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Prosecutor: 'Dance Moms' star should be imprisoned for fraud

posted: 01/20/2017 3:56 p.m. Comment 1

PITTSBURGH — A prosecutor Friday urged a federal judge to sentence "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller to prison instead of probation for bankruptcy fraud.

Animal treatment questions cancel 'A Dog's Purpose' premiere

posted: 01/20/2017 10:44 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES — This weekend's premiere of "A Dog's Purpose" has been canceled after the release of a video that appears to show a frightened dog being forced into churning water during production of the film.

Female critics pick film favorites

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Moonlight and its director, Barry Jenkins, have been voted Best Film and Best Director for 2016 by members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

MOVIE REVIEW: McAvoy is a creepy joy to watch as villain with 24 personalities in Shyamalan’s 'Split'

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), the teenage heroines of Split, face a unique danger because they've been kidnapped by a force of 24 people who all just happen to inhabit the same body.

NAMES & FACES: Spike Lee won't use singer's music after Trump performance; Paul McCartney lawsuit

updated: 01/20/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Director Spike Lee says he won't be using R&B singer Chrisette Michele's music in a new project because of her decision to perform at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. Michele seemed to allude to the controversy Thursday on her blog, where she posted an open letter titled "We can't be present if we're silent," in which she quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as she justifies her involvement: "'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about what matters.'"

MUSIC REVIEW: Wagner love songs smooth, subdued under candlelight

posted: 01/20/2017 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Most folks think of Richard Wagner only as the composer of five-hour operas with casts of thousands and pit orchestras in the many dozens.

Sundance focus is on 11 movies

posted: 01/20/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The very thing that makes Sundance such a thrilling prospect to cinemaphiles is also the scariest: Unlike many other festivals that happen later in the year, we are dealing with entirely unknown quantities when it comes to the lineup. Unlike, say, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which culls some of the best-reviewed and most exciting films from Cannes, Berlin, (and even Telluride) among their premieres, very little is known ahead of time about the Sundance lineup -- and even less in years in which no particularly big name indie directors have work to premiere there. Last year, practically everybody in attendance was hotly anticipating Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea (for good reason, it turns out). This year is a lot more of a crapshoot.

Review: Silence

updated: 01/20/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Martin Scorsese's Silence is a story of faith and anguish. It tells of a Portuguese Jesuit priest, Father Rodrigues, who in 1643 heads into the dark heart of Japan, where Christians are being persecuted -- boiled alive, immolated and crucified. Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) sets out to help keep the church alive in Japan. Scorsese's work has long involved struggles of faith of one kind or another. In Silence the struggle begins in a mist-wreathed landscape where severed human heads rest on a crude shelf, like trophies of some ghastly victory.

Previews

posted: 01/20/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Elle 90 R A video game-company CEO (Isabelle Huppert) tries to learn the identity of the man who raped her. With Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel, Judith Magre, Jonas Bloquet; directed by Paul Verhoeven. (2 hours, 10 minutes)

Review: 20th Century Women

posted: 01/20/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

"Can't things just be pretty?" Dorothea (Annette Bening), a Birkenstock-wearing 50-something single mom, sighs when confronted with British post-punk band the Raincoats' first single "Fairytale in the Supermarket" in Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical film 20th Century Women. It's an interesting scene that tells us a lot about Dorothea, who wants to be engaged and hip to the new sounds the kids are digging but can't completely escape her Depression-era upbringing.

Robertson testifies in detail in memoir

posted: 01/20/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

For the Toronto-born musician-filmmaker-author Jaime Royal "Robbie" Robertson, the motto "Land of Opportunity" is more than a phrase.

Figures No. 1 for 2nd weekend

posted: 01/20/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Hidden Figures, the uplifting film about black female mathematicians at NASA during the 1960s space race, led the North American box office for the second straight week, selling $27.5 million in tickets over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final studio figures Tuesday.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 01/20/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

A Dog's Purpose, PG A devoted dog (voice of Josh Gad), repeatedly reincarnated as a canine over five decades, discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. With Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Gabrielle Rose; directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Jan. 27

Super Quiz: Five-letter countries

posted: 01/20/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

1. C

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/20/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: If you're the crafty sort and like to try your knack at projects and possibilities, look for free patterns first. Whenever I need or want help with an idea or project I'd like to try, I go into my computer's search engine and type in "free patterns for (name of project)."

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