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  • Film Review: 'Get On Up'

    Is it possible for a single movie to capture James Brown in all his multitudes, contradictions and reinventions? Probably not, but "Get On Up" makes an admirable, fitfully successful stab at the life of the brilliant but volatile funk-soul legend who wore at least as many personalities and personas as he did nicknames and honorary titles. Arriving at the end of a high season for biopics of black historical and cultural figures ("42," "Mandela," "Lee Daniels' The Butler"), "Get On Up" runs shorter on the pandering simplifications and sanctifying airs that plagued those films, while still delivering a very digestible, authorized portrait that might best be described as "warts and some." A strong marketing push by Universal and a dearth of adult-skewing fare bodes well for this Brian Grazer-Mick Jagger production, which clearly has its sights set on the late-summer sleeper success of both "The Butler" ($116 million) and director Tate Taylor's previous "The Help" ($169 million).
  • 'Get on Up' revives the funk, and James Brown

    "Get on Up" is a movie of uncompromising soul, unadulterated funk and unalloyed joy. Dazzling, witty and emotional, this warts-and-all musical biography of James Brown rides on the able shoulders of Chadwick Boseman. It turns out that his terrific if...

    Thomas Berger dies at 89; eclectic novelist wrote 'Little Big Man'

    Thomas Berger dies at 89; eclectic novelist wrote 'Little Big Man'
    Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died. He was 89 and had been in failing health. A...

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'POV: Dance for Me' on PBS

    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES The Bachelorette With Andi down to the...

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Austenland' on Starz

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Austenland' on Starz
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Monumental Mysteries This new episode...