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New DVD Tuesday: Jan Svankmajer, Mikio Naruse, Lenny Bruce and more!

Recommended Dixie Chicks - Shut Up & Sing - Remember when rugged individualism was the hallmark of the "American character"? Remember when that individualism was defined by a willingness to speak your mind? Remember when criticizing your governmental overlords was a patriotic duty? Yeah, me neither. But maybe country music trio The Dixie Chicks were trying to recall that mythologized frontier spirit when lead singer Nathalie Maines criticized President Bush for launching the Iraq...

Meat! Dancing! Singing! Meat!

A classic commercial for Illinois-based grocery store chain and wholesaler, Moo & Oink....

Movie Menu: Phase IV, Office Space & Oscar Events

Oscar Shorts at the Academy To kick off Oscar Week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Shorts!" a program featuring the 10 Academy Award-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. The program, hosted by director Taylor Hackford, will feature onstage discussions with the nominated filmmakers. Short Film (Animated) The Danish Poet, Torill Kove, director Lifted, Gary Rydstrom, director The Little Matchgirl, Roger Allers, director; Don Hahn, producer...

New Movie Friday: Spies, Soldiers, Single Moms and Flaming Spirits

Academy Award Nominated Short Films - A compendium of this year's live action and animation shorts. Breach - Based on the true story of Robert Hanssen who spent 15 years spying for the Soviet Union, a breach that is one of the worst intelligence disasters in US history. Chris Cooper plays Hanssen and Ryan Philippe plays the newbie agent sent to keep on an eye on him in this cat-and-mouse drama. The Boy Who Cried...

Prrrrr... Bad Kitty!

You love it. You want it. You need it. In honor of Valentine's Day, we present you with a very naughty kitty who looooooooves to get spanked....

The Audacity of Hope - Part XIV

Bitter? Jaded? Lonely? Heartbroken? Scared? Angsty? Unfulfilled? Creeping along on the ceaseless march towards decay and ultimate death? At least LAist will always love you. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day....

Movie Picks: Matthew Barney, Bonnie & Clyde, PAFF, Woman in the Dunes & More!

Drawing Restraint Why woo your sweetheart with such tediously traditional notions as flowers, teddy bears and edible panties when you could watch Matthew Barney and his inamorata Bjork going at each other with flensing knives on the deck of a Japanese whaling vessel in Drawing Restraint 9? And if that's not enough Barney for you, there's the making-of documentary Matthew Barney: No Restraint. His work has sometimes been described as a "hauntingly dreamlike fantasy...

New DVD Tuesday: Irish Gangsters, Hong Kong Gangsters, Suburbanites with Drug Habits, Brigitte Bardot's Bikini and more!

Recommended 13 Tzameti - French movie with an Eastern European sensibility about a young handyman who decides to follow instructions intended for the owner of the house he's repairing. He ends up in a remote house, where he is forced to take part in a brutal game of Russian Roulette in which only one of the 13 participants will survive. Bicycle Thieves - Criterion has released a DVD of Vittorio De Sica's 1947 classic...

Knocked Up - Trailer for New Judd Apatow movie

It looks super funny. It stars Katherine Heigl, who's pretty and funny. It stars Seth Rogen, who's hilarious. It co-stars Paul Rudd, who's cute. It co-stars former Groundling (and current SNL castmember) Kirsten Wiig, who's very funny. It has lots of Freaks & Geeks cast members in it. Yay, Judd Apatow!...

Sondra Prill - Part III (Pump up the Jam)

Watch as a fun party anthem is effortlessly transformed into a weirdly hostile beachfront bacchanal where Sondra Prill's command to "Make my day!" is more reminiscent of Dirty Harry than Technotronic. Oh, those sweet days when North America's beaches were dotted with neon bikinis, mirrored sunglasses and oiled musclemen....

Sondra Prill - Part II (From A Distance)

It's all Sondra Prill all the time here at LAist. At least for a few days. Who is Sondra Prill? A Florida woman with a lot of chutzpah and very little self-awareness, who made a slew of karaoke videos for her cable access show back in the 1980s, many of which have been resurrected on YouTube. All I can say about her take on this Bette Midler song is: God is watching us....

Proenza Schouler FINALLY Comes to Target

Finally, finally, finally!!! Proenza Schouler's resort wear collection for Target arrived at Los Angeles stores today, a full week after the line was supposed to debut. The verdict? ~Good design. ~Good fabrics. ~Still some problems with sizing and cutting. The Proenza Schouler collection features some of the best styling of any of the Target Go International clothing lines. No weird bejeweling. No crappy ornamentation to cover poor quality. And mercy of all mercies, no hideous...

New Movie Friday: Cannibals, Lesbians, Mobsters & Eddie Murphy

Mafioso - In 1962, a decade before The Godfather, Alberto Lattuada came out with this crime drama starring Alberto Sordi as a factory foreman who returns to his hometown of Sicily and is unwittingly pressed into service as a hitman for the local Don. Considered by many to be the first Italian movie to portray the modern Mafia, the film is noted for its faithful and darkly funny depiction of mob life. Breaking and...

Sondra Prill - Part I (Addicted to Love)

Before American Idol there was cable access. Before the delusional aspirants who juggle hippie sticks, dress like the Bird Lady and caterwaul their way through pop songs, there was Sondra Prill, a local celebrity in the cutthroat Tampa cable access scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Ms. Prill's performances, which were once a guilty pleasure for many Floridians, can now be guiltlessly embraced by all Americans thanks to the miracle of YouTube. Because...

Sondra Prill Sings the National Anthem

Every morning at 6am we have been posting a video of someone singing or playing the "Star Spangled Banner." This morning we give you Sondra Prill, whose videos from the 1980s we highlighted yesterday. Trust us, this wont be the last time that you hear this marvel. So stand up, take your hat off, and sing along to the Star Spangled Banner....

Miss Kansas Worships the Devil

Their crowns glitter even brighter than their teeth, but are America's beauty queens hiding a deep, dark secret? Coiffed and coutured, they are the picture of fresh-faced, feminine perfection, but LAist is blowing the lid off the seemingly wholesome beauty pageant industry to expose the tarnish on the tiara!!! A disgusted beauty pageant insider revealed exclusively to this shocked and horrified reporter that comely Miss Kansas, Michelle Walthers, may be a card-carrying Satanist. Walthers,...

A Pre-Valentine's Date With John Waters at Amoeba

Still wondering what to give your sweet transgressive for Valentine's Day? Filthy, lovable, mustachioed filmmaker John Waters is releasing A Date With John Waters, a stirring yet suitably bizarre compilation album of his favorite love songs. To celebrate the album's release Waters will be at Amoeba Records in Hollywood tomorrow, February 6 at 6 PM, signing CDs and posing with fans in a Valentines setting. The album spans oddities such as the first record...

New DVD Tuesday - Mike Mignola, Ryuichi Hiroki, Paul Mooney, Clint Eastwood

Recommended After Innocence - Jessica Sanders directs this documentary detailing the stories of seven men who were wrongfully imprisoned for decades (some of them on death row) before finally being exonerated by DNA evidence. The Amazing Screw-On Head - This animated 30-minute pilot (I can only hope there will be more episodes) based on the comic book by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is full of awesome animation (it closely mimics Mignola's style), witty dialogue,...

The Audacity of Hope - Part V

Along with Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass and anything by Joan Armatrading, this is the album you're most likely to see in any and every thrift store record bin....

Movie Picks: Alfonso Cuaron, Pan-African Film Fest, Gay-rotica & More!

Monday, February 5 Creative Screenwriting Magazine is sponsoring a free screening of Children of Men followed by a Q&A with writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and co-writer Tim Sexton. WHEN: Mon., Feb. 5 at 7:30 PM. WHERE: DGA Theater, 7920 Sunset Blvd. (betw. Crescent Heights & Fairfax) RSVP: Go to the Creative Screenwriting website and sign up to receive information about future events. You should then receive an email with further instructions about how to sign up...

Celine Dion to Shit On Ennio Morricone at Oscar Tribute

Music fans around the world are issuing a collective torrent of vomit after reading reports that French-Canadian pop crooner Celine Dion will sing a specially penned tune during the 2007 Oscar tribute to legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Morricone, who has scored over 500 films and TV series, is known for his haunting musical accompaniments to such films as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Danger: Diabolik, The Mission, The Untouchables and Cinema...

Death Wish 3

Just because I freaking love this movie!...

New Movie Friday: Archbishops, Ghosts and Meddling Moms

The Messengers - Acclaimed Hong Kong-born horror-meisters Danny and Oxide Pang, the twin brothers who directed Bangkok Dangerous and the wildly successful Asian horror franchise The Eye, direct their first English-language film, The Messengers. This PG-13 thriller stars Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller and Kristen Stewart in an ominous tale about a family who moves to a rural sunflower farm, where the troublemaking youngest son soon begins to experience supernatural phenomena. Because I Said...

The Audacity of Hope - Part II

Here's the second entry in our special pre-Valentine's Day series of PDLs (Public Displays of Lovelessness). Once again, I'm not sure if this is viral marketing (after the faux Toronto bridezilla, I trust no one), but this was spotted on Glendale Blvd. in the Silverlake area....

The Audacity of Hope

In honor of America's national day of enforced romance, which is otherwise known as Valentine's Day, we offer you this tidbit of lamppost love that was spotted on Wilshire just East of La Cienega. A new twist on viral marketing, a heartfelt plea for love or a creepy attempt to seduce Beverly Hills dowagers? You be the judge....

Proenza Schouler Doesn't Quite Make it to Target

Today was the big unveiling of Proenza Schouler's "resort wear" collection for Target. It was exalted. It was hyped. It was drooled over. (I plead guilty to all of the above). But an early morning trip to the Target at the corner of La Cienega and Rodeo yielded nothing. Not as in "nothing good left cuz the racks were already picked clean" but as in "where the fuck are these clothes?" That's right. Absolutely nothing...

Who, Dammit, Who?

Thanks to Cinefile Video for tipping us off to this Poltergeist III video mash-up that's composed solely of characters calling other characters' names....

New DVD Tuesday - This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Pedro Almodovar, Doris Day, Hong Kong Action and More!

Recommended This Film Is Not Yet Rated - Keep the violence cartoonish and the sex missionary -- that seems to be the guiding principle of America's self-appointed film censors, the MPAA. In this fascinating look into the heart of a corrupt, shadowy and increasingly out-of-touch organization director Kirby Dick deftly exposes the MPAA's rank hypocrisy vis à vis depictions of homosexuality, female pleasure, "abnormal" sexuality and violent content. Dick employees a detective to stake...

Aqua Teen Hunger Force on the Big Screen! Best Movie Ever?

The adventures of Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad, a trio of larger-than-life food products living in a dingy rental house in New Jersey, will hit the big screen on March 17 when Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters debuts. What's the film about? The press release says it better than I could: "When an immortal piece of exercise equipment threatens the balance of galactic peace, it is up to the Aqua Teen...

Proenza Schouler, Meet Target

Memo to Women Everywhere: Skinny, cigarette-leg jeans DO NOT LOOK GOOD ON EVERYONE! In fact, they look good on almost no one except size 0 supermodels, but those women would look good covered in elephant dung and wearing burlaps sacks. Skinny jeans are best suited for slim-hipped boyish figures. If you have hips and an ass, skinny jeans won't generally look good on you. Yeah, I'm talking to you. The chick whose wide hips...

All Hail the Almighty Dollar: Box Office Boredom

Movie grosses have for some reason become mainstream news, so starting today here's your weekend box office report. I'm only writing this column so I can someday use screaming headlines like "Boffo at the B.O.!" and other flagrant abuses of Variety-speak. (BTW, thank you Variety for posting weekend grosses so promptly on your site every Sunday morning. You've made my job a whole lot easier.) The big news? People are still watching Night At The...

It's Hard Out Here For A Nymph

It may not be the best film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, but Black Snake Moan, director Craig Brewer's follow-up to Hustle & Flow, definitely has the best tagline. Even if it doesn't lead to an Oscar-winning comeback for mark Christina Ricci,* who spends a good chunk of the film chained to a radiator in her underwear, she can always cherish this stylish yet practical knit cap emblazoned with a silhouette of her...

What If Dakota Fanning Got Raped And Nobody Cared?

Park City, UTAH - Don't worry, Dakota Fanning is safe and sound. She hasn't actually been raped. It's the character in her latest film that gets attacked. And thank goodness, because Fanning is the best thing about the otherwise dreadful Hounddog. Although the film's rape scene, which was filmed when Fanning was all of 12, has been getting so much grief (this morning's Sundance screening in Salt Lake City was greeted with protests), it's...

Carrie Is So Very

Back in the days when headbands were de rigeur and Jazzercise was going to save us all, some demented genius decided to turn Carrie the classic Brian DePalma horror movie into Carrie, the Debbie Allen-choreographed Broadway musical. The result is an unholy mash-up that's like Grease meets Xanadu in a suburban high school musical....

Daily Roundup

Blood on the Sand is the new Apple-tini. British-born Muslim extremist Abu Izzadeen (AKA Omar Brooks) declares that the Prophet Mohammed would want nonbelievers to know, "I come to slaughter all of you." Militant + thirsty + batshit crazy = "We are the Muslims. We drink the blood of the enemy..." Yum. -CNN Bill Moyers gives our spineless politicos (and that includes Bill Clinton) a long-overdue verbal spanking for their willingness to bend over and...

New Movie Friday: Danielson Doc, Dead Hookers, Depraved Psychos & Cute Orphans

Danielson: A Family Movie (or Make a Joyful Noise Here) - A music documentary about oddball indie/pop/folk band the Danielson Famile. The film features appearances by Daniel Johnston and Steve Albini, as well as a young Sufjan Stevens, who was mentored by the band's "patriarch," Daniel Smith, and whose success would soon grow to outshine that of the Danielson Famile. The Dead Girl - Writer-director Karen Moncrieff (Blue Car) weaves together five seemingly unrelated...

Breaking News! Los Angeles has Restaurants on Beverly and La Cienega

Thank God for the New York Times and its latest scintillating trend piece, which bravely goes out on a limb to inform readers that as crazy as it may sound, Koi and Republic aren't the only two restaurants in Los Angeles. What? A New York publication writing arrogantly and stupidly about some aspect of Los Angeles culture? Stop the presses! In her New York Times regional trend essay Los Angeles: Where Stars Are in the...

The Other Casino Royale Trailer

Here's a trailer for the original Casino Royale cut as if it were a present-day Bond film. The 1967 Casino Royale AKA Charles K. Feldman's Casino Royale (not to be confused with last year's Casino Royale) was a spy spoof that starred Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, and David Niven, and featured a host of Hollywood personalities such as Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden, John Huston, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jacqueline Bisset in a...

New DVD Tuesday - The Protector, Perth, Mouchette, Border Radio, Britcoms and more

The Protector (Tom yum goong) - Muay Thai master Tony Jaa (Ong-bak) stars as a peasant who" fights his way to Australia to avenge his father and save his family's prized elephants." The two-disc set includes both the U.S. theatrical version (cut by almost 30 minutes) and the original, uncut Thai version. Biopic Queen's Sister - Lucy Cohu stars as the flamboyant Princess Margaret in this biopic about the sister of Britain's current monarch,...

Movie Calendar: Edie Sedgwick, David Wojnarowicz, William Eggleston, Antonio Banderas (and Orson Welles)

Wednesday, January 17 - Thursday, January 18 In the bizarre, muddled Ciao! Manhattan art imitates life as glamorous socialite-turned-model-turned-Warhol-icon Edie Sedgwick, who died at age 28 from an overdose, plays Susan Superstar, a former model-turned-underground-screen-siren-turned-alcoholic who has retreated to her mother's house. The New Beverly is screening the film alongside Kiss of the Spider Woman. WHEN: 7:30 pm; January 17 - 18 WHERE: The New Beverly, 7165 West Beverly Blvd., LA, CA 90036 ADMISSION:...

Wicker Man Redux

Question: How many women being punched in the face does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Nicolas Cage. If you're like me, by the time you get to the part where Nic Cage's head is forced into a basket of bees, you'll be rooting for the insects....

New Movie Friday: Stompin', Suburban Gangsters, Crocodiles and Mariachis

Stomp the Yard - I'm a sucker for movies that end in dance-offs. DJ, a troubled street-dancer from Los Angeles, avoids jail by enrolling in a black college in Atlanta where two rival fraternities both want a piece of his talent, so they can win a national step show competition. Meagan Good (Brick, D.E.B.S.) plays his love interest. Alpha Dog - Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this fictionalized account of a small-time Southern California pot...

Funniest Duet Ever

Neil Patrick Harris of Doogie Howser, M.D. and Jason Segel of Freaks & Geeks sing "Confrontation" from Les Miserables on The Megan Mullally Show. And you wonder why her talk show was cancelled....

Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads

Bruce Campbell explains how to get "it" in this Old Spice commercial circa God knows when. [Update: Some are saying it's a *new* commercial. Could that be?]...

New DVD Tuesday - Idiocracy, Mad Cowgirl, Crank, The Illusionsit, Barnyard, Psychopathia Sexualis, I Trust You To Kill Me

As usual, New DVD Tuesday is a day late, but here it is anyway. Idiocracy - It's no Office Space (then again, what is?), but this wry satire of anti-intellectualism and pop culture directed by Mike Judge is well worth watching. Luke Wilson stars as a barely average Joe who wakes up 500 years in the future to discover he's the smartest man alive. Maya Rudolph and Dax Shepard co-star, but the scene stealer...

Gadgets from CES 2007

Can't decide which side to bet on in the DVD format war? Love being an early adopter of technology? Want to pay way too much for a DVD player? Here's your chance. South Korea's LG Electronics just unveiled the "Super Multi Blue," a dual-format high-definition DVD player that supports the HD DVD and the rival Blu-ray Disc formats. LG model BH100 will be available in the U.S. beginning in early February with a suggested...

The Video That Got YouTube Banned in Brazil

Brasil Telecom SA recently prohibited access to YouTube in much of the country because of a steamy video of supermodel Daniela Cicarelli cavorting on the beach with banker Renato Malzoni, according to CNN. The strategy worked well. Not only did users have no problem accessing YouTube in Sao Paolo and Brazil where Internet use is the heaviest, but cutting off an entire nation's access to YouTube over a single video transformed a salacious tidbit of...

Apple Reveals iPhone & Apple TV at 2007 Macworld SF

At this morning's keynote address for the 2007 Macworld Conference and Expo held in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced two hotly anticipated new products: Apple TV, which will allow users to watch content from their computers on a television, and the new iPhone, which integrates a cell phone, an Internet communications device and a widescreen iPod into a single device. This news comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement that Google and Samsung...

Super Spies & Nubile Thighs: Movie Picks O' the Week

That film the Beastie Boys adoringly spoofed for this video is the campy 1968 Euro spy movie Danger Diabolik, and it's playing at The New Beverly tonight and tomorrow. Danger Diabolik - If being a super villain really was all about dashing around the globe in the coolest mod clothes and sleekest sports cars while staging elaborate jewel heists before returning to your posh, super-secret lair to shag your blonde accomplice, this movie is...

Today's Movie Openings - Friday, 01.05.07

Welcome to January, the month when studios traditionally take the shitty movies they've held off releasing the rest of the year and dump them onto unsuspecting audiences. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer -- Synesthesia is the coolest disorder ever! This is a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are entangled in "abnormal" ways (i.e. people with synesthesia might see a different color for each letter of the alphabet or smell...

Jessica Chimpson: If J.Simp Was a Chimp

They call it research. I call it the best time waster ever. The geniuses at the Perception Lab at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland have invented an applet called The Face Transformer that allows you to upload pictures to their site and see what you might look like if you were a different race (options include Afro-Caribbean, Caucasian, East Asian and West Asian). You can also see how'd you look if...

Snakes on a DVD: New DVD Tuesday

Snakes on a Plane - Was it really only five months ago when something as simple as a crate of ophidians roaming an airplane could soothe the angst of a wounded but mighty nation? It seems like another era, one where every American -- from slick, jaded marketing executive to slick, jaded hipster -- could come together for a single, selfless cause. C'mon... admit it. You fell for it. Just a little bit, right?...

Movie Picks O' the Week: Bugsy Malone & Rules of the Game

Bugsy Malone -- Wanna see a movie set during Prohibition where all the gangsters are played by kids and instead of hooch they're warring over custard? Did I mention the film is a musical AND that it stars Scott Baio and Jodie Foster? Directed by Alan Parker, Bugsy Malone is playing as part of a double feature alongside Robert Altman's Popeye. Tonight's the last night, so get your sweet little ass over to the New...

Size Does Matter: Will Toshiba Mini Drive Spawn 100 GB iPod?

Last Tuesday, Toshiba announced it has developed a miniscule 1.8-inch, 100 GB hard drive, leading tech watchers like those at CNET to speculate that Apple will soon announce a 100 GB iPod. That's either the last tech boner of 2006 or the first one of 2007. Toshiba will formally launch the MK1011GAH miniature hard drive next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 8-11), which happens at the same time as...

LAist's Elina's Top 10 Places (I Liked) to Eat Breakfast in Los Angeles in 2006

photo by hexod.us via Flickr. I know I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon of year-end Top 10 lists, but if there's one thing that never goes out of style, it's food. 10. Foxy's 206 W Colorado St. at Central Ave., Glendale Any place that puts all my favorite things into one omelette (bacon, avocado, onions, tomatoes) as a standard dish on their menu can't go wrong. 9. Rodeo Grill 1721 W. Sunset...

Renee Zellweger is Cuter Than a Sack of Used Buttholes aka LAist Elina's New Years Resolution for 2007

I have decided to take a new approach to writing film reviews in 2007. No more feeling obligated to see and write about Important Hollywood Crap. C'mon, are there actually any LAist readers who care about that shit? I figure if people want to read that stuff they can open the LA Times or the Weekly and read film reviews by someone who probably cares about things like oeuvres and mise en scène and didn't...

Pan's Labyrinth Disappoints

You couldn't ask for a better director than Guillermo del Toro -- visually inventive, intellectually nimble, devoted and self-effacing -- but with his latest film, Pan's Labyrinth, his technique outshines his film making, and the result is a movie that's more admirable than it is enjoyable. There's enough in Pan's Labyrinth to make it worth watching, because even on his worst day (Blade II) Guillermo del Toro brings more to the table than 90%...

When God Closes A Door He Opens A Window

While the Du-par's in the Farmer's Market at Fairfax & Third, which has been shuttered for I can't remember how long, is finally set to re-open on December 26 at 6:00 A.M, it's time to say farewell to venerable coffee shop Highland Grounds, which after today will temporarily shut down to undergo a makeover and rechristening. The space that was once a gay bar known as Greg's Blue Dot and then Highland Grounds for...

The Real War On Christmas

An heartwarming montage about the true meaning of Christmas, courtesy of Cinefile....

Have a Merry Wookie Christmas

The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special has the distinction of being one of the few chances you'll ever get to see a Wookie having an orgasm, but who wants to sit through Bea Arthur and Jefferson Starship to get there? Mercifully, some evil video genius has condensed two hours of 1978 time down to five of our 2006 minutes. And a happy Life Day to you as well....

Movie Menu: 12.22.06

Special Screenings & Limited Releases Jean-Luc Godard's Two or Three Things I Know About Her opens for a week-long run at the Nuart in West L.A. Saturday at 7:30pm The American Cinematheque screens a real, live 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia at the Aero in Santa Monica. See this movie on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen! Major Releases The Good Shepherd & The Good German -- I...

DVDs to Add to the Queue: 12.19.06

Little Miss Sunshine - It's no surprise that this movie was a hit. It's one of the funniest movies of the year, and one of the sweetest comedies I've seen in a long time. All this and it has a brain too. Altered - Whatever happened to those Blair Witch kids? One of them, Eduardo Sanchez, directed this horror film about "alien abduction and a quartet of returnees who vow revenge against the creature...

UCLA: Come for the Degree, Stay for the Credit Fraud

On Nov. 21 UCLA discovered that an unauthorized person or persons had exploited a previously undetected software flaw and fraudulently accessed the school's database between October 2005 and November 2006. While UCLA cannot pinpoint exactly whose info was stolen, they know that "the hacker sought and retrieved some Social Security Numbers." Personal information for 800,000 people including current students, former students, faculty, staff, even some parents of students who had applied for financial aid...

A Credit to the Race: Caped Kosher Crusaders

On this, the first night of Hanukkah, a holiday that commemorates a successful Jewish revolt against an oppressive king, it seems fitting to honor Judaism's most valiant heroes. Forget all the great thinkers, activists, comedians and football players us Jews have spawned. I'm talking about the leotard-loving, cape-wearing crusaders of the Jewish Hero Corps, a slew of Semitic superheroes with an array of incredibly dorky and uniquely Jew-y super-powers. -- Minyan Man turns into...

Movie Menu -- the Noir of Nick Ray, Balloon Animals and the Nouveau "Rocky Horror"

-- Weep softly that you didn't get into tonight's sold-out, special screening of Dreamgirls at LACMA. Now dry your tears and pick up the pieces. If you're desperate to pay $25 to see a movie, you can catch Dreamgirls at the Arclight in its "Pre-Release Exclusive Engagement," which runs Dec. 15-24. Your "event-priced ticket" includes a "souvenir program" and a commemorative Dreamgirls' lithograph available only during this 10-day engagement (and forever after on eBay)....

Robot Calamity

When he's not busy launching science scholarships in Estonia or getting funky with Ellen DeGeneres, Honda's cute little ASIMO robot (the name stands for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) can often be found hungover and tripping over his clunky metal feet. Look how far we've come since Small Wonder....

Because Fries Always Go Better with Belly Button Lint

Because Fries Always Go Better with Belly Button Lint

What Is It? -- Q&A with Crispin Hellion Glover

What can I say about a film where images of Shirley Temple are juxtaposed with swastikas? Where Fairuza Balk's voice comes wailing through a snail? Where there's a scene of a naked man with cerebral palsy lying in a giant clam as he appears to be masturbated by a woman who's wearing a rubber monkey mask while a racist folk song plays on an old record player? I'm not totally sure I didn't hallucinate...

Rubber Lover: Best Condom PSA Ever!

What better way to support World AIDS Day than with this brilliant musical enticement to wear a rubber? This commercial is from France, but its appeal is universal. Especially in light of George W. Bush's recent appointment of anti-birth control nutjob Dr. Eric Kerouack to head the federal government's family planning office, it's nice to see realistic strategies for disease prevention and sexual health being promoted....

Welcome to Dead Dog Island -- AKA Iggy Pop has the Best Concert Rider EVER!

Those beautiful geniuses at The Smoking Gun have done it again. This time they've obtained a copy of Iggy Pop's concert rider, which true to their claims, is probably the funniest rider in the history of rock and/or roll. Seriously. The document, which runs to 18 pages, was apparently written by roadie Jos Grain and among other hilarities includes this addendum (whatever that means): By the way, if there are any Reality TV executive...

No Backlash for Borat - High Five!

By now much hay has been made over "Borat", both as a box office smash and as a mockumentary in which the innocent bystanders who participated in it were duped and cheated. When Borat opened over a week ago Fox booked it in about 800 theaters nationwide, that's less than one-fourth the number of theaters that "Santa Clause 3" opened in and still Sacha Baron Cohen crushed Tim Allen (Yes! There is a God!)....

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Separated at Birth?

Couldn't help but notice the mascot for KCAL 9's Yule Log Fun Run looks disturbingly like South Park's venerable Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo. Squeeze out your own feces-themed joke and insert ______HERE______....

Concert Review: The Decemberists

image from colinbrown via flickr. Against a painted backdrop of a Japanese landscape and bathed in the glow of red paper lanterns The Decemberists took the stage at the Wiltern on Saturday night to play for a full house in support of their latest album, The Crane Wife. The Portland quintet, augmented by a violin player on this tour, skillfully mingled the traditional guitar, bass and drums with a cornucopia of instruments not commonly...

Farmers Market Murderer Manslaughterer Guilty on All Counts

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Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That War!

I know it's a bit late in the game, but tonight's the last night The War Tapes will be playing at the Nuart theater in West L.A. Of the recent spate of Iraqi war documentaries, The War Tapes is one of the best. In what may be the most documented war in history, filmmaker Deborah Scranton took the concept of embedded to a whole new level by giving the means of production to the...

4:20 Video Time: Alien 5

Decades later the moviegoing public is finally blessed with a sequel that lives up to the full potential of the Alien franchise. All it took was some lovingly modified action figures, skillful puppeteering and lo-fi effects wizardry. Ridley Scott never had it so good! Please enjoy the first episode of Alien 5, a clever sci-fi parody from the clever folks at Probot Productions....

13 Scaaaaary Things to do on Friday the 13th

It's Friday the 13th. To make matters worse it's the Friday the 13th two weeks before Halloween. This means every enterprising event promoter, gallery owner, theater manager and wanna-be goth has come up with a half-assed entertainment venture with some thuddingly obvious Halloween tie-in. Here are a few things you can do tonight that'll probably suck less than sucking on the business end of Satan's pitchfork. Creeper Double Feature WHAT: To gear up for...

AFI Fest 2006 Tix Go On Sale Tomorrow

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 13th, for the 2006 installment of AFI Fest, Los Angeles' valiant (read: sometimes comical, sometimes desperate) attempt to mount a world-class film festival, something this city deserves but sorely lacks. This year AFI Fest will screen 147 feature films and 36 shorts including several special screenings and premieres. The festival will host the U.S. premiere of Bobby, the Emilio Estevez-directed drama about the assassination of Robert F....

Support Independent Radio -- Donate to KXLU Fundrazor

It's time again for the annual KXLU Fundrazor. If you listen to the station, are in one of the many bands the station has championed or just want to support non-corporate radio, you should consider calling KXLU and donating some money, even if it's just $5. It is important to support independent, community-organized and operated ventures like KXLU. The KXLU Pledge Drive Phone Number is 310-338-KXLU, or you can donate online at KXLU.com....

4:20 Video Time: Grind House trailer

Not that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez need any free publicity, but you gotta love the 1970s-style color palette and cheeseball film effects of the Grind House trailer -- complete with Josh Brolin looking like a young Jeff Bridges, Danny Trejo as the badass knife-sharpening Machete, Tom Savini as a shotgun-wielding sheriff's deputy and Rose McGowan as an amputee stripper with a machine gun for a shin....

Another One Bites the Dust... so long Tower Records

Tower Records has been bought by conglomerate Great American Group, which plans to liquidate many of the stores but hasn't revealed which outlets they plan to close and which they plan to leave open. NPR is reporting that inventory liquidation sales will begin as soon as tomorrow in some locations. Real-life endings are rarely glamorous, but this seems a particularly sad finale for Los Angeles' venerable but crusty flagship Sunset Strip Tower Records. Even...

Idiocracy... read the script "they" won't let you see!

Mike Judge's latest movie, Idiocracy (a title that's never been more apt given our current government), may only be playing at the Arclight for a few more days, but thanks to the folks at Freewebs you can download and peruse the script for all eternity. Written by Judge and Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Coen), the 110-page script should at least give you a taste of the film's satire. Check it...

Film Review: Jesus Camp

If you're a goat-raping, baby-eating, George W. Bush-hating heathen like me, Jesus Camp is the horror movie of the year, offering a snapshot of red-state America that's more terrifying than all the Japanese ghosts and blood-and-guts effects wizardry of Hollywood combined -- and it's all the scarier for being real. Watch as children are transformed into Soldiers of the Lord! Listen as they are taught unquestioning obedience! Scream in terror as George W. Bush...

H&M Delays Beverly Center Opening to Nov. 10

H&M today announced that they have pushed back the opening date of their Beverly Center store from October 26 to Thursday, November 9, so that it coincides with the worldwide launch of the Viktor & Rolf for H&M collection, which will be available in the store on opening day. The 20,000 square foot, single-story H&M store at the Beverly Center store will carry fashions for MEN (emphasis mine), women, teens, children and lingerie. That's...

TV on the Radio Brings the Thunder to Pomona

If you missed TV on the Radio at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night, or if you're like me and hate seeing a band you really dig opening for another band you don't dig nearly as much, head out to Pomona tonight where TVOTR will be playing at the Glass House. The advert for the show was briefly removed from the Glass House Web site, but rest assured it is happening. When bands play...

The Carpet Matches The Drapes

Today's Piece O' Shit Product O' The Day award goes to Fun Betty. Not only does dying one's pubes seem distinctly un-fun and potentially dangerous (I don't care how toxin-free they claim this crap is), but now we're all supposed to refer to our cooters/pussies/hairy pink tacos as a Betty? Unilaterally deciding that "Betty" is commonly used slang for vagina doesn't make it so. The manufacturers of this product can spew all the girl...

Style Mavens Flock to H&M Pasadena Opening

Lines stretched around the block. Helicopters buzzed overhead. It was madness today at the grand opening of the Pasadena H&M, the first H&M retail outlet in Southern California. Tucked between the Tiffany and Apple stores on Colorado Boulevard, the warehouse-like space showcases on two floors H&M's womenswear line. Sorry gents, ladies only. You'll have to wait until the Oct. 26 opening of the Beverly Center H&M. Half an hour before the official noon opening...

LAist Lands Exclusive Interview with H&M PR-Bot 2000

Offering low-cost clothing to slim-hipped wastrels isn't easy, and Swedish clothing chain H&M strives to stay on the cutting-edge of cutting costs. Competing in a cutthroat global marketplace, the company has found that budgetary consciousness doesn't only apply to the factory floor, it can extend to the highest reaches of the corporate machine thanks to the advances of the computer age. To that end H&M is the first major retailer to deploy the PR-Bot...

Interview: Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski

Writers, directors and artists of all stripes are often told, "Write what you know," but few filmmakers accomplish this as successfully as Andrew Bujalski. At age 29 the Boston-based filmmaker has directed two well-received feature films, both of which are set in a post-college, indie rock milieu that he seems to know intimately. Describing his own post-college experience Bujalski says, "Since college I've basically been pursuing these loony little independent movies." Funny Ha Ha...

Solla Solla Enna Perumai

Unpack your gold leather dancing boots and pick out your fro. This is everything that makes Bollywood great!...

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