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Both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were born out of a basin of movie history. Each film is drenched in movie reference, be it visual or a line of dialogue, which adds a whole other layer of enjoyment on top of the individual stories. For the third film in The Cornetto Trilogy, writer/director Edgar Wright gets away from that. The World’s End is a movie obviously influenced by the history of film, but in a much less overt way. If anything, it’s overtly referencing Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, making it a great end to the trilogy.

The World’s End has plenty of influence though and, for his third screening series at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA, Wright has picked 14 films, on seven double features, that all had some inspiration in his latest work. The screening series is called The World’s End Is Nigh and it takes place August 9 through August 22, the eve of The World’s End. Check out the full line up below. Read More »

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“If you’re a writer tonight, you might want to hide your knives,” said Jason Reitman at Tuesday night’s special summer live read. “This script is so good you’ll never want to write again. You f***er, Vince.”

The script Reitman was referring to, the script that could get the writer/director to come back and do a live read in July when he’s not scheduled to come back until October, was the pilot of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The “Vince” is creator Vince Gilligan. And as fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.

The latest live read at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent, revealed not only this fantastic writing, but some fun interpretations by great actors, appearances by the original actors, deleted scenes and more. Read about it below. Read More »

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Los Angeles area readers, here’s your chance to see one of the summer’s most talked about movies for free. Paramount Pictures has given us 30 tickets to see Marc Forster‘s zombie film World War Z on Friday night, June 7, a full two weeks before it opens in theaters June 21. Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a United Nations employee who travels the globe hoping to solve an unstoppable zombie apocalypse. And though production of the film was highly scrutinized, buzz since its completion has been quite good.

Now you can decide for yourself. After the jump, find out how to win one of 15 pairs of tickets for this special fan screening. Read More »

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Thirty years ago, before Nicolas Cage was “Nicolas Cage,” he was just a young punk looking for love in the San Fernando Valley. Before he was the Oscar-winning mad man we know and love, director Martha Coolidge cast Cage in her 1983 film Valley Girl, a Romeo and Juliet story with a “modern” twist. Valley Girl is 30 years old this year, and Film Independent at LACMA is presenting an anniversary screening with the director on hand. It takes place Thursday May 16 in Los Angeles and will be followed by an ’80s costume contest and party. Yes, this is the ultimate screening for Valley Girl and ’80s fans.

/Film has five pairs of tickets to give away for the screening. Find out how to enter, or buy tickets and guarantee a shot, below. Read More »

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The Way Way Back, Fruitvale Station, Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, Only God Forgives, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and In A World. The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival already features a laundry list of the year’s best festival films and highly anticipated fall releases. Now the fest is adding a bit of blockbuster appeal.

The festival, which takes places June 13-23 in downtown Los Angeles, has just added special advanced screenings of Man of Steel and Monsters University. And if that’s not enough, Spike Jonze will do a special event talking about his career and presenting footage from his upcoming movie, Her. Read More »

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After Thursday’s news that the legendary Hollywood landmark, TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theater was getting an IMAX upgrade, another Los Angeles movie destination has been revealed. A few years back the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans to create a movie-themed museum. Now, we know what it will look like, and what’ll be in it.

Called The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the venue located on Fairfax and Wilshire will be a six-story, 290,000 square-foot museum attached to a massive 1,000 seat dome for movie events. There will a full red-carpet experience, an interactive moviemaking exhibit, and floors dedicated to the history of cinema. The plan is to have it open in 2017. Read more below. Read More »

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Adults of a certain age have a very special place in their heart for Nickelodeon. Not current Nickelodeon, mind you. I’m talking old school Nickelodeon. Shows like You Can’t Do That on Television, Pinwheel, Double Dare, Rugrats, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Doug, The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Salute Your Shorts. All were classic television programs that helped mold the young minds of today’s twenty- and thirty-year olds.

iam8bit has chosen that era as the subject of It’s the shizNICK, a brand new group exhibition opening Friday April 19 in Los Angeles. Below, check out a small sample of exclusive images from the show. Read More »

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Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is one of the most famous movie theaters in the world, but in recent years it has become more of a tourist attraction and venue for movie premieres. The theater plans to enter the 21st century with plans to convert the huge theater into an IMAX theater.

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