It started years ago as a home movie with a friend telling stories of his roller coaster life as a writer/director of subversive comedies and bloody psychological thrillers. Co-directors Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) and Jake Paltrow (“The Good Night”) kept their cameras rolling meeting after meeting, detailing virtually every phase of Brian De Palma’s creative history in chronological order.
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Bill Cunningham, who dropped out of Harvard to pursue a career making hats for high-society women and later became a roving street-fashion photographer for the New York Times, documenting - and at times influencing - fashion trends with his keen eye for emerging styles, died June 25 in New York City. He was 87.
LOS ANGELES — Two aquatic tales — one geared for families, the other for scare-seeking teens and adults — helped to buoy the weekend box office, with Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” retaining the No. 1 spot and the shark-attack thriller “The Shallows” exceeding expectations in its first weekend to come in fourth.
The general consensus about “Finding Dory” is: That was cute, even if it wasn’t quite as good as “Finding Nemo.” But the response to “Piper,” the animated short that precedes Pixar’s latest, has been positively rapturous.
For a lot of kids, their introduction to dark comedy is through the twisted stories of Roald Dahl. His books introduced filthy monsters and draconian authority figures in all their grotesque glory, then sicced good-hearted (if mischievous) child protagonists on them.
The instant a new video appeared on the YouTube channel lonelygirl15, rumors began to ricochet around the Internet. The channel, dormant for seven years, had been the breakout phenomenon of early YouTube and a cult obsession ever since: a web series that not only defined the genre, but convinced millions of people it was actually real. (It was actually fictional.)
LOS ANGELES — Car commercials are the kind of thing that Mindy Lahiri, the titular character on “The Mindy Project,” might impatiently fast-forward through or ignore while watching a bad reality-TV show. The Hulu comedy offered an alternative earlier this month for viewers of the latter mindset.
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Matthew McConaughey seethes with righteous fury in “Free State of Jones,” a tale based on an intriguing, little-known chapter of Civil War history that, despite impeccable intentions, becomes mired within a poorly structured, dubiously focused movie by Gary Ross.