‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – That Crazy Twist Ending, Explained

Warner Bros (Huge spoilers here for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” below. You have been warned.) So here you are. You’ve experienced all the craziness that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” had in store. And you’re totally confused by all of it because, well, it’s a whole lot of information to absorb. But … Read more

‘Village Rockstars’ Director Says Her Acting Struggles Helped Her Oscar Contending Film

Photo by Ayush Das A version of this story about “Village Rockstars” first appeared in the Foreign Language Issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. “Village Rockstars,” a lyrical film by Rima Das, plays out like a less raucous version of “The Florida Project” transplanted to the small Indian village of Chhaygaon, where kids carve musical instruments … Read more

Christopher Nolan Is Trying to Make Sure His Movies Won’t Look Weird on TV

Producer/director Christopher Nolan is on a mission to improve your television-viewing pleasure. Have you ever been to a super store and noticed that a movie being played on a demo 4K TV looks kinda weird? Like it’s being played at 1.5x speed? That’s because of a TV setting called “motion smoothing. Put simply, it’s a … Read more

Chinese Actress Fan Bingbing Has Gone Missing

Fan Bingbing, one of the most popular actresses in China, hasn’t been seen in public or heard from since an early June visit to a children’s hospital in Tibet three months ago, CNN reports. While no charges have been officially announced against the actress, speculation has now arisen that the Chinese government has quietly arrested … Read more

Moments From the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

The new Disney era of “Star Wars” is well known at this point for its incessant nods to old “Star Wars” movies, and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the most referential of these movies yet. Below you’ll find our list of 22 times “Solo” reused, repurposed or just referenced the original “Star Wars” trilogy. … Read more

9 Big Takeaways From That Slick New ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer

Lucasfilm Because it’s the only one of the new “Star Wars” movies being released in May instead of December, the marketing campaign for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been kind of strangely compressed. They don’t start marketing the new one until the previous one has been released, and so we’re already on our third … Read more

‘The Sting’ Theater Review: Harry Connick Jr Aims to Go From Ragtime to Riches

Photo: Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade It’s not hard to see why someone imagined a stage musical could be made out of “The Sting,” that 1973 Oscar Best Picture winner starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Depression-era con artists who pull off the ultimate heist. After all, George Roy Hill’s artfully constructed film leaned heavily … Read more

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Rides Cannes Praise to Big Indie Box Office Start

Off the wave of strong reviews from critics, Amazon’s Cannes thriller “You Were Never Really Here” got off to a good start at the indie box office, releasing on three screens in New York and Los Angeles and making just under $130,000 for a per screen average of $43,304. “You Were Never Really Here” got heavy … Read more

‘A Quiet Place’ Rockets to $50 Million Opening at Box Office

Paramount “A Quiet Place” has crept up on an unsuspecting box office and delivered a very impressive $50 million opening from 3,508 screens. Holding a budget of $17 million, Paramount’s horror film saw its pre-weekend projections tick up last week as reviews gave the film a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. But even the most … Read more

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Ozark’ Win Location Managers Awards

“Ozark” / Netflix The location managers responsible for the settings of the films “Dunkirk” and “Baby Driver” and the television shows “Game of Thrones” and “Ozark” won the top awards on Saturday night from the Location Managers Guild International, which presented its fifth annual awards at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Ben Piltz and Arnaud … Read more