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BACKSTAGE: A friend in the theater

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
Last week, I had you check your three favorite intimate theater websites to see what was playing through July. Chances are, you came up mostly empty. Maybe you could find the next play but probably not a season, right?
So why is this a problem?
It’s not nurturing an audience and it’s out of step …

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How do you make an Emmy nominated show? (And full list of Emmy noms)

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations.

Emmy nominations have been announced (see below) with Game of Thrones leading the pack with 24 nominations. KCRW has gone behind the scenes with a number of the nominees to find out what it takes to make their nomination-worthy work.
Better Call Saul was nominated for four Emmys, including outstanding drama series. On an episode of KCRW’s The Spin-off, you can hear fromBob Odenkirk and Jonathan …

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Movie sequels you’ve always wanted to see

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

While studio executives around LA hammer out the next big series, artists at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park are envisioning some sequels that never actually made it to the silver screen.
The show is called Sequel and it plays perfectly on the imagination. Movies from “Barbarella” to Pixar’s “Up” get full treatment.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis took a tour of the show with iam8bit co-owners Jon …

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Video rental chain Blockbuster to close remaining stores

Posted November 6, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

Before Netflix and video on demand, there was Blockbuster. The video rental chain was once the place to go for picking out a late-night movie.
But times have definitely changed, and DISH, Blockbuster’s current owner, today announced it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January. The Blockbuster-By-Mail service will end in mid-December.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis speaks with Paul Whitefield from the LA Times …

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Meet LA’s new film czar, Tom Sherak

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
Tom Sherak, the head of the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry and Production Office. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Los Angeles has a new film czar.
Today L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the appointment of Tom Sherak as head of the city’s Entertainment Industry and Production Office.
He’s a longtime Hollywood insider, and the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Sherak will work on helping LA compete with other states and countries that offer generous tax incentives to lure away film, …

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LA Observed: Nikki Finke and Entertainment Journalism

Posted June 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Nikki Finke

In entertainment journalism, there is perhaps no voice as widely-feared, and read, as Nikki Finke. She’s broken countless stories, made legions of enemies and few friends, and boasts of having ended the careers of many a Hollywood executive.
But as of today, a source is saying that she’s been fired as editor of Deadline Hollywood. Its owner Jay Penske isn’t clarifying her employment status, and …

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Is it time to get rid of ‘Pilot Season?’

Posted May 13, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Associate Producer, Marshall Boone works 20-hour days during pilot season.

This week, the big five broadcast networks will unveil their fall lineups to advertisers and press at the Upfronts in New York City, hosting star-studded presentations and lavish parties to lure advertisers and press.
The Upfronts also mark the end of pilot season, the frenetic time of year from January to April when the television industry churns out dozens of pilots, which are trial episodes …

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How to find the best streaming TV

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 41 Comments | ]
Via Flickr by espensorvik

Roku Box? Netflix? Hulu? iTunes? So many choices. Not much convergence.
There’s a certain joy and angst that comes from being a modern TV viewer. Joy at the choices of quality television shows and movies that we can access without leaving our cozy living rooms. Angst that we don’t know where or how to best spend the money to get that content.
To help you cope, The …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted January 7, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Is Zero Dark Thirty Fact or Propaganda?
The movie “Zero Dark Thirty“, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written and produced by Mark Boal tells the story— or a version of the story— of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. Many consider it among the best films of 2012. And the filmmakers come to the material off of tremendous critical success– if not box-office boffo– …

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One Thing: Entertainment

Posted December 19, 2012 by , and | 0 Comments | ]

 We asked eleven of our sharpest local observers what they thought were the most important stories and trends of the year. From politics and music to faith, literature and film, they weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2012.
Editor at large for the Hollywood Reporter and Host of The Business, Kim Masters says the one thing she’ll remember from 2012 was the acquisition of Lucasfilm …

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Silicon Beach: A hub of inspiration

Posted November 9, 2012 by | 19 Comments | ]

I launched Giant Media from my Brentwood apartment in November of 2009. We’ve come a long way since that time and have moved offices twice since then, but rather than relocate to San Francisco (or for that matter, New York), we’ve chosen to stay in the quickly emerging “Silicon Beach”. We operate out of a gorgeous office on Electric Avenue, just off of world …

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AFM vs AFI: Two dueling film events

Posted November 2, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

The American Film Institute kicked off their annual film festival last night with the world premiere of “Hitchcock.” Their annual program of screenings, parties, and Q&A’s is free to the public and takes place in the heart of Hollywood. Across town, in Santa Monica, there’s a different kind of party going on. The American Film Market, or AFM, is a gathering of buyers looking …

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This week in entertainment buzz

Posted November 2, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Star Wars makes Disney its home
The big news in the entertainment business this week is that The Walt Disney Company bought Lucas Film – including the Star Wars franchise– for $4 billion. With the deal Disney also gets the rights to the Indiana Jones property, the VFX house Industrial, Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound.
And just as fans were taking in the fact …

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Silicon Beach: New technology and old buildings

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
“Story of Venice” mural by Edward Biberman

This week we’ve been looking at the growth of Silicon Beach, as tech companies move westward to be closer to the sand, sea – and to each other. Many are looking for creative space to work in. KCRW’s Frances Anderton reports on Venice, and the meeting of new technology and old buildings in Venice.
Many tech companies have taken up residence in reused industrial and …

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Silicon Beach: Bringing entertainment and technology together

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]

Austin Hackett is a great example of the type of person flocking to Los Angeles right now. He’s founder of CrowdHall, a site that helps people with large social-media audiences engage with their fans in a virtual town hall forum. Right now he’s based in Cincinnati, and his website is focused largely on the upcoming election, so Ohio, a key swing state, is a …

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Silicon Beach: Where sun and surf meet start-ups

Posted October 17, 2012 by | 17 Comments | ]
Frank Gehry's Chiat/Day building is now home to Google. Photo by IK's World Trip, via Flickr

In the western part of Los Angeles County known as “Silicon Beach”, there’s a race for space.  Space, as in ether. As in technology companies that utilize broadband to incubate, inform and – yes, it is L.A. – entertain.  And space, as in location to put all those companies.  With nearly 620 startup tech firms, mainly on the Westside – according to Represent L.A. …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Posted October 12, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
Still from The Real Preachers Wives Coming Soon to The Comedy Shaq

Here are a few entertainment stories that have the town buzzing…
A new life for Variety
The trade paper Variety which once was a go-to source for Hollywood news but which, in recent years has been eclipsed by the likes of The Hollywood Reporter,, The Wrap and the L.A. Times may get new life. Penske Media Corp—the company that owns Deadline—bought Variety for $25 million. …

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AEG tells LA that sale will not affect NFL stadium plans

Posted September 25, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney

Mayor Villaraigosa says he knew but didn’t tell. The rest of Los Angeles has been trying to figure out what it means: the sudden offer for sale of the Anschutz Entertainment Group at the very moment it seemed to have worked out a deal to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles. Will a new stadium now cost more public money? Will there be …

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Kathleen Turner @KCRW

Posted January 10, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

She came in today to talk with me about her new show, Red Hot Patriot, about the legendary journalist Molly Ivins.  It opens at the Geffen Playhouse on Wednesday.  We’ll air our talk tomorrow at 6:44p during All Things Considered (and post the complete interview here.)

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