‘City of Gold’ a Glittery Look at LA’s Food Scene from its Top Critic
Apr10

‘City of Gold’ a Glittery Look at LA’s Food Scene from its Top Critic

Rarely have the city of Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California environments looked so delicious as they do in “City of Gold,” a documentary following Pulitzer prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold as he traverses the area’s culinary culture in his big, black Dodge pickup truck. With his byline in the Los Angeles Times, Gold has single-handedly changed the face of restaurant criticism by uncovering the city’s undiscovered...

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‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ a Revelatory View of an Iconic Artist
Apr04

‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ a Revelatory View of an Iconic Artist

Even as HBO’s “Vinyl” presents a fictionalized look at the music and drug scene in New York in the 1970s, its new  feature-length documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” presents the real world art, gay and drug scene of the era as it delves inside the life and times of the controversial photographer whose work continues to resonate decades after his death. The title of the film is a quote from the ultraconservative Sen....

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Amid All the Oscar Controversies, Women in Film Toasts Excellence
Feb28

Amid All the Oscar Controversies, Women in Film Toasts Excellence

While it obviously wasn’t a great year for diversity at the Oscars– for the second year in a row – women actually made some gains.   So it was through that lens that the 51 female nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards–out of a list of more than 200 and up from 44 last year—were feted at the Ninth Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.   Presented by MaxMara, BMW, Tiffany & Co., M·A·C Cosmetics...

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Spotlight on Cate Blanchett at the Costume Designers Guild Awards
Feb25

Spotlight on Cate Blanchett at the Costume Designers Guild Awards

The 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards started off with a bang: a montage of the year in costume design demonstrating the range of genres and historical eras brought vividly to the screen in shows including “Ray Donovan,” ”Empire,” “Outlander,” “Transparent,” “The Wiz Live!” and “Mad Men” and in films including “Cinderella,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Beasts of No...

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‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Veep’ Top WGA Awards

If the show had been televised, 2016 WGA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles would almost certainly be nominated itself as best comedy/variety special. Rarely has an awards show that honors excellence in film and television– much of it very serious or dramatic in nature—been filled with the amount of humor, wit and irony that was brought to the table during ceremonies focused on the craft of writing. (Ceremonies were also held in New York...

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