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What newly elected president John Bailey means for the film academy’s future

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a crossroads after two years of controversy and turbulence unlike anything in its nearly 90-year history, many within the group’s leadership ranks were looking for a steady hand.

The academy’s 54-member board of governors — including such...

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Cinematographer is surprise winner to lead film academy as major transformation continues

Cinematographer John Bailey, whose credits include such films as “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” and “Groundhog Day,” will be the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, charged with helping to lead the nearly 90-year-old institution through the next phase of its ongoing...

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Film academy elects cinematographer John Bailey as its new president

Cinematographer John Bailey, whose credits include such films as “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” and “Groundhog Day,” will be the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, charged with helping to lead the nearly 90-year-old institution through the next phase of its ongoing...

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‘Dunkirk’ director Christopher Nolan on why, in this era of peak TV, he’s still all in on movies

When it comes to the big screen, Christopher Nolan is a true believer — and with blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception” and “Interstellar,” he has translated that passion into more than $4 billion in grosses collectively at the global box office.

Nolan’s latest film, the World...

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Luc Besson’s epic sci-fi gamble with ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

Luc Besson was feeling a little discombobulated.

On a recent afternoon, the French director of such films as “La Femme Nikita,” “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy” sat in a Los Angeles multiplex, where he had just introduced a preview screening of his latest movie, the gonzo space opera “Valerian and...

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves on that emotional ending — and where the story goes now

WARNING: Major spoilers about “War for the Planet of the Apes” ahead. Seriously, DO NOT READ THIS until you’ve seen the movie, or you’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

In the run-up to last week’s release of “War of the Planet of the Apes,” trailers and billboards promised an epic climax to the sci-fi-action...

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Disney brings Mary Poppins, Luke Skywalker, the Avengers and Oprah to D23 in display of big-screen might

The Walt Disney Co. put the prowess of its big-screen brands on full display Saturday at its D23 fan expo, offering early glimpses of highly anticipated projects such as “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and a live-action version of “The Lion King” in addition to upcoming juggernauts...

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Disney brings Mary Poppins, the Lion King, Luke Skywalker, the Avengers and Oprah to D23 in display of big-screen might

The Walt Disney Co. put the prowess of its big-screen brands on full display Saturday at its D23 fan expo, offering early glimpses of highly anticipated projects such as “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and a live-action version of “The Lion King” in addition to upcoming juggernauts...

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How Matt Reeves built a better franchise with ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Every filmmaker has a unique origin story. Matt Reeves’ involves Super 8 cameras and dolphins.

One day, when Reeves was around 8 years old, his grandparents took him on a trip to a Southern California ocean-themed entertainment park called Marineland of the Pacific.

“There were some tourists filming...

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