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Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.”

Movie planner: Handicapping the Oscars; 'Hail, Caesar!,' 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' open

OSCARS HANDICAPPING: Directors Guild of America edition Continuing our assembly of awards show jigsaw pieces, the final Academy Awards picture is getting clearer. The key group weighing in before Oscar voters' final deadline on Feb. 23 is the Directors Guild of America, announcing winners Saturday night in film and …


  1. Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' outdoes Abe Lincoln and his vampires


    Author Seth Grahame-Smith has dined out on the winning combination of stitching together two incongruous things, one high-brow, one low, and letting the concept do the heavy lifting. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter gave readers, and then movie-going audiences, an axe-twirling Honest Abe. His other literary …

    The best choice of this film isn’t the addition of zombies. It’s making the Bennett sisters, including Jane and Elizabeth (Bella Heathcote and Lily James), trained in martial arts.
  2. Review: Coen brothers can't keep 'Hail, Caesar!' together


    The big book of Joel and Ethan Coen's characters must be stuffed with ideas, paper scraps jotted with traits and scrapes for the next Dude, Barton or Marge to get into and out of.

    George Clooney plays matinee idol Baird Whitlock, who disappears off the set of his biblical epic knock-off of The Robe.
  3. Movie planner: Handicapping the Oscars; 'Hail, Caesar!,' 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' open


    OSCARS HANDICAPPING: Directors Guild of America edition

    Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.”
  4. 'Love Story' actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal return to Harvard 45 years later


    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names nearly half a century ago.

    Actors Ryan O'Neal, left, and Ali MacGraw hold hands as they are introduced for a talk with students on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday more than 45 years after the release of their 1970 classic "Love Story." The duo, now in their 70s, currently are co-starring in a national tour of "Love Letters," which is about a man and a woman who maintain contact over 50 years through notes, cards and letters. [Associated Press]
  5. At Universal's Celebration of Harry Potter, actors including Rupert Grint give a look behind scenes


    Rupert Grint could feel Alan Rickman looming behind him as he drew an unflattering portrait of Rickman's character Severus Snape while filming a potions class.

    Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint are making their first appearance at the celebration this weekend.
  6. New Wiregrass complex plans include movie theater


    WESLEY CHAPEL — There are 40,000 movie screens in the United States, including 51 in Pasco County. Get ready for a few more.

  7. Review: 'The Finest Hours' coasts by on patriotic bluster


    Truth is duller than fiction in The Finest Hours, a story of real-life Coast Guard heroism coasting on patriotic goodwill.

    Casey Affleck and Josh Stewart in “The Finest Hours.”
  8. Will Fox's 'Grease: Live' be the one that we want?


    Determined not to let NBC have all the criticism, Fox will premiere its first of two live musicals in 2016 on Sunday: Grease: Live.

    Aaron Tveit, left, and Julianne Hough rehearse as Danny Zuko and Sandy for Grease: Live airing live Sunday on Fox. Tveit and Hough lead a cast that seems experienced in musicals.
  9. Movie planner: Letters from readers, Oscars shorts and William Shatner



    Casey Affleck and Josh Stewart in The Finest Hours.
  10. Review: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' marks well-constructed end to a charming animated series


    Kung Fu Panda 3 wraps up the finest animation trilogy ever that isn't about toys.

    New panda Li (voice of Bryan Cranston) arrives, saying he’s father to Po (Jack Black) in Kung Fu Panda 3.
  11. Abe Vigoda, character actor in 'Barney Miller' and 'The Godfather,' dead at 94


    Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series Barney Miller and the doomed Mafia soldier in The Godfather, died Tuesday at age 94.

    Abe Vigoda played Detective Fish in Barney Miller. Times files (1976)
  12. Legoland to open new 'Lego Movie' feature in 4D starting Friday


    WINTER HAVEN — Legoland Florida will add another brick in its wall of attractions with the opening of The Lego Movie 4D on Friday, upping the ante on a new 12-minute 3D feature by adding wind, fog and water effects.

    Emmet, Wyldstyle and Batman in a scene from "The Lego Movie." (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  13. Film academy announces reforms to diversify Oscars


    The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors.

    Idris Elba, in the press room at the Oscars in Los Angeles last January, failed to garner a nomination for his role in "Beasts of No Nation." His snubbing is being mentioned often because this is the second straight year of all-white acting nominees. [Associated Press]
  14. Bowie, Rickman, Frey: Why is everyone dying at once?

    Pop Culture

    Mornings of late have taken on a new dread.

    People look at floral tributes laid next to a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer in January at 69. He was born in Brixton.
  15. Read Times' reviews for the 2015 Oscar-nominated films


    With awards season in full swing and low temperatures only permitting inside activities, now is the time to catch up on the films you missed last year. As the Oscars (AKA Big Kahuna of awards) approach, the tension mounts both in who might win and

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