March 31, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
Filmmaker Roger Corman, the B-movie veteran who launched countless Hollywood careers in addition to building his own reputation as a prolific writer, producer and director, is set to receive the Legend Award from the New Media Film Festival. Writer-director John Carpenter will present Corman with the prize on June 11 at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles during the festival’s closing night festivities, organizers announced Monday. Now in its fifth year, the New Media Film Festival was founded by Susan Johnston to celebrate “stories that exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform;” the festival will take place June 10-11 at the Landmark. Corman, who was born in Detroit in 1926, last directed a film in 1990 — “Frankenstein Unbound” — but his resume includes dozens of titles as a producer, director, writer and actor stretching back […]
Sept. 16, 2010 | 2:45 p.m.
If Ed Wood Jr. had been alive in the late 1970s, he probably would have directed “StarCrash,” which has just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The spaghetti space western was released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures in the spring of 1979 and became such a commercial hit for the company that the iconoclastic producer decided to make his own space opera, “Battle Beyond the Stars.” Like Wood’s deliciously dreadful classics of the 1950s, including “Bride of the Monster” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” the low-budget “StarCrash” has developed a cult following. And if you love truly bad films, “StarCrash” is your ticket to nirvana. In fact, “StarCrash” historian Stephen Romano, who provides two commentary tracks for the movie, as well as commentary on behind-the-scenes footage, confesses that even though he’s seen it some 500 times, he […]
June 17, 2010 | 12:34 p.m.
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL The Los Angeles Film Festival strives to be both urban and urbane with its move downtown and its far-ranging program of foreign films and serious documentary fare, but take a closer look and you’ll notice this is an event that covets the Comic-Con crowd as well. If you need proof, take note of the fact that people who dress up as Darth Vader or Yoda get free popcorn — and that’s not even a joke. The festival, which runs Thursday through June 27 and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, closes with a Nokia Theatre screening of “Despicable Me,” the animated superhero farce starring Steve Carrell, and on Wednesday the festival hosts the West Coast premiere of “The People vs. George Lucas,” a documentary that delves into the complicated legacy of the “Star Wars” films and, yes, that’s the outdoor […]