Monday, January 16


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Movie Review: ‘Hidden Figures’

“Hidden Figures” may lack CGI explosions and action-packed fight scenes, but make no mistake – it’s a superhero film. The film relies on the conventional biopic formula – hardship and triumph, based on a true story – but manages to refresh the genre with its powerful narrative, complex performances, comprehensive understanding of discrimination and bold cinematography. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox)

(Courtesy of Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox)

The "Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment" panel in October featured actor Leonard Wu, ABC programming manager Stan Pham and YouTuber Chris Dinh. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Press Pass: A&E writers’ favorite experiences of 2016

For the new year, Daily Bruin A&E writers share what made their reporting experiences in 2016 so memorable. “Alum panelists discuss Asian-American representation in popular media” Olivia Mazzucato I arrived to cover the “Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment” panel, hosted by Lapu, the Coyote that Cares Theatre Company. Read more...

Photo: The "Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment" panel in October featured actor Leonard Wu, ABC programming manager Stan Pham and YouTuber Chris Dinh. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

The "Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment" panel in October featured actor Leonard Wu, ABC programming manager Stan Pham and YouTuber Chris Dinh. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

The Netflix original "Stranger Things" became one of the best television shows of 2016, blending science fiction with a story of friendship. (Netflix)

Missed reviews of 2016: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Moana,’ ‘Joanne’

Daily Bruin A&E spent the year reviewing films and albums to help students decide which art is worth their time and money. By the end of 2016, A&E had foregone opportunities to share thoughts on some of the year’s most popular and promising projects. Read more...

Photo: The Netflix original "Stranger Things" became one of the best television shows of 2016, blending science fiction with a story of friendship. (Netflix)

The Netflix original "Stranger Things" became one of the best television shows of 2016, blending science fiction with a story of friendship. (Netflix)

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Movie review: ‘Fences’

The sins of the father are often paid for by the children, and Troy Maxson is a man of many sins. Denzel Washington directs and stars as Troy in the film “Fences,” based on the play by August Wilson. Read more...

Photo: (Paramount Pictures)

(Paramount Pictures)

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Movie Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

Disney and Lucasfilm gave “Star Wars” fans “The Force Awakens” last holiday season, which delighted some and seemed like a sack of coal to others. “Star Wars” fans must have been extra good this year because the 2016 prequel to “Star Wars: A New Hope” delivers an original story with a darker tone than that of the original trilogy. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)

(Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)

Alumna Chelsea Taylor was cast as Young Girl in "Nocturnal Animals" because the production team wanted redheaded actresses for the film's Western-noir aura. (Courtesy of Matthew Mitchell)

‘Nocturnal Animals’ provides valuable acting experience for UCLA alumna

Chelsea Taylor and Jake Gyllenhaal spent an hour observing two dead bodies. Taylor, a 2013 UCLA alumna, plays the friend of Gyllenhaal’s fictional deceased daughter in the film “Nocturnal Animals.” In the film, his character’s fictional wife and daughter are brutally murdered by bandits; Taylor’s principal moment comes with observing the actor as he grieves the death of his family members. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Chelsea Taylor was cast as Young Girl in "Nocturnal Animals" because the production team wanted redheaded actresses for the film's Western-noir aura. (Courtesy of Matthew Mitchell)

Alumna Chelsea Taylor was cast as Young Girl in "Nocturnal Animals" because the production team wanted redheaded actresses for the film's Western-noir aura. (Courtesy of Matthew Mitchell)

Third-year English student Erin Hayes interned at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" during fall quarter. Her duties ranged from watching late night television shows to sorting through fan mail. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Student dives into world of TV production at ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Erin Hayes’ typical Friday activities range from being backstage with Tom Hanks to driving a golf cart around the Warner Bros. lot. Hayes, a third-year English student, is an intern at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” from August through December. Read more...

Photo: Third-year English student Erin Hayes interned at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" during fall quarter. Her duties ranged from watching late night television shows to sorting through fan mail. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Third-year English student Erin Hayes interned at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" during fall quarter. Her duties ranged from watching late night television shows to sorting through fan mail. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)