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All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them - Make-Up

Anne M. Strick | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

What is it like to be a Make-Up Artist? What do you do? "I love it," says BEVERLY JO PRYOR, who suspects she's made up "over a thousand people" by now.

Freetown

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Freetown doesn't tell its story with the eloquence and understatement of Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu or the solid dramatic flourishes of Terry George's Hotel Rwanda. Still, the film depicts a part of African history that is worth knowing and sharing.

New Film Healing of Love Is Challenging the Paradigm of Relationships

Erin McKelle | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Erin McKelle

Have you ever felt frustrated with our culture's current model of acceptable relationships- that is, monogamous pairing? Realized that in our world of social networking, we're losing real, close connections to others?

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 03.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

'Furious 7'

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Can't say this is the best film of the franchise, because so many of them have been excellent. But it's easily the most daring. Fasten your seat belts and test the airbags. This one accelerates real fast.

'Get Hard' Finds Its Sense of Humor in New Orleans

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The plot centers on a millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) who has been convicted of a crime and is being sent to prison. Scared to death, he looks for someone, his car detail guy Darnell (Kevin Hart), to show him the ropes.

Gong Li and Zhang Yimou Reunite in Coming Home

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

The renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou takes a hard look at mental illness featuring his past muse Gong Li in a not-so-glamorous role, in the film Coming Home.

'The Divergent Series: Insurgent'

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The Divergent Series: Insurgent doesn't change that dynamic much, but during its final minutes, it ups the visuals to a level that almost compensates for a weak beginning.

A More Accessible Union -- 25 Years to the ADA

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 03.19.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

We should be a society that builds ramps whether it is requested or not. It is not that disability programs should be accessible, it is that everything should be accessible, and the disability community should be accessing like anyone else.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Ol Parker is back as the screenwriter, and John Madden returns as the director. Both try to give this sequel the same feel as the first, but they've run out of ideas. Buying a new hotel seems like a giddy capitalistic exploit.

Focus Movie Review

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.

Film Workshop Teaches Movie Making to Adults With Developmental Disabilities

HooplaHa | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Inclusion Films is a vocational program designed to provide adults with developmental disabilities entry-level working experience in film production...

Sony Back on the Racial Hot Seat

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

True diversity is more than a studio spotlighting a few black mega stars in big production movies and then back-patting itself for its efforts to make diversity a reality. It means implementing meaningful programs and initiatives.

Wild Tales

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Slivers of life gone awry take you in funny or perverted directions, and they'll make you reconsider your rash actions and ponder karma. Credit Szifron for the brilliant storytelling and astute direction: The actors move along like checkers on a checkerboard.

Do the Oscars Matter? Do the Movies Matter?

Brian Umana | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Umana

If everyone in the world is an award-winning something-or-other, then what's the point of awards to begin with? Why bother pretending any subjective work of art is 'the year's best,' when it should be good enough for the work to be recognized as interesting and worthy of some attention.

Youth Protest Hong Kong Style: A Q&A on 'Lessons in Dissent' with Filmmaker Matthew Torne

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 04.20.2015 | Media
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Matthew Torne, a British filmmaker, is coming to Southern California soon to show and discuss his documentary Lessons in Dissent, which analyzes the 2012 Hong Kong protests that were triggered by plans to bring mainland style patriotic education to the former Crown Colony.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane, bloodsucking art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic -- prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.

'Papering the House' at the Super Bowl?

Robert Marich | Posted 04.05.2015 | Media
Robert Marich

The phrase "paper the house" refers to giving away free or discounted tickets in the rear of a concert auditorium in order to make the venue seem full to those sitting up front who paid full price.

'Black or White' Tackles a Touchy Subject

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Only a very perceptive filmmaker could tackle the topic of race relations and be remotely successful. It would require a writer/director to be smart, balanced, sensitive and able to see both sides of the issue.

Timbuktu

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.

The Wedding Ringer

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.18.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The Wedding Ringer isn't innovative, but ultimately it's a crowd-pleasing movie. Hart, with his command of social media, will get fans in theater seats. Garelick's writing/direction coupled with the cast's high jinks will keep audiences laughing.

Entertainment Industry Caves to Hackers and Refuses to Stand Up for America's Kids

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Steyer

I watched the hacking of Sony Pictures play out with a mixture of sadness and bewilderment, as studio executives fell victim to a coordinated cyber attack and pulled The Interview from theaters before eventually releasing it days later.

Selma

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented.

Twelve Days of Burlesque

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

On the twelfth day of Christmas Harold Minsky gave to me . . . 12 strippers stripping 11 flashers flashing 10 tappers tapping 9 groins a-grinding 8 b...

This Is What Happened When I Put Tinder Aside to Pursue the Girl of My Dreams

Brian Hanley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

As Max Frisch said: "Technology [is] the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it."