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News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mel Brooks To Voice Dracula's Vampire Father In "Hotel Transylvania 2"

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:57 am

Mel Brooks has signed on as the voice of Dracula's vampire father in "Hotel Transylvania 2,'' Sony Pictures Animation announced Wednesday.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1" Opens With $123 Million In Domestic Sales

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

"The Hunger Game'' sequel opened with a gigantic $123 million in estimated domestic sales this weekend, according to studio estimates.

News, Celebrity, Film, Hollywood

"Horrible Bosses 2" To Premiere In Hollywood Tonight With Red Carpet

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:07 am

The stars will be out in Hollywood tonight for the premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2." Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Carmen Electra are expected to stroll down the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard starting at 6 pm.

Obituary, Santa Monica, Film

Hollywood Director Mike Nichols Dies Age 83

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 7:58 am

Mike Nichols, who directed such landmark films as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate" and who was among the few to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, has died. He was 83.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Submit Now For 2015 Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:37 am

The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015.

News, Santa Monica, Film

Full Winners List At Hollywood Film Awards

Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 9:00 am

The mystery thriller "Gone Girl'' received the equivalent of the best picture award at Friday night's 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards, while "The Imitation Game'' won for directing and in two acting categories as the movie industry's awards season began.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Big Hero 6'' A Box Office Hit After Opening With $56.2 Million In Ticket Sales

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:27 am

Disney's animated "Big Hero 6'' managed to out-duel the science-fiction epic "Interstellar'' to claim the top spot at the box office, according to final figures released Monday.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Library, Film

Main Library To Host "Where Soldiers Come From" Screening Tonight

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:55 am

Santa Monica Public Library hosts a screening and discussion of the documentary Where Soldiers Come From today, Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm in the Main Library MLK Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, Santa Monica, Film

Singer Harry Belafonte To Receive Academy Humanitarian Award Tonight

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:29 am

Singer Harry Belafonte will receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award tonight, while actress Maureen O'Hara, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and artist/director Hayao Miyazaki will receive honorary awards during the sixth annual Governors Awards ceremony.

Director Kevin Donovan and Santa Monica actress Marie Paquim.

News, Santa Monica, Film

Kevin Donovan To Direct "Land Of The Free" Starring Santa Monica Actress

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:48 am

Calling it a “dream come true”, Kevin Donovan, who directed the popular action comedy “The Tuxedo” starring Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, has agreed to helm “Land of the Free, except for Me”, based on the harrowing true story of Santa Monica actress Marie Paquim.

News, Film, Box Office

Low Budget "Ouija" Opens At Top Of Box Office

Posted Oct. 26, 2014, 12:09 pm

"Ouija'' and "John Wick'' debuted as the number one and number two flicks in North America this weekend, as Hollywood enjoys a strong fall season.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Fury'' Opens With Stir Topping Box Office With $23.5 Million In Sales

Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 9:14 am

"Fury'' opened with a stir at the continent's box offices this weekend, and arrived in the number one spot with an estimated $23.5 million in sales.

Santa Monica College honors National Hispanic Heritage Month with a free screening of 'La Corona' and talk by filmmaker Isabel Vega this Thursday, Oct. 9 at 11:15 am in Art Lecture Hall 214 on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Film

SMC Screening Of "La Corona" & Talk With Isabel Vega This Thursday

Posted Oct. 7, 2014, 9:32 am

Santa Monica College will present a screening and discussion of “La Corona” by SMC’s National Hispanic Heritage Month speaker Isabel Vega.

Brendan Gleeson gives a stirring performance as Father James in John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary,' currently in general release nationwide.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Up Close & Personal With Brendan Gleeson, Star Of "Calvary"

Posted Oct. 7, 2014, 9:24 am

Dublin’s Brendan Gleeson is one of those actors who always manages to crawl inside a character’s skin, creating fully actualized, riveting performances.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Gone Girl," "Annabelle" Premiere At Top Of Weekend Box Office

Posted Oct. 5, 2014, 8:57 am

A pair of new movies enjoyed a robust premiere weekend at the continent's box offices, and opened neck and neck.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Television

FAA Approves Half-Dozen Companies To Use Drones In L.A. Movie, TV Production

Posted Sep. 26, 2014, 6:00 am

A half-dozen companies will soon be able to use drones in movie and television production, thanks to exemptions granted on Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

News, Santa Monica, Film

"The Maze Runner" Debuts At Top Of Box Office

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:36 am

The youth-based sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner" debuted in the top spot at this weekend's box office, earning more than twice as much as second-place finisher "A Walk Among The Tombstones,'' according to Rentrak industry analysts.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" Remains At Top Of Box Office

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:39 am

After regaining the box office top spot last week, Guardians Of The Galaxy remains ahead of the pack, according to preliminary Rentrak estimates for the three-day Labor Day weekend.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" Reclaims Top Of Box Office, Crosses $250 Million In Sales

Posted Aug. 24, 2014, 8:56 am

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" reclaimed the number one position at the North American box office derby, and also became the biggest movie of the summer as it crossed the $250 million sales line today.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Film

Porn Leaves Los Angeles: Cue Small Violins

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

All right, first of all… you have to make pornography somewhere. I’m not saying you have to make pornography; I’m saying if you are going to make pornography, you likely need someplace to make it. Production of “adult video,” which for many years has been headquartered nationally in “the Valley,” appears to be tapering off.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Captures Top Spot At Box Office For Second Week

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 8:54 am

The summer of movie remakes continues, with the new version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" taking in a modest $28.4 million this weekend, good enough to capture the number one spot at the North American box offices.

James Cameron in his Deep Sea Challenger sub that took him to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

James Cameron’s Astonishing “Deepsea Challenge 3D” Documentary

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, 3:10 pm

Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s fascination with the sea began as a youngster when he was inspired by “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” popular television specials that aired in the 1960s and 1970s.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Film, Sacramento

Garcetti In Sacramento To Seek Support For Expanding Film Tax Credit Program

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, 9:40 am

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is scheduled to be in Sacramento today to seek support for the expansion of a film tax credit program and funding for city projects.

News, Santa Monica, Film

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Tops Box Office With $65 Million In Sales

Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 10:39 am

A remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened with a comparatively-modest $65 million in ticket sales, but that was enough to be the number one movie in North America this weekend.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film, Television

2014 Teen Choice Awards Tonight At Shine Auditorium: Full Nomination List

Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 8:47 am

The entertainment industry's seemingly never-ending awards season will be in the hands of teenagers tonight with the presentation of the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, honoring feats such as on-screen liplocks and hissy fits.

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