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“Eye in the Sky” starring Helen Mirren.

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"Eye in the Sky" Film Review

Posted Apr. 30, 2016, 9:42 am

“Eye in the Sky” is a tense political thriller offering a balanced viewpoint in the rules of engagement.

Jon with Mascot Sadie Marie (deceased).

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Passion at the Heart of Local Filmmaker

Posted Apr. 19, 2016, 8:00 am

Jon Bessire puts his passion and creativity at the center of his life. He makes the case for everyone to do so in his new film, “Living Lost,” which tells a story of life diminished in the board room and reawakened in the jungle.

Student Films Shine in Santa Monica.

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Student Films Shine in Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 10, 2016, 6:00 am

Film fanatics from all over Southern California gathered at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica recently for an evening of fun and films. It marked the 9th year for The Pacifica Screen Student Film Festival, sponsored by Pacifica High School.

Naomi Watts as Karen and Jake Gyllenhall as Davis.

News, Film, Things To Do, Demolition

Jake Gyllenhall Gives a Spellbinding Performance in "Demolition"

Posted Apr. 9, 2016, 9:00 am

If Jake Gyllenhaal has a starring role in a film, you can pretty much count on a sterling performance. His role as Davis Mitchell in “Demolition” once again secures his spot as one of Hollywood’s most gifted young actors.

Rescue Dogs Take the Limelight.

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Rescue Dogs Take the Limelight

Posted Apr. 1, 2016, 5:03 pm

There were all the trappings one expects from a movie premier: mingling among chicly-dressed actors, filmmakers and guests, red carpet photos and craft services. The presence of rescue dogs wandering between premier-goers’ legs, was not quite as standard, but “Rescue Dogs: The Movie” is in a class of its own.

SMFF Indie Spotlight at Arclight Santa Monica (2016 Dates)Sunday Mar 27 – “Who’s Driving Doug”

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Free Films: Indie Spotlight at The Arclight

Posted Mar. 19, 2016, 8:00 am

Santa Monica International Film Festival (SMFF) announced Monday the launch of the SMFF Indie Spotlight at the Arclight Santa Monica created in collaboration with the Arclight Cinemas.

Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell at the NYC opening.

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Film Review: The Big Short - Delusions and Deceptions

Posted Feb. 25, 2016, 11:25 am

“The Big Short,” based on the 2010 Michael Lewis book, is a really good, but very complicated movie about the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

Pilou Asbæk as Commander Pedersen with Dar Salim as second in command Najib Bisma.

News, Film, Oscars, The War

At The Movies: "At War" - Denmark's 2015 Submission for Best Foreign Language Oscar

Posted Feb. 13, 2016, 11:02 am

“A War,” written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, is a brilliant, visceral, heart-thumping look at the realities of war as experienced by a troop of Danish infantry soldiers stationed in a remote Afghan province.

“Depending on the Ice Chest.” Art by Kenton Nelson

News, Santa Monica, Film, Laemmle

Laemmle Brings an Edge to Art House Film

Posted Feb. 13, 2016, 10:59 am

After an almost two-year renovation, Santa Monica’s historic Laemmle cinemas have reopened their doors, showing off more than a flashy coat of paint.

Latest news on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Knocks Off "Avatar" For Highest Domestic Grossing Film

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:18 am

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" became the highest-grossing film in domestic box office history on Wednesday, surpassing the $760.5 million record set by director James Cameron's epic "Avatar."

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Full Winners List From Wednesday Night's People's Choice Awards

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:17 am

"Furious 7" was selected as favorite movie and favorite action movie, Channing Tatum as favorite movie actor and Sandra Bullock as favorite movie actress at Wednesday night's presentation of the People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater.

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Kevin Spacey To Head Largest Privately Held Movie Studio

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:16 am

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will become chairman of the largest privately held, independent film studio under terms of a deal announced tonight.

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Producers Guild of America Announce Nominees For Awards In Century City

Posted Jan. 5, 2016, 1:07 pm

"Mad Max: Fury Road," "Spotlight," "Ex Machina" and "The Big Short" were among the 10 films nominated today for the coveted Producers Guild of America Award for motion pictures, an honor that has traditionally been a precursor to success on Oscar night.

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Justin Timberlake to Write, Perform Original Music for DreamWorks Animation's 'Trolls'

Posted Jan. 5, 2016, 1:06 pm

Justin Timberlake will serve as executive music producer as well as pen original music for DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls," in which he'll also star, the studio announced today.

Latest news on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Adds Another $88.3M In Third Weekend

Posted Jan. 3, 2015, 10:56 am

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" added another $88.3 million in its third weekend in theaters in the United States and Canada, pushing its total domestic box office take to within reach of the all-time record, according to estimated industry figures released today.

Latest news on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Continues To Break Box Office Records

Posted Dec. 27, 2015, 9:56 am

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" posted the biggest second-weekend box office total ever recorded in North America, raking in more than $153 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office figures released today.

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Producer Sued Over Hallmark Channel's "Home Family" Show

Posted Dec. 24, 2015, 10:46 am

The former director of the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" show is suing the program's executive producer, alleging he was fired because of his age.

Latest news on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

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'The Force Awakens' Smashes Records With $517 Million Worldwide Opening

Posted Dec. 20, 2015, 11:48 am

Hollywood records fell like so many imperial storm troopers this weekend, as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" blasted through the stratosphere with $517 million in estimated weekend sales worldwide.

Latest news on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

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'The Force Awakens' Collects Record-Breaking $120 Million On First Day In Theaters

Posted Dec. 19, 2015, 11:28 am

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took in an estimated $120 million in its first day in theaters across the United States and Canada, according to industry figures released today. That breaks the previous one-day record of $91 million set by 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II."

Santa Monican Ruby Maciel (front center) received her Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival award in New York City earlier this month.

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Santa Monica Girl Places First In Peace In The Streets Global Film Festival

Posted Dec. 18, 2015, 9:24 am

For the culmination of the second annual competition, The Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival honored its winners at the United Nations headquarters in New York City earlier this month, including Santa Monica girl Ruby Maciel who won first place in the under 8 category.

Latest news on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

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Are You A Fan Seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Opening Tonight?

Posted Dec. 17, 2015, 8:46 am

Months of anticipation will finally end for devoted fans tonight when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens, but the excitement will build throughout the day in Hollywood with a daylong marathon of the original films and a wedding for a pair of devotees who have been camping outside the TCL Chinese Theatre.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' tops the weekend box office.

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'Mockingjay' Stays At Top Of Box Office For Fourth Straight Week

Posted Dec. 13, 2015, 9:16 am

It was another good weekend for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2", which won the box office battle for the fourth straight week, according to industry estimates released today.

Santa Monica Rotary Club President Tom Loo with movie producers Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky, who addressed the club. Jane and Mark are former executives at New Line Cinema (Mark was executive producer of the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).  They are co-founders of Court Five, a multifaceted media company.

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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Producer Reveals Trilogy’s Beginning

Posted Dec. 11, 2015, 9:41 am

How did New Line Cinema nab Peter Jackson and his vision for the fantastically successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy?

Henry Jaglom.

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Henry Jaglom Receives “Outstanding Achievement In Independent Filmmaking” Award

Posted Dec. 8, 2015, 9:21 am

Santa Monica writer/director Henry Jaglom received the prestigious “Outstanding Achievement in Independent Filmmaking” Award at The Hero’s Gala Awards at The Santa Fe Film Festival on Sunday Dec. 6.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' tops the weekend box office.

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Horror-Comedy "Krampus" Almost Knocks "Mockingjay" From Top Of Box Office

Posted Dec. 6, 2015, 9:44 am

The movie industry had a good weekend, with sales up 26 percent over the same weekend period last year, an analyst said today.

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