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August 20, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Some of the signature action films of Tony Scott, who authorities said died Sunday after leaping from the  Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, had an unbilled but unforgettable character: music. Scott blockbusters such as "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II" relied on pop, and the bass notes of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away," which ascend until they suddenly don't, are as much of the former as is Tom Cruise's character Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. In one sense, the use of music in these works is simply representative of another era in filmmaking, one in which key cinematic moments were scored by pop artists rather than anonymously large orchestras.  The promotional benefit was hard to ignore, especially on MTV  in the '80s, where videos such as the Scott-directed "Danger Zone" served as trailers for the films.
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December 6, 2012 | By Susan King
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Sally Field, currently starring as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Awards Gala on Jan 5. The 24th annual festival takes place Jan. 3-14. "From her all-American roles that brought her early stardom on television to her memorable and award-winning film performances, Sally Field has impressed audiences with her incredible range," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement Thursday morning.
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March 6, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Anthony Mackie had appeared in about two dozen films, including "8 Mile," "Half Nelson" and "The Manchurian Candidate" before "The Hurt Locker," 2009's best picture Academy Award winner. But apparently, it took that performance — as a no-nonsense Army sergeant opposite Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner — to get some people in Hollywood to realize he had even been working as an actor. "I loved the fact that everybody's like, 'Man, where were you?' And I'm like, 'I've been right here.
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October 15, 1995
Bravo to Turan. Having seen a preview of the new Kathryn Bigelow film "Strange Days," I was shocked and horrified by the film's "high tech" rape scene. Its screenwriters must think themselves very ingenious to have created the idea of compounding a woman's terror by forcing her to experience her attack through the eyes of her rapist. Shame on Bigelow for allowing this sickening and debasing scene into her film. One would have hoped and perhaps even expected that a woman would show a modicum of sense and sensitivity toward the issue of rape.
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January 14, 2010
The cut-and-paste aesthetic that dominates pop art today has proved a natural fit for music -- but what about film? The avant-hip-hop DJ Edan 's album release party for "Echo Party" comes concurrent with a new film of the same name built on snippets of South Asian dance sequences, old-school break dancing and found footage. Together, they'll make your head spin and your hips move. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $12. (323) 655-2510.
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December 10, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
On her reality television show, Jenni Rivera proved endearing to millions just by being herself. But the 43-year-old Mexican American singer, who was believed to have died in a plane crash early Sunday, also had a desire to act. Last January, Rivera attended the Sundance Film Festival to promote what would be her first and last film, the independent drama "Filly Brown. " In the movie, Rivera plays the incarcerated mother of an aspiring rapper who is trying to maintain a relationship with her daughter from behind bars.
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April 5, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Baseball icon and Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson never played for the franchise in Los Angeles, but marketing and outreach efforts tied to a forthcoming biographical film about the famed second baseman are tapping the L.A. team.  The move by Warner Bros., which is distributing "42," makes sense. Robinson, universally revered for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, is a key part of the Dodgers' history. And the team's home is right in Warner Bros.' backyard.
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July 24, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
Director Joss Whedon is following up his mega-hit "The Avengers" not with another superhero movie but with a Shakespeare film. And it has landed a spot at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 6. Whedon's take on the Bard's "Much Ado About Nothing" is billed as "contemporary," yet it apparently uses the original text (and was shot in just 12 days). The film stars Amy Acker (who appeared in Whedon's "The Cabin in the Woods") and Alexis Denisof as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and Toronto Fest programmers say it "offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
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September 10, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are making a bet on the rising stock of Kristen Wiig, purchasing the U.S. theatrical rights to her latest starrer, "Imogene," Monday night.  The deal marks the second significant buy from Roadside Attractions, which sealed another purchase earlier today for the rights to Sarah Polley's quasi-documentary "Stories We Tell. " In "Imogene," Wiig plays a failed playwright who fakes her own suicide after her boyfriend leaves her and she gets fired from her magazine job. The film costars Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and "Glee's" Darren Criss.
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