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Oscars 2015: Full list

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Oscar nominations have been announced (they are listed below, with links to relevant KCRW interviews) with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” leading with nine nominations each.
Notably missing from the nominations are “The LEGO Movie,” which was major hit at the box office; and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.
Many have noted that this Oscars will be the …

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‘Like bubbles in a glass of Champagne:’ Toasting an all-but-forgotten Hollywood star

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Were it not for the fairly recent restoration of the site known as the Annenberg Community Beach House, many of us might never have heard the name Marion Davies. Indeed, it’s easy to dismiss the long-ago movie star, who died in 1961, even when you visit the spectacular public space along the Pacific Coast Highway that was once her home: The structure here that bears her …

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Beverly Hills turns 100: Watching the city on the silver screen

Posted December 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The cast of Beverly Hills 90210

What was once a Spanish ranch that grew lima beans, the city of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914.
And thanks to its proximity to Hollywood, it soon became synonymous with the glitz, glamour and scandals that swirl around Tinseltown.
Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about the role of Beverly Hills in the popular imagination.
They discussed the movie’s depiction from the days of …

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Planned Barham ramp closure not Universally popular

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Will permanently shutting the southbound Barham Boulevard onramp to the 101 Freeway to make way for muggles actually improve traffic in the Cahuenga Pass?
That’s what NBC/Universal says – but Studio City and Hollywood residents aren’t buying it.
Opposition from neighbors is building to Caltrans’ plan to eliminate the Barham onramp to accommodate a $1.6 billion expansion of Universal Studios – The Wizarding World of Harry …

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Mixer: Attack on Hollywood; what’s next?

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The FBI confirmed today that North Korea was behind the crippling cyberattack that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the release of “The Interview,” and President Obama says the nation would respond.
Obama said of the people behind the hack: “they caused a lot of damage, and we will respond.”
While the president didn’t provide specifics, he did say that he thought Sony had “made a mistake” by canceling the movie’s …

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Movie sequels you’ve always wanted to see

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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After Chivas USA disbands, new MLS franchise emerges in Los Angeles

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Soccer balls were distributed to reporters to celebrate LA's new soccer team.

Major League Soccer officials have announced that a new franchise will begin playing in Los Angeles in 2017. The team replaces Chivas USA, which disbanded this week after a difficult 10 years.

For now, the new L.A. team is known simply as Los Angeles Football Club (the “working title,” in Hollywood parlance). The league said it wants fans to help pick the name, logo and …

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How teaching Shakespeare to middle schoolers transformed a struggling actor

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Mel Ryane and her new book at KCRW

Mel Ryane, a classically trained actor, thought the idea seemed simple enough: Volunteer at a local public school to teach kids an appreciation for Shakespeare. Share the joys of literature and the Bard’s life lessons with kids who might not otherwise learn them. Her time on the stage had to have prepared her for the task–no? Well, it turns out, definitely not. Nothing could have primed Ryane for the terror and …

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How Jewish émigrés impacted the birth of film noir

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Film still for Double Indemnity (1944), © Paramount Pictures. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shown from left: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck.

In the 1930s, as the National Socialist Party gained power in Germany, people around the world did what they could to help Jews escape the Nazi threat. Jewish filmmakers and producers found refuge in Hollywood, and their contributions forever changed American cinema and culture. Those stories are told in several new museum exhibits across Los Angeles.

The 1942 classic Casablanca follows a complicated love story …

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Think your rent is pricey now? Just wait until 2016

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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How much are you paying for rent right now?
Well, a new study says that if you’re a typical Southern California renter – you can expect to add about 8 to 10 percent to that monthly payment in two years.
USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate projects that the average rent in L.A. County will be $1,856 by mid-2016, an 8.2 percent increase. In Orange County, …

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Demystifying a blockbuster hit (in pajamas)

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you’ve had any interaction with a little girl who is around five years old, you know the fever: They’re very likely gaga for the animated Disney princess-film, Frozen, which has earned over a billion dollars since its release last year.
What is it about this movie that seeps into young impressionable minds so deeply that girls want to see it over, and over, and over again? Just how did …

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on film and TV tax credits

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Governor Jerry Brown has signaled that he will sign off on a deal that would more than triple the tax breaks for movies and TV shows filmed in California.
The bill would boost the tax credits to $330 million a year over the next five years.
While the legislation would significantly increase the incentive pool from $100 million, it’s still well shy of the $450 million …

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Half-built Target project could face the wrecking ball

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
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A half-built Target store and shopping center going up in Hollywood will be staying in its current, unfinished state for the foreseeable future.
L.A. officials have reluctantly ordered Target to halt work on the project at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The order follows a court ruling that found that city officials improperly approved the project. The issue is height: Community groups sued …

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Movie studios. Kodak team up to save film, for now

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We live in a digital world, and Hollywood is no exception. But that doesn’t mean film is obsolete just yet, at least not in the hearts of some filmmakers.
In order to secure a steady supply of actual film, a coalition of major Hollywood studios has agreed to buy up to 450 million feet of the stuff a year from Eastman Kodak. The Wall Street Journal …

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Photos: Remembering Pacific Ocean Park

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 11 Comments | ]
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From the late 1950s to the late ‘60s, Angelenos looking for music, dancing and rides, found the party at Pacific Ocean Park.
The beachside theme park – that jetted out into the Pacific – sat on 28 acres of land at the border of Santa Monica and Venice.
It featured rides created by Hollywood set designers, setting it apart from the standard, ordinary rides at Santa …

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The actress who influenced Hollywood’s greats

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The actress Stella Adler’s influence on American theater and Hollywood was enormous. Among the greats who have thanked her include: Marlon Brando. Arthur Miller. Peter Bogdanovich. Harvey Keitel. Judy Garland. Melanie Griffith. Elizabeth Taylor.  And yet, outside the industry, little is known about her.
A new biography of Adler examines her life and influence as a teacher, from her birth to a prominent Yiddish theatrical …

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Runaway production: Inside the ‘Poacher’s Convention’

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Utah's booth at the Association of Film Commissioners International conference at the Hyatt Regency in Century City.

Hollywood is no longer the go-to place for shooting feature films and TV shows.
Just eight percent of big budget Hollywood films were made in LA in 2013, down from 65 percent in 1997.
And from 2005 to 2013, California’s share of one-hour TV series dropped from 64 percent to 28 percent.
Why the big exodus? States like Georgia, New York and Louisiana, and countries like the …

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Planning for huge Grand Park concert hits a sour note

Posted April 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Jose Huizar are clashing over a proposed Labor Day concert in Grand Park that could bring 50,000 people to downtown L.A. Huizar wants the city to withhold approval of permits for the two-day event until more details are provided. Huizar, who represents downtown, says he was left out of discussions for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival, …

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Trail to Hollywood sign temporarily closes

Posted March 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
View from behind the Hollywood sign, reached by Hollyridge Trail. Photo via OrangesandAvocados.com.

This week it’s going to get a little harder to get an up-close view of the Hollywood sign.
The entrance to the Hollyridge Trail near the Hollywood Sign will be closed for about five weeks, starting Tuesday.
The city of Los Angeles is about to erect a heavier and bigger gate that’s harder for people to jump over.
Residents are celebrating. Tourists are grumbling. And it’s all …

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Tourist trap: New gate on popular Hollywood Sign trail

Posted March 24, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
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A popular hillside trail that offers one of the best views of the Hollywood Sign is shutting down tomorrow for five weeks. City crews are installing a new gate at the Hollyridge Trailhead in an effort to keep people out at night. The trail at the top of Beachwood Drive is ground zero in the debate between residents and city officials over access to …

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