Mar 312013

Samuel Goldwyn Theater Enter the Dragon

A 40th anniversary screening with special guests including co-star John Saxon, producers Paul Heller and Fred Weintraub, and cinematographer Gil Hubbs

Presenting an original 35mm Technicolor dye-transfer print from the Academy Film Archive

Celebrating the new exhibition “Kick Ass!: Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection”

Filmed almost entirely on location in Hong Kong, “Enter the Dragon” was the first “kung fu” film produced by a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. With a score by six-time Oscar-nominated composer Lalo Schifrin, “Enter the Dragon” brought the martial arts film into the American mainstream.

Bruce Lee, who choreographed and staged the fights himself, plays a martial arts expert seeking revenge on the gang that killed his sister. To take down the gang’s kung fu obsessed kingpin, Lee enters a grueling martial arts tournament that he sponsors. Also competing are debt-ridden gambler Roper (John Saxon) and militant activist Williams (karate champion Jim Kelly).

With its mixture of spectacular action, fierce female costars (including Angela Mao) and exotic locations, the film became a huge success. Lee died a month before “Enter the Dragon” was released in the U.S., but the film’s immense popularity cemented his status as a cinematic legend.

A six-sheet poster for “Enter the Dragon,” and posters for other films featuring Bruce Lee, are included in the Academy Grand Lobby exhibition, “Kick Ass!: Posters
from the Stephen Chin Collection.”

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
All seating is unreserved.

Mar 302013

Previews Begin April 24, 2013


The cast during their first rehearsal of €œJoe Turners Come and Gone, written by August Wilson and directed by Phylicia Rashad.€œJoe Turner€™s Come and Gone begins previews at the Center Theatre Group.Photo by Craig Schwartz

Casting has been announced for “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” which begins previews April 24 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center.  Opening night is May 8 and performances run through June 9, 2013.

“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” written by August Wilson and directed by Phylicia Rashad, features Skye Barrett, Gabriel Brown, Keith David, January LaVoy, Vivian Nichole Nixon, Nathaniel James Potvin, Raynor Scheine, Erica Tazel, John Douglas Thompson, Glynn Turman and Lillias White.

“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” has set design by John Iacovelli, costume design by Karen Perry, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. The production features musical composition by Kathryn Bostic and the production stage manager is David Blackwell.

“Joe Turner” is set in 1911 in a Pittsburgh boarding house, where tenants come and go, forming a community that is altered time and time again. The daily routine of meals, conversation, gossip, arrivals and departures, and the changes that occur within this fluid grouping of people, is set against a great tide of Americans of African descent, only 50 years out of bondage, who are moving toward the industrial cities of the North in search of economic opportunity, lost family members and new beginnings.

CTG maintained a long relationship with August Wilson, presenting seven of his plays. In addition to “Jitney,” “King Hedley II” (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), “Gem of the Ocean” and “Radio Golf” at the Mark Taper Forum, CTG presented the Tony Award-nominated “Seven Guitars” at the Ahmanson Theatre and “Two Trains Running” and “The Piano Lesson” (1990 Pulitzer Prize) at the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood.

Phylicia Rashad starred in the 2004 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” and won the Tony Award for Best Actress (Play), which was the first time in Tony history that an African-American actress won in this category.  Her other Broadway credits include “August: Osage County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Gem of the Ocean” (she also starred in the world premiere production at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum in 2003), “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Into the Woods,” “Dreamgirls” and “The Wiz.” She has appeared in numerous movies and is well known on television as Clair Huxtable in “The Cosby Show.” She made her Los Angeles directing debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” first at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and then at the Douglas Theatre.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said of the play, “‘Joe Turner’ seamlessly blends the ordinary with the extraordinary. . . This play disarms its audiences with folksy chitchat and homespun comedy before it dawns on them that what they’re watching — in its subliminal sweep and symmetry — is close to epic poetry.”

Tickets for “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” are available at, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Mar 292013


Producer Lorne Michaels, writer-actor Mike Myers, actor Dana Carvey and director Penelope Spheeris will reunite for a panel discussion and screening of “Wayne’s World” on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will be introduced by Academy President Hawk Koch, who also served as the film’s executive producer.

Myers made his film debut alongside Carvey in this 1992 big-screen version of their “Saturday Night Live” sketch about two metal-head teenagers, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who host a public access cable TV show called “Wayne’s World” from a basement in Aurora, Illinois.

The film was a smash hit, grossing more than $180 million worldwide. The influence of “Wayne’s World” on popular culture includes several phrases that became everyday expressions, such as “Schwing!” “NOT!” and “We’re not worthy!” The soundtrack also propelled Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, more than 15 years after its original release.

The new print to be screened is courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Paramount.

Tickets for “Wayne’s World” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased starting April 1 online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

Mar 282013



(March 27, 2013) – A limited number of tickets have been released to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball West Regional at STAPLES Center. This is your chance to be part of March Madness!

Get your tickets today at or at the STAPLES Center Box Office.

Thursday, March 28

(6) Arizona vs. (2) Ohio State – 4:47 P.M. (9) Wichita State vs. (13) La Salle – 7:17 P.M.

Saturday, March 30

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 Time TBD

Mar 262013




The Academy launches a slate of events focused on the breakthroughs in visual effects, beginning with a special advance screening of “Jurassic Park 3D” on April 2, and concluding with an exploration of the groundbreaking VFX techniques used in “Life of Pi” on May 6.

The complete lineup is as follows:

“Jurassic Park 3D” Tuesday, April 2 Samuel Goldwyn Theater The evening will feature a special advance screening of Steven Spielberg’s state-of-the-art classic in 3D.  Following the film will be a discussion with the movie’s crew, including Rick Carter (art direction), Dennis Muren (visual effects) and Phil Tippett (visual effects), and Stereo D president William Sherak, moderated by Variety’s David S. Cohen.  Admission for “Jurassic Park” is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets will be available online  March 26 at 9 a.m.

VFX Convergence Mondays, April 15, 22, and 29 Linwood Dunn Theater This three-week series will highlight the constantly evolving art of visual effects.  Panelists include Academy Award®-winning makeup artists Rick Baker and Greg Cannom, and Oscar-winning visual effects artists Rob Legato and Robert Stromberg.  Each evening will feature film clips and a Q & A session.        Pre- and Post-visualization – Today’s Storyboarding (April 15)       Blending Makeup with Digital Arts in Film (April 22)       From Matte Paintings to Full Environments and Set Extensions (April 29) Tickets and passes will be available on April 1.

Deconstructing “Pi” Monday, May 6 Samuel Goldwyn Theater Moderated by Academy governor Bill Kroyer, the panel will feature two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer and members of the “Life of Pi” creative teams.  The program will spotlight the ”making-of,” design and breakthrough 3D and visual effects work that went into crafting the movie. Tickets will be available on April 1.

Mar 262013



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar® presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, and February 22, 2015, respectively.

Key dates for the Awards season are: Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards  Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced  Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards  Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards    Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards

The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

Mar 232013

March 22 through April 6


LACMA Exhibition Film Series

Academy Film Archive Rediscovery: Saul Bass’s PHASE IV (1974)
with rarely seen original ending.

A box office disappointment in its initial release, “Phase IV” is being reappraised by modern audiences. This special presentation of a new 35mm print from the Academy Film Archive will include a rare screening of the original psychedelic ending sequence, long thought to be lost and alternately rumored never to have been made at all. This sequence was recently unearthed by the Archive and may be considered one of the most significant cinematic discoveries of the decade.

Featuring Academy Film Archive prints of two Saul Bass Films.

In 1968, “2001: A Space Odyssey” ushered in a bold new vision for science-fiction cinema that flowered fully in the coming decade as established filmmakers – among them Saul Bass, John Boorman, Robert Altman – as well as promising newcomers (such as George Lucas, John Carpenter and Douglas Trumbull) pushed the genre into adventurous new directions. Their films also addressed contemporary issues, such as technology’s rapid advancement, its encroachment into everyday life and mankind’s anxieties about its own (self) destruction. Series titles include “Silent Running,” “THX 1138,” “The Terminal Man,” “Dark Star,” “Solaris,” “Zardoz,” “Fantastic Planet,” “Quintet,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and the Academy Film Archive’s restored print of Saul Bass’s short “Quest.”

Mar 222013

The House Party: Exhibition of Photography

A group photography exhibit featuring the work of: Eric Bickford, Jodi Champagne, Marian Crostic, Bootsy Holler, Cathy Immordino, Sandra Klein, Alex Kondracke, Mindi LaRose, Patty Lemke, Judith Loniak, Erica Martin, Shay McAtee, Lisa McCord, Laurie McCormick, Lori Pond, Bernd Reinhardt, Kristianne Koch Riddle, and Rina Shapira.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 2013 (5 – 9 pm)

April 12 (5 -9 pm), April 13 and 14, 2013 (10-6 pm)

2531 Silver Lake Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90039

The House Party Exhibition of Photography is made up of a group of fine art photographers who crash houses by putting on exhibition parties.  All photography, including framed and unframed photographs, books and merchandise, are for sale.

Members of the group have been published in Rolling Stone Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, B&W Magazine, le Journal de la Photographie, Lenscratch, and many other magazines and blogs.  Their work has been featured in exhibits and galleries all over the country, including the Center for Fine Art Photography, Texas Photographic Society and Kiernan Gallery.

These talented photographers bring their unique sensibilities to this exhibition, each showcasing images that reflect the broad range of photography today.

There will be complimentary valet parking available between the hours of 5-9pm on Friday, April 12, as well as drinks and snacks.

Mar 202013




Jennifer Haley’s Gripping Drama Runs Through April 14, 2013

The world premiere of “The Nether,” a gripping new play by Jennifer Haley that explores the moral complexity of our increasingly virtual existence, opens at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre this Sunday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Performances continue through April 14, 2013. (Previews March 19 through 23.)

Directed by CTG Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, the cast features Brighid Fleming, Adam Haas Hunter, Robert Joy, Dakin Matthews and Jeanne Syquia. The scenic design is by Adrian W. Jones, costume design by Alex Jaeger, lighting design by Christopher Kuhl and sound design by John Zalewski. Casting is by Erika Sellin and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.


Mar 192013



Tracie Bennett Stars As Judy Garland In This Riveting New Play With Music


Tracie Bennett and Michael Cumpsty IN “END OF THE RAINBOW” written by Peter Quilter and Directed by Terry Johnson /Photo by Craig Schwartz

“End of the Rainbow” opens Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Peter Quilter’s acclaimed new play with music continues through April 21, 2013.

Directed by Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, the cast features Tony Award-nominated Tracie Bennett and Michael Cumpsty, as well as Erik Heger and Miles Anderson.  Set and costume design is by William Dudley, lighting design is by Christopher Akerlind, sound design is by Gareth Owen.

The production stage manager is Mark Dobrow. The setting of “End of the Rainbow” is December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback . . . again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get “beyond the rainbow” with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit.

This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. “End of the Rainbow” features some of Garland’s most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered. Ben Brantley of The New York Times said “End of the Rainbow” is  “. . . one of the most complete portraits of an artist I’ve ever seen . . . Watching Tracie Bennett’s electrifying interpretation of Judy Garland, . . . you feel utterly alive . . . That’s what comes from witnessing acting that is this unconditionally committed, not to mention this sensational — in every sense of the word.” Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “In a Broadway performance that will long be discussed, debated and remembered, Bennett conveys, with equal parts magic and heartbreak, the paradox of being both human and immortal.” Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine remarked, “As much as you will hear about Tracie Bennett’s extraordinary performance, she surpasses it.

She is magnetic, wrenching, a jolt of electricity from beginning to end.”  Tickets for “End of the Rainbow” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting online at, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $20 – $110 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012. Previews for “End of the Rainbow” were presented March 12 through 19.

Mar 172013

2013 L.A. Marathon

2013 L.A. Marathon From Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica

2013 L.A. Marathon From Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica: Anything L.A.

The 28th L.A. Marathon started in stages between 6:55 and 7:26 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
24,000 runners in the Los Angeles Marathon started at Dodger Stadium and run to Santa Monica.

Aleksandra Duliba (27 year old from Belarus) won the 2013 L.A. Marathon
in the women’s category and in addition to the $25,000 prize pocketed a $50,000 gender bonus for crossing the finish line ahead of the male winner.

Erick Mose (26 year old from Kenya) won in the men’s category.

In the words of Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa:  “This is the best marathon we’ve ever had.”

Mar 172013
2013 LA Marathon Course:  Anything L.A.

2013 LA Marathon Course: Anything L.A.

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, thousands of runners will navigate their way from Downtown LA to Santa Monica in the 28th annual LA Marathon. The 2013 LA Marathon will be the fourth running of the iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course, which takes runners from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean. Runners will pass many of LA’s world‐famous landmarks along the way, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier. Dozens of bands, cheerleaders and other entertainment will be stationed at mile markers throughout the race to entertain spectators and motivate runners.

Reflecting its status as a premier race, the LA Marathon received the coveted designation as the nation’s best big city race in the January 2013 issue of Runner’s World magazine. “We are honored to be recognized by the leading running publication as the best big city race in the country,” said Nick Curl, LA Marathon’s Race Director. “We continue to challenge ourselves to enhance the runner experience from year to year, and recognitions like these confirm that our efforts are working.”

Registration for the LA Marathon closes on January 14, 2013. Registration for the LA Big 5K, which does NOT include Marathon entry, closes on March 8th.

2013 LA Marathon Course
Turn by Turn
Rev. 10/13/2010

Start: Dodger Stadium
1. Starting at crosswalk at Lot G, follow road ½ way around stadium to Elysian Park Ave
2. Elysian Park Avenue,
3. left at Sunset,
4. left on Broadway
5. right on Alpine
6. right on Spring St
7. left on Cesar Chavez
8. right on Main Street,
9. left on 1st Street
10. Right on Central
11. Right on 2nd Street
12. Right on Spring Street
13. left on 1st Street
14. Right on Grand Avenue
15. left on Temple,
16. right on Edgeware (over the 101 Freeway),
17. left on Bellevue,
18. Right on Glendale,
19. left on Park,
20. left on Sunset Blvd,
21. Sunset Blvd. and merge into Hollywood Blvd.,
22. left on Orange,
23. right on Sunset,
24. left on San Vicente,
25. right on Santa Monica Blvd.,
26. left on Doheny,
27. right on Burton (eastbound),
28. merge to Little Santa Monica,
29. left on Rodeo,
30. right on Wilshire,
31. left on Little Santa Monica,
32. merge to big Santa Monica,
33. right on Sepulveda,
34. left on Ohio,
35. right on Sawtelle,
36. left on VA Ring Road,
37. left on Bonsalle,
38. left on Eisenhower,
39. Exit VA at Bringham Avenue, and
40. Right on San Vicente,
41. Cross to eastbound San Vicente at Montana,
42. left at Ocean
Finish: Ocean Avenue & California

Mar 162013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Steve Buscemi and Steve Carell are rival magicians that join forces in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Anything L.A.

Steve Carell kick-started his movie career with a hilarious supporting turn as a tongue-tied anchorman in the 2003 Jim Carrey comedy, Bruce Almighty.
Now, a decade later, Carrey returns the favor with an uproarious supporting contribution as a rival street magician in the entertaining Steve Carell vehicle, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Carell, as the egotistical and cynical title character, and an overly restrained Steve Buscemi, as his amiable and accommodating childhood friend Anton Marvelton, are celebrity magicians, old-school illusionists and partners who have gotten rather rich and fairly famous as major attractions on the Las Vegas strip, wowing appreciative audiences with their stale illusions that still manage to knock their audiences’ proverbial socks off.  Sort of.
(Steve Buscemi and Steve Carell are rival magicians that join forces in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”)

(Steve Buscemi and Steve Carell are rival magicians that join forces in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”)
But the biggest illusion has become their friendship, which has pretty much ground to a halt.  Thus do they eventually become ex-partners.
However, there’s nothing like a common enemy to bring frenemies together.

That’s what guerrilla street magician Steve Gray, played by Carrey as a cross between David Blaine and Criss Angel, accomplishes with the threat that he represents to them.  The fanatical following for his extreme and outrageous offerings makes him a virtual cult leader as he steals Wonderstone’s audience.

And to make matters even worse for Burt, Gray’s attractive assistant, played by Olivia Wilde, used to work for him.
Gray’s devotees respond enthusiastically to the cutting-edge illusions that he concocts and performs, feats of pain-ignoring endurance -– as opposed to what we usually think of as magic, as Wonderstone is quick to point out -– that are so elaborate and mystifying that they make Wonderstone’s act look flimsy and irrelevant.
Which is why James Gandolfini as the billionaire boss of the Aztec casino where Burt plies his trade, demands that Burt change and update his act to attract a younger and larger audience.

When Wonderstone’s feeble attempt fails, he joins the unemployed and accepts gigs that in the past would have been far beneath his dignity.  Like doing tricks for residents of a retirement facility, where he runs into Alan Arkin as the retired magician who first inspired Wonderstone to adopt magic as a way of escaping reality and then to adopt it as his life’s work.

And that’s when Burt rediscovers his magic mojo.
Veteran television director Don Scardino offers up this sporadically funny and occasionally hilarious work, one in which the mix of tones isn’t always smooth or graceful, but is never off-putting.
The screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story they co-wrote with Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell, goes in a few too many directions at once and thus loses a measure of focus.

But the scenarists make up for it with a sweet silliness and a generosity of character delineation.
Carell and Buscemi underplay in this otherwise broad comedy in a way that allows them to establish a few touching moments in their odd-couple friendship as well.  And Arkin, Wilde, and Gandolfini are effective in support.
But it’s Carrey who gets  and deserves  the film’s biggest and best laughs.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is neither incredible nor credible: it’s just funny.

By Bill Wine
KYW Newsradio 1060

Mar 162013
Nokia Theatre and Staples Center

Nokia Theatre and Staples Center:Anything L.A.

MIRA QUIEN BAILA – March 16th, 2013 Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, CA 90015

Rihanna – April 8th, 2013 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Bon Jovi – April 19th, 2013 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

One Direction – August 7th, 8th & 9th, 2013 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Taylor Swift – August 19th & 20th, 2013 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Mar 152013

Nurturing Wildlife and Enriching the Human Experience

Los Angeles Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo/Anything L.A.

The City of Los Angeles owns the Zoo, its land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care, grounds maintenance, construction, education, public information, and administrative staff are City employees.

The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is Antonio R. Villaraigosa who began his first term on July 1, 2005. Located within the 4th City Council District, the Zoo is represented by Councilman Tom LaBonge. Since June, 2003, John Lewis has served as General Manager and Zoo Director. Mr. Lewis served as director of the John Ball Zoological Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1986 until his appointment to the Los Angeles Zoo. Lewis has also served as president of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2002.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) was created in 1963 as a private, nonprofit, fundraising organization to support the new Zoo. Today, GLAZA provides support through fundraising, membership, organizing special events and travel programs, producing award-winning publications, coordinating one of the largest zoo volunteer programs in the country, administering the contract for visitor services concessions within the Zoo, and supporting community relations, and public relations. GLAZA President Connie Morgan was appointed by the Board of Trustees in October 2002.
Fact Sheet
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants. The Zoo receives over 1.5 million visitors per year and is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. The daily management of the Zoo is overseen by Zoo Director John R. Lewis. The Zoo is credited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Size: 133 acres
Location: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90027 – Griffith Park at the intersection of the Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways.

Mar 132013


Academy Film Scholars Program

The collaborative process between directors and cinematographers and an exploration of Hollywood during the age of mergers and acquisitions will be the topics explored by Dr. Christopher Beach and Dr. Thomas Schatz, respectively, who have been named the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2012 Academy Film Scholars.

The Academy’s Educational Grants Committee, which selected Beach and Schatz on the basis of their manuscript proposals, will present the first half of two $25,000 grants at a private luncheon on Monday, March 18.

Also on March 18, Tino Balio, an inaugural Academy Film Scholar in 2000, will present highlights from his book The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens 1946-1973 at a free public event at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater. Balio, professor emeritus of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss how American audiences and critics responded to the works of such international filmmakers as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. Free tickets may be obtained at

Beach is an independent scholar currently based in Vermont. In The Image on the Screen: Directors, Cinematographers, and the Collaborative Process, the first book-length study focused on motion picture director-cinematographer collaborations, he will argue for the need to move beyond the auteurist paradigm and examine more closely the complex interaction between directors and other creative contributors.

Schatz is the Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He will complete a historical study of the American film industry in the period since the 1989 creation of Time-Warner and Sony-Columbia, which he has dubbed the “conglomerate age” in reference to the wave of mergers and acquisitions that transformed the movie industry.

Beach and Schatz will join 13 other Academy film scholars who are currently working on projects.

In addition to Balio, Academy film scholars who have completed projects are Cari Beauchamp; Donald Crafton, University of Notre Dame; Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Doherty, Brandeis University; Richard B. Jewell, University of Southern California; Peter Lev, Towson University; Dana Polan, New York University; David Rodowick, Harvard University; and Steven J. Ross, University of Southern California.

Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to “stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.” The Academy’s cultural and educational wing – the Academy Foundation – annually grants more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Through the Foundation, the Academy also presents a rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.

For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, contact Grants Coordinator Shawn Guthrie at (310) 247-3000, ext. 3306, or via e-mail at, or visit

Mar 132013

‘The Brass Teapot,’ April 5

The Brass Teapot April 5
( Angela Graves / Magnolia Pictures / January 11, 2013 )
A broke twentysomething married couple stumble upon a magic teapot that fills with money when pain is inflicted in its presence. With Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel and Alia Shawkat. Written by Tim Macy. Directed by Ramaa Mosley. Magnolia Pictures

Mar 112013

Runoff Set in Race for Los Angeles Mayor

After finishing first and second in Tuesday’s nonpartisan mayoral primary, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel will face each other in a May 21 runoff to take over a city that faces a $216 million budget gap and rising pension costs that could cripple municipal finances.
Judging by the dismal turnout in the primary, with only 18 percent of registered voters going to the polls, Ms. Greuel and Mr. Garcetti may face an uphill battle to engage the roughly four million residents in the nation’s second-largest city.

Mr. Garcetti received 33 percent of the vote, with much of his support centered in his Hollywood City Council district, while Ms. Greuel received 29 percent and did particularly well in the San Fernando Valley, which she used to represent on the Council.
Much of the primary campaign focused on the candidates’ personal stories. Ms. Greuel, a former city councilwoman, has emphasized that she would be the first woman elected mayor, while Mr. Garcetti, the son of former District Attorney Gil Garcetti, has played up his family’s Mexican heritage. If elected, he would also become the first Jewish mayor of the city.

The two are now likely to turn their attention to courting supporters of Kevin James, a Republican who came in third in Tuesday’s elections, and Jan Perry, an African-American city councilwoman who received 15.9 percent of the vote, just behind Mr. James.

“There weren’t candidates running who could draw from traditional bases, and in L.A. that really matters,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They’re going to need to reach out to African-Americans and white liberals on the West Side, which are two big groups up for grabs. They are relatively unknown players on the big stage and really need to build coalitions to win.”

Both Democrats, Mr. Garcetti, 42, and Ms. Greuel, 51, agree on a wide range of issues and could struggle to differentiate themselves in a general election. Both have tried to position themselves as the best person to bring together business and labor interests in negotiating contracts and budget deals, as well as improve the city’s economy.

After voters rejected a ballot measure to increase the city’s sales tax to 9.5 percent, city officials said Wednesday that they were considering new ways to further cut the city budget, which could include reducing the size of the police department or paring back street repairs.

The role of public employee unions is likely to be a key issue in the runoff.

Ms. Greuel came under repeated attack from opponents for the support she has received from the union that represents workers at the Department of Water and Power, which spent more than $2 million to help her in the primary. On Wednesday, she was endorsed by the powerful local Service Employees International Union, which represents tens of thousands of city and county workers and could provide critical votes in the runoff. Mr. Garcetti has the backing of the teachers’ union, the Teamsters and other local unions.

“We’re going to be talking about who is going to create a better business environment and how to put this city back to work,” said Bill Carrick, a strategist for the Garcetti campaign, who said Ms. Greuel has not proved she can cut costs. “She’s hidden behind the old cliché of getting rid of waste, fraud and abuse, but it is almost meaningless how much money she has found in her role as the controller.”

In her speech to supporters Tuesday night, Ms. Greuel said Mr. Garcetti could not be trusted, which is why she also had support from business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce.

“What they know is I’m going to be the person who stands up and says exactly what I mean,” she said in an interview with KPCC radio Wednesday. “I’ll be able to have those tough conversations and ultimately solve the problems that face Los Angeles.”

Two incumbents for the Los Angeles school board were re-elected after competitive races that drew millions of dollars from around the country, including $1 million from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, to support candidates backed by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.

The current board president, Monica Garcia, received 54 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff. And Steve Zimmer, an alumnus of Teach for America who was backed by the teachers’ union, beat a challenger who had the support of the mayor’s coalition.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: March 6, 2013
An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of one of the candidates who will face a May runoff in the Los Angeles mayor’s race. She is Wendy Greuel, not Gruel.


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LAPD 18 Year Old Missing Woman






The family of Nancy Carrera and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in finding her.

Carrera was last seen on March 3, 2013, at about 10:00 a.m., in her residence at the 1400 block of Hope St, in the Central Area of Los Angeles. She is very despondent and her family is extremely concerned for his welfare.

Carrera is described as a 18-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes.  She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 116 pounds.  She was last seen on foot. She was wearing blue jeans, black boots, gray hoodie and carrying a black back pack.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Carrera is asked to call the LAPD Missing Persons Unit, Detective Saiza 213-996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls can be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to

LAPD 18 Year Old Missing Woman