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L.A. movie openings, Feb. 23

Feb. 23 Annihilation Natalie Portman stars as a biologist on a mission to learn her husband’s fate in a mutated coastal sector of the U.S. With Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny. Written and directed by Alex Garland, based on novels by Jeff VanderMeer…. Source: Entertainment

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Did You Hear …? 'Black Panther' roars, Aniston and Theroux call it quits and more from the week in entertainment

A superhero made a statement, a celebrity couple split, and the star of a hit TV show got let go. Here’s all that news and more from this week in entertainment. ‘Black Panther’ flexes its landscape-altering muscle “Black Panther” is in the record-setting process of blowing up the Presidents Day… Source: Entertainment

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Essential Arts & Culture: Art and guns, the Obama portraits and 'Urban Light' turns 10

Urban lights, presidential portraits and art and guns. It’s been a quite a week in the culture arena. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential arts news: CITY LIGHTS “Urban Light,” the vintage lightpost installation that greets visitors to the Los… Source: Entertainment

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Weinstein Co. board fires president and COO David Glasser 'for cause'

Weinstein Co.’s president and chief operating officer, David Glasser, has been fired “for cause,” the New York entertainment company’s board of directors said Friday night, in the latest twist for Harvey Weinstein’s beleaguered studio. Glasser came under fire this week after the New York attorney… Source: Entertainment

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Calendar Letters: Give Gloria some credit

Regarding “Seeing Allred” [Feb. 9]: Gloria Allred accepted our marriage case when no LGBT legal organization would. Her firm did it pro bono. They were the first law firm to file in the case that brought marriage equality to California. Gavin Newsom’s same sex marriages in San Francisco were annulled,… Source: Entertainment

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Nothing special about Korean crime comedy 'Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead'

Through three films now, director Kim Suk-yoon’s “Detective K” series — based on Kim Tak-hwan’s novels — have had at least one reliably entertaining component. The give-and-take between the brilliant but bumbling hero (played by Kim Myung-min) and his dim sidekick Seo-pil (Oh Dai-su) is consistently… Source: Entertainment

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Classic Hollywood: Trailblazer Ida Lupino, a woman for her time — and ours

Born Feb. 4, 1918, Ida Lupino would have been a good fit for 2018. Describing herself as “the poor man’s Bette Davis,” the actress turned down roles she didn’t want and spent the subsequent suspensions on the studio lot observing and learning the craft of filmmaking. Lupino was groomed for stardom… Source: Entertainment

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The one-liners are fast and furious in Sally Potter's wickedly entertaining 'The Party'

In “The Party,” an acid-laced amuse-bouche of a movie from British writer-director Sally Potter, dinner never makes it to the table but the guests still get served, early and often. We are in the home of a London politician named Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas), who has just been appointed shadow… Source: Entertainment

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Jeff Daniels to star in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway

Jeff Daniels will play the inimitable lawyer Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s forthcoming Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a spokesman for the production announced Thursday. The show, which will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (“The King and… Source: Entertainment

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Crime drama 'Honor Up' revisits the '90s with uninspired results

There’s a distinction to be made between old school and old hat, but it’s lost on “Honor Up,” a criminally inept throwback to ’90s urban gangsta movie posturing that plays like a stone-faced version of the 1996 Wayans brothers spoof, “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice… Source: Entertainment

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