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King Willem Was Here & 10 Year Reconstruction of The Rijksmuseum

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When King Willem-Alexander came to pay an official visit in June, including meeting US President Barack Obama to commemorate the 70th anniversary of The Netherlands liberation from the Nazis, he laid out some interesting facts in a quick speech during the June 1-3 tour. Coronated in 2013 upon the abdication of Queen Beatrix, then 71, the Sovereign said the main point of his visit “was to thank the United States… especially the 82nd ...

Love & Mercy’s Paul Dano, An Appreciation & He Couldn’t Get a Job at McDonald’s, Thankfully

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   He may not look like your typical American leading man, but actor Paul Dano, 31, is likely a next Oscar contender for Best Actor come the Academy Awards presentation next year. Dano, who celebrated a birthday this month, is indelible as a younger Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, though this latest is just a topper among many gripping performances. If you turn back the clock 10 years to The Ballad of Jack and Rose from writer-director Rebe...

Jason Segel Sticks as David Foster Wallace in “End of Tour” & Consider the Duct Tape

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Absolutely no one in literary circles anywhere on Planet Earth would have approved the casting of Jason Segel, (the guy who does the Musical Puppet Rock Opera of Count Chocula in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), as David Foster Wallace for the biopic “The End of The Tour” to be released on July 31. But that’s why Segel’s unexpected interesting plasticity and flirt with authenticity as the late great lite...

Bruce Greenwood Hits Back At Critics & Talks "Good Kill" With Ethan Hawke

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent On May 15, IFC Films will release GOOD KILL starring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, and Jake Abel. It’s an unusual war-related drama in that it uncovers the world of armchair drone pilots and how they go about the business of warfare from 7000 miles away. Set in 2010, the year President Obama made headlines for biggest number of drone strikes in US Military History, Ethan Hawke plays an F-16 fighter who is r...

Susan Sarandon & son Jack Henry Robbins on Their Doc “Storied Streets” & No Vote for Hillary, ps

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Sometime last month it was reported that Susan Sarandon, 68, exited the five-year personal relationship with New York-based ping-pong venture partner Jonathan Bricklin, 37, and while this isn’t an essential footnote in her long Oscar-winning career, ironically it does have a connection to her son’s new documentary “Storied Streets” since the impetus for the film was a player at the Sarandon-Bricklin club SPiN. Last night,...

Diversity? How About Breakout Disney Hit 'McFarland, USA’ & Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts Gleam

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent ‘Diversity’ is a buzzword that says a lot by saying very little, so it is with McFarland, USA, from Disney, starring Kevin Costner leading a remarkable cast. When this movie opens wide on Feb. 20, nobody will need to know anything about the buzzwords, other than it is a “huge hit” from Niki Caro (Whale Rider) that will put America’s small San Joaquin Valley farming town on the map of our hearts. Costner, who showe...

Foxcatcher Magic of Steve Carell Is No Trick & Performer of the Year Award for 2015

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Steve Carell tells a story about working with Vanessa Redgrave in Foxcatcher, the movie for which he is Oscar nominated, and in this one scene he reveals a lot about actors. It also reveals why the Academy tapped Carell, and he has been named Performer of the Year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. To set the mood, Steve Carell’s bad son, heir John E. Du Pont, tries to hand his matriarch, Mrs. Du Pont (Redgrave) a wrestling...

Kansas Band’s Point of “Surpassing Dreams” in New Doc “Miracles Out of Nowhere” & Afterparty

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Even if you don’t know what “prog rock” is, new documentary Miracles Out of Nowhere, that chronicles the rise of America’s iconic superband Kansas, is a must-see. Monday night three of the band members, Robby Steinhardt (violin, vocals), Rich Williams (guitar) and Phil Ehart (drums), along with longtime producer Budd Carr and director Charley Randazzo, showed up for Miracles world premiere at the Lobero Theater in Santa ...

How Michael Keaton Went From Merchant of Menace to “Soaring Above Them” in Birdman

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Some actors find themselves between jobs, Michael Keaton found himself between careers.  Now Oscar-nominated for Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the veteran actor had some “This Is Your Life” moments last night when he received the Modern Master Award from the 30th International Film Festival in Santa Barbara (SBIFF).  “Let’s call it a Renaissance,” intoned Leonard Maltin, who play...

Why Jennifer Aniston’s Disappearing Act Was Essential For “Cake” & Leaving Rachel Finally

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With Jennifer Aniston in the house, the red carpet threw off sparks last night when she blew in town to receive the Montecito Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). To put this award in perspective, fellow honorees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, Naomi Watts and Oprah Winfrey. And to put her star power in perspective, the CEO of SBIFF noted that he ...

SBIFF’s Vanguard Award & How the Academy’s Math Is Right on Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It’s fitting that Eddie Redmayne’s father is a numbers guy in Finance, who not only explained the statistical odds of making a living as an actor, but added that a mere finger-count of those who make a living, actually make a mark. Fitting because the mark his son has made is based on his portrayal of Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a man who made his mark by numbers - the higher math of space-time...

American Sniping: Backlash Against Celebrity Takes A Left Turn, From Bergman to Sony to Eastwood

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There have been backlashes against celebrity before, from Ingrid Bergman and Rita Hayworth being pilloried in Congress in 1949-1950, for Roberto Rossellini and Aly Khan, respectively, to Liz Taylor getting a media shellacking for her multiples in marriage. But these fits of pique have usually come from outside Hollywood. That all changed this past November, when the backlash against celebrity was revealed to come from inside the dream factory, s...

OSCARS 2015: Here Come The Nominees with Chris Pine & Cheryl Boone Isaacs

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What better way to usher in the Oscars Nominees than with the real-time footage that had some of us up on the West Coast at 5:30 am. Of course, since they split the announcement in two this year, we had to wait until 5:38 (5:39 actually) to hear the majors above-the-line. But it was a historic first to have below-the-line categories given such a huge nod with J. J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. Here’s the Academy Award Nominees for 20...

Golden Globes 2015 Stage a Good, Old-Fashioned, Hollywood Comeback

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It wasn’t too long ago that the words “Golden Globes” would raise the specter of litigation, corruption, and a whiff of foul play - but no more. For 2015, it looks like current President Theo Kingma has cleaned house over at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Because everything that won for 2015 looks to be incredibly legitimate to the prevailing sentiment among film critics. Even the usual detractors, as well as w...

PSIFF: Inside CITIZENFOUR with Filmmaker Laura Poitras & Reframing Ed Snowden

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Just as the biggest breaking story drops in her lap, filmmaker Laura Poitras is thinking ‘why did he choose me?’ The ‘he’ in question is then 29-year-old Edward Joseph Snowden, an outsourced infrastructure analyst working for a subcontractor to the NSA. And the rest is history. Encrypted emails came out of the blue to Poitras almost exactly two years ago, January, 2013.  The implications for average netizens were ast...

Film Independent’s LACMA Event: The Curious Case of Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent (*Richard Linklater also just received the Sonnny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival.) Two things will happen as Writer/Director Richard Linklater* (Slacker) hits the stage with Elvis Mitchell for Film Independent’s “An Evening With … Richard Linklater” in the Bing Theater at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) presented by Film Independent, the BAFTA Awards are poised to tip the dir...

PSIFF: Brad Pitt or “Dukhtar,” Don’t Make Me Choose, Films Win Out!

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   After Brad Pitt stole the show Saturday night at Palm Springs International Film Festival with his “oh-yellow-oh” David Oyelowo name-rhyme edutainment for SELMA, directed by Ava DuVernay - on which Pitt is a producer - the sparkly desert town still had the rush of afterglow on Monday. But, this is an important international film festival, so everyone regained their composure fairly quickly, despite his star showing, also Reese ...

Digital Deeds Done Dirty: SONY Hack & Streisand Effect & JenLaw/ScarJo Nudie Theft

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent UPDATED: SONY Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton was slated to give his “All Hands” speech* this week about the Sony Hack, whereby on or about 11/24, “hackers” opened 38,000 documents with private employee and performance data to the world via web releases on Fusion and BitTorrent, among other sites. The details of the data breach are astounding, and point to major security flaws in SONY security. But this latest infractio...

Yes, You’ve Heard It! What We Know About “The Wilhelm Scream” So Far

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Lord of the Rings has it, Star Wars has it, Indiana Jones, Spider Man, Star Trek, even The Wild Bunch (1969) has it too. But you can find it in Disney movies, nearly from every studio, at least a few big projects. So what is it?  Known by insiders as “The Wilhelm Scream,” a term coined by George Lucas’ sound designer wizard Ben Burtt, this is that familiar toe-curling roar let out by dying Storm Troopers, bit players eate...

Jessica Lange is Not Who You Think She is, She’s Better, Bolder, An American Success Story

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent As Demi Moore is whisked outside the back of Bacara Resort & Spa with an entourage after the fete for Jessica Lange, who just received the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the words of her “three daughters” still float on the crisp night air.  During the ceremony, after 38 years of clips unspool starring the wildly talented Lange, Moore will break the dramatic tensi...

AFI Fest Calls the Winners & the Highlights

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here they are, the winners and full list of the sparkling moments that made AFI Fest presented by AUDI a hit this year: AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING FILMS Encore Screenings of Selected Award-Winning Films at the Chinese 6 Theatres Today LOS ANGELES, CA, November 13, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year's Jury and Audience Awards for features and s...

AFI & Hollywood Bow for Sophia Loren on 50th Anniversary of “Marriage Italian Style”

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Between Charlton Heston on Jan. 8 at #119 and Kirk Douglas on Nov. 1 at #121 in 1962, Sophia Loren would be the #120th handprint and footprint ceremony at famed The Chinese in Hollywood on July 26, 1962. She was 28 years old, and Natalie Wood had received her star the year prior. The next year a joint ceremony would be held for the dynamic and wildly popular married duo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. But Sophia Loren’s hands had barel...

AFI Reality Movies: American Sniper, SELMA, Tales of The Grim Sleeper

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Only Clint Eastwood could take the story of slain US Military Sniper Chris Kyle, who was mysteriously shot and killed at age 38 last year at a Texas gun range by a fellow vet, and make it a hit as well as a memorial to the man in question. The surprise screening of this highly anticipated feature film last night at AFI Fest presented by AUDI was a crowd-thriller, especially in its subtlety, its restrained sound design, the whoosh of wind, the cr...

AFI World Premiere: Mark Wahlberg Puts His Chips on Oscar in The Gambler, All In

Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Mark Wahlberg sits in a director’s chair on stage to a packed house at The Dolby Theater after the world premiere of his new film The Gambler at AFI Fest presented by AUDI, and says “there are four pictures on the wall in my basement. Steve McQueen, Jimmy Cagney, John Garfield… and James Caan. I wanted him (Caan) to see The Gambler. He comes over to my house, sees the pictures on the wall, and says ‘Did you put this up just...

POW! AFI Fest: Tons of Talent, Michael Keaton & Edward Norton, Plus Kristen Stewart, More A-Listers

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Michael Keaton “was frozen” in a scene for the newly released Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, according to Edward Norton, who appeared with him at an AFI conversation on 11/8, “you could see he was having trouble.” “I mean, I don’t know if this story is apocryphal,” Norton offered, “but there’s this story I heard (from a director), that when Greta ...
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