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Macon Blair as Dwight in Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin,” a tale of revenge.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Review: "Blue Ruin" A Variation On Theme Of Revenge Killings

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:02 am

Violent family feuds are part and parcel of Americana, the most notorious one being between The Hatfields and The McCoys, which began in 1865 and resulted in around one dozen deaths.

Scarlett Johansson as an alien on the prowl for male victims in Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin.”

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Review: Scarlett Johansson Amazing In “Under The Skin”

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:01 am

If you combined the best science fiction elements of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” with Michael Mann’s extraordinary lighting effects in “Thief,” as well as Ingmar Bergman’s long, lingering landscape shots in “The Virgin Spring” or “Wild Strawberries,” this will give you an idea of the highly textured look of Jonathan Glazer’s haunting film, “Under the Skin.”

Santa Monica director and filmmaker Henry Jaglom released a new DVD set Tuesday boasting four of his femininity-centered movies. His latest film “The M Word” will be released in theaters April 30.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

New Henry Jaglom DVD Set, Movie Released This Month

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:06 am

The life stories and backgrounds of artistic creators will naturally infiltrate their work. Henry Jaglom, a legendary experienced director and filmmaker who has lived in Santa Monica for more than 30 years, serves as no exception.

Directing his first feature film, Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby in “Bad Words,” a story about a grown man competing with young children in a national spelling bee.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Jason Bateman Scores A Hit In First Directorial Project "Bad Words"

Posted Mar. 13, 2014, 8:21 am

We all know that Jason Bateman is a wonderfully versatile actor with a special comedic gift that he brings full throttle to his first directorial effort in “Bad Words.”

Seven Days, Beach, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Spirit Awards Crown “12 Years A Slave” At Santa Monica Beach Ceremony

Posted Mar. 7, 2014, 9:13 am

Hollywood may have the Academy Awards, but Santa Monica has the Spirit Awards each year the afternoon prior to the Oscars in a spiffy tent on the beach.

Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia star in the film “At Middleton.”

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

"At Middleton" Star Vera Farmiga On The Demands As Mother, Wife & Actor

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:10 am

Vera Farmiga is a familiar on-screen personality and has racked up a number of memorable roles in such films as “The Departed,” “Source Code,” “Goats,” “Safe House,” “The Conjuring,” and “Up in the Air,” which earned her both a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Columnist, Film

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Role Still Playing

Posted Feb. 15, 2014, 9:28 am

There’s no other way to cut it: The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman struck many at a personal level, because we’ve either struggled with our own substance “issues” or known someone who has. Or we’ve possibly also lost someone to the dark forces of abuse.

Andy Garcia as George and Vera Farmiga as Edith in “At Middleton.”

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Andy Garcia Discusses His New Film "At Middleton"

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:10 am

One of our national treasures, Andy Garcia is among one of Hollywood’s most respected and talented actors having starred in an array of successful films including, “The Untouchables,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Black Rain,” “Internal Affairs,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “City Island” and “The Lost City,” which he co-wrote, directed, and had a starring role.

LA Times movie writer Glenn Whipp (left) interviews filmmaker David O. Russell at a previous Vidiots Foundation discussion and screening of the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Meet Award-Winning Director David O. Russell At Vidiots In Santa Monica On Sunday

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 7:12 am

The Vidiots Foundation in Santa Monica will host award-winning director David O. Russell this Sunday night for a discussion and screening of clips from his most recent film "American Hustle."

Patrick Warburton, Eric Roberts, and Norby Walters at a previous Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala event at the Beverly Hills Hotel.The Night of 100 Stars will celebrate its 24th year on Sunday, March 2.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, Beverly Hills

Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Party Approaches March 2

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:20 am

What do Jeff Goldblum, Daniel Baldwin, Bo Derek, Tia Carrere, Richard Dreyfus, Julianna Margulies, and Lou Diamond Phillips have in common – besides being on the list of our favorite actors? They have all been invited guests to the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Film

Is The Movie “Her”… Or Us?

Posted Feb. 1, 2014, 10:19 am

I’ll hope to not inject any spoilers here, but Spike Jonze’s film “Her” is well worth the effort to catch now in theaters for several reaso...

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards held in Santa Monica on Thursday, Jan. 16.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Presented In Santa Monica On Thursday

Posted Jan. 18, 2014, 9:27 am

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held tonight, Jan. 16 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards To Be Held Today In Santa Monica; Airs At 8pm On CW

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:59 am

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will be held today at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica starting at 5 pm.

'American Hustle' has 10 Academy Award nominations. Pictured is the cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, Hollywood

"American Hustle," "Gravity," "12 Years A Slave" Lead Oscar Nominations

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:34 am

The speculation is over for Oscar nominations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences releasing its picks early Thursday morning.

Jon Voight and Santa Monica's Marie Paquim at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills.

Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, Beverly Hills

Golden Globes Shine Again - A Mix Of Fanfare & Fun

Posted Jan. 14, 2014, 9:01 am

Perhaps the most accessible show of the awards season, the 71st Annual Golden Globes did not disappoint Sunday night, as film and television stars, along with their supporters, friends, and fans all rubbed shoulders to celebrate last year’s accomplishments.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Hear From Filmmaking Pros At Vidiots In Santa Monica During Month Of January

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, 9:22 am

The Vidiots Foundation and KCRW will host a series of live conversations on film and culture this month called “The Annex Series: Conversations on Film and Culture.” The first will be held tonight, Jan. 10.

News, Seven Days, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, Film

Aero Theatre To Screen Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” On Wednesday Night

Posted Jan. 7, 2014, 9:06 am

The final feature film of an acclaimed Japanese director will screen Wednesday night at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre.

'Totem Stories' will be screened at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica tonight, Jan. 5.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Aero Theatre To Screen Cirque Du Soleil Film "Totem Stories" Tonight

Posted Jan. 5, 2014, 9:26 am

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will present a screening of "Totem Stories" at 7:30 pm tonight -- a documentary about Cirque du Soleil.

'American Street Kid' is about youth homelessness on a local and national level.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Film, Homelessness

Santa Monica Filmmaker Shines Light On Homeless Youth Epidemic

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 8:59 am

Tears stream down Kiki’s adolescent face as she recounts escaping the horrors of her childhood, and the abuse she endured at the hands of her mother’s ex-boyfriend, in the promotional trailer for “American Street Kids.” Off-camera, Santa Monica writer and director Michael Leoni solemnly says, “I’m sorry.”

Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens with Felicity Jones as his mistress Nelly Ternan in "The Invisible Woman,"  which Fiennes also directed.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Ralph Fiennes Talks About Charles Dickens & "The Invisible Woman"

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, 8:24 am

Ralph Fiennes exploded on screen in his mesmerizing performance as Amon Goeth, the psychotic Nazi commandant in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” earning him multiple nominations and awards including BAFTA, New York Critics, London Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Veerle Baetens as Elise and Johan Heldenbergh as Didier in Felix Van Groeningen’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Q&A With Actor Johan Heldenbergh On "The Broken Circle Breakdown"

Posted Dec. 11, 2013, 9:10 am

Belgian actor Johan Heldenbergh is an amazing multi-talented man. He is the writer of the original play “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and played the lead character of Didier. He has resurrected the role in the film version, co-written by Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen, who also directed.

Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Santa Monica filmmaker Steven Barber's newest documentary, "The Carrier."

Santa Monica, Film, In The Chair

In The Chair With Brenton Garen: Santa Monica Filmmaker Steven Barber

Posted Nov. 27, 2013, 8:46 am

In this week's episode of "In The Chair," Santa Monica Mirror Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen interviews Santa Monica filmmaker Steven Barber about his latest documentary called "The Carrier," which premiered earlier this month on Veteran's Day.

Jelani Remy (center) stars at Simba in the current production of 'The Lion King' on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Film, Hollywood

“The Lion King” Returns To Pantages Through January 12

Posted Nov. 23, 2013, 7:40 am

“The Lion King” has roared back to the stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood – the first time since 2006 – for a limited run of shows through Jan. 12 next year.

Patton Oswalt has been named host of the 2014 Spirit Awards in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Film

Patton Oswalt To Host 2014 Spirit Awards In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 9:39 am

Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, which will be held on March 1.

Shane Bitney Crone with President Bill Clinton who introduced “Bridegroom,” which won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival .

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Shane Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story Of Inequality Consequences

Posted Nov. 13, 2013, 9:13 am

The documentary “Bridegroom” is a touching, tragic love story about a beautiful young gay couple – Shane Bitney Crone, originally from a small, conservative town in Montana, and his partner, Tom Bridegroom, from equally conservative Indiana. They met in Los Angeles and instantly knew they were soul mates and planned to marry as soon as it became legal in California.

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