July 27, 2012 |
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill which triples that state's post-production tax credit, a punch in the gut to Southern California's own film and TV community already struggling to keep business in the Golden State. The law increases the credit to 30% (35% for upstate New York), from 10%, on post-production costs and is the first of its kind in the country, said the Post New York Alliance, an association of film and television post-production facilities and labor unions operating in New York.
May 19, 2012 |
Things to watch when the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Saturday night for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder leads the series, 2-1. 1. Will the Lakers show fatigue? Kobe Bryant hardly showed much sympathy for his team having to play on back-to-back days. “Put your big boy pants on, leave your diaper at home," Bryant said after the Lakers' 99-96 Game 3 win over the Thunder. Still, this issue will go beyond whether the Lakers put in the effort.
November 24, 2010 |
Your Thanksgiving turkey has arrived on schedule and it's called "The Nutcracker in 3D. " Director Andrei Konchalovsky's gassy spectacle, inspired by Tchaikovsky's classic ballet score and its fairy tale source material (E.T.A. Hoffmann's short story), comes off like a wan mash-up of "The Wizard of Oz," "Alice in Wonderland," "Toy Story" and, frankly, "Willard," but with a manufactured sense of wonder and tension. Worse, trying to hip up this retro-tinged package with post-produced 3-D proves pointless and merely undermines the film's otherwise OK special effects.
June 13, 2010 |
Mark and Jay Duplass were despondent. It was 2002, and the brothers had just made an independent feature film that turned out so badly they vowed to never let anyone see it. Instead, they sat on the couch watching their favorite movies and wondering where they had gone wrong with their own. The two had been making films since they were little kids in New Orleans, lugging around a camcorder connected by cables to a VCR. Film was their life. But the next day, they shook off their self-pity, picked up their parents' digital video camera, and shot a scene for 20 minutes without thinking about it. The resulting short starred Mark as a guy trying to perfect a personal greeting on his answering machine, "who fails to do so, and then basically has a nervous breakdown," says Jay, 37, adding that it was based on his own experience.
April 26, 2009 |
"You Can Count on Me" was the kind of Hollywood arrival that every aspiring filmmaker dreams about. Kenneth Lonergan's 2000 directorial debut about two siblings' splintered relationship was a solid art-house hit, the film helped launch the career of costar Mark Ruffalo and was nominated for two Academy Awards -- lead actress for Laura Linney and original screenplay for Lonergan.
March 28, 2006 |
Even before his "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" swept the Academy Awards two years ago, director Peter Jackson had announced his next project, a remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong." Although critics were divided on "King Kong" (Universal, $40), which arrives today in an enjoyable two-disc set, there's a lot to admire about the film, especially the touching relationship between the romantic simian (Andy Serkis) and the young actress Ann (Naomi Watts).