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Suspect in Shotgun Killing of Aspiring Hollywood Talent Charged With Murder

28 July 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A man suspected of fatally shooting a woman on the sidewalk in Hollywood earlier this month has been charged with capital murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, 31, is accused of fatally shooting Carrie Jean Melvin (pictured) near Sunset Blvd. and McCadden Place at approximately 10 p.m. on July 5. Prosecutors are asking that he be held without bail. The murder charge carries special circumstances of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, which make Obioha eligible for the death penalty. Also Read: Hollywood Murder: Lapd Search for Gunman Who Shot Woman in Head. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Carrie Jean Melvin Murder: Ezeoma Obioha Arrested In Shooting Death Of California Woman

27 July 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Ezeoma Obioha has been arrested in the shooting death of Carrie Jean Melvin that occurred earlier this month near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Carrie Jean Melvin Murder Obioha, 31, was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder in Melvin’s death, reported Ktla. He is currently being held on $1 million bail. It has been determined that […]

The post Carrie Jean Melvin Murder: Ezeoma Obioha Arrested In Shooting Death Of California Woman appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd. Shut Down After Free Concert at Roxy Draws Unruly Mob

23 July 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shut down a portion of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on Thursday, after a planned free concert at the Roxy drew a crowd that spilled into the street. According to Ktla, police closed off Sunset between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard just before 3 p.m. The concert, which was subsequently canceled, began drawing a line in front of the club at 11 a.m., growing to approximately 700 people queuing up in hopes of attending the performance at the 500-capacity venue. The club’s website listed the night’s performance as the Ataris with opening act Sederra, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

22 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »

- Andre Soares

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BBC Culture curates 100 best American films, courtesy of 62 international film critics

22 July 2015 5:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.

Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »

- Scott J. Davis

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Scratching our heads at the BBC's top 100 American Movies of All-Time

21 July 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First off, let's make one thing clear.  We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films.  That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25.  It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from.  There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this.  Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Citizen Kane' Tops BBC's List of "100 Greatest American Films", Where Does Your Favorite Landc

21 July 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »

- Jordan Benesh

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BBC Names 100 Greatest U.S. Films

21 July 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.

Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.

Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »

- Garth Franklin

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Hollywood Murder: Lapd Search for Gunman Who Shot Woman in Head Near Sunset Blvd

7 July 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Los Angeles police are investigating a seemingly random and brutal murder of a woman walking with her boyfriend in Hollywood earlier this week. Hollywood resident Carrie Jean Melvin, 30, was walking on McCadden Place toward Sunset Boulevard on Sunday shortly after 10 p.m. when an unidentified black male approached on foot from behind and shot her directly in the head with a shotgun, the Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide said. The suspect left northbound on McCadden Place in a black sedan. The circumstances and motive for this homicide are still under investigation, although authorities have said the crime appears. »

- Greg Gilman

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John Frankenheimer: A Remembrance

6 July 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director John Frankenheimer.

I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenheimer.

We instantly clicked the day we met at his home in Benedict Canyon, and spent most of the afternoon talking in his den. A friendship of sorts developed over the years, with visits to his office for screenings of the old Kinescopes he directed for shows like "Playhouse 90" during his salad days in live television during the 1950s.

We hadn't spoken for nearly a year in mid-2002 when the phone rang. It was John, who spoke in what can only be described as a "stentorian bark," like a general. "Alex!" he exclaimed. "John Frankenheimer." He could sense something was amiss with me. It was. My screenwriting career had stalled. My marriage was progressing to divorce. I had hit bottom. John knew that »

- The Hollywood

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'Franny' director Andrew Renzi plots next films

6 July 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Upcoming projects include a ‘reimagining’ of Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard.

Us director Andrew Renzi, whose feature debut Franny is showing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 3-11), is lining up his next projects, including a ‘reimagining’ of Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard.

Richard Gere, Theo James and Dakota Fanning star in Renzi’s debut Franny, in which a philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.

Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up the drama after its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 30-year-old director, whose 2014 documentary Fishtail about Montana cowboys also premiered at Tribeca and was then picked up by Netflix, will next return to Montana to film another documentary, this time about miners.  

Speaking to ScreenDaily following a Kv industry panel, director Renzi confirmed that he aims to shoot the documentary later this year or early next year with regular producing partner Andrew Corkin ([link »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

1 July 2015 6:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »

- Andre Soares

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A ‘Clueless’ Musical Is in the Works

27 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Cher Horowitz could leave Sunset Boulevard for Broadway. Clueless director Amy Heckerling confirms that not only is a Clueless stage show in the works, she’s already written the book. Find out what she had to say about the Clueless musical after the jump.  Heckerling discussed the Clueless musical plans to Et. She revealed it’ll be a […]

The post A ‘Clueless’ Musical Is in the Works appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Hollywood’s House of Blues Sets Official Closing Date

24 June 2015 9:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The farewell song for the House of Blues has been set for August 7. The iconic music venue on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood is closing after 21 years to make way for a mixed-use condo, hotel and entertainment facility. Beverly Hills concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc., owner of House of Blues Los Angeles Restaurant Corp., said 197 employees including bartenders, bussers, servers, directors, cooks, sales people, stage hands, managers and security would be laid off starting July 31, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. However, certain employees may be offered an opportunity to transfer to other Live Nation Entertainment operations. Also. »

- Debbie Emery

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12 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Mark Ruffalo

19 June 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Mark Ruffalo spent his twenties drifting through what he estimates as 600 failed auditions, and later quit Hollywood twice – but these days, he seems to have it all figured out. Especially since he was belted by gamma rays. "As an actor, you can do everything," says Ruffalo, 48, who’s following Avengers: Age of Ultron with a role as a bipolar dad in the indie drama Infinitely Polar Bear, opening in theaters today. "I grew up in the theater, and you could do a musical, a comedy, a tragedy. Those kind of »

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Rob Zombie to Direct Biopic About Groucho Marx's Final Years

18 June 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Rob Zombie will direct a new biopic about the final years of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, based on Steve Stoliar's memoir, Raised Eyebrows, which chronicled his time as Marx's personal secretary and archivist, Deadline reports.

The screenplay will be written by Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, and earned an Oscar nomination for 2009's The Messenger, which he wrote with Alessandro Camon. Zombie will also produce the film, along with Cold Iron Pictures' Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall and Andy Gould.

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Horror filmmaker Rob Zombie to direct Groucho Marx biopic

18 June 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When you think of a film about Groucho Marx, I’m sure the last director that comes to mind is horror filmmaker Rob Zombie. Well, prepare to be amazed because Deadline reported yesterday that Rob Zombie will in fact be directing a Groucho Marx biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, written by Steve Stoliar. The book chronicles Groucho Marx’s last years through the eyes of Stoliar, who served as Groucho’s personal secretary and archivist. The film will be written by Oren Moverman, co-writer of the recent Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy.

Being known primarily as a heavy metal musician and creator of crazy horror films, Zombie is certainly an odd choice to direct a film about one of the greatest comic minds in history. Deadline revealed why Zombie chose this project: “I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan »

- Sarah

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The Minions Take Over The Cinerama Dome At ArcLight Hollywood

18 June 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Pacific Theatres announced today the launch of the Minions Takeover of ArcLight Hollywood in support of Illumination and Universal’s upcoming Minions, which will be released in theaters across the country on July 10, 2015. From now until July 16, Kevin, Stuart and Bob—Minion stars of the upcoming film—will reside atop Pacific Theatres’ Cinerama Dome.

The stunning results of a display that went up over the past week, the Minions Takeover required 2,000 hours of work, which included concept development, design, engineering, printing cutting and sewing. The Minions and their elusive banana may be seen at the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, California, and a time-lapse video of the construction.

Statistics of the components of the Minions Takeover include:

The Cinerama Dome wrap required 4,166 square yards of fabric and weighs 2,500 pounds. Proud and protective Kevin is 50 feet tall and weighs 375 pounds. »

- Michelle McCue

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Rob Zombie to write and direct Groucho Marx biopic

18 June 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rockstar and horror director Rob Zombie looks to step away from his roots as he is set to write and direct a biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which details the final years of the life of legendary comedy actor Groucho Marx.

The memoirs, written by Steve Stoliar, details one fan’s journey from being a personal fan of the Marx Brother’s movies to living in Groucho’s house as his archivist and assistant. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. All of this lead of Stoliar’s hero being put to rest and his difficult further dealings with Erin Fleming, the woman in »

- Luke Owen

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Rob Zombie To Direct Groucho Marx Movie

18 June 2015 1:19 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

That’s probably the strangest title I have ever written, but yes, the twisted mind behind the likes of House of 1000 Corpses, two Halloween remakes, and Lords of Salem, Rob Zombie has gotten his hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, with an eye to direct, according to Deadline. Chronicling the last years of the legendary comedian's life, Stoliar’s book gives us a look at the time he spent as Marx’s personal secretary and archivist, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marx’s  brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, and Jack Lemmon, while butting heads with Erin Fleming, the frustrating woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life. The script is written by Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy’s Oren Moverman. This is certainly a different movie for Zombie, »

- (Tom White)

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