Twenty years ago in the early hours of October 31, River Phoenix, the brooding, talented actor who seemed more interested in creating great art than scoring a box office blockbuster, died at the age of 23. When I heard the news about his death in 1993, I was angry, shocked, and sad, although I never ... More >>
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With so many indie films and repertory screenings, how do the city's movie buffs manage it all?
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Updated at the bottom: The Oscars broke the 10-year spell. Only days after the voters behind the Academy Awards were revealed as extremely white (94 percent), male (77 percent) and old (median age, 62), the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center issued a report indicating that Oscar winners seem to r ... More >>
A strangely successful indie white comedy rapper conceived by former model/MTV veejay Simon Rex, who early on did porn to pay the bills? Welcome to L.A.!
Terrence Malick, Tintin and a killer psychokinetic tire
Gucci Mane loves accessoriesGucci Mane has a knack for making memorable song appearances. Whenever he leaves the studio he gets arrested so it's best he keeps busy at work. See, Gucci Mane is genuine. His real name is Radric, which contains the word "rad" and sounds like an Elizabethan Romanc ... More >>
Why is it that every time they need an edgy, bad-ass, anti-hero-type chick, they stick her in a skintight bodysuit and a bob cut? Presented here are a baker's dozen of pop-culture's greatest bob cut women. An homage, if you will, to the hairstyle preferred by little girls, dominatrixes and f ... More >>
Voltaire is a Renaissance man for the convention circuit. An animator, comic book creator and toy designer, he has a lot of reasons to hit up events like San Diego Comic-Con. But Voltaire's best known occupation, the one that brought the Con crowd out of the Gaslamp Quarter and into North Park venue ... More >>
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Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusIt's a journey through a magic mirror where the lead character in the film changes form not because the original script dictated it, but because the actor sadly passed away in the midst of filming. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus isn't just a fa ... More >>
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He spins at Stone Rose Lounge, Circle Bar and, on Friday afternoons, the Center for Yoga
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On Monday evening, three and a half hours after Variety reported that movie director Steven Speilberg had donated $100,000 to the "No on Prop. 8" campaign, Rabbi Elazar Muskin turned over his synagogue, Young Israel of Century City, to supporters of the anti-gay marriage ballot measure. Under Muskin ... More >>
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