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MARGOT ROBBIE AND MILES TELLER TO HOST ACADEMY’S SCI-TECH AWARDS, BY Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   MARGOT ROBBIE AND MILES TELLER TO HOST ACADEMY’S SCI-TECH AWARDS, BY Adrienne Papp   By Adrienne Papp   Actors Margot Robbie and Miles Teller will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.  They will present 21 awards to 58 individual recipients during the evening...

COUNTRY SUPERSTAR TIM MCGRAW TO PERFORM FOR GLEN CAMPBELL AT THE OSCARS® By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   COUNTRY SUPERSTAR TIM MCGRAW TO PERFORM FOR GLEN CAMPBELL AT THE OSCARS® By Adrienne Papp   By Adrienne Papp Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Su...

In Person at The American Cinematheque: Marion Cotillard, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson & “Big Hero 6″ By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   In Person at The American Cinematheque: Marion Cotillard, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson & “Big Hero 6″ By Adrienne Papp By Adrienne Papp       Added Screenings in February!TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT & RUST AND BONEJoin Award-Winning Actress...

The 87th OSCAR® Nominees to be Honored at Academy Luncheon, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   The 87th OSCAR® Nominees to be Honored at Academy Luncheon, By Adrienne Papp   By Adrienne Papp         More than 150 Oscar nominees, along with 87th Oscars® host Neil Patrick Harris, will come together at noon on Monday, February 2, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year&r...

Foxcatcher, Review: Catch it now

  Foxcatcher, Review: Catch it now Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John Eleuthère du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schul...

Seventh Son, Review: Father Gregory v/s Mother Malkin

                       Seventh Son, Review: Father Gregory v/s Mother Malkin Released two years after the first announced date, the witch-ghost-ghast-ghoul-spook-troll-warlock film fails to scare or absorb. Seventh Son is based on The Spook’s Apprentice, which is the first book in Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles Series. In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystic...

Mortdecai, Review: Mortal art

  Mortdecai, Review: Mortal art Directed by David Koepp and written by Eric Aronson (who co-wrote 2001’s On the Line, which nobody wants to remember), the film is inspired by the books of Kyril Bonfiglioli. Bonfiglioli died in his late-fifties, in 1985. After attending Oxford, he worked as an art dealer. He described himself as "a marrier of beautiful women and a fair shot with most weapons". He wrote four Charlie Mortdecai novels, and left a fifth unfinished, which was co...

The Imitation Game, Review: Every spectator is a winner

  The Imitation Game, Review: Every spectator is a winner Before the publication of Oxford mathematician Andrew Hodges’ ground-breaking 1983 biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma, the British mathematician who played a crucial role in breaking the Nazis’ Enigma ciphers during World War II and laid the groundwork for modern notions of artificial intelligence, was little known outside of scientific circles. Hodges’ revelatory account detailed how a man who should have been a ...

87TH OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   87TH OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED   By Adrienne Papp   Directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards® today (January 15).  For the first time, nominees in all 24 categories were announced live. Cuarón and Abrams announced the nominees in 11 categories at 5:30 a.m. ...

Paddington, Review: Please see this film. Thank you.

Paddington, Review: Please see this film. Thank you. In 1956, a BBC cameraman bought a small toy bear left alone on a shelf in the iconic Selfridges store, London, for his wife Brenda. Named Paddington, after the train station close to Michael Bond’s home, the bear inspired him to write eight episodes in just over a week, featuring the bear from Deepest Peru. It was published as a book in 1958. Meanwhile, the station was made famous when ‘4.50 from Paddington’ was published,...

American Sniper, Review: Kyler instinct--all hits, no misses!

American Sniper, Review: Kyler instinct--all hits, no misses! Clint Eastwood told BBC arts editor Will Gompertz recently that he was not fond of the war in Iraq, but was "always sympathetic to veterans". At 84, he is quite a veteran himself too. It’s been a long time since the Rawhide series (early 1960s),  Sergio Leone’s Italian spaghetti Western that made him a star (Fistful of Dollars, 1964), the hard-hitting cop that was to become a prototype (Dirty Harry, 197...

21 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED WITH ACADEMY AWARDS®, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   21 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED WITH ACADEMY AWARDS®   By Adrienne Papp David W. Gray to receive Gordon E. Sawyer Award The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 21 scientific and technical achievements represented by 58 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the ...

Inside the 2015 Golden Globes with Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   Inside the 2015 Golden Globes   By Adrienne Papp You really have to hand it to Hollywood, they really know how to put on a show. The Golden Globe Awards traditionally kicks off the awards season for the entertainment industry, and the Globes have become known for their casual, liquor-lubricated and sometimes eccentric and unusual turns of events. You have to look back no further than last year, when we had dis...

New Film Makers in Los Angles, January 10th Film Festival, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   New Film Makers in Los Angles, January 10th Film Festival, By Adrienne Papp   By Adrienne Papp 48 Hour Event Reminder     ...

OSCAR® NOMINATIONS IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES LIVE, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   OSCAR® NOMINATIONS IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES LIVE, By Adrienne Papp   By Adrienne Papp   For the first time, Academy to announce  OSCAR® NOMINATIONS in all 24 categories live on January 9, 2015 Nominations to be delivered in new two-part presentation. Chris Pine and Academy President  CHERYL BOONE ISAACS to present  nominations  in 13 categories &nb...

Tim Robbins In Person, – American Cinematheque, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   Tim Robbins In Person, – American Cinematheque, By Adrienne Papp   BY ADRIENNE PAPP ONSCREEN AT THE EGYPTIAN AND AERO THEATRES                           January 10 – 31, 2015 Tim Robbins In Person, Jean-Luc Godard, Gena Rowlands, Fantasia, Cinema Car Chases, Remem...

Taken 3, Review: Haven 3--End of the road for fugitive Mills Kills

Taken 3, Review: Haven 3--End of the road for fugitive Mills Kills Liam Neeson returns as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills in Taken 3, aka Tak3n (no spell-check required), the latest film in the vengeance-driven action franchise. Once again, his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her mother Lenore, Mills’ separated wife (Famke Janssen), now married to Stuart St. John (Dougray Scott) are in peril. Lenore is found dead in Mills’ home, with her throat slit, and Mills holding a knife. Obviously,...

Big Eyes, Review: Submissive painter and harmful charmer, making waifs

Big Eyes, Review: Submissive painter and harmful charmer, making waifs Big Eyes! Horror? No. Psychological thriller? No way. Comedy? In part, yes. A biopic about a hypnotist? Close, but it’s about a painter. So this painter had really BIG eyes? Wrong. Her eyes were of normal dimensions, but she had a fixation for painting young children with their eyes disproportionately big. So where’s the story? In 2003, writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Man on the Moon, Auto Focus,...

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP   By Adrienne Papp   BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP 12th Annual Festival Sets Records in Submissions, Screenings   Missoula, Montana – Fresh on the heels of an exhaustive selection process that began with an unprecedented number of submissions, the Big Sky ...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Review: Lancelot, Camelot, Huge Ackman and Amen!

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Review: Lancelot, Camelot, Huge Ackman and Amen! In this year’s Hollywood Christmas release, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, 'Santa Claus' is symbolically replaced by a whole team of entertainers, “eleven”, at director Shawn Levy’s last count. The star-cast includes two veterans who are no more—Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney—and inanimate objects and creatures by the dozen, who make-up for Rudolph,...

The Hobbit—Battle of the Five Armies, Review: 5 times the fight fest, in 4DX and 3D

The Hobbit—Battle of the Five Armies, Review: 5 times the fight fest, in 4DX and 3D *So snow comes after fire, and even dragons have their endings. *Where there's life there's hope. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit The film opens where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug left off: the dragon is on his way to attack the town of Esgaroth on the lake. People flee in terror, while Bard the Bowman struggles to escape from prison in order to help fight the dragon. the dwarf king Tho...

OSCAR® HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS’S WRITING TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 87TH OSCARS®

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   OSCAR® HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS’S WRITING TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 87TH OSCARS®    By Adrienne Papp   Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced the special material writing team for the 87th Oscars, which will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, on ABC. Host Neil Patrick Harris will lead the special material writing team alongsi...

New Film Makers Los Angeles 2014 Year End Event, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   NFMLA 2014 Year End Event By Adrienne Papp    By Adrienne Papp   Short Program #1 ...

Jessabelle, Review: Voodoo in the Bayou

Jessabelle, Review: Voodoo in the Bayou Jessabelle, co-incidentally similar in its title and name of its central character to another recent horror film, Annabelle, follows the time-tested setting of a country house surrounded by a lake (bayou, in this case) and woods, where a solitary woman faces demons that have a bone to pick with her, and with her kith and kin. It has a great-looking heroine with a starry presence, but a plot that is almost absent for 3/4ths of the film, convoluted when i...

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...
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