May 13, 2013 |
With the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 's expansive "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition set to close on June 30, the museum's film department is revisiting several key movies in the maverick filmmaker's oeuvre. Each of the director's films in the series "Kubrick and Co. " will be paired with an important work by another filmmaker, including Michaelangelo Antonioni ("Red Desert"), Ingmar Bergman ("Hour of the Wolf"), Sam Fuller ("China Gate") and Max Ophuls ("Lola Montes"). The series opens May 31 with Kubrick's 1957 anti-war film, "Paths of Glory," starring Kirk Douglas, followed by Joseph Losey's 1957 drama "Time Without Pity," revolving around a man's (Michael Redgrave)
May 5, 2013 |
The reason the bike lane on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles is bright fluorescent green is so drivers and bicyclists alike can see it easily and avoid running into one another. However, the very conspicuousness of that color has brought on a collision between politics and business in the city. Bicyclists and downtown neighborhood groups are fans of the 1.4-mile stretch of green bike lane on Spring Street from Cesar Chavez to 9th Street. But location scouts and production managers who bring filming to the city's historic downtown core are not so happy.
May 4, 2013 |
French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has said all of his films have autobiographical elements in them, even if the exact details may be unrecognizable across his wide-ranging body of work. Assayas' sensitive portrayals of the changes in contemporary life, touching on globalization, technology and personal relationships, led the Austrian critic Alexander Horwath, in a recent book preface, to declare the filmmaker "one of the defining voices in the past quarter-century of cinema. " "Cold Water," Assayas' international breakthrough in 1994 about teenage romance and self-discovery, was the most obviously autobiographical of his films.
May 3, 2013 |
Zach Braff made headlines last week when he became one of the first top-tier Hollywood personalities to try -- and succeed in -- financing a movie via Kickstarter. Just a few days after listing his idiosyncratic project “Wish I Was Here,” which he aims to direct and star in, he had raised the Kickstarter target of $2 million to make the movie. The total is now at about $2.3 million and 31,000 backers, with three weeks to go.) It was a remarkable turnaround. For nearly a year, Braff, 38, had tried to make the dramatic comedy about a thirtysomething Los Angeles man who decides to homeschool his children.
May 2, 2013 |
Watching "André Gregory: Before and After Dinner" often feels like visiting with an elegant, genial, slightly mystifying old friend. Too bad Cindy Kleine, the documentary's producer-director-narrator - and Gregory's wife - didn't better organize this rangy survey of the eclectic actor, theater director, artist and raconteur. While the title references Louis Malle's 1981 classic "My Dinner With André," which Gregory, now 78, co-wrote and starred in with collaborator and pal Wallace Shawn, Kleine spends little time on Gregory's signature screen role.
April 30, 2013 |
On the campus of "Video Game High School," gamers are the ultimate jocks. The best players appear on television chat shows. They even get dates. The nine-part original Web series, which combines high school romances and dramas with video game-inspired race sequences and action scenes, attracted some 50 million online views in its first season. A second season is expected to debut in July. It's the brainchild of Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch - the collaborative duo behind the popular FreddieW channel on YouTube - and co-creator Matt Arnold.