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Comedies, Drama, Even Mafia Supplant Conflict At Israel Film Festival

Comedies, Drama, Even Mafia Supplant Conflict At Israel Film Festival

October 28, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) It’s a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema. “We had a lot of films about the Arab-Israeli conflict,” said Meir Fenigstein, who has presented some...

‘Constantine’ Brings Another Comic Book Character To Life

‘Constantine’ Brings Another Comic Book Character To Life

October 21, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) LOS ANGELES—Welsh actor, Matt Ryan, wasn’t a big reader of comic books when he was younger, something he now regrets as he takes on the title role in “Constantine”—the latest in the growing list of TV shows based on a comic book character. Luckily fo...

Reese Witherspoon, From Rom-Com Queen To ‘Wild’ Woman

Reese Witherspoon, From Rom-Com Queen To ‘Wild’ Woman

October 21, 2014


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By Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (MCT) Reese Witherspoon started crawling out of the romantic-comedy muck two years ago in “Mud,” aptly titled given the situation. The actress wasn’t even the costar — that place was taken by two Huck Finnish boys, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, who he...

For ‘Judge’ Director Dobkin, Directing Is A Choreography

For ‘Judge’ Director Dobkin, Directing Is A Choreography

October 9, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) LOS ANGELES—David Dobkin looks at film directing as a type of dance: It’s his job to lead his actors while still giving them room to express themselves. In the case of his latest film “The Judge,” that meant leading two veteran actors—“ Robert Down...

‘Gilligan’s Island’ Actress Dawn Wells Writes About Values In ‘What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide To Life’

‘Gilligan’s Island’ Actress Dawn Wells Writes About Values In ‘What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide To Life’

September 30, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) Ever since the premiere of the CBS sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” 50 years ago, people have been asking the burning question: Ginger or Mary Ann? While some fans of the broad comedy series about seven archetypal castaways shipwrecked on an “uncharted deser...

Coltrane’s Live ‘Offering’ Shakes The Room

Coltrane’s Live ‘Offering’ Shakes The Room

Chris Barton

September 29, 2014


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By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times (MCT) John Coltrane "Offering: Live at Temple University" 4 stars (Resonance/Impulse) The two-disc "Offering" practically begins mid-sentence, with John Coltrane already into the opening number "Naima" before the engineer for Temple University's WRTI radio station...

Pink Floyd’s New ‘Old’ Album, ‘The Endless River,’ Arrives No. 10

Pink Floyd’s New ‘Old’ Album, ‘The Endless River,’ Arrives No. 10

Randall Roberts

September 23, 2014


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (MCT) The new Pink Floyd album, called “The Endless River,” will be released Nov. 10, and the band has offered more details on its creation. Recorded by the trio of David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason — Roger Waters is no longer a member of the ban...

Study: Women Underrepresented In Film Industry

Study: Women Underrepresented In Film Industry

September 23, 2014


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (MCT) As film becomes an increasingly global business, a new study suggests that women are underrepresented both in front of and behind cameras worldwide. The study, released Monday by the University of Southern California, also contains some surprises — such ...

Rob Owen: ‘Sesame Street’ Turns 45, Expands

Rob Owen: ‘Sesame Street’ Turns 45, Expands

September 16, 2014


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By Rob Owen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) PASADENA, Calif. — Hard to believe it has been 45 years of Sunny Days and Everything’s A-OKs, but PBS stalwart “Sesame Street” indeed turned 45 this month and expanded to include a second, half-hour daily show. The 26 new one-hour episodes air weekday morning...

The Riff Report: New Music This Week

The Riff Report: New Music This Week

PopMatters.com

September 10, 2014


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PopMatters.com (MCT) Interpol – “El Pintor” If you’re still waiting for another “Turn on the Bright Lights,” you’ll most likely be waiting for some time, but you might as well take “El Pintor” for a spin to pass the time, because, after all, it might just satisfy that desire. Reg...

Quality May Be Casualty Of Film Fest War

Quality May Be Casualty Of Film Fest War

September 9, 2014


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (MCT) TORONTO — Has TIFF, North America’s largest film festival, become the middlebrow blob that ate cinema? It’s ungracious, I suppose, to ask. But has the blob known as the Toronto International Film Festival, North America’s largest and most popular cinema g...

‘Young Frankenstein’ Has New Life On 40th Anniversary

‘Young Frankenstein’ Has New Life On 40th Anniversary

September 9, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) Director Mel Brooks spent a lot of money on white handkerchiefs while making his 1974 tour de farce, “Young Frankenstein.” “I gave everybody in the crew a white handkerchief,” said the 88-year-old comedy legend during a recent phone interview. “I said,...

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