Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

The actor got to celebrate his birthday with a special video message from his daughter-in-law.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg attend the 9th Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards at Exchange LA on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)


‘Wonderland’ director Peter Berg to speak at MPC holiday meeting

Held at District Hall, the festive meet-up for the Massachusetts Production Coalition kicks off with a cocktail hour, or two.

Old, homophobic tweets by Kevin Hart (above) have drawn scrutiny.

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after old homophobic tweets surface

Hart told critics that they should ‘‘stop being negative’’ after the years-old tweets were uncovered.

Steve Carell (with Maura Tierney) in “Beautiful Boy.”

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What takes Steve Carell from Brick Tamland in ‘Anchorman’ to ‘Beautiful Boy’?

What’s so sad about being funny? Alternately: Why do people who are so good at being funny (Carell) want to make us sad?

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Ben Affleck in his newest role: ‘You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight’

The Cambridge native plays the lead in Netflix action-drama “Triple Frontier.”

Watch the first trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Sudbury native Chris Evans gets tearful as Captain America in what may be his last film in the role.

At 88, Clint Eastwood steps onscreen again in ‘The Mule’

In his first leading role in six years, Eastwood plays an octogenarian World War II veteran who becomes a courier for a Mexican drug cartel.

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The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Virtual fame, mystery island, Nazi matinees

A look at three new documentaries.

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// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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These films all earned four-star reviews from Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough, as well as former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

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// Launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes the faithful full circle

The new “Star Wars” is great fun, if not a great film. It consciously embraces the funky, handmade garage aesthetic of the 1977 original.

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A scene from Dava Whisenant’s “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”

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In Focus: Appliances take center stage in ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’

A documentary about the strange and hidden world of industrial musicals.

Jean Harlow in “Bombshell,” which will screen Dec. 17 at the Brattle Theatre.

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Scene Here: Howard Hughes on the prowl, World War I revisited

Karina Longworth comes to the Brattle, and a Peter Jackson documentary comes to the states.

“Mary Queen of Scots” stars Saoirse Ronan.

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Heads will roll — one of them, anyway — in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

Saoirse Ronan plays the title role; Margot Robbie plays her cousin and rival, Elizabeth I.

Christian Bale (left) as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from “Vice.”

‘Vice’ leads Golden Globe nominees with six nods

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic narrowly edged Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival ‘‘A Star Is Born,’’ the interracial drama ‘‘Green Book’’ and the period romp ‘‘The Favourite.’’

Leslie Mann, Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, and Christian Slater were tapped to announce the Golden Globe nominees Thursday morning.

Here’s a list of the nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, California.

Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta Jacobson in “Roma.”

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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ is a masterpiece of memory and emotion

The Oscar-winning director of “Gravity” revisits his Mexico City youth.

Roger Ailes (center right) with Richard Nixon in 1968 in a scene from “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes.”

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Roger Ailes: the man who created Fox News

A new documentary looks at a very influential career.

The US Army command of Colonel Summers marching to battle at Maasin (Moasin) in southern Leyte in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War in May 1899.

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A trippy, cinematic novel of American atrocity in the Philippines

“Insurrecto” gives a rich, textured sense of history through the integration of its many fragments.

Comedian Kevin Hart in Los Angeles in 2017.

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart will be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian.

Bernardo Berolucci checked a scene during the filming of “The Last Emperor” in 1987.

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

The Italian filmmaker won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and the erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris.”

Sylvester Stallone stars as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed in “Creed II”.

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If boxing’s popularity is waning in the US, why are movies about it so popular?

Boxing movies are still popular in Hollywood. Could a flurry of recent broadcasting deals revive the sport?

Mahershala Ali as Dr. Donald Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Vallelonga in “Green Book,” directed by Peter Farrelly.

A little coffee talk put ‘Green Book’ on a path to the big screen

The film tells the true story of a Bronx bouncer and the famed jazz pianist he is hired to drive and safeguard during a 1962 tour of racially segregated cities in the South. That unlikely friendship would never have made it to the big screen were it not for another, according to Currie.

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Mindy Kaling’s new film starring Emma Thompson is headed to Sundance

The Cambridge native shared the news on social media, along with a first official look.

Actor Matt Damon (2nd L) and his wife Luciana Bozan Barroso (L) pose with actress Emily Blunt (2nd R) and actor John Krasinski (R) as they arrive for the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York November 26, 2012. Damon will be presented with a career tribute at the awards. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)


Matt Damon on what makes John Krasinski and Emily Blunt special

The Cambridge native offered the duo praise for landing on EW’s Entertainers of the Year list.

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When Broadway ruled the top 40 charts

Todd S. Purdum’s latest book, “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

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New history of the Pats; prowling with owls at Eric Carle Museum

The team history was written by Vermonter Glenn Stout and Braintree resident Richard Johnson.


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 2-8

A weekly calendar of literary events

Boston, MA 11-28-18: Lawrence Rines as the Bear is pictured during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker held at the Boston Opera House. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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The Weekender: ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Grinch,’ and endangered elves

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Jonny Sun is an illustrator, twitter personality and MIT PhD candidate, who has an new interactive exhibit at the Cambridge library. Photo Credit Wesley Taylor.

A 28-year-old MIT doctoral student is writing his first movie


A scene from Stephen Nomura Schible’s “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda.”

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Watching three master musicians confront mortality

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Quincy Jones, and David Bowie films are among many outstanding music documentaries from 2018.

“North Pole, NY” tells the story of Santa’s Workshop in upstate New York.

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Santa Claus, puppy paws, when memory gnaws

Previews of the documentaries “North Pole, NY,” “Life in the Doghouse,” and “306 Hollywood.”

Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas receives the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award from The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Bette Davis Foundation on Nov. 28, 2018. (Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography)

Michael Douglas visits Boston to receive a pair of lifetime achievement awards

The veteran actor was in fine form at Boston University on Wednesday night.

“Degas: Passion for Perfection” is about an exhibition organized by England’s Fitzwilliam Museum. Pictured: curator Jane Munro.

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At the MFA, a portrait of Degas as a difficult man

“Degas: A Passion for Perfection” is about an exhibition organized by England’s Fitzwilliam Museum.

Yalitza Aparicio, Marco Graf, Fernando Grediaga, and Marina de Tavira in “Roma.”

In ‘Roma,’ Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón revisits his boyhood

The family drama is set in Mexico City in the early ’70s.

Sakura Ando, Miyu Sasaki, and Lily Franky in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”

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‘Shoplifters’ defines family in unexpected, and moving, ways

The Japanese drama looks at life through a lens of unconventional affiliation.

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in “The Favourite.”

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Up to old tricks with the witty, curdled ‘The Favourite’

“The Favourite” is set in the early 18th century, and it plays like a posh “Masterpiece Theatre” period piece with a jolt of Machiavellian wit.

 Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in “Green Book.”


National Board of Review names Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ year’s best film

The National Board of Review awards are one of the first in a parade of awards season honors.

John Cena celebrated his win during Wrestlemania XXX in 2014 in New Orleans.


John Cena announces return to WWE

The wrestling superstar will make his return to the ring in December.

Director Bernardo Bertoclucci, left, discusses a scene from

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Bernardo Bertolucci, ‘Tango,’ and #MeToo

The director’s death raises ugly memories of his most famous film.

Animator Darrin Butters mimics the character “Gord” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Animator Darrin Butters taps into the bizarre for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Butters presented anecdotes, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes footage to Boston students last week.

Donald Glover voices Simba in the new live action “Lion King,” which will be in theaters  in July 2019.


‘The Lion King’ trailer is here — and the Internet has gone nuts

As of Friday morning, the official YouTube trailer from Walt Disney Studios has more than 12.5 million views.

From left: Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, and Florence Pugh on the set of


Breakout star Florence Pugh on filming ‘Little Women’ around Boston

The actress is part of an all-star cast filming in the area, including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet.

Flynn McGarry is the subject of the documentary “Chef Flynn.”

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‘Chef Flynn’ cooks up an unsettling portrait

Food devotees will find much to savor in this startling documentary about high-end teenage chef Flynn McGarry and his mother, Megan.

John Legend.

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The Weekender: Beethoven, Beatles, bisexuals, and Black Friday

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Maria Callas in “Maria by Callas.”

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Revisiting the operatic life of Maria Callas

Tom Volf’s distinctive and affecting documentary, “Maria by Callas,” pays tribute to the singer.

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Michael Douglas is coming to the Coolidge to collect his award

The two-time Oscar winner will also soon be honored by Boston University.

Jessica Harper in the 1977 cult horror classic “Suspiria.” The band Goblin will play the original score at a screening at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

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The sound of ‘Suspiria’; the return of ‘Black Panther’

Local film events.

24support SUPPORT THE GIRLS Regina Hall in SUPPORT THE GIRLS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures Written & Directed by Andrew Bujalski

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8 great streaming movies to get you through the holiday weekend

From “Support the Girls” to “Blindspotting,” they all have a lot to offer viewers.

A scene from “Così Parlò De Crescenzo.”

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Renaissance man, robot apocalypse, Navajo candidate, Oscar favorites

A preview of upcoming documentaries in various venues.

Dieter Rams in the documentary “Rams.”

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Documentary celebrates Dieter Rams, industrial designer

A preview of Gary Hustwit’s documentary “Rams” about the German industrial designer Dieter Rams.

Rebecca Wisocky voices eBay, John C. Reilly is Ralph, Sarah Silverman is Vanellope in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

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Wreck-It Ralph rides again, in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

The sequel is an improvement on “Wreck-It Ralph.”