Malibu Seen / By Kim Devore

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Malibu actor Ed Harris puts on a powerful performance in “Man on a Ledge.” Photo by WireImage

Lights, camera, action!!!

In addition to all the glitz and glam of the upcoming award ceremonies, there’s something else for film fans to look forward to in January.

Longtime Malibu resident and acclaimed actor Ed Harris has a new movie coming out and it’s got plenty of pow. Ed plays powerful businessman David Englander in a supporting role in “Man on a Ledge.” The heart-pounding crime thriller is a nonstop nail biter.

The plot revolves around a multimillion dollar diamond heist. Sam Worthington steps into the role of Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop who becomes a wanted fugitive and threatens to jump to his death above a towering New York high-rise.

Tension mounts as police psychologist Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down. But can she? The film also stars Edward Burns, Jamie Bell and Kyra Sedgwick.

Look for the flick coming to a theater near you on January 27.

Pictures at an exhibition

Pepperdine’s Weisman Gallery is proudly displaying some extraordinary works in its latest exhibit called “The Epic and the Exotic: 19th Century Academic Realism from the Dahesh Museum.” On display are 32 historic and unique paintings. Many blend Neoclassicism and Romanticism in a wondrous world of what’s called academic art. They may date from the 1800s but their inspiration goes back to the great works of the Renaissance. The exhibit continues until April 1. Enjoy!

Shifting gears

If you want to hit the time machine and blast from the past into the future, head to the Barker Hangar on Jan. 19 for the annual eye-popping, jaw-dropping event known as Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

Headed by longtime art guru Tim Fleming, you’ll find cutting-edge creations of every kind from the beautiful to the bizarre, the shocking to the sublime.

At the grand entry, guests will encounter a one-of-a-kind piece of performance art by Judy Chicago. It will feature 25 tons of dry ice, which will gradually dissolve over the course of the four-day fair. According to Tim, Judy is not some young, up-and-coming hipster who hails from Hollywood. She originally performed the public art installation back in 1968. “It’s called ‘Disappearing Environments’,” says Tim. “You can’t buy it because it evaporates. It’s going to be an amazing sight.”

Tim and Judy will be joined on opening night with a galaxy of stars from the art world as well as VIPs like China Chow, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.

The exhibition will showcase more than 60 established and emerging galleries from around the world, but the biggest emphasis is on the vibrant L.A. art scene. The show runs through Jan 22.