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 'Ant-Man', from Disney and Pixar studios, took in another $24,765,000.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Ant-Man Tops Weekend Box Office, Adding $24.7 Million To Its $100M+ Tally

Posted Jul. 26, 2015, 10:36 am

A tiny superhero bested a pack of yellow "villains" to win the North American box office race for the second week in a row, according to projections released today by tracking firm Rentrack.

"Minions" was projected to open with $115.2 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to Universal estimates.

News, Film, Box Office

"Minions" Makes Mincemeat Of "Jurassic World" Opening With $115.2 Million

Posted Jul. 12, 2015, 9:17 am

"Minions" made mincemeat of the dinos at the movieplexes this weekend, as the yellow spinoffs from "Despicable Me" crushed "Jurassic World" in the North American box office race.

Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo as lovers dealing with AIDS in the powerful television film, 'The Normal Heart.'

News, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mark Ruffalo: Life At Home & The Psychological Challenges Of Acting

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 12:30 pm

Any time you mention Mark Ruffalo’s name to anyone, the response is always, “He seems like a really nice guy;” or “He seems so genuine and not full of himself;” or “I love his acting;” or “I really love that guy.” And so it goes.

"Jurassic World" continues to dominate the box office.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Jurassic World" Crosses Half-Billion Dollar In Domestic Ticket Sales

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:06 am

"Jurassic World" crossed the half-billion dollar mark in domestic sales today, and the genetically re-engineered dinos dominated the box office returns for a third straight week.

BET Awards to be presented Sunday at Microsoft Theatre (previously Nokia Theatre) at L.A. Live.

News, Awards, Music, Celebrity, Film, Television

Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Carry Six Nominations For Sunday's BET Awards

Posted Jun. 27, 2015, 7:46 am

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj will carry a leading six nominations each into Sunday's 15th annual BET Awards, while Beyonce and Lil Wayne each have four.

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana play husband and wife in Maya Forbes’ film 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' a true story about her father’s bipolar disorder and the effect it had on her childhood.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mark Ruffalo On “Infinitely Polar Bear,” The Art & Challenge of Acting, Family

Posted Jun. 25, 2015, 8:19 am

Any time Mark Ruffalo’s name appears in the cast of a project, you know he will be giving an absolutely perfect performance. Hence, he is one of the most successful, sought after Hollywood actors.

Pixar's 'Inside Out' brought in $91 million during its opening weekend, behind 'Jurassic World' that brought in $102 million during its second weekend.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Want Original Films Like Pixar's Inside Out? Go See Them

Posted Jun. 24, 2015, 9:24 am

Santa Monica is a city that encourages creativity and innovation. Walking down the Third Street Promenade, you will see street performers galore. Behind in the alley, you have comedians in Westside Comedy Theater trying to present their original material to an audience. Santa Monica and West Los Angeles in general is a cradle of innovation.

Cast of “The Remake,” Lockhart's latest film. From left: June Lockhart, Patrika Darbo, Sally Kellerman, Ruben Roberto Gomez, and Lynne Alana Delaney.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

At 90, June Lockhart Looks Beyond Monsters & Mutts

Posted Jun. 20, 2015, 9:17 am

Since the 1960s, June Lockhart has been widely recognized as the practical and protective TV mom from “Lost in Space” and “Lassie.” But her extensive career stretched beyond zany aliens and courageous canines.

Kathryn Hahn stars in  'The D Train' alongside Jack Black.

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Q&A: Kathryn Hahn On Co-Starring Alongside Jack Black In "The D Train"

Posted Jun. 15, 2015, 9:25 am

Kathryn Hahn can either make you laugh or cry, as she is equally at home in comedic or dramatic roles. She is also equally at home on stage, screen, or television, having performed in all those genres. She recently had a role in This Is Where I Leave You where she played a woman desperate to get pregnant. In her personal life, she’s managed to do that twice. She is married to Ethan Sandler and has two children: her son Leonard and her daughter Mae.

A timid (Jack Black) spins a web of lies around a famous former classmate (James Marsden) to win his friendship and persuade him to attend their high-school reunion in “The D Train.”

News, Celebrity, Film

Q&A: Jack Black, James Marsden Banter About Their Film "The D Train"

Posted Jun. 15, 2015, 9:23 am

Jack Black is a Santa Monica boy who made it to the top. He attended the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, followed by enrolling in UCLA where he became a member of Tim Robbins’ Acting Ensemble. Since then, Black has racked up a number of film credits including Bernie, for which he won Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations.

'Jurassic World' brought in an estimated $204,596,380 in its opening weekend.

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'Jurassic World' Brings In Almost $205 Million In Opening Weekend

Posted Jun. 14, 2015, 10:07 am

"Jurassic World" exceeded expectations and some records in its opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $204,596,380.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Latest "Avengers" Adds $77.2 Million To Box Office Tally

Posted May. 10, 2015, 2:11 pm

"Avengers - Age Of Ultron" was atop the heap at the North American box office again today, and it has grossed $875 million around the world so far.

Father Micky Lee (Tom Dunne) and daughter Helena Lee (Mariah Blonna) in “The Ocean of Helena Lee.”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Review: “The Ocean Of Helena Lee” Set On Santa Monica Oceanfront

Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

By turns exuberant and headline grabbing violent, the long world-famous local movie star featured in Jim Akin’s new film, “The Ocean of Helena Lee”, is our own Santa Monica oceanfront. Yet watching it in “Helena Lee” is the equivalent of holding a conch shell to your ear and being privy to a singular, captivating experience, even to this writer, who has for decades ridden the bike path and even lived alongside it.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation is a Canadian-American entertainment company. The company was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 3, 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica.

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Joss Whedon, Lionsgate Hit With Lawsuit Over 'Cabin in the Woods'

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:18 am

Author Peter Gallagher is suing Joss Whedon and Lionsgate in Los Angeles, alleging the director stole the concept behind the film "The Cabin in the Woods" from his novel, according to court papers obtained today.

Executive Editor Brenton Garen interviews 50th District Assemblyman Richard Bloom.

California, Video, Santa Monica, Film, Government

VIDEO PART 1/2: Assemblyman Richard Bloom Discuss Film Tax Legislation

Posted Apr. 2, 2015, 10:22 am

In part one of this “In the Chair” episode, editor Brenton Garen sits down with Assemblymember Richard Bloom as he discusses the film tax legislation to keep Hollywood business in California.

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Kids Choice Awards Winners; Angelina Jolie Makes First Public Appearance Since Ovaries Removed

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 8:54 am

Actress-director Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since announcing she had her ovaries removed as a precaution against cancer to accept a Kids Choice Award.

The Kids Choice Awards will be handed out at the Forum today.

News, Music, Film, Television

Kids Choice Awards Tonight: Full Nomination List

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:37 am

Meryl Streep has a chance to add yet another award to already-impressive resume tonight when the Kids Choice Awards are handed out at the Forum.

Prolific screenwriter Richard LaGravenese’s latest film is “The Last Five Years,” which he adapted and directed from Jason Robert Brown’s musical.

Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Part Two: Richard LaGravenese’s Personal Journey To Success

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 1:14 pm

Richard LaGravenese is one of those very successful Hollywood writers who very rarely is recognizable by the general public. However, his vast list of screenwriting credits speak for themselves and include, “Rude Awakening,” “Behind the Candelabra,” “Water for Elephants,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers,” “Paris, je t’aime,” “Beloved,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Little Princess,” “The Ref,” “Erin Brockovich,” and his break-out script “The Fisher King.”

'90404 Changing' is a multi-dimensional feature-length film that employs a unique form of story-telling which blends standard documentary coverage with dramatic narrative.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Santa Monica Conservancy To Host Free Movie Screening “90404 Changing” Thursday

Posted Mar. 22, 2015, 9:41 am

The Santa Monica Conservancy will host a free screening of local film “90404 Changing” at 6:30 pm this Thursday, March 26.

 The 'mouse house' proved it still has that magic touch on princess movies, as the remake of 'Cinderella' topped the weekend box office.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Cinderella" On Track To Top Box Office With $70.1 Million In Sales

Posted Mar. 15, 2015, 8:48 am

The remake of "Cinderella" opened this weekend with a strong-than-expected $70.1 million in estimated sales across North America.

Prolific screenwriter Richard LaGravenese’s latest film is “The Last Five Years,” which he adapted and directed from Jason Robert Brown’s musical.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Part One: Richard LaGravenese’s Journey To Success As Writer, Director

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:41 am

Ask the average movie buff if he or she knows who Richard LaGravenese is and the answer is probably going to be no. In the same sentence add that he wrote “Behind the Candelabra,” “Water for Elephants,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers,” “Paris, je t’aime,” “Beloved,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Little Princess,” “The Ref,” “Erin Brockovich,” “The Fisher King,” and “Rude Awakening.” Then, of course, the light goes on, as LaGravenese’s body of work is immediately recognizable as he written some of the most emotionally profound Hollywood scripts.

Santa Monica actress Marie Paquim and Meryl Streep at the Women In Film’s event.

Awards, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Santa Monican Actress Attends Oscar Week Festivities

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:47 am

Oscar Week, as always, is a time for Hollywood’s best to not only accept awards, but to share on the recent year’s activity, as well as the possibilities in the year ahead.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Hear From Director/ Screenwriter Ned Benson At Vidiots Foundation Event

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:05 am

American film director, screenwriter, and producer Ned Benson will take part in the next Vidiots Foundation Director Series event on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 pm.

Michael Keaton in "Birdman".

News, Awards, Film, Hollywood

2015 Oscars Recap: "Birdman" Soars Over Hollywood With Four Wins

Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 9:08 am

Intricately filmed, as if it was had been shot in a single take, and driven by the beat of a pounding drum, "Birdman" is soaring over Hollywood today, having claimed four Oscars, including best picture and best director, but its star, veteran Michael Keaton, was passed over.

News, Film, Box Office

"Fifty Shades Of Grey" Remains Number One At Box Office For Second Weekend

Posted Feb. 22, 2015, 9:17 am

"Fifty Shades Of Grey" has the competition tied up in knots, and is the number one movie in North America again this weekend.

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