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July 22, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
A couple of weeks ago, millions of people talked about (if they  didn't always watch) a made-for-cable movie about Los Angeles enduring a flying-shark attack. Thirty-eight years ago it was Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"; this summer it was Ian Ziering's "Sharknado. " It would be a stretch to say that the same spirit is motivating all of our multiplex choices this summer. But you could be forgiven for drawing some comparisons. The niche, the obscure and even the silly (rather than the somber, the big-budget and the effects-laden)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Jim McGinn, a TV writer and producer, moved into his Pacific Palisades home on July 1, 1967. Three days later, the world, or so it seemed, streamed by the neighborhood newbie's front door. "That's when we found out about the parade," McGinn said. Pacific Palisades' two-hour Fourth of July procession - replete with bands, dogs wearing flag bandannas and kids riding bunting-bedecked bikes - is the centerpiece of the coastal enclave's rapturous celebration of Independence Day. "It is not the Rose Bowl Parade, with million-dollar floats coming down the street, but it is one of the best hometown parades you're going to see," said Robert Weber, 45, president of the Palisades Americanism Parade Assn., the organizing committee.
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May 27, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. The French drama "Blue is the Warmest Color" won the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes on Sunday, making it the first graphic-novel adaptation to take the top award. Another comic-based film, Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis," tied for the Cannes Jury Prize in 2007 . The Palme d'Or winner is based on "Le Bleu Est une Couleur Chaude" ("Blue is a Hot Color"), a graphic novel by Julie Maroh that was published in 2010 in France.
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May 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Inside a 10-foot-tall cylinder a few miles from the beach, actress Britt Robertson is chained to a bedpost. The petite 23-year-old is being held captive by her (fictional) ex-boyfriend, a possessive young man named Junior who's played, with a kind of hair-swooping spaciness, by newcomer Alex Koch. "I brought you some eggs," Koch tells Robertson in the scene, sounding at once nurturing and creepy. Her wrists tightly bound, Robertson nonetheless lets her face soften from anger to seduction and helps him dress a wound.
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May 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Did Daniel Day-Lewis leave you with the urge for more Abraham Lincoln? A new exhibition devoted to Lincoln -- featuring 250 historical artifacts, as well as sets and costumes from last year's Steven Spielberg movie starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president -- is scheduled to open next month at the Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley. "A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore" is set to run from June 1 to Sept. 30, and will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which Lincoln ordered into law in 1863.  FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview The Reagan Library said the exhibition will feature original documents, including Lincoln-signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
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May 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will executive produce an original "Halo" television series based on the popular video games. It will have exclusive interactive Xbox One content. The blockbuster game franchise inspired a 90-minute Web series, "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn," that put the video game's protagonist, Master Chief, at the center of the cinematic action.  The fall release helped drive sales of the "Halo 4" game.  The games have sold more than 50 million titles. Now, Spielberg will continue exploring the space marine's narrative in a live-action TV series based on "Halo's" universe.
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May 8, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Hey dinosaur fans: You're going to have to wait a bit longer to see some new creatures from the paleolithic era storm your theaters. Universal Pictures said Wednesday it has postponed its release date on "Jurassic Park 4," which had been set for June 2014. "Jurassic Park 4" is the second installment in the series to be made by someone other than Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films. Production on the movie, which is being directed by Colin Trevorrow, the helmer of last year's indie hit "Safety Not Guaranteed," was supposed to begin this summer.
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May 7, 2013 | By Dennis McLellan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists, has died. He was 92. Harryhausen died Tuesday in London, where he had lived for decades. His death was confirmed by Kenneth Kleinberg, his longtime legal representative in the United States. In the pre-computer-generated-imagery era in which he worked, Harryhausen used the painstaking process of making slight adjustments to the position of his three-dimensional, ball-and-socket-jointed scale models and then shooting them frame-by-frame to create the illusion of movement.
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May 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Steven Spielberg is returning to the charged terrain of real-life American events, with the “Lincoln” director announcing Thursday he'll tackle the story of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle as his next directorial project. Bradley Cooper will star as the late Navy SEAL. The news clears up the uncertainty over Spielberg's immediate future that arose when he decided not to move forward with the large-scale sci-fi adventure “Robopocalypse” earlier this year. A spokeswoman confirmed the new film, titled "American Sniper," and said it would be based on a script from screenwriter Jason Hall ("Spread")
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April 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
If any competitive spirit remains between directors Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg over their hard-fought contest this Oscar season, it will need to disappear quickly -- the two are about to spend a lot of time together. The “Life of Pi” helmer was one of eight film-world notables announced for Spielberg's Cannes competition jury next month, where the 2013 best director winner will join a number of past Academy Award winners and nominees. Spielberg's jury will include actors Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz (the latter another 2013 Oscar winner)
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