Below is a list of January events, screenings, classes, and more!
Golden Globe Awards
The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.
NBC – 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT
Beautiful Boy Screening
An intimate drama, Beautiful Boy is a deeply moving portrait of a family’s unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son’s addiction and his attempts at recovery. The film was adapted for the screen by Felix van Groeningen and Luke Davies from two acclaimed memoirs — one from father and journalist David Sheff (Beautiful Boy) and one from his son, Nic Sheff (Tweak). Directed by Felix van Groeningen, Beautiful Boy features an ensemble cast that includes Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Kaitlyn Dever, Lisagay Hamilton, Timothy Hutton and Amy Ryan.
Screening in: Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, San Diego, San Francisco
7:30 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:45 PM)
Critics’ Choice Awards
The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards is an awards show presented annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Written ballots are submitted during a week-long nominating period, and the resulting nominees are announced in December.
CW Network, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET
The Producers Guild Awards
One of the awards season’s marquee events, the Producers Guild Awards celebrates the finest producing work of the year, and gives the Guild an opportunity to honor some of the living legends who have shaped our profession.
CW Network, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards are accolades given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time television.
TNT – 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT
Dorian Awards – Hollywood, CA
The Dorian Awards are an annual endeavor organized by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. GALECA is an association of professional journalists and critics covering film and television for print, online and broadcast outlets in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.
CLASSES / WORKSHOPS:
Casting Access: Howard Meltzer – Los Angeles, CA
Howard Meltzer is a veteran Casting Director whose career spans from Broadway to Television to Film. This class will include a Q&A and a cold reading session with an experienced casting professional.
6:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 5:45 PM)
Casting Access: Lindsay Jaymeson – ONLINE
This online class will provide feedback from an experienced casting professional. No more than 20 performers will be participating.
Small Group Sessions: Accountability Group – Los Angeles, CA
This group is meant for highly productive SAG-AFTRA members who are looking to stay accountable in pursuing their professional goals. Members will report past and future monthly tasks, have access to peer-to-peer advice, share any knowledge they have gained, and have a partner from the group that they can connect with throughout the month.
10:00 AM (Check-in begins at: 9:45 AM)
Small Group Sessions: Headshots – Los Angeles, CA
Headshots are an actors’ calling card, but is it a professional picture that matches with how the buyers see you? Does your picture accurately communicate the product that is being sold? In this session we will discuss what your headshot is communicating and if that matches with what is coming into the audition room.
1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)
Small Group Sessions: Location, Location, Location – Los Angeles, CA
Real estate is not only where location matters. As an actor, it is your job to know the area you work in. Do you know the addresses of the top commercial casting offices? Do you know what the parking restrictions are for the area around each of those locations? This session will cover how to better understand this city and keep track of the details about important locations. This will free you up to focus on the audition and not stress out trying to get there.
1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)
Casting Access: Donna Mckenna – New York, NY
Donna McKenna has been in the business of casting for over 18 years, bringing her unique skill set to projects around the world. An award winning casting director and producer she has cast independent features, short films, scripted television pilots and web series. Her ensemble casts consists of critically acclaimed actors from film, television and Broadway as well new and upcoming talent.
This workshop will include a Q&A and a cold reading session with an experienced casting professional. We will use the camera in class, but will not be recording.
1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)
January 3 – 14
Palm Springs International Film Festival – Palm Springs, CA
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents. Produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the Festival offers 12 days of events and film screenings featuring over 200 films from 78 countries.
January 17 – 20
Saint Augustine Film Fest – Saint Augustine, FL
This fun Festival runs every January in the downtown historic city center, with five screening rooms at three locations. All are within a 5-minute walk of one another. Films are shown in Lewis Auditorium, and the Gamache-Koger Theater (part of Flagler College), as well as at all three viewing rooms of The Corazon Cinema and Café. As a special treat, we will be showing one film at the St. Augustine Distillery – with a sample bourbon drink thrown in!
January 24 – February 3
Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah
The Paris Human Rights International Film Festival was created on the understanding of two basic premises. Cinema and especially documentary cinema is the most efficient tool to raise awareness on Human Rights and defending Human Rights across the world and the roots of Human Rights in France.
The FIFDH has, for the last 10 years, been the most important cultural manifestation on the theme of Human Rights in France. Each year, we offer directors from all over the world, the opportunity to present their work and to meet the public. From over 500 films that are watched each year, we select about 20 works of which the majority will be shown as a preview.
Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. by Lili Anolik
Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world—a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. There were the album covers she designed: for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few. There were the men she seduced: Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few.
Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered—as a writer—by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she’s since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she’s on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential—as the essential—LA writer. Anolik’s elegant and provocative new book is equal parts biography and detective story. It is also on dangerously intimate terms with its subject: artist, writer, muse, and one-woman zeitgeist, Eve Babitz.
Publishing January 8
We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union
In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
Publishing January 15
Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines by Nick Nolte
The legendary icon tells his story—a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction, as intense and hypnotic as the man himself. In a career spanning five decades, Nick Nolte has endured the rites of Hollywood celebrity. Rising from obscurity to leading roles and Oscar nominations, he has been both celebrated and vilified in the media; survived marriages, divorces, and a string of romances; was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine; and suffered public humiliation over his drug and alcohol issues, including a drug-fueled trip down a “long road of nothingness” that ended in arrest.
Despite these ups and downs, Nolte has remained true to the craft he loves, portraying a diverse range of characters with his trademark physicality and indelible gravelly voice. Already 35 when his performance in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man launched him to stardom, Nolte never learned to play by Hollywood’s rules. A rebel who defies expectations, an obsessive method actor who will go to extremes for a role (he lived among the homeless to prepare for Down and Out in Beverly Hills), Nolte is motivated more by edgier, more personal projects than by box office success. Today he is clean yet still driven, juggling a number of upcoming works and raising his young daughter.
A man who refuses to hide his mistakes, Nolte now delivers his most revealing performance yet. His revealing memoir, filled with sixteen pages of color photos, offers a candid, unvarnished close-up look at the man, the career, the loves, and the life.
Publishing January 15
Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir by Michael Whitehall
Theatrical agent Michael Whitehall spent a career pushing others into the spotlight. He had been involved behind the scenes with the careers of many prominent actors, including Colin Firth, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy, Judi Dench, Edward Fox, Michael Fassbender, Angela Thorne and Nigel Havers.
But then, much to his surprise, his son Jack becomes a successful comedian and actor and decides that his new comedy partner should be his father. Whitehall Snr. finds himself reluctantly appearing on stage and then television, cast as the archetypal grumpy old man and thrust, in his early seventies, into a whole new career in front of the camera. Minor fame comes at a sedate pace: one of the highlights being a record £300,000 win for charity with Jack on Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop.
In this enchanting memoir Whitehall looks back on his life, from growing up in suburban London in the 1940s and ’50s with his saintly father and social climbing-mother, who coined the phrase ‘à la carte’ to describe people who were posher than she was and whose company she craved, to falling into a career as a successful theatrical agent and producer. As he says, ‘Actors can be egotistical, greedy and vain, but they’re not half as bad as agents and producers.’ Charming, gossipy and above all very funny, Backing Into The Spotlight is no ordinary show business memoir.
Publishing January 29
BORDER X 4400 Gage Avenue, Bell, CA
The San Diego-based brewery brings together Mexican ingredients with traditional craft beer. The 7,000 square foot space will feature Border X’s 10 barrel system with an overhead view of the entire brewery. There will also be a live entertainment space and an area showcasing local artists. The parking lot will double as space for fairs and food vendors.
NIGHTSHADE 923 E. 3rd St., Arts District
Nightshade, the first restaurant for Top Chef winner Mei Lin along with partners Cyrus Batchan and Francis Miranda of N°8, is looking at an early 2019 opening. The expansive space, which goes into the former Cerveteca, will feature a pan-Asian menu infused with modern touches and California sensibilities, with Lin herself calling the experience “fine food in a casual setting.” Think fine dining touches and plating with flavor influences from Italy, Japan, and China.