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.
December 13, 2013 |
Hollywood can be a place of short-lived ambition. Audiences crave a sequel or reprise until they see the sequel or reprise. ("Arrested Development," anyone?) Studios want a hot script until someone else gets that hot script, then they never wanted it in the first place. About five years ago, shortly after the Hollywood screenwriters' strike, a script began making the rounds called "The Low Dweller. " I was reporting on the ins-and-outs of Hollywood development at the time, and followed at close range the complicated maneuvers of those who wanted it. And many did. The story had an appealingly brooding quality in its telling of an ex-con on a mission of revenge.
December 10, 2012 |
Countless actors have brought President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to memorable life in film, television and theater, including Ralph Bellamy, Edward Herrmann and Bill Murray, who plays a rather randy FDR in the new movie "Hyde Park on the Hudson. " But the person who probably portrayed the charismatic Roosevelt better than anyone was the 32nd president himself. Ronald Reagan may have been the first former actor to be elected commander in chief, but in many ways Roosevelt, who led the country through the Great Depression and World War II, was probably the first thespian to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. PHOTOS: On-screen presidents During his 12 years in the White House, this wealthy man of privilege portrayed himself as an everyman on radio and in newsreels.
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June 24, 2009 |
In a dramatic second day on the witness stand, Jesse James Hollywood denied ordering the execution of a 15-year-old West Hills boy to avenge a $1,200 drug debt owed by the boy's older half-brother. At least a dozen times, the 29-year-old former marijuana dealer told a Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury how much he regretted the events that led to the 2000 death of Nicholas Markowitz, who was shot nine times and buried in the Santa Barbara foothills.
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.
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August 14, 2013
Join Times reporters Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II for an important discussion about the Hollywood fault on Thursday morning's L.A. Now Live chat at 9 a.m. Xia, Lin and Times staff writer Doug Smith have been researching the fault and found that at least two developments were approved by city officials without requiring a detailed fault investigation. "The community activists who appealed ... said it's troubling that the city didn't require any detailed earthquake fault studies," they wrote.
March 1, 2013 |
As legendary actor Richard Burton was honored this week with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his native Wales took full advantage of the occasion to shine a spotlight on itself. “Richard Burton is part of a proud history of the Welsh in Hollywood,” Edwina Hart, business minister for the Welsh government, said in a statement. “He has inspired a new generation of actors, performers and filmmakers from Wales, who are now benefiting from our world class infrastructure and government support.” Following the unveiling of Burton's star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country's potential as a location for television and drama production.
June 7, 2012 |
Now that Kevin Durant has helped the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Western Conference's best, what's next for the All-Star forward (besides the Heat or Celtics)? How about a movie? Durant might not conquer Hollywood with his role in the upcoming film "Thunderstruck" -- a kid's movie about a high schooler who goes from basketball failure to high-flying phenom after somehow absorbing Durant's basketball prowess -- but making a movie seems to be a rite of passage for all NBA stars.