October 30, 2013 |
With this year's high-profile movies "The Butler," "42" and "12 Years a Slave" prominently featuring black actors, it may seem as though the multiplex is enjoying new levels of diversity. But popular films still under-represent minority characters and directors, and reflect certain biases in their portrayals, according to a study being released Wednesday by USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Researchers evaluated 500 top-grossing movies released at the U.S. box office between 2007 and 2012 and 20,000 speaking characters, finding patterns in the way different races, ethnicities and genders are depicted.
June 10, 2010
Sculptor and performance artist Matthew Barney's epic five-part "Cremaster Cycle" will have an exclusive one-week engagement. The surreal cult films, which haven't appeared on L.A. screens since 2003, employ Celtic mysticism, hallucinatory Busby Berkeley-style musical sequences and gender-bending sexuality to dazzling effect. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. 1:30, 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Thu.; 2, 5:20 and 8:15 p.m. Sun. and Tue.; 2:30, 6:30 and 10 p.m. Mon. and Wed. General admission $10.50, bargain matinees $8. (310)