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Back to Band Camp: An Interview With the Cast of "American Reunion"

We recently met up with "American Reuninon" (and "American Pie" original) cast members Jason Biggs (Jim), Alyson Hannigan (Michelle), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin), Tara Reid (Vicky), Mena Suvari (Heather), Chris Klein (Oz), Seann William Scott (Stifler), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch), Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mom) and Eugene Levy as the most awkward advise-giver in teen comedy, Jim's dad.

From 'Kissing Jessica Stein' To Kissing Her Best Friend: Jennifer Westfeldt Discusses Her New Film 'Friends With Kids'

Jennifer Westfeldt recently chatted with us about her inspiration for writing Friends with Kids, the challenges of directing, and how she hopes people aren't disappointed when this movie, co-starring the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd, isn't actually a sequel to Bridesmaids.

Hippies, Nudists, and Baring it All: A Chat With Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, and the Cast and Director of "Wanderlust"

LAist met with "Wanderlust" cast members and director David Wain to discuss the film, if any of them find the idea of communal living appealing, and how easy it is to get used to being surrounded by nudists.

Giving the Bad Guy a Voice: Meet Rob Riggle from "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

The bad guy in the movie based on Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" is voiced by comedian Rob Riggle, who tells us why we might not want to see him at karaoke night, and if he'll ever play the nice guy.

Tonight: Fashion's Night Out Los Angeles at Beverly Center

Fashion's Night Out Los Angeles at Beverly Center kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with an opening ceremony featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, “Vogue’s” Senior West Coast Editor Lisa Love, The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo and host of the fashion show to follow, actress and designer Nicole Richie.

Interview with Reality Star Katie Cazorla of 'Nail Files'

Katie Cazorla at The Painted Nail Katie Cazorla may be more of a mouthful to say than "Snooki," but the New York transplant has made a name in for herself in L.A. and now has the reality show to go with her deluxe San Fernando Valley nail salon, The Painted Nail. The new show, Nail Files, premiers tonight on the TV Guide Network at 10 p.m. SallyAnn Salsano, who created MTV’s Jersey Shore, frequented...

LAist Interviews 'Your Highness' Stars James Franco, Danny McBride, Justin Theraux & Director David Gordon Green On Their Funny, Fantasy Film

Director David Gordon Green’s latest film, Your Highness, brings back the star of his hit film Pineapple Express, James Franco, but puts him in a whole new world, or rather an old medieval one. It’s a world created by it’s co-screenwriter Danny McBride, who also appears in the film as Thadeous, the “spare” to Franco’s royal brother “heir,” Fabious. Fabious must embark on a quest to rescue his capture-prone, yet beloved, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel). Bella...

Russell Brand and James Marsden Give "High Octane Performances" in HOP

Russell Brand plays E.B., son of the Easter Bunny and heir to the holiday rabbit title, in the new live action-animation hybrid Hop. James Marsden is Fred O'Hare, an early-thirties slacker who doesn't know what he wants to be, so he's never quite grown up. They run into each other, literally and vehicularly, in Hollywood, where E.B. has run off to pursue his dreams of becoming a Rock 'n Roll drummer. Russell gets to show...

One-Woman Show "Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath" Tackles Mortality Without Being Morose

Sylvia Plath's alter ego, Esther Greenwood of The Bell Jar, is the focal point of the award winning play Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath, now making its west coast debut at The Lounge Theatre. The 75 minute, intermission-free, one-woman show picks up in Esther’s life at the point where Sylvia’s met its end, mixing the poet’s life story with that of the protagonist she created. Esther’s life flashes before her eyes and ours on...

LAist Book Review: Patton Oswalt's 'Zombie Spaceship Wasteland'

Okay, ladies, it's Valentine’s Day. Have you found anything fun to give your man? In L.A. there’s a little nerd in even the coolest guys and it couldn’t be more endearing. Even if your guy isn’t running off to Comic-Con every year, and undoubtedly if he is, he’ll love “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” a new novel by Patton Oswalt. The comedian and actor (he has appeared in more than 25 movies, including having voiced Remy the...

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' Happening Now in Santa Monica

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has taken it to the streets, 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica to be specific, and LAist is on the scene as Jamie hosts his Los Angeles County High School Culinary Student Cooking Competition. It’s a festive morning here, as cheerleaders and members of the marching band root for the eight teams, comprised of 32 students from local LA high schools. Each team is mentored by either Jamie or one of...

LAist Movie Review: Cedar Rapids

Ed Helms, a breakout star from The Hangover and regular on The Office, plays Tim Lippe, a naïve insurance salesman from small-town Wisconsin who finds himself far out of his comfort zone when he heads to an industry convention in Cedar Rapids. He’s there representing his company BrownStar Insurance, its logo complete with a Vonnegutesque asterisk in the B, should you not get the joke in the phrase alone and need a visual. It’s not...

LAist Interview: James Cameron and The Cast of Sanctum

Executive Producer James Cameron is the big name attached to the 3D underwater-thriller Sanctum, but watch Rhys Wakefield be the biggest thing to come out of it. The handsome Aussie plays Josh, a 17-year-old kid dragged along by his cave-exploring, inattentive father Frank (Richard Roxburgh) on a dangerous expedition that leaves them and the rest of their team trapped beneath the earth. Unfortunately, part of what makes Rhys stand out are the frustratingly annoying characters...

'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' Making Waves in LA

“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution" has come to Los Angeles. Jamie is trying to get into the LAUSD as part of his food advocacy efforts, but he’s been told he and his Emmy-award winning show are not welcome in our schools. Spend five minutes talking with the impassioned chef, and you’ll know that a “no” won’t stop him from trying. Yesterday, there was a sign that his very vocal perseverance may eventually pay off. The Huffington...

Movie Review: The Dilemma

The Dilemma This weekend America faces The Dilemma, a new purported comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. The boys play best friends, James the happily married to Winona Ryder man and Vaughn the bachelor who is practically married to Jennifer Connelly, but scared to take the next step guy. The smug, married couple spend the first half of the movie encouraging Vaughn to pop the question and the second half berating him for...

Interview: The Filmmakers Behind Catfish, the Other Facebook Film

Nev Schulman There’s a scene in Grosse Pointe Blank where Joan Cusack is heatedly negotiating for ammunition on the phone with some tough guys and then switches over to a call with a girlfriend with whom she was sharing a recipe for soup. She starts off sweet and then gets agitated and starts in with the same tone she was using for the ammunition phone call. “No, no… It’s not going to be a...

LAist Interview: The Young Stars of Nanny McPhee Returns

This weekend Nanny McPhee Returns, warts and all (at least for the beginning of the film) in the movie written by and staring Academy Award winning Brit Emma Thompson. As Nanny McPhee, Thompson must teach a group of rowdy, warring children to move past their differences and stop their squabbling.

LAist Interview: The Writers of Scott Pilgrim

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lee O'Malley Scott Pilgrim vs. The World shares its title with the second book in the six-book series of graphic novels on which the film is based. I drove straight to a Los Angeles screening of the film from Comic-Con, having never read a page of the comic that inspired the film, and not quite knowing what to expect. It was awesome. You don’t have to be familiar with the...

LAist at Comic-Con: The Other Guys

What do you get when you put Adam McKay and Will Ferrell together? Hilarity. There was Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, the Funny or Die classic clip “The Landlord” and countless hours of sketches on “Saturday Night Live.” The list goes on, though you can now add two more items: their new movie The Other Guys and the following press conference they gave at Comic-Con...

LAist Interview: The Cast of Charlie St. Cloud

In Zac Efron’s latest movie Charlie St. Cloud, in which he plays the title character, we get to see him brood, sail, play with his dead brother Sam (Charlie Tahan), romance a pretty girl named Tess (Amanda Crew) and take his shirt off (a lot). At the start of the film, Charlie and his brother both die in a car accident, but a paramedic (Ray Liotta) is able to save Charlie and bring him back...

LAist Interview: The Cast of Despicable Me

Steve Carell gives an ever-expanding heart and heavily accented voice to the (initially) despicable villain Gru in the new animated film, Despicable Me. When we first meet our hero, er, villain, Gru’s having a bad, bad day. He’s just found out he has lost his title of World’s Best Villain to some newcomer named Vector (Jason Segel) and he’s not one to settle for second place. Vector bested Gru by stealing a giant pyramid from...

LAist Interview: Cheech & Chong

Photo courtesy of D&E Entertainment I had a coworker once, a recent college grad, whose first morning staff meeting fell on April 20. He still recalls uncomfortably how his phone started blowing up during the meeting, finally prompting our president to inquire what was going on. He couldn’t tell her it was from well-wishers delivering messages of, “Dude, Happy 4/20!” and sending him virtual tokes. But that was D.C. and this is L.A., where...

LAist Interview: Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning

Photo courtesy of Apparition Films Kristen Stewart fidgets with the hem of her cropped black pants, her knees against her chest as she answers questions, her heels up on her chair. Dakota Fanning sits next to her. She’s composed and alert in a lavender tank top, taking in everything around her, eyes lingering over the scribbled notes of the reporter sitting next to her. The girls are promoting their latest film, The Runaways, which...

LAist Interview: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Easier With Practice

Being on the road can be lonely, especially when you’ve got company. Davy and his brother Sean have been spending their days driving to tiny bookshops promoting Davy’s book of short stories to sparse audiences and their nights holed up in cheap motel rooms. Then one night, alone in the motel room, Davy gets a call from a woman who wants to know what he’s wearing. What could have been a phone sex one-night-stand turns...

110 Stories: A Benefit for Haiti

Photo courtesy of 110 Stories The recent tragedy in Haiti has inspired many people to offer their time and talents to raise money for the Red Cross, and at 8pm on Monday, February 22nd, a very special fundraising theatrical event will take place at the Geffen Playhouse (10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles 90024). For one-night-only, an all-star cast will perform a staged reading of 110 Stories, a theatrical presentation of a series of...

The Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Party

Last night LAist attended the 10th Anniversary Party for The Boondock Saints. Fans from all over the country came to Busby’s East in Hollywood to meet “brothers” Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus and writer/director Troy Duffy. The Saints have some wicked loyal fans. I saw at least two women in Boondock-inspired full-body paint, one of whom traveled all the way from Baltimore to attend the event. One fan with autographs all over her chest...

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

The 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards was held this weekend at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The LAFCA is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics who work in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. LAist was out covering the red carpet of the event and talked with some of the award winners about how they first got involved with their projects and how it feels to be honored by...

LAist Interview: Troy Duffy, The Boondock Saints 2

Photo courtesy of Courtney Quinn Most fans of The Boondock Saints have heard some pretty nasty stuff about its Writer/Director Troy Duffy. I’ve been in this conversation a million times and it starts off by a random Boondock Saints reference, “Thanks for coming out,” something like that. Then there’s shared enthusiasm for the film among those who’ve seen it, “I love that movie!” and bewilderment toward those who haven’t, “You’ve never seen The Boondock...

Movie Review: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Photo courtesy of Sony In my experience there are two kinds of people in this world: those who LOVE The Boondock Saints and those who have never heard of it. I fall squarely into the Love It category. In the neighborhood where I grew up and went to Catholic Church and high school, everyone and their mother loves it, too. My friend Joanne’s mom is one of the most conservative women you’ll meet, so...

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

We are here for your woman! | Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is the story of 16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia), an average high school student whose best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson) gets into trouble when a traveling freak show comes to town. Trying to make things right, Darren trades in the normal life he had to become an assistant to an old vampire named Crepsley (John C. Reilly)....

LAist Interview: Malin Akerman, Couples Retreat

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures LAist recently sat down with Malin Akerman, one of the stars of the upcoming comedy Couples Retreat. She opened up to us about the other half of her real life couple and shared one of the ways she keeps her marriage strong even when she can’t find the time to retreat to a tropical paradise. LAist: You’ve been in quite a few big comedies. In The Heartbreak Kid with...

LAist Interviews: Coco Before Chanel

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics If Coco Chanel had been a contestant on Project Runway they would have moved her on to at least the final three. Her heart-wrenching backstory, which would have been revealed as Tim Gunn came to her home to check on her progress before Bryant Park, is reality television gold. But Chanel came before Bravo and Lifetime, and before she was Chanel she was just Coco. Born into a...

The Love Happens Junket

Photo courtesy of Universal I just got on a plane to fly to Virginia for a wedding. I’ve got my laptop, inflatable neck pillow and eye mask, but I forgot my pink travel socks so I’m feeling a bit disconcerted. We all have our little habits when we fly. Jennifer Aniston is no different. “You know what I have to do when I board an airplane? I have to walk on with my right...

Movie Review: The September Issue

Sometimes life inspires art. Not too long ago, the life of Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, inspired The Devil Wears Prada. In The September Issue we’re taken backstage into the real life fashion show that is Anna’s World. I had to wonder, on my way into the theatre, if taking part in this documentary was some PR move on the part of Ms. Wintour. Did being portrayed as an evil bitch by none other...

LAist Interview: Patton Oswalt, Big Fan

I recently had a fan moment when I found myself on an elevator with the star of Big Fan, Patton Oswalt. “I LOVE The United States of Tara!” I gushed as I hugged this perfect stranger. He could not have been more warm and adorable as he chatted with me about the show and how glad he was that my mom loves it, too, and he told me to tell her to keep watching, even...

World's Greatest Dad

I really enjoyed the first half-hour of Worlds Greatest Dad. The dialogue between the father and son was unflatteringly accurate, as frustrated family members will sometimes speak horribly to each other and this kid (played by Spy Kids alum Daryl Sabara) lives in a constant state of frustration. I had to pause the movie, however, after Robin Williams’ character discovers the body of his teenage son, dead from auto-erotic asphyxiation. My sister, who was watching...

The Inglourious Basterds Press Day

Tarantino at the helm. | Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company (editor's note - LAist sent our intrepid reporter, Lois Lane, er, Courtney Quinn to the Inglourious Basterds Press Day last weekend. In the spirit of Tarantino's film, she's segmented her coverage into something very, well...Basterd-like. It's a good, long read so get comfortable in your chair. Extra points for creativity, Coco.) CHAPTER ONE Once Upon a Time A Bunch of Basterds got Together...

LA Shorts Fest

“This reads like the list of horses at the Hollywood Park Racetrack,” my friend said, flipping though my copy of the LA Shorts Fest program. He had a point -- Free Lunch, Hove (The Wind), Schrodinger's Cat -- these film short titles could easily inspire the naming of a racehorse. And after sitting in on the screenings of at least 100 of the shorts so far, I can say attending is as much fun as...

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I'm a Harry Potter fan. I've read all the books and have enjoyed watching them come to life one by one on the big screen. Still, I'd sooner re-read any of the books than watch one of the movies a second time. The Harry Potter movies have somehow lacked that magical element that transports you right into the Wizarding World, as well as much of the wit and humor that make the books so much...

LAist Interview: The Mugglenet Guys

Photo courtesy of Mugglenet Emerson Spartz and Ben Schoen are, respectively, the founder and webmaster of the world’s most popular Harry Potter website, MuggleNet. Emerson was 12 when he founded the website in 1999 and just graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Ben has been webmaster at MuggleNet, which gets 27 million hits monthly, since he was in high school. He’ll begin his junior year at Notre Dame this fall. In their first...

Movie Review: Whatever Works

Larry David plays Boris Yellnikoff, the “Woody Allen character” in the director’s latest film, Whatever Works. We’re not so much introduced to Boris as we are identified by him as he looks past the fourth wall to tell moviegoers in the opening scene that, “This is not the ‘Feel Good Movie of the Year.’ So, if you’re one of those idiots who needs to feel good… ehh… go get yourself a foot massage.” But don’t...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

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