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.
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September 24, 2010 |
Grace Bradley Boyd, an actress who came to Hollywood as a Paramount contract player in the early 1930s but abandoned her career after marrying the love of her life, William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, has died. She was 97. Boyd, the keeper of the "Hoppy" flame after the death of her western movie-hero husband of 35 years in 1972, died of age-related causes on her birthday Tuesday at her home in Dana Point, said Jane Mak, a longtime close friend. As Grace Bradley, Boyd appeared in 35 films, including "Too Much Harmony," starring Bing Crosby; "The Big Broadcast of 1938," with W.C. Fields and Bob Hope; and "Come on Marines" with Richard Arlen and Ida Lupino.
May 26, 2011
Cinespia Saturdays and some Sundays through Sept. 17 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. cinespia.org Outdoor Cinema Food Festival Saturdays through Sept. 3 Various venues outdoorcinemafoodfest.com Devil's Night Drive In Every other Saturday, series ongoing 240 W. 4th St devilsnight.com/drivein.htm Old Pasadena Film Festival Fridays and Saturdays, July Various venues oldpasadena.org W Hotel Summer Cinema Series Fridays through Sept.
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)