March 14, 2011
This TV and movie star, who turns 56 on Saturday, was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Who is he? Bruce Willis
June 1, 2012 |
Anyone whose artistic dreams have ever eluded them will find much to appreciate in the micro-budgeted, improv-based drama "Goodbye Promise," a simple, richly emotional look at a failed actor's introspective last days in Hollywood. "Being a good actor isn't enough in this town," rightly concludes Matt (Gregor Collins), a good-looking, 30-ish thespian who's spent much of the past decade struggling to make it. Thus, a week away from a self-prescribed, seven-year deadline for success - and with only a promising turn in an unfinished film and an elusive TV audition to hold him in L.A. - Matt opts to give up the ghost and return home to Washington, D.C. First, however, he must say goodbye to an eclectic array of actor friends plus an ex-flame (Sarah Prikryl)
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December 25, 2013 |
On one of the busiest film nights of the year, hundreds of people at a Los Angeles movie theater complex were evacuated after fire alarms interrupted their Christmas movie viewings. The alarms went off at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard about 5:30 p.m., an employee said. By 6:20, guests were being allowed back into the theaters. “Looks like it was a false alarm,” said employee Eric Corbin. “We're still accepting purchases, and more than likely we'll be up and running in the next half hour.” Christmas Day is one of the busiest of the year for the ArcLight, where 14 theaters can seat several thousand movie-goers.
April 10, 2014 |
It's not quite “Revenge of the Nerds,” but it still might make a good movie: “Attack of the Unpaid Interns.” Former interns for the 2010 movie “Black Swan” have brought a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures and units of Fox Entertainment Group. They are demanding back pay, damages and a court order prohibiting the studio from using unpaid interns. A win for the plaintiffs could bring down the long-standing and widespread movie industry practice of exploiting lowly assistants who, for the sake of experience and job contacts, are willing to work for free.
April 24, 2009 |
There was a time when Hollywood thought of Africa as a kind of exotic backlot, but these days it's the venue for many of the causes about which activist members of the industry feel most deeply. Over the next two weeks, in fact, the continent is getting top billing on the town's social to-do list.
May 30, 2013 |
The historic former Hollywood home of Eastman Kodak Co. has been purchased by developers who plan to turn it into one of the city's increasingly popular office sites for creative businesses. The two-building complex on Santa Monica Boulevard at Las Palmas Avenue dates to the early days of the movie industry. In the late 1920s, Eastman Kodak scientists working there helped develop the company's first film designed for sound motion pictures. Lincoln Property Co., one of Southern California's largest commercial landlords, bought the 100,000-square-foot complex for $24.5 million from Thompson National Properties of Irvine.
March 14, 2014 |
In Hollywood, a 1920s hotel-turned-apartment-building called the Whitley House has been sold for nearly $15 million. The six-story building at 1963 N. Cahuenga Blvd. has 100 apartments, most of which are considered "micro-units" because they are about 250 square feet in size. The Whitley House was sold by Vista Investment Group, which acquired it in a lender-facilitated sale in 2010. The property had been in the early stages of a major renovation that stalled during the recent economic downturn and was in a general state of disrepair, the seller said . The building's location in the midst of Hollywood and its original design as a hotel made it a candidate to be turned into a micro-unit property, according to Vista President Jonathan Barach.
September 5, 2012 |
Hollywood loves a good crime saga, so it's little wonder that studios are rumored to be hot for the life story of Griselda Blanco, the infamous female Colombian drug lord who was shot dead in her hometown of Medellín on Monday. Gunned down by an assassin on a motorcycle (in a style of execution she reportedly perfected) outside of a butcher shop, Blanco lived a life as large as a Corleone and was known as the "Godmother" of cocaine. According to an obituary in the Miami Herald , "At least three feature films and an HBO series featuring Blanco were in the works at the time of her death.
February 24, 2013 |
It's been nearly a generation since Quentin Tarantino burst on the scene with his raucous indie film "Pulp Fiction" in 1994, and Hollywood is a very different place. The once-vibrant independent film scene that Tarantino helped shape has shrunk to a handful of players who have honed their survival skills in a harsh distribution landscape. But Tarantino is back at the Oscars this year, this time with another wonderfully incendiary piece of entertainment, "Django Unchained. " And so, as it happens, are a group of other directors from his generation of outsiders - only now they are the new Hollywood establishment.