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Jordan Peele on how ‘Get Out’ defied the odds to become a full-blown cultural phenomenon

Jordan Peele knew “Get Out” had a shot. The reviews were glowing. The tracking was strong. The buzz was decidedly buzzy. All signs pointed to at least a decent-sized success for a modestly budgeted movie with no major stars.

Still, on the eve of the release of his debut feature, the writer and...

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The Hendrix-fueled vision that led Jordan Vogt-Roberts to take ‘Kong: Skull Island’ to the Vietnam era

The first thing you notice about Jordan Vogt-Roberts when you meet him is his monster of a beard.

A jet-black carpet that rolls ZZ Top-style nearly down to his belly button, the filmmaker’s prodigious facial hair might strike you at first as some kind of hipster affectation on steroids. But in...

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The Hendrix-fueled vision that led Jordan Vogt-Roberts to take ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was a monster undertaking

The first thing you notice about Jordan Vogt-Roberts when you meet him is his monster of a beard.

A jet-black carpet that rolls ZZ Top-style nearly down to his belly button, the filmmaker’s prodigious facial hair might strike you at first as some kind of hipster affectation on steroids. But in...

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The best picture mix-up made headlines, but the Oscar winners made history

At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, a last-minute fumble overshadowed a much larger, and more significant, correction.

While everyone scrambled to absorb, and then deconstruct, the mistaken announcement of “La La Land” as best picture when “Moonlight” had actually won, a thousand conversations about...

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Warner Bros. brings on Matt Reeves to direct ‘The Batman’

Ending weeks of speculation and swirling rumors about the future of one of its most important comic book franchises, Warner Bros. announced that director Matt Reeves — whose films include “Cloverfield,” “Let Me In” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — will take the reins of the next solo Batman...

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Gore Verbinski opens up about his Hollywood hiatus, finding ‘A Cure for Wellness’ and sock puppets

In an earlier life, years before he became a big-time filmmaker, Gore Verbinski played guitar in a string of Los Angeles punk bands, banging out in-your-face songs with titles like “Hate You,” “Choke on It” and “I Wanna Die Like Elvis Did.”

Alas, rock stardom wasn’t to be, and eventually Verbinski...

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The jokes, the scene (oh, and the winners) at the film academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards

The beautiful people hog most of the headlines during Oscars season, but on Saturday evening it was the geeks who inherited the Earth, as the motion picture academy handed out its annual Scientific and Technical Awards.

The Sci-Tech Awards ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire hotel was, as always,...

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In ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne are back together after all these years

The first time Laurence Fishburne watched the gonzo, mayhem-filled 2014 cult action film “John Wick,” he immediately knew he wanted be involved in any potential sequel. “I was like a kid,” the actor recalled recently. “I was laughing. I was giddy.” 

Fortunately for him, he knows a guy: A long while...

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In ‘John Wick: Chapter 2,’ Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne are back together after all these years

The first time Laurence Fishburne watched the gonzo, mayhem-filled 2014 cult action film “John Wick,” he immediately knew he wanted be involved in any potential sequel. “I was like a kid,” the actor recalled recently. “I was laughing. I was giddy.” 

Fortunately for him, he knows a guy: A long while...

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Ben Affleck steps away from directing solo Batman movie

Ben Affleck, who was set to star in and direct a planned solo Batman movie for Warner Bros., has decided not to helm the project after all, though he remains committed to reprise his role as the Dark Knight.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” the...

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