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    LAFF 2007: Low-Rent, High Yield

    Have you ever seen a movie that you really liked, but realized you couldn't recommend it to anybody you know because they'll probably all hate it? I've been pegged as a contrarian before, but a lot of the time I'm genuinely surprised when people can...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 27, 2007 @ 1:11 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Just Joshin'

    If you're going to talk during a movie, really do it. I'm talking like they do at the Magic Johnson theater. Yell out something like, "Oh no you didn't!" or "Bitch, don't go in there!" That can be fun. DON'T sit down beside me, and spend the movie m...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 27, 2007 @ 9:07 am
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    Wednesday's Headlines

    Back from the border: A "career criminal" deported around a month ago is back and already stirring things up -- allegedly dropping his pants before a woman in Lake Forest and peeking through a window to watch a 12-year-old boy emerge from the shower....

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 27, 2007 @ 7:19 am
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    Lalita Opening at Fury

    Last night was the opening of Lalita, a new Monday club at Fury, and Leslie (Le Receptionist) came along with me to provide her brilliant photography skills. This was my first time going to Fury, and weekday night clubs are always questionable in ter...

    @ Navel Gazing by Erin DeWitt on June 26, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
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    Heard it in the Courthouse

    "Damn it! This is not a good sign." --OC defense lawyer who, before a court hearing, dropped her in-custody client's white button-down shirt in the street and watched as a pickup truck ran over it

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on June 26, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Rural Places Are Scary

    Remember in the movie version of Silent Hill, how the haunted town was a rural coal-mining community where coal fires burned non-stop underground? That was partially inspired by Centralia, Pennsylvania, subject of Chris Perkel and Georgie Roland's do...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 26, 2007 @ 1:04 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Depressed Dudes

    Shane West needs to shut his friends up. Just as a rule of thumb, actors -- if you're starring in a movie, and want people to like it, don't reserve an entire row of seats in the theater for people who are going to annoy the audience. Their enjoymen...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 26, 2007 @ 10:57 am
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    Tuesday's Headlines

    Wait, what? Yesterday, the word on the street was that unionized grocery workers had decided to strike. Now the OC Reg reports they're holding off. Layoffs on the horizon: A lack of funds could cost 18 full-time classified employees their jobs in I...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 26, 2007 @ 9:54 am
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    Oh, those crazy Angelenos

    It's half past midnight. Where's KTLA? Standing outside Paris Hilton's West Hollywood house with the paparazzi, providing hours of live streaming video to their website and latimes.com. The scoop? The heiress has been released and she juuuust mig...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 26, 2007 @ 1:31 am
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    Gil, Drop the Bill

    State Senator Dick Ackerman is as conservative as they come, and must no doubt be thrilled that ICE raids in OC are now as common as sunny days. But his thinking on a proposal by Los Angeles-area State Senator Gil Cedillo to require that California s...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on June 25, 2007 @ 3:47 pm
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    NYT profiles The Mexican

    Two weekends back, The Mexican picked up the LA Press Club's President's Award. And just yesterday, Mireya Navarro of The New York Times gave his story some print time. Some highlights: In the process, "Ask a Mexican!" has turned its 28-year-old...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 25, 2007 @ 3:36 pm
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    Sixteen Hours With Vietnam's President

    Dozens of media outlets filed reports this weekend about the historic Orange County visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet, but only one American reporter gained exclusive access. Read R. Scott Moxley's story in Thursday's edition of the OC W...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 25, 2007 @ 12:11 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Chasing Ghosts and Iranians

    I think I may finally be getting the hang of this festival schedule. Four shows today, and I never felt close to collapsing from tiredness. Perhaps it was the concession food that kept me going. Speaking of which, doesn't it seem totally wrong that a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 25, 2007 @ 11:26 am
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    Monday's Headlines

    Clinton in town: Former Prez Bill Clinton will be in Newport Beach today, but the press isn't invited -- unless they want to donate between $300 and $4,600 to Hillary's campaign, notes the Daily Pilot. Welcome to the jungle: The Times hops on the w...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 25, 2007 @ 5:54 am
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    LAFF 2007: Cool Cats and Bad Kitties

    What can I say about LIBERTY KID? To be honest, not a lot, except that I liked it. Produced by Larry Fessenden, who's best known for independent artsy horror, it's a streets-of-New-York movie about how it's rough out there, and opportunities slim -- ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 24, 2007 @ 12:03 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Dancin' to the Jailhouse Doc

    PRISON TOWN USA is the best movie I've seen at the festival so far, and the best documentary of this year so far. Confession time: More often than not, we critics will favorably review a documentary that's kinda boring, if the subject matter is impo...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 23, 2007 @ 6:19 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Lost Girls and Mighty Black Men

    One of the ideas the festival is heavily pushing this year is that for every movie you attend that you planned on seeing, you should go to another one you don't know anything about, or might not be inclined to go to normally. I tend to do this some...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 23, 2007 @ 11:56 am
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    Beach Break: Send in the Clowns - Eventually

    On the corner of Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach hangs a banner. It says "COMING SOON." and it's been hanging for years from what is supposed to be the newest Laugh Factory at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. A November 2003 arti...

    @ Navel Gazing by Conor Izzett on June 22, 2007 @ 5:52 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Buscemi and Amenities

    Dutch director Theo van Gogh is so identified with political martyrdom -- having been murdered by a radical Islamist -- that it comes as a bit of a surprise to sit down to a screening of INTERVIEW, the American remake of his movie of the same name, a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 22, 2007 @ 4:54 pm
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    Kicked out: Notes from the Police show

    It's tough being a non-pro photographer at a major concert. The folks from the AP and Panic Channel are a clannish bunch, united by their ber-long lenses and jargon-heavy trade talk. Standing there with your starter digital SLR can feel like droppin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 22, 2007 @ 3:11 pm
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