July 31, 2013 |
They may not be as well known as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, but the top stars of India's film industry are coming to Hollywood -- in wax form. Madame Tussauds Hollywood will unveil five new figures Thursday in its traveling exhibit focusing on Bollywood, the Indian movie industry. “The Hollywood location has a whole area dedicated to movies and film,” said Colin Thomas, general manager of the Hollywood wax museum. “We have an eclectic mix of film stars [and] this brings a whole different set of characters to the location.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times This will be the exhibit's debut on the West Coast to celebrate Bollywood's 100 th anniversary, Thomas said.
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.
March 19, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before finding out who took my "Mad Men" screener. The Skinny: I'm on the fence with Fox's "The Following," which is so grim it is sometimes hard to watch. That said, the cast is terrific. Tuesday's headlines include stories on the end of Daily Variety, a big deal for media mogul John Malone, Tom Cruise may have a new movie, and Hollywood's race to blow up the White House. Daily Dose: Daily Variety, which published its final print edition Tuesday (see below)
February 19, 2013 |
"We need to buy a movie studio. " Amid the conferences, panels, meetings and informal conversations in the wake of the presidential election, this idea has been a near constant among conservatives who feel like the country is slipping through their fingers. Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee combined raised just more than $1 billion, and all we got are these lousy T-shirts. Since conservatives are losing the culture, goes the argument, which in turn leads to losing at politics, maybe that money could be better spent on producing some cultural ammo of our own?
December 9, 2012 |
Even in 1912, movies audiences had their favorite stars. Like Maurice Costello, the great-grandfather of Drew Barrymore. In the lighthearted "The Picture Idol," a devoted fan can't stop following him. So Costello sets up a clever ruse of introducing the female admirer to a phony wife and child so she will leave him alone. "The Picture Idol" is one of the many films screening during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' program "A Century Ago: The Films of 1912" Thursday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
December 3, 2012 |
Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly" suffered the kind of deadly hit at the box office this weekend that its protagonist might have admired. A wide opening from The Weinstein Co. yielded a paltry $7 million, barely enough for seventh place in a crowd of holdovers. It was one of the lowest-ever wide openings for Pitt, and could wind up as his second-lowest grosser in nearly 20 years. If dismal attendance wasn't enough, the people who did come out to "Killing" wanted to whack it: The movie averaged a rock-bottom "F" CinemaScore.