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CBS TV Inks Overall with ‘Jane the Virgin’ Director Brad Silberling

22 October 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brad Silberling, the writer-director-producer who helmed the pilots of CW’s “Reign” and “Jane the Virgin,” has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, Variety has learned.

Aside from “Jane” and “Reign,” both of which hail from CBS TV Studios, Silberling also recently directed the half-hour pilot “Down Dog” for Amazon with Bob Cooper producing. Silberling is also known for writing and directing the film “Moonlight Mile” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman and directing films “City of Angels” and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

He is represented by UTA, Mosaic and Hansen Jacobsen.


- Whitney Friedlander

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‘Lemony Snicket's’ Director Brad Silberling Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV

22 October 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Prolific film and television director and producer Brad Silberling has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the two-year pact, Silberling will develop and produce projects for the studio. Silberling's credits include directing the film's “City of Angels,” “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,” 10 Items or Less” and “Moonlight Mile,” which he also wrote. See photos: Fall TV Preview: 85 New and Returning Shows On the television side, he directed CW's “Jane the Virgin” pilot, more than 20 episodes of “Reign” and “NYPD Blue,” among many others. He just directed the half-hour pilot “Down Dog” for Amazon with Bob. »

- Jethro Nededog

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NCIS: Los Angeles: Season Six Ratings

21 October 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

For the first time, CBS has scheduled NCIS: Los Angeles on Monday nights -- without strong lead-in NCIS and opposite The Blacklist and Castle. The show's ratings declined last season. Will they fall further or miraculously start to grow? Cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? Stay tuned.

Based in the City of Angels, NCIS: Los Angeles follows the members of an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), one that specializes in undercover assignments. This drama stars Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa, Renée Felice Smith, and Miguel Ferrer.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the »


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Kim Basinger Joins The Nice Guys

21 October 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

La Confidential reunion klaxon! All right, so it’s just Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe from the crime classic that will share the screen once again, but it is for another period piece set in a dangerous time for the City of Angels. The actress has joined the cast of Shane Black’s new thriller, The Nice Guys.Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Ryan Gosling will be wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.Margaret Qualley, who was recently seen in HBO drama The Leftovers, »

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‘The Fade Out’ #2 demonstrates a mastery of the noir genre

11 October 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


The Fade Out #2

Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artist: Sean Phillips

Publisher: Image Comics

Using the murder of a Hollywood starlet as a catalyst to expose the web of dark secrets that runs through the City of Angels, the award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have put together the most intriguing comic of 2014. Brubaker & Phillips’ new crime noir is just getting started but its already destined to be a cult classic. Brubaker’s name has been synonymous with the noir genre from the very start of his career, but The Fade Out is different from his books that came before it. Set in the Hollywoodland era of the 1940s, with painstaking attention to historical detail, The Fade Out relishes in classic Hollywood tropes – so much so – that every page looks like a storyboard from an Anthony Mann film. This is clearly, a labor of love from its creative team who »

- Ricky

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Nyff 2014: ‘Inherent Vice’ suffers only against Paul Thomas Anderson’s past work

6 October 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Inherent Vice

Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

USA, 2014

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.

With Inherent Vice, Anderson adapts Thomas Pynchon’s novel of 1970 Los Angeles, wherein Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) works as the city’s most doped-up private investigator. »

- Mark Young

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'Inherent Vice,' 'Nightcrawler' cinematographer Robert Elswit shoots an 'unusual Los Angeles'

6 October 2014 9:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Between Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," you're going to be seeing a lot of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit's work this year. Not only that, but you're going to be seeing a lot of Los Angeles location work in these films that showcases areas and eras of the city unique to the silver screen. When Elswit rang me up from London, where he's currently shooting the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film with director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise, I found it a little difficult to keep from going long on all of this. Few DPs have had the opportunity to play with the City of Angels in such specific ways. Much of that is owed to Elswit's collaboration with Anderson, which has sketched the city, particularly the San Fernando Valley, almost as a character in films like "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Punch Drunk Love. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Thought Sharknado was terrifying? Well now comes ‘Lavalantula’!!!

23 September 2014 1:32 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Giant lava breathing tarantulas – Lavalantulas – erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles, in the just-announced Syfy Original Movie Lavalantula, premiering in Summer 2015. Who will save us from the terrifying and deadly spider invasion? How about Steve Guttenberg and his cast-mates from Police Academy?

With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up ‘90s action hero actor, played by Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner) – joined by Police Academy alumni Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy) and Michael Winslow (Police Academy: The Series) — stand in the way of this monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty creatures who burn their victims alive.

Currently in production in Los Angeles, Lavalantula also co-stars Nia Peeples (The Young and the Restless) and Ralph Garman (Kroq/La DJ) and is directed by Mike Mendez, who won a Saturn Award for helming another giant-creature feature, Big Ass Spiders. »

- Phil Wheat

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Big Ass Spider Director to Now Unleash the Lavalantula

22 September 2014 9:58 PM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Big Ass Spider director Mike Mendez is moving on to a new form of arachnid: The Lavalantula. Shooting is underway in Los Angeles on this SyFy original creature feature.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film concerns... eight-legged creatures erupt out of ancient volcanoes in the Santa Monica mountains and attempt to destroy Los Angeles.Cue the washed-up '90s action hero character, played by Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner), determined to save the City of Angels.

The post Big Ass Spider Director to Now Unleash the Lavalantula appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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'Police Academy' Stars Reunite for Syfy's 'Lavalantula'!

22 September 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the success of their sequel Sharknado 2: The Second One this summer, Syfy has announced their next original movie, entitled Lavalantula, which will bring together original Police Academy stars Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow. As you can probably guess from the title, Lavalantula centers on a group of massive, lava-breathing tarantulas that descend upon Los Angeles from the Santa Monica Mountains.

Take a look at the first poster below, then read on for more details in the official press release:

Giant lava breathing tarantulas - Lavalantula - erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles, in the new Syfy Original Movie Lavalantula, premiering in Summer 2015.

With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up '90s action hero actor, played by Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner) - joined by Police Academy alumni Leslie Easterbrook »

- MovieWeb

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Veronica Ferres Joins ‘Pay The Ghost'; ‘Awkward’s Brett Davern Heads To ‘Stanford'; ‘Namour’ Sets Cast

4 September 2014 4:49 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

German actress Veronica Ferres (Sans famille, Les Misérables, Schtonk) has joined the cast of Pay the Ghost, the Nicolas Cage supernatural thriller set to start lensing this week in Toronto. German helmer Uli Edel (The Baader Minhof Complex) is helming the pic, about a professor (Cage) who reunites with his estranged wife to track down the vengeful ghost who took their son years ago during a Halloween parade. Ferres will play a fellow professor and mentor to Cage who helps in the parents’ search for their child. The veteran actress has been making her way stateside in films like Adam Resurrected opposite Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe and the upcoming the Toronto title Hector and the Search for Happiness, opposite Simon Pegg. Script is by Dan Kay, based on the short story by novelist Tim Lebbon. Voltage will be selling the film at Tiff. Ferres is repped by Resolution.

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- Jen Yamato

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Social Media Week To Return To Los Angeles On September 22nd

4 September 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Angels will play host to a digital media symposium when Social Media Week Los Angeles (Smwla) returns to town. As in previous years, the week-long event will feature dozens of keynotes, panels, and workshops that hope to inspire and educate attendees about the best ways to harness the power of social media. This year, Smwla will run between September 22nd and September 26th at various locations across the city, but with a focus at the shiny new Smwla headquarters The Broad Stage Theater in Santa Monica. A few of the notable presentations on tap include a panel with HelloGiggles co-founder Sophia Rossi, an "Innovation Expo" hosted by M&C Saatchi, a conversation with Tim Hwang of Imgur, and a discussion with Nancy Frates, whose son Pete recently turned the Als ice bucket challenge into a social media phenomenon. Plus, there's »

- Sam Gutelle

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John Carpenter’s Asylum Comic Book Series Collected in Graphic Novel

25 August 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Father Daniel Beckett fights on God’s side of the battle between heaven and hell, but his work takes him closer to the Devil than it ever has to his boss up above. From legendary writer/director John Carpenter, the Asylum comic book series sees a group of humans going up against Lucifer’s demons, and now the six issue series is being collected in a graphic novel from Storm King Productions.

(Hollywood, CA-August 22, 2014) — “Storm King Productions announced today the graphic novel release of their six issue horror comic series John Carpenter’s Asylum. There will be three versions of the book, including a limited run collectors’ edition, only available through the publisher, a hardcover edition (Isbn 978-0-9853258-8-6/SEP141622) in time for the holidays, and a softcover version (Isbn 978-0-9853258-7-9/AUG141656) that will hit stores in October. Writer, publisher movie producer Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, »

- Derek Anderson

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Favorites Of The Moon | Blu-Ray Review

12 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After a new print screened at the 2014 City of Lights City of Angels Festival earlier this spring, Cohen Media Group has released a digitally remastered Blu-ray of Otar Iosseliani’s 1984 classic yet elusive title, Favorites of the Moon. Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Venice International Film Festival, the film, along with most of the Georgian filmmaker’s titles, have long been unavailable to U.S. audiences, a shame considering his prolific stature and important body of work that subversively undermines frameworks within the dominant culture he’s navigating as an exiled dissident.

Taking its title from Shakespeare’s Henry IV describing thieves, “Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, favorites of the moon,” Iosseliani expounds on the same motif, casting all of humanity in the shade of the moon, a symbol of disorder, chaos and unrest. In essence, the plot is a roundelay, utilizing a set of »

- Nicholas Bell

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Fantasia 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ is a smartly directed, grisly tale about chasing one’s dreams

2 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Starry Eyes

Written and directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer

U.S.A., 2014

Sometimes a person wants something so badly they are willing to go to extreme lengths in order to live their dream. It compels them, drawing them in like hypnosis. They feel incomplete and unfulfilled if they fail in their self-ordained mission to reach whatever goal they set their eyes on. Some things require more commitment than others. Visiting a coveted destination requires but some funds and a passport. Staying in shape is a little trickier because of the consistent demand of time and energy. Changing jobs can be another, but trying to land steady career in a field as treacherous and unsecure as acting is a whole different ballgame. In the latest American independent horror film Starry Eyes, from the directing duo of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, viewers are taken on a fantastical and nightmarish »

- Edgar Chaput

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Costume Designer Janie Bryant on ‘Mad Men’s’ Timeless Style

31 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A leggy starlet with a headful of hair-sprayed curls emerges from her convertible to welcome a grizzled, yet handsome man after his long flight.

The message to “Mad Men” viewers watching the AMC show’s season opener is clear: It sure didn’t take long for Megan Draper to adjust to life in the City of Angels.

What helped make the scene so memorable was the ice blue, itsy bitsy, teeny weeny babydoll dress worn by actress Jessica Pare.

Aside from causing fashionista fan girls to swoon across the Twittersphere, the episode also garnered costume designer Janie Bryant and her team an Emmy nod — Bryant’s fourth for the series and a category she won (with Le Dawson) in 2005 for “Deadwood.”

“We wanted to give Megan an amazing dramatic entrance,” Bryant says. “That was actually a vintage dress that I used. I loved it because it was the color of the sky, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Jake Gyllenhaal prowls the streets of Los Angeles in 'Nightcrawler' trailer

23 July 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Man, I am out-of-control jazzed for Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler." In the space of a week, it's gone from a minor curiosity (I've been intrigued by the premise all along) to one of my most anticipated films of the fall. And on the heels of that clever viral video that went out last weekend, the trailer for the Toronto-bound Jake Gyllenhaal film has brought me right up to the brink: I want to see this Now. Gyllenhaal stars in the thriller as Louis Bloom, a driven young man who stumbles upon the underground world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Off the bat, it obviously looks like a fantastic showcase for Gyllenhaal, who has poured a ton of commitment into the role by dropping a bunch of weight and diving into it with intensity. But it also looks like it could be a great "L.A. film," using the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed by Beetles

22 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's the ultimate play on words.

By: CBS News

It's the ultimate play on words.

A memorial pine tree dedicated to late Beatles star George Harrison has been infested and destroyed by beetles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper's digital managing editor Jimmy Orr shared a photo of the dedication plaque for Harrison, which had been positioned in front of the tree:

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Harrison, often nicknamed the "Quiet Beatle," died in Beverly Hills in 2001 after battling lung cancer. He was 58.

The 10-foot-tall sapling was located at the base of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and had been dedicated to the Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artist on Feb. 22, 2004, on what was officially declared by the city as "George Harrison Day."

"George Harrison was and always will be one of our favorite Angelinos," Los Angeles city councilman Tom Labonge said at the time of the tree's unveiling. "And, sadly »

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Film Review: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

17 July 2014 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The title may imply heightened scope and stakes, but only the premise is out of order in “The Purge: Anarchy,” a swiftly delivered, surprise-free sequel to 2013′s economical sleeper hit. Moving out of the home and into the streets, writer-helmer James DeMonaco’s noisy follow-up shifts genre gears slightly, largely abandoning domestic-invasion horror for an urban-thriller template that notionally expands on the first film’s sketchy class satire. Success, however, has bred self-seriousness in this probable franchise, as “Anarchy” uses an expanded running time to pontificate emptily on the sociopolitical implications of its still-ludicrous allegorical setup — a future America in which all crime is legalized for one night a year — at the expense of any whopping B-movie jolts. Nevertheless, considering the scarcity of comparable genre fare in theaters, plus the first film’s growing profile in ancillary, this nasty annual event is probably good for at least one more year. »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Constantine’: Producers Talk Casting Zed, Bisexuality and Smoking

13 July 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Latina actress Angélica Celaya has been cast in “Constantine” as comic book character Zed, the NBC show’s executive producers confirmed at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour Sunday.

Celaya’s Zed will replace Liv (Lucy Griffiths) as the female lead of the show following the pilot.

In the comics, Mary “Zed” Martin is an artist who becomes John Constantine’s lover and joins his fight against the forces of darkness.

Constantine” hails from David S. Goyer, Neil Marshall and Daniel Cerone. Matt Ryan stars as the titular hero, Harold Perrineau Jr. and Charles Halford co-star.

On Griffiths’ exit, Cerone said, “Pilots are great because they’re a bit of a litmus test, we get to figure out what works and what doesn’t … Liv is a great character, she’s wide-eyed, she’s reactive, [but] we felt a bit hamstrung by her, frankly.” Liv was a character invented specifically for the show, »

- Laura Prudom

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