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“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” Returns to Arena Cinema Hollywood This Saturday

For a limited engagement and starting on July 26, in memory of an incredible talent, Arena Cinema Hollywood will screen the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” for four showings only.

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me captures the Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in her late 80′s, as she remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Tracy Morgan, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.  Directed by Chiemi Karasawa. From Sundance Selects. Color, USA, 2013, 81 minutes, unrated. Documentary.

Film plays Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27  at 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 31,  at 6:15 p.m.2014.

TicketsFor more information, and online ticketing go to (323) 306-0676 or go to http://arenascreen.com

Admission is $12.00 . All ticket sales final. No refunds nor exchanges.

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028. (Entrance at rear gate.)  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.

“in a lot of ways, she’s the last of a majestic breed whose like will never be seen again in popular culture.”—The Wrap

“You get the sense just from sitting in the theater that this really is a unique, necessary environment for film in Los Angeles.”—Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly

 

Japanese Horror Inspired Fashion

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One of our favorite fashion film directors, TREVOR UNDI, sent us his latest inspired creation earlier this week — a new Japanese-Horror-inspired fashion film.  Styled by TAKAFUMI KAWASAKI the film follows model JUN (Image Tokyo) as she haunts her own Doppelgänger through the streets, cemeteries and  undergrounds of Tokyo Metro. Featuring bold looks by LANVIN& TOM FORD.

Produced by Kymera.tv& East of Normal for VMagazine NYC.

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Meet The Patels at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday

Meet The Patels

On Saturday, June 14th at the Los Angeles Film Festival  you will finally be able to, MEET THE PATELS. 

A laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams…and his parents,  the film explores the hardships that the current generation can experience while attempting to stay true to their respective cultural backgrounds.  Filmed by Ravi’s sister (Geeta Patel) in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is truly a family affair.

Largely inexperienced in the art of courtship, L.A.-based actor Ravi Patel is suddenly thrown into the deep end of the dating pool when he reluctantly consents to letting his parents find him an ideal Indian bride. As he embarks on a multi-date tour across North America, however, the self-effacing suitor can’t help but wonder whether his quest represents a laudable acceptance of cherished traditions or a pathetic surrender to his own deep-seated insecurities. Watch the trailer now:

Gia On The Move got handed a last minute private screener on this one and it is a tear jerker.  It is a film that everyone can authentically relate to. But most of all it is a lesson in value of family, friendship, trust and true love.

Gia On The Move loves this film and is giving this film its, “WORTH THE TICKET” stamp.  There are two shows available for tomorrow:

Sat, Jun 14th 9:15pm
Regal Cinema L.A. Live- Theater 9
$13.00

Door Only   (That means SHOW UP!!!)

Tue, Jun 17th 4:45pm
Regal Cinema L.A. Live- Theater 10
$11.00

Available online – purchase a ticket now

To find venues and get more information about the Los Angeles Film Festival visit the websitehttp://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2014/filmguide/
Sponsored by
Meet the Patels

Documentary Competition

(India, USA, 2014, 88 mins, DCP)

In English, Gujarati, and Hindi with English subtitles

US Premiere

Directed By: Geeta V. Patel,
Ravi V. Patel

Screenwriters: Ravi V. Petal, Geeta V. Patel, Billy McMillin, Matthew Hamachek
Producers: Janet Eckholm, Geeta V. Patel
Executive Producers: Geralyn White Dreyfous, Dan Cogan
Cinematographer: Geeta V. Patel
Editors: Billy McMillin, Matthew Hamacheck, Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel
Music Supervisor: Brooke Wentz
Featuring: Ravi V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Champa V. Patel
Host: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Rooftop Films Presents a 3-Day Weekend of Documentaries

Three Unique Days of Wacky, Fun, and Touching Documentaries at Venues Across Brooklyn, Starting on June 19th

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From Thursday June 19th to Saturday June 21st, these films will take you on a journey from the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the trailer parks of Ventura, California and the music-filled neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. If you’re on the East Coast, join them for:

THE LAST SEASON, GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE, and LIVING STARS.

ABOUT ROOFTOP FILMS

Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films has grown to become known internationally as one of the most dynamic film festivals in the world. In 2014, they will screen more than 30 feature films, almost all of which are New York, U.S. or World Premieres, as well as more than 125 short films in themed programs. This combination of brilliant, original programming and stunning outdoor venues makes Rooftop Films one of the best-attended film festivals in New York. Rooftop Films, brings the underground outdoors.

June 19, 2014

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THE LAST SEASON (Sara Dosa | 78 min.)
Pacific  Pride Commercial Fueling, The Burger Deli, Chalet Restaurant – quiet, rural spots right off the highway are immediately juxtaposed with karaoke and the loading of a truck with highly sought after but rare matsutake mushrooms. It’s September in the small rural town of Chemult, Oregon and a camp of over 200 seasonal workers – most of Southeast Asian descent – have started hunting for a prized fungus. Kouy, 46-year-old platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, is a seasoned veteran who learned foraging during his enslavement. Roger, a 75-year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, who acts as a father to Kouy, has less luck as his health starts to fail him. Traversing the land in search of the elusive fungi, the two search for underground networks of matsutake while they slowly unearth the roots of their unlikely friendship.

In her debut feature film, Sara Dosa balances these two men’s intimate story while also engaging larger themes, including the correlation of past and present, and man’s relationship to nature and location. Dosa probes the quiet moments which reveal a distinct sense of a shared past and geographic specificity that binds the characters. Archival footage of rebel fighters in Cambodia and American soldiers in Vietnam is seamlessly edited into vérité scenes of domesticity and work, along with gorgeous wide shots of mountains and rural landscapes. While initially a fly-on-the-wall approach, THE LAST SEASON’s subjects gently draw Dosa into their relationship, as layers of friendship and life call out to be uncovered. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, the documentary is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place.

8:00PM  Doors Open and reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon
8:30PM  Live music
9:00PM  Film Begins
10:45PM Q&A with director Sara Dosa

Venue: The Brooklyn Grange: 63 Flushing Avenue, Building #3, Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more informationhttp://rooftopfilms.com/2014/schedule/the-last-season/

June 20, 2014

2GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE (Adam Rifkin | 83 min.)

An hour away from the outer edge of Los Angeles, in Ventura, California, lives Giuseppe Andrews, a former child actor who had roles in late 90’s hits such as Independence Day, Never Been Kissed and Detroit Rock City. More than 10 years later, he has left behind the glitzy productions of his youth and is now fomenting a lo-fi artistic revolution within the local trailer park that he calls home. Giuseppe has knocked out 30 feature films to date with the help of his neighbors and countless homeless friends, creating vibrantly anarchic works that don’t rely on big budgets, acting ability, snazzy graphics, or even proper continuity. For Giuseppe it’s all about the vibe, and with his handwritten scripts, consumer video camera, and his aerodynamic spandex suit he’s got “vibe” in spades.

As the title indicates, Giuseppe Makes A Movie documents Andrews’ creative process as he shoots his latest feature film, Garbanzo Gas, over just two days. The premise: “Vietnam Ron, one of many homeless men in Ventura that Giuseppe has grown up with, plays a vegan cow on vacation from the slaughterhouse.” What’s revealed within this making-of documentary is an artist who blurs Hollywood and the underground—a filmmaker who reveres the form and couldn’t care less about the technique.

To Giuseppe, every aspect of his movie-making is malleable and fluid, and he cares less about the cinematic outcome and more about the experience of creation and collaboration. His films may resemble the visceral early work of John Waters, Harmony Korine and George Kuchar, but his inspirations are from the intellectual work of Buñuel, Cassavetes and Fassbinder. Rooftop Films Filmmaker Fund Grant recipients Mike Plante and director Adam Rifkin capture a one-of-a-kind character in this stranger-than-fiction documentary. Their exploration of his bizarre creative universe conveys how one self-taught filmmaker can uncover unexpected humanism while fabricating an improvised family unit out of a lovable band of misfits.

8:00PM  Doors Open
8:30PM  Live Music
9:00PM  Film Begins
10:30PM  Q&A with filmmaker Adam Rifkin
11:30PM  After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Venue: The Old American Can Factory: 232 Third Street at Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

For more information: http://rooftopfilms.com/2014/schedule/giuseppe-makes-a-movie/

June 21, 2014

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LIVING STARS (Marion Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Argentina | 60 min.)

Free screening with RSVP. No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies—from a precocious body popping prodigy to a cross-dressing pizza delivery guy and even a Spice Girls loving Gaucho—LIVING STARS is a sixty minute dance party and everyone’s invited! Traveling through Buenos Aires, directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat set out to capture real people, in everyday settings, dancing to their chosen pop songs. The result is a euphoria-inducing portrait of the city and its remarkably rhythmically-inclined inhabitants. Young and old, coordinated and not so, dancing to everything from hip-hop to swing Living Stars presents a cross-section of society, brought together by movement.

Made up entirely of a series of static wide shots in which an array the participants—identified solely by their name and occupation—are invited to dance; LIVING STARS is wonderfully simple in its essence, yet nevertheless manages to resonate beyond the rehearsed movements at its core. As each dancer executes their scene with varying levels of creativity and commitment (and, indeed, skill)—the backgrounds of each set-up become as much a part of the performance as the dancing itself. Real life carries on around, or just behind them, intermittently creeping in and disrupting their carefully choreographed movements. People nonchalantly play video-games, one girl’s middle-aged mother hijacks her Britney Spears’ routine—it is in these moments of unintentional spontaneity where LIVING STARS transcends the sum of its parts. While clearly taking its cues from the modern phenomenon of YouTube dance videos, Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s documentary attests to the ability of dance to bring people together and in doing so subtly counteracts the atomizing effects of the internet.

Following a riotous reception at Sundance, Rooftop Films is thrilled to present this wonderfully infectious and ridiculously fun documentary. Although chairs will be provided for the screening, and dancing is by no means mandatory, it will be very much encouraged and believe us, you’ll have a hard time resisting.

8:00PM  Doors Open
8:30PM  Live Music
9:00PM  Film Begins
11:30PM  After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Venue: Industry City: 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

For more information: http://rooftopfilms.com/2014/schedule/living-stars/

Movie Watch: Palo Alto Debuts in Select Theaters on May 9th

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From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, PALO ALTO is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today.

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high-school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

Watch The Trailer

Directed by: Gia Coppola
Written by: Gia Coppola (screenplay), James Franco (book)
Producers: Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy, Vince Jolivette
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer
Original Music: Devonté Hynes, Robert Schwartzman
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Runtime: 98 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Debuting in Select Theaters on May 9th, 2014

Official Site / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube

#PaloAlto

 

Artist Michael Breach Presents the 2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees in Coffee

In anticipation for The Oscars, Coffee Artist of the stars Michael Breach (@baristart) has created this year’s Best Picture nominees in coffee.  You can view a few more at the Gia On The Move  Facebook page. 

And the nominees are…

Gravity

Her

Dallas Buyers Club

The Wolf of Wall Street

Third Contact: A British Mind-Bending Thriller Campaign

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Gia On The Move has been tweeting back and forth with this team.  They are awesome!  Most of all it’s an informal tradition here to support budding filmmakers get their projects off the ground. So every now and again, we showcase a piece in need of assistance.  The Third Contact Movie is only at 25% of their goal and only have 7 days to complete their funding.  We hope after watching the trailer you will give it your consideration.

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Simon Horrocks shot Third Contact on a household camcorder, funded by his wages from working in a cinema, and found himself rubbing shoulders with some big bucks film makers at a prestigious festival in Germany. Up until 2007, he was a professional composer, earning a modest living writing music for TV and corporate videos. The film was shot over 11 months with an enthusiastic 15 member crew.  There’s quite a back story to this and you’ll want to read it. It’s won plenty of awards already and considered quite a masterpiece. It was also noted as Best Film for 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ocm7Dk-wk#t=88

This unique and haunting film, crafted over three years by London filmmaker Simon Horrocks, will only be available to watch in specially selected cinemas.

Pledging your support for this one-off show will get you on the guest list, should the show go ahead plus a couple of perks. If the target is not reached in time, the show will be cancelled and IndieGoGo will refund your pledge.

There are currently no plans to release the film via online distribution platforms.

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Entertainment News: Cast & Crew Launches Financial Services Division

On a technical note…

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Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, a leading provider of payroll services serving the entertainment industry for nearly four decades, has expanded its services by establishing Cast & Crew Financial Services, LLC, it was announced today by company President and CEO Eric Belcher.  Cast & Crew Financial Services will provide production incentive financing and administration services for film and television productions.

Belcher said, “We are very excited about this opportunity to broaden our product offering, while maintaining the high level of customer service that our clients have come to expect from Cast & Crew.”

Cast & Crew is headquartered in Burbank and has eight offices throughout North America – including New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Albuquerque and Wilmington as well as in Toronto and Vancouver.   Cast & Crew recently established its first European office in London.

About Cast & Crew
Founded in 1976, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services is a leading provider of technology-enabled payroll and related business process outsourcing services to the motion picture, television, live entertainment and commercial markets, all supported by 24/7 client services professionals. Production companies use the company’s solutions to manage payroll processing and related regulatory filings, production accounting software, workers’ compensation insurance coverage and claims administration, residuals processing, purchasing and procurement services, and production incentive guidance. Cast & Crew was acquired by ZelnickMedia in December 2012. www.castandcrew.com

The Full Release Can Be Read By Clicking This Link 

Two Standout Films At The Slamdance Film Fest January 18-22

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World Premiere – 2014 Slamdance
Narrative Feature Competition
The Sublime and Beautiful
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U.S. 93 min, Color, 2014, English
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Written, Directed, and Starring Blake Robbins (actor in NBC’s The Office, HBO’s Oz)
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Produced By Blake Robbins and Warren Ostergard

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Casting Director / Producer Marci Liroff (E.T., Blade Runner, Footloose)
Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Armin Shimerman
Composer Lily Hadyn
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Slamdance Screenings: 
Saturday 1/18, 10:30am, Main Screening Room, Treasure Mountain Inn
Monday 1/20, 4:45pm, Main Screening Room, Treasure Mountain Inn
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Synopsis:
David Conrad is a college professor raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly.  David and Kelly’s marriage is brought to its breaking point when they lose their children to a drunk driver, and David’s desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: can we forgive?
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Filmmaker Bio:
Veteran film, television, and theatre actor Blake Robbins makes his directorial debut with THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL, which he also wrote, and stars in.  After a successful career as an actor, including his best known role of Tom Halpert on NBC’s The Office, and a critically acclaimed role in the HBO series Oz, Robbins utilized his vast on-set experience to write a drama centered around natural, Cassavetes performances, and his deep love of the acting process. Using a small crew, handheld cameras, and natural light, Robbins drew upon the landscapes of Kansas, local actors as well as his ‘acting family’ to tell a powerful, emotional, and hard hitting family story.
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World Premiere – 2014 Slamdance
Documentary Feature Competition
Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache
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U.S. 90 min, Color, 2014, English
   
Directed By Nailah Jefferson

Produced By Nailah Jefferson and William Keys

Slamdance Screenings: 
Saturday 1/18, 3:20pm, Gallery Theatre, Treasure Mountain Inn
Wednesday 1/22, 5:00pm, Gallery Theatre, Treasure Mountain Inn
Synopsis:

In Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, the residents of a tight knit fishing community come together to confront multinational oil and gas company BP in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history.

VANISHING PEARLS documents an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between BP (Beyond Petroleum) and a small Louisiana Gulf oyster fishing community. Told from the point of view of the film’s “David”, businessman Byron Encalade, we learn how a once prolific fishing community has nearly vanished. The current story begins with “Goliath”, BP, and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster -  which destroyed the livelihood of many Louisianans. Encalade and a small tribe of diverse Louisianans fight through legal channels and any other way they can to find justice.

VANISHING PEARLS is the feature debut of New Orleans native / political filmmaker Nailah Jefferson.

Filmmaker A.V. Rockwell Premieres New Short Film Open City

BLB_avrockwell_2Often left alone due to his struggling mother’s work schedule, Jahlil, a precocious young boy from the Bronx, spends most of his time roaming New York City’s transit system. Mostly using the perks of life underground to his advantage, he soon discovers that the subway is no place for bad little boys…

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Promising New York filmmaker A.V. Rockwell has released her new short film B.L.B. (Feat. Ludwig Van Beethoven), the next film part of the Open City Mixtapeseries. The seventh film in the series introduces Jahlil, a precocious little boy from the Bronx, who spends most of his recreational time roaming New York City’s transit system due to his struggling mother’s work schedule. The film takes an introspective look at the life of an unsupervised youth in New York City and how easily a child of great potential can fall prey to the harsh cycles of inner city life. Click Here To Watch Now or watch it below.

Birthed the summer of 2012, Open City Mixtape is a collection of gritty, short narratives documenting the joy, pain, and challenges of living within New York’s inner-city neighborhoods. Heavily influenced by music, A.V. derived the concept of creating a visual “mixtape” from the DJ. Traditionally, Mixtapes are used by DJs and primarily hip-hop artists to build a buzz and fan base for their music. Considering the raw nature of Open City, the mixtape format was adapted, relying largely on word of mouth to get the project viewed by the masses. It’s worked.

There are new producers and directors with 5D cameras in the streets shootin’ masterpieces!!! A.V. Rockwell is Revolt! Get familiar!” - Sean “Diddy” Combs

In addition to being handpicked for Sean “Diddy Combs REVOLT TV #IAMRevolt campaign, A.V. Rockwell’s short film OPEN CITY: KIDS was selected to be screened at The 40th Telluride Film Festival held August 29 – September 1, 2013 in Colorado. OPEN CITY: KIDS, also part of Rockwell’s Open City Mixtape, was one of eight short films chosen for Telluride’s Filmmakers of Tomorrow line-up, which celebrated superb new works from promising filmmakers and was presented by Barry Jenkins.

Majoring in Film & Television, A.V. hails from Queens, New York and is an alumni of the NYU Tisch School of The Arts. While continuing to pursue greater heights in the realm of cinema, A.V. has shot documentary and videography work for clients such as Complex Media, Island/Def Jam Music Group , Roc Nation, Pusha T, Rita Ora, Redman and The Dream.

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Filmmaker A.V. Rockwell

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What Smaug and Bill Gates Have in Common

The second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug is filled with compelling facts and  introduces us to the most impressive depiction by far of Smaug since J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was first published in the late thirties. One of our favorite content contributors, Alex Hillsberg, of FinancesOnline.com sent us this fun infographic which depicts why Smaug is the biggest, most malevolent, and… the richest creature in Tolkien’s universe.  You can get more details on Alex’s website: http://bit.ly/1aRdEHF
 

'The Hobbit' & Secrets of Smaug the Dragon: Is Benedict Cumberbatch the Most Wicked Character in the Upcoming Film?
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Style Alerts: Scarlett Johansson in Level 99 Again!

LOS ANGELES – September 5, 2013 - Scarlett Johansson was photographed in Level 99 leaving the Venice Film Festival yesterday.  The newly engaged actress wore the Tanya High Rise Skinnies for the second timeWhile she rocked the style in Watson wash yesterday, she wore the Adams wash back in late July ($120).

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