James Corden is the host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, which includes the popular segment “Carpool Karaoke” that features celebrity guests such as Justin Bieber. (Courtesy of CBS)

Second Take: James Corden an unexpectedly brilliant choice for ‘The Late Late Show’

Announcing James Corden as the host of “The Late Late Show” in September 2014 was a risky move by CBS. Corden was an unknown actor for the majority of American late night viewers; few people knew him from his work in the U.K., and his appearances on Broadway in “One Man, Two Guvnors” and in 2014′s musical film “Into the Woods” by no means made him a household name. Read more...

James Corden is the host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, which includes the popular segment “Carpool Karaoke” that features celebrity guests such as Justin Bieber. (Courtesy of CBS)

Fine arts graduate student Steven Liang (back left) directed the short film "Afuera," about the struggles of transgender Latinas. The film was written by Steven Canals (back center) and stars Jennifer London (front right). (Courtesy of Steven Liang)
Fine arts graduate student Steven Liang (back left) directed the short film "Afuera," about the struggles of transgender Latinas. The film was written by Steven Canals (back center) and stars Jennifer London (front right). (Courtesy of Steven Liang)

UCLA alumnus Nate Moore (left) was an executive producer of “Captain America: Civil War,” starring Anthony Mackie (right). Moore is currently producing “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, which is slated for release in February 2018. (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)
UCLA alumnus Nate Moore (left) was an executive producer of “Captain America: Civil War,” starring Anthony Mackie (right). Moore is currently producing “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, which is slated for release in February 2018. (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

The 1996 film “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce, will be remade with actors Jack Black, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. (TriStar Pictures)

Second Take: Will the ‘Jumanji’ reboot be a downgrade from the childhood classic?

Hollywood’s recent trend of remaking timeless classics to exploit fan bases for higher profits clearly has no problem trampling all over my childhood favorites. The latest classic film to fall victim to the money-grabbing is “Jumanji,” the 1995 fantasy-adventure comedy film starring the late, great Robin Williams and co-starring Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce. Read more...

The 1996 film “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce, will be remade with actors Jack Black, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. (TriStar Pictures)

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Second Take: Hollywood films inaccurately portray Greek Life, reinforce stereotypes

The mention of Greek life usually conjures up images of keg stands, loud music, bizarre rituals and shallow people. The Hollywood film industry reinforces these associations with attempts to bring collegiate Greek life to the big screen through movies like “Animal House” and its newest addition, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” which premiered in Westwood on May 16. Read more...

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The 2001 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” featured George Clooney as Danny Ocean (far left), Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan (middle left), Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell (middle right) and Elliot Gould as Reuben Tishkoff (far right). (Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios)
The 2001 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” featured George Clooney as Danny Ocean (far left), Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan (middle left), Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell (middle right) and Elliot Gould as Reuben Tishkoff (far right). (Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios)

Julia Roberts plays Patty Fenn and George Clooney plays Lee Gates in TriStar Pictures' "Money Monster". (Courtesy of Smokehouse Pictures)
Julia Roberts plays Patty Fenn and George Clooney plays Lee Gates in TriStar Pictures' "Money Monster". (Courtesy of Smokehouse Pictures)


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