Claudette Riley Springfield News-Leader Published 5:26 PM EST Feb 11, 2019 Springfield seventh-grader Aria Thomas appears to be quiet and serious, especially when meeting someone for the first time, but her imagination is vivid — and award-winning. A short essay written by the Pershing Middle School student was one of the five national winners of the 2018 Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge. Dahl, an author, wrote the best-selling children's books "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," among many others. Her prize: An all-expense-paid trip to Warner Brothers, the Hollywood movie studio that produced the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Batman films. "This is actually one of the biggest prizes," said Thomas, 13. "I honestly didn't believe it at first." A fervent reader who also loves to write, Thomas enters as many contests as possible. This one, open to children ages 5-12, required submitting an original … [Read more...] about Springfield girl’s imagination wins her trip to Hollywood movie studio
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ASIAN VOICES 10/17/2018 11:18 am ET The teen romantic comedy, featuring an Asian-American heroine, was among this summer's landmark films for Asian representation in Hollywood. By Marina Fang Netflix, giving a rare glimpse at its viewership numbers, revealed that the romantic comedy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was “one of its most viewed original films ever with strong repeat viewing.” The streaming giant rarely releases data about its viewership other than subscriber numbers, but in its third-quarter earnings report Tuesday pointed to social media reactions and a growth in followers as signs of the success of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and other recent titles. Without detailing numbers for individual movies, Netflix said more than 80 million subscriber accounts watched one of its original rom-com movies over the summer, including “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “Set … [Read more...] about Netflix Says ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Is One Of Its Most Popular Original Movies Ever
A mother's intuition that something is wrong with her daughter living in Los Angeles led police to a house of horrors. Inside, they found Iana Kasian, 30, brutally murdered. Where the trail of blood led them could easily be the subject of big-screen movie script or a novel. Olga Kasian was concerned when she hadn't heard from her daughter, who was living with Blake Leibel in West Hollywood. Leibel, the son of a wealthy Canadian real estate family, moved in his 20s to Hollywood to make it big. Living a trust-fund dream life, he directed an offbeat film and was the co-author of a graphic novel about a vicious murder. "I had this feeling that something was wrong," Olga Kasian tells "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher. Kasian called police, who eventually gained access to the home. Police found Iana, who recently gave birth to a daughter with Leibel, dead. "In my almost 30 years, I've never been involved in a more heinous crime than this," says Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department … [Read more...] about Was Hollywood producer’s graphic novel a blueprint for murder?
A stay in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect opportunity to soak up the area's culture, sun and cuisine. (Fox News/Alex Vros) Puerto Vallarta, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco on the Pacific Coast, was founded on December 12, 1951, by Guadalupe Sánchez Torres. He originally designated the area as Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe — later to be known simply Las Peñas — and the area quickly established itself as a port used to transport silver from nearby mines. It was renamed Puerto Vallarta in 1918, to honor the former governor of Jalisco, Ignacio L. Vallarta. But this famous city was largely unknown to the outside world until 1963, the year in which the movie "The Night of the Iguana," starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Debora Kerr, was filmed. But while the movie depicted Puerto Vallarta’s natural landscapes and beauty, what essentially put it on the map was the highly-publicized drama … [Read more...] about Puerto Vallarta: How this popular Hollywood haunt became a world-class getaway
Apparently Hollywood didn’t get the memo about our delayed spring, because they’re jumping right over that season in order to officially kick off the summer blockbuster season on Friday with Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” Maybe you’ve heard of it if you weren’t knocked senseless by the hoopla of the studio’s February release, “Black Panther,” a hit of historic proportions. So, in a way, the 2018 blockbuster season really began last winter. Still, the next several weeks will be busier and more competitive than ever before. Here’s a playlist to guide you through the crowded release schedule with some films that look smart, stylish, silly, scary, superheroic or just plain entertaining. Ladies first “Hotel Artemis” — If Jodie Foster working a nurse’s whites, age makeup and a big Queens accent doesn’t draw you to this quirky near-future action-comedy, fuggeddaboutit. The basic premise (an … [Read more...] about Ready for summer blockbuster season? These 16 movies are just the ticket