Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Alva Inspired

Posted by melissa kandel on April 29, 2019 in Film, Skateboarding | No Comments

This weekend I attended the world premiere of The Tony Alva Story presented by Vans at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The screening took place inside Lido Theater, Balboa Peninsula’s one-screen wonder plumped with 1920s decadence and bygone cinematic drama. (The glittering marquee! The thick, red curtain! The wide seats! The Vans-sticker-wrapped stage! The SHOW!)

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‘The Bill Murray Stories’ Shares Tales of the Enlightened Star

Posted by melissa kandel on May 3, 2018 in Film | No Comments

Thich Nhat Hanh, a 91-year-old Vietnamese monk and Noble Peace Prize nominee once said that if, while washing dishes, we aren’t mindful of the fact that we are washing dishes then “we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink.” Hanh advocates for complete mindfulness of the present moment, […]

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The Bridesmaids Are Back: Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph Join Forces in New Comedy

Posted by melissa kandel on August 24, 2017 in Film | No Comments

We all could use a little more Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy in our lives, and STXfilms agrees. The studio will release The Happytime Murders, a new comedy starring the duo, set in the dregs of Los Angeles and involving a crime-fighting puppet. (Say no more, I’m in.)

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The Surprising Ways Successful Screenwriters Find Inspiration

Posted by melissa kandel on August 11, 2017 in creativity, Film, Hollywood | 2 Comments

There’s a spot in my living room that undeniably catches the best morning light. A leather armchair is catty-cornered into it, and if you sit there by the window, you only see my neighbor’s big, leafy tree and not much else, which makes you feel like you’ve temporarily fallen into some tropical oasis of leather chairs and sunlight and leaves. Then […]

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James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels Underway at Weta Digital in New Zealand

Posted by melissa kandel on August 1, 2017 in creativity, entertainment, Film, Hollywood | No Comments

The most innovative visual effects company in the world has two insect-like figures cast in stone at its entrance. But don’t let these archaic structures fool you; this place is on the razor-sharp edge of filmmaking innovation, teetering at times into animation so new, the technology has to be invented just to catch up with […]

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Amy Schumer Calls Anne Hathaway ‘Perfect’ for Barbie

Posted by melissa kandel on July 27, 2017 in comedy, entertainment, Film, Instagram | No Comments

Oh, Hollywood. It’s so hard to tell whether Amy Schumer is being genuinely supportive of Anne Hathaway, front runner for the live-action Barbie movie set to hit theaters June 29, 2018, or else there’s something a little, err, plastic in her response.

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J.R.R. Tolkien is About to Become a Silver Screen Star

Posted by melissa kandel on July 26, 2017 in entertainment, Film, Hollywood, In the News | No Comments

Just when you thought the film industry couldn’t possibly eek anything more out of J.R.R. Tolkien or his epic tales, Finnish director Dome Karukoski will breathe new life into the famed, fantastical scribe by way of a big-screen biopic detailing Tolkien’s formative years as an orphaned youth.

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Mary Tyler Moore: No Ordinary Person

I never personally knew Mary Tyler Moore but from a very early age, always felt like I did. Leaping off the glazed expanse of my television screen, hair perfectly coiffed, smile bright and genuine, she had the kind of vivaciousness that could inspire not only this young girl but also an entire generation of TV-watchers […]

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Underrated Christmas Movies: Five Films To Watch Today

Classic Christmas flicks are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please? An open bar holiday party at your office. And nobody thinks that’s a good idea three hours deep into the festivities when the IT guy […]

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Reviewed

[Image via Netflix] WARNING: A CRAZY AMOUNT OF SPOILERS AHEAD … After what seems like an actual year of waiting, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has finally made its caffeinated, fast-talking, pop-culture-referencing debut on Netflix. While the very first scene—Lorelai and Rory doing their back-and-forth thing beneath the town gazebo—felt more like a poorly choreographed […]

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