Female Directors Gain Their Voice in Mexico and Beyond

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Mexico’s famed “Tres Amigos” have made a name for themselves in Hollywood and beyond, directing their way to a bevy of Oscars. Less well known: the emerging wave of female auteurs from Mexico. The directors range from Patricia Riggen and Issa Lopez, bo…

How Nominees Directed Their Way Onto the Oscar Ballot

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Even for the most experienced filmmaker, every movie offers challenges and surprises that can alter a production’s trajectory and change the director’s approach to his film in unexpected ways. We asked this year’s Oscar directing nominees about the obs…

Oscars: Directors Find Global Audiences With Personal Tales

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The last time two directors whose films weren’t in English got nominated for an Academy Award in the same year, Jimmy Carter was president. It was 1977, and the directing nominations went to both Ingmar Bergman (“Face to Face”) and Lina Wertmuller (“Se…

Entertainment Studios Surfs Choppy Theatrical Waters

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Some big things have come from sharks — Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, Steven Spielberg’s career and “Sharknado,” to name a few. Showbiz mogul Byron Allen used one to launch his theatrical distribution company, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. “…

Palm Springs Cuisine Scene: Latest Places to Dine in the Desert

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Desert playgrounds of the Coachella Velley beckon attendees of the upcoming Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, getting under way Jan. 3. Veteran festgoers will notice some changes around town: the Hard Rock Hotel is again the Hotel Zoso, the Camelot The…

How the Palm Springs Film Festival Overcame a Rocky Start

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In January, the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival will celebrate its 30th birthday. It’s a celebration that came very close to never happening. Founded by then-mayor of Palm Springs Sonny Bono in 1989, the festival was launched the following year to boo…

What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

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From their starts as lowly showbiz assistants, this year’s Irving G. Thalberg recipients Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have helped bring an impressive array of films to life. Together and separately, they have worked on movies from “The Last Pict…

Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson Looks Back on a Groundbreaking Career

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Cicely Tyson called her friend Arthur Mitchell soon after learning she’d be honored with an Oscar to celebrate her legendary acting career. A trailblazer like her, the former ballet dancer accompanied her to the Oscars in 1973, when she was nominated f…

Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold

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The Oscar buzz surrounding “Green Book” has been a revelation for Peter Farrelly, directing solo without brother Bobby this time around. “I have a very thick skin, but I didn’t realize we were so looked-down-on,” Farrelly says with a laugh. “I thought …

Outfest Awards Celebrate the Legacy of Gay Film

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In the summer, Outfest celebrates the latest LGBTQ movies and short films in downtown L.A. During the fall, the non-profit organization turns its attention to legacy: It honors key entertainment figures working today, while raising money to help ensure…