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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
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 »
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
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.
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
Wme has just signed Dana Stevens, the prolific feature writer who is the exec producer and sole creator of Reckless on CBS. Stevens last year adapted the Nicholas Sparks novel Safe Haven for Relativity, and her other credits include City Of Angels and the Kevin Costner baseball pic For Love Of The Game. She currently is adapting for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and Fox The Dive, the touching story of Cuban free diver Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestres, the latter of whom died trying to better her record for a free dive, in which she plunged to an unimaginable […] »
Shawn Hatosy went from playing a cop on TNT’s Southland to playing a cop on CBS’ Reckless, but the two roles couldn’t be more different. For one thing, Southland’s Sammy Bryant was generally a good guy. The same cannot be said for Reckless’ Terry McCandless. “I play a cop who is pretty perverted,” Hatosy said. “He is a hateable character. I mean, his name is Terry. That’s pretty hateable right off the bat, you know? And then he’s just a jerk,” Hatosy joked.
But moving from the good guy role to the bad guy role »
- Samantha Highfill
Films from two established directors (Paul Haggis and Roman Polanski) offered well-hyped new releases this weekend. Polanski's "Venus In Fur" (IFC), also available on Video on Demand, was the clear leader. Paul Haggis' "Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well, doomed by high profile negative reviews. And things are not looking good among expanding films, without any strong new film in recent weeks. A24's bleak road movie "The Rover" continues to disappoint as it did in its initial runs. The same company's "Obvious Child" is finding some traction, while Music Box' Polish period sleeper "Ida" continues to surprise, now at over $2 million. Opening "Venus in Fur" (IFC/Sundance Classics) - Criticwire: B; Metacritic: 68; Festivals include: Cannes 2013, Tribeca 2014, City of Lights City of Angels 2014; also available on Video on Demand $26,200 in theaters; PSA; $13,100 "Venus in Fur"'s U.S. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Exclusive: Indie Spirit Award-winning helmer Sean Baker moved from the streets of New York in Prince Of Broadway to the suburbs of the Valley in 2012′s Starlet, and he’s stuck with the City of Angels for his latest feature. Details are staying under wraps on Tangerine, but the La-set pic is set on Christmas Eve against the backdrop of the city’s different subcultures. Baker cast first-time actors Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor as his two leads and tapped Starlet co-stars James Ransone (The Wire, In A Valley Of Violence) and Mickey O’Hagan to star alongside Karren Karagulian, who appeared […] »
De Blasio took to Times Square on Monday to sing Randy Newman’s anthem for the City of Angels, “I Love L.A.,” in keeping with the wager the mayors made on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Had the Rangers won, Garcetti would have been on the hook for a performance of “New York, New York.”
De Blasio was joined by members of Gotham’s 52nd Street Project chorus, an ensemble featuring youths from nine to 18.
Here’s the video:
- Cynthia Littleton
The Chicago Tribune reports that Garcetti would like the museum in South Los Angeles’ Exposition Park alongside other Los Angeles museums the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center. The area is also located blocks away from the University of Southern California campus, which houses the School of Cinematic Arts – a structure that Lucas, a USC alum, helped re-design and significantly financed in 2009.
According to a spokesperson for Garcetti, if the city is selected, the indoor Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena would be knocked down to create space for the new museum. »
- Jordyn Holman
Exclusive: Everyone likes to joke about cops, coffee and donuts, but today Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is literally taking the beverage and treats on the road in the City of Angels for its Emmy campaign. Set to coincide with the mailing out of ballots, the Golden Globe winning show will be out and about starting this morning with a specially wrapped food truck offering coffee, donuts and bagels to not only TV Academy members but also to members of the non-voting public. With cast member Joe Lo Truglio aboard and in service first thing today, the truck will make stops in downtown L.A., Mid-Wilshire, Century City’s Farmer’s Market, Beverly Hills and West La throughout the day, I’ve learned. Other cast members are expected to join the truck over its run around the city until June 13. Fox’s marketing and PR team also plan to use the »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
In the next installment of the Step Up franchise, familiar faces Ryan Guzman, Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, and Adam G. Sevani all return to the screen to tell the story of struggling dancers trying to make a living in L.A., and what happens when their crew gets the opportunity to compete for a three-year Vegas contract. Spoiler: Huge dance battles happen.
- Samantha Highfill
Founded three years ago, the Champs-Elysees Film Festival takes place in Paris in the middle of June, a period that would seem a less than ideal time to try and entice international film execs to France: just a few weeks after many of them have returned from Cannes.
But Champs-Elysees takes a different approach to its internationalism, focusing on American fare that might fall out of European festival consideration. With a smattering of major studio product, short student films and everything in between, the fest will unspool more than 60 films for its third iteration, which runs June 11-17.
“Since the fest was founded three years ago, public expectations have been building. Distributors who early on just gave us films to make us happy now consider us a significant venue for their product,” says French film producer and distributor Sophie Dulac, who founded the festival. “This year we’re making further progress. »
- Andrew Barker
Director Damien Chazelle delivered an incredible indie drama in the form of Whiplash at Sundance, the film that follows Miles Teller as an aspiring drummer at a strict music school who is rattled and tortured by his drill instructor of a conductor, played amazing by J.K. Simmons. Now Teller is set to reteam with Chazelle for another musical project called La La Land, and Harry Potter star Emma Watson is in talks for the female lead. Unlike Whiplash though, this is a straight-up musical about aspiring actress Mia, who's lonely desperate to fit in, and cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian — who fall in love in Los Angeles. Teller and Watson will take those two lead roles as the two lovers brought together by the City of Angels, though it might end up breaking them apart as they soon discover that balancing love and art in such a cutthroat climate isn't easy. »
- Ethan Anderton
"There's a magic that happens when you dance." If you've been craving a return of big dance moves on the big screen, then this theatrical trailer for the sequel Step Up: All In is for you. Tons of the stars of the previous films come together for a big dance battle in Las Vegas. But first, a dance crew must come together in Los Angeles. One of the characters laments, "I though La was was supposed to be the place where dreams actually happened." Apparently that guy didn't do his research before headed to the City of Angels. Anyway, this movie is all about the dancing, and those sequences sure do look impressive, even if the movie doesn't. Here's the theatrical trailer for Step Up: All In from YouTube: Step Up: All In is directed by Trish Sie (who directed the infamous treadmill music video from the band Ok Go) and written by John Swetnam. »
- Ethan Anderton
Writer/director Damien Chazelle has already enjoyed festival success with his indie pic Whiplash. He’s looking to follow that up with another tale of talented young folk struggling against the odds and wants Miles Teller and Emma Watson to star in La La Land.The film follows two dreamers looking to find fame in Los Angeles, who meet and discover a love connection. There’s aspiring actress Mia (Watson, Chazelle hopes), who is lonely and trying to fit in to a confusing new city, and cocky, charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian (Teller), who learns that juggling a relationship and art in the unforgiving City of Angels is no easy task.Music will also play a big part of the movie, with Chazelle’s director’s statement describing his intent: ”I’d like to make a contemporary musical about La, starting with the La we know but slowly building to a »
Tuft of Fluff: Klapisch Bids Adieu to Globetrotting Crew
Diehard fans of Cedric Klapisch’s L’Auberge espagnole (2002) and its sequel, Russian Dolls (2005) should be happy to see the director round out his Romain Duris headlining films into an actual trilogy with Chinese Puzzle. Though it potentially stands as a piece on its own, audiences may feel a bit lukewarm toward this outing without having experienced the meandering yet considerable baggage the quartet of main characters have carried through two other films. Coasting mostly on the affable charm of its stars and likeable characters, this final chapter manages to walk a fine line between hopeful and melancholy as we at last leave them all behind. However, the most potent aspect of the film is perhaps the nostalgia one might feel as they’re forced to recollect the wonderful, scrappy charm of that first entry from over a decade ago.
Now nearing or entering their 40s, »
- Nicholas Bell
For those of you who cannot wait until October for Halloween to begin, the ScareLA convention returns to the City of Angels on August 9 & 10, 2014. It’s amazing how lucrative and popular this beloved holiday, which has many detractors of course, has become in recent years. From the press release:
ScareLA returns on August 9 & 10, 2014 as the first Los Angeles convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween. Situated in the entertainment … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-breaking $2 billion. Now it's up to others whether the deal goes through. Shelly Sterling said in a statement issued late Thursday that she'd signed a binding contract for a sale of the Clippers by The Sterling Family Trust to Ballmer in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA. Ballmer "will be a terrific owner," Sterling said, "We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premier NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success. »
- Associated Press
Shelly Sterling will meet with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Sunday afternoon ... and the subject of the meeting is selling the Clippers ... TMZ Sports has learned.The meeting will take place at Shelly's Malibu mansion. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Donald Sterling has surrendered control of the team to Shelly.We're told Shelly sees the handwriting on the wall -- the NBA wants the team sold -- but she wants to do it on her terms. »
- TMZ Staff
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