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“A frenzied mustang stampede”

from The LA Times

Rebirth of Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’

The landmark painting stands magnificently, no less so after the debunking of a myth regarding its creation

Jackson Pollock's  “Mural,” regarded by some as the most important modern American painting ever made, is the focus of a Getty exhibition opening TuesdayJackson Pollock’s “Mural,” regarded by some as the most important modern American painting ever made, is the focus of a Getty exhibition opening Tuesday. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2014)

By Christopher Knight

Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn’t something to be undertaken lightly.

Jackson Pollock‘s mammoth 1943 painting “Mural” — nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede — was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents an early, galvanizing leap toward the emergence of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist art in the aftermath of World War II.

The pivotal painting, owned by the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art, goes on public view at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday — minus a chunk of its myth. It has been undone by science.

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Editor

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Exodus Hollywood

from Variety

Hollywood Continues to Flee California at Alarming Rate

 / Film Reporter / @Variety_DMcNary

James Walton

When Paul Audley took the job as president of FilmL.A. in late 2008, he was astounded to discover that physical production on the $70 million pic “Battle: Los Angeles” wasn’t being done in Los Angeles.

“It stunned me that the movie was shooting in Louisiana, and that the state of California was letting this happen,” he recalls.

In the subsequent five years, the situation has only worsened, despite the film production incentive program California enacted in 2009, which provides for $100 million a year in tax credits for what’s usually 20% of production costs. That’s significantly smaller than programs offered by other states such as New York, which offers $420 million a year in credits for 30% of production costs.

The trend has been mounting for high-profile films set in the Golden State to be filmed almost entirely outside California, due to lucrative tax breaks elsewhere that producers can’t turn down. One key component of new legislation to strengthen California’s incentive program, introduced Feb. 19, would raise to $100 million the current budget cap of $75 million on eligible productions. To drive home the need for state support, attendees at a Feb. 22 rally in Burbank held by Hollywood unionists were handed petitions to send to Sacramento citing that only one of 41 big-budget feature films shot in 2012 and 2013 was shot entirely in California.

The latest example of a locally set runaway is New Line’s upcoming earthquake thriller “San Andreas,” in which a helicopter pilot played by Dwayne Johnson rescues his daughter in San Francisco after a 10.0 quake. Except for six planned days of shooting in San Francisco, the entire $100 million movie will be made in Australia at the Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland.

[ click to continue reading at Variety ]

Posted on March 9, 2014 by Editor

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“The first high-art electronic pop record.”

from The LA Times

Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans Europe Express’ started the musical revolution

Critic’s Notebook: Those relentless thumps in electronic dance music and works by Jay Z, Timbaland and even Katy Perry trace to ‘Tran Europe Express’ by Kraftwerk.

By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic

KraftwerkRalf Hütter, left, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Stefan Pfaffe of Kraftwerk at the Museum of Modern Art on April 10, 2012, in New York City. (Mike Coppola / Getty Images)

Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europe Express” is the most important pop album of the last 40 years, though it may not be obvious

The first high-art electronic pop record, “Trans Europe Express” set the tone for the coming revolution, became one of the central texts of hip-hop, pop and electronic dance music. Recorded in the same few months of mid-1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporated Apple Computers in Cupertino, “Trans Europe Express” and its predecessors, “Radio-Activity” and “Autobahn,” sparked a similarly massive upheaval with sound.

That it was built by a couple of Germans searching for new ideas in a postwar land longing for a modern reboot makes it even more astonishing and its span of influence more notable.

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Editor

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Elmore Leonard Gone

from The Hollywood Reporter

Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

by Hilary Lewis, Andy Lewis, Duane Byrge

Elmore Leonard, considered by many to be the greatest crime writer of modern times, has died due to complications of a stroke. He was 87.

He wrote 45 novels, many of which were adapted for movies or TV over the years.

His most recent TV hit was the FX series Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, which was based on his short story “Fire in the Hole.”

Films based on his work included Hombre52 Pick-UpOut of SightGet Shorty and Jackie Brown.

The film version of Leonard’s The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Tim Robbins and Isla Fisher, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. At the time of his death, he was at work on another novel, which was set in the world of competitive bull riding.

[ click to continue reading at THR ]

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Editor

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NEVER BUILT LOS ANGELES

from The LA Times

Review: A city’s unrealized ambitions in ‘Never Built Los Angeles’

By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic

Los Angeles has never been big on regret.

For most of the city’s history we’ve been so busy charging forward, inventing and reinventing the future, that we’ve rarely paused to wonder what might have been.

In architecture, when we do look back, we usually focus more on mistakes of action than inaction. We mourn the landmarks we’ve knocked down rather than the ones we failed to build in the first place.

But how do you catalog a history of mistimed, misguided or ill-fated ambition? What about a preservation movement for the ideas and designs that almost made it?

“Never Built Los Angeles,” a revelatory new exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, is a first step in that direction, an attempt to corral the city’s most beautiful architectural ghosts and put them on public view.

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on August 3, 2013 by Editor

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LGBTur

from CBS LA

Famed LA Helicopter Reporter Bob Tur Becoming A Woman


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles helicopter pilot-reporter Bob Tur, who famously covered the L.A. riots and the O.J. Simpson slow-speed freeway chase, said she suffers from gender dysphoria and is in the process of becoming a woman.

Tur told KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens and Diane Thompson that she is in the early stages of aggressive hormone replacement therapy to fully transform from male to female.

The 53-year-old, who worked for a number of L.A. news outlets, including CBS, said she was born with a female brain and a male body.

“It’s a genetic disorder that happens in utero. Nobody knows exactly why, but you’re born with a female or feminized brain. The corpus callosum is the main structure that joins the left and right hemispheres and it’s a nightmare if you don’t really know who you are. You think you’re a woman, but you’re a man,” she said.

Tur said she chose to come out publicly about her life-altering decision because she’s “done hiding.”

“I’m done trying to deal with this. It’s gotten very bad in the last five years. It’s been a very easy process once I made the decision to go forward. Now that my brain is getting the right hormones…I had no idea that life was like this. I just had no idea. It’s amazing. The dysmorphic OCD thoughts are gone. For the first time, I’m truly happy,” she said.

The journalist said friends and family have been supportive of the change.

“I have not had a single negative response,” she said. “I didn’t realize I had that many friends. A few people knew. A few people figured it out. For the most part, people didn’t know. They were in a state of shock initially. My kids were in a state of shock. And they have been going through this mourning process. Bob Tur has got to die. And that’s going to happen within the next three or four months. There’s a mourning process, but they’ve been very, very supportive.”

[ click to read full article at CBS LA ]

and check out this sweet piece at The Daily Beast on Tur and how she invented essentially the helicopter News Report

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Editor

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Indiana Jones And The Industry of Doom

from The Hollywood Reporter

Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry

by Paul Bond

George Lucas echoed Spielberg’s sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.

Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an “implosion” in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next — or even before then — will be price variances at movie theaters, where “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.” He also said that Lincoln came “this close” to being an HBO movie instead of a theatrical release.

George Lucas agreed that massive changes are afoot, including film exhibition morphing somewhat into a Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrialstayed in theaters for a year and four months.

Lucas and Spielberg told USC students that they are learning about the industry at an extraordinary time of upheaval, where even proven talents find it difficult to get movies into theaters. Some ideas from young filmmakers “are too fringe-y for the movies,” Spielberg said. “That’s the big danger, and there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.”

Lucas lamented the high cost of marketing movies and the urge to make them for the masses while ignoring niche audiences. He called cable television “much more adventurous” than film nowadays.

“I think eventually the Lincolns will go away and they’re going to be on television,” Lucas said. “As mine almost was,” Spielberg interjected. “This close — ask HBO — this close.”

“We’re talking Lincoln and Red Tails — we barely got them into theaters. You’re talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can’t get their movie into a theater,” Lucas said. “I got more people intoLincoln than you got into Red Tails,” Spielberg joked.

Spielberg added that he had to co-own his own studio in order to get Lincoln into theaters.

[ click to read full article at THR ]

Posted on June 14, 2013 by Editor

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Hamburger Hamlet Founder Harry Lewis Gone

from KSWT

Harry Lewis, founder of Hamburger Hamlet, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Harry Lewis, founder of the Hamburger Hamlet chain whose regular customers included Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, has died at age 93.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1bqkpkA ) reports Lewis died Sunday at a convalescent home in Beverly Hills. His son, Adam, tells the newspaper that his father was compulsively driven by attention to detail and would cook 30 hamburgers at once.

Lewis was an actor who appeared in the 1948 movie “Key Largo” before founding Hamburger Hamlet chain in 1950 with his future wife, Marilyn.

The restaurants were decorated with movie memorabilia and offered customized hamburgers long before the idea became trendy.

click to read about the Hamlet at the deliciously cool OldLARestaurants.com

[ click to continue reading at KSWT.com ]

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Editor

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11,000-square Feet Of Fame

from SPIN

Skrillex Is Building a Warhol-Inspired Bass Factory in Los Angeles’ Chinatown

by Philip Sherburne

11,000-square-foot OWSLA nest will give “in-the-box” producers their wings

After living in hotels for the past decade, Skrillex seems to be settling into his newfound digs in Los Angeles quite nicely. He recently posted a Vine video documenting his recently completed home studio, but that’s just the beginning. In a conversation with Summit Series’ Jeff Rosenthal at last month’s IMS Engage conference in Los Angeles, Sonny Moore revealed that he recently purchased an 11,000-square-foot building in Chinatown where he is building a studio for “in-the-box producers” like himself — that is, traveling laptoppers who could benefit from a high-tech home base for plugging in and jamming out.

But, rather than constructing an industry hit factory, his vision sounds a lot more like Warhol’s Factory — a multi-disciplinary creative hub where collision and collaboration are at the root of everything. “There’s nothing in L.A. that’s like that for our generation,” said Skrillex. “We have our own team and our label’s going to be in there, building an actual physical infrastructure. Up until a couple months ago my team was all over the world, and everything was by email, but I think people tend to forget that when everyone’s in the same room, everything goes 50 times faster. Ideas keep pouring out, and you get a lot more done. So [I’m] building a home for our culture and our scene and a place to even document it and show people what it is. Because it’s more than what most media thinks of electronic music — there’s so much more behind why it’s there, why it came out of nowhere.”

Early in the conversation, the full video of which was posted to the IMS website last week, Moore talks about his years spent navigating the vagaries of major-label contracts, first with From First to Last and then as Sonny Moore; he attributes much of Skrillex’ success to a DIY-inspired philosophy you might call “DIO” — Do It Ourselves

[ click to continue reading at SPIN.com ]

Posted on May 9, 2013 by Editor

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Ray Harryhausen Gone

from USA Today

Hollywood effects wizard Ray Harryhausen dies at 92

The legendary filmmaker was best known for using stop-motion model animation in movies such as ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Clash of the Titans.’

Way before movies like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings inspired the imagination of film lovers everywhere, audiences were enraptured by the sword-wielding skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts, the great ape of Mighty Joe Young and the dinosaurs opposite Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.

The man responsible for all those and much more, Hollywood special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, died Tuesday in London at the age of 92. His family announced his death via The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page.

The legendary effects wizard’s influence was felt both in his sci-fi and fantasy movies as well as in the works of later filmmakers such as George Lucas and Peter Jackson. Beginning his career in the 1940s, Harryhausen became well known for using stop-motion model animation and having them interact with actors in a live-action world.

[ click to continue reading at USA Today ]

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Editor

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Huell Howser and Tony Danza Eating Pink’s

from KCET

When Huell Howser Met Tony Danza

by 

One of the great things about Huell Howser’s interviews is that he didn’t have them edited to death. You can actually watch a conversation unfold naturally instead seeing it chopped up into something that’s different from how it actually happened. The clip you see here — Huell’s 1981 interview with Tony Danza at Pink’s Hot Dogs — is also presented mostly unedited, to the point that you hear Danza let slip a swear word that probably wouldn’t have made the cut for CNN.

[ click to continue reading at KCET.org ]

Posted on March 24, 2013 by Editor

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Daily Variety Dead – Exex Across H’w’d Scrambling to Figure Out What To Do For The First Hour Of Each Day

from The LA Times

End of an era for Daily Variety

Lots of Hollywood honchos need to change their reading habits: The Tuesday edition is Daily Variety’s last.

Daily Variety is sold at a newsstand.

Daily Variety has been a print publication for almost 80 years. Above, a Studio City newsstand has issues for sale. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / March 18, 2013)

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

Leslie Moonves has had the same morning routine for decades.

“The first thing I do after getting out of the shower is pick up Daily Variety and have a cup of coffee,” the CBS Corp. chief executive said. “It’s a 30-year habit.”

That habit is ending for Moonves and lots of other Hollywood power players, movie and television stars, producers and publicists and thousands of wannabes: Daily Variety is ceasing as a print publication after almost 80 years. Tuesday’s edition is its last.

The decision shows that Daily Variety has had to grapple with the forces reshaping the industry it covers. Just as the entertainment business has had to adapt to changing media consumption habits, so have the outlets that cover it.

“They’re getting out of the buggy whip business,” said Stan Rosenfield, a veteran Hollywood publicist whose client list includes George Clooney and Robert De Niro.

[ click to continue reading at The LA Times ]

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Editor

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MOLACMA

from The LA Times

Art marriage may yield L.A. mega-museum

LACMA makes a preliminary offer for taking over MOCA. Eli Broad might need to OK any merger.

Eli Broad

Eli Broad, who is building a museum across from MOCA, agreed in 2008 to give the downtown Los Angeles institution a bailout valued at up to $30 million. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / January 8, 2013)

By Jori Finkel and Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has proposed acquiring the troubled Museum of Contemporary Art — a move that would combine the biggest art collection west of the Mississippi with one of the world’s most prestigious troves of contemporary art.

The acquisition could put to rest long-standing concerns over the financial viability of the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA. But it also faces potential opposition from the region’s most influential art patron, billionaire Eli Broad.

In funding a 2008 MOCA bailout valued at up to $30 million, Broad won a stipulation that MOCA could not be acquired for 10 years by “any museum located within 100 miles of MOCA’s Grand Avenue facility,” excluding “educational institutions or museums affiliated with educational institutions.” Broad declined immediate comment Thursday.

PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times

The acquisition offer was made in a letter from the leaders of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, to the co-chairs of the MOCA board.

[ click to continue reading at the LAT ]

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Editor

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Posted on February 25, 2013 by Editor

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Bret Easton Ouch V Kathryn Hot-elow

from E!

Bret Easton Ellis Rips Kathryn Bigelow in Sexist Rant: Zero Dark Thirty Director Overrated Because She’s “Hot”

Bret Easton Ellis, Kathryn Bigelow

Joe Kohen/WireImage, Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Bret Easton Ellis has never been one to hold back his opinions on Twitter (see: Paris HiltonMatt Bomer).

Now, he’s directing his 140-character vitriol at a most unlikely of targets: Zero Dark Thirtyhelmer Kathryn Bigelow.

The motormouthed author took to Twitter Wednesday night to slam the filmmaker—the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director—for her success mainly because of her gender.

Oh, yes: He went there.

[ click to continue reading at E! ]

Posted on December 6, 2012 by Editor

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The Greatest Hip-Hop Album Ever

from LA Weekly

The Making of The Chronic

By Ben Westhoff

Dr. Dre’s seminal 1992 album, The Chronic, turns 20 next month. Though a sensation upon its release, the raw-but-melodic work’s legend has only grown in the ensuing decades, and today seemingly every MC-producer duo fancies itself the next Dre and Snoop Dogg. It has become the most influential rap work ever made, and perhaps even the greatest, as Jeff Weiss argues.

See also: *Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums
*The Chronic: The Greatest Album In Rap History

But it almost never happened. Despite the success Dre had experienced with N.W.A, he was entangled in contractual problems with his former crewmate Eazy-E’s label. For that reason, as well as Death Row’s dodgy reputation, The Chronic had a hard time finding release. It took the shepherding of renegade upstart Interscope Records, the financing of convicted drug kingpin Michael Harris and the steady hand of Suge Knight, an intimidating former defensive end, to give it life.

Xenon Pictures,Welcome to Death Row: The Rise and Fall of Death Row Records, tells the story of Knight’s infamous imprint, as well as the rise of Snoop and Tupac Shakur. Its producers — Jeff Scheftel, Leigh Savidge and Steve Housden — gained unprecedented access to Harris while he was behind bars. They also spoke with some 100 other figures associated with the label, from publicists and drug dealers to Chronic performers.

[ click to continue reading at LAWeekly.com ]

Posted on December 1, 2012 by Editor

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Big Cool (and can run over any stupid Metro bus that pulls out in front of it)

from The LA Times

Shuttle treks across L.A., headed for its space

Shuttle tripLooking like a behemoth out of a Hollywood film, space shuttle Endeavour makes its way down Manchester Boulevard.(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

By Kate Mather, Andrew Khouri and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour arrived in Los Angeles last month with an air of majesty, soaring over ocean and mountains, swooping past the Hollywood sign and Disneyland, and dazzling crowds gazing up from the ground.

Endeavour lost a little of that grandeur Friday, towed by four trailers, inching down city streets from Los Angeles International Airport toward its new life as an exhibit at the California Science Center. But it was greeted with fanfare by large crowds who marveled at its sheer size against the city backdrop.

[ click to continue reading at The LA Times ]

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Editor

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World’s Greatest Lyricist Gone

from The LA Times

Celebrating iconic songwriter Hal David

Hal David, who helped pen iconic tunes like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” has died. He was 91.

By Gerrick D. Kennedy

Hal David
Lyricist Hal David died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday of complications from a stroke.(Paul Buck / EPA / September 1, 2012)

Hal David, the lyricist of pop music standards such as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” has died. He was 91.

David and his longtime partner composer Burt Bacharach etched an indelible footprint on the American songbook when they penned dozens of top 40 hits.

WATCH: 10 iconic Hal David songs

The two crafted a slew of memorable singles in the 1960s and early 1970s for a range of artists including Dionne Warwick,the Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney and Tom Jones.

Some of the standards in the Bacharach-David catalog include “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “One Less Bell to Answer” – and dozens more that were hits on radio and on soundtracks to film and TV for decades.

[ click to read full article at LATimes.com ]

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Editor

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Steel Pulse Does Doheny Days

Posted on August 22, 2012 by Editor

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Sacks On Smack

from The New Yorker

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Posted on August 21, 2012 by Editor

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Holy Sh!t. Tony Scott Gone.

from TMZ

Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide – Jumps Off L.A. Bridge

BREAKING NEWS

Famed director Tony Scott — who directed “Top Gun” among many other major films — jumped to his death today off an L.A. bridge … this according to the L.A. County Coroner.According to the Coroner, 68-year-old Scott — Ridley Scott’s brother — jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30pm.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn said a suicide note was found in Scott’s Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

Scott directed such films as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Enemy of the State,” and “The Taking of Pelham 123.”

[ click to continue reading at TMZ.com ]

Posted on August 19, 2012 by Editor

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Richard Zanuck Gone

from Variety

Producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77

Oscar winner behind ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ also shaped ‘Jaws’ and six Tim Burton films

By STEVE CHAGOLLAN

Richard Zanuck, the son of legendary 20th Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck who carved out his own career as the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” the blockbuster “Jaws” and several Tim Burton films, including “Alice in Wonderland,” died Friday in Los Angeles from a heart attack. He was 77.

[ click to continue reading at Variety ]

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Editor

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One of the goals is to have people dancing in the museum.

from The New York Observer

Hot Stuff! Jeffrey Deitch on James Murphy’s ‘Fire in the Disco’ Show at L.A. MOCA

By Michael H. Miller

Mr. Murphy. (Courtesy PMC)The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has scheduled an exhibition called “Fire in the Disco,” which will look at the history of disco and its impact on art, fashion and music. It will be co-curated by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and the museum hopes for it to open in time for the next programming season. Word of the show was first hinted at in a New York Times profile of Mr. Murphy last week that said he had been talking with MOCA’s director Jeffrey Deitch. Mr. Deitch confirmed the news on the phone with us Monday evening.

“There aren’t that many of these cultural movements that within a few years spread all around the world,” Mr. Deitch said of the exhibition’s subject. “Like Cubism, within a few years of its invention in Paris, it’s everywhere. And disco is sort of this unlikely candidate for this. It emerges in subcultures in lofts in downtown New York and basements in Paris, but it sweeps the world very quickly and encompasses fashion, film, art, and has great social impact in addition to its musical impact. It has a tremendous impact on gay liberation, on the connection between black, white, Hispanic. It became a universal language.”

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Posted on July 12, 2012 by Editor

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Terminator 5 – Creep Of The Crawlers

from The New York Times

Venice Beach Bodybuilders Fear Google Is Kicking Sand at Them

Monica Almeida/The New York Times

A painting for sale on the boardwalk in the Venice section of Los Angeles, where Google has set up offices and may lease more space. More Photos »

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and IAN LOVETT

LOS ANGELES — This city’s boardwalk community of Venice has long celebrated its seediness, accepting — embracing, really — the kind of sensory assaults that would faze more conventional places: beachfront bodybuilders, ragamuffin street vendors, tattoo artists, Hare Krishna chanters, skateboarders, drug dealers, gangs, homeless encampments, rowdy tourists, film crews and, more recently, a colony of medical marijuana dispensaries.

But Venice might have met its match in what many see as its most unsettling threat yet: Google.

“As soon as I walked in, they said: ‘You heard about Google? Why don’t you have your staff look into this?’ ” former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who began his professional career as a bodybuilder here 44 years ago, said after he emerged from a throng of worried muscle-bound admirers at Gold’s Gym. “It’s this conspiracy theory: ‘Google is coming! They are going to take over and wipe out our bodybuilding.’ ”

In November, Google moved an army of sales and technology employees into 100,000 square feet in two Venice buildings. It is negotiating leases on another 100,000 square feet, according to real estate agents. That includes the 31,000-square-foot expanse that is Gold’s Gym, the very bodybuilding symbol of Venice, if not the universe, where Mr. Schwarzenegger stopped by the other morning.

[ click to continue reading at nytimes.com ]

Posted on June 19, 2012 by Editor

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Rodney King Gone (Thanks, Rodney – though still we do not listen.)

from The LA Times

Rodney King was haunted by memories, daunted by pain

The 1991 beating by LAPD officers and years of drug and alcohol abuse left Rodney King unmoored. But he sought a new beginning.

By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times

Rodney King
Rodney King was working hard to mend personal relationships that had frayed during two decades of instability and trouble. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / October 3, 2008)

Rodney King spoke candidly of death. I recall a time last March when he and I were walking through his Rialto home. He looked at photos of the LAPD officers who’d beaten him. Without prompting, he opened up. “I’m just glad I survived what he did to me,” he said, speaking of one of the officers, Stacey Koon. He held his two fingers about a quarter-inch apart. “I was this close to death,” he said. “This close.”

He went on to say there were long moments that night in Lake View Terrace in 1991 when it felt as if he had, in fact, died. Moments when it seemed he was outside his body, looking down at a scene of horror below. King explained how, as boots and batons fell, as electricity from Tasers ripped through his body, he thought of what it was like for African slaves to withstanding whippings. The thought of what they went through helped him stay alive.

Make no mistake, that wasn’t the only time Rodney King could have died. He was extremely candid about his addiction to drugs and alcohol; about the damage he’d done to his body and how addiction could have cost him his life on several occasions. He felt lucky to have survived moments like the time in 2003 when he sped down a street in Rialto, high on PCP, and crashed into a tree.

He compared himself to a cat. “They’ve only got nine lives,” he said. “I don’t want to get to nine.”

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on June 17, 2012 by Editor

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The Kings Kill The Devils

Posted on June 11, 2012 by Editor

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Romantico!

from The Guardian

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Posted on June 8, 2012 by Editor

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Porno Colosseo

from The LA Times

Porn video shot on Coliseum grounds

It’s unclear how the filmmaker got access to the taxpayer-owned stadium or permission to use its field lights.

By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass.

It was also a location for “The Gangbang Girl #32,” a hard-core pornographic movie that featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf, The Times has learned.

The filming at the taxpayer-owned stadium was done at night, with the Coliseum‘s towering lights blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats framing many of the scenes. The video also shows the stadium’s signature tunnel, which the Trojan team charges through at the start of games, as well as a sliver of the iconic peristyle, the arched entrance to the Coliseum.

“I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum,” said a star of the film, who goes by the name Mr. Marcus. “I’ve made movies for about 20 years and I’ve done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?”

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Posted on May 31, 2012 by Editor

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“between my cat and my pups, i’m about to f**n kill things”

from CBS Los Angeles

Hawk Snatches Shanna Moakler’s Dog From Her Calabasas Home

pooch.jpgCALABASAS (CBS) — Former Miss USA and Playboy model Shanna Moakler says one of her dogs is missing and another is under veterinary care after the animals were attacked by a hawk at her Calabasas home.

“A eagle attacked my 2 chi’s today, my girl pup is at the vet, my boy is missing, between my cat and my pups, i’m about to f**n kill things,” she tweeted Monday, but later referred to the animal as a hawk.

“Not gonna lie, feel like hunting hawks today… don’t feel bad about it either,” she tweeted Wednesday.

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Posted on April 26, 2012 by Editor

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THR: James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Taps Todd Cohen as Film & TV President

from The Hollywood Reporter

James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Taps Todd Cohen as Film & TV President

Cohen will oversee the company’s push into movies, TV and digital.

Full Fathom Five, the multi-platform intellectual property company founded by author James Frey,has tapped Todd Cohen as its president of film and television. He will head the company’s new Los Angeles office.

Cohen, who most recently served as vp of scripted television at Reveille, will oversee Full Fathom Five’s push into movies, TV and digital. According to the company, Cohen “will guide the company’s current projects through development and production as well as look to expand Full Fathom Five through partnerships with outside producers.“

At Reveille, Cohen worked on NBC’s The Office, Showtime’s The Tudors and ABC’s Ugly Betty. Cohen also developed, packaged and produced comedy, drama and unscripted programming for network and cable, as well as for digital platforms. He joined the company in 2004.

Full Fathom Five is best known for creating the hit book series I Am Number Four, which was adapted into a DreamWorks movie in 2011. The company is designed to be an IP generator and has already created over three dozen books, television shows, movies and video games. Several are already in development at CBS, HBO, 20th Century Fox and Sony.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Full Fathom Five taps Cohen: Ex-Reveille exec to lead film, TV efforts

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Hires Todd Cohen As President Of Film And Television

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Posted on April 7, 2012 by Editor

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Studio Peckinpah To Be Razed and Replaced With Boring

from The Los Angeles Times

Storied West Hollywood studio buildings to be demolished

The studio lot, once owned by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, has had many names and housed many productions over the years. Its new owner intends to raze and replace several buildings.

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks worked there. So did Charlie ChaplinMarilyn Monroe,Elizabeth TaylorClark GableMarlon Brando and practically everyone else.

Soon, though, wrecking crews will be at work at the storied West Hollywood movie lot at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

Once known as the Warner Hollywood Studio, it’s now called “The Lot.” Its new owner, CIM Group, intends to raze its aging wooden office buildings and sound-dubbing stages and replace them with glass-and-steel structures.

According to West Hollywood planning officials, the first phase of work involves the demolition of the studio’s Pickford Building — built in 1927 and remodeled in 1936 — and Goldwyn Building, which was built in 1932 and is used for sound editing.

Later phases will involve the removal of the studio’s Writers Building, Fairbanks Building and Editorial Building and a block-long row of production offices that line Santa Monica Boulevard. Replacement buildings will rise to six stories.

The redevelopment plans have riled many in the entertainment industry, particularly those who know the studio from past film shoots and television programs.

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Posted on March 26, 2012 by Editor

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There’s A Moon Over Terrywood Tonight

from the NY Daily News

Funky moon over Hollywood

Terry Richardson’s fete Friday night was the only Oscar weekend party we know of where a guest dropped his pants and mooned the red carpet, or where the host signed a fan’s breasts.


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The opening of the fashion photographer’s solo art exhibition, “Terrywood,” brought out celebs, rappers, rockers, porn stars, models, gallerists and everyone in between. James Franco showed up in a trucker hat while Lindsay Lohan worked an “Alice in Wonderland”-on-Mars look in a pale green frock with purple squiggles. Paz de la Huerta and hotelier Vikram Chatwal mugged for cameras, and Chatwal hoisted the “Boardwalk Empire” star into his arms between smooches.

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Posted on February 27, 2012 by Editor

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Terrywood

from stupidDOPE

Terry Richardson – OHWOW “Terrywood” Exhibition

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OHWOW is a gallery, publisher, and creative community with gallery and retail locations in New York CityLos Angeles and Miami. The Los Angeles OHWOW gallery started out as a laundromat and now, has become a niche for the artistic and art patrons in the area.  Edgy pop fashion photographer Terry Richardson was born in NYC but was raised in Hollywood, California.  Coming in February 2012, Richardson will show tribute to the location with his “Terrywood” Exhibit.

We’re not privy as to what the exhibit will display on its February debut, but if Terry’s previous fashion photos are any indication the exhibition that is dedicated to Hollywood life should be one to see. Terrywood will show at the OHWOW gallery from February 24-March 31, 2012. OHWOW is located at 937 N. La Cienega Blvd – Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Posted on February 24, 2012 by Editor

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