Movie Pick: Vittorio De Sica’s Brilliant ‘Il Boom’ Hits Beverly Hills

IL Boom
Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is revered for his prodigious contributions to neorealism, as Shoeshine, Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves have made their respective marks in cinema. A digital restoration of Il Boom, a 1963 comedy drama that has never before been released, is now playing at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills (July 21-27). Details on the film is featured after the jump!

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Dream Factory: A Lifelong Love For ‘Joe Versus The Volcano’

Joe Versus The Volcano

 

Brigsby Bear threw me for a loop but that “loop” sent me back, at least for a moment, to a very nostalgic place. James (Kyle Mooney) is an adult whose world revolves around a kids show named Brigsby Bear. It’s actually a fake program that was made by the man James believed was his dad (Mark Hamill), and when his “parents” (Hamill, Jane Adams) are finally arrested by their bunker home in the desert, he must gradually adjust to reality.

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Dashboard Confessional And The All-American Rejects Get Mutual Coverage

Dashboard Confessional
Bands and artists covering each other’s songs is old hat but never grow tiresome if done right. The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional have traversed this well worn path but with a solid (and creatively inspired purpose). For one, they are on summer tour together and  offering up their respective interpretations is simply perfect timing. Secondly, they did not “move along” (pardon the pun) and offer up a by the numbers rendition of these two heralded song. Details after the jump!

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Starsailor Listen To Their Hearts With “Intense” And “Rewarding” Album

Starsailor
Starsailor’s last studio album was 2009’s All The Plans, and now the outfit are releasing their sixth effort All This Life on September 1 (via Cooking Vinyl). The album’s first single, “Listen To Your Heart,” is another catchy track that, like some of their best work, builds to a resonant crescendo.

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California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser Spotlights LACoFD’s Explorer Program

California Pizza Kitchen
As a Thai Crunch Salad devourer, California Pizza Kitchen is my #1 go-to eatery in Los Angeles, and it’s great to know that they’re also taking an active part in the community with a fundraiser to support the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Program. If you’re eating at CPK somewhere between now and Wednesday, July 19, check out the fundraising details below.

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‘Flaming Lips’ Classic Injects Indie Feel To Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight

With its $217 million budget, Transformers: The Last Knight is as big as they come movie wise, as director Michael Bay is one of the kings of the tentpole franchise. It’s a pleasant surprise that the music behind its trailer owes a slight debt to The Flaming Lips. If you haven’t seen how musician/filmmaker Ursine Vulpine’s cover of “Do You Realize??” is utilized in the Transformers universe, check out the vid after the jump!

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Julianne Moore Is The Global Face of ‘Florale By Triumph’

Julianne Moore - Triumph

Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore (Still Alice) has been named the face of Triumph’s new premium brand Florale by Triumph. Photos from the global campaign were shot by fashion photographer Rankin, and Triumph describes its lingerie line as drawing on “the story of the modern woman, celebrating female confidence and timeless style.”

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Finding My Scene With ‘Find Your Seen’ (AKA My Mission Statement)

Zuma Beach
Couple of years back I’m in Culver City (home of the sublime Tito’s Tacos) with a good friend and former co-worker. We’re scarfing down pizzas at LaRocco’s, a wonderful hole in the wall spot on Main Street, and discussing if we should resume a radio program we started eons ago. That idea materialized into nothing, but then, as the cliched phrase goes, “we got to talkin’” and the seeds of Find Your Seen were planted.

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Akbar Gbajabiamila Sees ‘American Ninja Warrior’ As “Occupational Therapy”

American Ninja Warrior
Former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila has a vivid memory of March 25, 2013, as it’s the day he got the call to co-host American Ninja Warrior. A new season of ANW is in full swing (Akbar also works with Matt Iseman on Team Ninja Warrior which has its season finale this Tuesday). During an interview with Gbajabiamila, I asked him how American Ninja Warrior has transformed his life.

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