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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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‘Birdman’ soars into theaters

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The new movie “Birdman” stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, and it’s getting rave reviews.
Keaton stars a washed-up action movie actor looking to revive his career with a Broadway play – but it gets really, really weird.
Our regular weekly film critic Joe Morgenstern is out this week, so joining us in his place is LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson. She spoke …

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Dark Alliance: The CIA, crack, and a journalism scandal

Posted October 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Gary Webb addressing an audience after the publishing of his "Dark Alliance" series in the "San Jose Mercury News." Webb's reporting sparked a national conversation about the role of the CIA in cocaine smuggling and led tot he destruction of Webb's career.

There’s a new film coming out called “Kill The Messenger.” The hero is an intrepid journalist who discovers the biggest story of his career, a story that takes him from the mean streets of South Los Angeles to the jungles of South America to the corridors of power in Washington D.C. Unlike other Hollywood thrillers, though, this film draws from very real events that happened …

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You can watch movies from Quentin Tarantino’s personal collection

Posted October 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo courtesy Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is having fun. He’s recently taken over the programming helm of the New Beverly Cinema, the theater he bought in 2007 to save it from indie-theater destruction. Starting this month, Tarantino is screening movies right out of his personal collection. And all the movies will be on film, good old-fashioned 35mm film. 
Tarantino joined Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment this week to talk about the project. Below is an edited transcript of …

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Film Reviews: Expendables 3, Life After Beth, The Giver

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Our regular Friday film reviewer, Joe Morgenstern, is out this week. So joining us now is Amy Nicholson, film critic for LA Weekly.

Here are trailers for the three movies Amy reviewed:
Expendables 3:

Life After Beth:

The Giver:

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Mixer: Reporting from a foreign land is tough – just ask a Brit in LA

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For people who are not familiar with Los Angeles – who aren’t from here, but have to report about the things happening around here, particularly from a media and business standpoint – our neighborhood can be a pretty daunting place.  
All the eccentricities, idiosyncrasies, and moving parts behind-the-scenes make for all kinds of drama fit for an epic Hollywood screenplay.
But in real life, Matthew …

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LAPD officers pulled the plug on patrol car recorders

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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LAPD officers tampered with recording devices inside of patrol cars to avoid being monitored while on duty. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck learned of the tampering last summer – but the problem did not come to the attention of the L.A. Police Commission until months later. The L.A. Times says Beck chose not to investigate who was responsible but instead issued warnings against further attempts …

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The perilous life of a camera operator

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
From the Slates for Sarah Facebook page.

Less than two weeks ago, I found my Facebook feed flooded with remembrances of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a second assistant camerawoman who was struck by a train and killed in a terrible set accident in Georgia. My mind reeled for days. In my 10 years as a camera assistant in New York, from 1981 to 1991, I was endangered many times. But I …

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‘Live hard. Live Poor’: Screenwriting advice from Robert McKee

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by aprillynn77/CC/ via Flickr

The legendary screenwriting guru, Robert McKee is coming to Los Angeles this week to conduct one of his famed “Story” seminars. It’s an intense four day endeavor that is reportedly “equivalent to 4 years of college.” It will run from 9am-7pm, Thursday March 6th-Sunday March 9th.
KCRW called McKee at his Connecticut home the other day to talk about his seminars, his depiction in the Spike …

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5 things we learned from Oscar expert Dave Karger and Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment

Posted February 27, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Self-professed ‘Oscar nerd’ Dave Karger hosts Fandango FrontRunners, and serves as the official ‘Oscar expert’ for shows like Access Hollywood, E! and TODAY. This week on KCRW’s The Treatment, he and host Elvis Mitchell dish on the most interesting stories coming out of this year’s Academy Awards:

1. “Oscar-nominated” is not always synonymous with “good,” and vice versa.

Inside Llewyn Davis was a favorite among cinephiles …

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Los Angeles in a new light

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 14 Comments | ]
Photo by Hector Sanchez via Flickr/ CreativeCommons

In a move to make LA more energy-efficient, the city has been changing the light bulbs. Since 2009, over 140,000 sodium-vapor street lights were switched to new LED ones in the first phase of the world’s largest lighting retrofit.
According to Forbes, “The City of Los Angeles estimates it will see at least $7 million in electricity savings and $2.5 million in avoided maintenance costs …

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Are movie trailers too long?

Posted January 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The National Association of Theater Owners has come out with new guidelines, calling for movie trailers to be no more than two minutes long.
That’s 30 seconds shorter than the typical preview right now.
And the guidelines say that a trailer cannot be shown more than five months before a movie comes out.
These guidelines are supposed to apply to movies that open on or after October …

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An homage to the wonderfully weird Cinefamily Telethon

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Cinefamily is the best programmed place for movies anywhere. Go there any evening of the week and you’ll see something awesome with a bunch of awesome people. And their annual telethon is the most fun film-centric event of all time. It’s a 24-hour party featuring great conversations, great talent, great movies and just all around wackiness. 
Cinefamily’s Fantastic Elastic 2013 Telethon starts this Saturday, December 14th this …

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Oh, the horror! LA filmmakers turn to ‘mumblegore’

Posted October 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
A still from the home-invasion horror film "You’re Next."

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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Chewing popcorn could reduce ads’ effect in movie theaters

Posted October 15, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by charamelody via Flickr/CC.

Researchers in Germany say eating popcorn at the movie theater can reduce the effectiveness of advertising that comes on before the movie. The study was published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
Scott Roxborough gnawed on the details for The Hollywood Reporter and joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis with more.

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Film and TV production companies line up for California tax credits

Posted June 4, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
The Entourage feature film is among the projects to receive state tax credits this year.

The California Film Commission says it’s received a record number of applications for state tax credits this year. 380 applications were filed by movie and TV productions, an 18 percent increase over last year.
The state awards $100 million in tax credits for the fiscal year running from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
Thirty-one projects have been approved for 2013. Among those are 14 …

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NPR’s Mike Pesca on Noah Baumbach’s latest film, ‘Frances Ha’

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Our weekly film critic Joe Morgenstern is out today. Joining us instead is Mike Pesca. You hear him regularly as a National Desk correspondent for NPR. He’s also a panelist on Slate magazine’s weekly sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen.” And he reviews movies for Backstage.com.
Mike went out and saw a movie this afternoon for us – so the review is fresh! The movie …

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Zach Braff turns to Kickstarter to fund ‘Garden State’ sequel

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]
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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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Critics slam MPAA’s latest movie rating moves

Posted April 19, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Motion Picture Association of America is making some tweaks to its movie-rating system. The changes announced this week in Las Vegas at the movie theater industry’s CinemaCon gathering are being promoted as a way to give parents more information about potentially objectionable content – so they can make better choices about what their children watch.
But not everyone is impressed. L.A. Times staff writer …

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3 Celebrity Deaths: Funicello, Ebert, Les Blank; Plus, Pirating ‘Game of Thrones’

Posted April 8, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]
Annette Funicello (circa 1975) holding a photograph of herself as a child star on "The Mickey Mouse Club"

A Mouseketeer, A Film Critic & A Documentarian
They say that celebrities die in threes. We’ll leave Margaret Thatcher out of it and instead look at three people who inhabited three very different areas of the entertainment business.
This morning  famed Mousketeer Annette Funicello died after years of living with Multiple Sclerosis. She was in the original “Mickey Mouse Club” of the 1950s and went on …

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