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Steve-o is about to lose his freedom for 30 days, but he hasn’t lost his sense of humor. And as he points out, he hasn’t lost his edge. The “Jackass” star (real name: Stephen Glover) announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he has been sentenced to 30 days in Los Angeles County Jail for an August protest of SeaWorld, during which he climbed a 100-foot crane over Sunset Blvd. with an inflatable whale. The celebrity daredevil cited the sentencing as proof that he still knows how to push limits. “I just got sentenced to 30 days in La County jail, and this is what. »
- Tim Kenneally
The highly anticipated Integrated Arts & Media and Stockholm Pictures feature-film American Violence has set its VOD and digital release date. The nail biting rollercoaster action-thriller movie, starring Dominican Republic actress Katherine Castro, is being released on all digital platforms through Premier Entertainment Group and eOne Entertainment on December 8th, 2015.
Written and directed by Brent Conley, and produced by Adric Braithwaite, American Violence follows a crooked police that plague the city and a Russian mafia family who is at war with a Mexican cartel group for drug laundering. However, little do these two families know that these chain of events will lead to their own demise by the hands of the notorious serial killer. Watch the latest American Violence teaser trailer here…
- Gary Collinson
'Sunset Blvd.': Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did you become involved in this Charles Brackett project? And what did your editorial job entail? I discovered the diaries about six years ago when I was asked by Brackett's grandson, Jim Moore, to place a financial value on them during the process of his donating them to the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was clear to me that these diaries had not only considerable financial worth, but also, and perhaps more importantly, they were primary resources in the study of Hollywood history. Happily, Charles Brackett's family (who own the copyright) gave permission for me to edit the diaries, »
- Andre Soares
Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Hollywood diarist and Billy Wilder's co-screenwriter (1936–1949) and producer (1945–1949). Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in the whole story. That's one key reason why the Charles Brackett diaries are such a great read. Through Brackett's vantage point, they offer a welcome – and unique – glimpse into the collaborative efforts that resulted in »
- Andre Soares
Genre production, finance, and distribution studio Epic Pictures Group has announced the hiring of Robin Jones as its new Development and Production Executive. Jones will be part of the company’s commitment to producing “unique, unconventional, and vision-driven” projects, working closely with directors and writers to bring those projects into production. She’ll work out of the company’s Sunset Blvd. offices, reporting directly to Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald and… »
Lloyd Price will direct a limited run of 43 performances from April 1 until May 7, 2016. The Eno orchestra will also appear on stage alongside the cast in the semi-staged production.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said of the new production: "I am thrilled that London audiences will »
Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd. with Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). More detailed information further below. Post-split years Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), the Best Picture Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), and One Two Three (1961), notable as James Cagney's last film (until a brief comeback in Milos Forman's Ragtime two decades later). Although some of these movies were quite well received, Wilder's later efforts – which also included The Seven Year Itch »
- Andre Soares
The tailoring is more consistent than the storytelling in “The Dressmaker,” an appreciably deranged tale of small-town intrigue that finds Australian filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse returning quite literally with a vengeance after a nearly 20-year absence from the director’s chair. Starring Kate Winslet as a spirited 1950s haute-couturist who decides it’s time to return to her miserable hometown and give the place a little color (mostly red), this insistently quirky comedy-thriller-mystery-horror-revenge saga serves up an ugly human menagerie of ghouls and grotesques — every one of them contributing a different patch to a crazy quilt of murder, adultery, repression and madness. A work of shrill, campy excess as well as some pretty choice acting (especially from the always-welcome Judy Davis in a spry supporting role), Moorhouse’s adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel may lead audiences to expect a primmer, more well-behaved movie based on its title alone, but that »
- Justin Chang
Tom Hardy is bang-on as both Ronnie and Reggie in a cartoonish but entertaining account of the Kray twins’ East End reign
Any retelling of the over-mythologised Kray twins’ tale walks a thin line between the glamorised cliches of Ronnie and Reggie nostalgia and the pin-sharp parody of Monty Python’s Piranha brothers’ Doug and Dinsdale sketch. A “combination of violence and sarcasm” fuelled the Piranhas’ reign of terror, and the same could be said of these latest screen Krays, with writer-director Brian Helgeland deploying much deadpan humour amid the beatings, stabbings and shootings of East End folklore.
Hinging on the double-barrelled blast of Tom Hardy’s bang-on central performance(s), Legend is a brash, cartoonish affair, happy to bask in the reflected glory of its subjects’ bizarre cultural icon status. With an eye on the international market, Helgeland (who co-wrote the screenplay for La Confidential) tips his hat to Scarface, »
- Mark Kermode
Awards consultant Alexis Persyko died of colon cancer August 27 in Marina del Rey, Calif.. She was 38.
Persyko worked on awards campaigns for Paramount, Disney, and Sony, where she met her wife, Nancy Tate. Born in Vancouver, B.C., she was raised in San Francisco and moved to Los Angeles ten years ago. While on the awards team at Disney, the studio won Best Animated Motion Picture for “Ratatouille,””Wall-e,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Up.” She also worked on campaigns for films including “World Trade Center,” “Moneyball,” “Captain Phillips,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “American Hustle.”
- Variety Staff
★★★☆☆ Set in 1920 and loosely inspired by the life of infamous soprano Florence Foster Jenkins, Marguerite (2015) is Xavier Giannoli's follow up to disappointing Superstar, which was in competition at Venice three years ago. Marguerite's main characters are wannabes who ultimately find themselves trapped in their own delusions. Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot) is an untalented opera singer who believes she has a wonderful voice, regularly performing for her aristocratic friends and behaving like a diva for her butler and amateur photographer Madelbos (Denis Mpunga). In this, she is a classic Giannoli character who falls victim to their own false beliefs.
Marguerite's rendition of Mozart's Queen of the Night sees her squawking throughout the whole aria, in one of the most hilarious, albeit ear-shattering, sequences seen in Venice so far and transformed what looked to be stiff period film into something altogether different. Marguerite is undeniably, and irreparably, tone-deaf, but »
- CineVue UK
David M. Rosenthal directed the sexy psycho-thriller penned by Tyger Williams, the scribe behind “Menace II Society.” Although “The Perfect Guy” features three African American leads, Rosenthal said that he identified the cast as professionally-trained actors first.
“I don’t think any of us thought about race when we did this,” Rosenthal told Variety. “I think we were just making a movie and it was just about people in a place and relationships. It was refreshing to not put it in that context and not put a label on it. The studios wanted to do that and the actors wanted to do that, and ultimately, it sells.”
The film follows a woman (Lathan) who is stalked by an ex-boyfriend (Ealy), while »
- Mannie Holmes
Just weeks after leaving rehab, NBA star Ty Lawson has returned to the Hollywood club scene ... only smarter ... this time, leaving as a Passenger in a waiting ride, TMZ Sports has learned. The Houston Rockets star -- who was arrested for DUI back in July and in January -- was leaving Warwick on Sunset Blvd. around 1:40 Am ... but appeared completely sober. It's not illegal for Lawson to be around booze -- he's just not »
- TMZ Staff
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
Netflix has signed a big office lease in Hollywood that matches its big Hollywood content ambitions. The streaming video company has signed a 200,000-square-foot lease in the Icon office tower at Sunset Bronson Studios on Sunset Boulevard. The deal, which more than doubles the space Netflix currently leases in Beverly Hills, is the largest office lease in square footage to-date in Hollywood. "Netflix's decision to relocate and expand at Hudson Pacific Properties' beautifully designed Icon office tower reaffirms that Los Angeles remains the nexus for innovative tech and creative companies, and that the future
- Natalie Jarvey
You may not realize how many great movies there are on Netflix right now, including brilliant documentaries about sushi masters, mass murderers and Bob Marley, and tons of movie classics you've always meant to watch, like "Sunset Blvd." and "The French Connection."
Prepare to add all of these to your queue, as well as terrific movies you probably missed from last year, including "Chef" and "Nightcrawler." That's right, you have no life anymore, just this list of movies you need to watch Now.
- Sharon Knolle
Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten years, here are 12 legendary choreographers who have (literally) given shape to Broadway as we know it. Bob AvianA frequent collaborator of Michael Bennett’s, Avian began his career as a dancer in shows like “West Side Story” and “Funny Girl,” and later became a choreographer, producer, and director in his own right. He shared 1976 and 1979 Tony Awards with Bennett for their work on “A Chorus Line” and “Ballroom,” respectively, and was nominated for his solo choreography in “Miss Saigon” (1991) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1994). Michael BennettThis great choreographer debuted on Broadway with (very) short-lived musicals “A Joyful Noise” in 1966 and “Henry, Sweet Henry” in 1967, before hitting it big with the Jerry Orbach-starring “Promises, Promises” in 1968. He partnered with Stephen Sondheim in the early 1970s for “Company” and “Follies, »
Steve-o's human King Kong stunt atop a Hollywood crane earlier this month could land him in jail -- the Jackass star's been hit with 5 misdemeanors. The L.A. City Attorney charged Steve for creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing and possession of fireworks without permit, and trespassing. Cops responded to calls that a jumper had climbed a construction site crane over Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 9 -- but eventually realized it was »
- TMZ Staff
You've heard from athletes, pundits ... even Rush Limbaugh ... but now the question -- how does Kevin Federline feel about James Harrison's anti-participation trophy stance?? He Loves It!!! We were talkin' football with Federleezy on his way out of Boa Steakhouse on Sunset Blvd. when he applauded the NFL star for making his kids give their trophies back. K-Fed knows a little something about parenting ... he's got 6 kids ... and says it's important that all of »
- TMZ Staff
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