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March 11, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Paramount Pictures is offering thousands of free movie clips on the Facebook social-networking site to spur DVD sales and promote its films. Paramount partnered with software maker FanRocket to create an application called VooZoo that lets users share film clips as messages. The partnership plans to develop VooZoo for other platforms such as News Corp.'s MySpace and even instant-message services. About 100 Paramount movies are available now.
January 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the bigger surprises among Thursday's Academy Award nominations came in one of the lower-profile categories when the song "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the little-seen faith-based film of the same name, was nominated for best original song. In doing so, it beat out efforts by some of the biggest pop artists on the planet, including Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Lana Del Rey. The film "Alone Yet Not Alone," an 18th century drama about a family fleeing religious persecution in Germany to start anew in the United States, had a one-week qualifying theatrical run back in September, and according to the  film's website , will have an official release in June.
Veteran freak-rockers the Butthole Surfers usually perform with strobe lights and vividly disturbing film clips of surgeries, insects and other creepy things washing over the players, enhancing the mind-blowing effect of their psychedelic punk-metal. But on Thursday at the Viper Room, the Texas noise heroes got back to basics by leaving out those elements of their multimedia shtick.
September 12, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Chances are good that Harry Dean Stanton, the prolific character actor with the face of a backwoods prophet, will be the subject of a straightforward career-retrospective documentary someday. For now we have something that's more in tune with the man: Sophie Huber's lyrical and enigmatic portrait, "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. " At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs. A reluctant interviewee with no interest in biographical facts, Stanton would rather sing than yak. The unrepentant loner says he's "not psychologically wired for institutions"; nonetheless, within the moviemaking system he's amassed 200-plus film credits and counting.
January 17, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
The film clips are the best part of CBS' "George Burns 90th Birthday Special," airing at 8 tonight on Channels 2 and 8. Unfortunately, there are too few of them. What we get instead are a lot of cutesy birthday greetings on tape from a bunch of celebrities and gushy performances by some others before Burns and an audience at the Beverly Theatre.
March 19, 2000 | JASON WOMACK, Jason Womack lives in Ojai and teaches social studies at Nordhoff High School. He also is a private learning and leadership consultant for students aged 13 to 18. You can reach him at
Do Hollywood movies belong in classrooms? With intensifying debate over classroom influence and control of mass media, recent headlines over a Santa Paula teacher who was suspended for screening the R-rated film "American Beauty" for her senior English class surprised few educators. I use video footage in my classroom at Nordhoff High School in Ojai. So do hundreds of other Ventura County teachers.
July 27, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Technology and jazz came face to face at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night in "Jazz at the Movies." The basis of their meeting seemed promising enough: a large ensemble consisting of a big band and a full string section performing selections from jazz-based film scores in sync with video clips of scenes from pictures as far ranging as "Anatomy of a Murder," "Bird," "Paris Blues" and others. But neither side emerged intact.
April 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Paramount Pictures' film vault is opening up in the virtual world. Thousands of video clips from Paramount's movie library -- ranging from "Footloose" to "Clueless" -- will be available inside the virtual 3-D online worlds of and vMTV, Paramount Digital Entertainment and Makena Technologies Inc. said this week. "Consumers today are not interested in a passive experience online," said Paramount Senior Vice President of Entertainment Derek Broes.
April 2, 1995 | Chris Willman, Chris Willman is a frequent contributor to Calendar
So, film aficionado, your venerable old Maltin Guide molted its cover long ago. Your book of Ebert reviews has been thumbed through too many times; your Pauline is imperiled by overuse; your trusty VideoHound volume is getting dogeared. And the assorted aging film encyclopedias on your bookshelf are falling apart like so much faded nitrate.
September 27, 1992
Regarding Film Clips (Sept. 20): A "Brady Bunch" movie? Western civilization is doomed. JAY MARKS Los Angeles
December 20, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
It's with David Chase's much-honored individualism in mind that one should best approach - and best enjoy - his first feature film as a writer-director, the wonderfully immersive and evocative "Not Fade Away. " Despite the nostalgia-drenched idealism coursing through it - and a cinematic familiarity to the subject matter - this is not a story that's neatly told or safely predictable. The result, though, proves a warmly reflective, diligently crafted and confidently digressive flashback to a time, a place and people Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," knows like the back of his hand (as it's largely drawn from the filmmaker's own coming of age)
November 9, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
“Is anyone alive out there - and filming?” That's the query and invitation from Bruce Springsteen's camp to fans, who are being invited to tell their stories about the Boss and how his music has impacted their lives. The results could be included in a new documentary, “Springsteen & I,” slated for release next year. The crowd-sourced look at Springsteen through fans' eyes will be directed by Baillie Walsh and is being assembled by Ridley Scott Associates, Black Dog Films and Scott Free London.
August 9, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Green Wave" tells its deeply moving story three ways, using animation, on-camera interviews and extensive documentary footage to show us a moment in history that reveals more about itself each time it is examined. That moment is the tumultuous, controversial 2009 presidential election in Iran, when the spirit of reform as symbolized by the color green ended up stained with the blood of demonstrators savagely attacked by forces loyal to the ruling regime. Although a 3-year-old election may sound like old news, "The Green Wave" has considerable contemporary relevance.
June 11, 2012 | By Ellen Olivier
Theater lovers in Los Angeles watched the Tonys together Sunday night at the Tony Awards Viewing Party, a benefit for the Actors Fund, at the Skirball Cultural Center. Although most viewers on the West Coast couldn't see the show until 8 p.m., party-goers watched the awards show live as it happened in New York on three giant screens. During commercials there was live entertainment.  And when the show ended, the audience had its own awards ceremony, when Annie Potts presented Jason Alexander with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement.
April 1, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Clothing designers have fashion week in New York. Car manufacturers, the auto shows in Detroit. When Hollywood wants to tout its upcoming wares, it heads to Las Vegas. CinemaCon, as the just-concluded annual Nevada gathering of movie theater owners now calls itself, is part beauty pageant — a smattering of stars fly in to promote their films to the thousands of exhibitors on hand — and part trade show, with vendors such as American Licorice showing off their yummy new Natural Vines (in both red and black licorice)
February 21, 2010 | By Christy Grosz
Certainly, Academy Awards night is one of the most glamorous of the year, but the ceremony does far more than offer up red carpet glitz and golden statuettes. Those three-plus hours of television also fund a year's worth of philanthropic endeavors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the license fee somewhere north of $65 million that ABC pays for the rights to air the Oscars, the academy funds an entire year's worth of projects that fulfill the organization's original mission: to promote the art and science of filmmaking.
September 17, 1995
In your interview with Julie Newmar about the movie "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (Film Clips, Aug. 27), she mentioned a Chinese restaurant in New York where her picture used to hang. It was the China Bowl, not the China Ball. CARMEN SARRO Santa Clarita
June 14, 2006
De Havilland tribute: Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland will receive a rare tribute from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday night. It will feature film clips of de Havilland's career, accompanied by her own remembrances.
October 1, 2009 | John Horn
With the pop culture landscape cluttered with things like "Star Wars" Lego pajamas, a Princess Leia Slave Costume;product_id=1305522 (just in time for Halloween) and the long-ago-banished "Star Wars Holiday Special," is it any surprise that composer John Williams was a little nervous about a laser-filled "Star Wars" concert? Williams has won five Oscars, a boatload of Grammys and, at 77, still stands atop Hollywood's movie score food chain -- he holds credits on the new "Harry Potter" and "Transformers" blockbusters.
December 11, 2008 | Susan King, King is a Times staff writer.
Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" may be the best-loved Yuletide movie, but certainly nipping at its heels is the delightful 1947 fantasy "Miracle on 34th Street." Edmund Gwenn won the supporting actor Oscar for his enchanting turn as Kris Kringle, who gets a job as Macy's Santa Claus and changes the lives of a cynical divorced store executive (Maureen O'Hara) and her young daughter (Natalie Wood). The film also received Oscars for best original story and screenplay.
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