| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:26 AM
"Fifty Shades of Grey" fans, are you ready? Actors Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have tied up the starring roles in the film adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic romance.
James dropped the bombshell on Monday, announcing the casting...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 12:21 PM
MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., has authorized a $75-million stock repurchase plan and announced a dividend designed to protect the company from a hostile takeover.
Privately held MGM said the move was not being adopted in...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:15 PM
One of the rich elements of "The Lego Movie" is its sense of place. For a fictional land, it has plenty of echoes of the real world.
With a populace kept numb by plastic pop music, contrived reality TV and fast-food giveaways -- and a general sense that...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Of the many unexpected moments in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's breakout hit "The Lego Movie," perhaps none is as surprising as the film's ending, which is daring even by the standards of this unconventional film.
So daring, in fact, that even its...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:02 PM
"The Wolf of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are reportedly headed back to the big screen together, this time in an adaptation of the 1997 Vanity Fair article "The Ballad of Richard Jewell," about the man falsely accused of being the...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Finally! A comedy that works. An animated film with a look — a kinetic aesthetic honoring its product line's bright, bricklike origins — that isn't like every other clinically rounded and bland digital 3-D effort. A movie that works for the...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Early in the development of "The Lego Movie," Jill Wilfert, the executive who oversees Lego's licensing efforts in Southern California, had a question for her bosses at company headquarters in Denmark: Can we have a character die?
"It wasn't something...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 6:30 AM
If you walk out of "The Lego Movie" without humming its absurdly chipper theme song, "Everything Is Awesome," you're made of stronger stuff than most.
The tune, a sugar blast of optimistic synth-pop featuring Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island, is the...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:31 PM
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It." But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
**** (out of four)
I know. Four stars for "The Lego Movie"?
Believe it. "The Lego Movie" is the funniest, most fun movie in (insert considerable amount of time), and I can't wait to see it again. By the way: It's written and directed by the guys who...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:50 PM
"Ride Along," the latest go at the action-comedy-buddy-cop genre, has the stone-hard cool of Ice Cube and the manic energy of stand-up comic Kevin Hart.
With a sharper script, "Ride" might have reached the bar set in the 1980s by Eddie Murphy in "48...