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Pulling The Interview Is the End of Free Speech in Hollywood

laweekly.com — Sony's official announcement that the studio will no longer release Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean comedy The Interview closed with the line, "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression." So what's it like when they don't? Even running that statement several times through a...
Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Gorgeous Ballet Tutus Emerge from a Woman's Flying Fingers (VIDEO)

laweekly.com — Sara Bacon pulls out a nearly-finished tutu and lays it on her dining room table in the San Fernando Valley. She spent the last night working in front of her TV, carefully sewing on hooks and eyes. Zippers are not part of the process. For a dancer, a zipper could...

Henry Rollins: How the Soviets Nearly Ruined Central Asia

laweekly.com — I am a week into my visit to Central Asia. Besides a two-day excursion into Tajikistan, I've been here in Uzbekistan. The border crossing from Uzbekistan to Tajikistan was one of the coolest and strangest I have made. I often have a déjà vu sensation when going from one country...
Dec 18, 2014

RT @dtrilling: Punk rocker Henry Rollins visits Central Asia wearing his politolog hat: "The Soviets fucked up everything possible." laweekly.com/westcoastsound…

A White Christmas Comes to Greater L.A. as SoCal Gets REAL Snow (VIDEO)

laweekly.com — The wise forecasters at the National Weather Service were absolutely right. They predicted that the double whammy of Monday-through-Wednesday storms that hit Southern California this week would finally bring a serious amount of snow to our local mountains. Indeed. Area resorts are boasting that they got dumped on (in the...
Dec 18, 2014

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10 Best Restaurants for a Cheap New Year's Eve Dinner Under $60

laweekly.com — Picture this: it's New Year's Eve and of course you want to go out and partake in all the food-and-booze-filled gluttony that comes with sending off the prior 364 days, but you'd prefer not to spend hundreds of dollars to dine on haute cuisine and ring in 2015 clinking your...
Dec 18, 2014

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Lightning in a Bottle Will Return to Lake San Antonio Recreation Area in 2015

laweekly.com — Lightning in a Bottle, the Burning Man-esque alternative to more mainstream EDM festivals like EDC and Hard, has announced the dates and location for its 2015 incarnation. For the second straight year, LiB (as the kids call it) will take place at Lake San Antonio Recreation Center in Monterey County,...
Dec 18, 2014

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Where is Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" Bridge? We Found It

laweekly.com — When L.A. Weekly recently compiled our list of the 20 best songs ever written about Los Angeles, we discovered that the songs our city has inspired are almost as misunderstood as the city itself. Take, for example, the fact that "I Love L.A.," which is blasted over the speakers after...

10 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2014

laweekly.com — There's not much in the life of a restaurant critic about which it's OK to complain. Waaah, I have to eat so much! Boo, I never get to eat at home. I know - it's a sweet gig and I should be grateful for it. And I am. But one...

Ace Hotel, Driver of DTLA's Broadway Renaissance, Could Shut Amidst Sale

laweekly.com — If anyone thought the chess pieces of Downtown Los Angeles would hold position now that everything is going great in the city core's wildly successful revival, news that the Ace Hotel building is up for sale for an eye-popping price is a reminder that land is L.A.'s currency. Owners of...
Dec 18, 2014

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Killing The Interview Opens Studios to Terrorist Manipulation

laweekly.com — It's a cliche, but when it comes to today's cancellation of the Sony comedy The Interview, maybe the terrorists did win. The studio caved after hackers, reportedly linked to North Korea, threatened theater violence if the Seth Rogen movie saw the light of day. (Some don't buy the North Korean...
Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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10 L.A. Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

laweekly.com — Yes, Christmas is about tradition and an idyllic fantasy of merry family members nestled around the soft glow of a roaring fireplace while the smell of a hearty home cooked meal wafts from the kitchen, but lets be real. Cooking enormous feasts for dozens of people is extraordinarily stressful and...

Payday Loans With 459% Interest Are a Holiday Scourge, and Voters Want Justice

laweekly.com — If you're desperate for cash this holiday season, there's one easy way to go: payday lenders. The problem here, says the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending says, is that getting dough from these outfits could set you back many times the cost of the original loan. In California, the organization...
Dec 17, 2014

Did I read this right? Yes. Payday loans with 459% interest are a holiday scourge. laweekly.com/informer/2014/… via @laweekly

Holy Smokes! U.S. Pot Raids Are Finished Under Bill Signed by Obama

laweekly.com — The days of jackbooted feds raiding legit medical marijuana operations are mostly a thing of the past under the omnibus federal spending bill signed by President Obama last night. An amendment slipped into the bill denies funding for federal anti-pot raids of legit marijuana businesses in states where cannabis has...
Dec 17, 2014

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1 Dead, 2 Critical in Westside Shooting

laweekly.com — One male was killed and two others were critically wounded in a morning shooting in Reynier Village, a South Robertson-area neighborhood on L.A.'s Westside, authorities said. The attack took place in a neighborhood known for a Latino gang called Barrio West Side Locos Halm Avenue, or just Halm, police confirmed to...

Cassell's Burgers Opening Next Week in Koreatown

beta.laweekly.com — 1 hour ago B RodellCassell's at the Hotel Normandie Back in 2012, longtime L.A. favorite Cassell's Hamburgers shuttered their last location with a promise to reopen in Koreatown's Normandie Hotel. The restaurant was originally opened in 1948 by Al Cassell, who died in 2010 at 98.

Hollywood Takes Your Tax Money and Still Ships Jobs Overseas, Report Says

laweekly.com — The entertainment industry is L.A.'s bastion of wealthy, white privilege, but our lawmakers recently gave it nearly $1.6 billion of your hard-earned tax money with the hope that Hollywood jobs would stay in Hollywood. At least in one respect, the business has pocketed some of your cash but used a...
Dec 17, 2014

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Moby Returns to His Chillout Roots with Sold-Out Ambient Shows

beta.laweekly.com — As America's elder statesman of electronic dance music, Moby is a contrarian of epic proportions. While some top EDM jocks are outdoing each other in how rapidly they can throw unearned money at crashed Ferraris and leased jets, Moby just downsized to a much smaller L.A. home.

Will LAPD Cops Get to Watch Body Camera Video Before Writing Their Reports?

laweekly.com — Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled plans today to outfit the LAPD with 7,000 body cameras, making L.A. the first major city to take that step. But before the cameras hit the streets, the department has to come up with a policy on when and how they will be used. And that...
Dec 16, 2014

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Dec 16, 2014

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The 10 Best Albums of 2014 by L.A. Artists

laweekly.com — Most publications' year-end best-of lists are the product of group-think, carefully tallied from the lists of individual writers and editors in an effort to achieve something resembling consensus. While there's nothing wrong with that approach, we decided to make this list a little more personal - and therefore, perhaps, a...
Dec 16, 2014

as far as l.a. rap albums go, here's the one that did it for me (year end list warning): laweekly.com/westcoastsound…