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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.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pets, Film

Tortoise Rescue Organization Urges Parents To Refrain From Buying Live Turtles

Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 9:01 am

With another "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie set to hit theaters this week, a Malibu-based tortoise rescue organization urged parents today to refrain from buying live turtles for children impressed by the heroics of the film's fictional "heroes in a half-shell."

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Guardians Of The Galaxy Tops Box Office On Opening Weekend

Posted Aug. 3, 2014, 8:53 am

Guardians Of The Galaxy was master of its domain this weekend, with an estimated $94 million in North American box offices.

News, Santa Monica, Film

"Lucy" Tops Weekend Box Office With $44 Million In Sales

Posted Jul. 27, 2014, 10:53 am

"Lucy'' won the herculean battle of the Hollywood box office this weekend, decisively acing out "Hercules.''

'Night Sesh' film screening will be held tonight, July 18 at California Heritage Museum.

Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica, Film

What's Hot: Free “Night Sesh” Film Screening Tonight On Main Street

Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:10 am

ZJ Boarding House and California Heritage Museum present “Night Sesh” at 8 pm tonight. This event will feature the premiere of Gracias LA’s skate film, “Gracias Skateboarding Volume Uno.”

Cinema on the Street has expanded this year to six free screenings on Friday nights on the Third Street Promenade starting this week.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Film

Watch Free Film "Field Of Dreams" On Third Street Promenade Tonight

Posted Jul. 11, 2014, 8:51 am

Cinema on the Street, Downtown Santa Monica’s free film series, kicks off this tonight, July 11 with a screening of the 1989 classic “Field of Dreams” at 8:30 pm.

Cinema at the Edge founder Michelle Danner and festival creative director Brian Drillinger at the inaugural event in 2013.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Independent Santa Monica Film Festival Returns For Second Year This Weekend

Posted Jul. 9, 2014, 9:05 am

Three days of screenings, parties, and artist programs that celebrate independent filmmaking will all be part of the 2nd Annual Cinema at the Edge festival in Santa Monica this weekend.

News, Santa Monica, Film

Transformers: Age of Extinction Tops Box Office With $36.4 Million In Sales

Posted Jul. 6, 2014, 8:58 am

Transformers: Age of Extinction was the most-popular movie this weekend, with its $36.4 million in estimated ticket sales.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Film, Hollywood

Santa Monica City Council Gets Behind Film & TV Tax Credit Bill

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

Santa Monica is not Hollywood, but the city certainly has connections to the home base of the American film industry. Not only are there sound stages and production companies within Santa Monica, many film and television employees, executives, or professionals also live here.

Alan Swyer's 'El Boxeo' is nominated for Imagen Award in the Best Documentary category.

News, Santa Monica, Film

Santa Monica Documentary Maker Nominated For Imagen Award

Posted Jul. 2, 2014, 9:29 am

Long-time Santa Monica resident Alan Swyer’s film “El Boxeo” has been nominated for the prestigious Imagen Award in the category of Best Feature Documentary.

Number two on America's Most Wanted list after Osama Bin Laden, James 'Whitey' Bulger terrorized the city of Boston for years without ever being charged with so much as a misdemeanor.

Santa Monica, Film, Police Department

A Look At The Movie "WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger"

Posted Jul. 1, 2014, 9:38 am

The movie "WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" (currently in local release) opens with a media montage of “Whitey” Bulger’s 2011 capture in Santa Monica after 16-years on the run.

News, Santa Monica, Film

2014 BET Awards Tonight: Full Nomination List

Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 9:09 am

Jay Z, Beyonce and Drake each have five nominations heading into tonight's presentation of the 2014 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.

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