March 27, 2014 |
Based on a true story only in the loosest sense, "Boys of Abu Ghraib" dramatizes the torture of terror suspects at the hands of American guards during the Iraq war. Unlike the few documentaries on the subject, the film views the events through an American serviceman's perspective and argues that Abu Ghraib was as much a prison sentence for some of the captors as it was for their detainees. Writer-director-star Luke Moran retreads many archetypes and tropes left over from movies about the Vietnam and Korean wars, refusing to engage modern military rules and realities as laid out in his film's contemporaries, such as "The Hurt Locker" and "Lone Survivor.
March 26, 2014 |
A satellite network launched by a group of studios and theater chains last year just got bigger. The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Deluxe/EchoStar satellite network, adding nearly 1,000 theater sites, the companies said. No financial details were disclosed. With the acquisition, the coalition will double the size of its satellite network, which is expected to significantly reduce the cost of delivering movies to theaters and enable it to beam live concerts, operas and sporting events into multiplex venues nationwide.
March 8, 2014 |
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
March 6, 2014 |
Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs. With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday. The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics. INTERACTIVE: Discover songs of L.A. "We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet," Daniel Ek, Spotify's chief executive, said in a statement . " With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.” Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The purchase of Somerville, Mass.-based Echo Nest will also make it easier for third-party developers to build applications for Spotify, which completed a funding round of about $250 million in November.
March 6, 2014 |
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.