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The Kids Are All Right Opens the L.A. Film Festival
Updated June 19, 2010
A selection of images of the stars of Focus Features’ The Kids Are All Right from the film’s opening night gala screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Summer Indie Counter-Programming
Updated June 18, 2010
In anticipation of the release of Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, Nick Dawson looks back at summer indie hits from years past.
Slide 1: Introduction
Every summer, Hollywood unleashes blockbuster after blockbuster. And every year, one or two independent films rises above the fray––as well as the explosions, natural disasters, and car crashes of summer movies–to gain critical and popular attention. Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right has all the ingredients for being this summer breakthrough indie film. But what about other indie hits? We take a look back over 15 years to look at those indie hits and the big films that opened the same weekend as they did.
Vino with that film?: The Kids Are All Right inspires a cinematic wine list
Updated June 09, 2010
Inspired by The Kids Are All Right's wine savvy, we pair wines to other Focus Features films.
Slide 1: The Kids Are All Right with Wine
More than a few viewers of Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy The Kids Are All Right have noticed the sophisticated palette the film shows when it comes to wine. While the film is not about wine, the pairing of wine to scene––for those in the know––spoke magnums about the characters. When Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) invite their newly discovered sperm-donor (Mark Ruffalo) home for dinner to meet the kids––Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), they keep things simple and fresh: a hot-dog barbeque with a Petite Sirah from Kalyra, a Santa Barbara boutique vineyard. Such cinematic wine savvy made us wonder how we might pair films with wine. We turned to screenwriter and wine connoisseur Howard A. Rodman to help us out by pairing a wine––or, in one case, liquor––with a favorite Focus Features film. So grab a glass and follow along.
Movie City | San Francisco
Updated June 02, 2010
San Francisco | City of Cinema
San Francisco is one of the most iconic cities not only in America but also in the world, and it’s thanks in part to the movies. People who have never been to the City by the Bay nevertheless find it instantly recognizable thanks to having seen the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, and its cable cars, distinctive architectural style, and steep, unforgiving hills in so many movies. Frisco’s been the setting for everything from Michael Bay’s 1996 action-fest The Rock (with Alcatraz in the title role) to Hal Ashby’s quirky 1971 comedy Harold and Maude (featuring a memorable scene at another city landmark, the Sutro Baths), from Peter Yates’ 1968 cop movie Bullitt (featuring that classic chase scene around much of the city) to Leonard Nimoy’s 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (in which the USS Enterprise crashes into the San Francisco Bay). In San Francisco Five in Focus, a quintet of folks from the Bay Area (including Medicine for Melancholy director Barry Jenkins and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Amy Freed) pick their favorite local movies, while in Over to the Dark Side, author Nathaniel Rich talks about San Francisco’s film noir heritage.