It's 3 p.m. on a Sunday, and on the back patio at Axe in Venice, wooden folding chairs and communal benches have been arranged in a semicircle opposite one cushioned chair, positioned front and center, where (the restaurant's chalkboard promises) Dr. Vandana Shiva, environmental activist, seed saver ... More >>
In 2005, Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Kothari, two slight, sleep-deprived undergrads from USC and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, respectively, sat in Kothari's dorm room surrounded by the towering boxes of legal documents that had consumed their lives for the past six mo ... More >>
Rajiv PatelThis year's Academy Awards are loaded with controversy, and they haven't even been handed out yet.
Brett Ratner pulled out of producing the show after uttering anti-gay slur. Then onetime friend-of-the-tranny Eddie Murphy followed him out the door (irony?). Now it looks like The H ... More >>
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesHudson takes on the haters.Half a year into her stint as CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Dawn Hudson got a cutting performance review from the Los Angeles Times last weekend.
The Times piece is not, at face value, an editorial evaluation of Hu ... More >>
Bring it on down to Oscarville.The 84th Academy Awards, set for February, has had a dark cloud hanging over it, and the weather doesn't seem to be clearing. After Brett Ratner pulled out of his production gig following his utterance of an anti-gay slur (and Eddie Murphy then exited as host), ... More >>
Brett Ratner.Updated at the bottom: Eddie Murphy's out too. First posted at 4:28 p.m. Tuesday.
Brett Ratner is Hollywood's douche laureate, tolerated for his frat-boy ways because he makes hit moves.
Well, no longer, it seems.
The big-budget producer told a reporter during a Q&A promoting ... More >>
Flicker/wereswanEddie Murphy's head is about to get bigger as the upcoming Oscar host.
What a wild idea: Eddie Murphy as Oscar host. On the bright side, it's a relief from James Franco and Anne Hathaway, whose chemistry last February rivaled that of a sasquatch and Kathie Lee Gifford.
For t ... More >>
For those of you who barricaded yourselves indoors with Netflix because of this weekend's "storm watch," let me just say -- damn, you missed out on some amazing events. Here at the L.A. Weekly, we tossed our umbrellas in the back seat, took our chances with the drizzle and hit up everything from Ric ... More >>
Photos by Erin Broadley. Click images for entire Idealist Propaganda slideshow."Search and Destroy" funnels out onto the 10:30 p.m. Saturday Sunset Blvd. sidewalk, violently greeting late-arrivals to Glen E. Friedman's Idealist Propaganda exhibit. Iggy's cocaine cacophony carves up Tymphanic cavitie ... More >>