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Maybe the Mayans Made a Typo--Doomsday Predictors Now Claim the World Ends on September 23, 2017

Not even a month after the United States was united in darkness for reasons other than the Trump Administration (i.e., the Great American Coast-To-Coast Total Eclipse), North America appears to be hea...

 
 By Daniel Margolis    Arts    July 27, 2017

Forty Years Later: The Buzzcocks Electrify the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood

Last year, the historic classic rock music festival, "Desert Trip", sold out – twice. And this year, on June 29 and 30 at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, so did the Buzzcocks. The Buzzcocks are...

 

Make 'Em Laugh: The 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates Comedy in the Movies

The TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Hollywood for its eighth consecutive year on Thursday, April 6, 2017. This year, the four-day film festival celebrated the Golden Age of Comedy. From...

 

2017 Independent Spirit Awards Honors Diverse Group of Innovative Filmmakers and Actors

The 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which annually honors the best character-driven, low budget, non-studio financed independent films, were awarded on February 25th in Santa Monica. Now in its...

 

Reflections On The Destruction Of Donald Trump's Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

On or about 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25th, a man dressed as a construction worker used a sledgehammer and a pickax to destroy Donald Trump's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a California...

 

Outfest Spotlight: Filmmaker Emily Robinson of "Virgin Territory"

The Santa Monica Observer was privileged to interview seventeen-year-old filmmaker, Emily Robinson (known for her role as Young Rose on the Amazon TV series, "Transparent"), to discuss her new short f...

 
 By Daniel Margolis    Movies    July 8, 2016

Filmmaker Spotlight: Dorie Barton of "Girl Flu."

The Santa Monica Observer was privileged to interview Dorie Barton, writer and director of the new hit comedy, "Girl Flu.", which premiered on June 6 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and was so...

 

Interview: Blood Stripe's Award-Winning Filmmakers Remy Auberjonois, Kate Nowlin, And Rene Auberjonois

The Santa Monica Observer was privileged to interview Remy Auberjonois, his wife, Kate Nowlin, and his father, Rene Auberjonois, on June 3, 2016, to discuss their award-winning drama, "Blood Stripe"....

 
 By Daniel Margolis    Movies    June 9, 2016

Modern Greece Set Against Backdrop of Rising Unemployment, Socioeconomic Turmoil, Financial Instability, & Illegal Immigration

"Worlds Apart" (Enas Allos Kosmos), Greece's highest grossing movie since 2009, made its North American debut on June 5, 2016, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, closing out the tenth annual Los...

 

2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates The Golden Age of Cinema In Hollywood

The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival made waves in Hollywood this year with stars, classic film restorations, celebrity interviews, gala parties, and huge crowds. Held at venues throughout Hollywood,...

 

Prince: Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Here Today, 2 Get Thru This Thing Called Life

In the wake of Prince's shocking and untimely death, Steve Ferlazzo, the keyboardist and musical director for both Avril Lavigne and Soundcheck Live, produced a Special Prince Tribute Concert to...

 

The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28

The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, will open at the historic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Thursday, April 28, with a red carpet screening of "All the President's...

 

Blue Angels and Fat Albert Take Flight

This year's Los Angeles County Air Show was held on March 19-20th at General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, California. It featured the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue...

 
Brie Larson on the Blue Carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards.

THE 2016 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IN FILMMAKERS AND FILMMAKING

In a year during which the Academy Awards were mired in protests and boycotts over the lack of diversity of Oscar nominees, the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, America's most prestigious award...

 

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