Jun 192014

The Academy To Screen Festival Standout Whitey United States Of America V James J BulgerTHE ACADEMY TO SCREEN FESTIVAL STANDOUT
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen the documentary “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger” on Monday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.  Director Joe Berlinger, who received an Oscar® nomination for the 2011 documentary “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” will be in attendance for a conversation moderated by documentarian Ondi Timoner.
“Whitey” follows the 2013 trial of the notorious Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the real-life inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in the 2006 Best Picture winner “The Departed.”  The documentary also sheds light on the families Bulger terrorized and the government corruption that sustained his criminal activity.  “Whitey” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has since been screened at numerous festivals nationwide.

Jun 172014

Los Angeles Kings win Stanley CupDuring the Kings’ championship rally on Monday afternoon, there was only one man sitting on the ice who got a lukewarm reception — the mayor. After emcee Bob Miller got huge cheers for introducing the team, front office personnel, and coaches to a raucous sold-out Staples Center, Eric Garcetti walked up to the podium to a mixed reaction. That is, until the end of his speech. Before he finished, Garcetti told the crowd, “They say there are two rules in politics. Never get pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear.” Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup Caption Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Kings and their fans celebrate their Stanley Cup win at a rally inside Staples Center.
Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup
Caption Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup
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LA Kings Justin Williams carries the Conn Smythe Trophy into Staples Center during rally celebration.
Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup
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Kings Captain Dustin Brown gets some help carrying the Stanley Cup from his son Mason.
Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup
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Thousands of fans turn out to cheer for the Kings in front of the Staples Center during the Stanley Cup parade.
Kings’ fans celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup
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Mason Brown, son of Kings captain Dustin Brown, picks up confetti next to the Stanley Cup during the Stanley Cup parade.

As he pulled out a bottle of beer, Garcetti smiled and said, “Well, this is a big [expletive] day.”

The crowd erupted into one of its biggest cheers of the afternoon, and Garcetti was back in its good graces. On Monday, at least, the road to popularity in Los Angeles ran through the Kings.

Also speaking was Luc Robitaille, the president of business operations and Kings legend, who criticized pundits who thought that the team’s 2012 championship was a flash in the pan. He assured the crowd by saying, “To all you hockey experts, we’ve got more to come. Have a good summer, and we will see you here next year.”

One of the last speeches was from President and General Manager Dean Lombardi, who lost his voice in the 2012 championship rally. This time around, he was more than ready, and said, “I feel like the luckiest man in the world,” during his speech.

While that got a good reaction, the biggest cheer of the night, though, came at the end of Lombardi’s speech. He brought Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar up to the podium, and asked them, “You won a ring in 2012 and 2014. Which one is your favorite?”

Standing behind the Stanley Cup, which will soon sport the Kings’ names on the bottom of it for the second time in three years, the duo said simultaneously, “The next one.”

By Everett Cook

Jun 132014

David Mamet's "Race" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre EVENT:  “Race”
by David Mamet
Directed by Scott Zigler

DESCRIPTION:   Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet tackles America’s most   controversial subject in his provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. In Race,” two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman.  When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.

DATES/TIMES: Previews Begin August 31. Opens September 7.  Continues through September 28, 2014. Previews: (August 31 through September 6.)Sunday through Saturday at 8 p.m.  No performance on Monday. Opens September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Regular Performances (beginning September 9): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No performance on Mondays.

Jun 112014

Mayor Eric GarcettiGarcetti: State Cap-and-Trade Could Benefit L.A. Transit Projects
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined state lawmakers on June 6 in support of legislation he said would fund local public transportation and transit-oriented projects. State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and State Sen. Kevin de Leon visited a downtown Los Angeles transportation facility with Garcetti to discuss their plan to carve out a portion of California’s cap-and-trade proceeds for public transportation and transit-oriented development projects.The facility where the three officials met is being renovated into a LEED-certified lot that will house 200 low-emission buses as part of a project that would be eligible for the funding proposed in the plan. Garcetti touted the proposal as “smart legislation that would spend cap-and-trade funding where it naturally should be spent.” “Cities are where we work, where we live, but they’re also where we pollute, so addressing the needs of cities like Los Angeles is critical in tackling climate change,” the mayor said.

California’s 2006 law, AB 32, uses a cap-and-trade system to encourage companies and organizations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The “cap” sets a limit on the amount of pollutants that can be released a year and penalizes companies that exceed that limit. The cap is lowered 2 to 3 percent every year. Under the “trade” part of the law, companies that fail to meet the pollution standard can buy credits from those companies whose pollution levels are below the legal maximum. As the state’s emissions standards tighten, the allowances, or credits, would potentially become scarcer and costlier, pushing polluters to seek other strategies to meet the cap.

The legislators’ plan would create a permanent pot of money taken from revenue generated from this cap-and-trade process. The funds would specifically benefit transportation-related projects, potentially in Los Angeles, under the Democratic senators’ plan. “Action is long overdue, but California is preparing to lead the nation in fighting climate change, and where better to start than right here in Los Angeles,” De Leon said. Steinberg said the fund, which could be invested into projects that put homes near public transit, would “dramatically reduce emissions” and “be a huge victory for our environment, our economy and the people of Los Angeles.”
Posted by Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on June 07, 2014
Published by Westside Today.

Jun 092014

THE ACADEMY REVEALS MEDAL PLACEMENTS AT 2014 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored fifteen student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood.  The gold, silver and bronze medals were announced and presented by actors Adrian Grenier, Nate Parker and Oscar® nominee Demian Bichir, and the Oscar-winning directing/producing team from the animated feature “Frozen,” Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho.

The 2014 Student Academy Award® winners are:

Gold Medal: “Person,” Drew Brown, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Florida
Silver Medal: “Oscillate,” Daniel Sierra, School of Visual Arts, New York

Gold Medal: “Owned,” Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah
Silver Medal: “Higher Sky,” Teng Cheng, University of Southern California
Bronze Medal: “Yamashita,” Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California

Gold Medal: “The Apothecary,” Helen Hood Scheer, Stanford University
Silver Medal: “White Earth,” J. Christian Jensen, Stanford University
Bronze Medal: “One Child,” Zijian Mu, New York University

Gold Medal: “Above the Sea,” Keola Racela, Columbia University, New York
Silver Medal: “Door God,” Yulin Liu, New York University
Bronze Medal: “Interstate,” Camille Stochitch, American Film Institute, California

Foreign Film
Gold Medal: “Nocebo,” Lennart Ruff, University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
Silver Medal: “Paris on the Water,” Hadas Ayalon, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Bronze Medal: “Border Patrol,” Peter Baumann, The Northern Film School, United Kingdom

This year saw first-time honors go to Tel Aviv University, Israel, and The Northern Film School, United Kingdom, in the foreign competition.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

Jun 052014

Elton John Bringing All The Hits Tour To STAPLES CenterSATURDAY: OCTOBER 4TH  STAPLES CENTER
After thirteen years, Elton John and his band return to Los Angeles, CA Saturday, October 4th at STAPLES Center as part of the “All The Hits” tour. The 10-city tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Elton John’s band includes original members Davey Johnstone on guitar and Nigel Olsson on drums, as well as Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. “We are incredibly excited to have the incomparable Sir Elton John headline STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the first time,” said Lee Zeidman, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, STAPLES Center. “It is a true honor that one of music’s most legendary performers has chosen STAPLES Center to host his first Los Angeles headlining concert in over a decade.”

Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, June 9th at 10 a.m. Advanced tickets will go on sale to American Express® Cardmembers beginning Wednesday, June 4th at 10 a.m. through Sunday, June 8th at 10 p.m. Visit www.axs.com for more information.Elton’s now with two albums entering the Billboard Hot 100, his latest studio album, The Diving Board, features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and returns Elton to the piano, bass and drums lineup that marked the artist’s introduction to worldwide audiences more than 40 years ago. As he explains, “I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album:

The performances, T Bone Burnett’s production, Bernie’s lyrics and the songs we’ve created. The Diving Board is the album I’ve been waiting to make for decades.” The Diving Board and the 40th Anniversary re-release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road are available on EltonJohn.com and at record outlets everywhere, including Amazon.com and iTunes. Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums,29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold 37 million copies. He also holds the record for most appearances on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, with his newest single, “Home Again” marking his 69th entry.

Since his career began in 1969 he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide. John has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.
Tickets will be available online at AXS.com or charge-by-phone at 888.929.7849 / A service charge is added to each ticket. There is an 8 ticket limit per customer.

Jun 032014

41st Student Academy AwardsOSCAR® NOMINEE DEMIAN BICHIR, ADRIAN GRENIER, NATE PARKER AND OSCAR-WINNING FILMMAKING TEAM FROM “FROZEN” TO PRESENT AT 2014 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars® for “Frozen,” will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood.  The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year. Oscar-nominated for his work in the film “A Better Life,” Bichir currently stars in the critically acclaimed television series “The Bridge.” He recently finished shooting his writer-director debut film, “Refugio.”  His other feature credits include “Che,” “Savages” and “The Heat.” Grenier recently wrapped production on the Warner Bros. feature film adaptation of the HBO series “Entourage.”  Other acting credits include “Cecil B. DeMented,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Goodbye World,” and “Sex, Death & Bowling,” which is due out in 2015.  Founder of Reckless Productions, Grenier has also produced and directed such documentaries as “Shot in the Dark,” “Teenage Paparazzo” and “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” and is currently in production on the documentary “52,” which will chronicle the search for the loneliest whale in the world.

Parker was most recently seen in the thriller “Non-Stop” opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.  His other feature acting credits include “Red Tails” and “Arbitrage.”   His next film, “Blackbird,” is slated for released in November. Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for “Frozen” and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee “Wreck-It Ralph.”  Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include “Pocahontas” and “Tarzan,” and he received a 2007 Oscar nomination for “Surf’s Up.”  Del Vecho, who produced “Frozen,” also served as a producer on “Winnie the Pooh” and the Oscar-nominated “The Princess and the Frog.”

A complete list of this year’s Student Academy Award® winners can be found here.

Medal placements for each of the five award categories – Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign Film – will be announced at the June 7 ceremony.  Gold Medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners receive $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners receive $2,000. The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. The 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 7 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online at www.oscars.org or by mail.  Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event. The DGA Theater is located at 7920 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  For more information, call (310) 247-2677.

Jun 022014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), will present “Arab Cinema Classics,” a two-day screening series of the best in Arab film on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 21, at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles. With input from nearly 500 prominent film critics, writers, novelists, academics and other arts professionals, DIFF in 2013 compiled a tally of the 100 greatest Arab films of all time. The Academy will screen three selections from DIFF’s Top 10: “The Night of Counting the Years” (“Al-Mummia,” 1970) Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. Director Shadi Abdel Salam’s film is based on the true story of the Horabat tribe’s 1881 plundering of pharaohs’ tombs in the ancient city of Thebes.  Long unavailable for exhibition, the film was restored in 2009 by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. “Cairo Station” (“Bab el Hadid,” 1958) Friday, June 13, at 9:20 p.m.

Directed by the internationally renowned Egyptian auteur Youssef Chahine, the film takes place at Cairo’s main railroad station, commonly referred to as the Iron Gate, and offers a tense portrait of life at the margins of Egyptian society. “West Beirut” (“West Beyrouth,” 1998) Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. With special guest writer/director Ziad Doueiri. This directorial debut of Ziad Doueiri is set in the tumultuous spring of 1975, as the Lebanese Civil War unfolds.  Following the lives of two teenagers from the Muslim section of Beirut, the film blends the personal and the historical into a vibrant coming-of-age drama.

The screening series is part of the Academy’s International Outreach initiative, which brings together Academy members representing a range of cinematic crafts with filmmakers and film lovers from around the world. “The vibrancy of Arab cinema today owes much to the rich legacy and proud history of Arab filmmaking,” said Sid Ganis, chair of the International Outreach Committee.  “The Academy is pleased to embrace some of the region’s most influential films and artists through this Los Angeles presentation.”

Tickets for each evening of Arab Cinema Classics is $5 general admission and $3 for Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased starting June 3 online at www.oscars.org.  The Bing Theater is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.