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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
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
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
“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
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
- The Associated Press
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...
- Paul Bradshaw
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.
- Variety Staff
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 »
- TMZ Staff
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
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
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. »
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. »
- Associated Press
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: »
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
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
- Aaron Couch
Roger Corman sat down with Conan O’Brien last week for a spirited interview (promoting his latest Sy-Fy spectacular, Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda) turning in a charismatic performance that provoked a reaction not unlike Dennis Hopper’s besotted appraisal of Dean Stockwell’s spaced-out lounge lizard in Blue Velvet:
“Suave? Goddamn, you are one suave fucker”.
Suave? Yep, that’s Roger.
O’Brien’s wide-ranging conversation with Corman proved that this storied filmmaker is nothing if not a treasure trove of great Hollywood tales, mainly because Roger himself has instigated so many of them. Not the least being the time he decided to drop acid to better direct The Trip, his 1967 psychedelic-psychodrama starring Peter Fonda and, appropriately enough, Dennis Hopper.
- Charlie Largent
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
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