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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 | Tubefilter.com | 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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Wme Signs ‘Reckless’ Creator And ‘Safe Haven’ Scribe Dana Stevens

9 July 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 […] »

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Shawn Hatosy previews his 'perverted' character, Cam Gigandet's abs on CBS' 'Reckless'

29 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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

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Arthouse Audit: Polanski's Provocative 'Venus in Fur' Tops Tepid Specialized Openings

22 June 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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‘Starlet’s Sean Baker Sets ‘Tangerine’ With The Duplass Brothers Exec Producing

19 June 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 […] »

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Watch: NYC Mayor Sings ‘I Love L.A.’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

17 June 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made good on his bet with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti following the Los Angeles Kings’ victory over the New York Rangers in the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals.

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.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Eric Garcetti Wants George Lucas Museum In Los Angeles

12 June 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has added the City of Angels to the growing list of places vying for the George Lucas Museum call it home.

The “Star Wars” creator wants to establish the museum in order to display his state-of-the-art media and movie memorabilia, according to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum’s website.

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

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Emmys: Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Campaign Hits L.A. Streets With Food Truck

9 June 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

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'Step Up: All In' trailer: What (dancing) happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas -- Video

6 June 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When you can’t find work in the City of Angels, there’s really only one other place to go: Las Vegas. At least that’s what the latest trailer for Step Up: All In teaches us.

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.

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- Samantha Highfill

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Champs-Elysees Film Festival Spotlights Studio and Indie Fare

6 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Miles Teller & Emma Watson Join 'La La Land' for 'Whiplash' Helmer

5 June 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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