April 21, 2014

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Riot outside “Electric Daisy” L.A. premiere summons police

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Police dressed in full riot gear turned out for the premiere of Insomniac’s “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” at Grauman’s Chinese theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles Wednesday night when fans packed the streets in hopes of catching a glimpse of uber-popular DJ Kaskade, who tweeted prior to the premiere that he’d be performing a free set.
Such is the power of Twitter.
“The near-riot pitted LAPD officers, who were trying to clear Hollywood Blvd., against fans trying to catch a glimpse of Kaskade, despite audible warnings via megaphone from Insomniac staff and Grauman’s Chinese employees stating over and over that Kaskade’s appearance was ‘canceled’ and that fans should vacate the premises,” THR writes. “In fact, the DJ himself sent several tweets pleading with fans to ‘chill’ and leave the area after he got wind of LAPD problems with crowds.”
The screening of the film – a live concert documentary that features such stars as Will I Am, Travis Barker and Kaskade — went on despite the melee that was happening in the streets outside of the theater.
At least one bystander placed the blame on the partygoers who showed up in full force and danced on police cars despite being asked to disperse.
“I knew it was going to get out of hand when they started taunting the police,” Adam Bloch, 20, told the L.A. Times. “They were asking for it.”
Insomniac Inc., which is promoting a series of Electric Daisy events, said in a statement, “We are disappointed that a small group of people would try to mar a private documentary screening of ‘Electric Daisy Carnival Experience’ and we are thankful that the LAPD were able to quickly restore order.”
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AFI Fest to open with Zwick’s “Drugs,” close with Aronofsky’s “Swan”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It looks like AFI Fest is going to provide us with our first glimpse of Ed Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs.” The director’s romantic drama has been named Opening Night film for the annual fest, which will be held Nov. 4-11, in Los Angeles.
“AFI is where it began for me, and where I return as often as possible, to teach and to learn,” said Zwick. “I’m honored to open the festival, and to join Darren, David, and so many alumni for whom this marks a kind of coming home.”
The Darren he refers to is Aronofsky, who will close this year’s fest with his searing ballet drama “Black Swan.”
”As an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, it’s always a thrill to partake in the wonderful festival AFI puts on,” said Aronofsky. “The fact that we get to show at my favorite theater in the world, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, adds to the honor.”
This year’s festival will be held at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from Nov. 4 to 11. David Lynch will serve as the festival’s Guest Artistic Director. He’s also a graduate of the AFI Conservatory.
”These two films are a perfect pair to open and close AFI FEST because they tell extraordinary stories from unique and very personal points of view,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Festival Director and also a graduate of the AFI Conservatory. “We are proud to offer them as the frame to a program of cinema that embraces both mainstream and experimental voices and seeks to engage the audience in the discourse around the year’s most significant new films.”
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Watch Live from the red carpet: ‘The Expendables’ Premiere

HollywoodNews.com: Watch Live from the red carpet at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood where the premiere of “The Expendables” is taking place:
“The Expendables” is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things arent quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. His is a true cynic who describes what he does as removing those hard to get at stains. The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.
When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza (David Zayas), the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie), a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Steve Austin). When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started. And to perhaps save a soul: his own.

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