June 26, 2005 |
Stationed behind the brushed steel and crimson wood bar at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinemas cafe -- one of only a handful of movie theater cocktail lounges in the country -- bartender Erik Contreras commands the intersection of two cherished pastimes for Americans over age 21: drinking and seeing films. In addition to pouring drinks for ticket holders before and after showings, the barkeep keeps the libations flowing during what ArcLight calls its "21+" screenings.
July 21, 2007 |
It was just the way he would have wanted it, guests chimed in on Thursday afternoon at the ArcLight's Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard, where a slew of Hollywood's elite gathered to fete the legacy of industry mogul Jack Valenti. Valenti, who died in April at 85, is most famously recognized as the longtime president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. During his tenure, Valenti created and defended the often-controversial rating systems for films.
June 15, 2012 |
It's hardly a Trump Tower-like effort to put together a hot night life space. Sure, there's the licensing, staffing, furnishing and promoting, but it's usually something that can be done in a couple months. Unless, of course, you inherit a monster like the one that sits at 1439 Ivar Ave. in Hollywood. Nestled behind Amoeba Music, across from the ArcLight Cinemas structure, the yawning, 18,000-square-foot space has seen several incarnations come and go, and now it's been reinvented again as the super club Lure.
October 13, 2011
Tom Holland's "Fright Night" Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre | L.A. Thursday | 7:30 p.m. | $10 The original 1985 horror comedy with Chris Sarandon as a vampire Jamaa Fanaka's "Penitentiary" Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood Friday | 7:30 p.m. | $9 Fanaka will appear in person at screening of his 1979 prison drama Roberto Rossellini's "Rome, Open City" Billy Wilder Theater | Westwood ...
May 28, 2010
MUSIC Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley The New York rapper and the youngest son of Bob Marley have teamed again to go on tour in support of their album "Distant Relatives." They'll be making a number of L.A. stops, including a Memorial Day appearance at UCLA's Jazz Reggae Festival and a show at the Wiltern. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 9:30 p.m. Fri. Ticket prices vary. (213) 388-1400. http://www.livenation.com. David Sanborn Best known for agreeable crossover jazz and R&B, the saxophonist has also recorded with the avant-garde-leaning Tim Berne and the powerhouse Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
July 30, 2010 |
Since 1997, the International Documentary Assn. has qualified more than 161 short and feature-length documentaries for Oscar consideration with its DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase in Los Angeles and New York. DocuWeeks presentations have earned 17 Oscar nominations, with seven films going on to win the coveted award, including 2008's "Smile Pinki" and 2007's "Taxi to the Dark Side." The 14th annual DocuWeeks showcase, which screens at the ArcLight Hollywood, as well as the IFC Center in New York, begins Friday and continues through Aug. 19. Each of the 17 feature documentaries and five shorts will screen for one week with several showings each day, thus giving these films the theatrical runs they need to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
December 6, 2009 |
Given its penchant for eclectic programming, it's no surprise that the Hollywood Bowl curates its show posters the same way it curates its shows. "Musically, we always want to do something unique," says Laura Connelly, director of presentations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., which oversees the Bowl's concert lineup. "It's not about putting all the big names together, but coming up with pairings that produce something special. The posters are a reflection of that." Last summer, the Bowl asked a dozen artists, including rock-graphics guru Stanley Mouse, punk painter Niagara and the retro-cool Shag to design images for performers such as Grace Jones, Pink Martini and Death Cab for Cutie.
September 20, 2009 |
Steven Spielberg was certain his copy of "Paranormal Activity" was haunted. It was early 2008, and the director's DreamWorks studio was trying to decide whether it wanted to be a part of the micro-budgeted supernatural thriller. As the story goes, Spielberg had taken a "Paranormal Activity" DVD to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside, forcing him to summon a locksmith. While Spielberg didn't want the "Paranormal Activity" disc anywhere near his home -- he brought the movie back to DreamWorks in a garbage bag, colleagues say -- he very much shared his studio's enthusiasm for director Oren Peli's haunting story about the demonic invasion of a couple's suburban tract house.
March 12, 2009 |
Much of the genius of Alfred Hitchcock, of course, is that he understood -- perhaps better than any other filmmaker -- that the power of any movie came from the psychological as much as the visual chords that could be played. Which is why, nearly 50 years after its release in 1960, the 45-second shower scene in "Psycho" is still terrifying and paralyzing. And if you think it's scary on cable, try it again in the dark of a theater, where you can join in the communal scream when . . .
July 9, 2009 |
Is it just me, or are there moments every summer when the desire to escape life as you know it absolutely overwhelms? You've already seen every decent film out there and a few that aren't. Take heart and time travel back to the '50s with the lovely "Sabrina" and the sweet innocence of Audrey Hepburn and a different sort of moviemaking entirely -- quieter, gentler, careful with its emotional punches.