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When Josh Greenbaum was a kid, he wasn't too excited by the actual gameplay at sporting events. His attention was always on the sidelines -- the giant bird, or the goofy lion. "I was always just intrigued," Greenbaum says of his interest in mascots. "As I got older...the question started shifting t ... More >>
Buried Alive hits Netflix Nov. 1
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson disagree on Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave -- a beautifully shot film, contrasting the all-too-visible evil of mankind.
Broke L.A. twenty-somethings, rejoice! No longer must you feel a tinge of guilt for praising Emersonian self-reliance in your sock puppet performance art while secretly mooching off of your parents' Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant accounts. The L.A. Public Library has arrived in the 21st cen ... More >>
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Even if you've only watched a couple episodes of Netflix's new women-in-prison series Orange is the New Black, one fleeting glance at a group shot of the ensemble cast of Jenji Kohan's comedy-drama based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name and you will remember Galina "Red" Reznikov. She's the ... More >>
Not all strip malls are created equal. Some massive operations feature handfuls of possible eateries, from vegan home cooking to coffee beans that are roasted in-house. Others, like the diminutive strip mall on the corner of Fletcher Drive and the last remaining dregs of Silver Lake Blvd., don't eve ... More >>
By Adam Popescu Franklin Leonard sits in a plush seat high above the Sunset Strip at Soho House. Snug in a cardigan and plaid shirt, sporting glasses and the cleanest dreadlocks in town, the 34-year-old types away on his MacBook. A stone's throw away, big-screen faces parley over cocktails and coff ... More >>
Electric Daisy Carnival, which ended early this morning, promotes itself as being "all about the experience," and it's indeed much more than just a bunch of DJ sets and some carnival rides in a parking lot. There's a reason fans from around the world (115,000 of them!) descended on Las Vegas this pa ... More >>
It's officially summer, which means -- in theory, anyway -- vacation and lots and lots of free time. And while you probably plan to use that free time binge watching a television series, maybe you should try to pull yourself away from Battlestar Galactica for a moment and read a book. To give yourse ... More >>
See also: *5 Awesome Album Covers Inspired By Arrested Development *5 Best Arrested Development Artworks at Gallery 1988 *Why Emily Maya Mills Could Be the Next Carol Burnett On Saturday, Silver Lake's Lyric Hyperion Theater staged an Arrested Development-inspired variety hour called Bluth Fest for ... More >>
At Thursday's mayoral debate, Councilman Eric Garcetti suggested offering a $1 million prize to whoever can solve L.A.'s traffic problems.You might think that traffic experts would be excited about that. But you would be wrong."The solution to L.A.'s traffic problem is a political issue," said Marti ... More >>
Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti met on Thursday night for their first one-on-one debate. But on the hot topic of the week -- education reform -- an expected confrontation fizzled.Greuel did challenge Garcetti on the issue, but she passed up an opportunity to put Garcetti on the def ... More >>
With so many indie films and repertory screenings, how do the city's movie buffs manage it all?
Russell Peters is probably the only arena-size comic right now who hasn't gotten into trouble for making homophobic slurs or punching a Target employee. Of Indian heritage, but raised Catholic, he's huge in his native Canada; he hosted A Russell Peters Christmas Special in 2011 with fellow Canadian ... More >>
Standing outside his champagne-colored Saturn wearing a USC sweatshirt, Jonathon Marcou looks like just another good-looking frat boy. His khakis are pressed and cuffed, he wears Vans boat shoes with no socks and his long lashes almost brush the lens of his fashionable tortoise shell glasses. But ... More >>
In Gina Keating's new book, Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs, the story of the rise of Netflix sounds almost as juicy as those in the movies it rents out in those signature red envelopes: Two Silicon Valley tech dreamers turn a DVD-by-mail service into a $3 billion empire. Along ... More >>
What's nice about the Arrested Development-themed art exhibit at Gallery 1988 Melrose is that you only need to have watched the first two episodes of the series to get the exhibit's title, "There's Always Money In The Banana Stand." The highly acclaimed but short-lived sitcom about the dysfunctiona ... More >>
Twenty years ago auteur filmmaker David Lynch elicited delight and (mostly) rancor from fans by making a film based on his critically successful TV series Twin Peaks called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Only the staunchest of Twin Peaks fans seemed to appreciate the way the film amplified the TV se ... More >>
By Ernest Hardy, Karina Longworth and Mark Olsen Some of our notables showed great courage this year, others are simply notorious, but all 10 had a big impact in 2011.
Are movies such as Shame and Sleeping Beauty feel-bad finger-wagging or heirs to the Last Tango throne?
Pablo who? You've seen his work. You've seen people ripping off his work. He's the artist / mastermind behind the Dr. Stranglove title sequence...you know that one, right? The one that visually summarizes the Cold War with a sexually suggestive mid-air refueling; an explicit casual encounter between ... More >>
RocketHollywood.comFilm lovers, brace yourselves. A prolonged period of mourning is in order, as legendary Rocket Video closes its doors at the end of the month. The independent video rental store has been a fixture in Hollywood for over thirty years, due to its trove of hard-to-find classic ... More >>
Pauly Shore, respectable businessmanPauly Shore sits behind a desk in his office at The Comedy Store waiting to take a call. At 4 o'clock, he'll get on the phone with a buyer at Netflix and attempt to convince them to make his new Showtime special Vegas Is My Oyster, along with most of his ot ... More >>
Some people say quantity is not quality ... but what if someone came along and rewrote all the rules? It's no secret that rap's resident weirdo, Berkeley's Lil B The Based God is a new media powerhouse. Until recently, he existed almost more online than in the real life. That's because the ... More >>
Patton Oswalt and Grumpus LA Weekly's brand new People Issue, out on newsstands Thursday, has enough nerd heroes to fill a whole, err, nerds don't know sports. But they do like systems and categorization, and so we put them in a list: 5. James Urbaniak
Screening series draws on La semaine de la critique
Ben CalderwoodCalifornia Wok's Seafood Fantasy at home It's a ubiquitous foodie refrain: There's no good Chinese on the Westside. Followed immediately by foodie Verse Two, the commandment Go east. Since the demise of Royal Star Seafood at Stanford Avenue and Wilshire, which was aspirational a ... More >>
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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 >>
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2 Live Crew, Ron Jeremy and a Germs Biopic
Smiley Face — filmed in THC
Love in the Time of Cholera, How to Cook Your Life, Salvador Allende
At the Silent Movie Theater
And the First Annual L.A. Weekly Film Poll
Copyright and its discontents
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