Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners

The Los Angeles Film Festival was hopping for ten days, downtown at LA Live, a straight shot down Olympic Boulevard to an $8 parking lot. The Regal screens are new with a good rake, but the glossy presentation didn't help Richard Linklater's opening nighter Bernie, yet another based-on-a-true-story (much like Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things) that fascinated the filmmaker and his star, Jack Black, without proving to be compelling for the rest of us. The good news is that Black gives the strongest performance he has in some time as a genial good-old-boy who turns to the dark side when he winds up rich older woman Shirley MacLaine's dependent manservant/slave. The movie was for sale at the fest, and distributors who checked it out were not upbeat about its commercial prospects.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 29, 2011 5:38 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award

As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology. Midnight Sun is set in 1943 and focuses on a group of young scientists in a New Mexico desert as they create the first atomic bomb .
  • By Maggie Lange
  • |
  • June 20, 2011 4:53 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

WME's Graham Taylor's LAFF Keynote: "We are in a revolution and now is our time."

WME's Graham Taylor is a pivotal player on the indie financing/packaging/selling scene. He moved from Endeavor to take over WME's Global unit after the agency merger. Here's some of his speech from the LAFF's "Money Talks & Art Matters" panel series: the full length version is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 18, 2011 9:31 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 15, 2011 7:50 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

LAFF Adds Artists in Residence Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Galas Devil's Double, Attack The Block

Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival has chosen its 2011 artists in residence: Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi. The fest is also adding Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine to it series of Conversations, and Gala screenings of SXSW hit Attack the Block (pictured) and Sundance entry The Devil's Double (check out the hot new poster and the trailer below).
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • June 3, 2011 7:26 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala

The Los Angeles Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's Bernie on June 16 and close with Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark on June 26. Bernie - which fest director Rebecca Yeldham calls a "delicious black comedy" - stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. "Remembering Sidney Lumet," a conversation between Quincy Jones and Frank Pierson is also announced, as well as additional films joining the already announced lineup. Synopses for the fest's offerings are below. The Gala screening of Ryan Gosling's Drive, for which Nicolas Winding Refn just took the Cannes Best Director prize, is sure to be one of fest's hottest events. Refn is already planning a sequel.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • May 23, 2011 7:28 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

LA Film Fest 2011: Programmers Talk Lineup for Downtown Festival, June 16-26 UPDATED

Film Independent has made its first round of selections for the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 16-26, returning to downtown's L.A. Live. Over 30 countries will be represented by the 200-plus features, shorts and music videos. Special events, galas, the tentpole opening and closing night selections, guest artists and guest director will be announced closer to the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 3, 2011 4:58 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Jamie Foxx Presents: Thunder Soul, A Tribute To Kashmere's Funk Powerhouse

Music doc Thunder Soul is a heartfelt celebration of Funk and the transformative powers of a great teacher. Mark Landsman's doc, which won an audience award at SXSW and Los Angeles Film Fest, among other fests last year, also earned an Indie Spirit nomination. It's about how in the 1970s one teacher turned Houston's Kashmere High School jazz band into a tight-grooving funk award-winner, years in a row. (Think Glee on Funk steroids.) Landsman follows the alumni from Kashmere, who after 35 years, travel home to play a tribute concert for 92-year-old Conrad Johnson.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • February 4, 2011 7:52 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

LAFF Winners Are A Family, Make Believe

Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family won the Los Angeles Film Festival narrative award, while J. Clay Tweel’s Make Believe collected the documentary award at the awards brunch Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 26, 2010 8:14 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Downtown Premiere Draws 3000 Fans, 5000 Guests

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Downtown Premiere Draws 3000 Fans, 5000 Guests
From Monday morning, the Twilight fans camped out in a tent city set up in L.A.'s huge Nokia plaza. I walked past them when I went to a Monday night LAFF screening. Their pay-off was the Eclipse premiere Thursday night, the most fan-friendly event that I have ever seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 25, 2010 9:49 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Email Updates