After weeks of controversy and much public comment, the West Hollywood City Council gave final approval last night to its ban on flannel. This ban comes hot on the heels of West Hollywood's ban on fur sales, voted into law in 2012 and effective earlier this year.
One important difference is that th ... More >>
*What's It Like to Go to an Open Mic Night...on Skid Row?
Here's something you don't see every day in downtown L.A.'s depleted Skid Row: an extravagant and colorful panorama of fruits, flowers, candles, spices and sweets surrounding a mirror and an abundance of goldfish; in other words, ... More >>
It was an Academy Awards in which a movie about a Latino CIA operative who designed the ingenious rescue of six American diplomats from revolutionary Iran in 1979 won "best picture."
But that Latino, Tony Mendez, was played by a white guy, Ben Affleck. Can't Hollywood throw brown folks a bone?
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We'd Like to Help the Academy is our Oscar column highlighting the outliers that should be nominated (but probably won't be).
The output of Abel Ferrara, a never-nominated New Yorker responsible for the likes of Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, may have been too superficially similar to that of ... More >>
Say the word "starlet" in polite conversation and risk conjuring up an image of Lindsey Lohan's mug shot or Amanda Bynes toking up in traffic. For aspiring young actresses in the thick of it, however, the indignities that pile up tend to be less tabloid-ready -- pointless general meetings, indiffere ... More >>
See our other Toronto Film Fest posts, including:
*Cloud Atlas, by the Wachowskis
*Threesomes at the Fest, Including James Franco Vanessa Hudgens
*Joaquin Phoenix in P.T. Anderson's The Master
As the summer of self-plagiarism comes to a close, add Terrence Malick to the list of those accused of t ... More >>
[Editor's note: Why This Song Sucks determines why particular tracks blow using science. It appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday.]
*Our review of Aerosmith at Hollywood Bowl, 8/6/12
*Aerosmith's Steven Tyler: "When I Took 'Idol,' There Was a Lot of Jealousy"
Song: Aerosmith's "I D ... More >>
Hottest GirlsWhile your iPhone's browser can take you just about anywhere your pervy heart desires, Apple has been touchy about approving actual apps with sexual content. The App Store might as well be an Hamish town, because, according to company policy:
Apps containing pornographic materia ... More >>
The 1998 movie Armageddon starred Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck as deep-sea oil drillers deployed by NASA and the military to embed a nuclear device 800 feet inside an asteroid heading straight for Earth. The device would split the asteroid into two parts, with both halves just narrowly missi ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshNatalie Portman Kyochon chicken bones
Subsequent to the Golden Globes and SAG awards, with Oscar season in full swing, we've seen both good and bad films this year. With few exceptions though, movie theater food remains as uniformly vile as ever: Styrofoam packing chips douse ... More >>
Leonardo DiCaprio did not inspire this attack.We know, sometimes all of us would like to commit a capital crime whenever we actually pay to see a movie featuring Ben Affleck (as if).
But this guy actually lost it during a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio flick Shutter Island in Lancaster near ... More >>
anarchosyn via FlickrSo you're headed downtown, even though Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck told you not to come to the Staples Center area unless you have tickets to tonight's game? You're brave. As longtime observers of the Los Angeles Police Department, ... More >>
Jack Nicholson must wear an all-green outfit and tape an advertisement touting the virtues of Boston if the Los Angeles Lakers lose the NBA championship to the Boston Celtics, according to a wager between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Should the Lakers win, Bosto ... More >>
Nicole CamposMike Judge has something to live up to with his new comedy Extract, if the testimonial of an audience member during Saturday night's Q&A following a preview screening at the American Cinematheque at the Aero was anything to go by. Without naming the expert in question, the fellow point ... More >>
Missed the Red Carpet pre-Oscars coverage this year (think we may have still been in bed when E! started airing its tedious fawning sessions with Ryan Seacrest) so we actually had to watch the show itself for a fashion fix.
There sure was lots of eye candy. Maybe it was just our new hi-def TV, but ... More >>