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November 29, 2008
There are two glaring quotations in the article about Richard Raddon's resignation from the Los Angeles Film Festival that indicate a profound misunderstanding of the American political process, and the public reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 ["Film Fest Director Resigns," by Rachel Abramowitz, Nov. 26]. First, Raddon claims that he'd like to keep his contribution a "private matter," although all political contributions are required by law to be public, whether they come from private citizens, unions or corporations.
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May 6, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz and Reed Johnson
There will be guns. Lots of guns. The Los Angeles Film Festival announced its lineup for its annual celebration of cinema, and its centerpiece is the L.A. premiere of "Public Enemies," the hotly anticipated gangster film from director Michael Mann starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, the legendary Depression-era bank robber, and Christian Bale as his nemesis, the FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz and Reed Johnson
There will be guns. Lots of guns. The Los Angeles Film Festival announced its lineup for its annual celebration of cinema, and its centerpiece is the L.A. premiere of "Public Enemies," the hotly anticipated gangster film from director Michael Mann starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, the legendary Depression-era bank robber, and Christian Bale as his nemesis, the FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
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March 13, 2009 | John Horn
The Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday named producer and board member Rebecca Yeldham its new director, replacing Richard Raddon, who was pushed out of the job in November following his support of Proposition 8. In appointing Yeldham to the top job, festival organizer Film Independent picked someone who not only was familiar with the festival's internal operations but also had served as a programmer of the Sundance Film Festival.
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November 26, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz, Abramowitz is a Times staff writer.
Richard Raddon, the director of the Los Angeles Film Festival who has been at the center of controversy ever since it was revealed almost two weeks ago that he had contributed $1,500 to the campaign to ban gay marriage in California, resigned from his post over the weekend. The nonprofit arts organization Film Independent sponsors both the Los Angeles Film Festival, held in May, and the popular Independent Spirit awards.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2009 | John Horn
The Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday named producer and board member Rebecca Yeldham its new director, replacing Richard Raddon, who was pushed out of the job in November following his support of Proposition 8. In appointing Yeldham to the top job, festival organizer Film Independent picked someone who not only was familiar with the festival's internal operations but also had served as a programmer of the Sundance Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2008
HA-HA-HA. I can't stop laughing. The opening and closing films of the Los Angeles Film Festival ["Screening Now; Mass Appeal," June 15] make LAFF my "haven't got time for the pain" festival this year. "Wanted"? and "Hellboy II"? Really??? LOL!!!!!!!! Note to LAFF director Richard Raddon: Featuring "several thousand rats" and bigger muscles and badder weapons as your opening and closing impressions does not indicate you are "open to thinking outside the box." It indicates you are quite clearly and completely stuck inside the box -- the cash box. Excuse me while I make plans to go out of town.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008
"Wanted," an R-rated, blood-spattered tale about a secret society of assassins, starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, has all the hallmarks of a big summer movie -- fast cars, cool gadgets and plenty of action. But it might seem like an unusual choice to open the Los Angeles Film Festival tonight. Not so, according to the organizers of the 10-day event (which is co-sponsored by The Times).
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August 31, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
MUSIC & THEATER Philharmonic Gala to Fete Isaac Stern: The Los Angeles Philharmonic will kick off its 2000-2001 season on Oct. 5 with an 80th birthday tribute to celebrated violinist Isaac Stern. The event, the orchestra's annual gala benefiting the Musicians Pension Fund, will be conducted by Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen (on a break from his yearlong sabbatical from the orchestra) and will feature performances by Stern as well as several of his proteges.
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September 23, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hilarious "mockumentary" in the tradition of "This Is Spinal Tap," ". . . And God Spoke" follows a pair of Hollywood schlockmeisters every trouble-plagued step of the way in their attempt to film the Bible, no less, on a low budget. Don't they remember when John Huston tried to do it?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2008
There are two glaring quotations in the article about Richard Raddon's resignation from the Los Angeles Film Festival that indicate a profound misunderstanding of the American political process, and the public reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 ["Film Fest Director Resigns," by Rachel Abramowitz, Nov. 26]. First, Raddon claims that he'd like to keep his contribution a "private matter," although all political contributions are required by law to be public, whether they come from private citizens, unions or corporations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz, Abramowitz is a Times staff writer.
Richard Raddon, the director of the Los Angeles Film Festival who has been at the center of controversy ever since it was revealed almost two weeks ago that he had contributed $1,500 to the campaign to ban gay marriage in California, resigned from his post over the weekend. The nonprofit arts organization Film Independent sponsors both the Los Angeles Film Festival, held in May, and the popular Independent Spirit awards.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008 | Susan King
THE OLD gang is back. Joel Hodgson, the creator and original host of the Peabody Award-winning series "Mystery Science Theater 3000," and several of the show's regulars have regrouped as Cinematic Titanic. And the troupe will make its L.A. debut Saturday night at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre crew skewering Roger Corman's 1959 "The Wasp Woman" as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Cinematic Titanic is the brainchild of Hodgson, who played a young man shot into space and forced to watch and riff on bad movies with his puppet pals Tom Servo and Crow on "MST3K."
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May 14, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
When writer-director Toni Kalem finally set upon making her dream project -- a film adaptation of the 1970 Anne Tyler novel "A Slipping-Down Life" -- six years ago, she made two fortuitous decisions. First, she added about a decade to the age of the protagonist, Evie Decker, a 17-year-old high school student in Tyler's book. Second, she cast the masterful Lili Taylor as Evie. Making the character older adds a poignancy that may not have otherwise existed.
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