August 26, 2013 |
The 2013 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, which arrives Sept. 5 at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, will feature 280 short films from 17 countries. The 17th annual festival, which runs for one week and ends Sept. 12, features shorts starring Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett ("A Cautionary Tail") and Jim Broadbent ("The Phone Call"); Oscar nominees Ian McKellen ("The Egg Trick") and Gerard Depardieu ("Frank-Etienne"); as well as Elijah Wood ("Tome of the Unknown")
July 22, 2013 |
Four years ago, Rachel Bilson's Los Feliz home was broken into on six occasions by the Bling Ring. The gaggle of San Fernando Valley youths stole designer shoes, clothing and purses, as well as jewelry bequeathed to her by her mother and grandmother. She estimated the crime circle made off with as much as $300,000 worth of her belongings in 2009 - some of which the group later sold for pocket change on Venice Boulevard. Suffice it to say, the actress wasn't thrilled to hear Sofia Coppola was making a film about the burglars.
July 15, 2013 |
As the shock of Cory Monteith's sudden death began to settle in Monday, tributes to the “Glee” star started trickling in from all corners of Hollywood. Many who encountered the 31-year-old offered their thoughts on Monteith, who they described as the kind of actor who actually seemed engaged at typically boring media events; a man madly in love with his girlfriend, co-star Lea Michele; and a person struggling with addiction but open about it. One of those people, filmmaker Gia Milani , had her own favorable experience with the actor.
May 16, 2013 |
Effortless and effervescent, "Frances Ha" is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true. It's both a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York woman who, try as she might, can't quite get her life together. That would be the Frances of the title (the Ha isn't explained until the film's charming final frame), a joint creation of and career high point for both star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who met on the director's "Greenberg" and co-wrote the script.
April 20, 2013 |
In one of the stranger plot twists in Hollywood, BitTorrent Inc., the technology company whose name was once synonymous in the creative community with Internet piracy, is now doing business with the film industry. The San Francisco company is partnering with Cinedigm, a leading Los Angeles distributor of independent films across digital platforms, to promote its newest release, "Arthur Newman," starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. Starting Monday, BitTorrent will help promote the film by inviting the 170 million users of its software - which helps facilitate the transfer of large data files - to watch the first seven minutes of the film prior to its theatrical release Friday.
April 17, 2013 |
Funny or Die says iSteve, its first full-length feature film, was written in three days, mostly based on Wikipedia articles, and shot in five days. No wonder the website isn't expecting any film awards. The Steve Jobs biopic roughly--and we may be understating it--traces the life of the late Apple co-founder, who is portrayed by the company's former spokesman Justin Long. Considering its extensive research, the comedic movie takes literary license to new levels. For instance, Jobs and fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who is portrayed by Jorge Garcia from the show "Lost," meet and a little later on the same day build their first computer, the Apple I. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 The 78-minute long movie can be found online and watched for free.