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Kino Classics refurbishes public domain title The Death Kiss, a 1932 release made purely to capitalize off the success of Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula by casting three of the main leads from that film. The title retains little interest except for Lugosi completists, who isn’t given much to do this time around as a rather miffed film studio manager. However, film historians may appreciate the film for its locale, set almost entirely within the back lot of what was termed a Poverty Row studio, shackled by the meager prospects of the Great Depression.
As director Tom Avery (Edward Van Sloan) films his final sequence on his new film The Death Kiss at the sound stage of Tonart Studios in Los Angeles, his lead actor Myles Brent (Edmund Burns) is shot with a real bullet. All the prop guns on set are checked. Investigating Detective Lt. Sheehan (John Wray) and Sergeant »
- Nicholas Bell
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”
Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst, »
- Scott Foundas
The film convention circuit is one of the best places to sell an indie feature or get a project off the ground. One stop on the horizon is the American Film Market in Santa Monica, which is “a great place to pitch your project or film - if you have a plan.” What’s the plan for the Nov. 5-12 confab? Luckily organizers have a guide for producers with a finished film and actor-creators looking to network with executives. Start by figuring out which attending companies to target and then rehearse. More tips and details about the event are here. Other upcoming L.A. events include: Unsolved Mystery Solved: Author William J. Mann Reads from 'Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood' Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood Click here for details. Screen Your Home Movie Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p. »
The exhibit explores the world of animator which includes Rocky & Bullwinkle to Mr. Peabody & Sherman to Dudley Do-Right.
In addition to the grand opening of the event, they unveiled the newly-furbished Rocky & Bullwinkle statue, which once stood on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for decades. And the attendees watched a hilarious new Rocky & Bullwinkle short film, which will be included in the upcoming “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” on Blu-ray.
The Jay Ward Legacy Exhibit will run through December 2014 and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will be available on Blu-ray tomorrow.
Check out the interviews below and some photos from the event.
- Gig Patta
You know the drill: President Obama’s plane lands Thursday afternoon at Lax and that means it’s time to cut out early and avoid the traffic jam.
Once again, Obama is coming to Los Angeles for fundraising and other events. This time the trip will highlighted by a Thursday evening event at the Brentwood-area home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, which will no doubt create commuting problems (nicknamed Obamajams) for those on the west side of the city. Tickets to the event start at $1,000-per-person to attend a reception and run up to $32,400 for the reception, plus dinner and greeting and photo with the president. The money is going to the Democratic National Committee, which also held a contest to win a trip to L.A. to attend and meet the president.
Almost as predictable as worries about Obamajams are protests surrounding the commander-in-chief. Mysterious “Obama Drone” posters have popped up in Paltrow’s neighborhood, »
- Ted Johnson
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
After Billy Wilder screened his Hollywood send-up Sunset Blvd. for an industry crowd prior to the film’s release, the lights in the theater came up and Louis B. Mayer reportedly shouted at him, in front of a room full of A-listers, “You have disgraced the industry that made and fed you! You should be tarred and feathered and run out of Hollywood!” Wilder calmly walked over to him and replied, “Go fuck yourself.”
With Maps to the Stars, which screened at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday night as part of the New York Film Festival, David Cronenberg — another revered filmmaker who was born outside of America and who has always looked a bit askance at Hollywood and opted to make all of his films so far in his native Canada — has made a satire of his own about the film colony and more »
- Anjelica Oswald
A water-main break on Sunset Boulevard near the Playboy mansion affected the property on Sunday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (Ladwp) said, according to a ABC 7 Kabc-tv report. It wasn't immediately clear if the property lost water or if there was any other impact. The cast-iron pipe burst in the 10200 block of Sunset Boulevard near Charing Cross Road. Twenty customers were affected, including the Playboy mansion, Ladwp told ABC 7. Nobody from the property was immediately available to comment. See more Flood Waters Hit UCLA This is the second closure on Sunset Boulevard
- THR Staff
A water main break flooded part of Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood Friday. Crews were dispatched to the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, near La Cienega Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The County of Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that people should avoid the area. Officials said the pipe was releasing 9,600 gallons of water per minute. See more Flood Waters Hit UCLA The break occurred at approximately 2:18 p.m. on a 36-in. pipe that was installed back in 1916, according to the Ladwp. The department said shutting down the pipe
- THR staff
The Room plays this weekend (September 26th and 27th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
There are different types of ‘Bad Movies’. It’s become sport to poke fun at bloated star vehicles such as Ishtar, Glitter, or Gigli but those films are usually miserable experiences to actually sit through. There are films that are intentionally bad such as those from Troma studios (Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist) but Troma knows its audience and anyone seeing a Troma film knows what they are getting into. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room belongs with the group of movies that are so bad that they can transform their own awfulness into a “comedy of errors”. Unlike more mundane bad films, these films develop an ardent following of fans who love them because of their poor quality, because normally, the errors (technical or artistic) or wildly contrived plots »
- Tom Stockman
The veteran publicist whose clients included Anthony Hopkins, Dick Van Dyke and Faye Dunaway, died September 15 at his Pacific Palisades home after a brief illness. Bob Palmer was 85. Through his Bob Palmer Public Relations, he also repped actors including Peter Strauss, David Soul, Sada Thompson and Michele Lee.
The Alaska-born, L.A.-raised Palmer became Director of Publicity and Advertising for United Paramount at age 22 and helped create campaigns for the Bay Area premieres of films such as Sunset Boulevard, Shane and The Greatest Show On Earth and promoted stage shows starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Patti Page, and many others. After serving in the Korean War, Palmer moved to ABC Television as a Senior Publicist, working on such TV shows as Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. He left ABC in 1960 to produce a syndicated series and then joined Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters »
- The Deadline Team
Bob Palmer — who, through a 60-year career as a publicist, represented clients including Anthony Hopkins and Dick Van Dyke as well as some of the most popular TV shows of the 1960s and 70s — died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades of natural causes. He was 85.
After working for ABC and several major studios, Palmer started his own firm in 1979, representing Hopkins, Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway, Sada Thompson, David Soul, Peter Strauss, Michele Lee and Larry Schiller Prods., the latter of which produced the TV movie “The Executioner’s Song.” Palmer for a time represented Hopkins as a manager, and created the 1992 Academy Award campaign for Hopkins’ performance in “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the Oscar for best actor.
In an interview, Hopkins said he first met Palmer while doing a publicity junket in 1973 at the Century Plaza Hotel, and afterward they became “very good friends. »
- Ted Johnson
From the inside of a moving vehicle, L.A. can seem like a blur of strip malls and empty sidewalks. Don't despair. There is street life in this town -- you just have to know where to find it. Mixed in among all the donut and pawnshops are a few useful organizations to get to know. Here's where to find them. Samuel French Sam French is Ellis Island for aspiring actors and writers arriving in L.A. The bookstore sells pretty much every book ever on acting, writing for stage and screen, and filmmaking -- and novelty mugs and totes. 7623 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Central Casting You have to show up in person to register, so download the forms from the website and fill them out before you go. Remember: Extra work is work. 220 S. Flower St., Burbank. ArcLight Hollywood Question: "Did you see 'Film X'?" Correct answer: "Yes -- at the ArcLight. »
Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
Courteney Cox looked ready for business in a pair of black glasses as she left celeb haunt Craig's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. The 'Friends' actress donned a grey silk dress and wore her hair in loose curls. Meanwhile it was revealed earlier that Courteney Cox's ex husband David Arquette is expanding his nightclub business into strip clubs. David bought an La strip club for $1.5 million last week. The 'Scream' star has closed a deal to purchase the famous Crazy Girls bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles. According to TMZ, Arquette has been in negotiations with the previous owners for the last three weeks and although they wanted $1.7 million for the club he refused to up his price and eventually got it for $200,000 less. Arquette owns the club and everything in it, including the poles, bars and furniture, however he intends to completely refurbish the venue. »
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
Clouds of Sils Maria tries to be a serious film about an aging actor reflecting on her life and career. However, its commentary about Hollywood is not very sophisticated and the parallels between fiction and reality so obvious that little of that is clever. In all honesty, Assayas’ latest is a pretty dumb soul of a movie underneath its art-house clothing.
The film opens on a train, as movie star Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) and her personal assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) receive news that writer/director Wilhelm Melchior has died. Many years earlier, Wilhelm directed Maria in a steamy romantic stage play called Maloja Snake, which jumpstarted her acting career. (The Maloja Snake is a long trail of clouds that snake through the peaks of the Sils Maria mountainside. Assayas returns »
- Jordan Adler
But 1978's Fedora, made by Wilder nearly 30 years later — again starring William Holden — does show evidence of the bitterness Meyer alluded to; it could have been made by Norma Desmond. Holden stars as an aging producer fallen on hard times who hopes to revisit his past by luring a reclusive former star, the supposedly fabulous Fedora (Marthe Keller) out of retirement.
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As exhibitors try to fend off competition from ever-bigger home theater systems, movie houses may soon take their cues from the '50s. Back then, to counter the arrival of TV, Hollywood retaliated by offering bigger — and wider — images onscreen, culminating in Cinerama. That panoramic theater configuration, which faded out by the end of the '60s, left behind the landmark Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. But a new generation of even more ambitious theaters — possibly even including cinema's first holodeck — is waiting in
- Carolyn Giardina
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