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August 18, 1990
If the Los Angeles Festival falls on its face, as a number of people now seem to fear ("Is the L.A. Festival Getting the Word Out?," Aug. 4), I'm sure there will be lots of hand-wringing about a failure to support non-Western cultural performances. Let me disabuse everyone of seeing that beastly notion as an excuse. Both publicity and ticketing have been too little and too late. And a larger problem is the catalogue, which is partly unreadable and partly unusable. The designer decided it would be fun to lay dark type over dark backgrounds.
April 1, 2014 | Oliver Gettell
"Snowpiercer," South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic sci-fi film set aboard a speeding train, is to open the 20th annual Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 11-19. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer" is set in a world where a failed global-warming experiment has killed off most life on the planet, and the final survivors reside aboard a train that travels around the frozen globe via a perpetual-motion engine. Incited by cryptic messages, the oppressed passengers in the rear section of the train revolt against the elites upfront.
August 30, 1987
What: The Los Angeles Festival. Who: More than 30 artistic performers and groups from all over the world, including Sweden, France, South Africa, Great Britain, Spain and the United States. When: Sept. 3-27. Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Embassy Theatre, Fletcher Bowron Square, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Japan America Theatre, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Mark Taper Forum and Raleigh Film & TV Studios No. 11 and No. 12.
June 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
It's L.A.: We're spoiled and we know it. Just about any night of the week, and certainly any weekend, there is a de facto film festival happening in Los Angeles. With the city's revitalized, astonishing rep house scene, commercial first-run cinemas and smaller-scale series and one-off events, any Angeleno can always find a great selection of films new and old throughout the city with minimal effort. So naturally that puts a lot of pressure on the Los Angeles Film Festival. The 19th edition of the festival opened last week with Pedro Almodóvar's bawdy throwback "I'm So Excited" and heads toward its conclusion this weekend with a closing night screening of the conventional, lukewarm comedy "The Way, Way Back.
August 26, 1990
South Bay residents who would like to be a part of the 1990 Los Angeles Festival, to be held Saturday through Sept. 16, are invited to participate as volunteers. Volunteer jobs include stage managers, parking attendants, hospitality workers, security monitors, maintenance workers, public information assistants, runners, translators, press center assistants, ushers, concession and refreshment sellers, couriers, cashiers, bookkeepers, telephone answerers and office sitters.
September 17, 1990 | LAURA ZUCKER, Zucker is producing director of the Back Alley Theatre, chairman of the Associated Theaters of Los Angeles and sits on the Board of Directors of Arts Inc. and
Theater artists and marketing directors have bitched and moaned, for as long as I can remember, about the graying of our audiences and our inability to attract black, Asian, Latino and Indian patrons. As we stood in the back of our theaters and surveyed the endless sea of blue-haired Caucasians we asked ourselves: Why aren't we attracting people less than 50 years old and of color to our theaters? What are we doing wrong?
June 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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 | By David Ng
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 | By Mark Olsen
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 | By Nicole Sperling, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
"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 | By Adam Tschorn
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 | By Jenn Harris
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?"
April 21, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK—There are author success stories. There's winning the lottery. And then there's Chad Harbach. A long-suffering, often-starving MFA graduate, Harbach spent much of his 20s and 30s working temp jobs so he could write a novel, sometimes with barely $100 in his bank account. He thought no one would ever read his book, titled "The Art of Fielding. " It featured, after all, some pretty ambitious literary writing, a prominent gay character and a baseball motif, all no-nos for anyone with aspirations to the fiction bestseller list.
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