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July 7, 1996
I was surprised at the omission of the 1950 version of "Born Yesterday" by all of the people polled ("The Reel America," Opinion, June 30). To me, this film reflects how education about the liberties we have as a nation can lead to consciousness-raising and liberation for an individual person. In the film, Judy Holliday sees her tyrannical, abusive relationship with Broderick Crawford for what it is, and leaves it, because her heart and mind have been opened to the values of American history by her teacher, William Holden.
December 13, 2013 | By Susan King
The African American Film Critics Assn. on Friday named Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" the best film of 2013. The historical drama was the big winner with the organization, earning four awards. Besides best film, "!2 Years a Slave" won director honors for McQueen, screenplay for John Ridley and breakout performance for Lupita Nyong'o. Forest Whitaker was named best actor for "Lee Daniels' The Butler," while Sandra Bullock received best actress honors for "Gravity. " The critics chose Oprah Winfrey for supporting actress for "The Butler," and Jared Leto for supporting actor for "Dallas Buyers Club.
February 24, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
More than 10,000 film buyers, sellers and gawkers are expected to converge here during the next week for the biggest-ever American Film Market exposition. The ninth annual event opened Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hoping to rival Cannes as an international marketplace. In addition to giving film distributors and producers a showcase for their latest wares, the Culver City-based American Film Market Assn.
December 2, 2013 | By Susan King
The African American Film Critics Assn. on Monday announced the winners of its 2014 Special Achievement Awards. The Weinstein Co.'s Bob and Harvey Weinstein are the recipients of the Cinema Vanguard Award, while Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is receiving the Horizon Award. Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay is the winner of the Legacy Award, and Fox Searchlight senior vice president of production Zola Mashariki is the recipient of the Ashley Boone Award.
William K. Everson, an independent American film curator who was once described as the "impresario of old movies," died in his New York City apartment Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. Everson, a tireless and resourceful collector, amassed a personal library of more than 4,000 films. His collection, considered one of the largest private archives of its kind in the world, has been credited with saving many old American films--particularly silent movies--from being lost forever.
July 26, 2011 | Tim Swanson
Twenty years ago this month, a small, hip-hop infused coming-of-age drama set in South-Central Los Angeles called "Boyz N the Hood" was causing extreme reactions from two very different audiences. Written and directed by John Singleton, a brash 23-year-old just months out of USC's film school, and made for a mere $5.7 million, largely with an unknown and untested cast of African American actors, the film had just played May's prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it received a 20-minute standing ovation.
The second annual Freedom Film Festival, the American Cinema Foundation's showcase of films from Central and Eastern Europe focusing on themes of democracy and freedom, again presents extraordinary and venturesome pictures that offer a firsthand sense of what's happening in some of the most volatile parts of the world. The festival commences tonight at Paramount Studios with an 8 p.m. invitational premiere of Valery Todorovsky's "The Land of the Deaf," which screens to the public at 1:15 p.m.
Garbo stars! Less than six months after her death on April 15, the legendary actress is being honored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Film Department with a showing of all but two of her American films, including such rarely screened silents as "The Temptress" and "Wild Orchids." Among the rarities to be shown: the alternative ending of "Love," her silent version of "Anna Karenina."
Businesswoman Inez Brand spent all day Friday in Los Angeles attending a conference, but she was determined to fly back to her Dallas hometown in time to see "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." In Los Angeles, Reyna Gaar had to buy "Stella" tickets several hours in advance on Saturday at the Magic Johnson Theatres, where the show consistently sold out through the weekend despite being shown on seven screens.
"Seen any good movies lately?" has gone from a conversation-opener to a wail. I can't, personally, remember any moviegoing period as dispiriting as the first five months of this year, but a great solution is at hand: the John Cassavetes collection, with us at least through the month of June. They're guaranteed to infuriate.
November 12, 2013 | By John Horn and Steven Zeitchik
When the first "Die Hard" and "Terminator" movies landed in theaters in the 1980s, both were rated R. But their sequels arrived with PG-13 marks - even though the level of violence had actually escalated. Critics have blasted Hollywood's movie ratings for years, claiming that the Motion Picture Assn. of America takes a prudish view of sex and foul language but a very liberal one when it comes to mayhem and bloodshed. A new report provides strong evidence for that critique, concluding that gunplay has tripled within PG-13 films since 1985, the first full year the rating was used.
November 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The international arm of the Motion Picture Assn. of America will host filmmakers and representatives from the American and Chinese film industries in Los Angeles this week for the third annual China International Co-Production Film Screenings. Created in 2009 in partnership with China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television, the event highlights the growing bonds between the film industries of both nations. This year's program begins Monday night at Universal Studios with a screening of Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Other movies to be screened this week include the North American premiere of "Finding Mr. Right" from writer-director Xue Xiaolu; the Chinese hit "Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon;" and the love story "A Wedding Invitation.
October 3, 2013 | By Susan King
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has been named the recipient of the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented at a gala tribute on June 5. Her father, actor Henry Fonda, was the AFI Life Achievement winner in 1978. "Jane Fonda is American film royalty," said Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI's board of trustees. "A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.
September 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If you care about lost films in general and silent films in particular and can't wait till they arrive on DVD (no names, please), the moment is now. The National Film Preservation Foundation's “Lost & Found: American Treasures From the New Zealand Film Archive” is newly on sale, showcasing highlights from one of the most exciting finds of the past decade. That would be the discovery in New Zealand of a trove of silent material (detailed in a comprehensive 48-page booklet) that had been thought lost forever.
July 31, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The American Film Institute has nearly tripled its funding for scholarships in an effort to compete with larger film schools and to help students pay for the institute's $47,000 in annual tuition. In the past, AFI found it was attracting candidates for its program and then losing them to schools that offered better financial aid. The school often had to look past the list of students it had already accepted, to an alternate list, to fill out its student body. “We had lost a number of fellows who wanted to go to AFI to schools with more robust scholarship programs,” said Bob Gazzale, the CEO of AFI.  To combat that, the AFI Board of Directors set the challenge to raise more money for scholarships and successfully received more than $6.2 million from donors.
May 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The French lesbian love story “Blue Is the Warmest Color” won the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes. In an unprecedented step, jury president Steven Spielberg announced that the prize had been given not only to director Abdellatiff Kechiche but to costars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as well. The film, which French critics adored but the foreign contingent had mixed feelings about, got a rapturous reception from the Palais de Festival crowd, and both actresses were in tears by the time they reached the stage.
There was a surprisingly sparse crowd gathered for "Blink," the Michael Apted thriller starring Madeleine Stowe at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. After all, the film generated good word of mouth and as the "major studio release" chosen to kick off Saturday's closing night festivities, one might expect the Coachella Valley to come out in force. In fact, none of the majors packed them in at the festival.
Oliver Stone's "JFK" explores one of the defining events in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But as it heads into the best picture race at tonight's Academy Awards, the controversial film is drawing its biggest crowds outside the United States. Its success--"JFK" has raked in more than half of its $150 million in ticket sales overseas--has something to do with affection for Kennedy abroad.
May 1, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING -- "Iron Man 3" made its Chinese debut Wednesday -- two days ahead of the U.S. opening -- and while the film is drawing good crowds here, it's leaving many viewers unimpressed with Hollywood's latest attempt to crack China's booming cinema market. Partly financed by Chinese firm DMG Entertainment, the superhero sequel by Walt Disney's Marvel Studios had impressive openings last weekend in Britain, South Korea and other countries. The partners are counting on strong China sales to help make it this summer's first global blockbuster, and Marvel said it had added "significant Chinese elements" to the movie, including an appearance by popular singer and actress Fan Bingbing.
March 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two damaged souls in "Dead Man Down," a moody twist of hyper-violent vengeance and heartache where death is hand-delivered, mercy is hard to come by and love is never easy. The slow-simmering potboiler is the first American film for Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, who created such a cold, calculating thrill, with Rapace as his muse, in the 2009 Swedish version of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. " An international sensation, it inspired the English-language take starring Rooney Mara a few years later, put Rapace on everyone's radar and opened Hollywood's door for Oplev.
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