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    Last Night: PENELOPE at The Block in Orange

    It is frequently said, by critics, of the romantic comedies that Hollywood churns out that "if you've ever seen a movie before, you know exactly what's going to happen." In the case of PENELOPE, one doesn't even need to have seen celluloid projected ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 29, 2008 @ 3:25 am
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    Like Facebook For Legislature

    Not exactly as sexy as water for chocolate, but still. Those crafty bastards over at Sunlight Foundation have cranked out the latest version of their watchdog tool for the Senate, Congress, committees, lobbyists and legislature: Open Congress. We...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 28, 2008 @ 9:43 pm
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    Feel better about your mess

    Since moving to Santa Ana from a much larger Hollywood apartment, my home life has been a constant battle against clutter and trash, a struggle I generally lose. I can't invite anyone over to visit due to the shame of my omnipresent pile o' crap. Bu...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 28, 2008 @ 4:37 pm
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    Parents Television Council Loves TBN, Is Full of It

    Tomorrow, those boob tube rubes known as the Parents Television Council will impart its Entertainment Seal of Approval? (their trademark, not our lame irony) on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. "We commend the TBN Networks for upholding the positiv...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 28, 2008 @ 1:04 pm
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    Survey Says...Not Much

    We recently heard from a reader in Santa Ana who received a copy of the "Republican Party Census Document," along with an introductory letter from the RNC stating that "your answers will represent the views and opinions of ALL Republican voters livin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 28, 2008 @ 12:51 pm
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    To Do Tonight - 2/28

    BORA KORKMAZ, 8 p.m. Turkish delight. Cal State Fullerton Performing Arts Center, 800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton TROUBLE IN CHEAP SHOES, 9 p.m. Nothin' but trouble and tunes. Que Sera, 1923 E. Seventh St. Long Beach JAZZ AT BOWERS: MUSIC IN T...

    @ Navel Gazing by Steph Caballero on February 28, 2008 @ 7:42 am
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    Mountain-out-of-Molehills Approach Works!

    On the drive to Weekly world headquarters in SanTana today, I noticed a banner hanging on a chainlink fence near the Santiago Street Lofts. "Santiago Art District," it read, and what a relief! Faithful readers will recall my bickering with some loft ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 27, 2008 @ 2:06 pm
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    More newsroom cuts! Who is it this time?

    LA Daily News staff are bracing for a possible shakeup after, as media blog LA Observed reports, employee representatives have sent memos saying a meeting this very afternoon could produce some very bad news. We expect there will probably be a sta...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on February 27, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
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    To Do Tonight - 2/27

    JOHN SOLONE'S TRIBUTE TO SINATRA, 6:30 p.m. Perfect pitch at Piccolino's. 8731 Los Alisos Blvd., Ste. 3 Mission Viejo CLERKS, 7:30 p.m. Revisiting a dead end. 1561 W. Sunflower Ave. Santa Ana CA A LIFE ONCE LOST; ARSIS; SKELETONWITCH; VEIL OF MAYA;...

    @ Navel Gazing by Cindy Cafferty on February 27, 2008 @ 3:05 am
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    No Starbucks? Not a problem!

    With 7,100 Starbucks locations closing tonight at 5:30 for a three-hour, nationwide "training session," what's a coffee addict to do? There are dozens of local coffeehouses that should be cashing in and welcoming new costumers. A few worth a visit...

    @ Navel Gazing by Patrice Marsters on February 26, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
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    Sam Zell's gonna cut you, man

    Joseph Pulitzer, famed newspaper magnate and founder of the Pulitzer Prize once said, "Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together." Sam Zell, billionaire and CEO of the Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. once said, "Everyone likes pussy....

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on February 26, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
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    Carona poll: We have a winner!

    Ladies and gents, Carona's "Little Sheriff" is no more. You voted, and rechristened the indicted top cop's more active head The Little Debbie Snack. All hail OC Weekly's fabulous proofreader Jack Grimshaw for his creativity and ability to rip off Mc...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on February 26, 2008 @ 1:21 pm
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    Because You're Ugly: Urban Outfitters

    Y'know, I'm not one to advocate shopping at Urban Outfitters in the first place. It always seems to be the second to last stop for trends on their way out of style (the last being your local mall), it's overpriced and worst of all, you run a high ris...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on February 26, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
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    OC Register Death Watch Part Three

    It's been just over a week since I wrote that the Orange County Register is in content-sharing talks with Dean Singleton's MediaNews Inc. and a week since Register publisher Terry Horne told one of his own reporters about his vision for saving the pa...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on February 26, 2008 @ 11:26 am
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    Daily Pilot Publishes Ignorant Prudes!

    Today, the Daily Pilot published a piece by freelance writer Steve Smith in which he takes issue with my Feb. 10 op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times (where I'm a contributing editor) criticizing its bowdlerized edits regarding stories (the passing ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 26, 2008 @ 11:04 am
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    To Do Tonight 2/26

    GLORIOUS DRUNK, 8 p.m. Passing out in a blaze of glory. The Pike Bar & Grill, 1836 E. Fourth St.Long Beach TONY LUCCA; ROB GILES; TIM JONES, 7:30 p.m. Acoustic rock star. Plush Lounge, 207 N. Harbor Blvd.Fullerton LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC, 8 p.m. Spin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Steph Caballero on February 26, 2008 @ 4:36 am
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    Reg Takes Multiple Hits on Multiple-Murder Coverage

    Well, the good news is the Register finally took down those "Our marriage is great because of M.E.!" click-thru marriage education ads, which have recently tortured anyone attempting to access the paper online. Guess someone found them tasteless, co...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 25, 2008 @ 8:06 pm
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    NORML Weekly Cartoon 2.25

    Courtesy of the Orange County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws:

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on February 25, 2008 @ 8:03 pm
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    Fullerton catches "the crazy"

    In the movie THE SIGNAL, my film pick for this past weekend, a mysterious subliminal pulse is sent out via various forms of media, turning the people who receive it crazy, and usually homicidal. The movie is a work of fiction. But at the AMC in Full...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on February 25, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
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    The One Good Thing Gordon Dillow Ever Did

    Over the weekend, Orange County Register columnist Gordon "Bootlicker" Dillow wrote some claptrap about the continuing controversy involving the proposed renaming of John Wayne Airport to something reflecting idiot Orange County television shows. But...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on February 25, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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