December 20, 2012 |
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 |
“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 |
"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 |
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 |
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 |
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.