LCHS Grad Hits Big on TV Drama

Charlie DePew was walking across the playground at La Cañada Elementary School, back to class, when his life changed.

Photo courtesy Alison DePew Charlie DePew stars in “Famous in Love,” from the makers of the hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars.” It premieres April 18 on Freeform.
Photo courtesy Alison DePew
Charlie DePew stars in “Famous in Love,” from the makers of the hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars.” It premieres April 18 on Freeform.

He’d just clowned his way through a tryout for a part in the 6th-grade production of “Charlie Brown,” and it was bothering him, this sense that he might be squandering an opportunity.
“So I ran back to the cafeteria and I was like, ‘I want to really try!’” said DePew, whose second take got him the part, and whose performance earned applause that triggered another notion: “‘I’m going to do this!’”
Good grief, Charlie DePew, you weren’t joking. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Hits Big on TV Drama”

A Golden Moment After Dark Days for the Buck Family

The cheer that went up in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday night was for Chris Buck, the LCF resident and co-director of the Disney smash-hit “Frozen,” which was honored at the 71st Golden Globe Awards as the Best Animated Film.
It was another chapter in an emotional few months for Buck, whose son Ryder was killed in late October after being struck by two cars while walking across the 2 Freeway.
“I have to say, I’ve been fairly schizophrenic the last few months,” Buck said Tuesday. “When my son was killed, I was doing publicity in New York and we flew back for the service and everything. I was there for about two weeks before we kind of had to get rolling again. But I think it was a good distraction.”
At his first Golden Globes ceremony Sunday, Buck took the stage to accept the award with fellow director Jennifer Lee. They thanked those who helped make the film, and Buck added, “And we want to thank all of the fans who have taken ‘Frozen’ into their hearts.” Continue reading “A Golden Moment After Dark Days for the Buck Family”

‘Hangover’ Movie Writer Makes LCF His ‘Wolfpack’

No, Craig Mazin will not let his 11-year-old son watch “Hangover III.”
The movie — which was co-written by Mazin, the incoming president of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation — opens this week. It’s the final installment in the franchise that includes the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. The wickedly nefarious trilogy follows a quartet of friends on a series of comedic adventures.
“I think I know, as well as anybody, whether or not [he] should see this movie,” said Mazin, who also helped write the second of the “Hangover” films. “And the answer is, ‘No!’”
Lots of people have seen the movies, of course. Including lots of LCF residents.
“I sometimes worry because [this] is a conservative town,” Mazin, 42, said. “But I’ve never received any negative comments, no one’s ever scoffed. I think people understand: It’s a movie. Continue reading “‘Hangover’ Movie Writer Makes LCF His ‘Wolfpack’”