The Sundance Institute has recently released the names of the 65 films selected to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for the U.S. Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition NEXT category.
We’ve barely hit 2016, but plans like these don’t happen over night. The Wilshire Grand Center slated for completion some time in 2017 is a $1.2 billion mixed-use project set to include a 900-room Intercontinental Los Angeles hotel, luxury restaurants, and night life attractions.
On Thursday, July 9th, the Israeli film scene was brought to center stage with the opening of the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival. This year was the first since the controversial move to pull the film “Beyond the Fear”, the documentary based on Yigal Amir who killed Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabain in 1995.
Movies Under the Stars, a New York City summer outdoor film screening program, has continued to be a hit since its inception a few years ago. Every summer, multiple venues throughout the city host outdoor screenings of both new and classic films. This past year’s HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival showcased a few very familiar titles including Ghostbusters, Footloose, Chinatown, and Back to the Future.
This past weekend marked the kick-off the the 18th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival. The 2015 showcase is slated to run from June 13th to June 21st. Films for exhibition include Leviafan, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, Weekend, Once Upon a Time in America, and The Last Emperor.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games was recently held in Los Angeles between July 25 and August 2. This multi-sport event hosted around 6,500 athletes from 177 countries are marked the second time in 16 years that the biennial World Summer Games have to held in the United States; the last time Los Angeles hosted was in 1972.
Los Angeles county has seen its largest property value jump since 2010 at 6.13 percent. The average price of an L.A. county home was $780,000 last year; two-bedroom apartments averaged $2,591 for rent. Moreover, the county’s taxable properties were valued at $1.264 trillion.