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The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will open with the West Coast premiere of “Amerika Square” (pictured above), Yannis Sakaridis’ tragic story set in modern Greece as the country copes with dual crises of financial collapse and overwhelming immigration.
The fest takes place June 7-11 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It will showcase 13 features, 22 shorts, and 15 documentaries from the U.S., France, the U.K., Germany, Cyprus and Greece. This year’s program includes a record 40 premieres: 19 U.S., 10 West Coast, seven Los Angeles – and four world premieres.
“We carefully selected a program that embodies the 2017 festival theme, Building Bridges,” says Lagff head Aris Katopodis. “Each title represents creating a bridge – whether it is between relationships, races or countries, and the problems and triumphs encountered in reaching the goal.”
“Amerika Square,” which won the Fipresci award at the 2016 Thessaloniki Film Festival, centers on an ensemble of characters: Nakos, a »
- Peter Caranicas
Las Vegas is home to over thirty very different casinos. From the Mandalay Bay to the south of the famous strip – aka Las Vegas Boulevard, to the far north, where you’ll find the likes of the towering Stratosphere and the Fremont, the city attracts millions of people each and every year. Of course, as well us ‘normal people’, famous folk like a flutter too, and celebrities can often be seen in Sin City trying their luck on the thousands of gaming tables. But who likes to go where? Here, we take a look at five big casinos where the stars like to come out and play.
Arguably the biggest and most famous hotel and casino on the strip, the Bellagio is placed in the middle of all of the action between the huge Caesar’s Palace and The Cosmopolitan. Many of Hollywood’s elite have been spotted at the famous casino tables, »
- David Agnew
It’s their big, fat Greek golf match.
Actor and National Dog Show co-host John O’Hurley and American Pie star Shannon Elizabeth will face off as golf pros in the new film Swing Away — and People has an exclusive first look at the film’s trailer.
Swing Away follows professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos (Elizabeth), who travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape after a meltdown and subsequent suspension from the sport she loves. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined against all odds to become the next golf sensation. »
- Patrick Gomez
Over the past several years, filmmaker Kevin Smith has been talking about making sequels to his first two films, with Clerks III and Mallrats 2 both being developed extensively. At one point, the Mallrats sequel was going to become a TV show, but today the filmmaker announced that his next project will actually be a remake of his 2001 comedy Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. The filmmaker announced the news with a lengthy statement on Instagram. Here's the first half of that statement below, where he reveals what happened to both the Clerks III and Mallrats 2 projects.
"This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids - @jayandsilentbob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a #Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a #Mallrats series. »
4 items from 2017
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