FROM Devin Faraci
Friday Film: 'Star Wars' Madness and More Star Wars is the Death Star of film this week, annihilating news of all other movies. But we’re going to change that in this week’s Friday film segment, where we round up several new releases! What other movies are brave enough to go up against the Star Wars juggernaut at this weekend’s box office?
Film Roundup Men who can’t relate to their children, children who don’t want to grow up, grown-ups making childish decisions, and children getting stuck in a B horror movies with their dead mothers. It’s time for the Friday film roundup.
Movies Our Friday round-up of movies finds a strange mix of choices. A new movie, based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, delivers a similar setup to one of his more famous works, “The Notebook.” It’s called The Longest Ride. It’s a love story divided between the present and the 1940’s. There’s also the directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling, called “Lost River.” It’s an indie film about a single mother, played by Christina Hendricks, who runs up against the criminal underworld, while her son discovers a secret underwater town. And the best reviewed film of the bunch is “Ex Machina,” an intelligent sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence, from the writer of 28 Days Later.
Pierce Brosnan, Found Footage, and Retelling Exodus In our weekly rundown of film and industry news: November Man is a spy thriller that sports a lot of shots of Pierce Brosnan walking slowly away from exploding cars. Horror/suspense movie As Above, So Below is a “found footage” flick that takes place in the Parisian catacombs. Also out this weekend, Starred Up takes place in a British prison. And we can all look forward to a new Ridley Scott epic that re-tells the Biblical book of Exodus.
Comic Con Blues The San Diego Comic Con is underway! That’s great news for many geeks making their annual pilgrimage. But to other veteran comic fans, the event has given-in to crass commercialism. image: Comic Con 2014 by Pat Loika
Boyhood, Baywatch, and Bonobos Well it was a dismal Fourth of July weekend at the box office: the worst in over a decade. But there are some pretty big movies coming out this weekend. We won’t call it a comeback… yet. But we WILL tell you everything you need to know about film for the weekend.
Remembering H.R. Giger If you had the wits scared out of you by the Alien movies, you have H.R. Giger to thank. He designed and created the Alien. Giger died today at the age of 74 in his native Switzerland. As one Twitterer perfectly summed it up: Giger “beautifully articulated our nightmares.”
Vampires, Football and Cartoon Birds The newest releases out this week include Only Lovers Left Alive, a film about vampire ennui by auteur Jim Jarmusch; Draft Day, a business-of-football feel-good flick; and Rio 2, an animated romp through the Amazon. Our critics pick the movies apart and then give us a sneak peek of the latest in the Expendables franchise.
Goodbye, Harold Ramis The film world lost one of it’s comedy trailblazers today. Harold Ramis was the man behind so many HUGE -- now iconic -- movies, from Groundhog Day to Caddyshack, Animal House, Analyze This, and (of course) Ghostbusters. We look back on his life and work.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?