About 65 UCLA professors contribute to The Science and Entertainment Exchange, an organization aiming to improve scientific accuracy in films. Former UCLA postdoctoral scholar Kevin Hickerson believes that detailed films like “Interstellar” have helped to improve scientific accurary in films. (Paramount Pictures)
About 65 UCLA professors contribute to The Science and Entertainment Exchange, an organization aiming to improve scientific accuracy in films. Former UCLA postdoctoral scholar Kevin Hickerson believes that detailed films like “Interstellar” have helped to improve scientific accurary in films. (Paramount Pictures)

UCLA alumna Kellen Hertz was chosen from 3,500 writers chosen to participate in The Writers Lab, a program funded by Meryl Steep and designed to help screenwriters over 40 years old improve their skills. (Courtesy of Kellen Hertz)
UCLA alumna Kellen Hertz was chosen from 3,500 writers chosen to participate in The Writers Lab, a program funded by Meryl Steep and designed to help screenwriters over 40 years old improve their skills. (Courtesy of Kellen Hertz)

MFA Directing candidate at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Balbinka Korzeniowska was nominated at the Student Academy Awards for her short film, "Awaken." (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff)
MFA Directing candidate at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Balbinka Korzeniowska was nominated at the Student Academy Awards for her short film, "Awaken." (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff)

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Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

In some ways, “Straight Outta Compton” is what its titular album was almost 30 years ago. The film is loud, raw and uncompromising; a street epic weaving together a dramatic, violent fantasy from what many South Central Angelinos knew to be a harsh reality. Read more...

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Actor Ed Asner has acted in over 330 productions, including Disney Pixar’s “Up,” in his five-decade-long acting career. He will speak at an outdoor screening of the film in Westwood. (Charles Sherman Public Relations)
Actor Ed Asner has acted in over 330 productions, including Disney Pixar’s “Up,” in his five-decade-long acting career. He will speak at an outdoor screening of the film in Westwood. (Charles Sherman Public Relations)

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Movie Review: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

Out of every A-list movie star, Tom Cruise is probably among the most divisive. At face value, he’s a man past his prime: every movie he’s made since the early 2000s – from the less-than-pleasurable “Vanilla Sky” to the less-than-less-than-pleasurable “Rock of Ages” – seems to have slowed his career to a crawl, both critically and financially. Read more...

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UCLA alumni Kevin Longa (right), Brian Tan and Steve Sterrett created a documentary series called “TASTE with Kevin Longa,” inspired by the food vendors in Southeast Asia. The documentary will feature episodes set in Europe, Asia and the Americas. (Courtesy of Kevin Longa)
UCLA alumni Kevin Longa (right), Brian Tan and Steve Sterrett created a documentary series called “TASTE with Kevin Longa,” inspired by the food vendors in Southeast Asia. The documentary will feature episodes set in Europe, Asia and the Americas. (Courtesy of Kevin Longa)


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