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When Only God Forgives premieres next month at Cannes, listen carefully. Some films are employing very strange instruments to get the sounds they want
Only God Forgives (2013)
What is it? It looks a bit like a large glockenspiel with sculpted metal tear drops attached.
Who built it? French instrument-makers and artists Bernard and François Baschet, in 1952.
How does it sound? It creates "a unique sense of melancholy and foreboding", says Cliff Martinez, the ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer who worked with Nicolas Winding Refn on the soundtracks for Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives – which also stars Ryan Gosling, and premieres at Cannes the week after next. Both scores rely on the Cristal Baschet, which Martinez first saw at MoMA in New York when he was 10.
How do you play it? Martinez says it is "an art object that doubles as an all-acoustic, experimental instrument played with moistened »
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The divas have returned, glory, glory, hallelujah!
If you missed the first season of R&B Divas, it’s a reality show conceived by Faith Evans about a group of, well, R&B divas, getting together to record an album, support each other, and be generally good people (sometimes). Even if you’re not a reality show fan, I can promise you that this one shows more genuine heart than most I’ve seen. While the first season, which aired last year, revolved around the record, this season is set up around the premise of: To Tour or Not To Tour, That is the Question.
The technical title is also now “R&B Divas Atlanta,” since there will also be a new “R&B Divas Los Angeles” airing this summer. But with no offense taken to the City of Angels, honey child, if you’re not in Atlanta, »
Filled with intrigue and suspense, the story follows a beautiful troubled former ingenue as she follows a path of possible self destruction … and that’s just the casting Lindsay Lohan.
The saga behind the making of Bret Easton Ellis’ modern-day film noir “The Canyons” is perhaps just as tawdry as the plot itself. Since the first day of shooting, “The Canyons” has been a dream come true for TMZ editors: naked scene shoots, screaming matches, porn stars and, of course, the media’s ever-present anticipation of Lohan’s next potential misstep.
Which begs the question: How do you market a film where the production overshadows the story?
First you have to have a writer, a producer and director willing to play with traditional concept of trailers. Then you given them some chutzpah.
But before there was marketing, there was financing, and the trio had to figure out a way to »
- Erin Maxwell
Director: Alison Ellwood.
Running Time: 120 minutes.
Synopsis: The life and times of super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.
Alison Ellwood’s in-depth examination is a celebration of the coming together of a band whom at first were a hodgepodge of other artists’ backing bandmates and wannabe, struggling songwriters, but who ultimately became a phenomenon and a voice for a generation. As always in such cases, a meteoric rise comes at a cost and all members bare the scars of a rollercoaster lifestyle on the road that was marred by egotistical arguments, substance abuse, revolving line-ups, and even greed and hate.
Having been inspired by the iconic Los Angeles music scene and travelling to the City Of Angels from their respective hometowns, guitarist Glenn Frey and drummer Don Henley vacated as part of Linda Ronstadt »
- Craig Hunter
Following several years of declines in the number of drama pilots shot in Los Angeles, the City of Angels staged a comeback this season with 14, reclaiming the top spot as the most popular drama pilot destination after falling for the first time to No. 3 last year behind New York and Vancouver. Los Angeles benefited from the increased overall pilot volume this season, housing 14 of this year’s 48 hourlong pilots, up from 8 (out of 41) last year and 11 (out of 42) the year before, and matching the 2010 haul of 14 pilots (out of 43). New York, fresh off luring back The Tonight Show, has become a comedy pilot magnet. The Big Apple already has solid comedy credentials on the cable side with FX’s Louie and HBO’s Girls, but I can’t think of any major half-hour broadcast pilot shot in New York since NBC’s 30 Rock, which just ended its seven-season run. This year, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Smash, Season 2, Episode 12: “Opening Night”
Directed by: Michael Morris
Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on NBC
When the term “opening night” is used in reference to a Broadway show or any type of theatre for that matter, it can evoke a nervous, edge of your seat feeling. Will the actors remember all their lines and cues? How will the press react? What will the audience think? Is it going to spark sold-out performances for the rest of its run? So when an episode of Smash titles itself “Opening Night” one can only hope it will be suspenseful and fill us (that tiny Smash audience that’s hanging on by the thinest piece of thread) with anxiety. But “Opening Night” completely fizzles out and lamely rests on plot lines Smash continues to rehash.
The cast of Hit List is invited by Eileen to attend the opening night of Bombshell, »
- Millicent Evans
On this week’s Smash, Bombshell finally opened (and the critics weighed in!), Ivy Lynn and Karen made crucial relationship decisions (and found time for unexpected/delightful bonding!), and speaking of (ahem) “bonding,” a naughty Tom got his freak on with…Kyle?!
Oh yes, Kyle, The Character Formerly Known as Gay Wallpaper (Tm pending), got himself a stylish haircut, a newly discovered set of cojones and apparently the ability to quietly seduce everybody’s favorite neophyte Broadway director! Color me shock’ed!
Without a doubt, though, this was Smash‘s very best episode this season — even with Leo back in the mix! »
- Michael Slezak
Tara Reid starring in an Asylum movie about a tornado filled with hungry sharks? Why am I not surprised? Read on to find out which stars of “Beverly Hills 90210” and the cult classic C.H.U.D. will be joining her when Sharknado touches down later this year.
Written by Thunder Levin (American Warships, Ae Apocalypse Earth) and helmed by Anthony C. Ferrante, director of The Asylum’s “pretty damned good horror movie” Hansel & Gretel, “The Jaws After Tomorrow,” aka Sharknado, sees Los Angeles devastated by a monster hurricane that leaves the streets flooded with shark-infested waters leading to the inevitable moment when a tornado sucks up the sharks, producing the world’s first man-eating F5 tornado.
Tara Reid of American Pie, The Big Lebowski, and considerable tabloid fame (at least until Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes stole all the headlines) leads the charge against this unholy predatory twister threatening the City of Angels. »
An expert at depicting dysfunctional relationships within Paris’ upper-class, Daniele Thompson could be Woody Allen’s French cousin.
(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)
Thompson is presenting her fifth comedy, “It Happened in Saint Tropez,” April 15 in Los Angeles as the opening night of Colcoa (the City of Lights, City of Angels film festival). She ventured into filmmaking at age 57, after three decades as a screenwriter with credits including “The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob,” written with her father, helmer Gerard Oury.
She also collaborated with directors on the scripts of such French pics as Patrice Chereau’s “Queen Margot,” which won two prizes at Cannes, and earned an Oscar nom for her work on Jean-Charles Tacchella’s “Cousin, Cousine.”
Her most high-concept comedy, “Saint-Tropez” centers on a dysfunctional Jewish family and two estranged brothers who must reunite for a funeral scheduled the same weekend as a wedding. »
- Elsa Keslassy
City of Lights, City of Angels, L.A.’s annual French film showcase, has always been about maintaining a bridge between Hollywood and Paris. As such, the weeklong event has doubled as one continuous networking opportunity for a certain segment of the biz, and for the 17th edition, it’s even more so.
“Up until now we mostly focused on distributors and we realized that there was a gap we needed to fill as more American producers are looking for new talent, co-production opportunities, or are just eager to learn more about how business in done in France,” says Francois Truffart, the fest’s exec producer and artistic director. “Colcoa has become a good place to scout for remakes, we hope it can also give birth to co-productions going forward.”
This year’s featured producer is Les Films des Tournelles founder Anne-Dominique Toussaint, who boasts two entries at this year »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is nearly upon us with an April 9th opening looming, so we thought we'd give you a little preview of the awesome films coming to the City of Angels. Unfortunately, I won't be in Los Angeles to cover the festival first hand, but I will be presenting a few new reviews for the festival as the week wears on. In the meantime, I've prepared a small list of features that are definitely worth checking out, including links to Twitch reviews from festivals past.Gangs of WasseypurIFFLA's opening night gala screening is Anurag Kashyap's crime epic Gangs of Wasseypur, which will be shown over two nights. We've written plenty about the film here, but I decided to add a little...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Justin Bieber recently took a break from the European leg of his "Believe" tour to return to Los Angeles. He was in the City of Angels long enough to get in a fight with his neighbor and have police investigate him for battery, but it seems as though there was another important item on his agenda.
A source for Us Weekly saw Bieber visit his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez' house in La, arriving at around 3:30 p.m. on March 27 and staying with the "Spring Breakers" star for about an hour. What could they have talked about during that time? Here are some speculations.
He was upset about her David Letterman interview
Gomez had an oh, snap moment when she visited David Letterman recently and admitted that she made Bieber cry. Maybe Bieber wasn't very happy about her "I'm single, I'm so good" mentality and wanted to have some words »
Hollywood's annual French film festival, Col•Coa (City of Lights, City of Angels), has released the complete features lineup today as a follow-up to last week's reveal of the short films. The festival runs from April 15-22 and will include 38 features and 19 new shorts. The festival will open with "It Happened in Saint-Tropez", the new comedy directed by Danièle Thompson which was co-written by Thompson and Christopher Thompson. The film is centered on a family who have to host a funeral and marriage on the same day, brewing up domestic conflicts while opening the door for forgiveness and love. The film stars Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Lou de Laâge and Eric Elmosnino. Read below for the full feature lineup in alphabetical order: 11.6 / 11.6 Directed by: Philippe Godeau Written by: Philippe Godeau, Agnès De Sacy A Few Hours Of Spring / Quelques heures de printemps Directed by: Stéphane Brizé Written by: Stéphane Brizé, »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Having seen my fair share of dinosaur movies made for Syfy and even by The Asylum, I can only marvel at the quality of most of the dino f/x on display in the trailer for The Asylum’s Age of Dinosaurs.
They may not quite be Jurassic Park quality, but damn, this really does look like it’s going to be a lot of fun if you love rampaging dino flicks. See for yourself.
Either The Asylum spent more money on Age of Dinosaurs than they typically do on their productions or director Joseph Lawson is once again proving why he’s the top inmate at The Asylum. Having already given us a fairly solid fantasy flick in the form of the lawsuit-baiting Age of the Hobbits Aka Lord of the Elves Aka Clash of the Empires Aka better than it had any given right to be, as well »
City of Lights, City of Angels (running at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood from from April 15 to 22) has confirmed its 2013 program of documentary features and short films, whetting our appetite with a few of its titles before the entire lineup is announced March 27. Three films will round out Col-coa’s French documentaries: Bruno LeBlanc’s “The Sons of Wind,” about the followers of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt; “Becoming Traviata,” writer/director Philippe Béziat’s look at a modern staging of the titular Verdi opera; and Sébastien Lifshitz’s César-award winning “The Invisibles,” a doc tracing the milieu of homosexual society in France from the post-war to the present. Read The Hollywood Reporter’s review of “The Invisibles” from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival here. Along with 19 other shorts in competition, the French film festival will also premiere Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's short film follow-up to their Oscar-nominated “The Intouchables »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A week before announcing the full line up of films in competition at the Col•Coa (City of Lights, City of Angels) awards, Hollywood's annual French film festival has revealed some of the titles slated to play during the 17th edition. Following their win of the festival's 2012 audience award, "The Intouchables" directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano will return to Hollywood to kick off the short films competition with their new short "Clean," starring Laurent Lafitte. Other additions to the lineup include the North American premiere of "The Sons of Wind," Bruno Le Blanc's documentary about the 'spiritual sons' of guitarist Django Reinhardt; "The Invisibles," winner of this year's Best Documentary César award, that traces the evolution of French society from the post-war to the present via the perspective of homosexuals; and "Becoming Traviata," an in depth look at the modern staging of Verdi's famous opera. The festival runs »
- Nigel M. Smith
★★★☆☆ A cursory glance at David Ayer's filmography will reveal his propensity for cop dramas, with previous work including such titles as 2001's Training Day (for which he wrote the screenplay) and 2008's Street Kings. The American director was back on the beat again last year for his latest flick, End of Watch (2012), a gritty action-thriller set in Los Angeles which owes much to two exceptional central performances. Our protagonists this time around are Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), partners and best buds who are duty-bound protect and serve the citizens of the 'City of Angels'.
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- CineVue UK
One of the horror genre's greatest and most beloved masters of horror, John Carpenter, is about to try his hand at producing his first ever comic book called John Carpenter's Asylum, and we have a look at the cover art for the first issue for ya!
Carpenter, his partner Sandy King, and actor Thomas Ian Griffith have created this new property coming from Storm King Productions and Diamond Comics. You'll be able to find it in stores starting May 2013.
There’s a war coming, and the battleground is the City of Angels. In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless…demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows. One man sees. One man walks those dark streets.
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- Uncle Creepy
Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) is a big ass exterminator; he’s good at his job, but he also wants more than he has. He just can’t figure out quite how to get it. He’s about to find out, however, when fate and ridiculously ineffective soldiers drop a Big Ass Spider on the City of Angels.
Really, it’s all up there in the title; a big ass spider movie by any other name would still just be a big ass spider movie and director Mike Mendez knows that. He doesn’t even make a pretense of trying to take his subject seriously - going straight for fun without crossing the line to camp. It’s a difficult dance at best, but Mendez treads it very carefully.
Mostly because he’s got a cast who knows exactly the effect he’s going for and is ready to play along. »
The City of Angels will be getting itself one hell of a devil appearing on stage as Carrie: The Musical is prepping to make its Los Angeles premiere this fall. From its infamous roots in the pantheon of terror, you've never seen a musical quite like this..,
Look for it September of 2013. Click here for details.
Twenty-five years after its spellbinding premiere shocked critics and audiences from London to New York, Carrie, the most legendary Broadway musical of all time, comes to Los Angeles for the very first time.
Based on the classic horror novel by Stephen King, and featuring a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), Carrie spins a classic tale of bloodsport and revenge.
A misfit at school, terrorized by her holier-than-thou mother at home, »
- Uncle Creepy
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