By Dennis McCarthy | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm | UPDATED: May 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm “It’s a little dusty, but if your sinuses can handle it, there is treasure to be found.” – a Yelp review of Book Castle-Movie World in Burbank. If Indiana Jones was looking for a map to the Lost Ark, he’d probably find it stuck in an old book on the top shelf of Steve Edrington’s classic movie bookstore in Burbank, right next to the Maltese Falcon. The place is dusty, claustrophobic, filled with sketchy, interesting characters, and absolutely fun to get lost in for a few hours digging through mounds of old books, magazines, still photographs, press kits, and other treasures of Hollywood’s past – if your sinuses can handle it. The problem is Steve, 76, is closing the doors for good in a few weeks after 51 years in the bookselling business, and he’s got to get rid of everything fast so he’s selling it for a song, … [Read more...] about Book Castle-Movie World in Burbank is closing after 51 years — and with it ‘a lot of the neighborhood personality’
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LOS ANGELES — It's been 25 years since a major Hollywood studio released an English-language film with a primarily Asian cast. The last was Wayne Wang's adaptation of the generational tear-jerker "The Joy Luck Club," which was released in 1993. But that dry spell is about to end with the release of the opulent romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians." The film is based on Kevin Kwan's best-selling book about a Chinese-American woman who gets a culture shock when she meets her boyfriend's family in Singapore. Veteran producer Nina Jacobson said that when she and her Color Force partner Brad Simpson ("The Hunger Games") read Kwan's manuscript, they knew it had to be a movie. "We just tore through it," Jacobson said. "It was so specific that it became really universal: Anybody who has ever faced in-laws who felt that they were not worthy of their beloved." However, they knew the film probably would never survive the studio development process. They decided to have a vision, a script … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ promises a change in Hollywood’s Asian representation
Unfortunately for moviegoers both young and old, the early reviews for Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time are far nastier than expected. It’s actually the second live-action take on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved fantasy novel, as the award-winning book was previously adapted into a made-for-TV ABC movie back in 2003. This latest adaptation won’t be so easily forgotten, however. It’s already gained quite a bit of notoriety for being the first live-action film with a $100 million dollar budget to be directed by a woman of color. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay ranks among the most promising up-and-coming talents in Hollywood, having previously helmed Oscar-nominated films Selma and 13th. Couple that with all the talent A Wrinkle in Time has going for it in front of the camera (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine headline a star-studded cast), and the new adaptation seemed primed to become the … [Read more...] about A Wrinkle In Time: The Most Brutal Reviews
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Los Angeles acting teacher Lesly Kahn, who gave some really shameful acting career advice to a student, telling her that because she “looks Latin,” she should change her name to something Latinx, wear “something fucking red,” and put on “sparkly earrings” to have a better chance at getting jobs. What I didn’t mention was that this upset me both as a Latina and as someone who is currently converting to Judaism. But first, Ms. Kahn did issue an apology for the incident, once the recording came out: pic.twitter.com/lYVYHfe53X — Lesly Kahn (@leslykahn) February 26, 2018 While I’m glad she made the apology, at first, it struck me the way such apologies often do. I thought: Had someone not leaked footage of you talking this way and embarrassed you, you never would’ve apologized. As it happens, students at her school have spoken publicly about how this was not an isolated incident, but rather, a … [Read more...] about Your Periodic Reminder That Antisemitism Is Still Actually Very Real. Yes, “Even” in Hollywood.
Although she's best known as the screenwriter behind such high-profile features as Alexander, Shutter Island and Terminator Genisys, Laeta Kalogridis is bringing her most personal vision to television. As the creator and showrunner of Netflix's Altered Carbon —the 10-episode cyberpunk series based on Richard K. Morgan's acclaimed novel — she returns to the small screen in the midst of a peak TV revolution that's a far cry from the network landscape she entered into more than a decade ago with her short-lived WB Network series Birds of Prey. In advance of the show's Feb. 2 premiere, Kalogridis spoke with THR about her Hollywood odyssey, from her first script sale as a UCLA screenwriting student to creating one of the year's most-talked about series. When I was a kid, my grandparents were Greek immigrants on my father's side. My grandfather used to read me Greek myths, in which there are a great many goddesses and stories of strong women. And I was entranced by them. … [Read more...] about ‘Altered Carbon’ Creator Laeta Kalogridis: How I Made It in Hollywood