January 15, 2014 |
If you like to plan a bit ahead and are in the mood for a film that is truly iconoclastic, mark Jan. 27 for a rare screening of the documentary "Red Hollywood. " As directed by Thom Andersen (who will appear in person) and Noël Burch, "Red Hollywood" takes dead aim at the conventional wisdom that says the filmmakers who were blacklisted for Communist Party affiliations were not especially talented and unable to get much political content into their work. Dealing with a wealth of obscure material by writers and directors who were either party members or sympathizers, "Red Hollywood" includes clips from more than 50 films, many of them close to unknown today.
January 9, 2014 |
"A New York Heartbeat" didn't find its way to the screen as quickly as the underlying play-on-words it suggests. The independent film, which was shot on location in Pittsburgh in 2010, is a gangland tale set in 1950s New York, and began turning up at smaller film festivals last year. The long delay speaks to one of the challenges of being an indie filmmaker, notes writer-director Tjardus Greidanus, who is Dutch Canadian. Finding the time to stitch together the film was a big hurdle, and he is still looking for a distribution deal. "For indie filmmakers, it's now a do-it-yourself world," Greidanus said.
January 7, 2014 |
Screenwriter/director/actor Paul Mazursky, 83, will receive the Writers Guild of America, West's 2014 Screen Laurel Award honoring lifetime achievement in writing for motion pictures. "Paul Mazursky's talents as an actor (he was in Stanley Kubrick's first film) and filmmaker (one of the signature directors of the 1970s) should not be allowed to obscure a central fact: He is among our greatest living screenwriters," WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman said in a statement Tuesday.
January 5, 2014 |
Question: Each year half a million knee replacements are done in this country, and almost as many hip replacements. These metal implants almost always set off the alarm in the screenings (I know). But the screening of a traveler with an implant is quite variable. Why doesn't the Transportation Security Administration have a standard exam for us "bionic" travelers? R. E. Berg Newport Beach Answer: We've criticized the TSA for treating all of us as potential evildoers, and in an interview in December 2013, TSA administrator John Pistole said the agency was moving away from its one-size-is-the-right-size philosophy.
January 3, 2014 |
Greg Kinnear just might be the poor man's antihero. At a time when the television scene is seemingly at capacity with its band of flawed leading men plagued by moral ambiguity, the actor is tasked with dining alongside the brooding men of prestige television - the Don Drapers, Rick Grimes, Nucky Thompsons, etc. - as degenerate Keegan Deane in Fox's reworking of Australian-import "Rake," which gets its midseason unveiling Jan. 23. Only it's...
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January 1, 2014 |
A mixed-use project featuring a five-screen Laemmle theater in Glendale appears to be moving forward with the City Council's recent approval of a development agreement. The four-story project will include 42 apartments above 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. In a 4-1 vote in December, the City Council approved a multi-agency agreement between the city, L.A. County and the Glendale Community College District to move the Laemmle Lofts project closer to approval.
December 28, 2013 |
It makes for an unlikely combination: some of Hollywood's biggest stars rubbing up against relative obscurities from the international festival circuit. Yet that's exactly what happens each year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which has become an essential stop for celebs working the awards circuit while also showcasing iforeign language cinema (including Oscar hopefuls). "To me, that's the beauty of the festival, that combination," said festival director Darryl Macdonald.
December 28, 2013 |
Just days after the release of two band members from Russian prisons, the political activists known collectively as Pussy Riot continue to make headlines and spark controversy. A screening of a documentary on the group, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," had been scheduled for Sunday in Moscow with the newly-freed Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolonnikova in attendance. As reported by Buzzfeed , that screening has been canceled by the order of the head of Moscow's cultural department.
December 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The Lakers have spent plenty of time in the TV glare over the years, continually logging the maximum number of games allowed by the NBA on national TV. But this week they got a cold, hard stare from the NBA and ESPN, who decided in conjunction to drop planned coverage on ESPN of a Lakers game against the Houston Rockets in favor of a Phoenix-Minnesota game the same night, Jan. 8. The Lakers got stranded at the TV altar?...
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December 27, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is creating a new policy that will require the agency's background investigators to report job applicants who admit to potential criminal conduct during the hiring process, officials said. The reform comes in response to inquiries from The Times about a mass hiring the sheriff conducted in 2010 after taking over the jurisdiction of the county's smaller police force, the Office of Public Safety. According to internal records reviewed by The Times, many of the county officers who then applied for jobs with the Sheriff's Department admitted during the screening process that they had committed misconduct for which they had never been caught.