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MOVIESTYLE: American Woman

posted: 09/03/2015 11 a.m. Discuss

It’s clear writer-director Noah Baumbach is smitten with both Greta Gerwig and the borough of Manhattan — and that these twin muses inspired the neo-screwball concoction Mistress America, which Philip Martin writes about in Friday’s Style section. Meanwhile, Dan Lybarger checks in with Glen Campbell’s wife and caregiver Kim on the occasion of the DVD release of the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, and Piers Marchant debriefs Memphis native Robert Gordon on his new doc, Best of Enemies, now playing in local theaters. And Karen Martin contributes a review of the German thriller Phoenix and her weekly round up of home video releases.

Names and faces

updated: 09/03/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Alek Skarlatos, the National Guard specialist who made headlines for being one of three friends who overpowered a gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris, will be partnered with Lindsay Arnold for the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. ABC released its latest list of cast members Wednesday.

Craven, 76, director of horror films, dies

posted: 08/31/2015 4:51 a.m. Discuss

Wes 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.

Names and faces

posted: 08/31/2015 4:51 a.m. Discuss

Miley 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.”

Business news in brief: Disney plans all-out 'Star Wars' toys push

posted: 08/31/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

For "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.

Names and faces

posted: 08/30/2015 5:40 a.m. Discuss

The 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.

Commentary: Judging books ...

posted: 08/28/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

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.

Review: No Escape

posted: 08/28/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

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

Review: Best of Enemies

posted: 08/28/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

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.

Review: We Are Your Friends

posted: 08/28/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

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.

PREVIEWS

posted: 08/28/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

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.

Home movies

posted: 08/28/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

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."

"Compton" hangs on to No. 1 spot

posted: 08/28/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

"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.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/28/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

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.

Review: Diary of a Teenage Girl

posted: 08/28/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

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.

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