But Santa Barbara’s showbiz embrace didn’t end there: It has long served as a favored tryout city, film and TV location, and industry playground.
Since 1986, the coastal community 89 miles north of Hollywood has also been home to the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The festival, which kicks off Feb. 1, will feature a jam-packed lineup of premieres, starry events, and panel discussions. In a nod to Santa Barbara’s storied past, the fest will also serve as the formal curtain-raiser of its major capital project, the renovation of the city’s historic Riviera Theater.
The Riviera Theater, recently acquired by the Sbiff through a 30-year lease, has long been symbolic
Jim Carrey starred in director Peter Weir's The Truman Show, which centered on a man who is unaware that his entire life is being recorded live for a massive reality television show. Everyone in his life, from his wife (Laura Linney) to his best friend (Noah Emmerich) are hired actors playing their part in a state-of-the-art studio that encompasses the fictional town of Seahaven. No details were given for the series, except that it will be a re-imagining of the film. It isn't known if director Peter Weir or screenwriter Andrew Niccol will be involved in any capacity.
Narc director Joe Carnahan will write and direct the pilot episode for this new series based on his crime thriller, which starred Jason Patric as a
His best known work was on the stage, though, as a prep school student, bullied after being suspected as a homosexual, in the 1953 Broadway production, "Tea and Sympathy." The role won Kerr a Tony Award in 1954, and he went on to reprise the role in a film version of the play in 1956.
Having attended Harvard, and UCLA Law School, Kerr also played a district attorney in the 1960s on TV's "Peyton Place." When he retired from show business,
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar Hoover, while Naomi Watts plays Helen Gandy, Hoover's longtime secretary.
Written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
Armie Hammer stars as Hoover's protégé Clyde Tolson; Judi Dench as Hoover's overprotective mother, Anne Marie Hoover; Josh Lucas as legendary aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, whose son's kidnapping changes the public profile of the FBI; and Ken Howard as U.S. attorney General Harlan F. Stone.
J. Edgar comes to theaters November 9th, 2011 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, Damon Herriman, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Stephen Root.
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)
Streaming Available: 06/29/2011
Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century,
Lucas, whose feature-film credits include Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road, and Ang Lee's Hulk, will star as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film) in the series, which picks up McDeere's story about a decade after the events of the novel and film.
Lucas also stars as famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh in Imagine Entertainment's upcoming 2011 film, J. Edgar, directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio as controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Based on the blockbuster feature film and the best-selling novel of 1991, with seven million copies sold by world-renowned author Grisham (The Pelican Brief, The Client
Stephen Root will play Arthur Koehler, a forensic wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigate the kidnapping of Charles A. Lindbergh's (Josh Lucas) son. Arthur Koehler aids the case by examining a ladder used by the abductor.
Clint Eastwood is directing J. Edgar from a script by Dustin Lance Black. A specific release date has not been announced yet.
J. Edgar comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, Damon Herriman, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Stephen Root. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood.
Lucas will portray famed pilot Charles A. Lindbergh in the drama. Five years after receiving worldwide acclaim for flying across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, Lindbergh's son was kidnapped and later murdered.
J. Edgar Hoover was the head of The Bureau of Investigation (the FBI before it was called the FBI) which was handling the case.
Clint Eastwood is directing from a script by Dustin Lance Black, though shooting dates have yet to be locked.
After receiving worldwide acclaim for his 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Charles A. Lindbergh's son was kidnapped in 1932 and later murdered. J. Edgar Hoover was the head of The Bureau of Investigation, before it was renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was handling the case.
Clint Eastwood is directing from a script by Dustin Lance Black. It isn't clear when production will start on J. Edgar.
We also reported last week that Josh Lucas is one of the actors in the running to star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It isn't known yet if this J. Edgar role will affect his chances for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
J. Edgar comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench,
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