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March 5, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Conan O'Brien will host the youthful, pop-oriented MTV Movie Awards for the first time on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre, the late-night host announced on "Conan" on Tuesday. At 50, he is the oldest performer ever to host the show, which tends to favor twenty- and thirty-something comedians for its podium gigs. O'Brien is a seasoned awards show emcee, having hosted the Emmys in 2002, 2003 (as a co-host) and 2006. He could lend a bit of legitimacy to an MTV event that previous hosts such as Rebel Wilson (2013)
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Lorraine Ali
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints. But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much - even for Abu-Assad. "At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps it's not a big surprise that "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed movie based on the true story of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s, won the Academy Award for best picture. It had already won critical acclaim and praise for its lead actors, director and writer (all of whom were nominated for Oscars as well). Besides, as Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the show, joked at the beginning of the evening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters had only two options: Either they could bestow their highest honor on "12 Years a Slave," or they were all racists.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Jeremy Piven and the cast of "Entourage" have reunited for a big-screen version of the long-running HBO series. Warner Bros. Pictures, which is producing the movie with HBO Films, said principal photography on the film had begun in L.A. on Feb. 19. The production will film over the next 35 days in various locations around the city, including the Warner Bros. lot and Hollywood. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Last week, the crew filmed at the Little Next Door restaurant on 3rd Street in West L.A. and at private homes in the West Hollywood and Hollywood Hills, according to film permits.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As the evening wore on - and did it ever wear on - the many questions everyone had going into Sunday night's Academy Awards show boiled down to but one: Would this evening be a single coronation or a double one? With "Gravity" cleaning up on the technical and craft side, as expected, eventually winning seven categories it was nominated for (including director for Alfonso Cuarón), there was only one thing left to decide: Would this film's momentum sweep the board and bring home the best picture statuette as well?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Mid-flight thriller "Non-Stop," the latest action movie to star Liam Neeson, flew just higher than "Son of God" to top the box office over the Oscar weekend.  "Non-Stop" grossed a studio-estimated $30 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada through Sunday, while the New Testament retelling took in $26.5 million. After three weeks at No. 1, "Lego Movie" landed in third place with $21 million in revenue. It has generated $209 million domestically so far.     Released in North America by Universal Pictures, "Non-Stop" stars Neeson as a federal air marshal trying to save a crowded airliner.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Susan King
"Movie 43," the commercially unsuccessful and critically lambasted anthology comedy featuring such stars as Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Halle Berry, "won" worst picture of 2013 Saturday night at the 34th Razzie Awards ceremony at Ignited Spaces in Hollywood. The tongue-in-cheek awards show, which "honors" the worst achievement in motion pictures, is always held the night before the Academy Awards. The comedy also won worst director for its 13 directors and worst screenplay for the 19 screenwriters on the project.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The release of the Christian film "Son of God" this weekend kicks off an unusually large slate of wide-release religious movies for 2014. Soon to come are "Noah" and "Exodus," followed by the Christian-themed "Heaven Is for Real. " Talk about a flood. "Son of God" comes a decade after the controversial hit "The Passion of the Christ," which generated more than $370 million in revenue at the domestic box office. The new film, culled from footage from the successful History channel "Bible" miniseries, is not expected to do as well, though it could open with up to $20 million in ticket sales in its first weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  REVIEW: 'Son of God' takes on epic proportions effectively The gallery above gives a sampling of significant religious movies and their box office numbers of the past (using data from Rentrak and Box Office Mojo)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The ludicrous and bloody New Orleans melodrama "Repentance" offers the despairing sight of talented actors in full flounder. There's Forest Whitaker, as a basket-case divorcee and father who never got over his dead mother, stomping around with a mopey expression and a jittery left hand that's bad-movie shorthand for impending psychosis. There's Anthony Mackie, as a bestselling self-help author who changed his life after a devastating car accident, smiling uncomfortably through ridiculous therapy sessions with Whitaker - $300 an hour!
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