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Jenni Gold decided at age 8 that she wanted to be a director, and she came at that ambition in a not-so-typical way: She was appearing on a telethon to help raise money to battle Muscular Dystrophy, which she has. Dazzled by the production, she went on to earn not only an MFA, but, eventually, her DGA card, and to start her own production …
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There’s another movie about the life of Jack Kerouac that opens November 1st.
“Big Sur” looks at the writer’s time along the scenic California coast after his novel ‘On the Road’ was published in 1957 and fame began setting in.
Of course the words – and tempo – of Kerouac, and his compadre in chief, Neal Cassady, helped to identify and validate the Beatnik generation.
A group …
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A number of young LA filmmakers are producing some low-budget horror films, spawning a new category dubbed “mumblegore.”
LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson wrote about these “micro-budget cerebral chillers that eschew cheap kills and studio interference” in this week’s cover story “The Mumblegore Revolution.” She says these filmmakers are expanding the definition of horror:
L.A.’s indie horror filmmakers are scared of a lot of traditional …
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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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Ninety years ago this year, the Hollywood Sign, those venerable boxy letters that designate an area of LA, were placed near the summit of Mt. Lee. And later this evening, there’s a big celebration to mark nine decades of tinsel-treasure.
Marc Wanamaker is a film historian and Hollywood expert, and spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about those letters that spell fabulous.
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State moving toward computerized student testing; Tsunami threat is real; Council okays new L.A. murals
School testing. California lawmakers are moving to ditch the state’s standardized exams for public school students and replace them with a new computerized system next spring. Backers say the new tests will help speed the transition to Common Core standards in California, which are designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla authored the bill. She says it would let teachers see …
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Today’s News: FBI seizes files from Sen. Ron Calderon; UCLA forecast is bullish on California; Bus-only lanes
Capitol raid. State Senator Ron Calderon is letting his lawyer do the talking following a search of his Capitol office by FBI agents.
The agents removed several boxes of documents from the Montebello Democrat’s office last night as well as what appeared to be a computer hard drive. The raid also targeted the office of the Latino Legislative Caucus in Sacramento.
An FBI spokeswoman says the …
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Actor Zach Braff wants to raise $2 million to make a sequel to his cult hit “Garden State.”
But instead of going to Hollywood producers or a studio with his idea, the star of the TV show “Scrubs” went directly to fans on the money-raising website Kickstarter.
Cash those fans can shell out for the forthcoming flick – “Wish I Was Here” – but for which …
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Today’s News: Immigration activists hitting the streets; Mojave solar plan nixed; Rebound for local production
Day of activism. Marches, rallies, prayer vigils and voter registration drives are taking place up and down California and nationwide today as activists work to shape the immigration reform debate. A major rally is also scheduled in Washington, D.C., where bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are putting the finishing touches on reform proposals. The activists want to make sure those proposals include …
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If you want to be mayor of Los Angeles, you really have to appeal to Hollywood.
Wendy Greuel had a four-year stint at DreamWorks and is married to a film producer, which could help her campaign.
But the truth is, the mayor doesn’t really have the power to do the one big thing entertainment people want – create financial incentives to make it more profitable to …
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Documentary filmmaker T.J. Martin won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2012 for his film “Undefeated,” which follows a high school football team from Memphis. The film chronicles the life of underprivileged teenagers on and off the field. Martin says that having Oscar on his mantel hasn’t changed his life. ” I’m not flying to Tahiti,” says Martin, but winning Oscar does help him get meetings. “In a …
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Last year Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won a Best Documentary Short Film Oscar for her film “Saving Face,” which focused on the plight of two Pakistani women attacked with acid and their subsequent quest for justice. It was the first Academy Award in Pakistan’s history. “I’ve locked it in my house and we’re looking for a secure place to store it,” says Obaid-Chinoy. She says that taking home …
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The Sundance Film Festival is about halfway through its run in Park City, Utah. And one of the trends that’s emerging is that a number of this year’s movies deal with sex. Now the idea that sex sells is nothing new in the entertainment business, but some of these movies are being criticized for being unusually frank. Los Angeles Times film reporter John Horn says one of the …
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Making it big on the silver screen has never been easy, but Kickstarter is trying to change that. The world’s largest funding platform for “creative projects” hosted roughly 82,000 project pitches online last year, receiving a total of $450 million dollars in pledged donations. In the past three years, $100 million dollars has been donated to filmmakers. (Kickstarter updates their stats here).
“This would be …
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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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Golden Globe nominations were announced today, and “Lincoln” took the lead with seven nominations. That film was well-received, but what about Nicole Kidman’s nomination for “The Paperboy?”
The Golden Globes may not be taken as seriously as other awards ceremonies, but it carries a lot of weight “because of the TV show,” says Steven Pond, who covers awards and indie films for TheWrap.com, and is the …
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For meteorologists this is Winter; for people in the entertainment business it’s Awards Season.
This morning via twitter, the New York Film Critics Circle announced the winners for their awards. “Zero Dark Thirty” got some top honors: it was named Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director and Greig Fraser was named Best Cinematographer. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” got some love from the critics: Daniel Day Lewis …
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Film: Word of Mouth Movie Hopes
It’s common practice to look at box office numbers on Mondays— especially the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. But what’s most striking today isn’t the massive success of the final installment in the Twilight series or of Bond’s “Skyfall,” it’s the relatively small number that “Silver Linings Playbook” did. The film was directed by David O. Russell, who also adapted …
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For years, California’s been trying to stem runaway film and TV production to other states and countries. Is the effort a failure? A new report says LA County has lost 16,000 jobs since 2004, the year of peak production. Another study says the state as a whole lost $3 billion in wages from the decline. We get the latest on what’s still a major …
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Ken Burns Subpoenaed
Filmmaker Ken Burns— famous for documentaries about Americana like Baseball and Jazz— has co-directed a movie with his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon called “The Central Park Five“. It’s about the infamous Central Park jogger case of 1989 when five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After they spent between 6 to 13 …