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October 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
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.
January 8, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Time
Aron Kincaid, an actor who appeared in 1960s "beach" movies such as "The Girls on the Beach" and "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini" and later had careers as a model and an artist, has died. He was 70. Kincaid, who lived in Beverly Hills, died of heart-related complications Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said his longtime friend Rodney Kemerer. The tall and handsome Kincaid was a UCLA student when he was spotted in a Los Angeles stage production by a casting agent and signed to a contract with Universal.
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
May 26, 2011
Cinespia Saturdays and some Sundays through Sept. 17 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Outdoor Cinema Food Festival Saturdays through Sept. 3 Various venues Devil's Night Drive In Every other Saturday, series ongoing 240 W. 4th St Old Pasadena Film Festival Fridays and Saturdays, July Various venues 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)
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