December 7, 2012 |
“The Bathtub,” the grittily colorful Bayou region in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may seem like a difficult and impoverished place. After all, director Benh Zeitlin based it on towns outside the Louisiana levee system that have been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times and lack what might be considered a conventional quality of life. But Zeitlin says that he views the Bathtub -- and the real-life towns that inspired it -- as something very different. “There's this kind of joyous spirit that's still intact and this culture that's still intact,” he told the audience at the Times' Envelope Screening Series earlier this week.
January 25, 2000
KCSN-FM's (88.5) hourlong "Let's Do Lunch" program, hosted by Rene Engel, is being broadcast live each day this week from the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills. The museum is offering free admission to those who wish to watch the live show, which airs on KCSN weekdays at noon. Red Buttons will be today's guest. Other scheduled guests will be Jan Murray (Wednesday), Shelley Berman (Thursday) and Stan Freberg (Friday).
June 11, 2008 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program announced Tuesday that it has awarded $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Among the local organizations receiving money for programs are the California Institute of Arts, Loyola Marymount University, USC's Master of Professional Writing Program and School of Cinematic Art, UCLA's Film and Television Program and Workplace Hollywood. Local institutional grants were awarded for the job training program at Hollywood Cinema Production Resources, the screening series at UCLA Film and Television archive, the Access LA Seminar Series and Screenwriting Lab at Outfest.
January 6, 2011
MOVIES Cinephiles and boozehounds will unite at the "Naked Gun" and "Airplane" Drink Along, the latest installment of the Downtown Independent's sudsy screening series. The comedic double feature will toast the late actor Leslie Nielsen, and rooftop beer pong will continue "till late. " The first drink is on the house. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. (8 p.m. show time). $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (213) 617-1033. http://www.downtownindependent.com
July 7, 1994
Members of the "Damn Yankees" cast including Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Jean Stapleton will appear at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on July 15 prior to a screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. The event scheduled at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., is part of the academy's ongoing "Standard Screening Series." The film's original trailer and footage of the original stage version will be shown with a three-strip Technicolor print of "Damn Yankees."
January 17, 2014 |
Tom Hanks is one of the most popular, most decorated actors in Hollywood, and this year he delivered well-regarded performances in two films that were considered Academy Award contenders: "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks. " However, when Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, Hanks was left on the outside looking in, failing to secure nods for either his lead role in the former film or his supporting role in the latter. Hanks has a reputation as something of an Oscar darling, but his recent snubbing raises a question: Are academy voters over Hanks, or has he just not impressed them recently?
December 12, 2012 |
The Screen Actors Guild nominations are set to be unveiled early Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Will the actors from "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" be nominated for best ensemble cast, or will another film come in as a bigger surprise? The guild will start the nominations at 6 a.m. Wednesday, preceded by nominations for stunt performers at 5:50 a.m., and will air live on TNT. The SAG nominations come on the heels of Tuesday's nods for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and one day ahead of the Golden Globe nominations.
December 13, 2012 |
With their new film "Promised Land," Matt Damon and John Krasinski are not only the stars of the film, they also wrote the screenplay and acted as producers. The film also reunites Damon and director Gus Van Sant, who had tremendous success with their collaboration on 1997's "Good Will Hunting. " In "Promised Land," Damon plays the representative of an energy company who comes to a rural Pennsylvania town looking to lease land for the controversial practice known as "fracking," which releases natural gas from the ground.
December 19, 2012 |
What would you do for your work? Would you stop drinking liquids? Would you run for miles on an empty stomach? These were just some of the measures Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were willing to go to for their roles in "Les Miserables. " During The Envelope Screening Series, the two actors compared their efforts to transform their physical appearances for their parts as struggling 19th century French citizens. Jackman stopped drinking liquids for 36 hours to achieve his gaunt look as a slave in the opening scene of the film.