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Landmark Puerto Rican Film Restored: "Romance Tropical" was Presumed Lost

In September 2016, Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film & Television Archive, was searching for material germane to the Archive's research project, Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin...

 
 By Zane    Movies    July 10, 2017

Winner Of DIY Spider-Man Suit Contest Announced

Super hero fans around the country had a chance to put their own Spidey senses to the test by creating original DIY suits inspired by Sony Pictures' new movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," in theaters...

 
 By SMGOV    Movies    April 21, 2017

Mark of Zorro Found at Santa Monica Public Library

Santa Monica Public Library presents a screening of the 1920 silent classic, The Mark of Zorro, with a live musical score performed by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, on Thursday, April 27, 2017...

 

Roadtrip to Niger - A journey with the Nomads in Niger Hosts Screening in Ojai

The Tuareg people inhabit the Sahara desert, in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. It is one of the world's most remote and little...

 

Sugar Daddies and Serial Killers Make Odd Bedfellows

(Los Angeles, CA / January 12, 2016) -- Blanc/Biehn Productions (BBP), the powerhouse indie film studio founded by actors/filmmakers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, announces that principal...

 
 By Tony Lee    Movies    December 25, 2016

Cougar P22 - The Cat That Changed America: A Mountain Lion Documentary Film

Mountain lions have been much in the news recently. In November, P-45, a radio-collared male mountain lion in the Santa Monica mountains broke into a pen and killed ten alpacas. Earlier this month,...

 

Second Actor from The Big Lebowski Dies in One Month: Jon Polito and David Huddleston

Actor Jon Polito died Thursday in Duarte, Calif. He was 65. His manager, Maryellen Mulcahy, told the Associated Press that he had been treated for multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that strikes the...

 

Trump Explains Movie Plots Trends on Twitter

Donald Trump and his family have appeared in a number of movies and TV shows. Of course there is The Apprentice , a reality TV show. In addition he did a cameo in Home Alone II, and also appeared in...

 

"Casablanca" Remake Greenlit as Last Remaining Cast Member from Original Dies at 92.

Madeleine Lebeau, an actress known best for her role as Rick's girlfriend in the classic film "Casablanca," died May 1. Coincidentally, a remake of one of the three most romantic films of all time is...

 
 By Sabine Rose    Movies    July 25, 2016

Do the Fish, Whale Shark and Octopus in Finding Dory Behave Like Real Fish?

"Hands! Hands!" Trembling with fear, the purple pickles burrow under the sand to wait out the plunging, poking, wrenching storm that is a sea of children crowded around a touch tank. If you've seen...

 
 By Sabine Rose    Movies    July 25, 2016

Finding Dory Stands On Its Own as a Marine Lost & Found Tale

Thirteen years ago, a six-year-old girl screamed and ran out of the movie theater into painfully broad sunlight because an Australian Great White Shark with a magnificent grin had smiled across the...

 

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...

 
 By Lisa McGill    Movies    July 8, 2016

Interview: Amber Tamblyn – Director of "Paint It Black"

The Santa Monica Observer had an opportunity to speak with Amber Tamblyn, an over 20-year veteran of the film and television industry (Joan of Arcadia, 127 Hours, The Ring, Sisterhood of the...

 
 By Kristin Peach    Movies    July 5, 2016

Last Remaining Cast Member From "Gone With The Wind," turns 100.

Olivia de Haviland will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday, June 30th at 4 pm at the Spitfire Grill at the Santa Monica Airport. The event is being organized by Spring de Haviland, who is...

 
 By Diba Shooshani    Movies    June 28, 2016

2016 Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Festival Winners

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 26, 2016) – The 2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners...

 

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...

 
 By Lisa McGill    Movies    June 4, 2016

LA Film Festival Spotlight: "Beyond The Gates" Filmmaker Jackson Stewart

The Santa Monica Observer met up with Jackson Stewart, Director of the retro horror film, "Beyond The Gates", which had its sold out World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 2 at the...

 

Alice as Captain of Her Father's Ship, The Wonder

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is an extraordinary visual wonder from beginning to end, exhilarating the senses with eye-dropping kaleidoscopic imagery and a sweet sensitivity between Alice and the...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: An upbeat week at the movies with well-developed characters

Let's just set the tone right now and say, quirky Greta Gerwig goodness. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller, MAGGIE'S PLAN is fun and light, unfolding with inherent humor fueled by Gerwig's...

 

An Allegory On Social Class Warfare

British director Ben Wheatley first caught the attention of many when he threw his hat into the feature film ring with "Kill List". Already known for his episodic television work across the pond,...

 

The Ain't Rights in a collective hung-over state

I always knew "green rooms" could be dangerous places - especially back in the 70's and 80's at the height of metal and then with 90's punk and free-flowing drugs and alcohol, but Jeremy Saulnier take...

 

Captain America: Civil War

To the horror of my colleagues in the press and evoking a chorus of gasps and boos from them at the recent press junket for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (although Paul Rudd cheered and Kevin Feige lit...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: ELVIS & NIXON

You've seen the pictures. I've seen the pictures. The whole world has seen the pictures. And "the pictures" remain to this day the most requested images in the National Archives. What pictures, you...

 

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