Category: "Arts & Culture"

2014 Newport Beach Film Festival: A Talk With ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Linda Woolverton

Moderator Kevin Ott said it best of esteemed screenwriter, Linda Woolverton, during the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival Screenwriting Seminar: “You’re such a badass.” Known for scribing such works as Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and the soon-to-be in theaters, ‘Maleficent’ — Woolverton took matters of her screenwriting career […]

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“A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash” returns to Ventura this summer

Ross Emery Entertainment and Cindy Cash bring the annual homage to the “Man in Black” back to Johnny Cash’s old stomping grounds on Father’s Day Weekend One of the largest tribute concerts on the West Coast returns in full swing in 2014 as Roadshow Revival’s “A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash” takes over […]

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Top three films at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

For me, the Sundance Film Festival begins when I sit down for my first movie. The festival trailer rolls by and I morph into a manic movie-goer. Seeing 2-3 movies per day. Reading magazines about cinematography and shooting locations. Breaking down plots and deeper themes. I love it! Here’s the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Trailer: By […]

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Must-See Films from Sundance 2014

I headed to Park City this year half expecting Sundance to have lost some of its luster. It was my fourth year, and I’ve heard the seven year itch actually sets in around year four, so maybe the film festival wasn’t all I once thought it to be. I was wrong. Sundance has still got […]

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Introducing Baltic films at this weekend’s Scandinavian Film Festival in LA

For nearly two years, the honorary consuls from all three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – sought a way to publicize films from their respective countries. Starting with looking into the feasibility of conducting a Baltic Film Festival, they realized the amount of money this required was beyond what they could reasonably hope […]

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Punch Pick: THE PRETTY ONE

Imagine, for a moment, someone with the exact DNA as you exists. She has the same birthdate, the same parents, and the same physical features as you. She’s your identical twin, your mirror, and you share all of your life experiences with her, including the death of your mother. You are reflected in her, and […]

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Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling: Women in Hollywood

Once upon a time, in the land known as “Hollywood,” women were just as prominent as men in the world of filmmaking. The “fairer sex” richly occupied every role imaginable, from director, to producer, to editor, to screenwriter. In fact, half the films made from 1917 to 1925 were written by women. One of the […]

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AFI Launches Landmark Chinese Cultural Exchange Program with New Scholarship

On Wednesday November 13, 2013, The American Film Institute (AFI) announced its AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship, a new scholarship program at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory aimed at developing feature-length screenplays that foster greater understanding of Chinese history, culture and literature. Made possible through the generosity of Hugo Shong, Chairman, IDG Greater China, the fellowship provides […]

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Voyage Vixens Host Travel Writing Workshop at Writer’s Junction, November 8th

Love to travel? Ever wondered how to get paid to travel by writing about it? The Voyage Vixens and author Erin Bryne invite you to join them this Friday night at the Writer’s Junction in Santa Monica. Journalists Lanee Lee and Lindsay Taub of the female-centric travel blog, VoyageVixens.com will be sharing inside tips and […]

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Punch Pick: “Falling” by Deanna Jent