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)

When he was a second-year student at UCLA, Steve Stoliar (above) and his roommate founded The Committee for the Re-release of "Animal Crackers" (CRAC) to petition Universal Studios to re-premiere the Marx Brothers' film "Animal Crackers" in 1974. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)

Alum’s memoir on working for Groucho Marx to be made into feature film

In 1974, with the support of an aging Groucho Marx, a group of UCLA students took on the might of Universal Studios and won. Steve Stoliar and his then-roommate Daryl Busby created The Committee for the Re-release of “Animal Crackers” (CRAC) when Stoliar was a second-year history student, and successfully petitioned Universal Studios to re-premiere the classic Marx Brothers film and eventually fully re-release it in the U.S. Read more...

When he was a second-year student at UCLA, Steve Stoliar (above) and his roommate founded The Committee for the Re-release of "Animal Crackers" (CRAC) to petition Universal Studios to re-premiere the Marx Brothers' film "Animal Crackers" in 1974. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)

The first "Suicide Squad" trailer (above) premiered at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend. (Warner Bros.)

Second Take: ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Suicide Squad’ trailers show DC’s faulty mentality

It’s no mystery why the trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” received a standing ovation at this year’s Comic-Con. It capitalizes on everything that makes director Zack Snyder one of the kings of fandom fodder: the gritty tone, the unfathomable destruction and the score that is more accurately described as loud than anthemic. Read more...

The first "Suicide Squad" trailer (above) premiered at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend. (Warner Bros.)

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Movie Review: ‘Trainwreck’

“Trainwreck” is not Judd Apatow’s best movie. The distinction still goes to “Knocked Up,” a consistent and organic comedy known for its explosive hilarity. In the midst of a dry summer season for comedy, “Trainwreck” is a female-driven movie that, in great Apatow form, comments on the realities of the sexual mindset in a world, much like our own, where sex isn’t everything – it’s just the most important thing. Read more...

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Movie Review: ‘Ted 2′

The fact that “Ted 2″ isn’t outright terrible speaks wealths about director and animated television magnate Seth MacFarlane. But the film is really more the cinematic equivalent of a sigh – one has to sigh a bit, after all, when purchasing a ticket to a film where Mark Wahlberg is coated in semen by surprise. Read more...

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Summer 2015 Movie Preview

Every year, the summer movie season offers a host of big-budget, popcorn-popping blockbuster movies. Last week, “Jurassic World” smashed box office records by becoming the first film to take in $1 billion in just 13 days. Read more...

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After graduating from UCLA 31 years ago, Joannie Burstein worked as a talent agent for 10 years. She then founded The Burstein Company, a management firm where she works with entertainment professionals, including “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey. (Maryrose Kulick/Daily Bruin senior staff)
After graduating from UCLA 31 years ago, Joannie Burstein worked as a talent agent for 10 years. She then founded The Burstein Company, a management firm where she works with entertainment professionals, including “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey. (Maryrose Kulick/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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