January 26, 2015

Nick Nabs Native for TV Role

 Jackie Radinsky, a Topanga native, will co-star in Nickelodeon’s new live-action comedy series, “Bella and the Bulldogs,” that airs on January 17. Bella (Brec Bassinger) is the popular head cheerleader whose life takes an unexpected twist when she becomes the quarterback of her middle school football team. An avid football fan, Bella finds herself torn between two groups of friends and must figure out how to navigate the … [Read More...]

2015 Topanga Film Festival Invites Entries

 The Topanga Film Festival (TFF), a project of Topanga Film Institute (TFI), a 501[c]3 non-profit organization, and Royer Studios has called for entries for its 2015 festival to be held from July 20 to August 2 in Topanga, California. After great success with the 2014 Tenth Anniversary Festival, TFF is expanding the Festival with new categories for its 11th year to include Music Video, Experimental Short Films, Horror Short & Feature Films, Wildlife Sh… [Read More...]

Zero Motivation is Over-Ambitious

 Ophir Award-winning director makes creative, un-edited debut. The ideas surrounding Talya Lavie’s Ophir Awards-winning film,Zero Motivation, are very good. Unfortunately, the overabundance and execution of those ideas prevent it from being great. Zero Motivation is comprised of three stories all set at an Israeli army base where dreams are made and subsequently sent to die. An easy summation would be … [Read More...]

Roberta Flack at Pepperdine, February 6

 The unparalleled Grammy Award-winning artist Roberta Flack brings her sterling voice to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Friday, February 6 at 8 p.m. Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, Grammy Award-winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical l… [Read More...]

“The Marcy & Zina Show” at Pepperdine, February 3

 Lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich bring their wonderfully wacky and heartbreakingly sincere musical creations to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday, February 3 at 8 p.m. “The Marcy and Zina Show” puts two shining stars of today's musical theater scene front and center, with bookwriter/lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich singing the songs they write with wit and intelligence and impressive musical… [Read More...]

Topanga Holiday Fare Dazzled, Glowed and Warmed Our Hearts

 34th ANNUAL TOPANGA NUTCRACKER BALLET DAZZLED By Kathie Gibboney It seems that somewhere in the universe a version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet should, whatever the season, continuously be presented. The charm and the enchantment of the story is evergreen so, on second thought, it is to be treasured all the more because it does only come once a year. For the 34th year, local wonders and exper… [Read More...]

Five Things we Learned from The Golden Globes

 Awards ceremony tells more than just who won. Awards season started in earnest with the Golden Globes Awards Ceremony on Jan.12. An interesting wrinkle to this year’s presentation was that most of the odds-on favorites to win awards, won. This is shocking in that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) usually does its best to prevent that from happening with a far-fetched nomination and even more shocking wins… [Read More...]