10,000 years. That’s how long Phil Connors was stuck in Groundhog Day. At least, that’s what writers Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin said in an early draft of the now classic 1993 film. That revelation was later cut out, along with a lot of other things, to make the film we know and love.
But on March 20, Jason Reitman presented that early draft as part of his Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series. On a night dedicated to Ramis, the Groundhog Day co-writer and director, Reitman brought together a small but perfect cast to read through the script. That cast included Jason Bateman as Phil, Elizabeth Reeser as Rita, Jeffery Ross as Larry, Mae Whitman as Nancy, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned, the role he originated.
That balance of familiarity from Tobolowsky, coupled with a fresh but perfectly poignant take from Bateman, made Groundhog Day one of the best live reads to come out of the series to date. Read More »
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Los Angeles film fans used to have two choices when they wanted to see old-school 70mm film IMAX. There was the Universal CityWalk location and The Bridge, which then became the Rave. Unfortunately, the Rave 18 was recently purchased by Cinemark and that company has “decided to go in a different direction with this auditorium,” according to IMAX. That means the AMC Universal CityWalk is the only 70mm IMAX screen left the movie capital of the world. However, that too will soon change, eventually leaving the city without a film projection IMAX theater. In its place will be a much more advanced laser projection system. Read more below. Read More »
There’s absolutely no need to touch Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Built around an Academy Award winning screenplay, the film is pretty much perfect from beginning to end. It teems with exquisite detail as performances and dialogue tell interweaving stories of crime and craziness. A reinforcement of that absolute brilliance was the main thing I took out of the latest Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, which took place February 20 in Los Angeles. Director Evan Goldberg (This is the End) subbed for Jason Reitman and assembled an eclectic, star-studded cast to read Tarantino’s masterwork. It was a two and a half hour celebration of Pulp Fiction‘s perfection.
While no one could ever replace the iconic cast of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and so many others, stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lizzie Caplan laughed, imitated and sometimes stumbled through the script with excitement and reverence. Along the way, a few Easter Eggs were uncovered, alternate interpretations attempted and much fun was had. Read about the live read below. Read More »
Shia LaBeouf would be proud of Jerry O’Connell. LaBeouf got national press Tuesday for the opening of his contemporary art installation #IAMSORRY. The “show” features LaBeouf in the paper bag he wore to the world premiere of Nymphomaniac in Berlin, sitting quietly while fans talk to him. Wednesday, in the space right next door to LaBeouf’s in West Hollywood, actor Jerry O’Connell set up #IAMSORRYTOO, which featured the Stand By Me, Jerry Maguire and Sliders star in a bag that said “Super Famous,” and willing to talk about damn near anything. Read More »
UK artist Aled Lewis is a relative newcomer in terms of mainstream pop culture art, but he’s about to become a household name. Previously, he’d done a few brilliant Edgar Wright pieces for Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles (among others) and now the gallery that all but started the craze is featuring Lewis’ first solo exhibit. And it looks insane.
The exhibit is called Such Pixels and will open February 7 at Gallery 1988 West. The first few teases of the show just came online and while I’d normally wait for a few more images before writing about the show, these images are so beyond cool I figured you had to see them. That’s just one above. (From Happy Gilmore, of course.) Below, check out some even more amazing images blending movies and video games. Read More »
Almost a year has passed since we heard an update on the ambitious museum the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has planned for Los Angeles. It’s called The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the world’s biggest movie museum, and it’s scheduled to open in 2017. Ground will be broken later this year, but the designers have released a huge update on the space in the form of a 30 page PDF that takes the reader on a floor-by-floor tour of the massive museum, including glimpses at some of the memorabilia that’ll be housed in the space. Check it out below. Read More »
This is so cool. The Quentin Tarantino-written, Tony Scott-directed film True Romance celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Though it’s a bit late, a huge celebration of the film is set for May 2-3 in Burbank, CA. The event will take place at the Safari Inn Motel, the same place Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette) go before their wild adventure comes to an end. Bronson Pinchot is hosting the two day event which includes signings, meet and greets, parties, karaoke, prop displays, never before seen behind the scenes photos and, of course, a sunset outdoor screening of the film with costume contest. Read More »
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Plenty of movies are made in studios, but Saving Mr. Banks is different. Besides shooting scenes inside sound stages, many scenes were shot outside at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, too, on the walking paths current Disney employees frequent going to work. That’s because those walkways are where the true story of P.L. Travers’ reluctance to let Walt Disney adapt Mary Poppins actually happened. And If you’re telling a true story, and have the ability to shoot in the actual locations, why wouldn’t you?
Disney obviously realized this awesome opportunity to screen a movie both where it was shot, but also where the story actually took place, and are opening their backlot to the public. For one week only, fans can purchase tickets to see Saving Mr. Banks at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. Read More »