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The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.
On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »
- Scott Foundas
"She's the owner of a club right now and she wants to take over Gotham, basically, so we'll see how that plays out," Jada told Access Hollywood on Sunday at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour. "Fish is, she's a very edgy woman with quite a temper, but I did kind of a mix of Griselda Blanco with Norma Desmond, Griselda Blanco being like one of the most notorious female gangsters… And then Norma Desmond from 'Sunset Blvd.,' ...
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In the summer of 1999 I was a 17-year-old floorboy at a suburban multiplex showing Eyes Wide Shut. There were other movies that caught my attention that summer—Limbo, Election, Summer of Sam, The Blair Witch Project, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut—but Kubrick’s was the only one of any import. I saw it four times in a week, defended it against my peers’ scorn, and had Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Chicago Reader review practically memorized. For my generation, seeing a Stanley Kubrick film in its original run was a novelty. Sadly, the experience would also be unrepeatable.
1999 was a hard year to be a cinephile. Kubrick vanished in March, and by the time December rolled around the news came in that Robert Bresson had also passed away. I was obsessed with both filmmakers. The previous year I already felt anguished learning about Akira Kurosawa’s death. Looking back, the »
- Gabe Klinger
"Californication" star Madeline Zima smashed her car into another vehicle on Sunset Blvd. Saturday night. Madeline rear-ended another car in West Hollywood. It was bad enough that Zima's car had to be towed. No injuries to speak of.Madeline's friends consoled her -- she was clearly shaken up. Our photog asked her what happened ... but the 28-year old wasn't in the mood to talk. Maybe that was wise ... right to remain silent and all that. »
- TMZ Staff
After fans helped him raise $3.1 million to fund his latest project, “Wish I Was Here,” via Kickstarter, multi-hyphenate Zach Braff was able to share the end result with several backers who attended the film’s premiere Monday night at the DGA Theater.
Joined on the red carpet by his brother and co-screenwriter Adam Braff and costars Joey King, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons and Pierce Gagnon, Braff said the process of promoting his movie has been a bit like running for office.
“Releasing a movie is a little like a political campaign,” Braff told Variety. “You’re constantly trying to just catch any eyeballs you can because there’s so much competition for everyone’s attention. All bets are off with marketing movies now. The old ways don’t work anymore and it’s all about the new ways.”
Though the past few months have been hectic, Braff said »
- Andrea Seikaly
Jane's Addiction, which first played on the Sunset Strip as the opener to Gene Loves Jezebel at The Roxy nearly two decades ago, is returning to West Hollywood in September as the king of the influential live-music scene. The L.A. rockers will headline the first day of the newly expanded Sunset Strip Music Festival and receive the Elmer Valentine Award, which salutes those who have made an impact on the iconic 1.5-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Australian electronic music duo Empire of the Sun ("Walking on a Dream") will topline the second day of the street
- Mike Barnes
Feminine roles in cinema vary as there are different types of female empowerment displayed on the big screen. The same can be said for the showcasing the vulnerability of women in the movies as well. From motherhood to savvy businesswomen women have been either represented with integrity or misrepresented with exploitative intent.
One of the most explosive roles for women in motion pictures have been in the titillating realm of prostitution. Whether considered controversial, inspirational or observational the concept of women selling sex and demonstrating sensuality poses may ethical questions in cinema. Are movies that stress moral dilemmas with femininity and flesh-pedaling philosophies a challenging venture or easy pickings for sensational themes in films?
Whatever the case the prospect of fast females in film presents somewhat of a sociological/psychological experimentation. May it be through the lens of declaration, discovery or despair She Works Hard for the Money: The Top »
- Frank Ochieng
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I was stuck in traffic yesterday, which I didn’t really mind because I have a fun little yellow convertible, and I was thinking about Uber ($17 billion! – that’s the company’s valuation, not the price of a ride) and Google’s driverless cars (development cost unknown), and I decided it was time to connect the dots: once a car learns to drive, there’s no need to own it and there’s no need for a driver. That’s because the car can come when called, take you to your destination, then go off and pick up someone else. That sounds great and I’m hardly the first to connect those particular dots, but there’s a corollary that seems to have gone largely (though not entirely) unnoticed: when driving oneself becomes unnecessary, it will eventually become more expensive, less convenient and – ultimately – unlawful, »
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Is Selena Gomez sliding back into her pre-rehab ways?
Authorities said that the parties were completely cooperative, turned down the music, and nothing further happened -- but the news comes on the heels of reports that Gomez, 21, has rekindled her romance with Justin Bieber, 20, reportedly worrying her friends and family.
Pics: Rekindled Romances in Hollywood
Rumors of a reconciliation between the on-again, off-again couple were confirmed when the two were spotted at mutual friend Alfredo Flores' birthday party in Los Angeles on June 15.
"Justin and Selena are definitely full-on back together at the moment," a source tell Us Weekly. "They spent all day riding together on a Can-Am Spyder on Sunset Blvd. … Justin drove while Selena sat on the back holding on to [him].He was incredibly sweet with her and »
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
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30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
Jelena once more! Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have rekindled their relationship—for now, that is—multiple sources tell Us Weekly. The pair, who have been on and off since 2010, spent the past few days together, riding on Bieber's three-wheeled motorcycle Can-Am Spyder and celebrating good friend Alfredo Flores' birthday in Los Angeles on June 16. "Justin and Selena are definitely full-on back together at the moment," one source tells Us. "They spent all day riding together on a Can-Am Spyder on Sunset Blvd. … Justin drove while Selena [...] »
Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of O.J. Simpson's infamous slow-speed chase through the Southern California freeway system, creating a watershed moment in the world of media circuses and celebrity-driven spectacle. How would the infamous chase play out if it took place two decades later? TheWrap ran some numbers to find out how it would change, and how it would stay the same. Also read: 3 Things Kato Kaelin Hasn't Been Doing Since the O.J. Trial First of all, it would've ended very differently. When Simpson and his chauffeur, Al Cowlings, rolled the iconic white Ford Bronco off of the Sunset Blvd. exit of. »
- Tim Kenneally and Tony Maglio
Barry Diller's media and Internet company, Iac, has committed to an environmentally friendly renovation of its West Hollywood headquarters at 8800 Sunset Boulevard. Design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios is overseeing the transformation of the building, which has been home to Iac since 1998. The studio’s past work includes The California Endowment Headquarters in downtown L.A., Hollywood & Vine Metro Plaza, The Resort at Playa Vista and the Mark Taper Forum renovation. Photos: UTA's New Headquarters Construction has already started on the project, which includes plans for a street-facing, six-story-high sculptural lattice that will appear to be peeling
- Lesley McKenzie
Today, I started a two-week "clean eating" thing. The only reason I've lasted this long (approximately 13 hours, one very green smoothie and a salad with no ranch dressing) is because last night, I ate anywhere between one and three cheeseburgers (two of which were actually double cheeseburgers, so really, anywhere between one and, what? Five burgers?) at a Jack in the Box tasting event. The event was held at an actual Jack in the Box location, located in Hollywood at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Cahuenga. If you know the area, it's the one across the street from the ArcLight and Amoeba Records. If you know the area, you also know that it wasn't surprising when I walked in and there were a handful of »
They say truth is stranger than fiction, but which is it when it comes to the short story James Franco just wrote about Lindsay Lohan? In a stream-of-conscious writing titled "Bungalow 89" that the actor and author penned for Vice, Franco, 36, writes about the night Lohan, 27, knocked on his door while he was staying at the Chateau Marmont. Franco - who has denied having sex with the actress after his name was found on her leaked list of alleged sexual conquests - allowed Lohan to enter upon the condition that instead of having sex, he would read her J.D. Salinger stories. »
- Wade Rouse
No strippers here! Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson bucked tradition and said goodbye to their single days with a joint, co-ed bachelor-bachelorette bash devoid of any X-rated entertainment—but still plenty entertaining! Rather than split into two groups of girls and guys, the bride and groom-to-be gathered their friends and family together in one big group for a night on the town in West Hollywood on Sunday, June 8. Joined by their loved ones, the couple hit up Eveleigh restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, where they dined on [...] »
In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, Paul Kim and his team of Image Locations associates scour Los Angeles to find beautiful and exotic homes and mansions to serve as locations for movie shoots and weddings or simply as get-away pads for the rich and famous. It can't be easy for Kim and company, dealing with extremely demanding clients with very particular tastes, but the hardest part of their job has to be finding just the right location for a major movie. After all, what's a good scene without an equally compelling setting? The best locations in movies are often remembered as vividly as the actors who appeared in them, transcending beyond simple structures to become characters unto themselves. Mark your calendar or set an alert for July 9th to watch the premiere of Mansion Hunters and then check out our list of the Hollywood Movie Mansion we love the most. »
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The title “Girls Night Out” was a fitting name for the panel that Fox held at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood on Monday, as some of the net’s most prominent female figures turned up to talk their career beginnings, their shows and the challenges that come with working in the industry.
Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”) Chelsea Peretti (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Alex Borstein (“Family Guy”), Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”), Liz Meriwether (“New Girl”) and Heather Kadin (“Sleepy Hollow”) were all in attendance at the panel. Lynch was sure to tease the audience with some info about “Glee’s” final season.
The Emmy winner said that they hope the last handful of “Glee” episodes all carry a very strong message with them, and even revealed they might get “some of the old kids back” to close out the show. She grew somber, however, when asked about Cory Monteith, »
- Alex Stedman
It takes some audacity to open your film with an homage to "Sunset Boulevard," but that doesn't seem to worry Clark Gregg. A journeyman actor valued by filmmakers like David Mamet, Gregg has had a dynamic few years, making his directorial debut with Chuck Palahniuk adaptation "Choke" and an attention-getting role in "The Avengers." Bold as all that may be, he has used this clout to front "Trust Me" as both an actor and director, and you wonder if this reliable screen vet isn't stretching himself a bit thin at this point. Gregg is Howard Holloway, an agent for child stars that carries on multiple conversations while chit-chatting through his Bluetooth. But he's not the snazzy super agent we know from several fast-talking industry satires, rather a smaller fish. We first glimpse him running late to an audition, clasping a coffee in one hand, a toothbrush in the other. During later scenes, »
- Gabe Toro
Charlize Theron isn't the type to dine and dash! So, when the A Million Ways to Die in the West star left Pinkberry without paying her $3.75 bill, she promised to come back Asap with the money! Of course, the 38-year-old Oscar winner made good on her word, returning to the frozen yogurt store on L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard with a $100 bill to close her tab. The best part? Keila, the Pinkberry employee who rang Charlize up, got to keep the $96.25 change. Before receiving this reward, though, Keila tells TMZ she thought she would be the one having to pay for Charlize's frozen yogurt! According to the Pinkberry staffer, Charlize "said she was at the park and didn't have her purse with her." »
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