Category Archives: Film/Television

Julie Starr Dresner Temporarily Shifts from Designing Jewelry to Sewing Masks

  Julie Starr Dresner, who has her own jewelry design business, went back to her costuming roots and sewed 20 masks that were donated to the nurses at Children’s Hospital L.A. She is a member of the Costume Designers Guild, … Continue reading

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It’s Personal for the Creator of ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

By BERNICE FOX Special to Circling the News Nothing would make the creator of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” more pleased than for Mary Steenburgen to write a song for the show. Along with acting, Steenburgen, who lives in Pacific Palisades, is … Continue reading

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Musical Mary Steenburgen Sings in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

  By BERNICE FOX Special to Circling the News Mary Steenburgen seems all about music at the moment. While her own music is in her head, she’s singing and dancing to the music of her character in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” … Continue reading

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Joey Plager Produces Hallmark Holiday Movies

By LAUREL BUSBY Special to CTN What’s it like to be a movie producer when movie production is no longer allowed? For executive producer Joey Plager, a Palisadian who has produced dozens of movies for companies like Hallmark and Lifetime, … Continue reading

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Comes to End

By BERNICE FOX Special to Circling the News As “Schitt’s Creek” comes to an end after six seasons, passionate fans are gearing up – and tearing up – to say “good-bye.” Stars of the series, like Palisadian Eugene Levy, had … Continue reading

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Kenneth Turan, Renowned L.A. Times Film Critic, Opts for Retirement, But Will Stay Busy 

By BILL BRUNS and SUE PASCOE On March 25, longtime Pacific Palisades resident Kenneth Turan tweeted: “After close to 30 years in the most exciting and rewarding of jobs, I am stepping away from being a daily film critic for the … Continue reading

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The TCA Hike Turns to Murder

The Temescal Canyon Association hike led by local historian Randy Young, started on the corner of Los Liones Road and Sunset Boulevard promptly at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 8. It began mundane enough as Young explained that the lush … Continue reading

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Times Critic Kenneth Turan ‘Predicts’ the Oscar Winners,  From “1917” and Sam Mendes to Zellweger and Phoenix  

By BILL BRUNS and SUE PASCOE L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan made his annual appearance at the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club meeting on February 4 to give his seasoned predictions about this Sunday’s Academy Awards. “One reason we like … Continue reading

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Former Pacific Palisades Honorary Mayor  Rita Moreno Is Rose Parade Co-Grand Marshal

“Ain’t It Grand: Moreno a Parade Star” was the headlined story in the L.A. Daily News on December 29. Rita Moreno, actress Gina Torres and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez will be the co-grand marshals for Wednesday’s Rose Parade. People in … Continue reading

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“845 Via Gang” Created Lifelong Friendships

By BOB VICKREY Circling the News Columnist Back in the 1980s, if you drove past the rather lackluster storefront of All-Pro Health Foods at 845 Via de la Paz, you would have likely never guessed the creative work that was originating … Continue reading

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