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October 25, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Iranians have been portrayed on the big screen as pre-Revolution radicals in “Argo,” scary, bare-chested villains in “300” and video game characters come to life in “Prince of Persia.” While these depictions can be entertaining, they're hardly the only ones out there. Disseminating alternative perspectives is the goal of the annual Noor Iranian Film Festival . The week-long gathering, which wrapped up its sixth year on Thursday, showcased a wide variety of films by Iranians - ranging from documentaries on Iran-Iraq War veterans who suffered from chemical bomb exposure (“The Skin That Burns”)
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
How do you represent a hundred years of a nation's moviemaking, especially when the country is one as vast and complex as China? In what it's calling a "preliminary" sampling, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is offering Angelenos the chance to experience a striking array of selections of Chinese cinema, from the silent gems of Shanghai's Golden Age to recently unearthed midcentury satires and more familiar art-house hits such as 2000's "In the...
October 7, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The fluorescent green Spring Street bike lane that bicyclists and downtown residents loved but film location scouts and production managers hated has been stripped off the street. It's been repainted a darker shade of green. In fact, it looks more turquoise than green. That should make the film folks happy -- or at least, happier than when Spring Street, one of the most filmed and photographed locales in Los Angeles, featured a 1.4-mile strip of green so bright that under lights for filming it bounced off and tinted everything it touched, including actors' faces.
September 24, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Ai Weiwei will join the jury of the annual Stockholm Film Festival, although it's questionable if the Chinese dissident artist will be able to attend. The panel, mostly composed of film industry professionals, each year reserves one seat for an artist outside of film, which Ai will fill, organizers announced Monday. Festival director Git Scheynius said the artist was chosen for the panel to symbolize the repression of artists and journalists. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The political activist is hard to reach: He is without Internet access and his travel outside of China is prohibited, according to reports.
September 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Even before he took office, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to name a film czar to serve as an industry advocate in City Hall and to help stop runaway production. But nearly three months later, Garcetti is still searching for someone to fill the position, underscoring the challenges of finding the right person for what some might consider the impossible job of persuading Sacramento to do more to help Hollywood. "It's been a struggle for everyone who wants this to happen and wants this to move forward, but it doesn't surprise me," said Ed Duffy, business agent and vice president for Teamsters Local 399, which represents location managers, casting directors and studio drivers.
September 18, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Several current and former adult film performers who have tested positive for HIV spoke out Wednesday about working conditions in the industry. Cameron Bay, the actress whose positive HIV test result prompted a weeklong moratorium on filming last month, spoke at a Hollywood news conference about an on-set incident that she said had put performers at risk. A teary-eyed Bay said that in a July 31 film shoot with San Francisco-based, an incident resulted in an actor getting a cut on his penis and bleeding.
September 12, 2013 | By David Colker
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
September 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Filming on the next installment of "The Hunger Games" won't begin for another month, but Paul Holehouse already is assessing the risks. Holehouse will fly to Atlanta this week to check for asbestos in an old warehouse - one among many sites that will be used during filming of the "Hunger Games" sequels. He'll also meet with stunt coordinators to review action scenes, plans for pyrotechnics and training for actors to ensure they are prepared to film various fights and chase scenes.
August 7, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
At the Candy Lady shop in Albuquerque, customers can chose from 20 flavors of fudge, a wall of licorice, handmade chocolates and bags of blue-tinged crystals made of rock candy. Owner Debbie Ball calls it "Breaking Bad Candy" after the show that, until recently, was a fixture in her community. Ball supplied 100 pounds of the candy as a crystal meth prop for the AMC series "Breaking Bad," about a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine maker. When the show stopped needing her services, Ball decided to sell the crystals in her store.
August 2, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag. Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend. " With good reason: It's hard to find a more uplifting sports story than Jackie Robinson's battle against racism on his way to becoming one of the greatest ballplayers in history. "42" evoked its bygone era by filming extensively in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The filmmakers collected millions in subsidies from those states' taxpayers, who proudly followed the production via local newspaper stories detailing its step-by-step progress from location to location.
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