HOLLYWOOD TAKES 2: LA Film Festival Re-Cap

30 Jun

The LA Film Festival closed this week so Linked in Hollywood thought we do a quick re-cap of some the events. Also, Marvels next movie Guardian of the Galaxy is set to come out in 2014. Who are the new superheros for this film? Plus, as Hollywood says goodbye to Nora Ephron we celebrate her achievements, with a look at her work and those who knew her.


  • LA Film Festival Re-Cap
  • Marvels New Movie in 2014
  • Nora Ephron: A Celebration of Achievements

LA Film Festival Re-Cap

Black filmmakers made quite an impression at the LA Film Festival this year. Some of you may have heard of BlackHouse. However, for those who haven’t? Please watch the video below.   Here’s what Shadow & Act stated about the event.

Festival Director Stephanie Allain worked closely with The Blackhouse Foundation this year to present an impressive slate of LAFF events centered on black film. Highlights include a June 16th panel on representation, where an elite group of black agents and managers – Billy Hawkins (CAA), Charles King (WME), Jelani Johnson (Generate), Andrea Nelson Meigs (ICM), and Matthew Johnson (Ziffren Brittenham) – spoke candidly with Overbrook Entertainment’s Franklin Leonard about attracting representation and getting them to advocate on your behalf, as well as the problematic lack of diversity at Hollywood’s largest agencies. The overwhelming message from the panel rested on the importance of filmmakers and actors learning to connect directly with their audiences to build their own buzz.[1]

Marvels New Movie in 2014

Guardians of The Galaxy is Marvels next big movie. This comes as quite a surprise. Many speculated Marvels next move would be Ant Man, Black Panther or Dr. Strange. Are they out? Based on the favorite cosmic adventure of the 1970’s, Guardians of the Galaxy will be another big ensemble cast of characters who may likely get their own film like Wolverine if their lucky. But let’s not jump the gun.  Here’s a look at some of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast of characters courtesy of The Playlist.

Originally, the Guardians were a group of superpowered individuals from an alternate timeline in the 31st century, including human astronaut Vance Astro, humanoid crystal Martinex T’Naga, soldier from Jupiter Charlie-27, and Yonda Udonta, a savage from Beta Centurai. The team (whose lineup would have other shifts), battled a number of adversaries, including alien race the Badoon, and teamed up with The Avengers before the series was cancelled in the 1990s.[2]

So now the big question everyone is trying figure out.  Who should direct the film?

Nora Ephron: A Celebration of Achievements

This week writer/director Nora Ephron passed away at age 71. She was best known for writing romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, wrote and directed Sleepless in Seattle and more recently wrote and directed Julia, Julia with Meryl Streep in 2009. Below are a few quotes from those who knew her. What is your favorite film by Nora Ephron?

Meryl Streep, Entertainment Weekly:

“You could never catch her ‘trying,’ everything seemed effortless. But as I got to know her, I understood what drove her was her acute curiosity, and her desire to observe and find out stuff. It’s what made her great as a journalist, and as a director, too. She thought fast, loved new ideas, processed swiftly, decided what was valuable and what was not with clarity.”

Lisa Taddeo, Esquire:

“Like almost every heroine in every movie and every book she wrote, Nora Ephron knew how to be in love and then she knew how to love herself more for not being an asshole, for being, as she once said, ‘not the victim of your life, but the heroine.'”

Noreen Malone, New York Magazine:

“Ephron was a Nora Ephron character — a charming and charmed reporter, falling in love with bold-faced writers, delivering effortless one-liners, and hosting dinner parties full of interesting people. Even ‘Heartburn,’ the book and movie she penned about the end of her marriage to Carl Bernstein, managed to avoid bitterness. Hearts get burned in her world, but not broken, at least not publicly or permanently.”

6 Responses to “HOLLYWOOD TAKES 2: LA Film Festival Re-Cap”

  1. Comic Relief June 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM #

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” has a character “Rocket Raccoon”

    • Open Book June 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM #

      Noooooo!!! The Rocket Racoon? What actor would agree to portray this vermin? I really hope they keep this one in the vault.

      • littlebells July 2, 2012 at 12:48 AM #

        What in the whoozie whuzzit is that????

        On another note, my state theaters has Moonrise Kingdom and I am soooooo excited to see it!!!! Either Wednesday or Thursday!!!

  2. Comic Relief June 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    CGI will probably save us from a costume designer’s best effort but that’s not saying much.

  3. Open Book June 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM #

    Ahh! Howard the Duck! This was the period turtles were also being assaulted by Hollywood. Mutant Ninja Turtles. Please lets leave ducks and turtles alone. What have they done to deserve this?

    • littlebells July 2, 2012 at 12:50 AM #

      Dear God,

      Thank you for the advancement of technology and CGI. Thank you for helping those human minds to know what to do with a computer.


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