August 12, 2013 |
Fans lucky enough to have scored tickets to the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe on Friday night handed them over to none other than author George R.R. Martin, who was manning the door. The author of the books behind the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones" has used his earnings to buy and restore -- complete with legendary popcorn -- the shuttered movie theater. "The Grand Re-Opening of the Jean Cocteau Cinema came off as scheduled on Friday evening ... something I scarcely would have believed a week ago," Martin writes on his website.
July 18, 2013 |
Angel City Brewery continues to showcase local artists at its Arts District brewery, and this weekend it will be holding an open house for the new "Over a Barrel" exhibit benefitting the Free Arts charity. The open house runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and six local Downtown artists, Andre Miripolsky , Scott Forrest , Jaime Colindres , A.S. Ashley, Emmeric Konrad , and J.W. Pippen , will have works displayed at the brewery's on-site gallery. Each artist will also produce an original work using an Angel City oak barrel top as a canvas, and the finished pieces will be auctioned off on Saturday to benefit the Free Arts For Abused Children charity . The charity was founded in 1977, and in 2012 alone nearly 30,000 kids received free art instruction, workshops and supplies from the charity, whose mission is to "inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
March 23, 2013 |
Michel Gondry denies feeling stung by "The Green Hornet. " The $120-million action-adventure arrived in 2011 as the Oscar-winning French filmmaker's first Hollywood-backed studio movie. A modest hit starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz, it required him to make no small number of creative compromises on its way to the screen, marking the only time final cut on one of his films was wrested away during an idiosyncratic dozen-year feature career. "Doing a big studio movie, the process could be, at times, challenging," Gondry admits in Inspector Clouseau-like English.
December 9, 2012 |
BEIJING - Yang Jin shot his first film, "The Black and White Milk Cow," in his hometown in 2004 for $1,600. He asked villagers to be his actors, paying them only in cigarettes, and his main expense was $320 spent renting the titular cow. The tale of poor, rural China won him a $5,000 prize at Switzerland's Fribourg International Film Festival, but it had no chance of being seen or making money in his homeland. Because it touched on the subjects of AIDS and Chinese Christians, Yang knew it wouldn't get past the censors, and thus could never play in Chinese theaters, on TV, or even be sold legally on DVD. Yang's second film was a similarly shoestring, underground affair.
November 5, 2012 |
Not every foreign-language film can get one of its stars booked on such high-profile publicity stops as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” So when “Rust And Bone” has the ability to get national television exposure thanks to star Marion Cotillard, that automatically positions the movie as something that could potentially break out beyond an art-house audience. The Oscar triumph of “The Artist” and the recent worldwide box-office success of “The Intouchables” are also recent signs that French pictures in particular can still resonate more broadly.
August 24, 2012 |
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s, Robert Redford fell in love with the movies at small community theaters that screened cartoons, shorts and newsreels, documentaries and feature films. "What you had then was film in all its forms," Redford said this week. "It was lot more like a community experience where you would recognize your neighbors. " Now the actor, director, producer and founder of the annual Sundance Film Festival is hoping to revive that community spirit by opening an indie cinema house in West Hollywood.