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August 29, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
When the members of new band Divine Fits, best described as an indie-rock supergroup (even if it sounds silly), first hooked up, they had a common goal.  “We basically wanted to write songs together, make an album, and go and play those songs live,” guitarist-singer Dan Boeckner said in a recent interview with Pitchfork. “We wanted to start a band.”  Featuring Boeckner, best known for his work with Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, singer and guitarist Britt Daniel of the band Spoon, and New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown, the group hit its goal as it concluded its month-long Los Angeles residency Tuesday night at the gorgeous, acoustically rich Masonic Temple at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
August 24, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
A private memorial for director Tony Scott will be held Friday at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The small ceremony for friends and family of the director of "True Romance" and "Enemy of the State" who committed suicide Sunday will be followed by a public remembrance after Labor Day. Hollywood Forever, on Santa Monica Boulevard, is the final resting place for many actors and filmmakers, including Rudolph Valentino, Hattie McDaniel, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jayne Mansfield and Tyrone Power.
June 21, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to outdoor summer movie screenings, Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery has been Los Angeles' go-to experience for more than a decade. But there's plenty of room for more screenings in this company town, and now Street Food Cinema has stepped up with an alternative take involving a movie on the lawn near the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, a big gathering of food trucks, and live music and audience games to get the evening started. Seeing movies under the stars just got a little easier, and maybe a little more interactive.
March 4, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
As hundreds of mourners gathered at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, Joanna Ramos' grieving mother fought back tears and said she would always remember her 10-year-old daughter as a "good and happy little girl who dreamed of being a singer and a star. " "What happened to Joanna could happen to anybody," Cecilia Villanueva, 41, said before the service. "Parents need to be careful and try to watch over their children, even when they are at school with friends. " Relatives, friends and strangers assembled at the cemetery's chapel for a funeral service to honor the fifth-grader, who died after a fight with a classmate near their elementary school in Long Beach.
August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
November 30, 2006
A memorial service for jazz singer Anita O'Day, who died Nov. 23, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.
October 18, 2009 | Steve Appleford
Hope Sandoval prefers the darkness. It's how she feels comfortable onstage, with the lights down low, freeing the singer from the distraction of all those strangers watching from the audience. "I just hide and sing," she explains. Sometimes, she hides a little too well. After a September performance in San Francisco, four fans demanded a refund because they couldn't see her, as if unconvinced that Sandoval had been there at all. "It's so ridiculous," she says, more puzzled than annoyed.
May 24, 2007
Nice article in Calendar Weekend, but you neglected to mention that Hollywood Forever has a historic cemetery tour in the "event" section of your article ["Graveyard Shift," May 17]. It has even recently been featured on Turner Classic Movies! This never gets mentioned in the press and would have been nice to see. You can find out more information here: KARIE BIBLE Culver City Bible is the historic tour guide for Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
December 8, 2004
A memorial service for former Los Angeles Police Chief Tom Reddin is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Police Academy, 1880 N. Academy Drive. He will be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. The family has asked that memorial contributions be sent to one of the following: the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, 6045 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042; Parkinson's disease research in care of Dr. Mark Lew at the USC Health Sciences Campus, 1520 San Pablo St.
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