June 17, 2013 |
Even at 80, Costa-Gavras is fighting the good fight. The Greek-born, naturalized French writer-director best known for his politically charged films such as 1969's Oscar-winning "Z" and 1982's "Missing," found himself in the middle of police action in April in Istanbul. Costa-Gavras and fellow directors Mike Newell and Jan Ole Gerster were part of a protest condemning the demolition of the historical Emek Cinema. CHEAT SHEET: L.A. Film Festival "It was very peaceful," Costa-Gavras said Friday over a coffee at a West Hollywood hotel.
June 12, 2013 |
The second edition of RADAR L.A.-- the Los Angeles festival dedicated to contemporary theater from around the world -- is scheduled to begin Sept. 24 and will feature a number of presitigious companies, including the critically acclaimed British group Complicite. RADAR 2013 will be presented by REDCAT at Disney Hall and the California Institute of the Arts in partnership with Center Theatre Group. As was the case with the festival's inaugural 2011 version, this year's lineup will be split evenly between local and international productions, according to a spokeswoman.
June 9, 2013 |
California-made and -set films often turn up at LAFF. Among this year's standouts: "Fruitvale Station" This feature debut from writer-director Ryan Coogler is a gripping drama drawn from the real-life incident in which a 22-year-old man was killed by transit police in an Oakland train station on New Year's Day 2009. Starring Michael B. Jordan in a stirring turn, the film finds dramatic tension in the struggles of the everyday and builds to the tragedy of a life cut short. Having won major prizes at Sundance this year and with the Weinstein Co. now behind it, "Fruitvale Station" should remain in the conversation for months to come.
May 1, 2013 |
"Only God Forgives," Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to "Drive", will have its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month. Starring Ryan Gosling as an American expat living in Bangkok, Thailand, the film joins the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale Station" as one of two Gala screenings for the festival, which runs June 13-23 at L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas downtown. "The Way, Way Back," a comedy starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell, will close the festival.
April 20, 2013 |
As one might expect -- nay, hope -- the expletive deleteds were flying fast and furious at the Los Angeles Festival of Books' Saturday afternoon panel discussion "Humor: Vastly Inappropriate," which consisted of authors Heather McDonald, Ophira Eisenberg, Lizz Winstead and Kelly Oxford, who were questioned and cajoled by moderator Adrian Todd Zuniga. There were also the requisite graphic and very funny descriptions of the panelists' various sexcapades, such as Oxford's first date with the man who would become her husband.
March 25, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is coming to USC on April 20 and 21. In addition to the literary stars that will give talks at the festival, chefs and cookbook authors will make appearances for cooking demonstrations and interviews at the festival's cooking stage. Ludo Lefebvre of "The Taste," Alex Guarnaschelli of "Iron Chef" and more are slated to attend. Here's a look at the schedule of guests who will take over the cooking stage: April 20 11 a.m. -- Melissa d'Arabian, author of "Ten Dollar Dinners" 12:30 p.m. -- Susan Feniger, author of "Susan Feniger's Street Food" 2 p.m. -- Alex Guarnaschelli, author of "Old-School Comfort Food" 3:30 p.m. -- Brian Boitano , author of "What Would Brian Boitano Make?"