the second weekend in a row and crossed $100 million domestically after just nine days in release. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Lisa in Kansas wrote that she backs up her cellphone contacts to a separate (paper) address book. I thought to myself that there has to be an easier way. There is, and it's email. Continue reading...

Diary of a Teenage Girl

For most of its relatively brief (102 minutes) running time, first-time director Marielle Heller's adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's semi-autobiographical graphic novel -- "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" -- is a minor miracle of evocation. Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES

"A Walk in the Woods": Robert Redford plays a travel writer who, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Emma Thompson) and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. What you put your money into is the least of your investments in 2016. You'll attract support from those who understand that relationships are the true wealth in your life. Continue reading...

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