October 30, 2013 |
DreamWorks is heading back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A year after Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker's DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama -- and based on the work of the same author who helped make "Lincoln" possible. The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's upcoming book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which became the basis for Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" script.
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October 23, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't yet announced if he will seek an unprecedented fourth term as California governor next year, but his fundraising schedule suggests strongly that he will. Next month, Disney's Alan Horn, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and other Hollywood powerhouses will host a Bel-Air fundraiser for the governor. The event, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, will ask guests to pay at least $5,000 per person to attend. At the end of 2012, Brown had more than $10 million in a campaign account for his 2014 reelection.
October 18, 2013 |
Still regarded as one of the finest theaters in Los Angeles, the Cinerama Dome will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an upcoming series of screenings and events. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates and completed in 1963, the structure was the world's first all-concrete geodesic dome, made from 316 interlocking panels. The theater itself features a screen 32 feet high and 86 feet wide. The anniversary series opens on Tuesday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with a Q&A before the movie with its director, Steven Spielberg.
July 22, 2013 |
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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July 3, 2013 |
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.
May 27, 2013 |
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.
May 24, 2013 |
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.
May 22, 2013 |
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.
May 21, 2013 |
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.
May 8, 2013 |
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.