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 >>
Over the past few months, you've watched us catalog our 100 Favorite Dishes. Catalog being a lovely term meaning eating our way across this town, well, even more than usual. And because we thought you might want a better way to access these, we've collected all one hundred into one piece, a menu if ... More >>
Bibliophiles, engine-loathing cyclists and fans of absurd but beautiful Technicolor art can probably leave their wallets at home this week, at least if they're looking for something fun to do.
You've likely noticed this sun setting behind an iconic row of palms as it darted in front of you on the 405. But unless you've got one of these specialty plates screwed on your own Prius, it's unlikely you knew that it supports the state's art funding. "I had lived in California my whole life, and ... More >>
The end of an era, and what it means for the L.A. art house landscape
Michael's daughter talks about her quest to make a more realistic cop movie
Back in January, we published a post headlined "Should Robert Pattinson Play Jeff Buckley or Should He Play Kurt Cobain?". This is what we said back then: This generation's Robert Redford, Robert Pattinson, is periodically rumored to star in every movie pitched in Hollywood with a young hear ... More >>
Ludo Lefebvre has taken his traveling pop-up concept LudoBites one step further, moving his migratory restaurant, which has lately popped up in downtown Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks, to the Sundance Channel. The LudoBites America show will debut in mid-July. "After having 6 really special L ... More >>
This generation's Robert Redford, Robert Pattinson, is periodically rumored to star in every movie pitched in Hollywood with a young heartthrob leading part. Batman Reloaded? Get me Pattinson! The Salvador Dali story (featuring gay stuff with Federico Garcia Lorca)? Get me Pattinson! (actuall ... More >>
Each Monday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets around Los Angeles. Rona Barrett's Gossip Super Special Summer Annual Author: Rona Barrett and, presumably, her staff Date: Summer, ... More >>
The festival goes back to its roots or does it?
L.A., world movie capital, may indeed suffer from having too much of a good thing
That's How the Scottish Comedy Director Stays in the Loop.
This just over the wire from the Sundance Institute:"Sundance Institute today confirmed that effective February 28, 2009, Geoffrey Gilmore is resigning his position as Director, Sundance Film Festival. Gilmore joined Sundance Institute in 1990. As Director of the Sundance Film Festival he has w ... More >>
Back in sight
Also, Zola Moon, David Banner, Naïm Amor, and more
His play is a Broadway hit, but don't ask Stew to come home again
While press fixates on tribal strife, Kenyans fight for their democracy
Auditing a class at the Apple store
Spacing out with Ben, Chris, Tom and Tom
The new Landmark is good, but is it right?
Glasgow Phillips’ The Royal Nonesuch
Identity theft, self-promotion and the search for laminates at Sundance
Names drop and accusations fly as Barry goes to trial
Pretty Boy and the Nerd try to bring down the Terminator, while the Democratic Party searches for its soul
Beatty gets up off his rocker in time to KO Terminator takeover
Gavin Lambert, 1924 — 2005
How David LaChapelle’s Rize beat the odds — and MTV — to bring us the ghetto art of krumping
Sydney Pollack is all for lowering costs, raising IQs
Bush’s nemesis gives it the old college try
Éminence grise of Hollywood lawyers provokes pain in parting
The secrets behind The Graduate’s un-sequel
WEB UPDATE: Graydon Carter targeted by Republican attack dogs . . . and other comedies
An Arnold candidacy pumps up the political game for Hollywood
Gary's thinking about running for president again
Indian musicals are hip, sure, but the Hollywoodization of Bombay cinema may not be as imminent — or as desirable — as advertised
Not until you've see him in About Schmidt, anyway.
What the governor sows, he will reap
Carmakers hope to wreck global-warming bill at the ballot box
Little wiggle room for the Republican candidate for governor
Jorge Rivero, king of the real Mexican cinema
From Sundance to sinking stars
Our year at the movies
Sandra Tsing Loh on Bad Sex . . . and more. So much more.