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LAFF 2014 Serves Up Some Spring Cinema Freebies

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Now you can escape to the movies this Spring courtesy of Film Independent and the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival during its 20th anniversary. Sometimes a press release is so good, it deserves to run by itself. That said... all the details below courtesy of Film Independent (the people who run this festival), LAFF 2014, The Los Angeles Times, and L.A. LIVE.   FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES EXCITING LINE-UP OF FREE COMMUNITY SC...

Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" Table Reading Writes New Script for Handling a Leak

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Saturday night, April 19, 2014, Quentin Tarantino will unleash his "'leaked" (and possibly "shelved") new screenplay "The Hateful Eight" in a staged table reading for charity. Hosted by Film Independent at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and sponsored by The New York Times,  the event was scheduled for the the 24th, but there was a venue change. Slated for The Bing Theater at LACMA, a last-...

Happy 77th Birthday Jack Nicholson, It's Been A Wild RIde

The photo here is said to be Anjelica Huston's favorite shot of their glory days together as featured from her collection. by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When the legend turns 77 on April 22, Jack Nicholson will mark it in his new-found low-key way. But Nicholson's path from New York to Hollywood has been a wild ride. In fact, The Wild Ride (1960), the "B" exploitation racing movie with Georgianna Carter, still holds up. With the dark-haired lothari...

The New Box Office Trifecta: Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   If the rumors are true, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reboot actually nixed Shailene Woodley's cameo, you have to wonder what they were thinking. She's on the cover of Marie Claire (read: "This is What a Badass Looks Like"), giving workout tips in People Magazine, and breaking big at the box office. In fact, Shailene Woodley, 22, went from George Clooney sidekick in The Descendants to fronting Divergent with bullets to ...

Movies vs TV: The "Game of Thrones Syndrome" as Season 4 Blows Up

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Last week, New York's Barclay Center was the scene of 7,000 eager "Game of Thrones" viewers, many dressed up as lookalike characters from HBO's hit fantasy series which debuts its Season Four opener on April 6. Last year, GOT was the most illegally downloaded show, according to BitTorrent, with 5.9 million pirated copies, a higher number than its TV audience. So what is going on? The bigger issue here is tha...

LE WEEK-END: Antidote to Superhero Flicks? Aging, a Bold Special Effect, for Broadbent, Duncan & Jeff Goldblum

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   On March 14, catch up on LE WEEK-END; it's a cinematic flu shot. Because, instead of Caped Crusaders tasked with their Superhero schemes, this movie presents a human-sized dose of adult life. "People can change," Lindsay Duncan's character avers. As in, "they can get worse." Already an award winner for Linsday Duncan (BIFA), Jim Broadbent and writer Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Launderette), the film ...

Life After Pi: The Oscars are Over, Guess Where Your Next VFX Blockbuster is Coming From?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   You may not have heard of Life After Pi, but you certainly remember Life of Pi, which continues to dazzle in VFX and revenues. Life After Pi, from now-bankrupt studio Rhythm + Hues, is the story of a movie made by hand by 100's of VFX artists whose movie won an Oscar in 2013, only to find themselves out of work in 2014. Out of work on a picket line outside the Academy Awards this year. It is a 30-minute documentary made by the studio ...

Bruised Oscars 2014: How the Battle for Noms Fizzled the Show for '12 Years'

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This Awards Season was by all accounts one of the nastiest in Oscar history, not just the Woody Allen takedown but also in general campaigning with one song nominated, then disqualified, and the vitriol against a few leading ladies. Julia Roberts took the worst hits, not just in her personal life tragedy but in a voter backlash as revealed to The Hollywood Reporter with one anonymous AMPAS member's ballot being made public, The voter d...

DID YOU KNOW ‘PEOPLE’ MAG TO HOST 2014 OSCAR® FANS?

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent AMPAS is always coming up with something new. And, in fact, ABC will have something like 700 cameras in and around the red carpet for fan enjoyment this year. In other words, you can see stars accept, walk around, even talk to the press corps. Our figure of 700 might sound high, but you get the idea - we have it on good intel from one of their behind-the-screens tech geniuses.   Meanwhile, in their own words... NEW YORK, F...

Was DiCaprio "Scared Enough" of Departed's Jack? How "Wolf" Got Made, The Marty & Leo Show at SBIFF

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When you see Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio and Martin "Marty" Scorsese on the Wolf of Wall Street global domination press tour, doing things like a tour of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in bespoke three-piece suits without a trace of irony, you forget how creatively potent this pair really is. How it has shaped characters, Amsterdam (Gangs of New York 2002), Howard Hughes (The Aviator 2004), Billy Costigan (The Departed 20...

Touched by Oprah's "Vulnerable Spaces": 2014 Montecito Honoree Wows in Santa Barbara

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   It took Oprah Winfrey "two hours to get ready" to receive the Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last night, even though her house is just minutes away from the Arlington Theater. "When I told my Gale, Gale called me this afternoon, she said, 'You're getting some kind of award? For the Oprah show?' No, for my body of work.  'Body of work?' I've done like...

Why We Will Always Love Philip Seymour Hoffman, Despite Love Liza

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Movie star deaths have a history of press problems, Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) was found on Superbowl Sunday dead in Manhattan; Groucho Marx's death on Aug. 16, 1977 was overshadowed by Elvis Presley's death a mere three days later on Aug. 19, 1977. Farrah Fawcett died June 25, 2009, in Santa Monica, the same day as Michael Jackson, June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. Legendary actor Maximiliam Schell (1930-2014) died on...

WGA Awards 2014? A Departure & 1st Twitter Contest!

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   A few unusual things happened last night at the WGA Awards held simultaneous in LA and NY. Namely, WGA West held a first-ever competition Twitter competition for all comers to finish the sentence "The secret to great writing is..." with the hashtag #mightypen. Talk about a free-for-all! The finalist was chosen by voters during the show and streamed live via Los Angeles Times. Second, the screenplays for Her (Joaquin Ph...

GRAMMYS Big Winner Paul Williams: Always Lucky

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Paul Williams won big last night at the GRAMMYs. Besides accepting for Daft Punk, he is a singer-songwriter known the world over. It is hard to imagine that songwriting was a second choice for Paul Williams, a composer/lyricist whose legacy of hit songs is known by heart by many from the recordings of artists as diverse as The Carpenters, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Kermit the Frog, The Dixie Chicks, Daft Punk, and most recently D...

So Alfonso Cuarón Wins DGA's Top Director, James Cameron Agrees, But Does AMPAS?

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When Alfonso Cuarón directed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Y Tu Mamá También in 2001, it was obvious the Mexican-born director had a few tricks up his sleeve. Last night he paid off those expectations with a huge victory in a tough field as Best Director at the DGA Awards. Cuarón was up against the heavies: Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O. R...

Wolf of Wall St. Paid $60K for Jonah Hill & Other Disparities, Plus Tom Hanks' 2 Cents

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   In the 1920's, Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl) famously took a 50 percent pay cut to work with German director G. W. Pabst, from $1000 a week to $500 a week, and flew to Berlin to make the best movies of the Kansas-born actor's career. In 2014, Jonah Hill cheerfully admits he accepted scale, around $60,000 USD, for a chance to be directed by Martin Scorsese in Wolf of Wall Street, for which he, along...

Megan Ellison: When Tech Money Came to Hollywood & Won

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Producer Megan Ellison turns 28 on Jan. 31. So far, her run has been exceptional in Hollywood. Before you begrudge her as second generation technology money since her father is Billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, it is important to remember all the brash brass that has come to Hollywood before and made a mess.  The first of which is second generation moneyman Howard Hughes. His life is depicted for better or worse in...

Oscars 2014: David O. Russell, "Tired" But This is His Year

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For France, David O. Russell's Oscar-contender American Hustle is aptly retitled "American Bluff." And recently Russell told Le Monde by telephone interview, "Aujourd'hui, je suis fatigué, j'ai un rhume. Et je plane à 2000," on reaction to the 10 Nominations the film received from the Academy. Tired, with a cold, this is still The Year of David O. Russell as a unique American voice in filmmaking. Wi...

New Genre? Jennifer Lawrence & "Chicks with Sticks" Fight the Powder

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   With the recent Buzzfeed headline that last night's Golden Globes winner Jennifer Lawrence stars in "the First Film with a Female Lead to Top the Box Office in 40 Years," it still stuns many in Hollywood that Hunger Games 2 actually beat up Iron Man 3 in the money race. Catching Fire is the top-grosser of 2013, but, this movie also officially ushers in a new genre.  We've gone from Chick Flicks to Chicks ...

Golden Globes Get Shined Up for 2014 & Kevin Bacon is Game

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There are many reasons to wonder silently about the HFPA and their Golden Globe Awards, uhm, maybe the NSA knows more than some of us. (But not likely.) Last year Theo Kingma took the helm, and most of us hoped for the best after the sale to Peter Guber and friends.  What if the HFPA, founded in 1947, came back to its core directive as a charitable institution and gathering place for international journalists in Hollywood? Once w...

Sandra Bullock vs Julia Roberts? The Gravity of It All & "Sweetheart" Wars

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   This weekend Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, two screen queens with a long history together, walked the same red carpet separately at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Julia with her Veronica Lake peekaboo combover, and Sandra Bullock doe-eyed in pink and orange. They both looked, well, lovely, relaxed. Yet, there is always that tension. That Sweetheart Question. Nobody was the wiser, except maybe the two of them, that a debate...

Where in the World is Leonard DiCaprio? Monaco, Plugged-in, Racing

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Not since Michael Schumacher started getting a run for his money from Sebastian Vettel has Forumla One racing had a more interesting development: Leonardo DiCaprio and the electric future of the sport. Okay, so what does this mean? As of September 2014, DiCaprio and his newly minted Venturi Automobiles posse, will drop the flag on a joint-venture geared to bring forth "the world's first fully electric race series."...

Sonja Kinski: "Diamond on Vinyl" in the Rough

  by Quendrith Johnson   A typical response from actress Sonja Kinski,  Klaus Kinski's granddaughter and Nastassja Kinski's daughter, goes like this: "Study acting? Yeah, I study acting. With Karen Austin, but what does that matter? You won't know who she is."  By turns brash and adorable, the younger Kinski, 27, was born in Geneva, but grew up mostly in Italy. Italian is her first language, and she moved to LA at age six. Legally named Sonja Mous...

RON BURGUNDY (almost live) Appeal on Screenmancer

LOS ANGELES, CA: America's Favorite Anchorman Ron Burgundy makes his (almost) live appeal to "re-dynamite" the face of Mt. Rushmore. For a "more classy" look. " This is America, people. We don't think, we do," is Burgundy's Get-Out-the-Vote call. See Ron Run on www.screenmancer.tv - and "stay classy, San Diego, America." ANCHORMAN 2 will be released on Dec. 20, 2013. [Ron joins us from a studio somewhere near Mt. Rushmore, courtesy of Para...

EXCLUSIVE: Two Brothers, Hawkins... Calling All Agents

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Okay, so you win a big Audience Award at AFI's Fest, which wrapped Nov. 14, and then you get hit by a Brangelina Wave. No, it's not a tropical storm, it is a huge media storm of press coverage coming off the Academy's Governor Awards where Angelina Jolie won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award a few days later. But. Pay no attention to those Beautiful People in front of the curtain, the real news coming out of Hol...
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