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July 31, 2001
Tim Willert Book signings are not unusual at Borders Music and Cafe Bookstore on Brand Boulevard, but movie shoots are. A production crew spent all day Monday at Borders filming scenes from "Carolina," a romantic comedy starring Shirley Mac Laine and Julia Stiles. About 75 crew members from Carolina Torn Asunder, Inc., and 70 extras worked inside and outside the store to shoot a book signing scene for the independent film, which is scheduled for release in spring 2002, said Victoria Leskin, an assistant location manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2005
A record 410 exhibitors will take part in the 2005 American Film Market (AFM) scheduled for Nov. 2 to 9 in Santa Monica, making it the largest market in the event's history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries, which is also a market record. The announcement was made by Jonathan Wolf, executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and managing director of the American Film Market. The 410 exhibitors represent a 15 percent increase from the 356 companies that exhibited at the November 2004 AFM. The increase is across-the-board, with 24 countries expanding their presence at the AFM. In addition, new countries attending the AFM this year include Russia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Egypt and Greece.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2005
Last year, to better meet the needs of its participants, the annual American Film Market, the world's largest motion picture trade event, moved its show dates from February/March to November. This year, to handle the increased and early responses from film companies around the world to be involved in the 26th AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, event organizers are adding additional office space at the adjacent JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel. This is only the third time in the last 16 years that the AFM has been held at the Loews Santa Monica that the Le Merigot has been called upon to handle the overflow from its neighbor, but it will set a AFM record for the most exhibitors' space ever needed during the eight-day event, a 10 percent increase over the November 2004 market.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2006
Since the formation of their strategic partnership in 2004, the American Film Market and AFI FEST presented by Audi have grown to become the largest gathering of film industry professionals in North America. Registration is running well ahead of last November's events and organizers predict that turnout for this year will easily top the 2005 attendance of more than 9,000 individuals who worked in all facets of the motion picture industry from 70 countries. The AFM is set for Nov. 1-8 in Santa Monica and the AFI FEST will take place Nov. 1-12 in Hollywood.
NEWS
March 7, 2001
Components do not mix well Dean Briggs of Glendale is an actor. With a screenplay that attempts to blend surreal writing and cute, obviously scripted dialogue, especially between the leads, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, "The Mexican" works on a few levels as it fails on many others. James Gandolfini's is the only principal performance that has depth and conviction. The film tries to be many things, but its components do not mix well no matter how hard we wish they would.
NEWS
March 16, 2002
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Al Gonzalez helped turn a real-life crime into a modern-day parable that celebrates the wisdom that comes with old age. Gonzalez, a Glendale resident, directed and produced "Second Story," a short comedy film based on the unsuccessful robbery of an elderly Stockton woman. The 18-minute film tells the story of an elderly couple who fend off a burglar as they move into a retirement home. Like the real-life female victim, the film's character Marge Whitestone is particularly effective at thwarting the burglar even though she must use a wheelchair to get around.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 7, 2009
Filmmaker Hollis Zemany-McLachlan wants to help smooth the road for actors with disabilities who are pursuing a career in film. The Glendale resident is in the casting stage for a comedy that her independent film company, Pie Head Productions, is scheduled to start shooting in April titled “Pie Head (A Kinda True Story).” It will be her first full-length feature. “I am hoping that this will be a groundbreaking film in that we are casting a wide variety of actors with disabilities in ‘traditional’ roles, and of course, a few roles that were specifically written to accommodate special needs and disabled actors,” she said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 22, 2007
In the kitchen, too many cooks can sometimes spoil the recipe. But when it came to the creative minds working on the animated film ?The Brave Little Toaster,? it was the more the merrier, Director Jerry Rees said. The independent film was made by former Disney employees in 1986, and it was released on the Disney Channel and later on video in 1987. It is the final movie to be presented Friday at the Kenneth Village September Film Festival. Film creators Jerry and Rebecca Rees, of Glendale, will attend and answer questions about the film.
NEWS
March 19, 2005
Jacqui Brown Kelly Stables has a knack for creeping people out. It's not how the 20-something actress looks when she walks down the street with her girl-next-door beauty and long red hair. It's more when her image appears on the big screen as Samara in DreamWorks Pictures' "The Ring," a psychological thriller released in 2002, and its sequel, "The Ring Two," released Friday. "I moved to Burbank from St. Louis in March of 2000 to pursue acting because this is something that's been inside me forever," Stables said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 7, 2009
Filmmaker Hollis Zemany-McLachlan wants to help smooth the road for actors with disabilities who are pursuing a career in film. The Glendale resident is in the casting stage for a comedy that her independent film company, Pie Head Productions, is scheduled to start shooting in April titled “Pie Head (A Kinda True Story).” It will be her first full-length feature. “I am hoping that this will be a groundbreaking film in that we are casting a wide variety of actors with disabilities in ‘traditional’ roles, and of course, a few roles that were specifically written to accommodate special needs and disabled actors,” she said.
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By Matt Bellner | December 12, 2007
If you are a teenage girl or happen to know one, then the must-see film of the holidays is the realistically funny ?Juno,? starring the talented Ellen Page. It?s a small, independent film and a great stocking stuffer for fans of offbeat cinema. The story is about an unusual 16-year-old girl named Juno MacGuff, who is faced with the tremendous burden of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. What will she do? Will she get an abortion, keep the baby or give it up for adoption? It?
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 22, 2007
In the kitchen, too many cooks can sometimes spoil the recipe. But when it came to the creative minds working on the animated film ?The Brave Little Toaster,? it was the more the merrier, Director Jerry Rees said. The independent film was made by former Disney employees in 1986, and it was released on the Disney Channel and later on video in 1987. It is the final movie to be presented Friday at the Kenneth Village September Film Festival. Film creators Jerry and Rebecca Rees, of Glendale, will attend and answer questions about the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2006
Since the formation of their strategic partnership in 2004, the American Film Market and AFI FEST presented by Audi have grown to become the largest gathering of film industry professionals in North America. Registration is running well ahead of last November's events and organizers predict that turnout for this year will easily top the 2005 attendance of more than 9,000 individuals who worked in all facets of the motion picture industry from 70 countries. The AFM is set for Nov. 1-8 in Santa Monica and the AFI FEST will take place Nov. 1-12 in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2005
A record 410 exhibitors will take part in the 2005 American Film Market (AFM) scheduled for Nov. 2 to 9 in Santa Monica, making it the largest market in the event's history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries, which is also a market record. The announcement was made by Jonathan Wolf, executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and managing director of the American Film Market. The 410 exhibitors represent a 15 percent increase from the 356 companies that exhibited at the November 2004 AFM. The increase is across-the-board, with 24 countries expanding their presence at the AFM. In addition, new countries attending the AFM this year include Russia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Egypt and Greece.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2005
Last year, to better meet the needs of its participants, the annual American Film Market, the world's largest motion picture trade event, moved its show dates from February/March to November. This year, to handle the increased and early responses from film companies around the world to be involved in the 26th AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, event organizers are adding additional office space at the adjacent JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel. This is only the third time in the last 16 years that the AFM has been held at the Loews Santa Monica that the Le Merigot has been called upon to handle the overflow from its neighbor, but it will set a AFM record for the most exhibitors' space ever needed during the eight-day event, a 10 percent increase over the November 2004 market.
NEWS
March 19, 2005
Jacqui Brown Kelly Stables has a knack for creeping people out. It's not how the 20-something actress looks when she walks down the street with her girl-next-door beauty and long red hair. It's more when her image appears on the big screen as Samara in DreamWorks Pictures' "The Ring," a psychological thriller released in 2002, and its sequel, "The Ring Two," released Friday. "I moved to Burbank from St. Louis in March of 2000 to pursue acting because this is something that's been inside me forever," Stables said.
NEWS
March 16, 2002
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Al Gonzalez helped turn a real-life crime into a modern-day parable that celebrates the wisdom that comes with old age. Gonzalez, a Glendale resident, directed and produced "Second Story," a short comedy film based on the unsuccessful robbery of an elderly Stockton woman. The 18-minute film tells the story of an elderly couple who fend off a burglar as they move into a retirement home. Like the real-life female victim, the film's character Marge Whitestone is particularly effective at thwarting the burglar even though she must use a wheelchair to get around.
NEWS
August 18, 2001
Laura Sturza, Weekend GLENDALE -- Phil Snyder is in action. After years of working as a stand-up comic at venues spanning from the Comedy Store to prisons around the country, he has fulfilled his ambition of writing, producing, directing and starring in his first feature-length film, "ReWrite." Snyder and his wife, co-producer and co-star Karen Snyder, started HolyWood Media in 1992. Their goal is to create entertaining, family-friendly productions that also don't shy away from the tough subjects, Snyder said.
NEWS
July 31, 2001
Tim Willert Book signings are not unusual at Borders Music and Cafe Bookstore on Brand Boulevard, but movie shoots are. A production crew spent all day Monday at Borders filming scenes from "Carolina," a romantic comedy starring Shirley Mac Laine and Julia Stiles. About 75 crew members from Carolina Torn Asunder, Inc., and 70 extras worked inside and outside the store to shoot a book signing scene for the independent film, which is scheduled for release in spring 2002, said Victoria Leskin, an assistant location manager.
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