Results tagged “Elina Shatkin”

Selling Tacos (And Everything Else) On The Streets Of LA Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

The governor just signed a bill that decriminalizes sidewalk vending. Does that mean more tacos, churros, champurrado and bacon-wrapped hot dogs on the streets of Los Angeles? We hope so.

You Like LAUSD Coffee Cake. You Really, Really, Really Like LAUSD Coffee Cake

We asked a simple question: "Why are people so obsessed with LAUSD's coffee cake?" LAist readers answered.

Why Are People So Obsessed With LAUSD's Coffee Cake?

The fluffy, crumbly dessert has been around for more than 60 years and Angelenos' love for it hasn't diminished.

Get A Free Randy's Donut In El Segundo Today

It's okay if you left your wallet in El Segundo. You won't need it to get a free donut at Randy's newest location.

Is Anyone Surprised In-N-Out Donated To The GOP? (P.S. They Donated To Democrats Too)

The SoCal-based burger chain gave $25,000 to the California Republican Party. But, their spokesperson notes they also gave to both Democratic and Republican PACs.

How Jonathan Gold Brought Hundreds Of People Together, Even After His Death

Hundreds of people showed up at Grand Park for a public memorial. Here's what they had to say.

Why LocoL Failed In Watts, According To Watts Locals

"Instead of tacos, they had foldies. We don't know what a foldy is. We don't eat foldies around here. We eat tacos."

Champagne Wishes And Caviar Dreams To Robin Leach On His Passing

It was the 1980s, an era of large shoulder pads and conspicuous consumption, an age utterly unlike our own.

Roy Choi Closes LocoL Restaurant In Watts

While plenty of people supported the concept, LocoL struggled to find its niche, both among locals and foodies.

Hello Kitty Wants To Get You Drunk And Take You To A Dodgers Game

Aug 21 is Hello Kitty Night at Dodger Stadium, and the wholesome, blank-faced Sanrio spokesmodel has her own line of vino. It's a perfect pairing.

Meet The Athletes Going for Gyoza-Eating Gold In Little Tokyo This Weekend

How do you down 300 gyoza in 10 minutes? Carefully. Meet the Angeleno champs in the know.

Canoga Park's Beloved Old-Timey Soda Shop Is Closing. Their Ice Cream Float Was Unrivaled

The shop's signature dessert is an ice cream soda -- and it's the best in Los Angeles.

Todo Verde Wants To Decolonize Your Diet With Vegan Ceviche

Mastering faux fish is just the beginning. Jocelyn Ramirez wants to create a focal point for health and wellness in East L.A.

Everything We Know About The Formosa Cafe's Origin Is Probably Wrong

The Beastie Boys once name-checked the Formosa in a song -- and other fascinating facts uncovered during the bar's lengthy renovation.

Brown Declares State of Emergency As Holy Fire Burns Where 6 Firefighters Were Killed 59 Years Ago

The steep terrain is proving to be as much of a challenge for crews fighting the Holy Fire as it was for the firefighters who faced down the Decker Fire in 1959.

There's A New Jonathan Gold Mural In West LA

It features Gold in his bowler hat, an image as distinctive in the foodie world as Alfred Hitchcock's silhouette is to movie buffs.

LA's Awesome History Of Weird, Food-Shaped Restaurants

Southern California was ground zero for buildings shaped like owls, toads and tamales, a genre officially known as programmatic architecture.

Essay: The Hater's Guide To Reading About LA In The New York Times

The newspaper sent a Brooklyn novelist to enlighten us.

I Hope Jonathan Gold Is In Foodie Heaven, Where Sichuan Peppers Numb His Lips And Pizza Crusts Are Never Soggy

Like every food writer in this city -- hell, like practically every writer in this city -- I idolized his words long before I met him.

After The Proud Boys Got Tossed From The Griffin, These LA Bars Are Figuring Out How To Handle Hate Groups

We talked to a bunch of bartenders and bar owners about what they're doing to keep hate out of their establishments.

Matcha Croissants Are Having Their LA Moment

And here's where to eat these green and gorgeous babies.

What Happened To The King Eddy's Magnificent Fire Door Mural?

There's a $300 reward -- plus a round of beers -- for finding it.

What LAist Wants For Our One-Week Anniversary...

...and for every week after that. Think of it as our foodieversary. We do.

Today Would've Been Anthony Bourdain's 62nd Birthday

From Sizzler to Swadesh, Anthony Bourdain loved Los Angeles and Los Angeles loved him back.

Answers To Our 'LA To The Core' Puzzle

Earlier this week, to celebrate the relaunch and revival of LAist, we brought you puzzlemaster Zach Sherwin's "LA To The Core" brainteaser. The answers in this little game were all two-word phrases with "LA" in the middle and they were all designed to test how much you know about Los Angeles. 

Human Cheese & Other Delights

Before that dumbass vegan couple in Georgia starved their baby to death by feeding him soy milk and apple juice instead of breast milk (and all the subsequent outrage that caused), one woman was boldly going where few in the culinary world dare venture: making human cheese. More specifically, making Paneer from her own breast milk. I've often wondered what would happen if such an endeavor was viable on a mass scale. What kind...

Boys On Wheels

A tip of the hat to disability blog The Gimp Parade for turning us onto Norway's own Boys on Wheels, a parody boy band fronted by Jesper Odelberg a wheelchair-bound guy with cerebral palsy who also co-stars in a Norwegian comedy show. This clip is a medley of 80s rock song parodies that gleefully skips from Euro pop to A-ha's "Take On Me" to Bryan Adams' "Heaven" to Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer." And...

God's Angry Monkey Band

Here's Dr. Gene Scott AKA God's Angry Man with his infamous Monkey Band, which he uses here as a stand-in for the FCC....

Remixing & Crowdsourcing: Creators Series Showcases the Aesthetic of the New Millennium

"I'm not trying, nor would I want to, to bring down the entire Hollywood filmmaking system or all of capitalism. And if I did, I'd probably get assassinated long before then," says Matt Hanson with a laugh, as he shows me around the gallery space for The Creators Series, a multi-media and performance event that visits Los Angeles this weekend. Unlike a traditional art exhibit or film festival, The Creators Series serves as a showcase...

No Country For Old Men

A tip of the hat to Anne Thompson at Variety for directing us to this first look at the trailer for the upcoming Coen Bros. film, No Country For Old Men. Perhaps returning to their roots in Blood Simple, the Coens have crafted a crime-thriller about a hunter who stumbles upon dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. The film will hit American theaters in...

Kurt Cobain: About a Son (Excerpt)

I decided this video couldn't wait, so today 9:20 A.M. is the new 4:20 P.M. A tip of the hat to The Documentary Blog for alerting us to the fact that filmmaker A.J. Schnack just posted clips from About A Son, his upcoming documentary about Kurt Cobain. The film features loads of audio clips from interviews with the Nirvana singer conducted by music writer Michael Azerrad, who was Cobain's "authorized biographer." About A Son is...

Dear LAist, Did I See You At The Library Bar Last Night?

Dear LAist, I could've sworn when I randomly popped into the Library Bar last night I saw you carousing with a bunch of people who all had name tags and were drinking free beer. What's up with that? How do I get in on the free beer action? And who was that dude with the bandana?! Love, Little Jimmy From Pasadena Good eye, Little Jimmy! You did indeed spot us at the Library Bar last...

Jonah Hill Wants More Hot, Gay Sex

Unlike the Michael Cera gets fired from Knocked Up clip we mentioned a while back, this looks like it might be a real outtake from the movie. It features Jonah (Jonah Hill) spouting off to Alison (Katherine Heigl) about the disappointing lack of hot gay sex in Ang Lee's "boundary-pushing" film, Brokeback Mountain....

LAist Live Blogs the 2007 MTV Movie Awards - Communiques from the Blogghetto

5:09 - Cue Vegas-style dancers and an old people's choir singing songs that are deliberately bleeped out. 5:06 - Sarah on Paris Hilton: "To make Paris Hilton more comfortable in jail, I hear they're going to make the bars of her cell out of penises." Big laughs. "I just worry she'll snap her teeth." Even bigger laughs. Cut to a very unamused Paris Hilton. 5:05 - Sarah announces that Paris Hilton will soon be...

Jack Nicholson Wins Best Villain, Gay-Hard Butler Wins Best Fight

5:30 - I can hear the press people and the MTV handlers trying to corral Jack Nicholson in the next tent over, which apparently isn't easy to do. We here in the Blogghetto have been promised by MTV that they will try to get as many celebs as possible in here. You know you're low on the totem pole when even Shia LaBeouf is too big to talk to you. 5:26 - Dane Cook...

Sacha Baron Cohen & Will Ferrell Suck Face; Rihanna Grinds

5:46 - Total number of celebs who have visited the Blogghetto: 0. 5:44 - It's time for the next movie spoof, something about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 5:41 - Sacha Baron Cohen (looking handsome as ever) berates Will Ferrelll for not calling him after their tender on-set moment in Talladega Nights. He pulls Will Ferrell in for a long, shameless lip-lock that leaves them both rolling on the floor like fictional teenagers in a...

Dane Jokes, No One Laughs; Dirty Mouths Everywhere

6:00 - The FIB-u-less Orbit gum lady (What kind of accent is that? Is she South African? British by way of Argentina?) gives the Dirtiest Mouth award to Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. Their acceptance speech, which is delivered by not-so-silent Bob, is only one sentence long but somehow manages to get 70% bleeped out. The Orbit gum lady vows never to date either of them. 5:58 - Dane Cook jokes, "This just in,...

Borat in Rehab, Dirty Polacks & Mike Myers

6:22 - It's your last chance to text in your vote for Best Movie. I know it hasn't even opened yet, but I bet that somehow Transformers will win. 6:21 - Mike Myers gets a well-deserved laugh after he thanks his parents for teaching him to "never sell out" and immediately follows it with a deliberately over-the-top promo for a Pontiac sedan. Plug away. 6:19 - "Shall I shag him now or shall I...

Dane Cook Visits the Blogghetto, Amy Winehouse Performs

6:36 - Total Number of Celebs Who Have Visited the Blogghetto: 1. 6:34 - Dane Cook visits us in the Blogghetto. Despite my lack of interest in his comedy, he seems like a laid back, personable dude. Even though I like capping on him, I really don't dislike him. He gamely answers questions, revealing why he won't be in the upcoming Transformers movie. "I know this is going to sound like complete balderdash," he...

The Hills Have Ewwwwwwws

6:51 - Some chick and some dude from The Hills grace us with their presence. Why are they here? Oh right, they're on a show that's on MTV. Notice the cross-promotion. Together, I will count them as 1 celebrity, and even that's stretching it. Total Number of Celebrities Who Have Visited the Blogghetto: 2. 6:49 - Johnny Depp wins Best Performance. Wearing a black blazer and jeans, he ascends the stage to a chorus...

Transformers, Transformers & More Transformers

7:13 - Saddest Realization of the Night: Although this was theoretically an awards show, it was in actuality a two-hour commercial for Transformers. I don't know how much of what happens on stage makes it to air, but the live feed in the Blogghetto was all Transformers, all the time. It's enough to make me hate the movie and hope it flops. Not that there's a chance of that happening. 7:10 - Best Moment...

MTV Sorta Likes Bloggers... But Not Really: 2007 Movie Awards Wrap-Up

MTV to Bloggers: We sort of like you but not enough to give a shit about your coverage. LAist to MTV: We sort of like you but not enough to give a shit about your programming. When LAist was invited by MTV to live-blog the 2007 Movie Awards from an on-site "blogging tent," we asked ourselves one crucial question: is this going to be a cool opportunity to offer readers a unique perspective on the...

Star Wars Meets Boogie Nights

Ever wondered what Star Wars would look like if it was re-edited to dialogue from Boogie Nights? This trailer offers you a glimpse into a polymorphously perverse remix of the two....

Liveblogging the MTV Movie Awards

MTV, the network whose prescient forays into reality programming placed it in the vanguard of youth-oriented television, has decided that since this little ole thing called the Internet is catching on big with the kids, the way to capitalize on the immediacy of Web 2.0 is to brodacast the annual Movie Awards* live and (more importantly) allow schlubs like me high-stakes online journalists to live blog the event. This means that you'll get to see...

Kinky to Kick It at Galaxy Game

Before tomorrow night's MLS match pitting the LA Galaxy against DC United, Mexican rock band Kinky will play a special pre-game set for soccer and music fans. Kinky is five-member band from Monterrey, Mexico. Their song "Solo un Paso" from is the theme for Fox Sports en Español's 2007 MLS broadcasts, with the video featured n the channel's pre-game montage. Here's the video for "Sister Twisted," which features a gaucho with some amazingly rubber-limbed dance...

Sleepless in San Francisco

Photo by Malingering Wait... the Summer of Love is officially over? And we're just finding out about it now?! Tuesday's LA Times featured a piece titled "There's not a lot of love in the Haight" focusing on the street kids and drug addicts that populate San Francisco's famed Haight-Ashbury district. The scoop? Although Jerry Garcia used to drop acid in the Haight, "the legions of idealistic wanderers who migrated here during the Vietnam War"...

Building the Arclight-Killer

Written and photographed for LAist by Eric Reyers. In a city of movie lovers as picky about projection as they are snarky about snacks, elevating the theater-going experience is no easy feat. The redesigned Landmark Theater at the Westside Pavilion has made a bold gambit by transforming a small, typically janky mall theater into a high-end mecca for indie film. When it opens this Friday, June 1, Landmark's flagship venue in the Los Angeles...

Animated Short: The Hat

This is what happens when a cartoonist's creation refuses to obey....

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration: Wrap-Up

Written and photographed for LAist by Cecil Castellucci, author of The Plain Janes and Beige. More pics available here. The force was strong with everyone at Star Wars Celebration IV. There really was a lot to do, which is a quality problem to have at a convention. Besides the Vader Project, which, by the way I am still totally obsessed with I can't say I did much more than walk around, buy a dark side...

The Horror of Hair Extensions

I don't speak Japanese, but this appears to be a trailer for Ekusute, an awesome-looking horror movie starring Chiaki Kuriyama (Battle Royale, Kill Bill) about cursed hair extensions that attack the people who wear them. Insert joke about bad hair days. When are the Weinstein Brothers gonna remake this? Combine Ekusute with the Barbershop franchise, and you'd get a crazy, cross-cultural horror-comedy about the world's most evil weave....

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration: Day 1

Written and photographed for LAist by Cecil Castellucci, author of The Plain Janes and Beige. More pics available here. Yesterday, I went to go check out the action at the LA Convention Center, which is playing host to Star Wars Celebration IV. It was the preview Fan Day for the Official Star Wars Fan Club members. I'm member number one bagazillion. I'm not going to lie. I have a love hate relationship with Star Wars....

Nina & Monk: Best Ventriloquist Ever!

Ventriloquism -- like terrestrial radio, like film projecting -- is a dying art, but British ventriloquist Nina Conti and her simian friend Monk singlehandedly make a case for bringing it back. With his doleful eyes, dour little old man voice and the most expressive face I've ever seen on a puppet, Monk is a work of pure genius. And Conti's ability to throw her voice is unparalleld. Nina & Monk may well be the funniest...

Mainstream Media Hating On Bloggers, Part 3,467 in an Ongoing Series

Watching the mainstream media hate on bloggers is becoming something of a sport, but if I were the betting type I wouldn't put my money on old school, print media. LA Times critic Richard Schickel is the latest to jump on the bandwagon. I like the Schickel's writing. I think he's a smart guy, and I respect his criticism. But he seems lost about the direction the publishing industry is heading. Schickel is absolutely...

Best Reality Concept Ever? + Random TV & Movie News

The premise of CBS' upcoming Kid Nation may be the BEST idea for a reality show I have ever heard in my entire life: a group of 8 to 15-year-olds are plunked in a remote locale and forced to create their own society. Awesome! So awesome that William Golding's estate ought to sue for residuals, right? Too bad spineless CBS execs already f*ed up the show by allowing kids to leave when they want and...

Weekly Movie Picks: Thrift Store Movies, Gilles Deleuze, 1970s Films

Diary Of A Mad Housewife & The Last Of Sheila It's another crazy 1970s double feature. Directed by Frank Perry Diary Of A Mad Housewife stars Carrie Snodgress (rocker Neil Young's girlfriend for a time in the 70s) and Richard Benjamin as a young, well-to-do Manhattan couple whose marriage hits the skids thanks to obnoxious, self-absorbed hubby. The film feels dated, but Snodgress' Oscar-nominated performance still rings true. The gem on tonight's double bill is...

Knocked Up - Pics from the Premiere Party

Last night the Mann Village theater in Westwood hosted the premiere of writer Judd Apatow's latest comedy, Knocked Up. The movie is hilarious! From start to finish. And worth watching multiple times. But we'll save the review for another day. Here are some snaps from the post-premiere party, which was held at a dolled-up parking lot adjacent to the theater. All photos taken by Rob Takata for LAist....

Movie Review: Cold War Cinema at the Goethe Institute

Reviewed for LAist by David Grossman. When I hear the name Goethe (pronounced ger-the), my mind goes to the writer's remarkably sad book The Sorrows of a Young Werther and the copycat suicides that it inspired (a trend only slightly more bothersome then hearing people still say "Not!" à la Borat). Despite the gloomy connotations of its name, the Goethe Institute has found a way to stage some pretty cool events like this year's "Starring...

Silver Screen Not So Golden at Star-Vu Drive-In

We're all about creative dissent here at LAist. You got the pro view on the new Star-Vu Drive-In from Ryan Young. Now for something completely different. Here's an opposing take on the Star-Vu experience written especially for LAist by Josh Tate. The words of Ian Malcolm troubled me as I surged onto the 405-N. "Dinosaurs had their shot and Nature selected them for extinction." The last three and a half hours of my life had...

Give It Up for Planet Unicorn

Two segments of a DIY animated show about magical unicorns, one of whom is named Tom Cruise and had a pink mini-mohawk....

LAist Wants You!... To Write!... About Movies!...

Picture yourself lounging on a divan surrounded by nubile, young interns fanning you with palm leaves and feeding you peeled Muscat grapes, as you type yet another hilarious stream-of-consciousness film review for Los Angeles' leading group blog. Sound too good to be true? It isn't. It's a typical workday here at LAist headquarters, AKA Tony Pierce's lavish hilltop mansion, where the weed flows like water and the toilet paper is made of silk. All this...

Weekly Movie Picks: Mama Drama, Cemetery Screenings

Big Bad Mama & Black Mama, White Mama Big Bad Mama, a 1974, Roger Corman-produced breasts-and-bullets flick, features the brilliant tagline, "The family that slays together, stays together." This B-movie version of Bonnie & Clyde is set in 1932 Texas and stars Angie Dickinson as a bootlegging, bank-robbing mom who joins up with Tom Skerritt and William Shatner to bilk society for all they can get. In between the robbing and killing are numerous sexy...

Movie News Roundup: David Lynch Shops Doc About Himself, David Mamet Loves Tim Allen, Sahara Still Sucks

700 extra hours -- yes, you read that correctly -- from David Lynch's Inland Empire have been culled into a documentary about David Lynch that is titled Lynch and is being pimped to international buyers at Cannes by Lynch himself. -Cinematical Comic book author/graphic novelist Frank Miller will write and direct the live-action feature film adaptation of the Will Eisner comic book series "The Spirit" about a man who fakes his own death so he...

"Last Looks" Looks Like a Cannes Hoax that AP and Film Threat Fell For

We're not sure how you say bullshit in French, but there's a "controversial" film slated to screen at Cannes this week that should be called Red Flag. American indie film Last Looks has supposedly been blocked from entering France because it allegedly contains scenes of real deaths that occurred during the production. AP jumped on the "controversy," and even Film Threat bit, but the whole thing walks, talks and smells like a big fat fake....

Los Angeles Film Race Looking For Runners

Wanna make a film in only 12 hours without whoring yourself out on some dingy casting couch or selling your firstborn in exchange for a paltry production budger? Of course you do. So sign up for the first ever Los Angeles Film Race, a crazy 12-hour film competition that takes place on Saturday, June 2. Here's how it works. At 11:59 AM on June 2, each filmmaking team (you choose your own teams well in...

Happy Birthday, Bea Arthur!

Golden Girl Bea Arthur today celebrates her 85th birthday, and we're celebrating by offering a few clips of Bea doing what she does best, entertaining. Here she is... ...singing for a motley assortment of aliens as the proprietor of an intergalactic bar in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special....

New Movie Friday: 28 Weeks Later..., Delta Farce, The Ex, Waitress + more!

Welcome to the lull between Spider-Man 3 and Shrek the Third, when studios and indie distributors alike unload little known films to sate audiences' hungry to be entertained by the fleeting magic of cinema. 28 Weeks Later... - Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto, Psicotaxi) picks up where Danny Boyle left off in 28 Days Later with most Londonites infected by a "rage virus" that turns them into violent zombies and prompts the great debate...

Bend it Like Jonesy

You probably know him as the host of eclectic daily radio program Jonesy's Jukebox or as the former guitarist for the Sex Pistols, but you may not know about Steve Jones' true passion. I'm not referring to strippers and lager, I'm talking about soccer, or as they call it every-freakin-where else in the world: football. Along with some other lads -- among them former soccer star turned reliably thuggish character actor Vinnie Jones, musician...

Is Pinkberry Fakeberry?

Call it overpriced. Call it overrated. Call it crappy, sour-priced crud. But call it deceptive? Bryan Williams thinks so, and that's why the West Hollywood "legal recruiter" is suing Pinkberry, the newest craze in frozen dessert treats. Williams' lawsuit does not ask for punitive damages. He simply wants the wildly successful yogurt chain to tone down its claims that the product is frozen yogurt. A statement from a California Department of Food and Agriculture...

Weekly Movie Picks: Silverlake Film Fest, Bestiality, Cockfighting & More!

Silverlake Film Festival The 2007 Silverlake Film Festival heads into its second and final week. Highlights include... El Benny - A biopic based on the life of Benny Moré, considered by many to be the greatest Cuban singer of all time. The film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré left the orchestra of Duany and founded his own "Banda Gigante." The King of Kong - Washington resident Steve Wiebe decides that...

Smokin' Cheddar BBQ Doritos, You've Changed My Life!

Wake up and look around you! There's a war going on. It's not some piddling scuffle over oil in a distant, dusty land. This is a serious battle that's playing out in supermarkets and convenience stores across America. While the mainstream media hypes up fluff like governmental corruption, attorney firings, the collapse of the subprime lending market and the floundering Iraq War, some of us in the blogosphere are covering the issues that truly matter....

BREAKING NEWS! Fire in Griffith Park

There's a brush fire in Griffith Park. KNBC is reporting that 80 members of a ground crew responded to a brush fire in the hills above Griffith Park at about 1:30 p.m. today. The fire is located in a difficult-to-access area between Roosevelt Golf Course and the 5 Freeway on the east end of the park. Firefighters are also battling high temperatures, winds and low humidity Updates to be posted soon. Pics available after the...

Mission Accomplished!

In addition to the May Day protests that rocked Los Angeles, yesterday (May 1) was also notable as it was the four-year anniversary of George W. Bush landing on an aircraft carrier and announcing we'd won the Iraq War. Actually, what he said was, "My fellow Americans, major combat operations in the Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq the United States and our allies have prevailed." And how!...

Dirty Dancing, Guinea Style

While booty shaking dances are old hat in this country -- extolled in music videos and practiced to perfection by strippers -- in West African countries such as Guinea, where the ass jiggling Wolosso dance craze has taken hold, it's enough to get you stripped and beaten in the town square. Check out this video for (what I think are) some shots of the Wolosso....

Weekly Movie Picks: Coffy, VC Film Fest, Serial Queens of the Silent Screen and More!

Coffy & Foxy Brown The New Beverly's two-month Grindhouse festival officially ended on May 1, but they're screening an awesome double-bill: Coffy and Foxy Brown. If only they'd screen Cleopatra Jones along with these films, you'd have God's perfect trio of sexy, ass-kicking blaxploitation flicks. WHEN: Weds., May 2 - Thurs., May 3 WHERE: The New Beverly: 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea Ave.) Japanese Video Art The Radical Communication: Japanese Video...

LAist Interviews Tommy Wiseau, The Face Behind The Billboard

If you've passed through Hollywood enough times, you can't have failed to notice the bizarre billboard on the West side of Highland just North of Fountain. And if you're like me, every time you pass by, you idly wonder about the man whose leonine countenance gazes benignly on weary travellers. What is that guy staring at so intently? Why have I never heard of his movie? And how the hell can he afford to...

New Movie Friday - American Cannibal, Diggers, Jindabyne, Stephanie Daley

This seems to be the week for studios and mini-majors to dump their languishing indie dramas onto the market, and the unsuspecting box office audience is the beneficiary. But first, the movies that will probably win the weekend box office. The Invisible - It's teen-y. It's scary. It's got a cute boy in the lead. I smell box office winner. Justin Chatwin, who looks like he could be the cut cutest of the Culkin...

Freakazoid Tribute to Jack Valenti

After yesterday's announcement of the death of former MPAA president and LBJ presidential aide Jack Valenti, we thought Freakazoid's tribute to Valenti might be a nice way to rememberthe man....

Weekly Movie Picks: Italian Exploitation, Waitress, Larry Gottheim, LA Harbor Film Festival + More

Grindhouse The week begins with a John Hayes double feature. In Grave of the Vampire, legendary vampire Kroft awakens and rapes a woman in a graveyard. The resulting child doesn't need milk. He needs... blood! This is paired with Jailbait Babysitter, which stars Therese Pare as a teenager who's turned out by an older prostitute (Lydia Wagner). Wednesday and Thursday it's a double-bill of Hong Kong action beginning with the Bruce Li (not to be...

Bastards of the Party

Bastards of the Party, which recently aired on HBO, is one of if not the best documentary about the rise of the Crips and the Bloods in Los Angeles. Directed by gang member-turned-activist by Cle "Bone" Sloan, who spent years in the Athens Park Bloods and still considers himself a non-active member, the film provides an insider's view on the economic privation and neighborhood rivalries that continue to fuel L.A.'s gang warfare. Sloan traces...

Lookwell

If you liked Heat Vision and Jack, you'll dig Lookwell, an early '90s show created by Robert Smigel and Conan O'Brien starring Adam West as a former TV star who thinks he can actually solve crimes and is always meddling with the police....

Cordell Jackson Rocks The House

Known as the Guitar Granny, Cordell Jackson, 84, began performing in the 1930s with her father's band, the Pontiac Ridge Runners. She spent several years as a real estate agent, but in 1980 she resurrected her label, Moon Records, and revitalized her music career. In short, she kicks ass. Awesome guitarist, DIY musician and inspiration: Cordell Jackson....

Movie News Roundup: Buffy Becomes Anna Nicole, Baldwin Goes Ballistic, Hollywood Wastes $$

Law & Order: Criminal Intent offers what will no doubt be a sensitive meditation on the perils of fame in a May episode that closely parallels the Anna Nicole Smith saga. Original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kristy Swanson, in her puffy, post-pregnancy state (that's the kind of glow you can only get from stealing another woman's husband and having his baby) will play the ersatz Anna Nicole and... (wait for it)... David Cross will...

New Movie Friday: Hot Fuzz, Vacancy

Hot Fuzz - The guys who made the brilliant zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead, writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer/star Simon Pegg, reteam for Hot Fuzz, what looks to be a hilarious spoof on the police thriller. Jealous colleagues have London's best cop (Simon Pegg) transferred to the peaceful village of Sandford, where he is partnered with an enthusiastic but witless police officer (Nick Frost) who longs for gunfights and car chases to break up...

The Terrible Truth About Marijuana

Since today is 4/20, it seems appropriate that today's 4:20 movie is all about anti-reefer madness. Thanks to this government-funded film from the 50s, I now know that pot is "jive talk" for marijuana. And what effects will it have on users? "Everything speeds up to 100 miles per hour. You think you're real sharp, and you laugh a lot. You feel like you're the biggest person in the world."...

LAist Interviews Smoosh. Band Reveals Dark Secrets of Their Rider: Candy! Candy! More Candy!

Having achieved a degree of musical success in their pre-teen years that would make most adult musicians green with envy, Seattle indie rock duo Smoosh has become a musical sensation that manages to transcend the twin curses of both the tween and indie rock genres. Unlike the cloyingly precocious, prefab stars of Nickelodeon or the earnestly self-serious icons of indie rock, Smoosh has a unique sound that manages to be charmingly naive and authentically...

Chacarron

At first I thought this was Tracy Morgan playing a retarded guy pretending to rap, but apparently this is for real. We have a new meme! "Chacarron" is unofficially the new "numa numa hey."...

Eat Out, Fight AIDS. Get Thee To A Restaurant!

Photo by sassylittlepunkin via Flickr. Looking for an excuse to try the lobster roll and pug burger at Hungry Cat? Now you have a certifiably altruisitc motive for your gluttony. Tomorrow is the 13th Annual Dine Out Los Angeles, a one-day event where participating Los Angeles area restaurants will donate 20% or more of their day's proceeds to Aid For AIDS, a charity that works to improve the quality of life for people who...

Ricky Gervais Goes To Africa

A skit about the true meaning of charity, featuring Ricky Gervais, Jamie Oliver, Bob Geldof and... Bono?...

Gap Launches Expensive Designer White Shirts

For the past several seasons The Gap has been in a serious creative rut with completely lackluster clothes and equally dull ad campaigns, but the company aims to change all that with today's introduction of a limited edition collection for women designed by three hot, up-and-coming fashion designers. Following in the footsteps of mass-market clothing retailers H&M, Topshop and Target, all of whom have commissioned high-end designers to create limited edition clothing lines, The...

Weekly Movie Picks: Indian Film Fest, COL.COA, Wild Party, Cry of the City

Grindhouse Monday and Tuesday it's The Muthers, a combination blaxploitation and women-in-prison flick that stars Janine Bell and Rosanne Katon as a pirate duo who must rescue Bells sister from the private jail of an evil coffee plantation owner, followed by Fight for Your Life, a revenge thriller about a pacifist black minister whose family is taken hostage and tortured by a trio of convicts, until he finally snaps and wreaks his vengeance. Wednesday and...

Livin' La Dolce Vita

Come on everybody, let's dance the naughty naughty. Get down with everyone's favorite aging, potbellied, hirsute "Euro" boy band, The Happy Boys....

Teen Horror Tops Box Office

1. Disturbia - $23 million - Paramount/Dreamworks 2. Blades of Glory - $14.1 million - Paramount/Dreamworks 3. Meet the Robinsons - $12 million - Disney 4. Perfect Stranger - $11 million - Sony/Columbia 5. Are We Done Yet? - $9.2 million - Sony/Columbia 6. Pathfinder - $4.8 million - Fox 7. Wild Hogs - $4.6 million - Buena Vista 8. The Reaping - $4.5 million - Warner Bros. 9. 300 - $4.3 million -...

Bar-B-Screwed: Autry Hosts World's Worst BBQ Festival

Either the folks at the Autry are the world's stupidest event planners, or they are the world's most deceptive ones. BBQ'n at the Autry is the first and only barbecue festival I've ever been to, where attendees weren't allowed to sample barbecue from the vendors in the competition. And the fact that this wasn't clearly and prominently mentioned in advance of the festival was a giant "fuck you" to all the people who came...

New Movie Friday: Hair High, Aqua Teen, Red Road, Year of the Dog

Hair High - The latest film from animator Bill Plympton is a gothic high-school comedy. When Spud, the new kid in town, accidentally offends Cherri and Rod, the high school power couple, he is forced to become Cheri's slave, and eventually Spud and Cheri fall for each other. They secretly decide to attend to the prom together, but Rod forces their car off the road and they sink to the bottom of the lake...

Get Your Funny On: Chloe + College Improv

Before she got famous as Chloe on 24, Mary Lynn Rajskub (pronounced rice-cub) was known as a quirky-funny character actress and all-around comedian. She's getting back to her roots with her new show The Complications of Purchasing a Poodle Pillow, which she performs every Sunday evening for the rest of the month at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. WHEN: Sundays at 8:00 p.m. through April WHERE: Steve Allen Theater at the Center For Inquiry...

Where to Gorge this Weekend: Autry BBQ Fest

Photo by Pinky P. The Autry museum is hosting the second annual Barbeque Championship and Festival tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Griffith Park. 32 teams will be competing for some kind of smoke-and-meat-infused title -- and for the greater glory of barbecue. Because what could be better than marinated, rubbed, glazed and barbecued animal flesh? **If you want to prove yourself a true glutton you can enter...

Kate Moss Debuts Topshop Line. LAist Asks: Why Does Topshop Hate America?

Whether you're sneaking out of rehab, snorting coke off a Noguchi coffee table or just lounging around looking sexily tousled while smoking a post-shag fag with your heroin-addicted rocker boyfriend, Kate Moss has designed the quintessential clothing line for the glamorously emaciated rocker chick within us all. It makes perfect sense. Models wear clothes. Why shouldn't they also design them? Seriously, with all the celebrities designing eponymous fashion lines (read: famous people approving or...

H&M Expands Into The O.C.

H&M, the Ikea of clothing retailers, will be opening two more Southern California stores this week. Tomorrow, Thursday, April 12 at noon the H&M store in the South Coast Plaza will open followed by the H&M at Irvine Spectrum on Friday, April 13 at noon. The first 200 customers at each Grand Opening will receive a free t-shirt and a randomly selected H&M Gift Card with a value of $10 - $300. With that kind...

Weekly Movie Picks: Subtitle Film Fest, Jon Jost, Suspiria, Westerns & More

Grindhouse The Girl from Starship Venus (AKA The Sexplorer) is a space nudie starring Monika Ringwald as an astronaut from Venus who lands in London's swinging Soho district circa 1975. Her mission? To research sex customs on the planet Earth. This is paired with The Legend of the Wolf Woman, a 1976 horror film from Italy whose title pretty much says it all. A beautiful woman seeks men out, has sex with them then turns...

PM News Roundup

This dog delivers beer! Click here to find out how. Photo by C-Monster. Larry Birkhead to World: I told you so! Sleazy paparazzo beats off human parasite, fake prince, former bodyguard and clump of seaweed to prove he's Anna-Nicole's baby-daddy. -TMZ Howard Stern cozies up to Birkhead, says Papa Larry can spend as much time as he wants with little Mealticketlynn. World's #1 Mom Virgie Arthur expected to sue for custory. -TMZ MSNBC punishes...

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