Friday, July 21

Graduate student Nick Adams wrote the original screenplay "A Billion Dollars,"
which he worked on with Chapman University producing student Xia Huang. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin staff)

Film students explore benefits of interschool collaborations

Los Angeles is a goldmine of prestigious film schools. Colleges located in the homeland of cinematic showbiz have distinct teaching styles. However, some students choose to collaborate with those from other schools to make movies that combine the differing educational foundations of UCLA, USC and Chapman University. Read more...

Graduate student Nick Adams wrote the original screenplay "A Billion Dollars,"
which he worked on with Chapman University producing student Xia Huang. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin staff)

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television will co-present the eighth annual "Transforming Hollywood" event, which will focus on how digital algorithms track online entertainment consumers' activity and preferences to ensure the success of entertainment companies' future content. (UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television)

Transforming Hollywood conference explores evolving media landscape

USC and UCLA will combine forces Friday to coordinate the eighth annual Transforming Hollywood conference, held in the James Bridges Theater starting at 9 a.m. The event, which aims to educate attendees about the changing landscape of entertainment and technology, is co-directed by Denise Mann, co-head of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Producers Program and professor in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, and Henry Jenkins, provost professor of communication, journalism, cinematic arts and education at USC. Read more...

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television will co-present the eighth annual "Transforming Hollywood" event, which will focus on how digital algorithms track online entertainment consumers' activity and preferences to ensure the success of entertainment companies' future content. (UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television)

Second-year American literature and culture student Hannah Payne plays Stephanie on the new Netflix show "13 Reasons Why," based on the book of the same name. The character Stephanie makes an appearance in two episodes as a ditzy high school girl. (Courtesy of Hannah Rexinger)
Second-year American literature and culture student Hannah Payne plays Stephanie on the new Netflix show "13 Reasons Why," based on the book of the same name. The character Stephanie makes an appearance in two episodes as a ditzy high school girl. (Courtesy of Hannah Rexinger)

UCLA alumna Gina Prince-Bythewood and her husband Reggie Rock Bythewood co-created, co-directed, co-wrote and co-executive produced "Shots Fired," a television series about police brutality. (Courtesy of Frank Micelotta/FOX)
UCLA alumna Gina Prince-Bythewood and her husband Reggie Rock Bythewood co-created, co-directed, co-wrote and co-executive produced "Shots Fired," a television series about police brutality. (Courtesy of Frank Micelotta/FOX)

UCLA lecturer James Franco is the excutive producer for the Lifetime film "High School Lover." He brought on a UCLA student and alumna, Jerell Rosales and Jessica Dube (left to right), to help direct and write the script. (Esmeralda Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Bruins collaborate on James Franco movie ‘High School Lover’

Jerell Rosales didn’t think twice when his friend and former teacher James Franco emailed to ask if he wanted to direct Franco’s new movie. UCLA alumnus and lecturer Franco brought on both Rosales, a directing graduate student, and Jessica Dube, a UCLA screenwriting alumna, to work on the Lifetime film “High School Lover.” Debuting Saturday, “High School Lover” is a romantic thriller about a teen girl swept off her feet by an older celebrity, who soon becomes obsessive. Read more...

UCLA lecturer James Franco is the excutive producer for the Lifetime film "High School Lover." He brought on a UCLA student and alumna, Jerell Rosales and Jessica Dube (left to right), to help direct and write the script. (Esmeralda Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Three UCLA alumni, Scott Yacyshyn, Benji Kleiman, and Stephen Cedars banded together to create the TV show "Snatchers," which will premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Hanna Bolte)
Three UCLA alumni, Scott Yacyshyn, Benji Kleiman, and Stephen Cedars banded together to create the TV show "Snatchers," which will premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Hanna Bolte)

(Courtesy of Daniel Smith/Paramount Pictures)

Movie review: ‘Allied’

“Allied” is Brad Pitt’s worst movie since “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” The suspenseful war romance brings the tension and the drama with its climactic action scenes, but doesn’t do justice to the love story. Read more...

(Courtesy of Daniel Smith/Paramount Pictures)