Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Here is the full list of new members, the class of 2015...
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Young actor Tom Holland, known mostly for his stellar work in the Tsunami film The Impossible, has been cast as the new Spider-Man.
Monday, June 22, 2015
James Horner, brilliant composer of such acclaimed scores as Aliens, The Land Before Time, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Titanic and Avatar, has sadly passed away in a plane crash tonight. He was the pilot and lone passenger in the crash. One of the more prolific composers in Hollywood over four decades, his films have grossed over $13 billion dollars worldwide.
He will be missed.
Happy Birthday to Billy Wilder, writer, director and producer of such classics as Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Blvd., Ace In The Hole, Some Like It Hot and The Apartment (amongst MANY others).
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
To this day Jaws still sits in the top ten all-time, when adjusted for inflation. It is one of only eight films in history to have theoretically grossed over $1 BILLION dollars domestically, when ticket prices are adjusted. Spielberg is the only director to have TWO films on that exclusive list, with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial sitting at #4.
Below are ten of the film's seminal scenes. What's your favorite? Mine is probably Robert Shaw's brilliant "Indianapolis Speech".
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES STEVEN!
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
An early Thursday start, positive word-of-mouth, and a solid cast headed up by perhaps today's biggest current box office draw Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie), all culminated in an out-sized performance of T-Rexian proportions. A slew records fell, listed here...
Monday, June 15, 2015
Coffee Talks #1 (Directors), left to right:
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World), Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, Hot Pursuit), Paul Weitz (American Pie, About A Boy)
Weitz acted as moderator.
"Trust your instincts."
"Learn to deal with and compartmentalize failure."
"Perseverance is key to everything."
"On set, it is okay to say 'I don't know'."
"The most important aspect of filmmaking is relationships."
"Failure doesn't necessarily kill you."
"As Director, you determine what kind of day people have on set."
Coffee Talks #2 (Actors), left to right:
Howard acted as moderator.
"Why did that actor take that part? Everybody has to pay the bills."
"Know your lines, hit your mark."
"Actors should train like Mayweather, Jordan, Kobe, LeBron. Acting is similar to athletics, you have to practice to be the best."
"The problem with a lot of up-and-coming actors is they don't want to be good, they want to be famous."
FUN FACT: Known for comedic roles in films like Step Brothers and TV's Parks and Recreation, Hahn actually studied drama at Northwestern University and the prestigious Yale School of Drama.
Talked about how her extensive voice-over career has helped hone her live-action acting skills. Also, "It's dope to be in cartoons".
"Actors should think of acting as a calling."
"Take the work that feels good."
Bryce Dallas Howard:
FUN FACT: Actor Josh Gad (Olaf from Disney's Frozen) has been best friends with Howard's husband since they were little and is the Godfather to their children.
FUN FACT: Howard's father, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, has threatened to grow out a pony-tail in order to look hip and current. She has asked him repeatedly to not do it.
"Manage your finances. Keep your overhead low."
Advice from Ron Howard to Bryce Dallas Howard:
1. "Save your money."
2. "If you can do anything else (other than acting), do it."
Moderated by BMI's Vice President of Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer Ross
FUN FACT: Elfman never took music lessons and didn't start playing music until he was 18 years old when he first picked up a violin.
"I thought performing was what I was going to do."
"Nobody sets out to make a bad film. Sometimes, they turn out bad."
On musical inspiration: "Bernard Herrmann's music had personality."
On the most common note from Directors: "Give me more."
What are your favorite Thomas Newman scores? "American Beauty and The Player."
FUN FACT: Newman's father is Oscar-winner Alfred Newman (Wuthering Heights, All About Eve) and his cousin is Oscar-winner Randy Newman (Toy Story, "I Love L.A.").
On working on small scale, independent films: "There's no time, no money, but don't skimp on the excellence."
"Love what you do. Joy in your process is important."
What are your favorite Danny Elfman scores? "Beetlejuice and The Simpsons".
LaFauve acted as moderator
"Generally mediocre books make great films, and great books make mediocre films."
"If you are getting the same note from everyone, you have to recognize it might be valid."
"I try to always write a movie that I'd like to watch."
David S. Goyer:
On whether original or adapted screenwriting is tougher: "Original. The blank page is tougher."
On getting notes from executives/the studio: "Listen to the problem, don't listen to the solution."
On writing draft after draft: "Writing is re-writing."
On getting hired to re-write someone else's script: Ask "what was important to you about this script?"
On writing: "Treat it like a regular job. Same time, everyday, no matter what. Even if it is crap. Ritualize it."
On making it in Hollywood: "Be tenacious."
On character arcs: "Know whether your character is changing or if the world is changing around your character."
Advice to first time screenwriters: "Read A LOT of screenplays."
The L.A. Film Fest, presented by Film Independent, continues through Thursday June 18th. For more information or to buy tickets, visit lafilmfest.com
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Friday, June 12, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Christopher Lee, legendary actor with nearly 300 credits to his name, has died. His career spanned EIGHT decades, first appearing on Television back in 1946, and working all the way up to the present. He made a name for himself playing Dracula in a string of influential Hammer studio horror films in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. He also played a Bond Villain opposite Roger Moore in The Man with the Golden Gun. Later in his career, directors like Tim Burton, George Lucas and Peter Jackson cast the veteran actor in fantasy roles in blockbuster films and franchises like Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Lord of the Rings.
He was 93 years old. He will be missed.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015