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June 26, 2012 |
Payroll records appear to contradict how much money a Los Angeles police officer who brought down the so-called "bling ring" said he was paid to work as technical advisor on a movie about the case. Officer Brett Goodkin, who is currently under investigation by the LAPD for consulting on Sofia Coppola's docu-drama while assigned to the case, was paid between $5,000 and $6,000, authorities said. But payroll records turned over to defendants in the burglary case show he was paid $12,500 by the filmmaker and her production company.
February 14, 2012 |
Channing Tatum lowers his green eyes and stares at the camera. "Your friend wanted me to tell you that they think you're pretty awesome," the 31-year-old actor says. "And they love hanging with you. " Tatum's performance wasn't from a movie, but a "Sweet Nothings" video that marketers for his new film, "The Vow," posted on Facebook in advance of its opening last weekend. It worked: The romantic tear-jerker blew past expectations to open at No. 1 with $41.2 million in North American ticket sales.
October 12, 2011 |
Downtown Los Angeles has been a favored filming location since the days of the silent movies. But rarely do filmmakers get a chance to shine a spotlight on people who actually live on its streets, especially in a 50-block area known as skid row. All that changed when Karen Gilbert and other crew members collaborated on "Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home," a 75-minute documentary featuring wrenching stories of the men and women who live downtown...
September 28, 2011 |
Officials at USC's School of Cinematic Arts have warmly embraced the digital era in filmmaking, but they also realize that silent movies are golden. On Monday evening, the school held a dedication for the Cecil B. DeMille Endowed Chair in Silent Film. Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of the man who made 1952's Oscar-winner "The Greatest Show on Earth" and 1956's "The Ten Commandments," was on hand to talk to USC cinema students about DeMille and to screen his erotic 1915 melodrama "The Cheat.
October 1, 2010 |
As a professional basketball player in Germany, Deon Taylor dreamed of taking a shot with everything on the line ? not a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded but as a movie director. The American-born Taylor played point guard overseas from 1999 to 2002 and participated in the NBA's celebrity-laden entertainment league, passing to the likes of Ice Cube and Justin Timberlake. He studied biology at San Diego State and knew nothing about filmmaking. But Taylor loved movies and would study the bonus scenes on DVDs in his apartment in Europe, trying to figure out how directors did their jobs and scribbling out screenplays longhand on a legal pad. "I was more interested in business and pursuing film" than basketball, says Taylor, 35. "Everything I know about the film business, I learned from DVD extras.
June 8, 2010
Critics' Choices Babies In this joyous and buoyant new documentary, the filmmakers keep the baby — and the bathwater — and everything else about infants that makes them so appealing that the rest of us keep making more of them. Squalls are few, colic doesn't exist, neither does disease, diaper rash, or diapers at all for that matter as director Thomas Balmes traces the first year in the lives of four infants from four corners of the world. The sweet-smelling "Babies" is a very huggable movie experience, just not a primer on parenthood.