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Top 10 Star Wars Fight Scenes

Is there anyone in the universe NOT salivating for the Decebmber 18 release of STAR WARS: The Force Awakens?

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As the forces of good and evil prepare to do battle once more when the NEW Star Wars film lands in the UK, MorphCostumes HQ was inspired to create an infographic of the Top Ten best Star Wars Fight Scenes.  So they combed the archives and chose their top 10 intergalactic scuffles (from the Star Wars trilogy) based on their inventiveness, choreography, emotional impact and the sheer awesome-ness of their special Effects. (click to enlarge the image).

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Inconcievable Hilarity at El Grande Circus de Coca Cola

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Pepe Hernandez’ traveling circus may just be a posse of cast off children from his prior 5 marriages, he may have lost a few 3-ring trained animals while crossing the Mohave Desert, to heat stroke and lack of rations, yes the chupacabra is voraciously hungry, messy and running wild around town shredding costumes, tents and car paint in its wake, the choreography awkward, the acts inconsistent and the talent decidedly second-rate.

Then there’s the problem with 15-year-old “mui fuerte” Maria begging, flirting and falling in love with male guests for a green card in exchange for cooking, cleaning and a little something extra. Kittenish half-Swedish blonde bombshell Consuelo is suggestively (but oh so politely in front of the wives in attendance) inviting potential male agents back stage to talk about representation.  Never mind the half-wit drums, piano and accordion playing boys who can’t get anything right — although they try, they really, really try.

El Grande Circus de Coca Cola is the most inconceivable Spanish language only, spectacular “spectacular”, everything but the kitchen sink carnival motif revival, to play Hollywood Boulevard in as far back as probably anyone can remember.

Film aficionado Pepe Hernandez has finally arrived on a world tour, in Hollywood at the Skylight Theatre, bringing with him an almost razzle-dazzle mashup of variety show acts including knife throwing, magic tricks, fortune-telling, opera, ballet, a fearsome parody of Latino telenovela and a coup de gras performance of Las Flamenco Fleas from Barcelona.

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And, in case anyone is interested he is also giving acting classes while in town. You can find a discount coupon in your

FootLights program.

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(Yes really! Go check it out for yourself. It’s there on page 3!)

This show, with all its holes and dragging lulls in between all the “jazz” is so incredibly creative, so high-caliber designed, so astounding in performance there’s no way you won’t want to stay till the end!  The absolute highlights are the team-choreographed commercials made for their sponsor, American soda company, Coca Cola.  The final histrionic stunner however is the photographic replay of Pepe’s girls’ Quinceañera, a bona fide study in perfect physical comedy.

El Grande Circus de Coca Cola is a beautiful, colorful, glitterized, 80 minutes mess!

NOW PLAYING UNTIL AUGUST 23, 2015

Performances run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm, Sundays at 3pm.

The Skylight Theatre
1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027.

Tickets are $34.

Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online at http://skylighttix.com

Find Them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktcla
Twitter: @SkylightThtr

Cast: Paul Baird, Olivia Christina Delgado, Lila Dupree, Aaron Miller, and Marcelo Tubert
Production Credits:
Written by Ron House
Directed by Alan Shearman
John Iacovelli (Set Designer), Jeff McLaughlin (Light Designer), Tor Campbell (Choreographer), Sarah Figoten (Costume Designer), and Jeff Faeth (Props Designer)

Film to Watch: Prince – Playing at Arena Cinema Hollywood Aug 14

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Seventeen-year-old Ayoub has a lot on his plate: his father is a junkie, his mother is a lonely divorcé, and his sister is falling in with the wrong crowd. Haunted by his father’s terrible reputation, Ayoub can’t get the attention of Laura, the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. He does, however, gain the attention of Kalpa, an eccentric, purple Lamborghini-driving, psychotically violent local criminal. Falling in with Kalpa, Ayoub tries to enlarge his status (and wallet) enough to win Laura over, but soon finds that his new life is far more than he bargained for.

August 14- August 20, 2015

Directed and written by Sam de Jong. Produced by Gijs Kerbosch. From FilmBuff and VICE Media. This film stars Oussama Addi, Elsie de Brauw, Ayoub Elasri, Olivia Lonsdale, Achraf Meziani and Jorik Scholten.

Winner- Berlin International Film Festival

**** (Four stars)- “Prince tells a story that just can’t be forgotten.”—The Upcoming

Color 2015, Netherlands, 78 minutes, unrated. Drama.

Admission: $12 each feature.

Information: (323) 306-0676. Online ticketing: http://arenascreen.com

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.

Arena Cinema is Hollywood’s new home for independent films, powered by Voltaire Media. Ranked among Top 5 Indie Movie Theatres in Los Angeles by CBS2.

PRINCE WILL Also BE  released ON VOD PLATFORMS  AUGUST 14TH 

Gia #HFF15 #Reviews: Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers in “A Hollywood Ending”

soContributed by Benjamin Schwartz

“Magic In The Waiting Room”

Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers in “A Hollywood Ending” provides a timely glimpse into what could be an extremely accurate depiction of two artists at the end of their respected careers.

Orson Welles is certainly the personality that is instantly recognizable, while the name Scatman Crothers doesn’t usually ring most people’s bell.  You might have heard Scatman as the voice of Scat Cat from the animated film, The Aristocats, or seen his acting in The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Welles and Crothers strike up conversation while waiting to audition for the 1985 animated film, Transformers: The Movie.  At first, it is difficult to see why these two would be in the same room, let alone auditioning for the same movie. As the expertly crafted dialogue rolls along, both the characters and audience start to understand how similar these two really are.

Welles (Rob Locke) and Crothers (Dennis Neal) are dream roles for actors, and the two really sink their teeth deep into the material. Locke does a fine job capturing the elitist, ego-driven Welles who has the largest character arch. But it is his counterpart, Dennis Neal who really steals the show.

It is difficult to take your eyes off Neal as he gives a beautifully organic, honest performance.  These two seasoned actors sport their acting chops as they bounce emotions and patter very well off each other in this character-driven play.

It is inherently clear that playwright and director, David Castro, has done a great deal of research on the time period and characters. The dated references may be a little much for a common layman, but the writing is impeccable. The dialogue is a continuous stream of natural conversation tucked within a tight three-act structure. A playwright who directs his own work tends to be blind to errors during rehearsal, but this is not the case here. Castro does a great job directing his actors to hit the exact nuances and timing of the script.

Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers in “A Hollywood Ending” examines how these two consummate artists defined success and artistic freedom while still trying to pay the bills.  It is wholly entertaining, thought-provoking and poignant.

Recommended

Tickets: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2353

Theatre Asylum (Asylum Lab – 1078 Lillian Way LA. CA. 90038) Hollywood’s Theatre Row map
Saturday June 20 2015, 4:00 PM | 1hr
Friday June 26 2015, 8:30 PM | 1hr
Saturday June 27 2015, 2:30 PM | 1hr

 

Film to Watch: The Stanford Prison Experiment

A Film by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Opens in Theaters July 17th via IFC Films

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It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles—the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment.

Based on the real-life research of Dr. Zimbardo (who was a consultant on the film), THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT is a dramatic period piece that remains relevant over 40 years later. Along with an impressive cast, including Billy Crudup as Zimbardo, Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G., 2013 Sundance Film Festival) delivers an intense, visceral film about the role of power that plays to both chilling and exhilarating effect.

Features an excellent roster of young talent, including Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Michael Angarano,Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Jack Kilmer, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, and James Frechville, to name a few. 

TRT: 122 minutes

Country: USA

Language: English

 

Los Angeles Film to watch: Gone Doggy Gone

Gone Doggy GoneIn the spirit of absurd comedies and absurd relationships we had to share one that spans both categories and that just came on our radar.

Gone Doggy Gone will be screening at Arena Cinema Hollywood as one of several films making a special engagement at the local Hollywood screening room beginning June 26th.  Mark your calendars.

Gone Doggy Gone is a comedy about a couple stuck in a lackluster marriage who treat their dog like a baby. Working the grind in Los Angeles they leave little time for each other and what free time they have they spend doting on the dog… until it gets kidnapped! What ensues is an outlandish cat and mouse adventure as they hunt down the kidnapper, enlist a slick dick P.I., find a renewed love for each other, and conquer their fear of parenthood.

Winner- Edmonton International Film Festival

Winner- First Glance Film Festival

Winner- Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Winner- Offshoot Film Festival

Winner- Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

“The comedy surprise of the year.”—-San Diego Reader

Written and directed by Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter. Produced by Brown, Walter, Rebecca Hu and Adriane Zaudke. From Indican Pictures. Color, 2015, USA, 89 minutes, unrated. Comedy. Starring Kasi Brown, Brandon Walter, Kate Connor, Shaina Vorspan, Richard Riehle and Jeff Sloniker.

The Cain Complex Opens June 12 at Arena Cinema Hollywood

Home Invastion From Hell!…but what if it isn’t real?

Cain_PosterThe Cain Complex tells the story of a man who suffers from PTSD and is prone to hallucinations.  He is alone when his home is invaded by four heavily-armed, masked men.  With his wife and children due back within hours, this all makes for one hellish night of mental and physical combat.  Nightmare and reality only become certain when it may be too late.

The June 12 Friday 8:45 screening will be preceded by a Red Carpet at 7:45 and followed after the screening by a short Q&A with the filmmakers.

The Cain Complex. Written and directed by Marcello Zamarripa. Produced by Marcello Zamparripa. Color, 2015, USA, 86 minutes, unrated. From Indie Rights. Action/ Thriller. Starring Billy Blair, Sue Rock, Johnny Walter, Alex Pocio, Sam Eidson and Andy Bowles.

Admission is $12. Information: (323) 306-0676. Online ticketing: http://arenascreen.com

June 12- June 18, 2015

Friday at 8:45
Sat. at 6:00,
Sun. at 6:30
Mon. at 8:50
Tues at 10:20
Wed. at 8:50
Thurs. at 10:20

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.

Arena Cinema is Hollywood’s new home for independent films, powered by Voltaire Media. Ranked among Top 5 Indie Movie Theatres in Los Angeles by CBS2.