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We’ll Miss You, Rick Sanchez

I have to send my deep regrets and a fond farewell to CNN’s everyman and resident old-guy-who-knows-the-internet, Rick Sanchez.  Watching Rick misread the news, mangle impromptu interviews, and generally make social media seem at once lame and revolutionary was a staple of my unemployed life.  It was like discussing current events with the guy at the office who, despite knowing absolutely nothing about the subject at hand, will go on and on about some garbage some stranger sent him on the internet.  He’ll eventually pull other people into the conversation awkwardly, and he’ll always draw a strange and contradictory moral from even the most straightforward snippet or event. For two hours a day Rick made you feel like the smartest guy in the room.  That his book is titled Conventional Idiocy is too precious for me to handle.  His way of making weird references to gender, race, and religion got him more than one “Woah, ok Rick.”  His obsession with being recognized as a legitimate anchor led to his eventual dismissal (also it’s not nice to point out that a secret cult of Jews run certain companies/industries and keep the rest of us down, EVEN IF THEY DO jk)  but he was truly on the forefront of guys with real media jobs who took Twitter seriously and saw the promise it has for citizen journalism.  If only he didn’t come off as a total doofus. Where will the big Sanchez […]

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The Sanctity of Life*

In a radio interview that I linked to yesterday, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said something that got me thinking.  He said “[…] we believe sanctity of life has got to be central to any genuinely conservative movement, belief in a creator and to defending natural marriage and resisting homosexual agenda.” (emphasis added) Now, obviously his insistence that our country’s military should be weakened by discrimination against gays is deplorable, and his denial of the validity of their relationships and families is equally shameful.  But his belief that viable human embryos deserve the same right to life that a full-born human enjoys is one that I can respectfully disagree with.   I am also on the fortunate side of this debate because of a certain SCOTUS decision that protects women from government intrusion into their medical treatment. But what if the opposite were true?  What if a future US Congress, led by so-called “Right to Lifers” were to pass a Constitutional amendment protecting the ‘sanctity of life’?

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ShopLab: A Huge Opportunity for Small LA Theater

[UPDATE: Apparently you can (and must!) vote for ShopLab everyday at the Pepsi Refresh Project. It’s super easy to sign in, especially if you’re already logged into Facebook.  Keep voting and we can win! DOOO EEEEET NNAAAOOOO!] If you have ever produced a low-to-mid-scale play for a nomadic company in Los Angeles, or in any city for that matter, you know how expensive and inconvenient a temporary a shop/storage place can be.  For companies without an existing space to store materials, build set pieces, or ways to move stuff around, these costs can drag down even a healthy budget.  The time spent securing these resources also weighs on a production, and when it’s time to strike the show, there’s that sinking feeling you get when you watch perfectly good lumber, flats, large props or whatever can’t be stuck in the producer’s living room, get thrown in the dumpster and lost forever. The Solution. (click and vote, more below the fold.)

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5 Best Burgers in Los Angeles

The claim of being “world famous” should really mean something in Los Angeles, but drive down any Los Angeles boulevard and you’ll see it abused indiscriminately. amirite? It’s hard to argue that any one burger could be world famous (besides the Big Mac, of course) but there are several that should be even more famous than they are.  and while everyone has a personal favorite that they swear by, the fact is that not all burgers are created equal.  It’s a point of pride for many Angelenos to know where to find the supreme cheeseburger.  It’s a food so commonplace in this city, and this country, that a truely stand-out offering can be like a revelation.  And now, my friends, you can have that revelation too.  Here is the definitive list of LA’s top 5 burgers.

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Hollywood Created the Mujahideen

Well, not really. (Although our constant output of lolita pop-stars and homo-design shows may be why they don’t want the Internet.) But America did!  And as the military establishment starts to make their case for ongoing war in central Asia, I thought it appropriate to shine a light on how the Taliban came to be and how attitudes about Islam and Afghanistan have changed since the Eighties.

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Feel Good Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

One of my favorite new summer traditions returns to Hollywood Blvd tomorrow night, and this year it looks like it’ll be better than ever. The 3rd Annual Feel Good Film Festival starts this Friday with their trademark yellow carpet opening night hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines.  I love specificity in art, and by cutting such a warm and fuzzy niche from the WithoutaBox universe, FGFF has hit a heart-warming motherlode.   Film festivals can be intimidating, they’re often a hodge podge of not only quality but also tone. […]

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11 Year Old Movie Critic Wins an Emmy

That’s right.  This little guy made his way from radio to TV and won an Emmy for Best On Camera Talent for Commentary. Parentdish has a little interview with him which is funny, especially since he calls out Clash of the Titans as the worst movie of the year. How does this fit into the critical cosmology of amateur vs. professional, blogger vs. print?  I think it’s fairly obvious that if you’re getting your movie-going advice from a 5th grader you’re unlikely to need the experience of an Harold Bloom […]

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