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The Silicon Valley home where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on the city's list of historic properties. The historical commission in the city of Los Altos voted unanimously for the historic designation on Monday night, the Palo Alto Daily News reported. Any proposed renovations to the modest, ranch-style home now require additional review. The home, where Jobs and his foster parents moved in 1968, is currently owned by Patricia Jobs, Steve Jobs's sister. The commission didn't need her permission for the designation, although she could appeal it to the city council. »
- Associated Press
Just when we thought there was a food truck for everything, we found one we never thought we'd see: one from the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts! Yes, the first official Four Seasons food truck, known as the Fs Taste Truck, just hit the road on the West Coast. It started out in Palo Alto, moved to San Francisco, and will hit Santa Barbara; Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Westlake Village in the L.A. area; and Scottsdale, Ariz., before wrapping up in Santa Fe, N.M., this November. Covering three states and more than 1,000 miles, the truck and tour are meant to show off the brand's culinary skills. "Food is a passion for us at Four Seasons and we are always seeking to share that in inspiring and »
Inveterate inventor whose noise-reduction system enhanced cinema and music-lovers' listening experience
Billions of people must have pushed the Dolby buttons on their cassette recorders, or seen movies such as Star Wars in Dolby Stereo, without thinking of the eponymous inventor of the world's most popular noise-reduction system. Nonetheless, the name and the company's "mirrored D" Dolby Digital logo will live on for decades following the death of the inveterate inventor Ray Dolby from leukaemia at the age of 80.
Dolby transformed the film industry by improving sound quality with his Dolby A noise-reduction system, widely installed following the popularity of Star Wars and other films by George Lucas. He also had a huge impact on the tape-cassette business thanks to the almost universal adoption of the consumer version, Dolby B.
His noise-reduction system worked by applying a pre-emphasis to the audio recording, usually boosting the quieter passages. The reverse process was used on playback. »
- Jack Schofield
Seven actors are about to embark on career adventures, having been named by Theatre Communications Group the 2013 recipients of William & Eva Fox Foundation Resident Actors Fellowships. The program awards cash grants to actors and places them with host theater companies from around the country, where the performers work to hone their crafts. This year the Fox Foundation, working with Tcg, awarded grants totaling $217,500. Five up-and-coming actors will receive Extraordinary Potential Fellowships, which will provide each with $15,000 in grant money and an additional $10,000 toward student-loan relief. The recipients are Sun Mee Chomet (who will be hosted by Mu Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn.), Cindy Im (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, Calif.), Jennifer Kidwell (Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia), Orlando Pabotoy (Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York), and Daniel Robert Sullivan (Roundabout Theatre Company, New York). Two established actors—Evelina Fernandez (the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles) and »
The top stories of the week from Toh!Awards:Why George Clooney Is Skipping Early Awards Circuit with "The Monuments Men": See New PosterBox Office:Top Ten Highest Grossing Woody Allen Movies vs. "Blue Jasmine"Features:toh! Ranks the Best Films of Wong Kar-Wai, with an Intro by David Chute (Audio Interview)Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and MoreFestivals:Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Frears' 'Philomena' is a TriumphVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: Reichardt's 'Night Moves'Telluride Film Festival, Diary One: Big Anticipation for the 40th AnniversaryTelluride Review: Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-TuggerTelluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive "Under the Skin," Strong Debut "Palo Alto" and Provocative "Starred Up" (Trailer)Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Gravity"Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Joe," Starring Nicolas CageVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Tracks," Starring Mia...
The top stories of the week from Toh!Awards:Why George Clooney Is Skipping Early Awards Circuit with "The Monuments Men": See New PosterBox Office:Top Ten Highest Grossing Woody Allen Movies vs. "Blue Jasmine"Features:toh! Ranks the Best Films of Wong Kar-Wai, with an Intro by David Chute (Audio Interview)Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and MoreFestivals:Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Frears' 'Philomena' is a TriumphVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: Reichardt's 'Night Moves'Telluride Film Festival, Diary One: Big Anticipation for the 40th AnniversaryTelluride Review: Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-TuggerTelluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive "Under the Skin," Strong Debut "Palo Alto" and Provocative "Starred Up" (Trailer)Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Gravity"Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Joe," Starring Nicolas CageVenice Film Festival 2013 Review: "Tracks," Starring Mia »
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in now something of a misnomer on three counts. The nearly-three-weeks of screenings unspooled in nine locations splayed all over the Bay Area, including Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael. The program includes other events in addition to films: parties, panel discussions, concerts, and this year a special "multi-platform media" storytelling event. The title of this year's festival, "Life Through a Jew(ish) Lens," indicated that this year the programmers included films where one might be hard-pressed to discern the overtly Jewish content -- examples include "After Tiller," the powerful documentary about third-trimester abortion providers, and another documentary, "The Trials of Muhammed Ali," about the Supreme Court ruling on Muhammed Ali's conscientious objector status in the Vietnam war, where the program notes "No, Muhammed Ali is not Jewish. But certain films when placed in a Jewish context inspire truly Jewish »
- Meredith Brody
In the last wave of Tiff announcements, it’s the Discovery section that we’re most curious about as it normally is loaded up with the rookies, many first-time and second time filmmakers breaking into world film festival circuit programming with genuine gems. Among the 25 plus selected films that make up the programme, we’ve got a handful of U.S. independent films in the likes of Mark Phinney’s Fat, a pair of Us in Progress Paris projects in Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath The Harvest Sky and Tommy Oliver’s 1982, while a newbie filmmaker part of the clan in Gia Coppola makes the trip from Venice Film Festival’s Horizon section to Toronto with the book to film adapation of James Franco Palo Alto (see pic above). Also from Venice, we have the Venice Days included Bethlehem, from Israeli helmer Yuval Adler and an item that »
- Eric Lavallee
Sonic star power will light up the Toronto International Film Festival’s Mavericks program, it was announced this morning, with the world preems of Ron Howard’s doc “Made In America,” capturing last year’s inaugural Philadelphia music festival of the same name curated by Jay Z, and Amir Bar-Lev-produced “12.12.12,” documenting the all-star concert event co-organized by Harvey Weinstein that raised over $30 million for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Bringing the total film tally to 366 — including 288 features, 146 of them world preems — the fest unveiled its final batch Tuesday, including slates for the Mavericks, Masters, Discovery and Future Projections, as well as the tenth and final title in Midnight Madness — Spanish helmer Alex de la Iglesia’s world-preeming “Witching & Bitching.”
The official festival schedule was also released on Tuesday.
In its continuing push to attract the widest cross-section of film-lovers, the fest launches a really-big-screen strand that will present previously announced »
- Jennie Punter
Considering her smarts, success, and the fact that she just posed for Vogue, you might find Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, a bit intimidating. But in the 3,000-word profile featured in the fashion magazine's September issue, Marissa comes across as pretty normal. Of course, not many working moms can start a national dialogue on work-life balance, like Marissa did when she banned working from home at her Internet company. But on the whole, the latest look into her life comes up with some surprisingly typical details. Here are some excerpts from Vogue that stood out. She drives an old car. "Most days she drives herself back and forth to work in an eighteen-year-old BMW." She and her husband have pretty typical hobbies. "They run half marathons together and love hiking, skiing, travel, and good restaurants." And she met him through a friend. "The couple met in 2007, via a mutual friend. »
- Annie Gabillet
Linsanity, Evan Jackson Leong’s documentary about Asian American basketball phenom Jeremy Lin, will make its Taiwanese theatrical debut October 11th of this year, which follows the October 4th U.S. release date set a few weeks ago.
The film premiered at Sundance and was also selected to play at this year’s South by Southwest. After the announcement of the U.S. release date, many from Taiwan were hoping they would also get a chance to see the story of Lin, who is of Taiwanese descent.
While Lin was born in America, both his parents emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan in the 1970s. The film follows Lin from his childhood in Palo Alto, California through his meteoric rise to stardom with the New York Knicks during the 2012 NBA season. Leong began filming in 2010, a season when Lin’s numbers (2.6 points per game, 1.4 assists per game) were anything but spectacular. »
- Alexander Lowe
Fortissimo, which has all rights outside the U.S. and mainland China, said that there was a bidding battle for Taiwan rights from the moment that it introduced the picture to buyers at the Hong Kong FilMart in March.
“Jeremy is a superstar in Taiwan and an inspiration throughout Asia. In ‘Linsanity’ director Evan Jackson Leong captures the heart and soul of this rising basketball hero,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner.
The film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., through »
- Patrick Frater
One of the most buzzed about movies at Sundance this year was the documentary Linsanity. The movie follows Jeremy Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., "to his meteoric ascent to stardom in early 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Assn., giving rise to the term Linsanity."
Our writers Eli and Ben saw the movie, and they had nothing but amazing things to say about it. You can watch their glowing video review for the movie here.
I really wish I had been able to see it for myself up at the film festival, but I'm glad that my chance is coming later this year. The doc was picked up by Ketchup Entertainment, and they will release it on October 4th, 2013!
Here's the synopsis:
In February 2012, an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went 'Linsane.' Stuck in the mire of a disappointing season, »
- Joey Paur
In anticipation of the expansion of "Blackfish" to Berkeley, CA; Cambridge, Ma; Chicago, Il; Evanston, Il; La Jolla, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Pasadena, CA; Philadelphia, Pa; Pleasant Hill, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; San Rafael, CA; Santa Ana, CA; and Washington, DC this weekend, Magnolia Pictures has released a new, shorter, teaser, that is set to scare audiences into finding out more about the treatment of killer whales in captivity. "Blackfish" has gained notoreity for exposing of the treatment of killer whales in water theme parks and for pissing off SeaWorld so much that they released a series of assertions defending their business. Read More: SeaWorld Unleashes 8 Assertions About 'Blackfish' and Filmmakers Respond »
The Jeremy Lin doc, which premiered at Sundance, will launch in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco along with 10 to 15 other cities.
Film follows Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, Calif., to his meteoric ascent to stardom in early 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Assn., giving rise to the term “Linsanity.” The film was an official selection at South by Southwest this year.
The project was financed by 408 Films, and produced by Christopher Chen/Endgame Entertainment, Brian Yang/408 Films and Allen Lu. “Linsanity” started filming in 2010, while Lin was a relatively unknown basketball player at Harvard University.
- Dave McNary
Ashton Kutcher plunges into the life of innovator and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the Japanese trailer for the upcoming biopic Jobs. In theaters August 16, check out the latest footage from this awaited expose on the maverick who made magic happen in his tiny Palo Alto garage.
Jobs comes to theaters August 16th, 2013 and stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine, Josh Gad, Amanda Crew, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons. The film is directed by Joshua Michael Stern. »
It only takes one person to start a revolution. Open Road has released an innovative 15-second Instagram Trailer for their upcoming Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as the former Apple innovator and CEO. For the first-time ever, a movie studio has created and uploaded a trailer specifically for Instagram. You've never seen an HD trailer on Instagram like this before. Check out the Jobs trailer here and get ready to be inspired. You can also check out the official Jobs Instagram page: clickHere
Jobs details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. Jobs plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, »
The footage starts with a barefoot Jobs on a college campus followed by the admonition, “It only take one person to start a revolution” and Jobs asserting, “We have to make the small things unforgettable.”
Open Road Films has set an Aug. 16 release date in the U.S. for “Jobs.” Open Road had announced during Sundance that it planned to open the film in April to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the founding of the Apple Computer Co. by Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. But it backed off that date in March without explanation.
The “Jobs” premiere was the closing night film at Sundance. Biopic is directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Matthew Whiteley’s script details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Jobs from »
- Dave McNary
Open Road had announced during Sundance that it planned to open the film in April to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the founding of the Apple Computer Co. by Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. But it backed off that date in March without explanation.
The “Jobs” premiere was the closing night film at Sundance. Biopic is directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Matthew Whiteley’s script details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Jobs from 1971 through 2001.
Three other titles have slotted for Aug. 16 — Universal’s “Kick-Ass 2,” Relativity’s “Paranoia” and Weinstein Co.’s “The Butler. »
- Dave McNary
Writer-director Matthew Mishory uses fact and fiction to take us inside the life of James Dean as an up and coming actor in Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, currently available on DVD from Wolfe Video. James Preston stars as James Dean, who is on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star in 1951. We have a contest lined up where fans of this cherished actor can take home the DVD, which takes one unique look at the man's life. Read on for how you can win.
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