J.J. Strong

HBO's Getting On Has What It Takes to Be a Truly Important Show

It’s hard to watch Season Two of Getting On without thinking about The Office. The parallels are obvious. Both are British imports from namesake series, and both, at least in the early going, inherited an understated, gloomy brand of humor from their sardonic predecessors. Yet the most vital link is......
The 405; Credit: Ted Soqui

Say It With Us: I Don't Even Go East of the 405 Anymore

Dear Westsiders Still Willing to Go East of the 405: When will you quit? Don't you know there's nothing out there for you? You belong here. With us. Tucked into our sanctuary between Sepulveda and the Pacific. Basking in that brilliant California sun ... which is somewhere up there above......
Gravity

Your Guide To Hollywood Screening Season

With 2013 winding down and the holidays in full swing, the best time of year to live in L.A. is upon us -- Screening Season! These are those special few weeks when eager Angelenos can bask in the glow of being sort-of, kind-of, tangentially-but-not-really related to the film industry. SAG......
Luke Haynes; Credit: Photo by Nanette Gonzales

I Was Arrested on Hollywood Boulevard

More First Person pieces: *I Was Sick of L.A. Traffic. So I Took a Plane to Work *I Rode the Entire L.A. Metro in a Single Day *Why the San Fernando Valley Hate Needs to End Once and For All When I first moved to Los Angeles, I read a......