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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.

Slide 1: Julianne Moore
Slide 2: Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska
Slide 3: Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Kunal Sharma
Slide 4: Mia Wasikowska
Slide 5: Lisa Cholodenko
Slide 6: Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney
Slide 7: Jordan Horowitz, Andrew Karpen, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Gary Gilbert
Slide 8: Quinton Aaron
Slide 9: Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska
Slide 10: Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska and Lisa Cholodenko
Slide 11: Curtis Hanson, Mark Ruffalo, and Rebecca Yeldham
Slide 12: Jane Lynch
Slide 13: John Lyons, Mary Kay Place and guest
Slide 14: Max Winkler and actress Sasha Spielberg
Slide 1: Julianne Moore

Slide 1: Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore walks the red carpet at the Los Angeles Film Festival opening night screening of The Kids Are All Right.

 

 

 

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
Slide 2: Kids
Slide 3: The Usual Suspects
Slide 4: Ulee's Gold
Slide 5: The Full Monty
Slide 6: The Blair Witch Project
Slide 7: Ghost World
Slide 8: Whale Rider
Slide 9: 28 Days Later
Slide 10: Swimming Pool
Slide 11: American Splendor
Slide 12: Napoleon Dynamite
Slide 13: Fahrenheit 9/11
Slide 14: Broken Flowers
Slide 15: Little Miss Sunshine
Slide 16: (500) Days of Summer
Slide 1: Introduction

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
Slide 2: Atonement and 1935 Barbeito Bual Madeira
Slide 3: A Serious Man and Vinedo de Los Vientos 'Alcyone'
Slide 4: Lost in Translation and Suntory
Slide 5: The Motorcycle Diaries and 1977 Estrella from Bodega Weinert
Slide 6: Shaun of the Dead and Frappato of Andrea Occhipinti
Slide 7: Far From Heaven and Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Monfortino
Slide 8: Taking Woodstock and Boone's Farm Apple Wine
Slide 9: About the Author
Slide 1: The Kids Are All Right with Wine

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 | City By the Bay
San Francisco | Milk's Metropolis
San Francisco | LGBT City
San Francisco | City of Festivals
San Francisco | City of Tourism
San Francisco | City of Cinema

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.