Posts Tagged ‘Film’

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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For the Love of Music

Posted by melissa kandel on March 5, 2019 in music | No Comments

On its surface, the story of William Garrett “Snuffy” Walden plays out like an expertly written drama. The innocence of youth, the tragedy of rock ‘n’ roll, the demise, the about-face and finally, the triumph. But as evident in Up to Snuff, a documentary shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the heroic arc of real-life […]

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The One Where I Wrote A Magazine

Posted by melissa kandel on December 28, 2018 in entertainment, Magazine | 1 Comment

Well, yes. I am back to blogging, in case last week’s little holiday story didn’t tip you off to the (hopefully?) good news. So, here I am with more news. In the hiatus, I was still writing, and I wanted to share with you what that writing became, which is an 80-page magazine called West […]

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Five Underrated Holiday Movies to Watch This Sunday

Posted by melissa kandel on November 26, 2017 in Christmas, movies, romance | 5 Comments

Classic Christmas flicks are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and sure to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and sure 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 Arnold from IT is passed out across the copy machine, […]

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Harvey Weinstein Isn’t the Only One

Posted by melissa kandel on October 11, 2017 in Hollywood | 1 Comment

Over the past week, I have been voraciously following the Harvey Weinstein story both as it played out in The New York Times and with more vivid, damnable detail today by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. A lot of people are now asking how this went on for so long. Why was Hollywood quiet […]

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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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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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