Quentin Tarantino ’s passion for the New Beverly Cinema began when he was just another kid showing up for the nightly double feature. It grew when he found success as a filmmaker and began to subsidize owner Sherman Torgan to the tune of $5,000 per month to keep the place open. Ultimately Tarantino bought the building and now he’s taking over the whole theater from Torgan’s son Michael. Tarantino has grand plans to curate a program of films he is confident will please fellow cinefiles and give him an excuse to showcase his voluminous collection of film prints and trailers. His first move: Jettisoning the digital projector that Michael installed. When the L.A. institution reopens in October after three months of renovations and a thorough cleaning of the onetime porno palace, the New Beverly will have a unique mission: All 35mm prints, all the time. “The big thing about what’s going to change now that I’m taking the theater over is, from here on in the New Beverly is only showing … [Read more...] about Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Promises Double Features, Vintage Trailers, Tarantino Films & NO Digital. Ever.
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Quentin Tarantino officially begins his tenure as film programmer of the New Beverly Cinema tonight when he re-opens the LA institution after a monthlong remodeling. On the docket is a Paul Mazursky double feature of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Blume In Love, which kicks off three months of Tarantino-programmed films, as Deadline reported last month . Many of those films, screened on film either on 16mm or 35mm, will come from Tarantino’s personal vaults. Tonight’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice print is the best known print out there, according to Tarantino, who was gifted with the newly struck print after his Django Unchained opening. After floating the beloved New Beverly business for years, Tarantino took over as manager and programmer last month from owner Michael Torgan with a renewed commitment to screening movies only on film. New features and upgrades inside the historic theater include the addition of mechanical masking, 16mm projection … [Read more...] about Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Re-Opens In Los Angeles
Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. If I could sum up the Sonos Roam in a single sentence it would be: Well worth the wait. I’ve been trying the $169 smart speaker, which is available for pre-order right now and will be released on April 20 for a couple of weeks. After putting the Sonos Roam through its paces I wish all portable speakers worked this well, and sounded this good. The Roam is a natural next step for Sonos, and fills an important gap in the company’s lineup. While it was focused on making high-end audio hardware for the home, battery-powered Bluetooth speakers became a popular way most of us listen to music. Sonos released its first portable speaker, the Sonos Move late in 2019, but it didn’t have a grab-and-go design. For once, the forward-thinking connected speaker company was falling behind. … [Read more...] about Sonos Roam Review: The New Standard for Portable Smart Speakers
The Times Square coronavirus vaccination site serving the Broadway theater industry opened today with an open invitation to the city’s film and television workers as well. In a press conference this morning, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio extended the scope of the previously announced Times Square site to include the city’s film and television industries. “We want the film and tv community to be part of our vaccination effort as well,” de Blasio said, “so we welcome them to join the vaccination center in Times Square. We want to make sure that the film and tv industry comes back stronger all the time. Vaccinations will play a key role and we want to make that easy.” Last month, the mayor announced that the Broadway Covid-19 vaccination site reserved for theater industry workers as part of a city drive to get the theater industry back on stage by September. “This is going to be a year to turn things around,” de Blasio said on March 25. “It’s time to raise the … [Read more...] about NYC Times Square Covid Vaccination Site Opens To Theater, Film & TV Workers
The third annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival , and the first to take place virtually in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, kicks off tonight and runs through April 23 via Southern California’s flagship PBS stations PBS SoCal and KCET along with national independent satellite network Link TV. The opening-night film is the West Coast premiere of Playing with Sharks , the extraordinary life story of pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who has dedicated her life to exposing the myth surrounding the fear of sharks. The film documents her quest as well as history including her work on several films, among them 1975’s iconic Jaws. National Geographic Documentary Films acquired the film out of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with plans to release it later this year. Following the 7 p.m. PT screening I will moderate a conversation with Taylor, writer-director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton all joining me together from Australia. (Full disclosure: I am the host of … [Read more...] about Sundance Hit Docu ‘Playing With Sharks’ To Open KCET/PBS SoCal/Link TV Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival