Film

“The Gallows” Is Scary As Hell

HOLLYWOOD—Horror in Hollywood is not easily accomplished. To deliver the thrills seriously, it involves a villain that is frightening, characters we care about and a narrative that sutures you right into the movie. I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of the found footage flick because it has been butchered to death, but the “The Gallows” delivers a bevy of...

$1 Million Reward For “Wizard Of Oz” Slippers

HOLLYWOOD—A $1 million reward has been offered for the iconic missing pair of ruby slippers worn by Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz.” The shoes have been missing for years. John Kelsch, director of the museum, revealed that an anonymous donor offered the reward with the intention of locating the ruby slippers. The donor lives in Arizona and happens to...

“Max” Pulls At The Heartstrings

HOLLYWOOD—Not often does Hollywood dabble with films that deal with animals. Yeah, we see flicks where animals have a role, but the feel-good flick “Max” makes the animal the star. I must say it’s an emotional rollercoaster at the same time. The narrative follows Max, a Malinois Shepherd that is used to help the U.S. Marines while on the forefront...

“Magic Mike XXL” Entertains To A Degree

HOLLYWOOD—“Magic Mike,” it was the movie that created SO MUCH buzz back in 2012, it was no surprise the flick debuted to high numbers amongst female fans and gay males. Of course in the world of Hollywood, when a movie makes money a sequel is always a given. Fast-forward to 2015, and we have the sequel “Magic Mike XXL.” The...

“Terminator: Genisys” Full Of Action, Nothing Explosive

HOLLYWOOD—“I’ll be back.” Yep, it’s that classic line from “The Terminator,” that has become a staple in pop culture, but also a bit overused in the franchise as well. In one of the rare incidents, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” proved that a sequel can seriously excel its predecessor. Unfortunately, that can’t be said for “Terminator 3: Rise of the...

“Inside Out” Tugs At The Heartstrings

HOLLYWOOD—It’s amazing how powerful an animated film can be, particularly on adults. The new Pixar flick “Inside Out” tackles an issue that affects many youngsters as well as adults: our emotions. Emotions are aren’t always easy to describe, however we all have those core emotions that are integral to our daily lives. The film revolves around Riley Anderson (voice of...

“Ted 2,” Forgets It Is A Comedy

HOLLYWOOD—In 2012, Seth MacFarlane manifested one of the funniest movies of all-time “Ted.” For those who happened to disappear that year, the movie followed John (Mark Wahlberg) and his real-life teddy bear, Ted (voice of MacFarlane) through their wild array of adventures. Fast-forward to 2015 and we have the highly anticipated sequel, “Ted 2.” The film reunites Wahlberg and MacFarlane,...

Beyonce Big 2015 BET Awards Winner

HOLLYWOOD—The 2015 BET Awards were held on Sunday, June 28 from the famed Staples Center with tons of surprises for viewers. The ceremony kicked off with a performance by Kendrick Lamar promoting patriotism and fighting against police brutality by standing on police cars for his hit “Alright.” The night’s big winner was Beyonce who claimed the prize for Video...

Hunger Games Exhibition Coming To San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Exhibition has been set to appear at the Innovation Hangar at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall starting February 2016. The 12,000 square foot exhibition will kick off with a six month run in New York City’s Discovery Time Square starting July 1. Designed by theme park creator, Thinkwell Group, in partnership...

City’s Film Rebate Program Expanded

Photo: Jim Baldwin/Baldwin Production Services SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has agreed to extend the city’s Film Rebate Program through June 2019 and establish a funding limit of $4 million over the four-year period. The program, which was created in 2006, allows film production companies that film in San Francisco to receive a rebate of up to 100 percent...
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