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    LAFF 2007: The Art of Bore

    Thanks to the movie Resolved, discussed in a prior posting, we know that the number one fear Americans have is public speaking, and number two is death. Dare we suggest that number three might be confinement in a room with a deathly dull public spea...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 30, 2007 @ 6:20 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Westside Ain't the Best Side

    Friday at the fest was a little bit different -- all the interesting-looking films were playing at the Landmark Westside, that new fancy art-house 12-plex at the Westside Pavilion. Parking there is free, unlike in Westwood, where everything else is h...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 30, 2007 @ 2:03 am
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    LAFF 2007: Bluey, Da Ba Dee Da Ba Dah

    Raise your hand if you thought Gavin Rossdale of Bush could be a decent actor. Or a decent anything. Yeah, he got his face melted in Constantine, but that proved nothing. But Mr. Gwen Stefani really shows something in HOW TO ROB A BANK, as a pill-po...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 29, 2007 @ 12:29 pm
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    Barrio Safari

    The city of Santa Ana's EPIC Commission, a group of local politicians and activists formed to prevent gang violence, offered a guided tour through what one official called "one of the worst neighborhoods" for crime in Santa Ana June 27. At a natural...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on June 29, 2007 @ 11:48 am
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    Overheard in Orange County

    Bribing your child, Huntington Beach style: The scene: A nail shop run by cheerful, chatty Vietnamese ladies. A large white mother and her two daughters -- one in her 20s, one probably 12 -- sit in the spa chairs getting pedicures. A little white do...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 29, 2007 @ 10:18 am
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    Friday's Headlines

    Newport OIS: Newport Beach police fatally shot a man suspected of driving drunk after a three-mile chase this morning. iPhone madness: The Register's in-house gadget nut has been in line outside an Irvine Apple store overnight. The iPhone goes on s...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 29, 2007 @ 9:23 am
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    LAFF 2007: Robots 'N' Dese Guys

    After the claustrophobic overcrowding of Broxton avenue for the LAFF opening night party, I wasn't expecting the Transformers premiere bash to be as well-run as it was. Adjacent parking lots were opened up, and food and drink were so prevalent that, ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 28, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
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    Thursday's Headlines

    All apologies: Three former Exodus International leaders issued a public apology yesterday, saying their efforts at the ex-gay ministry caused many gays and lesbians harm. New crime trend in LB: Snagging restaurant safes seems to be the latest in t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 28, 2007 @ 8:20 am
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    Three Local University Athletic Programs Among Top 100

    The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics released the final standings of their annual Directors' Cup today, with three Greater Orange County universities making the top 100. UC Irvine topped the OC representatives at 56th, fol...

    @ Navel Gazing by Conor Izzett on June 27, 2007 @ 6:02 pm
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    Rsum Padding at the Register

    The Orange County Register seemingly made history earlier this month when it announced that Marti Buscaglia would be its new publisher. Buscaglia would've been the first Latina publisher at a major daily and would've started July 9. We speak in the p...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on June 27, 2007 @ 3:31 pm
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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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