January 28, 2014
Re "Homeboy Industries is a struggling success story," Column, Jan. 26 While Steve Lopez was interviewing the inimitable Father Gregory Boyle last Wednesday, two of his Homeboy Industries success stories were guiding 50 kids from Venice High School's POPS club around the premises, telling us the stories of their rebuilt lives. In two hours, our students - whose lives are touched by prison, with a parent or another loved one inside - were changed forever. The moment we stepped off the bus and the kids recognized rival gang members and saw them shaking hands, working side by side, their eyes, ears and hearts expanded.
January 28, 2014 |
The death of Tom Sherak, the respected Hollywood executive and recently appointed film czar for Los Angeles, is a blow to the city's film industry. Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Tuesday at his home in Calabasas after suffering a long bout with prostate cancer. His passing comes only four months after he was tapped by Mayor Eric Garcetti to lead his efforts to support the local film industry, which has been buffeted by the exodus of film and TV production to other states and countries.
January 2, 2014 |
Hollywood stakeholders are calling on California to bolster its film and TV tax credit to keep its homegrown industry from permanently leaving the state. Film industry and union officials are mobilizing to back legislation this year that would substantially increase funding for the state's film incentive program and lift some restrictions to make the program more competitive with those offered by New York, Georgia and other states and countries. "The bottom line is, these countries and these states realize what production means to them, and we have to show them [lawmakers]
December 30, 2013 |
Some critics are calling 2013 the best movie year in a decade. And although critical darlings don't always produce profits, it will also be the highest-grossing year on record - barely. After a shaky spring and a summer of high-profile hits and misses, the box office is projected to reach $10.9 billion this year, up slightly from last year's record of $10.8 billion. That's partly the result of a fourth-quarter surge of awards contenders that are also popular with moviegoers, among them the space saga "Gravity," the antebellum drama "12 Years a Slave" and the disco-era romp "American Hustle.
December 14, 2013 |
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on. So naturally, when online award spots started appearing, promoting Franco for his role as a "gangster mystic" in Harmony Korine's outrageous indie hit "Spring Breakers," it was hard to know what to make of it. In fact, one ad plays on this confusion. "Are you being serious?"
December 5, 2013 |
The United Kingdom, already a leading international hub for filming, is doing even more to roll out the red carpet. The UK government on Thursday said it would strengthen tax credits for the film industry and offer new inducements to lure more visual effects business. Among the key changes, the government said it would offer a 25% credit on the first $32.7 million of qualifying production expenditure, and 20% thereafter. Currently, such projects could only claim a 20% rebate. Additionally, companies wouldn't have to spend as much in the country to qualify for UK film credits.