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Daniel Crooke here. For the past two weeks, I've walled myself off from any pop cultural offering that doesn't include the letters Lgbt while working around the clock at Outfest Los Angeles, our seminal, international queer film festival here in the City of Angels. Naturally the only external filmic force strong enough to infiltrate this border includes the words Winona Ryder. Slay, queen, slay.
I too have taken a long, hungry taste of the ananchronistic (and extra-colorful) Kool-Aid that is Netflix's '80s-set Stranger Things, the sci-fi outing that investigates a humdrum Indiana small town as a local young 'un mysteriously disappears in their midsts without warning. Much has been made of the homage-heavy layers that bake into its Spielbergian, Carpenteresque, Lynchian, and Stephen King-adjacent baklava; although the reason it succeeds beyond the hat-tip recipe can be found within the rich, nitty gritty filling of its heart-achingly true familial dynamics, »
- Daniel Crooke
Their third team up after Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling take the lead in La La Land, director David Chazelle’s highly anticipated follow-up to Whiplash. A contemporary musical which tells the love story between struggling actress Mia (Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling) set against the backdrop of the City of Angels. The first trailer is here, giving us a look at this ambitious throwback to musicals of old, as well as showcasing the first single from the film, City of Stars, snag by Gosling himself. While it’s certainly a change of pace from Whiplash, La La Land looks utterly fantastic, echoing the lush colours and imagery from the numerous classics starring the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, all the while feeling refreshingly modern. Released: 16th December (U.S.)/13th January 2017 (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
"City of stars, are you shining just for me...?" Lionsgate has unveiled the first fantastic trailer for Damien Chazelle's new Los Angeles-set musical La La Land, and it's so totally wonderful. I love everything about this and can't wait to see it. Ryan Gosling stars as a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress, played by Emma Stone, in the City of Angels. There's lots of singing and dancing and it all fills me with such joy because this is the next film from Chazelle, who blew everyone away with Whiplash. The full cast includes J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sonoya Mizuno, Hemky Madera, Josh Pence and John Legend. This is one of those stop-what-you're-doing and watch this right now kind of trailers. Here's the first official trailer for Damien Chazelle's La La Land, originally from EW.com: The song heard in the trailer, titled "City »
- Alex Billington
A movie starring two YouTubers will make its money back in iTunes sales, regardless of its quality. That may sound like a good thing, but it’s not if you’re an online content creator looking to transition into traditional Hollywood projects and shake your reputation as a one-trick pony. Speaking from the sixth VidCon, the annual convention for digital content creators and their fans, creator Jimmy Wong is uncertain about his and others’ crossover prospects.
“It’s really hard to transition YouTube stars into traditional acting roles,” says Wong, who rose to YouTube fame with his viral hit “Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song” — a timely response to an ugly, racist video rant.
Read More: Diversity is Thriving on YouTube and Four More Reasons to Be Excited for VidCon 2016
Wong is a filmmaker at RocketJump, a digital movie studio and YouTube channel that also hosts original content on its website. »
- Jude Dry
HBO’s “Hard Knocks” isn’t the only TV show chronicling the Rams during their inaugural season in Los Angeles. The team, which moved to L.A. from St. Louis, Missouri, during the off-season, is the focus of an upcoming E! docu-series, the network announced Wednesday. Titled “Hollywood & Football,” the six-episode series follows the players and their families as they acclimate to their new home in the City of Angels. Also Read: La Rams Take Qb Jared Goff as First Pick in 2016 NFL Draft “We are excited to take viewers inside the exclusive lifestyles of these top athletes and their »
- Debbie Emery
The Independence Day weekend tends not to be a big one for specialized audiences. Upscale viewers, particularly in the biggest cities, often pursue other interests, many of them out of town. But prime theaters still need new product, offering opportunities for new releases to take their shot.
The best among the limited openers this weekend was the Polish-French nun story “The Innocents” (Music Box), bucking the recent trend of weak subtitled films. Next best among the limited new releases was the heart-tugging Sundance autism documentary “Life, Animated” (The Orchard) which nonetheless opened a little below some other recent docs.
The limp second week expansion of “Swiss Army Man” (A24) showed »
- Tom Brueggemann
The time traveling chess match between James Cole and the Army of the 12 Monkeys will continue next year, as Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode third season:
Press Release: Los Angeles – June 29, 2016 – Syfy has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode Season 3 order, with new episodes expected to air in 2017. From Universal Cable Productions, 12 Monkeys is co-created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”) and is based on the 1995 Oscar® nominated and Golden Globe-winning film of the same name. Matalas serves as the showrunner and executive producer. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, “Suicide Squad”) who produced the original film, and Richard Suckle (“Suicide Squad”, “American Hustle”) also serve as executive producers. Season 2 of the series currently airs on Monday nights at 9/8 c on Syfy.
“In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series,” said Chris Mc Cumber, President, Entertainment Networks. “Terry and the »
- Derek Anderson
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when that eye belongs to Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, it's a trait to both admire and fear. His breakthrough film, Bronson (2008), featured Tom Hardy's celebrity super-prisoner cavorting violently through visually stunning sets; in Drive (2011), Ryan Gosling curb-stomps an enforcer's head in an immaculately-lit elevator; and Only God Forgives (2013) embeds its stabbings and brutal assaults in a eye-popping version of Bangkok at midnight. And the attraction/repulsion idea of beauty itself is at the center of his latest work The Neon Demon, »
Rabinowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1916, and moved to England in 1946 to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He served as head of music at BBC TV Light Entertainment in the 1960s, and as head of music services at London Weekend Television in the 1970s. In 1977 he was awarded a national honor, the MBE.
He composed scores for many TV shows including “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination in 1984.
Rabinowitz worked as a conductor on several films with British director Anthony Minghella, including “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” He also worked on many Merchant Ivory pictures, including James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and “Howards End. »
- Leo Barraclough
For his latest edition of the beloved Late Late Show segment, James Corden hit the road with six-time Grammy winners, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for a ride worthy of its late-night time slot. As they cruised through the bands greatest hits, including classics like "Californication," "City of Angels" and "Give It Away," the band immediately got comfortable in Corden's car, so much so that at one point, lead singer Anthony Kiedis, bass player Flea and Corden stripped out of their shirts in solidarity. "As soon as I took the top off, it made me feel great," the host admitted after finishing an enthusiastic solo for "The Zephyr Song." It seems »
The streaming giants are doing good work in bringing some excellent new shows to the small screen. Lucifer is one such recent example, bringing the Angel of Darkness down to Earth, to the City of Angels. Cassam Looch sat down with Tom Ellis to talk about his role as Lucifer Morningstar in the Amazon TV […]
- Jon Lyus
Even native Angelenos may have trouble keeping up with the fast-changing nightlife in Culver City. Here are tips for visitors to the Los Angeles Film Festival, be they from Sao Paolo or Santa Monica.
Laff will open with “Lowriders,” a drama surrounding the re-emergence of SoCal low-rider Latino culture. “Opening Night,” a musical with N’Sync’s J.C. Chasez and Topher Grace, is quintessentially L.A., while documentary “Dying Laughing” features big-time comedians talking about what it’s like to bomb on stage. One senior programmer calls “Heis (Chronicles)” “the French ‘Tiny Furniture,’ ” referring to Lena Dunham’s indie debut.
Fest Goes West
Laff’s move to Culver City brings an added bonus with the historic Culver Hotel steps outside the main venue. Its nightly 4-7 happy hour gets crowded in the Grand Lobby, so arrive early for $9 cocktails, $6 beer/wine and eats under $10. By 8 p.m., live jazz fills the cavernous ceilings. »
- Valentina I. Valentini
The latest TV series based on a DC/Vertigo property to be granted a home video release is that of Lucifer, which has already won over audiences with its devilish charm and intriguing mysteries. On August 23, you can add the first season to your collection, but there’s a catch: WB has elected to go the same route they have with the iZombie home video releases and bring Lucifer to major retailers via DVD only. If you wish to buy the show on Blu-Ray, you will have to do so through your online retailer of choice.
You can check out the full press release below, which includes a detailed synopsis, a full rundown of featurettes and episodes included and specs. We also have the cover art for both formats for your viewing pleasure.
Take a look at everything and be sure to drop a comment letting us know if »
- Eric Joseph
As we await the second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced details of the Blu-ray and DVD release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season, which will be released in the States on August 23rd.
Based on the character from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo comic, Lucifer is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, and has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels where he is indulging in a few of his favorite things — wine, women and song. When a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered before his eyes, he feels something awaken deep within him – for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him — as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen (aka Maze), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the »
- Gary Collinson
Fans of Fox’s Lucifer series will want to circle August 23rd on their calendars, as that is when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the show’s first season on Blu-ray and DVD with bonus features aplenty:
Press Release (via TVShowsOnDVD.com): Burbank, CA (May 25, 2016) – Just in time for the second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you the “hottest” new series with the release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray & DVD on August 23, 2016. Lucifer delivers over 8 million Total Viewers weekly, and is the #3 scripted series on Fox with Households and Total Viewers (Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, movies, and a gag reel.
Lucifer: The Complete First Season, on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will be available at all major retailers, and is priced to own at $39.99 Srp. Lucifer: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive, »
- Derek Anderson
Burbank, CA (May 25, 2016) – Just in time for the second season, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you the “hottest” new series with the release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season on Blu-rayTM & DVD on August 23, 2016. Lucifer delivers over 8 million Total Viewers weekly, and is the #3 scripted series on Fox with Households and Total Viewers*. Fans will feel the burn as they binge on all 13 devilishly delightful episodes from the first season, and indulge in the gripping extras including the 2015 Comic-Con panel, featurettes, character profiles, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, movies, and <5 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-3/20/16
Lucifer: The Complete First Season, on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will be available at all major retailers, and is priced to own at $39.99 Srp. Lucifer: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive, and will »
- ComicMix Staff
The Los Angeles Rams may or may not be playing in Super Bowl Lv, but their yet-to-be-built Inglewood stadium will be hosting the big game in 2021, the NFL said today. #SB55 will be in Los Angeles! #SBSelection pic.twitter.com/hzbaaBzyRg — NFL (@NFL) May 24, 2016 This will be the first time the Super Bowl will be played in the City of Angels since 1992, when the Dallas Cowboys walloped the Buffalo Bills 52-17 on January 31, 1993 in Super Bowl Xxvii at the Rose Bowl… »
Hollywood, the Dream Factory, is the apt setting for the latest cinematic update on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fran Kranz, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, and Rachael Leigh Cook are among the cast in the new Midsummer adaptation. HitFix has an exclusive early look at the film. The new vision of one of the Bard’s greatest comedies is set in present-day Hollywood, a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists, and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. The Athenians are Hollywood glitterati, the mechanicals (Bottom and his troupe of wannabe actors) are film students, and the fairies of the forest are hippies in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains just east of Malibu. Staging or filming a Shakespeare project four centuries after the incomparable playwright lived and after countless artists have already mounted productions of his plays poses several challenges. (Yes, really four centuries, »
- Emily Rome
If you ask our critics on the ground, a number of great films have already premiered at Cannes — mostly in competition, however. And while those screening in the other sections are inevitably overshadowed in just about every way, some of the best titles emerge therein year after year. I’ll go out on a limb and say I expect this to be the case with Paul Schrader‘s Dog Eat Dog, a crime thriller led by Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, and… Schrader himself?
Feast your eyes upon the great writer-director’s onscreen acting debut, footage of which has been revealed in a clip posted to Deadline. As he told them:
“I had no intention of playing The Greek. Over pre-production, I approached Michael Douglas, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Nick Nolte, Chris Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Winncot and Rupert Everett to play the Greek as a transgender Cleveland gangster. For one reason or another, »
- Nick Newman
Occupying a spot between the actress’ ongoing commitment to the lucrative Fifty Shades franchise, The Hollywood Reporter brings word from Cannes that Dakota Johnson has closed a deal to star opposite Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake, a “modern-day-noir crime thriller” hailing from David Robert Mitchell.
In case you weren’t aware, that’s the filmmaker behind last year’s horrific sleeper hit It Follows, not to mention The Myth of the American Sleepover. For Mitchell’s latest, the celebrated writer-director is working from his own script, shipping Garfield off to the bright lights of La in a journey that is being kept largely under wraps for now.
What we do know is that A24 has snapped up domestic rights for Under the Silver Lake, eyeing a production start in the City of Angels at some point during the summer. Michael De Luca – reuniting with Andrew Garfield following his »
- Michael Briers
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