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Throwback Thursday: Von Stroheim!

27 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Erich von Stroheim was one-of-a-kind: a serious filmmaker who also became a distinctive, and indelible, screen personality. He’s probably best known today for his role as Gloria Swanson’s faithful servant in Billy Wilder’s 'Sunset Blvd.' While learning about directing as an assistant to D.W. Griffith in the teens, he established himself as a stereotyped “evil Hun” in World War One movies. Universal’s Carl Laemmle gave him a chance to realize his own vision on screen in 'Blind Husbands' (1919) and launched his star-crossed career as a writer-director. Laemmle may have complained about the enormous cost of the lavish 'Foolish Wives' (1922), with its eye-popping Monte Carlo set, but he used...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Interview: ‘Birdman’ Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on His First Comedy

27 August 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making.

“It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable,” says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder. “I was just doing my work. It was a habit. I was stuck, half out of fear and half out of safety. And I said to myself, ‘I’m going to let go of the ladder.’ ”

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race with ‘Birdman

For Inarritu, letting go meant taking a stab at his first full-fledged comedy, albeit one with a strong undercurrent of existential despair. In the director’s self-reflexive “Birdman,” Michael Keaton stars as an actor once famous for playing a superhero, now trying to save his »

- Scott Foundas

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Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow

27 August 2014 4:39 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times.

Ahead of the festival, chief Alberto Barbera told me the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy was “inventive.” He wasn’t kidding. A scorching satire on celebrity mixed with existential musings on life, it’s being hailed as a technical tour de force and a potentially career-defining role for lead Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star known primarily for his »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Daily | Venice 2014 | Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman

27 August 2014 3:41 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman opens the 71st Venice International Film Festival today, and the first reviews are in. Variety's Peter Debruge calls it a "delirious coup de grace—a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution." As the once-huge movie star Riggan Thomson, Michael Keaton is "dream casting, and he’s fearless," writes Time Out's Cath Clarke. The Telegraph's Robbie Collin: "Riggan, his publicist Brandon (Zach Galifianakis), daughter (Emma Stone) and fellow cast members (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough) come clattering in and out of shot like characters in a farce, underscored by a stumbling, skittering drumbeat. There are streaks of 42nd Street, The Producers and Sunset Boulevard here, but otherwise, Birdman isn’t much like anything else at all. Think Black Swan directed by Mel Brooks and you’re in the vicinity, but only just." » - David Hudson »

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Venice Film Review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

27 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race

Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »

- Peter Debruge

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Movies This Week: August 22-28, 2014

22 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


The Austin Film Society teams up with aGLIFF tonight to bring the new documentary To Be Takei (my review for Paste) to the Marchesa for a one-off screening. It's a touching and genuinely funny profile of George Takei, whose career has taken him from Star Trek to social media icon and gay rights activist. This month's Roger Corman series continues this weekend with X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes. This 1963 thriller screens tonight and again on Sunday in a 35mm print. On Wednesday night, Afs presents SXSW doc Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Don's review) and then the Barbara Stanwyck Essential Cinema series will close Thursday with Ball Of Fire. Screening in 35mm, this classic 1941 Howard Hawks comedy, written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, pairs Stanwyck with Gary Cooper.

Over at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, The Complete David Lynch series is winding down but has several more gems on the way. »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015 Looking for New Home

20 August 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

One and done. Vanity Fair's Oscar night party will not be returning to Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood next year, the magazine confirmed to TheWrap. After five years at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, the magazine moved the A-list gathering half a mile west this past Oscar night. They built a custom space on the south side of Sunset Plaza in the parking lot behind sidewalk cafes Chin Chin, Le Clafoutis, and Le Petit Four at 8680 Sunset Blvd. Also read: Emmy Parties Preview 2014: How to Spend This Week on a Champagne Diet An aerial view of the »

- Mikey Glazer

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Matthew Weiner On Directing His 2nd Film: “Everyone Always Knew This Was An Independent Film”

19 August 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After several cast changes and an eight-year journey to the screen, Matthew Weiner’s feature directorial Are You Here finally made its Hollywood premiere last night at the Arclight on Sunset Blvd. This Friday, Millennium Entertainment will unspool the film, which stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, in limited theaters as well as on DVD.

“Like most of what I do, this is a genre-less film,” Weiner told the audience before the projector rolled, “Laugh where you want to laugh.”

Despite his reputation for creating the monumental, award-winning period TV drama  Mad Men, Weiner’s uphill battle to get Are You Here made further underscores the challenges of getting adult feature dramas off the ground.  With its comedic star wattage cast and a set-up that involves a crazed stoner (Galifianakis) inheriting a farm after his father’s death with his weatherman philandering friend along for the ride (Wilson »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Sarah Hyland Teases Special Musical Performance at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards

8 August 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Before Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, Sarah Hyland is looking to other award show hosts for inspiration. Hyland is excited to reunite with her “Scary Movie 5″ co-star Tyler Posey to co-host the show.

“I absolutely loved Ricky Gervais when he hosted the Golden Globes, but I don’t think that’s appropriate for the Teen Choice Awards,” Hyland said. “I absolutely also love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler when they host together, so I hope Posey and I can have somewhat of a dynamic like that. I’m a really big fan of Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg when they hosted the Oscars and Tonys in the past.”

“I’ve had calls with the writers and I think people are going to enjoy it,” Hyland said. “If all else fails, I’ll just wing it. I think that it will be fun no matter what.”

Hyland, who has recently »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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UCLA Flood: Pipe Burst Cause Revealed

6 August 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Corrosion and structural problems caused a pipe to burst that flooded a landmark athletic arena at the University of California, Los Angeles and submerged hundreds of cars, officials said on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said outdated welding and engineering practices also appeared to have played a role in the rupture of the nearly century-old steel pipe last week. It burst at a Y-shaped juncture installed in 1958. The piping had not been scheduled for replacement and there were no signs of trouble before the break blasted a hole in Sunset Boulevard and sent

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- The Associated Press

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World Exclusive Maps To The Stars Poster

5 August 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore and John Cusack tower over Hollywood in the new poster for David Cronenberg’s showbiz satire.  Narrowly losing out on the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, Cronenberg’s nightmarish black comedy follows classics like The Player, Sullivan’s Travels and Sunset Blvd. – taking aim at the whole film industry and flipping his starry cast on their well-groomed heads.   Ageing actresses, wannabe starlets, Hollywood dynasties, tweenage drug addictions and, er, Carrie Fisher all wallow in Cronenberg’s...

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- Paul Bradshaw

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Teen Choice Awards to Change Venue After UCLA Flood

1 August 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This year’s Teen Choice Awards has been forced to change venues after water flooded Pauly Pavilion near UCLA earlier this week.

The show, set for Aug. 10 on Fox, will move to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, according to the show’s producers.

“We wish the best to the team at UCLA as they begin repairs,” exec  producer Bob Bain said in a statement.

The arena suffered major damage Tuesday when a 30-inch water main broke on Sunset Boulevard, causing massive flooding at the UCLA campus.

Hosted by Tyler Posey and Sarah Hyland, “Teen Choice 2014” will air live on Fox on Aug. 10 at 8/7c.


- Variety Staff

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JaVale McGee -- Floods Can't Stop Me ... My Charity Game at UCLA Will Go On

31 July 2014 11:03 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

NBA star JaVale McGee isn't letting a little thing like a 20 Million gallon flood get in the way of his charity softball game -- TMZ Sports has learned the event will happen at UCLA on Sunday ... despite the fact parts of the campus are still underwater. The Denver Nuggets star was all set to host the 1st Annual JugLife Celebrity Softball game at Easton Stadium on the UCLA campus to benefit (ironically enough) a program »

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Throwback Thursday: Ginger Rogers, Billy Wilder And Superman

30 July 2014 9:06 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

The 1942 comedy The Major and the Minor is notable today as the Hollywood directing debut of Billy Wilder, who wrote the film with his longtime partner Charles Brackett. They would go on to make such classics as The Lost Weekend and Sunset Blvd., but in 1942 Wilder’s name wasn’t a selling point: it was all about Ginger and, to a lesser degree, leading man Ray Milland. In its first-run engagement at the two Paramount Theatres in L.A., the downtown branch added a second feature from B-movie specialists William Pine and William Thomas (known as the Two Dollar Bills), while both venues featured—and advertised—the latest of Paramount’s Superman cartoons, a testament to the appeal of...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Wipeout? ‘Teen Choice’ Awards Could Be on the Move After Massive La Water Main Break

30 July 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is no longer full of water, but it's full of damage — and just 11 days before Fox's “Teen Choice 2014” awards are set to take place in the arena. The facility suffered heavy damage Tuesday when a 30-inch water main broke on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles’ upscale Westwood neighborhood, causing massive flooding in the area. The awards show, hosted by “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey, is scheduled for Aug. 10 at Pauley Pavilion. Whether or not the arena is repaired by then, the show will go on. Also read: Jennifer Lawrence and ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Dominate First Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations Fox. »

- Tony Maglio

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Speed Read: Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom Reportedly Get in a Fight

30 July 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Source: Getty / Ari Perilstein; Getty / Kevin Mazur Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom reportedly got in a fight outside of a restaurant in Ibiza. Things allegedly got physical between the two. Scarlett Johansson chopped off her hair. The pregnant star is now rocking a bowl haircut. Beyoncé may or may not have have been responding to breakup rumors with this Instagram photo. Either way, it's adorable. The UCLA campus and part of Sunset Boulevard were flooded with between eight million and 10 million gallons of water after a pipe burst. Sheik Humarr Khan, the doctor in charge of fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, died from the disease. He fell ill early last week. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura won his $1.8 million defamation case against author Chris Kyle. In Kyle's 2012 book, he claimed he punched Ventura after he made a negative comment about Navy SEALs, but Ventura said in court that the story was fabricated. »

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Water-Main Break Floods UCLA, At Least 5 People Rescued

30 July 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. The 30-inch, nearly century-old pipe burst under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, sending water 30 feet into the air, opening a 15-foot hole in the street and inundating part of the campus that was soon swarmed with police and firefighters. "Unfortunately UCLA was the sink for this water source," UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. »

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UCLA Floods After Massive Water Main Bursts—See the Craziest Pics of the Aftermath!

29 July 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

UCLA unexpectedly turned into a water park today. The University of California, Los Angeles campus experienced a shocking flood after a massive water main break shortly before 3:30 p.m., sending millions of gallons of water and counting on to Sunset Boulevard and the campus. Fire officials reportedly compared the freak accident to a flash flood. One of the most devastating consequences of the flood was the damage done to Pauley Pavilion, an arena on campus that completed a $136 million renovation just two years ago. Many students and Twitter users quickly took to the social media website to share shocking images of the campus' conditions. Take a look at some of the craziest pics posted: »

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UCLA Athletic Center -- Completely Flooded ... In Massive Water Main Break

29 July 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

UCLA is virtually underwater ... the result of a massive water main break on campus -- and the athletic training center is getting hit Hard. TMZ Sports obtained footage ... showing the water rushing in beside a mural that features several UCLA athletic greats. The water main ruptured around 4pm ... and water is shooting out like a volcano. In fact, it's so bad officials shut down Sunset Blvd. and firefighters were helping stranded motorists. Besides the athletic training center, »

- TMZ Staff

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Flood Waters Hit UCLA (Photos)

29 July 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sunset Blvd. near UCLA campus will remain closed through Wednesday. Multiple people and vehicles were stranded after a water main break caused a flood near UCLA's campus in Westwood. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said a 90-year-old pipe ruptured, and was at one time pumping 75,000 gallons per minute. Between eight and ten million gallions were lost, the department estimated, and repairs would continue into Wednesday. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched a crew to 10630 Sunset Blvd. to help people stranded in nearby parking garages. Authorities said the

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- Aaron Couch

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