Quentin Tarantino emerges from a chaotic couple of years with his most ambitious film to date, Django Unchained. Will the Academy really, really like it?
Ozwald Boateng barely made it to L.A. from Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New York. He got stranded at a strange time -- just days before the premiere of his documentary film, A Man's Story, which chronicles both his professional and personal life, and is nearly 15 years in the making. But he's here, sitti ... More >>
Also, Kristeen Young, Diego Garcia, the Human League and others
There's a scene in Horrible Bosses in which Jennifer Aniston, playing a dentist who habitually sexually harasses her weakling male hygienist (Charlie Day), repeatedly says the word "pussy." Her character is trying to intimidate his, while the filmmakers attempt to shock the audience with th ... More >>
Sofia Vergara promotes 'real men.'The Demi and Ashton Foundation came under fire this week for, well, trying to do good. Because we all know Fox News hates do-gooders. Actually, what happened was that Norma Ramos, director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, told the network that ... More >>
Also Parkway Drive, Martha Wainwright, Anna Tijoux, the Deadbeats and others
Ozomatli: Is this who we came to see?â€‹More than an hour into today's presidential rally at USC, actor Jamie Foxx led the crowd chant of "We're not exhausted."It's not much of a rallying cry. But for much of the crowd of 37,500, it wasn't even true. Attendees were made to stand in line for hours be ... More >>
Why ugly and grumpy Steve is beating smart and beautiful Kamala
Diddy was at Les Deux (and Playboy Mansion's Kandyland). Interscope held a velvet-roper at Playhouse. Will.i.am did his Dipdive at My Studio. And there was a mysterious Prince after-party and 3 a.m. jam session... somewhere. It seemed everyone hosted a shindig of some sort around the BET Awards. ... More >>
Also, Bronson, Visual Acoustics and more
Like many people my age, I learned about Bo Diddley not from any unremembered nostalgia for British Invasion swipes of the ancient bluesman's slippery guitar technique, but from the myth-making "Bo Knows" Nike commercials of the late 80s. See the above YouTube clip and marinate on the '88 cameos f ... More >>
Down and out at Disney Hall and coming soon to a theater near you
And Esa-Pekka Salonens final season
Envy and spite will determine Academy Award winners
Freestyle riffs & ruminations on black music and pop culture at the dawn of 2007
What to do in L.A. this week
Think you can keep up with the Miami Vice director?
Tue., Feb. 7 LL Cool J at the House of Blues Wed., Feb. 8 The Grammys at the Staples Center Now, for my personal awards
Can the convicted killer’s inspirational books persuade the governor to spare him?
At the moment, middle-class Kanye West is the hardest man in rap
An intermittently inspired Ray falls short of its subject.
Edited by Kateri Butler