Rom Com Fest Lands in L.A. with Classic Screens and New Love StoriesRom coms might not rake in box office cash like superhero flicks do, but don’t underestimate the genre’s fan base. And while these sweet stories—which often feature female leads and filmmakers, and are primarily marketed to women—have mysteriously not been Hollywood’s top priority…
How The Avengers Became the Most Bankable Franchise EverThe Avengers: Endgame has already obliterated all box office records with its $1.2 billion opening weekend, and now eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films of all time are Avengers movies. Meanwhile, mega-franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars have only one and two spots, respectively, and…
John Singleton Movies Are Available to Stream in Honor of His DeathJohn Singleton burst onto the scene in 1991 with his debut feature Boyz n the Hood, released when he was just 24 years old. He became the first black person and youngest person ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar for the film.In the…
Neo-Noir Under the Silver Lake Is a Puzzle of L.A. LocationsUnder the pre-dawn, indigo blue light shrouding Griffith Park, two coyotes stare into the tree line near the park’s Canyon Dr. gate. As they patiently wait for their morning meal, this daily ritual feels more spiritual than instinctual. The act is akin to a piece…
Netflix Egyptian Theater Deal Could Be a Big Move for HollywoodNetflix is stunting on the haters who accuse the company of ruining the traditional movie-going experience, not only by investing in theatrical screenings of original content but literally buying its own cinema–specifically, the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. The Egyptian is currently…
Sorry, Steven Spielberg. The Government Warns Streamers Must Stay In the Oscar PoolIn an unusual move, President Trump’s Justice Department has sternly warned the organization behind the Oscars that if eligibility rules are enacted the hurt the profitability of new competitors—referring to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime—it could raise antitrust concerns and violate…
"Bed Cinema" Is an Outdoor Screening Series With Actual Beds, and It's Coming to L.A.It’s pretty hard to top the magic of an outdoor movie screening in L.A. But it’s also hard to top the magic of watching a movie from the comfort of your bed. Now, finally, a hero among us has combined the…
Kamasi Washington Film Is Finally Available for StreamingKamasi Washington–the L.A. musician pointed to by many as an icon of the recent resurgence of jazz–is trying his hand at reviving another overlooked genre: The short film. His 22-minute As Told to G/D Thyself made its public debut yesterday, streaming on Apple Music.The film, which premiered earlier this year…
A Warner Bros. Bigwig Steps Down Amid Casting Couch ScandalIn Hollywood, the sexual exploitation of young women desperate to be actresses has long been a common practice among powerful (usually married) executives. Recently though, the #MeToo and the Time’s Up movements have put the industry on high alert for bad behavior—and men in its highest…
A Christian Film Fest in Bakersfield Is Churning Out the Next Gen of Faithful FilmmakersOn a folding table in the wings of a darkened theater, a dozenish Oscar-like statuettes—their nameplates as of yet unengraved—glimmer in the faint green lights of a mixing console. Best Picture. Best Actress. Best Screenplay. Best Application of Scripture.Music swells. Applause…
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