Aug 282013

General Scene shot of the Telluride Film Festival. Photo by Kevin Van Rensselaer
/ Anything L.A. /

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is continuing its sponsorship of the Telluride Film Festival with a series of special events including an exhibition highlighting the history of the festival at the Historic Sheridan Opera House.  Telluride, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, runs August 29 through September 2.

“The Telluride Film Festival is a showcase for great films and filmmakers, and over its 40 years has figured prominently in the careers of many Academy members,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.  “We are excited to celebrate this milestone by preserving the Festival’s history and its far-reaching cultural influence.”

Telluride Film Festival recently donated all media and ephemera related to the Festival to the Academy for preservation and to avail future generations of its important place in film history.

“The Academy Celebrates the Show” is an installation featuring photographs, documents, video footage and other treasures from the Academy’s newly acquired Telluride Film Festival Special Collection.  A companion exhibit, “Alternate Telluride,” at the Backlot, will showcase a selection of letters from notable filmmakers who – for one reason or another – could not attend, making for a fascinating glimpse into Tellurides that might have been.

The Academy, which has been supporting the Festival for eleven years, is sponsoring the Festival’s signature Noon Seminars series and will also present the following special programs from its collections:

A retrospective exhibition featuring 40 years of the Telluride Film Festival
Clips depicting iconic filmmakers from the Academy’s Telluride Film Festival Special Collection will screen in advance of each festival film program
Special screenings of Satyajit Ray’s “Mahanagar” (1963) and the 1948 short “Muscle Beach,” both preserved by the Academy Film Archive
Photographic exhibit at the new Werner Herzog Theater includes photographs of Werner Herzog from the Academy’s collection.
“Telluride Film Festival has chosen the Academy as the guardian of its treasured collection so that these important media assets can serve future generations, education and research,” commented festival executive director, Julie Huntsinger.  “This special exhibition that AMPAS has curated is a wonderful glimpse into the Festival’s past 40 years. We are proud of our long-standing relationship and thank them for their enthusiasm in celebrating this exceptional year and for their generous and continued support.”

Aug 142013





The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in celebration of the restoration of 19 Satyajit Ray films by the Academy Film Archive, will present new prints of the prolific filmmaker’s renowned early work known as The Apu Trilogy.  THE ACADEMY Partnered with The British Film Institute BFI

The two-evening screening series kicks off with a double feature of 1955’s “Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)” and 1956’s “Aparajito (The Unvanquished)” on Friday, September 6, at 7 p.m., and concludes with 1959’s “Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)” on Monday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Special guests for Monday’s program include actress Sharmila Tagore, who made her film debut in “Apur Sansar,” and Dilip Basu, founding director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Academy has also partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque and the Austrian Film Museum to screen prints from the Academy Film Archive’s collection.

In London, the BFI Southbank will present “Satyajit Ray” from August 14 through October 5.
More on the BFI Southbank series

In Los Angeles, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, in partnership with the Academy, will present “Unlocking the Golden Fortress: Satyajit Ray Restored,” from September 12 through October 21, featuring all 19 of the Ray films that the Academy Film Archive has restored to date.
More on the American Cinematheque screenings

In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum will present “Satyajit Ray: Early Works” from December 4 through January 8, 2014.
More on the Austrian Film Museum

More than 100 screenings will take place between the Academy’s screenings and its partners’ during the months-long celebration.

In 1992, after a career spanning more than three decades, Ray received an Honorary Award (an Oscar® statuette) from the Academy “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”

The Apu Trilogy was restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant and Ivory Foundation, and The Film Foundation.

Tickets for each evening of The Apu Trilogy are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open one hour before each screening. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

Aug 122013
LAPD Safe Driving Tips For Back To School

LAPD Safe Driving Tips For Back To School / Anything L.A.

Back to School Safety and Crossing Guard Awareness Detail School Drop Off and Pick-Up Safety NA13134ne

News Conference

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Crosswalk Awareness Detail (Vanowen Street/Columbus Avenue)
7:30 a.m.

Start of News Conference
8:30 a.m.

Columbus Avenue Elementary
6700 Columbus Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Councilmember Nury Martinez, City of Los Angeles 6th Council District
Chief Steven Zipperman, Los Angeles School Police Department
Captain Maureen Ryan, Valley Traffic Division, Los Angeles Police Department
Captain LaTonya Allen, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Lieutenant Jones, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
School will be back in session this week and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division wants to remind drivers to pay extra attention to the roadway due to an increase in traffic.  We want all our children to have a safe return to school.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has over 1,100 schools and 655,000 children in attendance.  The motoring public and parents need to practice safe driving at and near schools.  Traffic congestion is a significant safety hazard throughout the City of Los Angeles for school children.

Parents need to discuss bus, pedestrian and bicycle safety with their children and prepare them for a safe school year.  Parents dropping off their children are reminded to obey all traffic laws and if available use the Safety Valet Program.  They need to be vigilant and utilize patience when near a school.

In order to promote awareness for back-to-school traffic safety, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles School Police Department will be conducting a School Zone Crosswalk Awareness Detail at the crosswalk located at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Vanowen Street.  A press conference will follow.

Be a Responsible Parent and practice the following good driver tips:

•    Allow Extra Time: Do not arrive late or at the last minute.  Prepare the night before and leave your house early so you do not need to rush.
•    Reduce Speed:  The maximum speed near a school is 25 miles per hour.  However, slower speeds are recommended when children are present.  Speed is the number one cause of collisions around schools.
•    Obey Stop Signs: Make a complete stop.  Be vigilant.  Look for children stepping off the sidewalk.
•    No Double Parking:  Double parking impedes traffic flow.  Never let a child exit a double parked vehicle.
•    Avoid U-Turns: U-turns near the school cause congestion.  Do so only at an intersection if permitted.
•    Do Not Park in a Red Zone:  The curb is red due to safety reasons.  Parking in the red often obstructs the view of other drivers which could result in a collision with a child or other vehicle.

For more school safety information on walking, biking, or school bus tips visit or

For more information, please contact Sergeant Stephen Egan 818-644-8146 or the Valley Traffic Division Watch Commander at 818-644-8010.

Aug 082013
STAPLES Center Upcoming Concerts

STAPLES Center Upcoming Concerts / Anything L.A.

Upcoming Concerts:

One Direction – August 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 2013

Taylor Swift – August 19th & 20th and 23rd & 24th, 2013

Calibash – September 14th, 2013

Depeche Mode – September 28th & 29th, 2013 & October 2nd, 2013

Bon Jovi – October 11th, 2013

P!NK – October 12th & 13th, 2013

Selena Gomez – November 6th, 2013

Nine Inch Nails – November 8th, 2013

Drake – November 25th, 2013

Justin Timberlake – November 26th, 2013

Michael Bublé – November 29th, 2013

Beyoncé– December 3rd, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – December 4th, 2013

Upcoming Sporting Events and Family Shows:

WWE SummerSlam Axxess – August 17th & 18th, 2013

WWE SummerSlam – August 18th, 2013

BOXING: CHAVEZ Jr. vs. VERA – September 7th, 2013

STAPLES Center Communications 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Aug 072013
Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Anything L.A.

Upcoming Concert & Entertainment Events:

IVETE SANGALO – August 10th, 2013

KOBE UP CLOSE – August 15th, 2013

STEELY DAN – August 24th & 25th, 2013

CAFÉ TACUBA – August 30th, 2013

EL KOMANDER – August 31st, 2013

BRIAN MCKNIGHT – September 27th, 2013

MARC ANTHONY – September 28th & 29th, 2013

JOHN FOGERTY – October 10th, 2013

HILLSONG CONFERENCE LA – October 18th & 19th, 2013

EBI & SHADMEHR – October 26th, 2013

THE MOODY BLUES – November 1st, 2013

FRESH BEAT BAND – February 9th, 2014

777 Chick Hearn Court Los Angeles, CA 90015

Aug 022013


Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” said DeGeneres.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.

DeGeneres’ began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode” when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature “Finding Nemo.” DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.