As of today, shark fin soup and anything else made from shark fins are now banned in California. Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law making it illegal to "possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute" any shark fin statewide, giving aficionados of the cruel soup plenty of time to ad ... More >>
Imagine (1) somehow finding yourself among a group of apprehensive "fresh fish" being badgered and browbeaten by a brutal prison guard as he processes you through a penitentiary populated by Hannibal Lecter-esque psychotics and the lobotomized victims of grizzly, Mengele-like inmate experiments. Or ... More >>
Whatever else it might be -- "exuberantly gross" (New York Times), "not exactly the height of satirical sophistication" (Hollywood Reporter), "a lot funnier than it has a right to be" (New York Post) -- Off Broadway's hit serial-killer musical satire, Silence! The Musical, is the kind of show critic ... More >>
Nightmares on Wax: 11 Creepy Musician Wax Figures
Huntington Beach metal band Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Nightmare, shot this week to the top of the Billboard chart, pushing Eminem to the second slot. This is a really impressive achievement for the band, particularly as it comes so soon after the tragic death of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" ... More >>
At Monsterpalooza, finding out what scares the scaremongers
Grim Sleeper Task Force members met with Federal Bureau of Investigation profilers recently to discuss the decades-long case and see if the federal agency had any suggestions about how to catch the elusive killer who has evaded the Los Angeles Police Department since 1985. "They research serial ki ... More >>
Dark and violent movies top the years best. What are we at war or something?
Also Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
Notes on the contemporary horror movie
Will the Fox survive?
Rush Hour 3's director has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway
Including Norbit, Hannibal Rising,Traffic Signal, and the Ralph Nader documentary, An Unreasonable Man
Will the public get off? Or is it just studio masturbation?
A guide to living among the crack addicts, mentally ill, homeless and young-pros-on-the-go in a changing downtown
Michael Mannís nerve-rattling Collateral
Grendel takes the stage
The American Nightmare and Hannibal
Poetry and Los Angeles at the Millennium