17 items from 2015
The first trailer for the much-anticipated “Walking Dead” finale aired Sunday night, showing Los Angeles as the center of a deadly virus. “Morning Los Angeles, hope you got your flu shot,” the radio host says at the open of the 15-second trailer, alerting La citizens a virus is swirling around 5 states and headed for the City of Angels. A zombie looking man then appears in a pitch-black tunnel, apparently in La. Also Read: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale Review: A New Danger Lurks Outside Alexandria’s Walls On Sunday night, the expanded 90-minute fifth season finale of “The Walking Dead” wrapped, »
- Jordan Chariton
Written by Steven Ritch
Directed by Hubert Cornfield
It is a wet, late night. Raindrops fall down on the sleepy Utah countryside like a hail of bullets on a battlefield. Five men in two trucks drive silently to a mysterious location, each wrestling internally with the rising tension befitting a major heist scheme. They are Eddie (Gene Raymond), Commando (Wayne Morris), Skeets (Elisha Cook Jr.), Roly (Stafford Repp) and Frankie (Steven Ritch, who also serves as screenwriter). Amidst the impressive storm they successfully halt a speeding train, blow up the outside wall to one of its cars and make away from a hefty sum of gold bullion. This is but the first part of their plan, for now the group must traverse police roadblocks along the way to the City of Angels, all while under the guise of various types of truck drivers (liquid chemical transportation, »
- Edgar Chaput
Mama's got her hands full! Kourtney Kardashian was spotted running errands with her adorable daughter, Penelope Disick, earlier today near her home in Calabasas. The mother of three donned workout clothing for the outing and managed to make balancing a toddler and a handbag look like a piece of cake. The eldest of the Kardashian sisters has been out and about after taking some time to focus on her second son, Reign Aston Disick, who was born this past December. Kourtney was seen grabbing lunch with her longtime partner Scott Disick yesterday, wearing a pair of flattering skinny jeans, nude pumps and a matching tank top. And even though it was fairly warm in the City of Angels, the »
Watch out for zombies, Los Angeles! The Walking Dead is headed to the City of Angels in a spin-off series that will follow a new group of people affected by the zombie plague in California. AMC announced March 9 that it had picked up not one but two seasons of the new series, which will debut its six-episode first season in late summer 2015. The companion series will star Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia [...] »
After what seems like years of La-bashing, Lena Dunham may be trading in her New York hustle-and-bustle for a little bit of that City of Angels lifestyle. Rumors have been floating around that the Girls creator is about to close on an almost-$3-million-dollar house in Hollywood, which is a major change from her current digs in Brooklyn. The star isn't commenting on why she's making the switch, but it would make sense that she's finding herself in Tinseltown more and more these days. Either that or she found that a New York City without Beyoncé and Jay Z is not a New York City worth living in. Regardless, Dunham's legions of fans are no doubt sitting on pins and needles wondering »
Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart will soon have a claim to fame as two female superheroes. The YouTubers have teamed with Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen to bring the online video masses a reboot of the 1970’s TV show Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl tells the story of two superheroes who leave Akron, Ohio, for Los Angeles, California, to find better crime-fighting opportunities. However, the two women endowed with unique powers reach the City of Angels only to find far more competition (both internal and external) than they were expecting. Helbig will star as Electra Woman and Hart as Dyna Girl.
While the format and platform of the Electra Woman and Dyna Girl project is yet to be determined, Fullscreen is on board to release the project in the U.S., with Legendary Television Distribution handling global distribution. Music video director Chris Marrs Piliero is set to helm the project, »
- Bree Brouwer
What’s the Matter with Havana?: Cronenberg’s L.A. Story a Hot Mess of Tangled Ideas
Couched within its episodic instances of harpooning Hollywood stereotypes, there is a rather interesting tale in Maps to the Stars contending as a wobbly family saga of vacuous types tainted by their desperate attempts to maintain a certain visibility within celebrity culture. But it’s an idea lost in its own maddening attempt at actually engaging in the mythos pointedly laid out in its own subtext as pertains to provocative motifs like incest, nepotism, and (literally) ghosts from the past. The result is a maudlin brew of wacky circumstances and over-the-top flourishes that sometimes work, but, more often than not, fall flat the longer running the time wears on. While it very much feels like a Cronenbergian endeavor, its pointed critique of a particular empty headed culture ends up feeling like a series of wink-wink potshots, »
- Nicholas Bell
As part of Colcoa’s Focus on Filmmakers’ series, Hazanavicius – who currently has a couple projects in the U.S. — will present his latest film, the Cannes-competition player “The Search,” as well as his 2006 hit comedy “Oss 117, Cairo Nest of Spies” starring Jean Dujardin. “The Search” starred Berenice Bejo as a Ngo worker who forms a special bond with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.
Headed by Francois Truffart, Colcoa will also screen the restored version of Wim Wenders’s “Paris Texas,” which celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. The Palme d’Or winning movie will be presented in association with Argos Films and Janus Films. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Welcome to another horror round-up! Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon has added a few key cast members, the El Rey Network kicks off their 2nd annual ‘Rip Your Heart Out’ Marathon on Cupid’s big day next weekend, and Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre is hosting a special screening of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ cult classic Blood Feast at the end of the month, featuring a Skype interview with the prolific director and a food competition amongst attendees.
The Neon Demon: Deadline recently reported that Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote have joined the growing cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s in-development horror film, The Neon Demon. The roles of the new additions are not yet known. Elle Fanning and Abbey Lee will also star in the film, with Fanning set to play an “aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. »
- Derek Anderson
Chris Hemsworth is wealthy and famous, but the actor said those perks pale in comparison to one thing he received after to moving to Hollywood: love!
"The best thing I've got from coming to L.A. was meeting my wife – who is actually from Spain and who was lured here by Hollywood – and who I love very much," the "Thor" star ...
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Eating One’s Way To Enlightenment: Gabbert Follows Gold Down A Rabbit-Hole Of Crucial Cultural Cuisine
Everyone in Los Angeles knows that Jonathan Gold is the man you look to for advice on where to score the tastiest tacos, slurp down the most flavorful pho or best bet to brave the culinary possibilities of the notoriously gelatinous hagfish. The man knows his way around the various indigenous subsets blooming from the borders of a city known to most by its obnoxious sprawl and Hollywood gleam, and with genuine regard for the melting pot of immigrant communities cultivating their native dishes throughout his hometown, he connects paying customers to those fine inborn cooks who woefully deserve their patronage. Paying tribute to the beloved L.A. Times’ food critic, Laura Gabbert’s unadorned documentary portrait, City of Gold, explores Jonathan’s unequaled ethos as a cultural writer with a decidedly reserved aesthetic »
- Jordan M. Smith
New York City is the epicenter of almost all national television media: ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Ajam, Bloomberg, etc, not to mention a majority of major print and online publications. Los Angeles is the City of Angels. Philadelphia--some Flyers and Eagles fans notwithstanding--is the City of Brotherly Love. New York is the City of Media. So when the Storm of the Century is bearing down on said city, you can bet that the pre-game show leading up to the big event is going to be almost as big as the event itself. But upon waking up this morning and expecting no power and two feet of drifting snow outside the window here in North Jersey, the scene wasn't any different than the aftermath of an average storm that hit here 72 hours earlier. All told, that storm left about seven inches and didn't affect »
- Joe Concha
The “Hunger Games” duo will tackle the tragic true tale of Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre
“The Dive” tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air.
- Jeff Sneider
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
It’s not just that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies tend to defy any one genre description; it’s that, often, it seems as if the writer-director is trying to play with many genres simultaneously. The only reason that Boogie Nights isn’t the best drama of the 1990s is that it spends a lot of time trying to be the best comedy of the 1990s instead. So Anderson’s newest, Inherent Vice, is a departure in that it mostly sticks to one style (sun-drenched film noir) and one tone (absurdist comedy). It’s also a fine film, which suffers only when measured against the insanely high standard that Anderson’s past work has set.
- Mark Young
The feature film directorial debut from Writer/Director Richard Montoya is based on his award-winning play of the same name, originally produced at the Mark Taper Forum for Culture Clash. Water & Power – Shot over 12 extraordinary nights in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of two brothers nicknamed Water & Power by their hard-working father who was an irrigation field man for the famed Department of Water & Power of Los Angeles (Ladwp). From the blue-collar housing projects of the city’s Eastside to the very corridors of power where deals are made in the City of Angels – Water & Power explores a cautionary tale – with a [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Last summer it was revealed that Elle Fanning is lined up to star as Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s romantic period piece, A Storm in the Stars. In addition to her role as Shelley, the actress is now looking to be involved in another horror-related project from another acclaimed director, as it’s been revealed that Fanning is set to star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.
According to The Wrap, Elle Fanning is looking to star as an “aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise” in the female-centric horror film from Refn. Filming on The Neon Demon will begin early this year in Los Angeles, satisfying Nicolas Winding Refn’s desire to shoot another movie in the City of Angels (an itch he’s wanted to scratch since shooting 2011’s Drive).
It’s possible that The Neon Demon is »
- Derek Anderson
Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn looks poised to return to the neon-lit sidewalks, back alleys and pool halls of his cinematic Los Angeles for his next project, The Neon Demon. Announced late last year, the flick is still in the early stages – as he’s currently deep in development on I Walk With The Dead – but the casting calls have begun in earnest as Elle Fanning is in discussions to nab a role.
Described by the director as a bona fide horror about “vicious beauty,” The Neon Demon is set to orbit around an all-female cast within the City Of Angels. We can now add one name to that core cast, as The Wrap reports that Maleficent star Fanning is in negotiations for a role as “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.” It seems Refn couldn’t be happier to add the actress to his roster, »
- Gem Seddon
17 items from 2015
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