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By Charly Shelton | March 16, 2006
Even at the opening of the movie, John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp) makes it explicitly clear that he is not a good person, and he will be despised and envied by the audience. Johnny Depp is perfect in this role. He leads a fast life in constant battle with the government. The details of the movie are a hard to divulge considering this is a family-oriented paper. To put it simply, this film is rated 'R' for a very good reason. The sexual aspects in this film are staggering, even for some mature viewers.
By Charly Shelton | June 22, 2006
Al Gore's new documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" in limited release around Southern California, is by far one of the best documentaries released in years. The film deals with a slideshow Gore presents on global warming. This has been a passion of the former vice president since the early 1990s, when he wrote his best selling book, "Earth In The Balance." That book was a warning of things to come with the thinning ozone layer and the warming of the Earth. This film takes that warning further, using studies and technology that have scientists agreeing that the Earth is heating up at a more rapid pace because of human involvement.
By Charly Shelton | March 23, 2006
There were two big movies released last week, one of which was amazing, while the other was a classic done poorly. First "V for Vendetta," starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. Set several years in London's future, a corrupt and all-controlling government is abusing its power over its citizens. They are defenseless except for one voice known only as V. One night, he saves a woman named Evey (Portman) and takes her to see his handiwork of violence when he blows up a government building.
By Charly Shelton | March 9, 2006
Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre is putting on the dog for its special engagement of Walt Disney Pictures' howlarious new comedy, "The Shaggy Dog," between March 10 and April 13, with a special live appearance before each show by the film's canine star, it was announced by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. Audiences will have a unique opportunity to see Shaggy perform spectacular tricks live on stage before each show.
March 25, 2004
Six films focusing on the struggle for human dignity and justice will be featured in the fourth annual spring film festival at Glendale Community College sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Ethnic Studies Department. The festival began March 24 with the 1989 U.S. film "Romero," which tells the life story of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who after facing torture and oppression, took a stand against social injustices in his country. Raul Julia plays the title role.
By Charly Shelton | August 3, 2006
Anyone who loved HBO's "Sex and the City" should see this film. "The Boynton Beach Club" is like a "Sex and the City" movie, only instead of Manhattan, it is a seniors club in Florida, and instead of Cosmopolitans, there are Early Bird Specials. The story follows four widows and widowers who get back into the dating game after losing their spouse. Lois (Dyan Cannon) is a widow and the Carrie Bradshaw-like character. She meets Donald (Michael Nouri) while lunching with her three gal pals.
By by jodie iu special to the valley sun | February 7, 2008
La Cañada High School volunteer group Teens for the Advancement of Childrens Hospital — TACH — held a fundraiser at Round Table Pizza on Jan. 31. A previous bake sale brought in more than $188. Round Table totals and the total amount raised were not available at press time. “This is the second time we have done a fund raiser with Round Table, and they have been incredibly supportive,” TACH President A. J. Rawls noted. “I think it’s a great cause, and a lot of kids from LCHS showed up. I’m glad it was so successful,” said Kris Swick, a senior at La Cañada High School who attended the fundraiser after hearing about it from a friend.
By Ruth Longoria | February 28, 2008
La Cañada resident Barbara Potter recalls taking the ?big white boat? to Catalina Island when she was a child. It was a great family memory, she said, adding she enjoyed seeing the ?flying fish? jumping out of the water. Potter, 57, will be reliving that memory soon as the winner of a free drawing for attendees at last Saturday night?s Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Travelogue series film ?Hollywood?s Magical Isle ? Catalina.? Potter won a trip for her and one guest to spend a night on the island, as well as a van tour of the island for her and up to four guests.
January 25, 2007
The Kiwanis Travel Adventure Series resumes on Saturday night Jan. 27, with a film titled America's Parklands II. The film will be narrated by the filmmaker, Gary Warriner, who has been producing travel films for the past 15 years The film will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Flintridge Preparatory School, located at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge. Preprogram entertainment featuring Tom Burrows piano melodies will begin at 7:10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
By Sara Cardine, | March 13, 2014
The city of La Cañada Flintridge is editing its local filming ordinance, most recently discussing the matter with stakeholders Monday in a Public Safety Commission meeting. Administrative staff, in an attempt to accommodate concerned citizens, pro-filming advocates and the production companies themselves, are refining the ordinance last drafted nearly 20 years ago. That language delineates the process by which production companies must seek permission to film in public and residential areas and notify homeowners after approval.
February 20, 2014
The Italian Catholic Federation-Branch 374 plans to show a subtitled Italian film, “Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Bede Church. A discussion will be led afterward by Nancy Lieggi-Ammirato and refreshments will be served. The presentation is free; a good-will offering will be accepted. To make a reservation call (818) 952-1969. -- Carol Cormaci,
By Sara Cardine, | February 20, 2014
It would be difficult to guess, from the serene exterior of La Cañada Flintridge's City Hall building, at the multitude of daily activities and decisions a single year in the life of a city requires. To help shed light on what the city's main departments - Administration, Finance, Community Development and Public Works - accomplished in 2013, City Manager Mark Alexander compiled his annual report of city activities, submitting it at Tuesday night's meeting of the City Council. The 30-page document details nearly every facet of city operation last year, highlighting statistics from the number of free shuttle service rides provided (4,122)
February 13, 2014
A special screening of a new film that focuses on the history of the La Cañada Flintridge trails system will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive. The La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council marks its 40th anniversary this year and worked with film director John Newcombe to create the film. The DVD, “The History of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails,” will be available for $19.95 on Sunday and can also be found at area retailers including Sport Chalet, Flintridge Bookstore and Once Upon a Time.
By Anita S. Brenner | January 22, 2014
The mainstream media can be fickle. The media covers what it wants to cover and when it does, the duration can be painfully short, hence the phrase, “15 minutes of fame.” It's easy to feel ignored. The American mainstream media does not cover every book, project or film. I learned this a few years ago, when we helped to promote “In the Shadow of Greatness,” a nonprofit book written by members of the Naval Academy Class of 2002. Sure, we made the L.A. Times Bestseller list, made it onto Fox & Friends and CSPAN, and had readings at independent bookstores from San Diego to San Francisco, including Vroman's and Flintridge Bookstore.
November 22, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge residents helped city staff hash out the details for a revised film ordinance on Thursday night. Twenty-two people, including representatives from the Motion Picture Association of America and the California Film Commission, attended a three-hour community workshop at Descanso Gardens' Van de Kamp Hall. The workshop was planned in response to concerns over filming in the city. About half of the attendees were in favor of less restrictions for filming; others sought more rigid controls in regards to filming times, frequency of filming, and neighbor notification.
November 14, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge will host a community workshop on the city's film ordinance next week at Descanso Gardens. The workshop will be held in Van de Kamp Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. The city is collecting feedback from residents before making revisions to the city's existing film ordinance, which was last updated in 1995. Residents in one neighborhood have said that they would like to see more restrictions on filming, while others have called for fewer restrictions.
By Tiffany Kelly, | November 6, 2013
As the city prepares to update its film ordinance, neighborhood groups have formed to push their respective views of the regulations. Some say the ordinance, which was last updated in 1995, is too restrictive, while others seek to protect their neighborhoods from excessive filming. The city will host a public workshop on Nov. 21 to gain more feedback from residents. Residents from both sides of the issue and members of the film industry are expected to attend. Residents on Commonwealth Avenue, south of Berkshire Avenue, called for officials to take a deeper look at the ordinance when a Warner Bros.
By Tiffany Kelly, | September 19, 2013
Some La Cañada Flintridge residents are calling for a halt on film shoots in the city after several large productions have burdened one residential neighborhood. The issue stems from one estate on Commonwealth Avenue, south of Berkshire Avenue, where Warner Bros. is shooting a feature film this week. It's the fourth time in 13 months that a film permit has been issued for the property. The city's film ordinance allows for four film shoots in a 12-month period at one location, but residents who have formed the group La Cañada Neighbors for Fair Filming say the film shoots have been excessive on that stretch of the street.
December 1, 2012
Don Rhymer, 51, a prolific writer for television and movies, whose credits include the animated hits "Rio" and "Surf's Up," died Wednesday of cancer at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, said longtime friend Dave Gallagher. Born in Union, S.C., on Feb. 23, 1961, Rhymer began working in television in the early 1980s, after graduating from Virginia's James Madison University, where he majored in English and communications. One of his first credits was writing an episode of the ABC family sitcom "Valerie.
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