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These Deaf Writers Couldn't Find A Community In LA -- So They Created A TV Show

Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman created and star in "This Close," which returns to SundanceTV for its second season.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Goes Hollywood (Kind Of) In New Documentary

She's featured in the documentary, "Knock Down The House," which got a standing ovation at Sundance Film Festival this week.

Flying Lotus Talks 'Kuso,' Which People Are Calling The Grossest Film Ever

The musician/director says he intends "to show people the ugly" with his new film.

Indie Music And Film Come Together At Sundance Next Fest

Here's the lineup for Sundance's Next Fest, which runs from Aug. 12-14.

Film Featuring Daniel Radcliffe As A Farting Corpse Inspires Walkouts

Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse whose erection can be used as a compass.

Film Featuring Daniel Radcliffe As A Farting Corpse Inspires Walkouts

Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse whose erection can be used as a compass.

Emile Hirsch Gets 15 Days In Jail For Attacking Paramount Exec At Sundance

Emile Hirsch gets fines, community service and 15 days in jail for drunken attack on Paramount exec Daniele Bernfeld.

Emile Hirsch Charged With Putting Female Paramount Exec In A Chokehold

Actor Emile Hirsch has been charged with assault after he attacked a woman during the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Emile Hirsch Checked Into Rehab Shortly After Alleged Sundance Attack

Emile Hirsch has since been spending time at an alcohol rehabilitation facility getting help after his alleged attack at Sundance.

George Lucas Thinks Today's Movies Suck, Is Confused By Cat Videos

George Lucas took shots at the film industry at a Sundance Film Festival panel on Thursday, calling the films that Hollywood churns out "more and more circus without any substance behind it."

Virtual Reality Film At Sundance Immerses You In A Campus Rape

With the debut of Oculus Rift looming on the horizon this year, virtual reality films have been making a big splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Scientology Doc Reveals Tom Cruise Wanted To Tap Nicole Kidman's Phone

Among the many shocking reveals about the church included an in-depth look at how high-ranking Scientology officials reportedly broke up former couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and also tapped Kidman's phones--supposedly, by Cruise's request.

Courtney Love And Frances Bean Cobain Embrace In Rare Public Appearance Together

Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain were all smiles and hugging when they reunited on the Sundance Film Festival red carpet on Saturday.

Sundance Next Fest Pairs Films With Music By Father John Misty, Warpaint and Tinashe

Sundance leaves Park City for Los Angeles this week (Aug. 7-10) bringing with it an interesting intersection of films, discussions and music acts, including Father John Misty, Warpaint and Tinashe at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Ashton Kutcher's All Fruit Diet Lands Him in The Hospital

The 34 year-old actor told reporters at the Sundance Film festival that his all fruit diet actually landed him in the hospital.

2012: The Adult Industry in Photos, Part 1 (SFW)

This is the fourth consecutive year we've looked back at the past twelve months in the adult industry, headquartered in the San Fernando Valley, and again the statistics speak for themselves -- we traveled thousands of miles for 18 set visits, three award shows, one convention, four collegiate visits, a movie premiere, and a benefit movie.

Hot Wheels: Meet the Barrier-Breaking Babes of TV's "Push Girls"

Sundance Channel’s new show, “Push Girls,” premiered on Monday to rave reviews. The show follows four women who have been confined to wheelchairs, either because of accidents or illness, and have gone on to live exuberant, full lives, complete with the very same challenges that plague all of us: breakups, money problems, and family crises.

Extra, Extra: No More Magic Gas, LAFD Admits to Fudging Response Times, Jerry Brown Visits Ralph Nader Class

In tonight's Extra, Extra, LAFD admits to juking the stats, Studio City and Toluca lake are beefing and Echo Park has lost that magic feeling. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

TV Junkie: New 'Mortified Sessions'; Hoping That We Get More 'After Lately'

Alanis Morissette is featured in tonight's "Mortified Sessions" on Sundance, don't miss this great show. --- Here's to hoping that "Chelsea Lately"'s move to new production studios mean we get more "After Lately." --- All this and the TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan.

Weekend Movie Guide 12/30: A Separation, Pariah & The Iron Lady

We close out 2011 with three stand-out releases: acclaimed Iranian drama A Separation, Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady & coming of age as a black lesbian in Pariah.

A Peek Inside the Surprising Pasts of Famous Folks: Talking With "The Mortified Sessions" Host & Creator David Nadelberg

How does a tattered notebook crammed with doodles and poems, a prom picture, an essay written in penciled block letters, or an unsent love letter saved in a shoebox or album shape who we are today? We talk to David Nadelberg, host and creator of the new series "The Mortified Sessions" to find out.

Extra, Extra: Sundance 2012 Lineup, States that Love Weed, And Another Kardashian Marriage

In tonight's Extra, Extra, the Sundance 2012 lineup is announced, some state governors are pushing for more lax federal regulations on marijuana, and could another Kardashian sister be tying the knot? Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Fried Chicken & Food Bloggers: More From Chef Ludo Lefebvre & Wife Krissy About "Ludo Bites America"

In Part One of our two-part interview with Chef Ludo Lefevbre and his wife Krissy about their new TV show Ludo Bites America, we talked logistics, and Hooters girls, foie gras, and "foodies." Now, in Part Two we talk food...and, okay, food bloggers.

Foie Gras, Hooters Girls, and 'Foodies' in America: Chef Ludo Lefebvre & Wife Krissy On Their New Show "Ludo Bites America"

The dynamic duo of Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife Krissy took their act on the road for a new series on the Sundance Channel called Ludo Bites America. With the series debuting on Tuesday July 19th, we had the chance to ask the Lefebvres a few questions about the show, the food, and life in front of--and behind--the cameras. Here's Part One of our two-part interview.

He's Baaaaaaack! LudoBites Returns to Gram & Papa's This Summer

Before you set your DVR to record Chef Ludo Lefebvre's new Sundance Channel show about taking his pop-up restaurant adventure on the road around the country, set yourself a reminder to make a reservation for his L.A. LudoBites pop-up, which, as announced yesterday, returns to DTLA's Gram & Papa's August 3 to September 10th. The site of two previous pop-up rounds (4.0 and 5.0, for those who are keeping tabs), this 7th version of...

Sundance London - Festival Expands To The O2 In 2012

"Robert Redford, the non-profit Sundance Institute and AEG Europe today announced Sundance London, a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and other public cultural programming to be held 26th - 29th April, 2012 at the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue, The O2," notes an official press release. Sundance Institute will curate the film component and AEG Europe will stage and promote the music. Robert...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Festival Recap In Ten Words Or Less

Sundance is Nerds Vs Sluts in the World Series of Hollywood. There. There it is. What Sundance is, in ten words or less. Imagine summer camp (in Siberia), and for every activity, there is a list. Wanna go canoeing? Invite only. But I RSVP'd for this archery tournament. Sorry, these campers have been waiting for three hours and you've only been waiting two. But I have this badge that says I get access to the arts & crafts barn all weekend; I really wanna use the kiln. Not right now, this is a closed period.

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Red Shirley aka The Lou Reed Movie

Lou Reed had more to do than simply warm the lives of the few hundred people who nearly froze to death waiting to get inside of his small venue, special performance at Sundance last week. He also had a film there.

LAist @ Sundance 2011: 'Troubadours' Sings For Taylor & King

James Taylor, Carole King An origin story is particularly likable. Especially when it's about music that so deeply speaks to the American acoustic sensibility. Especially when it's about Los Angeles. Especially when it's at Sundance. Born of the Carole King / James Taylor reunion shows at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in 2007, Morgan Neville's documentary "Troubadours," is a long-haired dive into the the long-running relationship between two of music's most prolific and influential...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: New Frontier w/ Digital Bugs, Wilderness Downtown, Johnny Cash, Pandemic, Three's Company (The Drama)

New Frontier at Sundance is a three-building campus of multimedia narratives curated by festival senior programmer, Shari Frilot, as an experimental answer to an evolving storytelling landscape. Some of those interpretations come in the shape of Three's Company as a drama, digital bugs that seek low ground in a sandbox, steam holograms, Star Trek-like Pandemic mapping, and Google-powered music videos that allow you write your younger self a message on a post card embedded with...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Lou Reed, 01/23/11

Rock and Roll hall of famer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed performed at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's "Celebration of Music in Film." Only 300 or so lucky attendees were let in, some of whom waited in 20 degree temperatures for as long as two hours. Those who did make it in were treated to a set of nine songs with about half coming from the Velvet Underground catalog. PREVIOUSLY: LAist @ Sundance...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Cee-Lo Green At SPiN Galactic Lounge At Bing Bar, 01/23/11

The hottest musical performances of the very cold Sundance 2011 opening weekend have been at Bing Bar. Continuing the trend of Grammy nominated awesomeness, SPiN Galactic and Continuum Entertainment Group presented Cee-Lo Green on Sunday night. Green and his 5 nominations for "Fuck You," delivered a short but packed set that included the Gnarly Barkley hitmachine "Crazy" and a sweaty, in-the-crowd, sing-a-long, dance party. PREVIOUSLY: LAist @ Sundance 2011: Lou Reed, 01/23/11 LAist @ Sundance...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: It Begins With A Spin

In less than 90 minutes, LAist went from sea level to altitude sickness for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah! Long Beach does it right when it come to air travel. Let's begin there, because that's where the party started. Straight out of the 60s and looking like a lo-fi cruise ship, the best kept non-secret in local travel is the LGB with its Jet Blue hub, easy access, quick lines and...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Florence + The Machine At Bing Bar, 01/22/11

Bing Bar banked another standout performance by a 2011 Grammy nominee on Saturday night with female firecracker songstress Florence + The Machine. Hundreds of people waited in the freezing cold to be in the place to be and to catch the red-haired singer in a space no bigger the Echo. Florence Welch's vocals starred and soared backed only by a harp and an acoustic guitar during the 9-song set, which featured a cover of the...

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Snoop Dogg, 01/20/11

LAist has left the summer-like temps of the Southland and ventured into a far colder version of Hollywood, the blustery and frozen mountains of Park City, Utah for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A huge slate of music compliments this year's film offerings. Night one kicked off with a throwback performance from Long Beach's own Snoop Dogg. Stay tuned wintery updates throughout the weekend....

LAist @ Sundance 2011: Janelle Monae At Bing Bar, 01/21/11

Night two of Sundance was all about 2011 Grammy Award double nominee/performer, Janelle Monae at the Bing Bar Music Series. The R&B songstress held court during an exclusive set that included hits "Tightrope" and "Many Moons" at one of the oldest buildings in Park City....

TV Junkie: An LGBT Parody From Sundance?

Sundance premiere's "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" tonight at 10pm and the promos lead us to believe that this is in the old territory of exploitive reality shows - prove us wrong Sundance! --- Viewership numbers for last night's premiere of "Men of a Certain Age" are discouraging. Please don't let this be another "Terriers". --- Our friend Greg Proops will be doing another free podcast night tomorrow at Bar Lubitsch in WeHo at 8pm and we will begin doing a weekly podcast starting next week. --- See our "Must-Watch" programs for tonight and the listings of worthy alternatives in the full post.

Homecoming Sundance Style: 2011 Premiere and Documentary Premieres Announced

Photo by Joey Maloney via Flickr Get ready for the pep rally, root for your team to beat Valley and prepare to pull those pranks on the rival’s because it is homecoming time at the Sundance Film Festival. Not really but with several big name filmmakers making their return to Sundance, it is hard not to get excited to see what many of the festival’s notable alums, now later in their careers, have to...

Hollywood On Ice: 2011 Sundance Competiton Films Announced

Photo by Joey Maloney via Flickr The Sundance Institute made the first of three festival announcements today for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Included in the announcement were the Institute’s selections for US Dramatic Competition, US Documentary Comp., World Cinema Dramatic Comp. and World Cinema Documentary Comp. In all, 10,279 films were submitted for consideration marking the first time in the festival’s history that submissions have hit above 10,000. Of the 3,812 feature submissions...

TV Junkie Interview: Isabella Rossellini brings us more 'Green Porno'

Cinema icon Isabella Rossellini has long been involved with wildlife preservation as a board member the Wildlife Conservation Network and president and director of the Howard Gilman Foundation, a leading institution focused on the preservation of wildlife, arts, photography and dance. In 2008 Rossellini brought this love of wildlife to television by creating the "Green Porno" series of minidocumentaries to the Sundance Channel.

TV Junkie: Sundance's 'Carlos' Premiere; Martha Stewart in Primetime

Edgar Ramirez plays the title role of "Carlos" in an exploration of the terrorist/playboy. The miniseries premieres tonight at 9pm on Sundance. Tonight marks the premiere of some stellar original programming on the Sundance Channel, "Carlos" (9pm), a miniseries that explores the life of 1970s terrorist "Carlos the Jackal", portrayed by Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Che) who humanizes the playboy/revolutionary/terrorist/assassin. The miniseries airs over the next 3 nights at 9pm and is a...

LAist Movie Review: Restrepo

For a war that is nearing the decade mark, Afghanistan sure does fly under the radar. Lindsay Lohan’s SCRAM or the follies of modern athletes are likely to receive as much or more air time than armed conflicts involving our own neighbors, friends, and family members taking place in some hard-to-fathom hovel. In fact, compiled television news data from 2008 shows us that the Afghanistan campaign netted just over 1% of total airtime. Not...

TV Junkie: The Re-Launch of the Sundance Channel

Yesterday we went to the Sundance Channel reveal where the network announced that they were committing to a relaunch of their brand and programming with a slate of ambitious new shows over the next couple of years. Networks like Bravo, Style, E!, TLC, etc. that are producing shows about fashion, design, and the arts...

TV Junkie: Elvis Costello & Springsteen on Sundance; 'Reno 911!' Creators Get NBC Gig

"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." on Sundance at 10pm will feature Bruce Springsteen The TV schedule is starting to fill up (check out tonight's 10pm slot, it's out of control!) but there doesn't seem to be a lot there though. Last night's "Better Off Ted" was excellent (ABC, why are you killing this show? Are you really going through with it?) and USA's season premiere of "White Collar" started out very strong - we continue...

The Sundance Film Festival Comes to LA

Every January the quaint Mormon hamlet of Park City, Utah is overrun by tens of thousands of people eager to attend the films (and parties) of the Sundance Film Festival. Having attended the festival for the last three years, I can highly recommend the experience. In fact, I'd say that everyone should try to attend at least once. From the freezing weather to the immense crowds to the abundance of cinema, alcohol and sleeplessness, it...

Pencil This In: Betty Blue Screens @ the Nuart, DIY Drumming @ the Ford

Here are our to-do picks for a post-Fourth Monday in LA: DIY DRUMMING* Tonight the On Ensemble, a contemporary taiko quartet, brings D.I.Y. Drumming to the Ford Amphitheater at 7 pm. Bring your drums, percussion instruments or even paint buckets to play along as the Ensemble coaxes Japanese taiko rhythms out of everyday household items. The J.A.M. session is free, so reserve your spot by calling the Ford Box Office: 323.461.3673. Don’t forget to bring a picnic for dinner.

Review: The Cove

For the most part, eco-documentaries follow a pretty narrow pattern; either they’re well funded and a little boring or guerrilla style and probably a bit nauseating, but either way you’re supposed to be so outraged you get out of your seat and punch the richest asshole you can find. That’s the gist. But there’s often a disconnect between the images of the film and the actions of the audience because, ecologically, problems tend to be so big any given person feels powerless.

Your Weekly LAist Film Calendar

Gee, it's usually not like conservatives to get bent out of shape about gay people. | Photo courtesy of Courtesy qWaves The city is experiencing a golden age of naughty puppet films. Hot on the trail of Black Devil Doll is Let My Puppets Come, a fuzzy-felt skeleton pulled from the closet of the late Gerard Damiano (Deep Throat, The Devil In Miss Jones) for The Not-So-Silent Theatre's "Mondo Sexo" this Saturday. If the...

Midnight Movie: Isabella Rossellini's 'Green Porno' Returns

First Isabella did the sex life of insects, now she's back online at Sundance with her second "Green Porno" series, this time focusing on sea creatures. These are hilarious and educational - and what a good sport she is....

A Night In the Life of Sasha Grey

LAist has been fortunate to run into pornstar and mainstream crossover artist Sasha Grey (MySpace) already a few times this year -- at AVN's Adult Entertainment Expo and Adult Movie Awards as well as Vivid-Alt's Live In My Secrets release party. In that time, Grey responded to recent criticism in editorials published by UCSB's Daily Nexus newspaper, the news of which even made the New York Post's Page Six column. Her musical project, ATelecine...

LAist at Sundance: The Big Wrap-Up

A quick shot of postcards from the Press Office. | Photo by Josh Tate The first time I attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, I stayed until the festival's conclusion on Sunday. Never will I make that mistake again. While it did allow for a more leisurely pace, all the excitement (and most of the people) had left Park City by mid-week. So this year I once again planned an early Friday morning...

LAist at Sundance: Day 1

The Egyptian Theater around midnight on Friday, January 16th. | Photo courtesy of Josh Tate The first day at the Sundance Film Festival is always a frantic rush. We arrive in Salt Lake City at the reasonable hour of noon and are on our way to Park City in our rental car within 30 minutes. Once we reach town, we decide to quickly shoot down to Main Street and grab a bite at one...

TV Junkie: The Return of RuPaul; Sundance Starts; Swayze on TV

The Sundance Film Festival starts today which not only means cool movies being screened and attended by celebrities in their hippest Dumb & Dumber apres-skiwear but it means a lot more content for the Sundance Channel for the year. There will be live blogging of the festival's events at the Sundance Channel's (really cool!) website and head on over to iTunes to pick up a free short film from Sundance every day from now...

I.O.U.S.A. on CNN Right N-O-W!

Photo by JROK via LAist Featured Photo pool RIght NOW on CNN (11a PST), you can check out a condensed version of the hit documentary I.O.U.S.A., about the growing national debt crisis that we all face. In these tough economic times, one way to stay on top is to stay informed, and I.O.U.S.A. is a great way to do just that. The film has already been making the rounds at several film festivals, including...

TV Junkie: The CW Pulls the Plug on Sundays

Dear CW fans, apparently none of you are watching the network on Sundays so management is yanking all of it's original content from that night ("In Harm's Way", "Valentine", "Easy Money", etc. - you know, the shows you've never heard of) and replacing them with repeats of "Jericho" and "The Drew Carey Show" which will somehow result in higher ratings(?) because as we all know, we don't get enough rerun content today, especially of shows...

Sundance Festival Will Use Prop 8 Proponent's Theatre

Photo by chris runoff via Flickr When it was found that the CEO of Cinemark Theatres donated $9,999 to support Prop 8, talks of boycotting Sundance came up because the only movie theatre used in Park City, Utah is one owned by the company. But Sundance isn't budging and many opponents of Prop 8 agree. "As a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting artists, we very much appreciate and are sensitive to the larger issue...

Movie Theatre CEO Donated $9,999 to Prop 8, Sundance Festival Could be Affected

The CEO of Cinemark, the company that operates 2700 screens internationally including the only movie theatre used at the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah, has reportedly donated a large sum of money to support Prop 8, the ballot initiative that eliminated gay marriage in California. Alan Stock donated $9,999 in late October to proponents of the measure. Cinemark, whose branding goes by Century Theatre, CineArts and Tinseltown, has a few locations in the Los...

TV Junkie: Thursday

The rumor of our favorite serial killer series, "Dexter", getting picked up for more seasons turns out to be true. Showtime bought two more seasons of the Peabody Award winning show (take that Colber(t)). Shooting of season four begins in the spring of '09 in Los Angeles. [Hey Showtime, where's the love? You sent me no screeners this season.] "30 Rock" season premiere is now online. If you're watching TV and are seeing coverage of...

TV Junkie: Thursday

Gob from "Arrested Development", aka Will Arnett, has struck a deal with Fox to create his own show. His absence from the small screen will finally come to an end and here's to hoping that the show won't turn into some kind of generic garbage. Hubby Amy Poehler is also slated to get her own show on NBC sometime after their first child is born. I dunno, both parents are actors with starring roles on...

TV Junkie: Tuesday

As the SAG/AFTRA/AMPTP drama continues, advertisers are still ponying up the big bucks for TV advertising: $9.2 billion in pre-booked ads for the 2008-2009 season. This broad sale of advertising combined with targeted ad sales technology now offered by Canoe Ventures (you got a dog? say "hello" to even more Purina commercials) makes it seem like things are hunky-dory in TV land but they might not be. Some folks are perceiving these as just defensive...

TV Junkie: Tuesday

It's Earth Day on (some of) TV. Below are some marked programming that is Earth Day-related and of course there's plenty online, including web "TV" properties like Joost who have launched an Earth Day Channel. 8:00pm Nova: Car of the Future PBS/KCET - Tom and Ray Magliozzi of NPR's ``Car Talk'' examine new technologies and ideas for transportation, including alternative fuel sources. Earth Day!...

Man Stabs Movie Theater Patrons at Horror Movie

In Orange County, CA, a nearly empty theater Sunday night became a crime scene when two men watching the Sundance raved-about gruesome horror movie, The Signal, got stabbed by another man who fled through the back doors.

Weekend Movie Guide: Depends on your POV

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Hollywood's latest exercise in Rashômon-style storytelling is Vantage Point. As most of you no doubt realize because you've seen the trailer a quarter of a million times, Vantage Point deals with the attempted assassination of the President from a multitude of perspectives. As the movie's tagline says, "8 Strangers. 8 Points of View. 1 Truth." Critics have been flaming it with Variety's Justin Chang providing some choice barbs. I...

LAist Interview: Shawn Roberts, Diary of the Dead

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company George A. Romero pioneered the zombie genre when he wrote and directed the seminal Night of the Living Dead in 1968. He would later go on to make Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005). His latest undead picture, Diary of the Dead hits theaters today after successful screenings at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals. Actor Shawn Roberts...

Thanks to This Week's Advertisers

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LAist at Sundance: The Big Wrap-up

Photo courtesy of jpchan via flickr For me, the Sundance Film Festival officially ended at the airport in Salt Lake City when I was waiting in line behind Bijou Phillips at the Quizno's in Terminal 1. She was politely arguing with the counter guy about why she couldn't get fresh mustard from behind the counter instead of having to use the the mustard packets by the napkin stand. In a heavy accent, he kept...

Dear LAist, I Unexpectedly Rocked Out at Sundance with Velvet Revolver

We just received an unbelievable e-mail from friend-of-LAist and local indie troubadour Matthew Moon and wanted to share. Some amazing and surprising things really do happen at Sundance. Read on: Two days ago I was performing at a Sundance Film Festival event in Salt Lake City, UT. After my performance at Rose Wagner Theater, I began driving the 25 minutes it takes to get back up to Park City. I checked my voice mail...

LAist at Sundance: A Great Doc Day

Photo courtesy of dmax3270 via flickr While the features and shorts at Sundance are occasionally hit or miss, the documentaries are always strong across the board. Yesterday, I was able to see two that I have had my eye on since the festival schedule was originally released: Made in America by Stacy Peralta and Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden by Morgan Spurlock. Considering all the frantic back-and-forths I've been doing since last...

LAist at Sundance: The Home Stretch

Photo courtesy of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival As one of my favorite bloggers Jeffrey Wells recently wrote, "The Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day event, but it's always over as of Wednesday morning...the voltage turns down, there are fewer people on Main Street, all the presumably hot titles (i.e., name casts, advance-hyped) have been screened." Park City actually becomes a manageable town again and tickets that were impossible to get a few days...

LAist at Sundance: Run Like Hell

Photo courtesy of Focus Features Even on the best days, the Sundance Film Festival is an extremely hectic place to be. Screenings and events often overlap and are spread all over town, and even though the public transportation is good (and free!), it can still be a nightmare to get someplace quickly. Cabs can be hard to come by and parking (when available) is expensive. Furthermore, there are always going to be lines waiting...

LAist at Sundance: Tarantino Returns

In 1992, Quentin Tarantino made a huge splash at the Sundance Film Festival with his directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. He didn't return to Park City until this year to serve as a member of the Festival's Jury. Last night, he was honored with the Ray-Ban Visionary Award and LAist was there. Following a short introduction by Dennis Hopper, Quentin took the stage and riffed about his first Sundance experience for about twenty minutes. Following...

LAist at Sundance: Packed!

Photo courtesy of Alik Keplicz/AP Saturday is invariably both the best and worst day of the entire festival. It's the best in the sense that there is no shortage of high-profile movies, events and parties to attend. It's the worst in the sense that everyone--and I include the entire under-25 population of Salt Lake City--knows this. Saturday simply has the most intense crowds of the entire festival. It's the perfect day to avoid Main...

LAist at Sundance: Lights Out!

There are usually only two things to talk about at the Sundance Film Festival: the movies and the parties. Last night was unique, though, because everybody was talking about...the blackout! That's right. Around 9:30 last night the whole town just went completely dark for at least half on hour. Periodic blackouts continued for the next hour or so before everything finally returned to normal. It was a surreal scene. Thousands of people were just...

Thanks to This Week's Advertisers

We would like to take a moment to thank this week's advertisers on LAist. America Unzipped, Brian Alexander's book on the desire of American's to get down and dirty. The Sundance Film Festival, where you can experience the 2008 festival online. Busted Tees, where they're offering free shipping with the purchase of three shirts. If you're interested in advertising on LAist or any other site in our network, check out our online mediakit....

LAist at Sundance: The Big Preview

Photo courtesy of In Between Sessions via Flickr Starting tomorrow and continuing through next week, LAist will be reporting live from the Sundance Film Festival. We'll be covering the films, the parties, the people and the various surreal and pointless events that comprise the most important film festival in the country. With the WGA strike still in full bloom, most are expecting a buying frenzy up in Park City as distributors stock up on...

Most Terrifying Movie in History Opens this Friday

When Teeth screened at Sundance last year, there was a collective shudder and crossing of legs by the male members of the audience. You see, the subject of Teeth is the cultural myth of vagina dentata. Jess Weixler plays Dawn, a young Christian girl who is struggling with her budding sexuality and the aggressive attentions of the men around her. She soon discovers that she possesses the ultimate weapon against over-familiarity. That's right, she...

TV Junkie: Weekend Edition

I hope you've got a bunch of stuff Tivo'd because there's nothing on until Sunday. You tell me that there is stuff on tonight? What, you mean Friday Night Lights, NUMB3RS, or Las Vegas? Please. Tomorrow, there's no reason to turn on prime time TV unless it's for Citizen Kane on TCM at 8:30. The Big Story is Sunday, check it: Sunday 8:00pm Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project HBO - Special. Don Rickles is...

TV Junkie: Thursday - Gonna Get All Fellini On You

Even my beloved Thursdays are starting to fill up with reruns. We do have a great Fellini movie on tonight though, so open a fine Chianti (or my preference of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) and drink it all in. Also kids, the Style Network notified me that they are looking for folks for a new reality show. Here's the deets: If your business, club, band, school, organization, or team is in need of a make-over then apply...

TV Junkie: Thursday

Looks like we have a few more weeks of comedy and drama to enjoy before our shows start petering out due to the writers' strike. As we can see, late night TV is in repeats. TV Junkie will have an interview with a WGA card-carrying writer posted in the next couple days, as well as some DVD reviews (gotta feed the addiction). Thursday is comedy night in our book: 8:00pm Ugly Betty ABC - Tonight...

TV Junkie: Thursday

I'm hoping that no one had time for TV last night and if they did they had the class to watch the Boris Karloff marathon on TCM. 8:00pm Ugly Betty ABC - The Halloween Episode. TV Junkie 8:00pm Pick. 9:00pm To Die In Jerusalem HBO - Have heard enough about this documentary on NPR and elsewhere to know it's a good thing. TV Junkie Pick-O-The-Night 9:00pm The Office NBC - If you don't feel like...

TV Junkie: Thursday

Baseball was fun last night since there wasn't much else on. Tonight we have more choices, except for late night which only offers us Kimmel. If you have the Sundance Channel you really ought to check out the series Iconoclasts, which pairs up incongruous individuals from sometimes completely disciplines to see what kinds of discussions result. Weird and fascinating. 5:00pm World Series: Game Deux FOX - For all you non-Francophiles or non-Naked Gun fans, Deux...

LAist Interview: Morgan J. Freeman

Ten years ago Long Beach native Morgan J. Freeman was minding his own business in film school back east. Doing what everyone else in his class did, he submitted his thesis film "Hurricane Streets" to Sundance for competition. Not only was it accepted - alongside the "real" movies - but it won three awards at the festivall: Morgan won best director, the cinematographer won for best cinematography, and the film got the audience award...

The Animated Films of Brent Green at the Silent Movie Theatre

Hadrian over at Cinefile in West L.A. just sent us the heads-up for a great event going on at the Silent Movie Theatre this Wednesday, 8/15 at 9pm. Brent Green is an animator from rural Pennsylvania whose unique style has drawn comparisons to Tim Burton and Adam Jones. Hadrian blogs: Brent Green an untrained, completely original animator from rural Pennyslvania, who plays music along with his short films, while narrating them live in freeform,...

Movie Review: Once

Movies like Once, happen ...well, just once in awhile. A 2007 Sundance darling, Once is a unique love story set in Ireland. The film is a departure from the regular summer blockbusters and yes, it is a musical- thats right, a musical, but not the break out into song with jazz hands type musicals we're used to. If there were to be a mellow indie rock musical where the songs fit into the story...

Box Office Review: Boy wizard stupefies North America

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix blew away not only the competition, but its own previous franchise records this week with a 140 million dollar opening 5 days. Expect Potter mania to reach its full flowering later this week when the 7th and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, reaches stores. Transformers held steady at number two, dropping only 49% from the previous week (movies typically drop well over 50%...

God Grew Tired of Us

Last night I attended a screening of the 2006 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us, directed by Christopher Quinn. Fine, maybe I went because Brad Pitt was listed as one of the producers and I thought he and Angie might show, which they didn't, but it was still worth the trafficky drive up the 405 freeway to where the screening and a panel discussion were scheduled...

Box Office Review: YHWH unamused by Office star

A few weeks ago in this space, I predicted that Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer would be the big-budget flop of the summer. Turns out I missed it by one week. Evan Almighty tallied a meager 32.1 million dollars at the box office over the weekend--well below already reduced expectations (the ugliest five words a studio chief can ever hear--worse even than "the call girl taped everything"). Considering its budget was somewhere...

LA Film Fest: Day 4

The festival kicks off this morning with a director's coffee talk at the Landmark. Scheduled panelists include moderator James Mangold, Paul Haggis and the next Bond director Marc Forster. Tickets are $11. The big event today (and it's free!) starts at noon and runs until 6:00 p.m. at the Landmark Regent Theater. It's Live Earth Day: A Celebration of Earth and includes 50 short films commissioned by SOS-Live Earth. Some of the filmmakers who've...

LA Film Fest: Day 2

It's the first real day of the LA Film Festival so naturally a lot of films have sold out. But take heart--there are plenty of things to see. As of this morning, stand-by tickets are still available for Interview. Directed by Steve Buscemi and starring Buscemi and Sienna Miller, Interview tells the story of a journalist interviewing a celebrity that he doesn't particularly like (imagine that?). An adaptation of Theo Van Gogh's 2003 film...

Movie Review: The Devil Came on Horseback

Photo Credit: Leo Buurman By now most Americans understand that something awful is happening to the people of Darfur. Relatively few, though, could clearly explain exactly what that is. With an artful simplicity, The Devil Came on Horseback reveals the true scope and horror of the continuing genocide in Darfur. Widely lauded since its debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, this fantastic documentary deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as...

Cinema Notebooks

Venerable French magazine Cahiers du cinema (yup, it's still in existence) today launched its first English language edition, which will be available both in print and online for an annual fee. For $45, English-language readers will now be able to subscribe to a year's worth of the magazine (11 regular issues + 1 special issue). Cahiers will also offer free online supplements. Currently featured on the publication's Web site is a diary about the making...

Not Your American Idol

So American Idol stretched out a 10-minute show again tonight, taking 60 minutes to kick off four people and have two performances. So we'll cut to the chase: After 37 million votes, America shipped off: Antonella Barba (about time!), Jared Cotter, Sabrina Sloan (shocker!) and Sundance Head. (Even more of a shocker is that Sanjaya Malakar stays...) The 12 finalists will be coached next week in diva-dom by Diana Ross....

Boys Bring the Weak Sauce on American Idol

Can we fast forward through the rest of the American Idol season? We already know the two finalists will either be Melinda Doolittle vs. Lakisha Jones (if America has its way) or Antonella Barba vs. Sanjaya Malakar (if the site votefortheworst.com has its way). It was boys' night out on American Idol and as a bunch, they were pretty bad sucked. Some of the lowlights included: >> Sanjaya with a new, straighter (more masculine???)...

TV Junkie: Ben & Jerry on Colbert to Announce New Flavor; Last "Heroes" Before Hiatus

A Word Or 62: I hope to get a hold of at least a couple pints of this new Ben & Jerry's flavor. I am perennially pissed that I can never make it to the local B&J store to get the Pumpkin flavor so I know that this is all a conspiracy. Hopefully this will make red staters boycott B&J which just means - more for me!!! [Note that a lot of late night...

American Idol: Two Hours That We'll Never Get Back

There's five hours of American Idol on TV this week. And last night's two-hour singing competition that was supposed to separate the men from the boys -- at least the American Idol contenders from the poseurs -- felt like all five wrapped up in one show. That's not a good sign. But we realized why we do these recaps (despite some naysayers): It's so you don't have to lose two hours of your life...

American Idol: Meet Your 24

Last night American Idol whittled down its ranks to 24 finalists. While it took nearly an hour to cut people on TV, which was bad enough, we can't understand why it took the entire day for the judges to deliver a "yay" or "nay" to each contestant. Did Simon need a smoke break every five minutes? Was there a four-hour lunch break? Anyway, some of the judges choices probably stemmed from a likeability or...

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...

Around the World with the -ists

As the world holds its breath, teetering precariously on the cusp of the Super Bowl (well, at least in America), the wheels of the -ists keep on turning. Austinist was in a musical frame of mind as they listened to the new Shins album, updated the SXSW band listings and got called "punk rock" for their efforts by MTV. And an ice storm swept through the area. Bostonist said goodbye to John Kerry's plans...

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...

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