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?
Tech & Science Archaeology sphinx the ten commandments Hollywood movie sets Archaeologists excavating the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in California unearthed a magnificent sphinx head dating all the way back to…1923. Ninety-five years ago, Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille oversaw the construction of a lavish Egyptian set for his high-concept (and high-budget) three-hour silent film The Ten Commandments. As Atlas Obscura reported, the 800-foot-wide set comprised temple gates more than 100 feet high, not to mention 21 massive sphinxes. So extravagant was the whole thing that when the movie was finished shooting, it defied all conventional ideas for what exactly to do with it, which is when the story gets very meta, very quickly. Like actual ancient archaeological treasures, the sphinx head was too big and too expensive to move. Yet it was also too big and too expensive to leave, lest it be looted (by rival studios). So DeMille and his production team buried it. … [Read more...] about Fake News: Archaeologists Unearth Rare, Magnificent Sphinx Head…. From a Movie Set
Hollywood studios generally release their biggest hits in summer, and this year’s offerings are proving to surpass all expectations. June alone saw a record-breaking $1.268 billion in revenues, 19% higher than last year, proving that cinema is weathering competition from small-screen contenders such as Netflix. The season only looks to improve. The latest Mission: Impossible installment has been showered with five-star reviews. The question is, will it knock this year’s current top summer movie off its perch? If Mission: Impossible succeeds, it will be a cultural victory as well as a financial one. Summer movies seem to define the zeitgeist, describing the dreams and desires of the audiences watching. Box Office Mojo’s list of all the biggest-grossing summer movies since 1982 feels revealing for this very reason—it’s like flicking through an old photo album, albeit one that everyone can recognise. Take, for instance, last year’s top hit Wonder … [Read more...] about The Biggest Summer Blockbuster Movies Every Year Going Back to 1982