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  • Twenty-five of the finest student short animated films made their debut at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater last night in Beverly Hills as part of CalArts' Character Animation program's Producers' Show. Entertainment industry folk, intrepid students, and proud family members crowded the 1,000 seat theater to capacity. Chris Miller, director of Puss in Boots and a CalArts alum offered an introduction, mentioning that the students "delivered work from the heart," a statement handily verified by the evening's entertainment.
  • This Thursday marks the beginning of an exciting Luis Buñuel tribute weekend at the American Cinematheque. Six of the director's films, including his groundbreaking collaboration with Salvador Dali, the surrealist short "Un Chien Andalou," will be featured at both the Egyptian and Aero theaters.
  • Five of the best local writers converged upon The Last Bookstore on Saturday evening to read selections from their favorite noir. The Last Bookstore, since its move to the corner of Fifth and Spring streets earlier this year, has established itself as a center for all things literary in Los Angeles.
  • We met Paranormal EXP, one of LA's foremost ghost hunter squads, outside the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Coming off the recent taping of an episode of Paranormal Challenge for the Travel Channel (airing August 26th) and a win at STU CON, Clare, Jason, and Marcus were happy to talk about some of their recent adventures as we wandered the empty cages and picnic benches on an all-too bright Sunday afternoon.
  • July is National Ice Cream Month. To celebrate, we'll be reviewing some of our favorite ice cream spots -- and some new ones, too -- all this week.
  • July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.
  • Over the strong objections of my girlfriend, who had asked me to stay at her house on the East Side to miss the traffic this weekend, I was headed for the abyss. What began on Thursday as idle musing—"what if I took on Carmageddon?"—had become my must-do bucket list quest by Sunday
  • Director Cameron Crowe and former Paramount VP Peter Bart made it to the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Sunday for a viewing and discussion of Harold and Maude on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Playing to a packed house, the intergenerational audience was overjoyed to welcome this May-December romance back to the big screen. It is rare indeed that a movie's costume designer (William Theiss) gets a round...
  • On Thursday night, CalArts presented its annual Character Animation Producers' Show, which showcased some of the best of the best from this year's students. Twenty-three cool, inventive and oftentimes funny shorts played to a packed audience at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. Pixar director, Oscar winner, and alum Pete Docter (Up) gave out the awards this year, telling students this will be "the last time you get one-hundred percent creative control."...
  • The Levi's Film Workshop is on location this summer at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. Starting this past Sunday, filmmakers have access to screenings, equipment rentals, and state of the art editing equipment through the workshop. The screenings include the world premiere of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a 3D documentary focused on cave paintings in the South of France; it premieres next Saturday at the Natural History Museum downtown.

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